Events, exhibit, Films, screening

My Fair Lady on the big screen

No Comments 30 March 2009

This past Friday I was lucky enough to finally see My Fair Lady on the big screen. The Academy (you know, the ones who hand out the Oscars) was holding a special 70mm screening of the restored original print, and apparently the 70mm version hasn’t been screened since the film was first released 45 years ago. After seeing it for myself, I have to say it’s downright tragic. The colours were fantastic, especially the flower segments during the opening credits, and I could just see so much more than I ever have before. You could actually read the elocution cards tacked all over Eliza’s bedroom walls, and the more subtle facial expressions were just divine. The mix of emotions that came over Rex Harrison’s face in that final scene was incredible. It actually brought tears to my eyes.

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Films, Gossip, remakes

update on the My Fair Lady remake

No Comments 11 November 2008

While I still haven’t heard anything set in stone and announced officially, it seems to be a widely assumed fact that Keira Knightley is signed to play Eliza Doolittle in the upcoming film remake of My Fair Lady. Information is still scarce, and no other cast has been announced (though wildly speculated on), but now IMDb has a development page up for the film, with a release date of 2010. You have to have a Pro account to see any details, and I don’t really feel like paying to get one piece of information, but Keira’s page also has one developing project on it, which I’m betting is MFL.

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Films, homage

Dangerous Curves

No Comments 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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Books, DVD releases, fashion, Films, lookalikes, tributes

catching up

1 Comment 03 November 2008

Well, it’s been a while, hasn’t it? I apologize again and again, it’s all my fault and my lack of a good regular Internet connection. Did everyone have a fun Halloween? Did you flood the streets with Holly Golightlys? ๐Ÿ™‚ It seems the costume guide from last year held up pretty well, and while I didn’t receive any complaints, can you think of any way to expand or improve it? I’d love to eventually do a costume guide for a number of Audrey costumes, but since Holly Golightly is the most easily recognizable and easiest to shop for, I figured that was the safest bet.

Speaking of being easy to recognize in costume, I found myself without a costume the morning of Halloween, due to a fabric malfunction the night before. On short notice I ran out and got a black turtleneck and borrowed some loafers, and hit Hollywood as Jo Stockton (Funny Face). There were loads of people there, but through the whole night I only heard 10 people (not counting my two companions) realize it was an Audrey costume! I guess I should have tried that outfit the year that Gap commercial came out. Anyway, at a party later on in the night Holly Golightly, Eliza Doolittle and Jo met up:

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Events, Films, screening

What are you doing tonight?

No Comments 25 July 2008

I know it’s short notice, but for all you Southern California Audrey fans, tonight in Pasadena there will be a free screening of Roman Holiday at 8:30 pm. It’s at One Colorado Courtyard, Hugus Alley as part of the Old Pasadena Film Festival. Sounds fun! I’m sorry for the late notice, but I couldn’t get on here any sooner to give you warning (stoopid Internet). And if you can make it, be sure to thank the lovely Libby for being thoughtful enough to share this with all of us. ๐Ÿ˜€ Parking is a flat rate of $6 in the nearby parking structure (more info here), and there are plenty of restaurants around you if you need a little nibble before or after the show. Oh, and you may want to get there early, because there are a lot more Audrey fans out here than you think! Enjoy if you can go, but if you live too far away or just can’t make it, don’t fret; just pop in the movie at home, make some popcorn, and curl up on your own comfy couch. Besides, you can pause if you need a bathroom break. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Films, Gossip, remakes

My Fair Lady remake is a reality

No Comments 09 June 2008

Bad news for those of you who feel that My Fair Lady was perfect the first time ’round on film: it is definitely being remade, and Keira Knightley is definitely going to play Eliza Doolittle. According to The Telegraph, Keira is officially signed to the movie and has already begun singing lessons (though it’s yet to show up on IMDb). Also, it seems that Daniel Day-Lewis will fill Rex Harrison’s rather large slippers as Professor Henry Higgins โ€” at least, if the producers get their wish. He’s at the top of their short list of actors for the role, though there’s no word on whether he’s signed yet.

Now that it’s official, what do you think as Audrey fans? There have been whispers that remaking an Audrey Hepburn film is a sort of curse to an actress’s career, since Audrey is held in such high regard by the public and filmmakers. Will this hurt Keira’s career, or push her closer to the top of the heap?
You can read more about the casting and possible directors here, if you’re curious.

Films, Gossip, remakes

Keira Knightley still shadowing Audrey Hepburn?

No Comments 06 June 2008

There have been rumors swirling for years that Keira Knightley was in talks to do a big-screen biopic of Audrey Hepburn, and while nothing has ever come of those, a different rumor seems to have taken root. There were whispers that Keira might also star in a West End revival of My Fair Lady, and while those talks fell through, it looks as though a film remake of the musical will come to pass โ€” with Keira as Eliza Doolittle. The film is currently being looked at by Columbia Pictures, and will be “updated” by mixing the original George Bernard Shaw play script and Lerner & Loewe’s adaptation that became the film we know and love. This remake also promises to improve on the 1964 film by filming on location in Coventry Garden and other spots around London.

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Films, tributes

Happy Halloween!

No Comments 31 October 2007

Finally, the big day is here. I hope everyone has their Audrey Hepburn (or Holly Golightly) costumes all set and ready to go. Don’t forget, if you love your costume and would like to use your style and hard work for a chance to win some free Audrey goodies, enter the costume contest! Click the link to the right for more details. If you don’t have an Audrey costume or are shy about showing your costume, it’s okay, you can enter too. You just have to like getting free things to enter. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Films

Wait Until Dark Soundtrack

No Comments 30 October 2007

Since it’s practically Halloween already, I’m going to talk about a great scary movie, Wait Until Dark. It was Audrey Hepburn’s last film before retiring for ten years to focus on her children and family, and the last film for which she earned an Oscar nomination. It’s also the last film of hers that was scored by the fantastic Henry Mancini, who wrote “Moon River” for dear Audrey. This soundtrack was a huge departure for Mancini, who usually does what would now be considered as lounge or soft pop music. Unfortunately, the soundtrack was never officially released, so it’s impossible to find. It was never on vinyl, sadly, and was never on CD … until now! After searching high and low for this, there seems to be only one place that offers the Wait Until Dark soundtrack.

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fashion, Films, homage, inspiration

another great Holly Golightly sleep mask

No Comments 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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