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'American Idol': Stylist Nra Kudelka on Candice and Kree's style evolutions

Last night on American Idol, Kree Harrison and Candice Glover sang for their lives in hopes of being crowned the season 12 winner.

Each contestant gave three performances, which meant three wardrobe changes. Women’s contestant stylist Nra Kudelka — the men worked with stylist Seth Chernoff — and the Idol wardrobe team had just one week to pull together all the looks for both last night’s finale performances and tonight’s results show.

How do they do it? Read on to find out what Kudelka says about how the song choices influence the wardrobe, mixing custom pieces with store-bought clothes, and why she’s had to talk both finalists into wearing dresses.  READ FULL STORY

Star audition tapes off the block, memorabilia from 'Star Trek,' 'Superman' and more still to be auctioned

More than 50 VHS tapes of auditions by the likes of Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Julianne Moore will no longer be up for bids during the Julien’s Auctions “Hollywood Legends” sale.

The auction house pulled the tapes and issued a statement after complaints were received from actors’ union SAG-AFTRA — which declared that “auditions are not public performances” — and the Casting Society of America.

Even without the tapes, Julien’s still has hundreds of lots that include costumes, props and other Hollywood memorabilia, and the auction will be held as planned from April 5-6.

Click through the gallery to see some of the big ticket items — some of which are estimated to fetch upwards of $60,000-$80,000 — up for grabs.  READ FULL STORY

Celebrate the return of 'Game of Thrones' with these low-rent Frankencostumes -- PHOTOS

Emmy-winning Game of Thrones costume designer Michele Clapton spares little expense when designing the elaborate outfits featured on HBO’s hit fantasy series. You, however, probably have a more limited budget — unless you’re some kind of champion LARPer, in which case I have so many questions for you!

Ahem. Anyway, if you’d like to celebrate the show’s upcoming third season premiere by dressing up and getting hammered on Iron Throne Blonde Ale you’re in luck. BuyCostumes.com wants you to know that it’s easy to cobble together a GoT-esque costume, using nothing but bits and pieces of other, decidedly unlicensed costumes. This “Cersei Lannister” look, for example, combines a generic medieval dress with a “Grecian Necklace” and — best of all — a “Flower Child Wig.” Insatiable desire for your own twin brother, unfortunately, is not included.

Read on to discover how to become Tyrion, Daenerys, Joffrey, or Jon Snow without breaking the bank. (Spoiler alert: one of the outfits incorporates elements from a Batman costume.) All it’ll cost you is $77-$162, plus your dignity!  READ FULL STORY

'SNL' costume designer talks quick changes and teases Melissa McCarthy's return


There was something funny about this year’s Costume Designer Guild Awards. Community star (and The Soup snarker) Joel McHale served as the night’s emcee; ace jokesters like Kristen Wiig, Steve Martin, Amy Poehler, and Maya Rudoloph presented statuettes; and Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels was on hand to accept this year’s Distinguished Collaborator Award.

Of course, this comedic crowd was nothing new to Tom Broecker, who’s been outfitting SNL‘s stars and guest hosts for nearly two decades. The show’s lightning-fast pace makes his job unique — and uniquely stressful. “You’re having one actor playing multiple roles,” he told EW at the awards in L.A. “One time they’re a sixty-year-old one; one time they’re a twelve-year-old boy; one time they’re fat.”

And often, those costume shifts have to happen in about as much time as it takes to say “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” Broecker recalled one particularly fraught quick change that came when SNL vet Alec Baldwin was hosting — “He literally left the monologue, took a step down…and he had to be in a different outfit as he opened the door” to a new set, the designer explained. “All of that had to happen as the cameras were moving into place.” He estimates that the entire change took just 20 seconds altogether.

Thankfully, Broecker had a little time to sit back and reminisce at the Guild Awards. When asked about the most memorable outfits he put together for the former SNL cast members who were in attendance, the designer cited both Kristen Wiig’s tiny-handed Dooneese and Amy Poehler’s trashy, one-legged Amber as favorites. The latter was especially challenging: “We tied her leg up and matched the fabric, but ultimately it was up to her and the director to shoot it in a way that you couldn’t see it,” Broecker said. “Every now and then, she would fall over and you’d see the back of her leg.” (Yeah, that happened more often than “every now and then.”)

He also gave EW a little scoop about what’s coming up on NBC’s sketch show. “Melissa McCarthy is coming back on,” he said, without giving a specific timetable. (Maybe she’ll return to host SNL‘s season finale, before The Heat opens in June?) “We loved her. I know her publicist, so we’ve started getting things ready.” Hope he can find some dresses that go well with ranch dressing.

Reporting by Lindzi Scharf

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Sesame Workshop sends cease and desist to website selling Sexy Big Bird costume


Sesame Workshop isn’t having a particularly sunny day. The company behind Sesame Street has discovered that a website is selling unlicensed, “sexy” Halloween costumes clearly based on its kid-friendly characters — and it’s biting back with a cease and desist letter.

As a Sesame Workshop rep tells EW, “The costumes are not licensed or authorized by Sesame Workshop. We are working with our legal team to have the costumes removed from the market.”

One of the costumes in question — on sale at Yandy.com — can be seen above. The site is skirting the legal line by calling this getup “Exclusive Yellow Dress and Stockings;” the model is also wearing a licensed Big Bird headband, which is sold separately. And Big Bird is far from the only Sesame Street character who’s gotten a sexified, unlicensed makeover from Yandy — click around, and you’ll also find Sexy Cookie Monster (or “Faux Fur and Mesh Blue Dress Set”), Sexy Elmo (“Furry Red Romper”), and Sexy Oscar the Grouch (“Sexy Trash Monster”).

Thanks to an offhand remark by Mitt Romney in the first presidential debate, Sesame Workshop has had a busy fall. The company last made headlines by denouncing an Obama campaign ad that featured Big Bird, saying, “Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns. We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down.”

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