Tom Hanks Wears Some of Fred Rogers’s Own Clothes in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Lacey Terrell, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Lacey Terrell, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Many fans associate Mister Rogers with the trademark ties, sweaters, and sneakers he wore on each episode of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. So to recreate the iconic look for Tom Hanks's starring role as Rogers in the movie A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, the production's costume designer, Arjun Bhasin, turned to Rogers's real-life wardrobe for inspiration. And some of Rogers's original pieces even made it into the film, Yahoo! reports.

Bhasin worked with Joanne, Fred Rogers's wife of 50 years, to choose the clothing items that would bring the children's entertainment icon to life. As Bhasin tells Yahoo!, Joanne opened her home to the filmmakers and invited him to look at family photos and items from Fred's closets. He also reviewed old episodes of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and museum exhibits dedicated to the show for his research.

To make Rogers's cardigans—arguably the most famous items in his wardrobe—Bhasin collaborated with a knitter in New York. Fred Rogers's original sweaters were knit by his mom, Nancy, so Bhasin made sure that the new pieces had that same homespun look. For other elements, the costume designer didn't have to try very hard to make them look authentic. The neckties in the film were taken from a box of Rogers's old ties that his wife had planned to donate to a thrift store, and the original varsity jacket Rogers wore on the Arsenio Hall Show in 1993 also makes an appearance.

According to Joanne, her husband had been a big fan of Tom Hanks and would have been thrilled to lend him his clothes for the role. You can see A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood and spot Mister Rogers's real clothing items when it hits theaters today, November 22.

[h/t Yahoo!]

License to Bird: Meet the Real James Bond

American ornithologist James Bond, circa 1974.
American ornithologist James Bond, circa 1974.

On January 4, 1900, a child was born in Philadelphia. His name was Bond. James Bond. He would not grow up to be a globe-trotting, license-to-kill-carrying playboy spy like the other James Bond. Instead, he became an ornithologist, and lived a fairly quiet, normal life—until someone borrowed his name.  

Bond lived in New Hampshire and England while growing up, and developed an accent that a colleague described [PDF] as an “amalgam of New England, British, and upper-class Philadelphian.” After graduating from Cambridge, Bond returned to the U.S. to work as a banker, but his childhood interests in science and natural history spurred him to quit soon after and join an expedition to the Amazon to collect biological specimens for Philadelphia’s Academy of Natural Sciences.

After that, and with no formal training in the field, he started working as an ornithologist at the Academy, and was “among the last of a traditional museum breed, the independently wealthy, nonsalaried curator, who lacked advanced university degrees.” Working at the museum, Bond became an authority on the bird species of the Caribbean, and his 1936 book, Birds of the West Indies, was considered the definitive guide to the region’s birds at the time. 

Despite his many scientific accomplishments—which included dozens of papers about Caribbean and New England birds, more books and field guides, numerous medals and awards and other researchers using the term “Bond’s Line” to refer to the boundary that separates Caribbean fauna by their origin—that book would be what catapulted Bond, or at least his name, to international fame.

In 1961, Bond was reading a London newspaper’s review of the latest edition of his book and found eyebrow-raising references to handguns, kinky sex, and other elements of a life that sounded very unlike his. He and his wife Mary quickly learned that another James Bond was the hero of a series of novels by Ian Fleming, which were popular in the UK but just gaining notice in the U.S. Mary wrote to Fleming to jokingly chastise him for stealing her husband’s name for his “rascal” character. 

Fleming replied to explain himself: He was a birdwatcher and when he was living in Jamaica beginning work on his first spy novel, Birds of the West Indies was one of his bird “bibles.” He wanted his main character to have an ordinary, unassuming name, and when he was trying to drum one up, he remembered the author of the book he turned to so often. “It struck me that this name, brief, unromantic and yet very masculine, was just what I needed and so James Bond II was born,” Fleming wrote to Mary. (Fleming later called “James Bond” the “dullest name I’ve ever heard.”)

Fleming told Mary that he understood if they were angry at the theft of Bond’s name, and suggested a trade. “In return I can only offer your James Bond unlimited use of the name Ian Fleming for any purpose he may think fit,” he wrote. “Perhaps one day he will discover some particularly horrible species of bird which he would like to christen in an insulting fashion.” 

He also invited the Bonds to his home in Jamaica, which they took him up on a few years later. During the Bonds’ visit, Fleming gave James a copy of his latest novel, You Only Live Twice, inscribed with the message “To the real James Bond from the thief of his identity.”

For the next few decades, until his death at the age of 89, Bond’s famous namesake caused the ornithologist a few minor annoyances. Once, he was supposedly stopped at the airport because officials thought his passport was a fake, and the occasional bank teller would likewise think the same of his checks and refuse to cash them.

Young women would often prank call the Bond house late at night asking to speak to 007, to which Mary would reply: “Yes, James is here. But this is Pussy Galore and he's busy now."

The 20 Most Watched Shows on Netflix in 2019

Andrew Scott stars in an episode of Netflix's Black Mirror.
Andrew Scott stars in an episode of Netflix's Black Mirror.
Netflix

In the era of unlimited streaming services and food delivery apps, it’s easier than ever to press play on the first episode of a television show and not emerge from your home until many hours—or even days—later. Having said that, there are so many incredible shows to choose from that it’s not quite so easy to decide what to binge-watch in the first place.

So what did people actually end up watching in 2019? To find out, Insider analyzed data from TV Time, a television and film tracking app with 12 million users, and compiled a list of Netflix’s most watched shows from the year so far.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Stranger Things clinched the top spot. Not only did Netflix drop season 3 over the Fourth of July holiday—perfect timing for those looking to binge-watch over a long weekend—but the “What happens next?” nature of the retro sci-fi thriller seems to have motivated people to watch it quickly, before coming across spoilers on social media.

In addition to highly anticipated returning series like Orange Is the New Black, Mindhunter, 13 Reasons Why, and Black Mirror, the list has some of Netflix’s brand-new original series, too. The Ellen Page-led superhero series The Umbrella Academy was Netflix’s sixth most watched show, and Dead to Me, the Will Ferrell-produced dark comedy starring Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini, came in at number 18.

Though the list is definitely heavily weighted toward thrillers, superhero stories, and overall pretty dark shows, it’s not completely lacking in lighter content: Ashton Kutcher’s sitcom The Ranch, Nick Kroll’s animated coming-of-age comedy Big Mouth, and the feel-good makeover series Queer Eye are all in the top 20.

See the full list below to find out what’s worth a binge before the year is over, and check out 25 Netflix hacks to enhance your viewing experience here.

  1. Stranger Things
  2. Lucifer
  3. Orange Is the New Black
  4. 13 Reasons Why
  5. The Punisher
  6. The Umbrella Academy
  7. Jessica Jones
  8. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
  9. Santa Clarita Diet
  10. Black Mirror
  11. Designated Survivor
  12. Mindhunter
  13. The Ranch
  14. Big Mouth
  15. Grace and Frankie
  16. You
  17. Queer Eye
  18. Dead to Me
  19. Love, Death & Robots
  20. GLOW

[h/t Insider]

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