Labyrinth (1986)

As part of the Jim Henson “Imagination Unlimited” Exhibition at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, some costumes and memorabilia from Henson’s 1986 fantasy film “Labyrinth” were on display. The exhibition ran from June 1 through September 2, 2018.

Sarah, played by Jennifer Connelly, wore this dress in the film.

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Jareth, played by David Bowie, wore this costume.

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Here is one of the set models from the film.

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And some concept art.

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A poster for the film.

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Lastly, some alternate titles for the film, hand-written by Jim Henson.  The titles include “The Labyrinth,” “Magic Maze,” “Into The Labyrinth,” “Sarah’s Maze,” “Lost in the Maze,” “Trapped in the Mind-Maze,” “Inside Outside,” “Outside Inside,” “Turning Inside Outside,” “Outside In” and “Inside Out.”

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Batman Returns (1992)

One of the original Catwoman costumes, worn by Michelle Pfeiffer in Tim Burton’s 1992 sequel “Batman Returns” can be found at the Batman exhibit as part of the Warner Bros. Studio Tour.

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LOCATION: 4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505

A prop of one of The Penguin’s armed penguin soldiers can be found on display at Planet Hollywood, Florida.

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LOCATION: 1506 E Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Stanley Kubrick LACMA Exhibit

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, better known as LACMA, ran a Stanley Kubrick retrospective exhibit from November 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013.  While the exhibit is long since closed, here we’ll take a look through some of the items that were on display.

LOCATION: 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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Numerous posters from Kubrick’s filmography.

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One of his old director’s chairs.

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Some “2001: A Space Odyssey” items, starting with a film slate.

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Some concepts for the ape costumes for the “Dawn of Man” sequence.

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Some props from the film, including silverware and a watch.

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A model of the running wheel from the film.

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The monolith.

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A model of the room from the end of the film.

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The star child.

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One of the ultra wide angle lenses used on the film.

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Some items from “The Shining.”

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The typewriter from the film.  “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”

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The twins’ dresses.

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Danny’s sweater.

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A knife from the film.

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A model of the hedge maze.

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The final shot.

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Some items from “A Clockwork Orange.”

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A Japanese press brochure.

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Some press clippings of the ensuing controversy the film stirred up.

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Some “Full Metal Jacket” items.

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The “Born to Kill” helmet.

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A slate for Kubrick’s final film, “Eyes Wide Shut.”

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Some masks from the orgy scene.

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Some “Barry Lyndon” items.

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Some costumes from the film.

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Some “Dr. Strangelove” items, starting with some posters for the film.

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A model of the war room.

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A costume from “Sparticus.”

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Some concept art from Stanley Kubrick’s version of “A.I.”  The film would famously go on to be made by Steven Spielberg after Kubrick’s passing.

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Some items from Kubrick’s “Napoleon” film, which was never made.  Here is a script page.

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A bookshelf full of research materials.

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Some notes for the film.

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An assortment of lenses used by Kubrick were also on display.

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Last, but not least, Kubrick’s chess board.  The director was famously fond of the game.

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While the exhibit is no longer on display, LACMA is an excellent museum and regularly has interesting things to see.  We highly recommend a visit if you find yourself in the Los Angeles area.

Gravity (2013)

On the Warner Brothers Studio Tour, you can find these props and costumes from the film “Gravity.”  First is one of the original capsules used in the film.

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Here is one of the light boxes from the film, which was used to perfectly simulate light, shadow and reflection in a way unobtainable via traditional green screen.

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LOCATION: 4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505

Titanic (1997)

The classic 1997 James Cameron film “Titanic” was of course filmed primarily on a recreated set of the famous ship, which was built at Fox Baja Studios in Mexico.  In 2017, however, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California held a unique exhibition on the ship, where it combined real artifacts from the sunken ship alongside props and sets from the film.  It was the largest collection of artifacts from passengers of the ship since the fateful night it collided with an iceberg a century before.

The exhibit has unfortunately since closed, but here we’ll take a look at some of the props, costumes and sets from the film that were on display.

This is the set of the famous scene where Jack, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, draws a nude Rose, played by Kate Winslet.

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Here are some props from the scene, including Rose’s mirror, butterfly hairpin and comb, as well as her “Heart of the Ocean” necklace.

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Here is Jack’s sketchbook and pencil case.  On top of the sketchbook is also the note Rose leaves for Cal, played by Billy Zane.  She places the note inside his safe, along with the necklace.  Her note reads, “Darling – Now you can keep us both locked up inside your safe.  Rose.”

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This is the set of Jack and his friend Fabrizio’s cabin, designed for third class passengers.

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Here is the Marconi Room, another set from the film, where the ship sent out it’s distress calls and communicated with other ships.  Without it, no one would’ve known why or where the ship had sunk.

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Jack Dawson’s suit as he boards the ship.

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Rose wears this dress while the ship is sinking.

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Molly Brown, played by Kathy Bates, wears this dress.

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Bruce Ismay, played by Jonathan Hyde, wears these pajamas and overcoat.

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Here is a dress worn by one of the first class passengers in the film.

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Moving on to more props from the film, here is the clock and cherub from the grand staircase of the ship, where Jack greets Rose.

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Some scale miniatures were also built for the film, including a 45 foot long model of the ship.  Here are some pieces from the miniature.

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The ax Rose uses to free Jack, who is handcuffed in his cabin.

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While the exhibit closed down in 2018, due to the enduring popularity of both the film and the history of the ship itself, these artifacts are bound to find their way into another, future exhibition.

We leave you with one last prop from the film, which was not part of the Reagan Library exhibit.  Rather, it can be found at Planet Hollywood in Florida.  It’s the piece of wood that Rose floats on at the end of the film.

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LOCATION: 1506 E Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Blade Runner 2049 Experience

At the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con, Warner Bros. hosted a “Blade Runner 2049 Experience.”  Visitors were invited to experience a VR tour of the futuristic world, as well as a set recreation, with props and actors interacting with you.  Here we offer some photos of the special exhibition.

First up, a view of the full structure, as seen from outside.

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The entrance to the building.

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Once inside, there is some concept art from the film on display.

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One of the actual Spinner vehicles used in the film.

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A recreation of the film set, featuring the streets of a futuristic Los Angeles.

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Vending machines, in which visitors were distributed free t-shirts for the film.

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Bibi’s bar, in which visitors could actually go inside for a free drink.

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Some posters for the film.

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Numerous props from the film were on display.  Here are some of Officer K’s, played by Ryan Gosling, LAPD issued Blade Runner items.

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Deckard’s, played by Harrison Ford, handcuffs and binoculars, used while hiding out.

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Eye scanner, used by Officer K to identify replicants.

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Some LAPD evidence bags.

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Items found in Officer K’s apartment.

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Some miscellaneous props used in a variety of scenes in the film.

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Memory spheres used to store Voight Kampff tests to determine if one was a replicant or not in the original movie, along with some everyday tools used by manicurists in the sequel.

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LAPD badges and handcuffs issued to officers.

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Deckard’s blaster, used in both the original film and the sequel.

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Luv’s blaster.

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Items from the marketplace where residents gather to shop and eat.

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Cocktail glasses used by Deckard.

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Cocktail bottles and glasses from Officer K’s apartment.

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Decorative accessories used to adorn the office of Niander Wallace, played by Jared Leto.

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Some costumes from the film.  First, a hazmat suit, helmet and boots worn by Sapper, played by Dave Bautista, to protect him from the harsh atmospheric elements while farming.

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Some sophisticated attire worn by Luv.

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Some colorful clothing worn by Mariettte as she cruises Bibi’s Bar.

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A custom designed coat with a specially crafted collar to protect Officer K from the elements.

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Iconic yellow rain jacket made with readily available materials, worn by Joi.

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Living a solitary life, Rick Deckard wears this casual t-shirt and pants.

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Suicide Squad (2016)

Rather than the usual film locations, for David Ayer’s 2016 anti-hero film “Suicide Squad,” which was mostly filmed around Toronto, Ontario, Canada, we’re instead going to cover some props and costumes from the film, which were on display as part of the Warner Bros. Studio tour.

We begin with one of Jared Leto’s Joker costumes.

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Some Joker props from the film.

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Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn costume.

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Harley Quinn’s hammer.

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Some Harley Quinn props.

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The Panda Man costume.

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Will Smith’s Deadshot costume.

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Jai Courtney’s Captain Boomerang costume.

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Some Captain Boomerang props.

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Diablo costume.

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Killer Croc costume.

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Katana costume.

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Rick Flag costume.

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Amanda Waller costume.

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