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!]

Taika Waititi Hints That The Mandalorian's Baby Yoda Could Be Female

© LUCASFILM
© LUCASFILM

Various collaborators behind The Mandalorian have made it abundantly clear that while we're all obsessing over Baby Yoda, the show’s tiny breakout star, we really don’t know much about him. Including whether the character officially known as "The Child" is a "him" at all.

Entertainment Weekly reports that JoJo Rabbit director Taika Waititi, who directed The Mandalorian's season 1 finale, recently blew Baby Yoda fans's minds when he suggested that he could be a she. "I knew that people would be talking about Baby Yoda, but I also know Baby Yoda’s real name," Waititi said. "So if you’re gonna do me a favor, please stop calling him Baby Yoda. Or is it a her? No one knows!"

Both Waititi and series creator Jon Favreau have debunked the worldwide nickname of the miniature character. The two have corrected fans, explaining that The Child couldn't actually be a younger version of Yoda because the timelines don’t match up. The Disney+ show is set five years after the events of Return of the Jedi, which means Yoda is already 905 years old. The Child, however, is only about 50. Though clearly he (or she) is the same species as the iconic Jedi master, whose origin story has always been very secretive, none of this will do anything to dissuade us from calling the creature Baby Yoda.

Keep your eyes peeled for season 2 of The Mandalorian, which will debut in fall 2020, to (hopefully) find out more about Baby Yoda’s true identity—and gender.

[h/t Entertainment Weekly]

Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite Makes History With Its Best Picture Oscar Nomination

Ji-so Jung stars in Bong Joon Ho's Parasite (2019).
Ji-so Jung stars in Bong Joon Ho's Parasite (2019).
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Ever since Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite became the first Korean film to win the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival last May, critics have been whispering (or shouting) about its potential to take home the Best Picture Oscar, as well.

Now that goal is within reach: This morning, the gripping thriller secured a Best Picture Oscar nomination—a first for a South Korean film. Though none of the individual actors were nominated for their performances, Bong Joon Ho made the list for Best Director, and the film is also in the running for Best Foreign Language Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Production Design, and Best Film Editing.

If Parasite wins Best Picture this year, it won’t just be the first South Korean film to do so—it’ll be the first foreign film to ever walk away with the award. Many thought Roma had a good chance of achieving that honor last year, but the Netflix-distributed Mexican drama ultimately lost to Green Book.

According to Variety, Parasite has grossed $25.4 million at the U.S. box office and an overall $132.3 million worldwide, and HBO is currently developing it as a miniseries.

The film, which is almost entirely in Korean, has helped many viewers overcome a characteristically American aversion to subtitles, something that Bong Joon Ho didn’t fail to mention in his Golden Globes acceptance speech after winning the Best Foreign Film award.

“Once you overcome the 1-inch-tall barrier of subtitles,” he said via his translator, “You will be used to so many more amazing films.”

This year’s Academy Awards air on ABC on Sunday, February 9.

[h/t Variety]

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