Angelina Jolie seems to completely inhabit the role of Maleficent in the up-coming movie of the same name. From the not-quite-human eyes to her dis-concerting cheekbones, the talented creatives behind the movie — led by Jolie herself, who’s an executive producer — have fabricated a character who is both beautiful and terrible at the same time. Which is exactly the point.

But it wasn’t easy. No detail, right down to the pointy teeth in the back of her mouth, was overlooked. Prosthetics specialists, makeup artists and scores of costume designers worked together to bring Maleficent to life. And we were lucky to snag a few of them – special effects makeup artist Arjen Tuiten, Jolie’s personal makeup artist Toni G and costume designer Rob Goodwin — to spill some fascinating intel about how they turned Jolie into Maleficent. READ MORE

Women in Makeup/FX series: Cristina Patterson breathes life into the lens

One of the most magnetic and memorable attributes of any film or television character is his/her eyes. The eyes, after all, are said to be the window to the soul. As such, they are one of an actor’s greatest dramatic tools. They reflect and express a myriad of emotions including joy and sorrow, fear and doubt, anger and frustration, and love and longing.

While bringing any character to life is ultimately a huge collaborative process that includes hair technicians, costumers, makeup artists and more, eyes complete and enhance the overall look and also give clues to a character’s age, heritage and state of physical and mental well-being. READ MORE

AOA, FDA and Hollywood Campaign Warns of Risk from Decorative Contact Lenses

LOS ANGELES, Calif.—The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), American Optometric Association (AOA) and the Entertainment Industries Council(EIC) have teamed with entertainment industry-leading artists from the TV series American Horror Story on a first-of-its-kind Decorative Contact Lens Campaign to bring the dramatic realities of illegal and unsafe lens use to the forefront.
The premier of the first public service announcement in the series will be held April 22 at the 18th Annual PRISM Awards in Los Angeles. It features Cristina Patterson, a contact lens painter for top movies and TV shows. READ MORE

‘The Cape’: James Frain behaving badly after ‘True Blood’ and ‘Tron: Legacy’

With the new NBC series “The Cape,” actor James Frain is starting off the new year in villainy – but that’s a familiar mode for the 42-year- old British actor after his leering bloodsucker work on “True Blood” and digital henchman duty in “Tron: Legacy.”  Frain was a scene-stealer on “True Blood” as the depraved, unhinged vampire Franklin Mott and he brought a sinister, sycophantic, be to the “Tron” sequel as Jarvi s, the evil underling who tries to curry favor with the film’s bad guy, CLU, even as he plots his own path to power. Now, with the Sunday night premiere of “The Cape,” the actor takes on a full- blown super­ villain as Chess – a billionaire by day, psychotic killer by night. READ MORE