Very sad news out of Savannah, Georgia, as you have probably heard by now – an accident on the set of ‘Midnight Rider’, the Gregg Allman story, killed a camera assistant and wounded seven additional crew this past week. This accident should have never happened, and it’s the latest in a long string of film industry workplace mishaps and deaths, almost all of them completely preventable. We should all be operating with a heightened sense of awareness for our safety and for the safety of those around us. Too often we are asked to work in dangerous situations by people in charge who are reckless and largely unconcerned for the safety and welfare of the crew.
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Chachi Burke, hard at work on Sleepy Hollow, Season One.
Chachi was a birthday gift I didn’t know I was getting. He turned out to be my child. My son. He was, in the end, about as much work as a real human son. He jumped out of a 2nd-story balcony. I had to pull him around in a little red wagon for three months while his legs were in casts. He chewed his way out of his travel crate on an airplane and roamed the cargo hold on a flight to Atlanta. When the plane landed, he jumped out of the cargo hold and delayed flights at the nation’s busiest airport. He was THAT GUY.
Continue reading ‘RIP Chachi Loving Burke: Mayor of Westwood, Mayor of Everything, King of Mama’s heart, Light of Mama’s life.’
Two films are out for your holiday viewing: both feature mind-numbing violence, explosions, espionage, gun battles, torture and death. One is based on actual events, and the other is based on a well-known set of novels. The stories are so outrageous; it’s hard to tell which one is standing in front of the mirror and which one is the reflection.
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Polly Platt's beautiful work on THE LAST PICTURE SHOW
Boy, this is some sad news. Costume designer, Production designer, and ultimately, producer Polly Platt has passed away at 72. Among her long list of credits (including an Academy Award nomination for Art Direction/Terms of Endearment), she designed costumes and sets for the magnificent The Last Picture Show, which was one of the first reviews I posted on this site. Her talent will continue to be an inspiration to all of us. Thank you, Polly, and rest in peace.
More info from Deadline Hollywood
This gives me a serious, profound case of the SADS!! I almost fell out of my chair just now, reading this headline from the LA Times. I can’t believe this has happened. He was such a bright, shining star in the fashion world, and his spirit and talent will be sincerely missed. He was only 40 years old – too early to leave us. I am so, so saddened by this news. Tragic.
Review Date: 1-17-10
Release Date: 11-13-09
Runtime: 112 min.
Costume Designer: Catherine George
The military calls them the “Casualty Notification Team”, but in reality they are the messengers for the angel of death. The Messenger is a window into their grim world. They can provide good news for no one. They know that their very presence turns stomachs and causes anxiety. While wearing other clothes, they can disappear, anonymous. However, once the dress uniforms are on, there is no mistaking their purpose. This is a remarkable film about loss, grief and redemption, and is without question one of the year’s best films.
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