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2001: A Space Odyssey bedroom

Los Angeles Magazine: Replica of the bedroom from 2001: A Space Odyssey

As part of a larger art installation call The 14th Factory, artist Simon Birch and architect Paul Kember have recreated the famous bedroom from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. The multi-media installation allows visitors to walk through the bedroom offering an immersive and interactive experience. However, what’s almost incredible about recreating the bedroom is that when Paul Kember was approached to do the project he revealed that his uncles worked on the movie and specifically on that room.

From Los Angeles Magazine:

Kubrick was notoriously cagey with his work. Once he finished a film, most of the elements that went into creating it (sets, costumes, props, storyboards, etc.) were promptly destroyed. Birch dreamt of recreating the room for the exhibition, but he had no set designs off of which to work; According to the South China Morning Post, Birch showed the project’s architect, a guy named Paul Kember, a series of stills from the film hoping he’d be able to recreate it. Then Paul goes, and I’m paraphrasing here, “Oh, Si, didn’t I tell you? My uncle and great-uncle—you know, Tony and John?—were draughtsman on that movie, and they literally—literally!—worked on that exact room! Isn’t that bonkers?!”

2001: A Space Odyssey bedroom

The installation is open now through April 30.

2001: A Space Odyssey bedroom

(Photos: The 14th Factory)

The Indian Express: Emma Watson’s Beauty and the Beast outfits were hand embroidered in Bhuj

From The Indian Express:

Watson’s costumes were quite a rage, and the designs piqued a lot of interest. What’s fascinating is that her attires have an Indian connection too. Surprised? Well, so are we! While the 26-year-old actress earned accolades for donning the hand-crafted bodice, Sinéad O’Sullivan, the assistant costume designer of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ revealed that it was designed using ‘Aari work’ technique, a sequined embroidery chain stitch rooted in the Kutch area of Gujarat.

Two Gujarati artisan brothers from Bhuj, Kasam and Juma, crafted the ensembles and bequeathed it with an Indian touch. Sullivan took to Instagram to share their contribution as part of her ‘Who made my clothes’ initiative. Posting a picture of the two, she wrote: “Belle’s bodice from Beauty and the Beast was beautifully hand embroidered by artisan brothers Kasam and Juma in Bhuj, Northern India. They used a technique called “Aari work” which is a very fine chain stitch traditional to the Kutch area of Gujarat. This style lent itself very nicely to this eighteenth century French floral design.”

Read the rest of the article here.

(Photo credit: Disney)

Daily Mail: Joseff of Hollywood Collection to go up for auction

Julien’s Auctions will be offering the prized jewelry collection of Eugene Joseff at auction in November.

From the Daily Mail:

Gold from the Golden Age: Amazing collection of jewelry owned by classic Hollywood including Marilyn Monroe, Liz Taylor and Rita Hayworth goes up for auction

“The largest collection of jewelry from the Golden Era of Hollywood is set to be sold off at auction including famous pieces worn by Marilyn Monroe and Rita Hayworth.

“The collection of Eugene Joseff is expected to sell for millions of pounds because it featured in dozens of classic films from the 1930s to the 1950s.”

“Mr Joseff manufactured his own jewelry and seen as having single-handedly made it an essential part of costume in Hollywood.

“According to auctioneers Julien’s, who are based in Los Angeles, Mr Joseff supplied nearly 90 per cent of all jewelry worn on screen in the 1930s and 40s.

“He created the concept of loaning jewelry to Hollywood stars and was a canny businessman who kept the pieces for himself meaning he could reuse them in many films.

“Julien’s spokeswoman Caroline Galloway said that a conservative estimate for the collection was between £1.6 and £2.4 million when it goes on sale in November.”

Read the rest of the article here.

MacRumors: Rare Functioning Apple-I Computer Headed to Auction in May

MacRumors is reporting that German auctioneer Breker will be auctioning off what is believed to be one of only eight remaining “functioning Apple-1 computers, complete with the original manual and documentation, the receipt for the motherboard and cassette recorder, and even a record of telephone conversations with Steve Jobs and Wozniak.”

The Apple-I was designed and built by Apple co-founder Steve Ozniak in 1976. There is thought to be only 175 sold, and out of that number only 50 to 60 or so remain in existence, including just eight functioning ones.

With such rarity and representing enormous historical value, these original Apple computers have been fetching six figures at auction. Breker is not unfamiliar with handling vintage Apples, as it auctioned another Apple-I in comparable working condition for $671,400 in May 2013. Bonham’s also sold a functioning Apple-I for a record $905,00 in New York in October 2014.

There is a likelihood that in May the Apple-I could break the $1 million mark.

Read the entire MacRumors article here.

Nerdist: Beauty and the Beast IMAX Tickets & Funko Pop! Giveaway

To coincide with the March 17 opening of Disney’s live-action film, Beauty and the Beast, Nerdist is giving away a set of IMAX tickets and a collection of Funko POP! collectible figures.

From Nerdist:

“Our Beauty and the Beast giveaway includes four IMAX tickets for the film, so you can even take a few friends. And that’s not the only prize! There’s also a set of five Beauty and the Beast Funko POP! vinyl figures based on the characters in the live-action movie. You’ll get Belle, Beast, Lumiere, Cogsworth, and Mrs. Potts and Chip.”

Go here to enter the sweepstakes.

WIRED: Hollywood Prop Collecting

From Wired.com:


“PREVIOUS GENERATIONS BOUGHT Renoirs and Cézannes,” Dan Lanigan says. “We’re buying stormtrooper helmets and Ghostbusters proton packs.” The burly TV producer is referring to the obsessive (and costly) pursuit of prop collecting. “This is the fine art of my generation.”

It used to be an underground hobby. People did it, but nobody talked about it—not only because it was embarrassing to admit that you coveted Charlton Heston’s slave collar from Planet of the Apes but also because, since such things were studio property, it was illegal to own them. Shady studio insiders and a cabal of collectors struck deals in private. That all changed in 1970, when MGM cleared some clutter from its soundstages with a three-day auction. Among the frayed costumes and antique furniture that hit the block were two of the most important sci-fi props ever made: the proto-steampunk contraption from the 1960 film adaptation of H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine, and the miniature model of the United Planets Cruiser C-57D, better known as the Forbidden Planet flying saucer. The time machine sold for almost $10,000, and while there’s no record of what the silver saucer went for then, it changed hands eight years ago for $76,700. Since MGM’s auction, prices for the best sci-fi props have routinely hit six-figures. In October 2015, the miniature Rebel blockade runner ship from Star Wars: Episode IV pulled down $450,000.

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