Ishioka passed away in Tokyo on Saturday (21Jan12) after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
She created costumes for all of director Tarsem Singh's films, including The Cell, Immortals and the upcoming Snow White movie Mirror Mirror, starring Julia Roberts and Lily Collins.
Ishioka was honoured with an Academy Award for costume design in 1992 for Bram Stoker's Dracula, for which she created a suit of armour for Gary Oldman's title character and a voluminous wedding dress for British actress Sadie Frost.
She also scooped a Grammy Award for designing the cover of Miles Davis' 1986 album Tutu, designed the wardrobe for Grace Jones' Hurricane tour in 2009, and directed Bjork's Cocoon music video.
Ishioka also took charge of the costumes featured in the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark.
The Frost/Nixon star appears in the lead role of the Shakespearean tragedy in a new production at London's Young Vic theatre and the show was officially launched this week (begs07Nov11).
Stars including actress Kristen Scott Thomas, supermodel Lily Cole, Take That singer Jason Orange and Sheen's girlfriend Rachel McAdams were in the audience for opening night, but 10 minutes after the curtain went up, the play was abandoned due to a lighting fault.
Producers ushered the audience into a theatre bar and offered them a drink of wine while the problem was fixed and the play eventually went ahead 45 minutes behind schedule.
A representative for the theatre says in a statement, "Michael was supposed to enter in a blackout. The lights didn't go out because of the technical issues we had, so that's why Michael didn't go on. Second time around, the scene was performed exactly as it should be."
However, the glitch didn't affect critics' reviews of Sheen's performance, which was labelled "fascinating", "intelligent" and "inventive" by The Guardian's Michael Billington.
The Daily Telegraph's Charles Spencer claims Sheen "could be right up there among the great Hamlets", while Paul Taylor of The Independent writes, "Sheen has just the right electrically dangerous, mocking intelligence for the part. He swings from an initial edgy concessiveness at court to an extraordinary manic high."
The celebrities in the audience were also impressed by Sheen's performance, with Scott Thomas gushing, "I'm quite overwhelmed. I feel like I've been through the mill. It is a descent into madness which is your nightmare," and pop star Orange adds, "It was brilliant."
The first and most important thing you should know about Paramount Pictures’ Thor is that it’s not a laughably corny comic book adaptation. Though you might find it hokey to hear a bunch of muscled heroes talk like British royalty while walking around the American Southwest in LARP garb director Kenneth Branagh has condensed vast Marvel mythology to make an accessible straightforward fantasy epic. Like most films of its ilk I’ve got some issues with its internal logic aesthetic and dialogue but the flaws didn’t keep me from having fun with this extra dimensional adventure.
Taking notes from fellow Avenger Iron Man the story begins with an enthralling event that takes place in a remote desert but quickly jumps back in time to tell the prologue which introduces the audience to the shining kingdom of Asgard and its various champions. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) son of Odin is heir to the throne but is an arrogant overeager and ill-tempered rogue whose aggressive antics threaten a shaky truce between his people and the frost giants of Jotunheim one of the universe’s many realms. Odin (played with aristocratic boldness by Anthony Hopkins) enraged by his son’s blatant disregard of his orders to forgo an assault on their enemies after they attempt to reclaim a powerful artifact banishes the boy to a life among the mortals of Earth leaving Asgard defenseless against the treachery of Loki his mischievous “other son” who’s always felt inferior to Thor. Powerless and confused the disgraced Prince finds unlikely allies in a trio of scientists (Natalie Portman Stellan Skarsgard and Kat Dennings) who help him reclaim his former glory and defend our world from total destruction.
Individually the make-up visual effects CGI production design and art direction are all wondrous to behold but when fused together to create larger-than-life set pieces and action sequences the collaborative result is often unharmonious. I’m not knocking the 3D presentation; unlike 2010’s genre counterpart Clash of the Titans the filmmakers had plenty of time to perfect the third dimension and there are only a few moments that make the decision to convert look like it was a bad one. It’s the unavoidable overload of visual trickery that’s to blame for the frost giants’ icy weaponized constructs and other hybrids of the production looking noticeably artificial. Though there’s some imagery to nitpick the same can’t be said of Thor’s thunderous sound design which is amped with enough wattage to power The Avengers’ headquarters for a century.
Chock full of nods to the comics the screenplay is both a strength and weakness for the film. The story is well sequenced giving the audience enough time between action scenes to grasp the characters motivations and the plot but there are tangential narrative threads that disrupt the focus of the film. Chief amongst them is the frost giants’ fore mentioned relic which is given lots of attention in the first act but has little effect on the outcome. In addition I felt that S.H.I.E.L.D. was nearly irrelevant this time around; other than introducing Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye the secret security faction just gets in the way of the movie’s momentum.
While most of the comedy crashes and burns there are a few laughs to be found in the film. Most come from star Hemsworth’s charismatic portrayal of the God of Thunder. He plays up the stranger-in-a-strange-land aspect of the story with his cavalier but charming attitude and by breaking all rules of diner etiquette in a particularly funny scene with the scientists whose respective roles as love interest (Portman) friendly father figure (Skarsgaard) and POV character (Dennings) are ripped right out of a screenwriters handbook.
Though he handles the humorous moments without a problem Hemsworth struggles with some of the more dramatic scenes in the movie; the result of over-acting and too much time spent on the Australian soap opera Home and Away. Luckily he’s surrounded by a stellar supporting cast that fills the void. Most impressive is Tom Hiddleston who gives a truly humanistic performance as the jealous Loki. His arc steeped in Shakespearean tragedy (like Thor’s) drums up genuine sympathy that one rarely has for a comic book movie villain.
My grievances with the technical aspects of the production aside Branagh has succeeded in further exploring the Marvel Universe with a film that works both as a standalone superhero flick and as the next chapter in the story of The Avengers. Thor is very much a comic book film and doesn’t hide from the reputation that its predecessors have given the sub-genre or the tropes that define it. Balanced pretty evenly between “serious” and “silly ” its scope is large enough to please fans well versed in the source material but its tone is light enough to make it a mainstream hit.
Mad Men star January Jones is the latest addition to Fox's X-Men: First Class, Deadline reported Tuesday. She will play the role of Emma Frost, the beautiful mutant with telepathic powers. Director Matthew Vaughn has also set Zoe Kravitz to play Angel. Further casting was also announced yesterday.
Jason Flemyng will play Azazel, the father of Nightcrawler; Bill Milner will play the young version of Magneto (who is being played in adult form by Michael Fassbender) and Morgan Lily will play the Young Raven.
The new additions join James McAvoy as Xavier, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Caleb Landry Jones as Banshee, Lucas Till as Havoc, Edi Gathegi as Darwin, Rose Byrne as Xavier's love interest and Oliver Platt as The Man in Black.
Production is to begin next week in London.
Source: Deadline, Hollywood WireTap
The Brit thought Lily - his fang-loving offspring with ex-girlfriend Kate Beckinsale - would be thrilled when he was cast as vampire king Aro in New Moon.
Instead, she burst into tears.
Frost/Nixon star Sheen tells the New York Post, "When I told her I was definitely playing vampire Aro in Twilight, she cried. She was so overwhelmed and annoyed that I muscled in on something that was hers. She's already told me she'll be my date for the premiere."
The Frost/Nixon star appears alongside Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart playing Aro, the leader of an Italian vampire clan called the Volturi.
Sheen was keen to take snaps onset to impress his 10-year-old daughter, Lily, who is a big fan of the movie franchise - but eagle-eyed security soon stopped him.
He says, "I remember someone whose job was containment and I thought: 'What does that actually mean? Does that mean stopping people from getting on the set?'
"And it wasn't, it was to stop people on the set taking pictures and sending them out."
The movie is slated to be released in November (09).
The leading men's fashion magazine throws a lavish bash every year to hand out accolades to the most inspirational male stars in the world, and this year, singer/songwriter Elvis Costello was honoured in recognition of his long-running career, taking home the Outstanding Achievement prize, while Frost/Nixon star Sheen was handed the Best Actor Award from sexy Eva Mendes.
The Wrestler star Mickey Rourke was named the International Man of the Year, while British comedian David Walliams was crowned the Most Stylish.
Pop singer Lily Allen, who hit the headlines for her drunken spat with co-host Sir Elton at last year's (08) GQ ceremony, was named the Woman of the Year.
Other winners at the glitzy London ceremony included director Guy Ritchie and movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.