30 agosto 2012

Has she actually pulled it off? Lindsay Lohan captures turmoil of Liz Taylor's scandalous past in recreation of iconic Cleopatra scene



It is the most expensive film ever made, and a huge box office flop. 
But Cleopatra was the setting for Elizabeth Taylor to fall in love with Richard Burton, a happening christened 'le scandale' after the adulterous pair became the first ever tabloid sensation. 
Turmoil: Lindsay Lohan manages to capture Liz Taylor's expression as her life fell apart on the set of Cleopatra eerily here
Turmoil: Lindsay Lohan manages to capture Liz Taylor's expression as her life fell apart on the set of Cleopatra eerily here 
Pensive: Liz was born to play the Egyptian queen but the casting changed her life forever as she fell for Burton
Pensive: Liz was born to play the Egyptian queen but the casting changed her life forever as she fell for Burton
Pensive: Liz was born to play the Egyptian queen but the casting changed her life forever as she fell for Burton 
The juggernaut of attraction between Taylor and Burton amidst the over-spending and bickering on set destroyed the facade of old Hollywood and ushered in the era of access all areas celebrity gossip that we have today. 
Lindsay Lohan knows quite a bit about that, of course, and aptly enough, she's playing her icon in forthcoming Lifetime movie, Liz & Dick, which tells the couple's story. 
And it's in the recreated Cleopatra scene, a time that was the most chaotic in Liz's life, that Lindsay looks most like the fabled raven beauty. 
The haunted look on her face captures the inner turmoil of the indigo-eyed goddess as her life fell apart and the rollercoaster ride with the love of her life began. 
Recreation: Lindsay is Elizabeth on her wedding day to Richard Burton, played by Grant Bowler
Recreation: Lindsay is Elizabeth on her wedding day to Richard Burton, played by Grant Bowler 
Star crossed lovers: The real Liz & Dick on their wedding day
Star crossed lovers: The real Liz & Dick on their wedding day 
After falling for Burton, Taylor was denounced in the senate and criticised by the Vatican for 'erotic vagrancy,' which makes criticism of Lohan look like a series of gentle tuts in comparison. 
And unbelievable as it may seem, the debacle surrounding the bungled historical epic prompted many observers to declare Taylor's career dead in the water in the early '60s. 
 


    This was despite Cleopatra being the highest grossing film of 1963; as its gargantuan cost of $44 million meant the $26 million yield failed to even cover costs. 
    The four-hour film employed two directors, two separate casts, and needed two and a half years of on-and-off filming in England, Italy, Egypt, and Spain; it nearly destroyed Twentieth Century Fox. 
    But its place in legend was assured by a starring role in the epic love story.
    What becomes of the broken hearted: Lindsay as a devastated Liz after Burton's funeral
    What becomes of the broken hearted: Lindsay as a devastated Liz after Burton's funeral 
    The film cultivated Taylor's 'difficult' reputation as there were whispers of a diva-like attitude, myriad costume changes and of course, that on-set attraction. 
    So it's appropriate that she should be played in the film by the 26-year-old, who has been as beset by controversy during filming as any other time in her tumultuous short life. 
    After Liz and Dick left their husband and wife to be together, they married twice and made the classic Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? as well as some awful duds.
    But despite being engulfed by scandal and enjoying a booze-sodden see-saw romance with the roaring Welshman, Taylor remained a prosperous A list star until her death. 
    Could this have a prescience for Lindsay? 
    This film will tell us so, for if she charms us - or even proves interesting - on screen, it's likely the fascination with this wild child, Taylor's heir in so many ways, will continue. 
    The film will air on the cable channel this autumn. 



    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2195940/Lindsay-Lohan-image-Liz-Taylor-recreation-iconic-Cleopatra-scene.html


    Did Lindsay Lohan trash Elizabeth Taylor's Cleopatra love nest? Actress and film company in firing line over wrecked trailer


    Makers of Liz & Dick and the film's star Lindsay Lohan have been accused of trashing the dressing room trailer where Elizabeth Taylor's romance with Richard Burton started.
    The 'love nest' was apparently wrecked while it was on loan to Silver Screen Pictures, with photos showing cigarette burns on fabric, furniture and even a portrait of Taylor. Dishes, mirror and glass were broken.
    Angel Alger bought the lavishly decorated 38-foot travel trailer for $50,000 using her life savings in June.
    Wrecked: Lindsay Lohan and Silver Screen Pictures are in the firing line after being accused of trashing the trailer Elizabeth Taylor used while filming Cleopatra
    Wrecked: Lindsay Lohan and Silver Screen Pictures are in the firing line after being accused of trashing the trailer Elizabeth Taylor used while filming Cleopatra
    Tarnished: The trailer was put on loan to the production company earlier in the summer by owner Angel Alger
    Tarnished: The trailer was put on loan to the production company earlier in the summer by owner Angel Alger
    Icon: Taylor as Cleopatra in 1963 and, right, Lohan in character as Liz during filming for Liz & Dick this summer
    Icon: Taylor as Cleopatra in 1963 and, right, Lohan in character as Liz during filming for Liz & Dick this summer
    Icon: Taylor as Cleopatra in 1963 and, right, Lohan in character as Liz during filming for Liz & Dick this summer
    But a month later, after loaning it to the production company for the Lifetime TV movie, Alger says she discovered it had been ruined - and that items were missing.
     



      'I was specifically told that it would come back in pristine condition and in even better condition than it was at that time,' Alger told CNN. 
      The look of love: Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in the 1963 film Cleopatra
      The look of love: Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in the 1963 film Cleopatra 
      Mess: Glasses are seen toppled over with a stubbed out cigarette on the table
      Mess: Glasses are seen toppled over with a stubbed out cigarette on the table
      Before and after: A lavish French phone, seen left just after Alger purchased the trailer and, right, after being on loan
      Before and after: A lavish French phone, seen left just after Alger purchased the trailer and, right, after being on loan
      Before and after: A lavish French phone, seen left just after Alger purchased the trailer and, right, after being on loan
      She estimated the damage is in the region of at least $100,000 - and claims an antique European rocking chair that Taylor sat in after filming was taken.
      'I did not get to enjoy using the lavish French phone that she used or even her personal hair brush that probably still had some of her hair in it,' she went on.
      Display: Alger is hoping to repair the damage so she can put the trailer on display
      Display: Alger is hoping to repair the damage so she can put the trailer on display
      In a state: A picture of Taylor was also ruined and crockery smashed
      In a state: A picture of Taylor was also ruined and discarded on the floor 
      In a state: A picture of Taylor was also ruined and crockery smashed
      Bull in a china shop: Crockery was also shown smashed 
      Broken bone: Some delicate rose floral china was left in pieces
      Broken bone: Some delicate rose floral china was left in pieces 
      Furthermore, Alger has pointed the finger at Lindsay Lohan - based on studio employee's comment to her that the actress and her friends had access to it each night after filming.
      Alger said: 'Only a psychotic and rebellious person or people would steal irreplaceable museum belongings and leave it in this vandalised condition.'
      However, she says she has no evidence to prove it was Lohan.
      Disarray: The once-pristine trailer is shown with the contents knocked over and strewn about the floor and surfaces
      Disarray: The once-pristine trailer is shown with the contents knocked over and strewn about the floor and surfaces
      Smoke and mirrors: vintage glasses were toppled and cigarette butts carelessly stubbed out on a table
      Smoke and mirrors: vintage glasses were toppled and cigarette butts carelessly stubbed out on a table 
      Her spokesman Steve Honig denied Lindsay had anything to do with it: 'This has nothing to do with Lindsay,'  he told CNN. 'You should ask the producers about it.'
      Liz & Dick executive producer Larry Thompson did not return phone calls to CNN when contacted yesterday. His assistant said he was busy editing the movie.
      An insurance representative from the studio met with Alger to tour the trashed trailer in early August, but she claims the matter is still not resolved.
      Not so pretty in pink: The trailer's contents are seen strewn across the floor following its use by the film company
      Not so pretty in pink: The trailer's contents are seen strewn across the floor following its use by the film company
      Wreck and ruin: The state the trailer was left in, was a far cry from its original pristine condition
      Wreck and ruin: The state the trailer was left in, was a far cry from its original pristine condition
      Upset: Alger had some cleaning up to do when the trailer was returned
      Upset: Alger had some cleaning up to do when the trailer was returned 
      Back in 1963 Fox Studios spent $75,000 (which is worth around $500,000 today) to create a suite fit for the queen Taylor was playing in Cleopatra.
      She took filming breaks in the trailer with co-star Burton, set between roman columns with walls and ceilings handpainted in the style of Cleopatra's era.
      Liz & Dick is set to air on the Lifetime channel on November 3.
      Furious: Owner Angel Alger, seen in the trailer just after buying it for $50,000 in June
      Furious: Owner Angel Alger, seen in the trailer just after buying it for $50,000 in June
      As it was: Alger shared some photographs of the trailer in pristine condition before it was lent to Lohan and the film company
      As it was: Alger shared some photographs of the trailer in pristine condition before it was lent to Lohan and the film company
      As it was: Alger shared some photographs of the trailer in pristine condition before it was lent to Lohan and the film company




      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2195954/Did-Lindsay-Lohan-trash-Elizabeth-Taylors-Cleopatra-love-nest-Actress-film-company-firing-line-wrecked-trailer.html 



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      The behind-the-scenes video that reveals just how much the photographers airbrushed Lady Gaga's new Vogue cover



      That a magazine cover star is airbrushed to flawless perfection goes without saying. 
      But a new behind-the-scenes video from the shoot for the current Lady Gaga cover has revealed just how much work went into making the singer look the way she did.
      The finished image, which appeared on Vogue's September issue, showed Gaga with an exaggerated hourglass shape in a gown by Marc Jacobs.
      Lady Gaga
      Lady Gaga
      Hourglass silhouette: Lady Gaga looks sensational in her vase-like Marc Jacobs gown on Vogue's September cover (left) - a behind-the-scenes video from the shoot shows how different the reality looked on set (right)
      But that extraordinary silhouette was not simply thanks to the voluminous midsection of the dress. It seems the airbrush had a heavy hand in creating it too.
      While the singer is slender by anyone's standards, the behind-the-scenes video shows her with a more proportional waist size, Buzzfeed has observed.
       


        Her face also appears to have been narrowed in the final image, her arms slimmed and her décolletage more angular.
        The lower part of the dress, which narrows before it kicks out into a fishtail hem, has also been slimmed to a point that makes it seem as though Gaga's knees barely exist at all.
        Lady Gaga
        Lady Gaga
        Artistic license: That extraordinary silhouette on the cover was not simply thanks to the voluminous midsection of the dress. It seems Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott's airbrush had a heavy hand in creating it too
        Lady Gaga
        Behind-the-scenes: The singer's unairbrushed clear skin and slender figure can be seen in the shoot video
        It is worth noting, of course, that the image was shot by famed fashion photography duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, who are known for a highly creative and polished style, and the retouching work on the image would have been by their team, rather than Vogue.
        Gaga has been made to look like a candlestick, or vase, in this instance - it is intentional, and not designed to be realistic.
        The comparison does however shed light on how much licence glossy magazines take with the airbrush, and raises questions about the unrealistic body image ideas that they portray.
        Louise Chunn, editor of Psychologies magazine, explained in an interview earlier this year: ‘All glossy magazines retouch cover images. 
        'Photographers generally wouldn’t release an untouched image. They want to deliver the best possible picture, and the celebrity or model wants that, too.'


          









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