Wednesday, March 20, 2019

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” New Trailer Makes the Internet Go Nuts

By José Alberto Hermosillo
The highly anticipated Quentin Tarantino ninth feature “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” has a new trailer, and the fans of its A-plus cast are breaking the internet.

The time period where the story is taking place may concern mostly the baby-boomers, but many millennials, who may not be familiar with Tarantino’s movies, are big fans of its terrific cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Al Pacino, Luke Perry, Margot Robbie, Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, Kurt Russell, and Clifton Collins Jr.

Set at the end of Hollywood Golden Age – in 1969, the anticipated film tells the story of a TV actor (Leonardo) and his stunt-double (Brad) struggling to achieve success in a very competitive, and at the same time debauched industry.
During the early 1970s, Hollywood was in the process of transformation, but always a few bad apples fall from the tree. 

The scandals of child abuse by Roman Polansky played in the film by the Polish actor Rafal Zawierucha (“Afterimage”), and the infamous murders committed by Charles Manson, incarnated by Australian actor Damon Herriman are also a few of the story-lines to follow in this intricate script.

"Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" is written by the two-times Oscar winner writer/director Quentin Tarantino, who is one of the first American directors looked upon by European filmmakers as an auteur.
Michael Madsen and Tim Roth, Tarantino’s regular actors, complement the fascinating cast.

The film is still in the cutting process and is expected to be ready for its world premiere at Cannes 2019. Quentin Tarantino already won the Palme d’Or in 1994 for “Pulp Fiction.” 


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Friday, March 1, 2019

Makeup & Hairstyling Symposium Oscars 2019

By José Alberto Hermosillo
Makeup & Hairstyling Symposium Nominees. Oscar Week 2019. Photo José Alberto Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA

Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling Symposium


The Oscar Week consists of a series of panels and symposiums hosted by the Academy in the days preceding the Awards. 

Those events focus on the work of the Oscar® nominees in seven categories: Documentaries - Short Subject and Feature, Shorts - Animated and Live Action, Animated Feature, Makeup & Hairstyling, and Best Foreign Language Film. 

Most of the nominees speak about their arts and crafts, and above all... their experiences making those remarkable films worth a nomination.
 Oscar Week 2019, programs. Photo José Alberto Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
At the Academy, every branch has specific guidelines to nominate a particular film accordingly to its achievements. 

For decades, the Oscar did not have the Best Makeup & Hairstyling category until the early 1980s. Before that, the Academy gave two Honorary Awards: One in 1967 to William Tuttle for “7 Faces of Dr. Lao,” and the second one to John Chambers for “Planet of the Apes” in 1968.
 
The Makeup & Hairstyling category is relatively new. It was established until the year 1981. The Academy honored the work of Rick Baker for “An American Werewolf in London” as the first Makeup Oscar winner.
 Oscar Week, Makeup & Hairstyling 2019 program. Photo José A. Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA

Since then, three outstanding films are chosen each year: A time-period piece, a contemporary work, and a Sci-fi/fantasy project.

The Makeup Branch values the quality of the work of a single character or to the task done on the entire cast in a production.

For example, the branch celebrated the job done in the characterization of: Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady” (2011), Salma Hayek as the iconic Mexican painter Frida Kahlo in “Frida” (2002), Marion Cotillard as the legendary French singer Edith Piaf in “La Vie en Rose” (2007), and Gary Oldman as the British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in “The Darkest Hour” (2017).

Recently, the epic productions that gained the Academy’s recognition are: “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (2003), “Mad Max: Fury Road” (2015), and “Suicide Squad” (2016).

Fantasy films get the voters’ attention. They recognized the work of Guillermo del Toro in “Pan's Labyrinth” (2006), “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (2008), and “Star Trek” (2009).
Makeup & Hairstyling. Photo Jose A. Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
And the nominees for Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling of 2019 are: 

“Border,” Göran Lundström and Pamela Goldammer.
“Mary Queen of Scots,” Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher and Jessica Brooks.
“Vice” Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia Dehaney, (WINNER).

"Mary Queen of Scots" nominees: Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher, Jessica Brooks
Jenny Shircore and Marc Pilcher, "Mary Queen of Scots." Film critic José Alberto Hermosillo (center) ©2019 Festival in LA
"Mary Queen of Scots" makeup display. Photo José Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
"Mary Queen of Scots" makeup display. Photo José Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
"Mary Queen of Scots" makeup display. Photo José Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
"Mary Queen of Scots" makeup display. Photo José Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
"Mary Queen of Scots" makeup display. Photo José Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
"Vice," Oscar nominee for Best Makeup & Hairstyling

 "Vice" nominees:  Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia Dehaney.
"Vice" makeup display. Photo José A. Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe, Best Makeup Oscar nominees, "Vice." Photo José A. Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
"Vice" makeup display. Photo José A. Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
"Vice" makeup display. Photo José A. Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
"Vice" makeup display. Photo José A. Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
"Vice" makeup display. Photo José A. Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
"Vice" makeup display. Photo José A. Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
Border - Gräns. Oscar nominee for best Makeup & Hairstyling
"Border" nominees:  Göran Lundström and Pamela Goldammer.
Eva Malander, the actress from the Swedish film Border and the fantastic makeup transformation as Tina, the border agent. Photo José Alberto Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA.
Eva Malander, Border.
Film critic José Alberto Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
Ali Abbasi, director, "Border." Photo José Alberto Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
Border, makeup display. Photo José Alberto Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
Border, makeup display. Photo José Alberto Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
Border, makeup display. Photo José Alberto Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
Border, makeup display. Photo José Alberto Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
 Pamela Goldmmaner, Göran Lundströn, Makeup Oscar Nominees "Boder." Film critic José Alberto Hermosillo (center). ©2019 Festival in LA
Lois Burwell, moderator, and Oscar winner Makeup Artist. 
Film critic José Alberto Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
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