British TV series that travel to U.S. audiences via PBS’s Masterpiece series usually take a year to get across the pond. And it’s not just an England Proper thing. The same is true of Canadian series that air in the U.S. an entire year after the original broadcast at home, like Syfy’s Lost Girl. Before the popularity of Downton Abbey, most PBS viewers didn’t take much note of this. Now fans of Mr. Selfridge, which returns tonight for Season 3 (“Series 3″ in British parlance) have to face the same problem. That problem is spoilers.
Fans of Mr. Selfridge will be thrown several sidewinders for Season 3, and dodging these new twists and turns before they air each Sunday night will be difficult, especially since entire story plots are scattered across the Web, and Episode 10 will air in England tonight the same time Episode 1 airs in the States. Can’t wait to find out what happens next? It’s right there waiting for you to read. So what’s your best bet? Pick up Season 3 on DVD or Blu-ray, available at Amazon.com now here, or stream it here, and start your binge watching before you learn too much, too early.
If you’re interested in why Mr. Selfridge has the most realistic historical costumes of any series on TV, series costumer designer James Keast reveals one of his secrets in an interview done for the show: Many of the costumes are vintage–actual garments worn more than 100 years ago and found in the department store archives. Check out that video after the break, as well as some insights and a preview on what is certain to be a tumultuous Season 3:
Star Trek is known for many things, but in its first run on television in 1966-1969 it was widely known for William Ware Theiss’s costumes, both the vibrant red, blue and yellow (or green depending on your television set) Starfleet uniforms, and the spectacular alien of the week outfits for a vast range of guest stars (especially the women). But it wouldn’t end there.
Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 1979 brought a new update to the costumes, and further revisions would occur throughout 11 more movies through 2013. On a parallel track were the four TV series that continued the stories of the Federation and their friends and enemies: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek Voyager, and Enterprise.
Star Trek costume designer Robert Blackman looking at TNG first-season uniforms.
We learned earlier this year from a review of Facebook fans of Star Trek that their most desired costumes included the original series red Starfleet security tunic as worn by Scotty and the blue style worn by Mr. Spock, Captain Jean-Luc Picard’s third-season two-piece uniform and his First Contact-style uniform, and the Horatio Hornblower-inspired red gabardine military coats worn by the original series cast between Star Trek II and Star Trek VII (and in flashbacks and parallel timelines throughout Star Trek: The Next Generation and Voyager).
At long last, a single volume coming in 2015 will focus on the costumes of all the series. It will also be the first time Enterprise will get some real attention in a non-fiction chronicle.
Although we won’t see Doctor Who’s new 12th Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, until August, those who are missing their fix of Doctor Who will have once chance to see the Doctor in the theater. Get your fix of the cybernetic borg Cybermen as tomorrow night David Tennant, the 10th Doctor, will be featured in a Fathom Event series screening at select theaters throughout the United States.
The 2006 episodes “The Rise of the Cybermen” and “The Age of Steel,” featuring companion Rose Tyler played by Billie Piper will be shown beginning at 7:30 p.m. local time, Monday, June 16, 2014. But there’s more for Tennant fans. Tuesday night, June 17, 2014, bring your ticket back to the theater for Tennant narrating the BBC/Discovery program Earthflight 3D, Wings 3D, presented in RealD™ 3D, the premiere of a visual odyssey of flight where viewers fly alongside birds in an aerial adventure.
All the details for the two-night David Tennant fix can be found here. The first night includes an exclusive interview with Tennant about his role in the TV series. A huge list of participating theaters can be found here.
And if you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a look at Capaldi and his new garb as the next Doctor from a recently released BBC publicity image:
The Doctor in Doc Martens, eh? Why not.
Between the prequel comic book Star Trek: Countdown and the deleted scenes on the Blu-ray for 2009’s Star Trek reboot, we learned a lot of great backstory. One tidbit was the explanation for the Romulans (Nero and his crew) wearing cloven-toed boots. Prior to encountering the USS Kelvin, which resulted in the early birth of James T. Kirk in space instead of Iowa and the death of his father, Nero and crew were imprisoned by a band of Klingons. Presumably as part of their escape they took their captors’ clothes, hence the cloven-toed boots–the familiar footwear of Klingons since Star Trek: The Motion Picture through Star Trek: The Next Generation and beyond.
Nero style “neoninja” Tabi boots and pants from Star Trek 2009.
When costumer Michael Kaplan was sourcing his Romulan (formerly Klingon) garb for the film, he ended up using some unique and stylish creations from the folks behind Ayyawear and Verillas, and for a brief time after the film you could buy the same creations from their original source at Romwear.com. Romwear.com no longer exists, but you can still buy the cloven-toed Tabi boots from Ayyawear and Verillas in several different styles.
The final day of Planet Comicon 2014 is here, with a turnout as great as Saturday. Above, your borg.com editor has some fun with The Big Valley, The Fall Guy, and The Six Million Dollar Man star Lee Majors today.
Then author and borg.com writer Elizabeth C. Bunce met William Shatner at one of his several signings. Shatner is shown above with his security detail moving between events.
Elizabeth was sporting her steampunk Red Sonja from Bill Willingham’s Legenderry series.
The CW Network released this first look at the new Flash costume and announced that filming of the pilot episode will begin this week. This time around, the supersuit developed by Academy Award-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood seems to have kept with the modern design continuity of her costume for Stephen Amell’s Arrow while possibly pulling in some inspiration from Chris Evans’ Captain America costume from Captain America: The First Avenger, with that 1940s leather football helmet look, complete with chin guard.
Captain America–inspiration for the new Flash supersuit helmet?
The primary red-colored suit from the decades of comic book artist renderings has been cast aside for an edgier, dark look, also perhaps taking the lead from the darker mood of the Arrow series’ new DC universe that the new Barry Allen/Flash springs from. The color also resembles the classic Flash series that this new series will be undoubtedly compared to, possibly the best incarnation of a costumed hero to appear on TV or film, worn in 1990-1991 by actor John Wesley Shipp, shown here:
The original Flash–a supersuit that can’t be beat.
We previewed this week’s Julien’s auction here at borg.com last month. It could go down as the best auction of The Lord of the Rings props and costumes ever sold at auction simply from four of its offerings and it may be the only chance this decade to get your hands on props from the Academy Award winning films. Called “The Trilogy Collection–Props and Costumes from Middle-Earth,” Julien’s is offering several items on the auction block this Thursday, December 5, 2013.
The key items being auctioned belong to a group of screen-used props that were given away as part of a Hasbro Toys/New Line Cinema contest to promote the release of the third LOTR installment, the 2003 Academy Award winning best picture The Return of the King. Described as “one of eight main character props used heavily in The Lord of the Rings,” look for Aragorn’s sword, Frodo’s “Sting” sword, Eowyn’s sword, and Gimli’s battle axe, each expected to fetch prices ranging from $30,000 to $70,000, with Frodo’s sword expected to sell between $100,000 and $150,000.
By Art Schmidt
I was having lunch with a friend the other day and we were talking about comic book movies and the slow transition of the formulas for the ones which have succeeded to television format. My friend was grumbling about the lack of costumed heroes on popular shows such as Arrow or the new Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I have to admit, I hadn’t really noticed the lack of costumes in those shows, loving the first season of Arrow despite very few folks with traditional comic book costumes, and enjoying the first couple of episodes of A.O.S. (can you acronym an acronym?).
But the more I thought about it, the more puzzled I was. Why weren’t there more costumes in Arrow? Certainly Deathstroke’s mask was a pivotal prop in the series, and the Dark Archer had a cool getup, but they weren’t costumes so much as work attire fitting the villain’s nature. And of course A.O.S. is a show about normal people, super spies and highly-skilled to be sure, but not superheroes. And certainly without costumes outside of May’s black leather suit, akin to Fury’s normal wardrobe and the attire seen by many personnel aboard the Heli-carrier in The Avengers.
Speaking of which, The Avengers is a perfect case in point. The evolution of the superhero sans costume. I’ll get back to that in a minute.
By Elizabeth C. Bunce
Last week Syfy premiered its new reality series, Heroes of Cosplay, which follows a group of hardcore hobbyists on the convention and competition circuit. borg.com readers will know that cosplay (costume play) is a branch of the costuming hobby that’s all about dressing up as your favorite genre characters, from fantasy, sci-fi, gaming and especially anime. Frankly, we were a little skeptical—another reality competition series? And, will they make the costuming community look like buffoons? But we were pleasantly surprised by how much we enjoyed it.
As is the norm with reality series these days, the pilot featured a fair amount of drama, melodrama, psychodrama, and a little bit of cosplay. Filmed at Wizard World in Portland, Oregon, this February, the episode offered tantalizing glimpses at a number of recognizable and wish-we-knew-what-that-was awesome hand-crafted character recreations. The culmination of the episode was Wizard World’s first cosplay competition, featuring our intrepid stars and some unidentified cosplayers from the con, and their amazing and prize-worthy work. The wonderful, giant My Neighbor Totoro costume (which made third in the competition) was not by one of the cast members but may just have to be added to the borg.com list of best ever cosplay costumes at a Con.
The main cast is made up of a number of hobbyists and aspiring professionals, and helmed by famed professional cosplayer (yes, evidently there is such a thing!) Yaya Han. The inclusion of Han, now a judge instead of a competitor, offers a much-needed stability and authority, and she seems to fill the role of unofficial series host.
The first ever Independents Day was a big success Saturday at Elite Comics in Overland Park, Kansas. Hundreds of comic books fans turned out, and you could find Seth Peck, Terry Beatty, Darryl Woods, Nathen Reinke, Bryan Fyffe, Stephen Smith, and several other writers and artists on-hand for the day-long event.
It was a Day of the Daleks, with both the awesome cyborg Red Dalek, a costume and movable robot attempting to exterminate visitors:
and this static Dalek, shown here taking on Indy-pendents Day’s Indiana Jones: