Murder, Dior, and Kate Winslet in ‘The Dressmaker’

In the new trailer for The Dressmaker, Kate Winslet plays bocce-ball in couture Dior while puffing a cigarette.

The Oscar-winning actress portrays a fashion designer returning to her small town origins in this latest film from Jocelyn Moorhouse. In the teaser, armed with nothing but a sewing machine and a pack of Marlboros, Winslet transforms a town of down-on-their-luck villagers into elegant, poised beauties, all while navigating the intricacies of a murky murder case. That’s not to mention her sustained flirtations with a gratuitously shirtless Liam Hemsworth.

The film has already debuted in Australia, but is set for a US release in theaters everywhere on September 23.

“Moorhouse’s adaptation of Rosalie Ham’s 2000 novel may lead audiences to expect a primmer, more well-behaved movie based on its title alone,” said Variety’s Justin Chang. “But that doesn’t mean it won’t have them in stitches.”

“A dress can’t change anything,” says frumpy townsperson Gertrude to Kate’s character in the trailer. “Watch and learn, Gert,” she replies. “Watch and learn.”

 

A Polaroid to Remember: Shots From On Set

Even if taken yesterday, there’s a certain something about polaroid photos that evokes a sense of stillness—a frozen in time quality with the warm sense of memory. And when it comes to film sets, polaroids run rampant for the sake of continuity with make up and such, but also provide a candid look behind-the-scenes at the making of a moment and what was like to truly inhabit it. There’s simply something lingering in the instant held image that you’re not going to gain so easily from snapping a few shots with your iPhone—or at least, that’s how it feels to me.

But from back in the days of Blade Runner to the most recent of film sets, it’s a pleasure to peruse the polaroids found floating around the feature, giving us insight into the on-set life and providing our favorite actors and scenes with even more character and charm. And thanks to the good folks over at Flavorwire, who have unearthed some of the best polaroid shots from your favorite films, you can get a closer glimpse at a young Johnny Depp, a demure Audrey Hepburn, a resting Gillian Anderson and many more. Take a look at some of our favorites below and see the rest HERE.

 

The X-Files, Gillian Anderson

 

 

Blade Runner, Harrison Ford and Sean Young

 

 

Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s

 

 

 

Where The Buffalo Roam, Bill Murray and Hunter S. Thompson

 

 

Winona Ryder, Girl, Interuppted

 

 

New York, New York, Liza Minnelli and Martin Scorsese

 

Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Main Image: Johnny Depp, Benny & Joon

Afternoon Links: Q-Tip Joins G.O.O.D. Music, Brooklyn Gets A Rough Trade

● Big Sean, if you’ll just scoot over a bit: Kanye West has signed former Tribe Called Quest member Q-Tip to his G.O.O.D. Music family. "I will do my best to present the most cutting edge music I can,” the 42-year-old rapper said. [Rap-Up]

● Unfortunately for the man who claims he waited fifteen years to see them, China has censored Kate Winslet’s boobs out of Titanic 3D. [Huff Post]

● James Franco, already a man of many talents, has added Rihanna to his repertoire. [JustJared]

● Upset by the media setup outside his apartment — and particularly with The Today Show crew that was there — Alec Baldwin suggested on Twitter this morning that he is "leaving NBC just in time." Baldwin is on contract for at least another season of 30 Rock, but could that be his last? [Vulture]

● When he was 14 years old, Brad Pitt played on a trophy-winning basketball team called The Rejects. [Us]

● Rough Trade, the London record store that helped foster punk, is opening shop in Williamsburg this fall. And better yet, in addition to the usual record store offerings, they’ve partnered with Bowery Presents to put on in-store gigs. [VV]

Kate Winslet Says Song from ‘Titanic’ Makes Her ‘Feel Like Throwing Up’

Celine Dion’s massive hit song "My Heart Will Go On" became the de facto theme to Titanic–and so much more–when it was released 15 years ago. To this day, it’s difficult for someone to go long without hearing it somewhere, whether it be on the radio or in a supermarket. And while the song brings a feeling of warmth to some, it  elicits less positive reactions from others. Take Kate Winslet, for example.

During a recent interview with MTV ahead of next week’s 3D re-release, the Titanic star was asked about the song that played over and over throughout the film that made her a household name. Here’s how Winslet responded:

"Like throwing up." That’s how Kate Winslet feels when she hears Celine Dion’s "My Heart Will Go On," the once-inescapable theme to "Titanic."

"No, I shouldn’t say that," Winslet added, thinking through her response before coming to this conclusion: "No, actually, I do feel like throwing up."

"I wish I could say, ‘Oh listen, everybody! It’s the Celine Dion song!’ But I don’t," Winslet admitted. "I just have to sit there, you know, kind of straight-faced with a massive internal eye roll."

Tell us how you really feel, Kate!

Morning Links: SNL Gets A New Cast Member, ‘Twins’ Gets A Sequel

Saturday Night Live has added a funny and also openly gay woman—a first for the show—to their cast. Kate McKinnon of The Big Gay Sketch Show fame will be welcomed on next weekend’s Sofia Vergara-hosted episode. [NYP]

● Tyler, the Creator wants Lana Del Rey to know that, should she be interested, he is totally "down" to make musical magic together and that he has some "pretty instrumentals," to boot. It is not too late to unplug your Internet. [Vulture]

● Kate Winslet says she feels "like throwing up" every time she hears Celine Dion’s "My Heart Will Go On." The stars, they really are just like us! [MTV]

● Lady Gaga rang in her 26th year with a birthday spin class set to Bruce Springsteen. [Us]

● Joining Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito, Eddie Murphy will make three genetically engineered brothers in the totally insane sounding Triplets, the proposed sequel, of course, to DeVito and Schwarzenegger’s Twins. [THR]

● Questlove—who bought his first hoodie at the Gap after watching Tribe Called Quest’s "Can I Kick It" video—does "love" a hoodie, but ­he worries that their symbolic role in the Trayvon Martin protests might be a “distraction … to keep eyes off the ­issue of race relations in America. ” [NYM]

Who Should Really Win Academy Awards This Year?

Let’s face it: this year’s Oscar nominees seemed a little, well, off. As soon as the nominations were announced, it really struck home that there is an enormous disconnect between the voters and the passionate cinema-goers who actually look at film on a broader scope than just what’s playing at the multiplex down the street. The Los Angeles Times called it: the Academy is overwhelmingly white and male (not to mention the median age of 62), which might explain why Billy Crystal has stepped in to host the ceremony for the ninth time. While there were plenty of powerful movies deserving of recognition, this year’s Oscars lauded the typical melodramatic and emotionally manipulative fare. But what would happen if the Academy put on a show representative of the changing trends in cinema?

For starters, there’d be no Extremely Twee and Incredibly Manipulative 9/11 Movie. And while we appreciate the love letters to cinema in the form of The Artist and Hugo, there’d be fewer masturbatory films that appeal to the Academy’s demographic. Yes, we love Scorcese and Malick and Allen and Spielberg, but why not recognize a few younger directors? And don’t even get us started on The Help. Instead, take a look at what we think deserved (and undeservedly lacked) recognition this year by clicking through the slideshow below. 

Kate Winslet Teams With Lancôme For ‘Golden Hat’ Makeup Collection

For the holidays, alpha actress Kate Winslet is mixing business with philanthropy. The Titanic star has teamed up with cosmetics overlords Lancôme, for which she’s also a beauty ambassador, for a limited edition makeup collection that will benefit her charity, The Golden Hat Foundation.

Winslet’s newly formed foundation benefits children living with autism and was inspired by the Icelandic documentary The Sunshine Boy, which focused on children living with autism (Winslet is the English narrator of the film). She told In Style of the profound effect working on the project had on her: “I walked away from the experience unable to let it go.”

Winselt came to Lancôme, and together they created a three piece holiday collection, that, according to their official website, “brings to life the spirit and message of the charity.” The Lancôme’s Golden Hat collection includes a lipstick, nail polish, and foundation all marked by the Golden Hat symbol. The foundation got its name from a poem written by one of boys in the documentary. So this holiday season treat yourself or someone close to Lancôme’s Golden Hat collection, profits go directly to Winslet’s foundation.

You can hear Winselt talk about the collection at Lancôme here.

Morning Links: Jessica Simpson Is Pregnant, Adam Levine Doesn’t Want His Music Played On ‘Evil’ Fox

● Jessica Simpson is, just like everyone thought, pregnant! She was just waiting until she had a magazine deal — this one with OK! bringing in a reported $500,000, hopefully deposited directly into the nascent child’s college fund — confirmed before she would say so. [OK!] ● Lindsay Lohan was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs yesterday after the judge ripped on her acting career (“She is supposed to be an actress from what I hear.”), admonished her to start doing her community service, and, ultimately, revoked her probation. Lindsay immediately posted the $100,000 bail, and is set to return to court November 2nd. If you must, the mugshot. [NYP] ● Carla Burni and French President Nicolas Sarkozy welcomed une peitite fille into the world yesterday evening. [People]

● Kate Winslet was on hand yesterday while her new boyfriend, Ned Rocknroll, and his uncle, Richard Branson, launched their new “high-end spaceport” far out into the galaxy. [Us] ● Maroon 5 heartthrob Adam Levine warned Fox News against using his music on their “evil fucking channel ever again.” And then he said, “Thank you,” which was nice. [Huff Post] ● River Phoenix’s final film, Dark Blood, is being cut for release 18 years after Phoenix’s sudden and untimely, mid-shoot death. [THR]

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Salon Spotlight: Tracie Martyn’s MET Gala Spa Day

I’m not exactly jealous I wasn’t invited to the Met Gala this year, more miffed about missing out on the prep time—kicking back in a salon chatting with famous people as I wait for my designer gown to arrive. Imagine, for example, what the Tracie Martyn Salon was like the morning of the mega-fete. Tracie, A-list skin wizard to the stars, was prepping supermodel Lara Stone and actors Liv Tyler and Kate Winslet for the ball.

Martyn, a British-born New Yorker, is widely sought out for her Resculpting Facial, a $600 treatment that she customizes specially for each client using only natural ingredients. Her signature Resculpting Facials and Resculpting Body Treatments improve the appearance of the skin, and focus on relaxing and centering the client. Though nothing can rival the handiwork of Martyn herself and the expertise she’s gleaned over nearly 30 years in the beauty industry, her specially-formulated products are famous among beauty editors and beauty junkies alike. She even offers what’s now known as “The Famous Purple Bag,” a tote that features her entire facial product collection, which earned it’s title after the audience went nuts for it during her Oprah appearance (oh, yeah—she knows Oprah too). You can get it for around $435, sans MET Gala invite.

If you’d like to test your luck and try for an appointment, her beautiful private salon location on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan is certainly worth the wait. She’s spared no expense on the design and aura of the space, paying close attention to detail. She’s particular about ginger tea-scented candles and floral arrangements by Antony Todd. But the effect is worth it.

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