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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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  • Spotlight – Joel Harlow
    23
    FEB

    Spotlight – Joel Harlow

    To create cinematic illusions, you need conjurors. In this series of spotlight interviews, we ask movie magicians what makes them tick. Joel Harlow is a makeup and special effects makeup artist and designer with a career spanning decades. He created 56 unique alien species for Star Trek Beyond and has been Johnny Depp’s makeup artist for many years. Recent screen credits include the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ films, Hellboy (2019), The Lone Ranger, Logan, Black Mass and Black Panther.

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  • Black Panther Is The Ultimate Love Letter To Black Beauty
    23
    FEB

    Black Panther Is The Ultimate Love Letter To Black Beauty

    People aren't just excited for Black Panther, which finally comes out on February 16, because it's a big-budget Marvel film with Michael B. Jordan's abs and Chadwick Boseman's charm. From the moment the trailer surfaced late last year, people of color of all ages took note of the kings, queens, and warriors of Wakanda (a fictional East African nation) that look just like us, with rich brown skin and textured hair.

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  • How the Beauty Looks of Black Panther Express African Pride and Afrofuturism
    23
    FEB

    How the Beauty Looks of Black Panther Express African Pride and Afrofuturism

    Eyes may be the windows to the soul, but makeup is the doorway to our superhuman selves. As a young girl, I was intrigued by the gravity and sensuality of my mother doing her hair and makeup for special occasions. Her hands moved across her face and through her tresses with the grace and determination of a sculptor, inspired to capture both the essence of her heritage and conjure her inner heroine.

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