Saturday, January 18, 2014

Cinderella's Sizzling Dress (Live Action Film Update, With Bonus Ashes)

Fan made Cinderella 2014 poster by Zhivko Petrov (myrmorko)
Not long before Christmas, while shooting at Pinewood Studios, the extravagant wedding gown Lily James was wearing, caught fire (she - and no one else- was hurt).

Here's what happened, told best, and with gentle humor, by the DailyMail (extract):
The 24-year-old had been shooting a scene at Pinewood studios. The bridal dress — with its voluminous skirts, three miles of hemming and covered in Swarovski crystals — is a work of art in its own right. It covers so much square footage the actress can’t always see what’s in front of her. 
She was led into her dressing room (a large tent in a corner of the vast 007 sound stage) and her hem brushed against a heater and began smouldering.‘It had turned really cold and someone had put a three-bar heater a bit too close to where Lily was going to sit on a stool,’ explained distinguished costume designer Sandy Powell. 
Lily James channeling Bridget Bardot for Tatler UK Magazine
‘Luckily, just a segment of the silk dress got burnt. Thank God Lily wasn’t harmed,’ added Powell  who has collected three Oscars and two Baftas for her screen creations. 
‘I wore this wedding dress for about 20 seconds before I walked past the heater and burned some of it.’
She said she was in tears at first — until Ben Chaplin, who plays Cinderella’s father, lightened the mood by saying: ‘Well, I’ll wait a while before I make the Cinders joke.’  
Lily said: ‘I went: “Oh, no!” And I was laughing through my tears. 
...incendiary dresses aside, Lily said she’s been having ‘a ball’...
Once the emergency is over, you have to admit, it's a perfect behind-the-scenes story for a Cinderella. (Cinders! lol)

Producers for the film confirmed at the time of the incident, that the movie wouldn't be ready/released until Easter 2015. Considering the buzz around Maleficent and Frozen right now, and with Into the Woods heading for the 2014 Christmas release slot, it's probably a good thing.

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