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  • 'Black Panther's Makeup Designer On The Challenges Of Bringing Wakandan Tribal Makeup To Life
    17
    MAR

    'Black Panther's Makeup Designer On The Challenges Of Bringing Wakandan Tribal Makeup To Life

    There are superhero movies, and then there's Black Panther: A true piece of cinematic genius that takes the viewer on a glorious, action-packed, and thought-provoking ride from start to finish. Don't even get me started on the records it smashed or underrepresented audiences it served. As of today's date, the Marvel superhero flick broke yet another box office record by topping $1.1 billion worldwide.

    That said, when I got the chance to interview Joel Harlow, the Academy Award-winning makeup designer and department head behind Black Panther, I was understandably excited to do so. He filled me in on how he and his team brought the incredible Wakandan ritual makeup, tribal masks, detailed body modification and tattoo art of the film to life. Wakanda forever

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  • What is a Cult Film? - Joel Harlow
    03
    MAR

    What is a Cult Film? - Joel Harlow

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  • 4 Mind-Blowing Secrets Behind the Makeup in Black Panther
    03
    MAR

    4 Mind-Blowing Secrets Behind the Makeup in Black Panther

    Since its debut, Black Panther has evolved from a movie to a cultural phenomenon with its epic tale of the technologically advanced society of Wakanda, an El Dorado-like land in Africa. As the first of its kind, the Hollywood pros behind the film had to combine centuries of African tradition and their own universe-bending creativity to bring this story alive. For director Ryan Coogler, makeup designer Joel Harlow, who worked on the sets of Star Trek Beyond, the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Green Lantern and Alice Through the Looking Glass, was a clear choice.

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  • Honorees and Winners Shine at Hollywood Beauty Awards
    01
    MAR

    Honorees and Winners Shine at Hollywood Beauty Awards

    And the Winners Are… On Sunday, Feb. 25, the fourth annual Hollywood Beauty Awards honored make-up artists, hairstylists and other creative artisans for their work in film, TV, music, red carpet and editorial projects. Held at the Avalon Hollywood theater, the event was presented by LATF USA. The awards benefited the Helen Woodward Animal Center.

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  • Behind the scenes with Black Panther’s makeup designer
    23
    FEB

    Behind the scenes with Black Panther’s makeup designer

    Fans of genre film have probably seen Joel Harlow’s work, even if they didn’t realize it at the time. The longtime makeup designer and MorphologyFX founder got his start on horror films in the 1980s, including two of the Toxic Avenger films, and went on to multiple Oscar nominations (for The Lone Ranger and Star Trek Beyond) and one win (for 2009’s Star Trek). He’s worked with Johnny Depp on films from the Pirates of the Caribbean series to Alice In Wonderland to Tusk, and on superhero movies from 2000’s X-Men to Green Lantern to Logan. His work includes designing prosthetics and props — as he explained to The Verge in a 2017 interview about his extensive work on Logan, Morphology FX is an all-in-one effects shop that operates onsite at movie shoots.

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  • ‘Black Panther’ Oscars spotlight: Behind a great superhero movie are great women below the line
    23
    FEB

    ‘Black Panther’ Oscars spotlight: Behind a great superhero movie are great women below the line

    “Black Panther” has received abundant praise, including for its wide-ranging, multi-dimensional female characters who get to drive the story and don’t just exist to motivate male characters. I echo all those sentiments about warrior Okoye (Danai Gurira), spy Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), scientist Shuri (Letitia Wright) and queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett). But I was just as excited as the end credits rolled to see that Marvel and director Ryan Coogler put their money where their mouth is by hiring women in prominent roles behind the scenes, and I don’t think it’s too early to highlight their accomplishments as worthy awards contenders for 2018.

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