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Radionate

aka Nate

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February 12, 2006
  • I live in Peoria, Illinois
  • I was born on March 18
  • I am Male
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  • Hey, yon Nate, when you get a chance, could you weigh in on Talk:The Tramp (Sesame Street)?

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  • Hey, Nate! Would you happen to be able to scan the Brown Derby brochure? Thanks!

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  • Hi, just saw that you removed "References" category from the page about The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Not sure who added that, I but expect it was the fact the set itself appeared on Sesame Street. Though I'm leaning more towards keeping the category off, I thought you should know.

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  • Hey! I posted "The Muppets" production notes on Scott's wall yesterday (because Wiki was giving me problems when I tried to paste to the talk page for the movie), but here's the section I know you'll like: the costume design! Lots of stuff for Category:Fashion in here. Although if Polly Smith wasn't involved at all in the movie, I will feel fairly sad. Also, dig the direct reference to Audrey Hepburn! Combined with Breakfast at Tiffany's, I think this justifies a page.

    MUPPET COUTURE Costume Designer Rahel Afiley Dresses Muppets, Men (and Everything in Between)

    When it came to costumes for the Muppets, costume designer Rahel Afiley had her work cut out for her. “The biggest challenge was proportion of the Muppet body,” says Afiley. “Even if you design something that looks good on a person, it doesn’t mean it will look good on a Muppet. You have to keep in mind how much detail there is in the outfit, because if you have too much, it just takes over. If you have too little or if it’s below the waist, the detail is lost since the Muppets are only shown from the waist up.”

    According to Afiley, fabric selection is critical in designing costumes for the Muppets. Lightweight fabrics aid in the ease of maneuverability of the Muppets. The costume designer also considered how each fabric would lay on the Muppet’s felt “skin.” And though cost was certainly a consideration, the needs of the scene were always top of mind. “We didn’t skimp on the quality of the fabric,” she says. “Miss Piggy has a jacket made of cashmere that cost 300 dollars a yard.”

    True to her character, Miss Piggy was the biggest wardrobe challenge due to the quantity of costumes she required as well as her role as editor of Vogue Paris. Says Afiley, “James [Bobin] and I are not really into trends. We both love classic looks, and it was really important to us to bring Piggy back to how she was in the early Muppets.

    “If you watch old movies,” Afiley continues, “you can take an outfit worn by someone like Audrey Hepburn that could easily be worn on the red carpet today. That was my inspiration for Miss Piggy’s fashions.”

    To dress a fashionista like Miss Piggy, Afiley called on notable designers like Christian Louboutin, who designed a pair of glitter platform stiletto heels complete with the Louboutin signature red bottom. “We sent him a picture of the potential outfit the shoes would be worn with and he designed a custom creation based on that,” says Afiley.

    Zac Posen was also tapped, designing a signature dress for the diva. Says Afiley, “I felt it should be a vintage-inspired gown.” The result? A spectacular Posen-designed gown in lavender that was used in the film’s finale.

    Miss Piggy wasn’t the only Muppet who captured the attention of the fashion world. Kermit was dressed by the high-class men’s fashion house Brooks Brothers, which was already involved in the film—providing much of Chris Cooper’s wardrobe as well as tuxedos for other cast members. The Brooks Brothers design was worn by Kermit in the scene when he and Piggy walk the streets of Paris together.

    Walter proved a fun challenge for the costume designer. The first task was to establish the newest Muppet’s character, and Bobin was convinced a powder-blue suit would do the trick, says Afiley. “Walter is like a proper little man, and James felt that the powder-blue suit represented this manly personality.” Brother Gary donned a similar suit for the film’s early travel scene, which helped showcase their attachment to each other.

    Afiley had a clear vision for costumes for both Amy Adams and Jason Segel: timeless and classic. Because Segel is so tall, vintage clothes were hard to find for him because they tend to run small. “We literally went from thrift store to thrift store looking for his clothes,” says Afiley. While Gary’s character goes through an evolution in film, so did his attire. “He kind of grows up and evolves,” says the costume designer. “He transforms into a more mature person and we tried to reflect that in his wardrobe.”

    According to Afiley, small-town girl Mary had to have clothing that wasn’t too trendy. “In the opening number, I wanted Amy to stand out and, because it was such a happy number, I wanted her outfit to reflect that. The yellow skirt was definitely a strategic choice to represent the happy world she came from.”

    Mary’s wardrobe was to reflect her positive attitude across the board. The catch? Afiley was assembling the wardrobe during autumn months. “Everything in the stores was black, brown and gray,” says Afiley, “so we decided to go the vintage route. I designed all of her dresses with a vintage inspiration and then we found vintage fabric.” And like Gary, Mary’s character evolution inspired her wardrobe, says Afiley, who dressed the actress in a sophisticated look for the finale.


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    • Yeah, it's the simultaneous curse and blessing of the communications age. Some of the Disney presskits I've seen are *really* bad about this, but fortunately they're movies I never planned to see except to examine the Spanish dubbing (or another of my interests is seeing if the stunt performers are credited by role/actor doubled, as has become more common, and spotting patterns). I can't remember a thing I read about "Real Steel" now anyway, for example.IMDb can often be worse; I *hate* looking up the cast list of an old whodunnit to find that someone "helpfully" identified all of the imposters and aliases, even though it's against IMDb policy, or for "The Sting," gave away a major spoiler which in the movie isn't revealed until the end, and the screen credits were circumspect about it for that reason. (That's one reason I find I have to hold on to my old multivolume Motion Picture Guide from the 1980s, although its clunky to keep around, since the professional editors involved knew better than to, you know, say "Mr. So-and-So, the killer" as an extraneous description. That and, despite errors of its own, it's more accurate on the whole and the side notes by the late Stanley Ralph Ross, a showbiz pro himself, are fun to read.)

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    • Gotta love it. This isn't as cool an example as yours, but I haven't read the last Twilight book because I thought it might be fun to see at least part 1 of the movie and then read it. Then for a lark I rented "Vampires Suck" and had the major spoiler revealed. Ugh. That is why I just went ahead and read the last page of Harry Potter's last book when it came out and was done with it. LOL

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  • Hi, Nate! I see that back in the summer you added the category "Muppet Voice Actors" to Jack Black's page. Whyfore? http://muppet.wikia.com/index.php?title=Jack_Black&diff=prev&oldid=522894

    I'm not doubting it, but there's nothing to indicate why on the article, or in the one video clip. What did he do? Switch voices with Elmo in one of the skits, or become a Muppet?

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    • Oh gosh. I have no idea why. Let me do some research and figure out what my little pea brain was thinking then.

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    • This would be why. He was the voice of a chicken, which was him in disguise. I'm gonna add this picture to his page. It's a stretch I guess for the category, but fun. I'll make some adjustments to the page, but feel free to remove the category if you think it doesn't count.

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  • If he is later convicted of the charges, can we readd the info?

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    • Well that's coverage of products, not people's private lives; I was referring to the latter when I said I didn't think it mattered if the news source were mainstream or not. The point being we don't cover details of people's private lives, headlines or not.

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    • I really don't think this is a big deal for us. Rivas wasn't even important enough to have a page on the wiki until now. It's good that we have a page on him now, but we're not expected to be an up-to-the-minute news source for every minor Sesame alumnus.

      We can talk back and forth about policies, but honestly, this really does come down to a matter of taste. We have no idea what the facts are in this case; our only sources are vague summaries about the charges. I don't want to print that stuff here, because if he's proven innocent, then I don't want to be part of a smear campaign that destroys his life and his career. It's not cool.

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  • Heya. I assume that the Playboy on the conference table in the Wilson's Meats film can be seen in this reel. The film exhibit you attended no doubt had a better quality copy than the on on YouTube. I have a better copy too, but I'm still having trouble finding the Playboy. Do you remember what part it's at? I'm trying to identify what issue it might have been.

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  • Hi! Where did you find all those pictures? I can't believe what we've been able to find from just the stuff on the web for the theatrical release. I can't imagine what we're going to find when you guys start going through the entire movie frame by frame!

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    • Are they not fantastic!?!?!? I just was doing searches for the El Capitan display of Piggy's costumes and stumbled onto all that. I wish I could have gone to see it. Piggy's fashions are my new fascination in the Muppet world. lol. And I totally get into stuff like that so I would have spent hours just pouring over those displays. The dressing room and office really fascinated me and I just studied every square inch that I could. I think I know one of the artists of the frog sculpture on Kermit's desk, so I'm trying to verify that right now too. I'm a geek to the bone. :)

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  • Vanity-Fair

    You're the one to ask about this: what's this from? What is it a parody of, if anything? I found it deep down in my files, titled vanity-fair.jpg, saved in 2005. Any idea?

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    • I have an idea: Oder yourself a set of, say, 250 pieces right here (click "Shop" on the left)! Or ask nicely if they're willing to send you leftovers! :)

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    • I wish they'd send me leftovers. LOL. I might have to investigate. I wonder how many people aside from us hardcores people would want an unused popcorn tub though. LOL

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  • Ziegfeldfollies

    For you, whenever you start the page!

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