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Store wars: Another designer jumps ship from Myer to David Jones

In the game of musical chairs that is the department store wars, you can be sure of one thing: no sooner does one fire a shot across the bow than the other swiftly responds. David Jones has signed renowned New Zealand label Kate Sylvester, adding to its war chest of local brands, as its main rival, Myer, racks up new and exclusive international brands.  New Zealand label Kate Sylvester is joining David Jones. Photo: supplied Kate Sylvester, which launched in 1993, and Sylvester, the secondary line, will be in David Jones’ Sydney, Melbourne…

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Lifestyle 

Style Q&A: Designing Costumes for 'Star Wars’ Jedis, Princesses and Naked Creatures

Advertisement In his long career as a Hollywood costume designer, Michael Kaplan has created looks for disco legends (the Village People in “Can’t Stop the Music”), 1980s icons (Jennifer Beals in “Flashdance”) and ’90s cult classics (“Fight Club”). But he holds special regard for science fiction, including the original “Blade Runner” in 1982, one of his first movie credits. Recent sci-fi projects include the 2009 reboot of “Star Trek” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” both directed by J. J. Abrams. He returned to a galaxy far, far away this…

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Star Wars and Beauty and the Beast help UK box office to record high

UK and Ireland box office takings hit a record in 2017 – the third year in a row they have reached a new peak. Film fans spent £1.38bn on tickets last year, up 3.6% on 2016. Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Beauty and the Beast were the year’s most popular films, followed by Dunkirk, Despicable Me 3 and Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2. Box office trackers ComScore said fans still wanted the cinema experience despite the popularity of streaming services like Netflix and Amazon. ComScore executive director Lucy…

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Culture 

A Field Guide to “Star Wars” Musical Leitmotifs

The film-music scholar Frank Lehman, an assistant professor at Tufts University, works fast: within a day of the opening of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” he had updated his “Complete Catalogue of the Motivic Material in ‘Star Wars,’ Episodes I-VIII,” which can be found online. The catalogue now includes fifty-five distinct leitmotifs—thematic ideas that point toward characters, objects, ideas, and relationships—and forty-three so-called incidental motifs, which, Lehman says, “do not meet criteria for proper leitmotifs” but nonetheless possess dramatic significance. Such beloved tunes as “The Force,” “Han and Leia,” and…

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Beauty and the Beast pips Star Wars to be the UK's top film of 2017

Star Wars’ Jedi warriors normally emerge victorious in their battles – be they against the evil First Order or box office rivals. But the Force was not with Star Wars: The Last Jedi in the battle to be the UK’s most popular film of 2017. The foe to defeat the all-action space sequel in the year-end box office rankings was Emma Watson, with her hit Beauty and the Beast. Beauty and the Beast earned £4.1m more than The Last Jedi in 2017. Episode VIII of the long-running sci-fi franchise had…

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Culture 

The Science of Silence in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

(Editors’ note: Spoilers within.) Since watching Star Wars: The Last Jedi,  you’ve probably found yourself haunted by one singular question: What exactly is Luke’s relationship with that four-breasted, green-milk-spurting siren thing on the island of Ahch-To? But even if you’ve managed to make your peace with the now-notorious milking sequence, there’s another question some moviegoers have had on their minds: Why does an epic lightspeed attack take place entirely in silence? Let’s start by setting the scene. In the second half of the film, Laura Dern’s Admiral Holdo goes out…

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi – the most divisive film ever?

“This movie is an absolute insult to all Star Wars fans.” “I’m going to go have a funeral for my childhood now.” “This is NOT the Star Wars movie you are looking for!” “This movie was AWESOME.” “I was on the edge of my seat, I laughed, I cried.” “I do understand the backlash, but I believe it’s wrong. This is a great movie.” As those fan reviews attest, Star Wars: The Last Jedi has split opinion. To put it mildly. The quotes are from user reviews on Rotten Tomatoes,…

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