The Human Side of Fame, New York.


Susan Sarandon in New York in 1993.  Photograph: Brigitte Lacombe
Brigitte Lacombe is having a moment: for the first time in the photographer’s 40-year career.
Some of her most celebrated photographs are on display at Phillips in New York, and a new portrait of one of her favorite subjects, Meryl Streep, is the cover of Neue Journal.
Meryl Streep in New York, 1988. Photograph: Brigitte Lacombe
1728Robert DeNiro and Martin Scorcese in New York, 2002
See more images via Brigitte Lacombe’s photos expose the human side of celebrity – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian.

From Jewelled Nights (1925) to Muriel’s Wedding (1994).

In an unprecedented collaboration, the National Portrait Gallery and the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSAA) celebrate the past and present of Australian film with the new exhibition Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits.

Louise Lovely and Gordon Collingridge in Jewelled Nights (1925), directed by Louise Lovely and Wilton Welch.
In this classic double silhouette of the two stars, the photographer’s dramatic use of lighting highlights Lovely’s androgynous profile, while the construction and costuming of the still frames her in sharp relief to her co-star.
Jewelled Nights saw Lovely transcend her Hollywood starlet persona for her emerging identity of director, producer and dramatic lead. It was her first and only Australian film following her return from Hollywood. Only fragments of the film survive.
Photograph: John H Robinson/NFSAA

Toni Collette as Muriel in Muriel’s Wedding (1994), directed by P J Hogan.
P J Hogan’s award-winning comedy celebrates Muriel as a misfit and daydreamer determined to escape her dysfunctional family. The film introduced Collette to a global audience.
Robert McFarlane’s still is taken at a revealing moment halfway through, when Muriel is caught trying on a wedding gown for an imaginary wedding. She confesses to her friend Rhonda how much getting married means to her: ‘If I can get married it means that I’m changed, I’m a new person, [not] Muriel Heslop. Stupid, fat and useless. I hate her!’
Photograph: Robert McFarlane/House and Moorhouse Films/NFSAA
Click for more wonderful Images and Stories via From Louise Lovely to Nicole Kidman: 100 years of Australian film – in pictures

James Dean snapped in Times Square, 1954.


James Dean, Times Square, New York, 1954
James Byron Dean (February 8, 1931 – September 30, 1955) was an American actor.
He is remembered as a cultural icon of teenage disillusionment and social estrangement, as expressed in the title of his most celebrated film, Rebel Without a Cause (1955), in which he starred as troubled teenager Jim Stark.
The other two roles that defined his stardom were loner Cal Trask in East of Eden (1955) and surly ranch hand Jett Rink in Giant (1956).
Dean’s premature death in a car crash cemented his legendary status.
He became the first actor to receive a posthumous Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, and remains the only actor to have had two posthumous acting nominations. (Wikipedia).
Source: vintage everyday: James Dean, Times Square, New York, 1954

Jean Harlow,The Blonde Bombshell, 1911-1937.

Jean Harlow, the “Blonde bombshell” is often used to describe an exciting, dynamic, sexy woman with blonde hair, particularly blonde celebrity sex symbols.
The expression seems to have come from, or at least was popularized by, a movie and originally referred to a specific blonde bombshell.
In 1933, the platinum blonde Jean Harlow was one of the most popular actresses in Hollywood.
That year, Harlow starred in a movie called Bombshell (at the time “bombshell” in American slang was already being used to refer to incredibly attractive, flamboyant women, with the first documented case of this in 1860).


One of the advertising lines for the film was “Lovely, luscious, exotic Jean Harlow as the Blonde Bombshell of filmdom.”
When the film was released in England, they even renamed it “Blonde Bombshell” as it was thought in England that the original title sounded like a war film, which the movie is decidedly not. (It’s actually about an actress who gets fed up with being a sex symbol and just wants to lead a normal life).
While it seems probable that this wasn’t the first time someone out there uttered the words “blonde bombshell” (those two words fitting together so nicely), this does appear to be the first documented instance of it with, of course, the first actress to be labeled such being the lovely Jean Harlow, who incidentally died at the tender age of 26.
via Today I Learned.

Batman Movie Promo Shot, 1966.

Photo of Adam West as Batman from the television program.
In this awesome early image Adam West is playing the most iconic superhero of that time.
This image is a promotional photo from the movie studio when they released their spinoff movie to the show “Batman.”
The movie was released a few months after the show was.
This image is dated August 12th 1966 and is credited by “20th Century Fox.”
Source: vintage everyday: 1966 ‘Batman’ Movie Promo Photo

Wings 3D a film about birds by Birds.

0_0_525_1_70_http---i“We put cameras on everything that moves,” says John Downer, the producer and director of Wings3D, a unique wildlife movie distributed by BBC Worldwide.
How do you capture thousands of hours of up-close-and-personal footage of tigers, polar bears, vultures, bald eagles and penguins in their natural element in ways that have never been seen before?
In the 2011-2012 series Earthflight, he placed cameras on trained birds, providing a totally unique POV (don’t worry, no birds were hurt).
In 2013, Penguins: Spy in the Huddle, part of Downer’s successful Spy wildlife series, drew more than 9 million viewers.
He’s used elephants as his cameramen as well, when filming tigers in India for Tiger: Spy in the Jungle.
He wanted to film tigers in a way that had never been seen before.
He realized they were comfortable around elephants, so his crew rode on elephants.
He knew that elephants liked to carry logs, so his crew put a camera on the end of a tree trunk. Downer says it was like having “a nature-made steadicam.”
As the elephants moved, the shots panned smoothly.
Wings3D relies on the science of avian imprinting, using trained birds, including a vulture, to capture scenes while the team flies alongside in a microlight aircraft.
The imprinted birds consider the pilot to be a parent.
The team also created a robotic vulture glider and attached a GoPro to a bald eagle, vulture and a fish eagle.
via In New Movie, Birds Are The Cinematographers | Nature | Science | Australian Popular Science.