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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Timeless love story and fashion through the ages in “THE AGE OF ADALINE”


Blake Lively stars in an enchanting and timeless love story of a woman who miraculously remained twenty-nine years old for eight decades in “The Age of Adaline” after an accident almost took her life. Taking on the titular role of Adaline Bowman, Lively’s character is meticulously dressed by Academy Award-winner costume designer Angus Strathie (“Moulin Rouge") through the fashions of each era she has lived through.

In “The Age of Adaline,” for decades, Adaline has lived with her head down for fear that her eternal youth will attract the wrong type of attention, always changing her identity, she moves on to a new city and cycles back again decades later. In order to remain her anonymity, she never allows herself to become too close to anyone except her daughter. As life unfolds before each passing decade, and as Adaline hopes to grow old with her daughter, she has come to realize why it’s valuable to age and essential to die, for without that, life loses its meaning.

From sumptuous formal gowns to everyday work clothes, everything Adaline wears was carefully selected and designed by costume designer Academy Award®-winner Angus Strathie and his team with an eye toward both fashion and storytelling. The Age of Adaline is an epic piece for a designer, acknowledges Strathie. “It has a long and complex storyline with many characters. The story takes place over almost a century. I was asked to define each of those periods, as well as the moods and emotions of this character through that time.”

From jewelry to handbags to coats, Strathie ran with the idea that Adaline had a closet full of clothing that she had acquired during her long lifetime. “Incorporating those vintage pieces into her contemporary look gives her an individual style,” he says. “For a date with Ellis, she starts with a jacket from the 1920s—a Bohemian, very individual piece. She wears it with a sweater from the 1960s and a contemporary skirt. Her shoes are from the ’50s or ’30s and the handbag was ’40s. Mixing styles became Adaline’s personal look. She draws from all of her time on earth and she gets a sense of security from her wardrobe.”

Lively appreciated the juxtaposition of classic and contemporary fashions. “I liked the fact that she’s dressed a little bit like an old lady,” she says. “She’s much more of a particular kind of conservative than most young women in San Francisco.”

Lively is the current face of the Gucci fashion house, and the company provided recent designs that are reminiscent of the '40s, '50s, and ‘60s, as well as a custom gown for Lively to wear in a critical scene, and they co-designed - alongside costume designer Angus Strathie - the gown she wears at the New Year’s ball. "A great deal of what I wear is Gucci," she says. "They have been such a great supporter of the film. My favorite piece is probably the final custom dress. I'm a magpie, so when I see sparkles ...that does it. It's a golden gown with distinct black beaded embellishments. It showcases a very different from the Adaline you meet in the beginning with the thick, woolly turtlenecks and the grandma shoes. The shift in dress helped to tell her story. The significance of the piece made it that much more beautiful."

“The Age of Adaline” is now showing in theatres nationwide from Pioneer Films.



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Melissa McCarthy's full-action mode in “SPY”


Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy have already collaborated in the smash hit comedies: “Bridesmaids” and “The Heat.” In “Spy,” which Feig wrote and directed, the gifted actress plays the brilliant, intuitive and relatable Susan Cooper, who has worked in the dreary basement at CIA headquarters for years. Her colleague is the charming, sophisticated and self-absorbed super spy Bradley Fine, played by Jude Law. An unsung hero, Cooper is the one who guides her partner via a computer and an earpiece, when he is out on perilous assignments, steering him through sticky situations around the globe. Fine gets the credit for all the successes, but it is actually Cooper doing most of the complicated work. She is also secretly besotted with the charismatic Fine, but it’s a case of unrequited love.

When Fine goes off the grid while trying to locate a nuclear bomb, Susan Cooper volunteers to go out into the field herself, becoming a bona fide spy, infiltrating the world of international espionage in Europe. She has to confront the villainous, rich and ultra-glamorous Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne) who is the daughter of a notorious arms dealer, with access to a nuclear weapon. It is up to the intrepid Agent Cooper to stop her before she wreaks global havoc!

Cooper has another challenge to deal with in the form of Rick Ford (a hilarious performance from Jason Statham) a supposedly ace operative. Ford turns out to be bumbling, intense and supremely arrogant. He completely underestimates Cooper, who surprises everyone with her all-round excellence. Out of her element at the start, Susan Cooper rapidly learns all the skills required for her new job. We see her dangling from a helicopter, racing around on a scooter and engaging in a kitchen fight with a deadly assassin. Side-splittingly funny, the film is riveting and action-packed. Also starring are Bobby Cannavale and 50 Cent.

A much more unorthodox confrontation and action in the movie takes place later in the week, at a Budapest restaurant kitchen, where Susan and an assassin (Nargis Fakhri) engage in a fight to the finish with fruits, vegetables, turkey legs and cooking utensils. Perry and his stunt team spent weeks choreographing and rehearsing, and “pre-visioning” the fight on computer. Food, pots and pans go flying, as the bruises mount on both McCarthy and Fakhri with each take.

“Who knew salad could be a weapon?” says Fakhri, a Queens, New York, daughter of Czech and Pakistani parents. “Melissa got me good with some potatoes but I returned the favor with some breadsticks. It’s hard to do this kind of scene, but when it’s Paul Feig, you take one for the team.”

Says Perry: “The kitchen fight took two days to complete and demonstrated Paul’s commitment to ramping up the action. He’s an enthusiast of 1980s Jackie Chan movies, as am I, so I had a good idea what he wanted: low, wide-angle impact shots coming into the lens. It’s funny, kinetic and violent.”

“Spy “opens May 21 in cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.



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