Films, homage

Dangerous Curves

Comments Off on Dangerous Curves 10 November 2008

Did anyone catch the Simpsons last night? I usually don’t watch TV of my own accord, but I was over at my sister’s when it was on, and I’m so glad. The whole episode was an homage to Two For the Road! One of my absolute favourite Audrey films, so beautiful. While they didn’t get the rights to the film’s music, the soundtrack on the show was very Mancini, and very true to the feel of the film.

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fashion, Films, homage, inspiration

another great Holly Golightly sleep mask

Comments Off on another great Holly Golightly sleep mask 26 October 2007

Yet another great Audrey find today! The mastermind behind How to Be Lovely (aka Life is Marvelous) has found a really fantastic Breakfast at Tiffany’s sleep mask. The Fred Flare version of Holly’s turquoise mask is part of the “How to be Audrey Hepburn/Holly Golightly For Halloween” post, but this new mask is just amazing. It’s an exact replica of Holly’s mask, down to the three-dimensional eyelids with gems peeping out as the sleepiest little eyes.

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We need your help!

2 Comments 24 October 2007

Okay everybody, someone needs your help! Today I received a letter from a nice fellow who would really like to find an exact replica of Holly’s cat mask from the five and dime in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. He’s searched everywhere and I’ve searched everywhere and we can’t seem to find it. Has anyone ever come across this mask, or know of a place that makes these now? Any and all help would be greatly appreciated, especially if it could be ordered online and shipped before Halloween. Just leave a comment below, and thank you in advance!

Films, homage

"Gossip Girl" hearts Audrey Hepburn

2 Comments 19 October 2007

By now you’ve all seen the screengrabs from a recent episode of “Gossip Girl” where main character Blair dreams that she’s Holly Golightly in the opening scene of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Apparently, Blair is something of a fan of Audrey throughout the show, because reader Cris wrote and asked if I had a copy of the picture Blair has hanging above her bed, which is Audrey Hepburn in profile. I had to watch an episode to see it, but here’s the picture in question:

Hope this made your day, Cris! And any other “Gossip Girl”/Audrey fans looking for that picture. And here’s a fun bit of trivia for you: this picture is part of a series Audrey did where she modeled hats for her friend and designer, Givenchy.

Films, homage

Kay Thompson steals the show

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At the beginning of this year I saw an Audrey Hepburn double feature that included Funny Face, the first time I’d ever seen that film on the big screen. I was surprised to see that a good portion of the audience, maybe even half, was there because they were huge Kay Thompson fans. Sadly, little information seems to be readily available on her, but I did find someone who is willing to share Kay with the world. At People vs. Dr. Chilledair, the author shares some insider information that he has on her, including the fact that Kay’s goddaughter Liza Minelli is currently recording a tribute album to her. It will be called “The Godmother + The Goddaughter,” though no release date has yet been set. Kay herself only has two albums available (that I could find, anyway), “The Golden Years 1934-1954,” and Queen of Swing Vocals and Her Rhythm Singers 1933-37. It’s a shame that more isn’t available, because she was a prolific and highly talented woman. The author of Dr. Chilledair has also posted a great video on YouTube with some of Kay’s earlier film performances, including one song and dance routine done just five years before Funny Face:

Maybe this new wave of attention to Kay will inspire someone to write a great biography on her, or release more of her music.

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Old Hollywood is still alive in Tokyo, thanks to one man

Comments Off on Old Hollywood is still alive in Tokyo, thanks to one man 16 October 2007

I first heard about Noburo Kubo a few weeks ago, when I came across a picture of his fantastic train station painting of Audrey Hepburn for Breakfast at Tiffany’s (left). I couldn’t find a lot about him at the time, so I just saved the picture with his name as the title and moved along. Thankfully, Japan Today has an article about this curious artist, so we can all learn more about him.

It turns out that Kubo is possibly the last person left in Japan that still paints old-fashioned movie posters onto billboards, an art that used to be par for the course in the days before Photoshopped montages passing as posters were quickly pasted up on the side of a freeway. It’s a really fascinating read and Kubo does such beautiful work, it’s a shame that more of his work isn’t feature in the article. And if anyone in Japan ever sees his work, especially anything that features Audrey, take plenty of pictures!

Films, homage

Trumbo

Comments Off on Trumbo 12 October 2007

If you’ve seen Roman Holiday, then you’re familiar with screenwriter Dalton Trumbo’s work. The name’s not ringing a bell? Perhaps you have an older version of the film, then, before it was digitally remastered and re-released in 2002. For Dalton Trumbo was one of the Hollywood Ten ten screenwriters and directors who were blacklisted from work in the film industry for refusing to testify against their peers during the McCarthy hearings in the anti-Communist craze. Trumbo was the real writer of the Oscar-winning screenplay for Roman Holiday, but since he was banned from any and all work in Hollywood at the time, he used friend Ian McLellan Hunter as a front. Hunter accepted the award on Trumbo’s behalf, and it wasn’t until 1992 that the Academy Award records were revised and Trumbo’s widow was presented with the award, and another ten years after that until the film was changed to give him the credit he deserved. Now, over 30 years after his death, his son and various well-known Hollywood names have made a documentary about Trumbo’s outcast years.

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Films, homage, inspiration, tributes

“Gossip Girl” shout-out to Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Comments Off on “Gossip Girl” shout-out to Breakfast at Tiffany’s 11 October 2007

There’s a new show on the CW (in America) called “Gossip Girl.” It’s just started, but last night on episode 4, the show opened with an homage to the opening scene of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I’ve put a clip I found below, but until I figure out how to cue up YouTube videos to just play the bits I want, I’m afraid you’ll have to skip to the 1:32 mark and play until 2:23 to see the whole thing. Watching beyond that is optional:

Edit: The video has been taken down, but I do have screengrabs for you. Maybe someday the clip will be put up and can stay up, but in the meantime, these will have to do. Just imagine “Moon River” playing in your head and you’ve got it.

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Films, homage

yet another Japanese tea commercial featuring Audrey Hepburn

Comments Off on yet another Japanese tea commercial featuring Audrey Hepburn 03 October 2007

I’ve already posted three Japanese tea commercials that feature a digitally added Audrey Hepburn encouraging a young woman to be her beautiful self (and drink some tea while she’s at it). Maybe it’s the foreign novelty of it, but these commercials seem to offend a lot less people than the polarizing Gap commercial did. Anyway, these commercials always take scenes from Roman Holiday and subtly warp Audrey so that she’s holding a bottle of tea. Sometimes she’s colourized to fit in with the modern women, and sometimes she’s left in her original black and white. This latest commercial falls into the latter category, and in this one she speaks! Unfortunately I’m not able to embed the video for this one, so you’ll have to click here and watch for yourself via YouTube.

charity, homage, inner beauty, inspiration

Audrey Hepburn cancer awareness

Comments Off on Audrey Hepburn cancer awareness 27 April 2007

A couple of days ago, I received a letter from a doctor in India about Audrey. An introduction isn’t really necessary, so here is the letter in full:

Hello,
There is something common in our interest..like Audrey Hepburn. I am always the Fan of Lady Audrey Hepburn. Great charity is done by Hepburn team.

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