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R.I.P. Martin Pakledinaz

By | Sunday July 8, 2012 @ 1:13pm PDT

Tony Award-winning costume designer Martin Pakledinaz died this morning at his home in New York City after a long illness. Pakledinaz was 58. During a career spanning more than three decades he designed hundreds of theater, opera, dance and film pieces. Current Broadway productions featuring his work include Nice Work If You Can Get It and Anything Goes, both of which earned him Tony nominations. Pakledinaz’s most recent movie work was for My Week With Marilyn directed by Simon Curtis. He won Tonys for the Broadway revival of Kiss Me Kate and for Thoroughly Modern Millie. Additional nominations include his work on Lend Me A Tenor, Blithe Spirit, Gypsy (with Patti Lupone), The Pajama Game, Golden Child and The Life. Other notable Broadway work included Master Class, The Normal Heart, Grease and The Boys From Syracuse. Off Broadway, he worked on Edelstein’s revival of The Glass Menagerie with Judith Ivey and Horton Foote’s The Trip to Bountiful (with Lois Smith, directed by Harris Yulin). Pakledinaz’s work in modern and classical dance include his collaboration with Mark Morris and such works as The Hard Nut and Delibe’s Sylvia for the San Francisco Ballet. He also designed sets and costumes for the 2012 premiere of Don Quixote at San Francisco Ballet. Pakledinaz also collaborated with Peter Sellars on productions in Spain, Salzburg, Paris, New York and at the Santa Fe Opera.

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Mike Sitrick, Shame On You…

By | Thursday July 12, 2007 @ 5:31pm PDT

sitrick.jpgI’ve known Mike Sitrick for a long time. He’s a PR maven who prides himself on being a family man. Which is why he should be filled with self-loathing for allowing his firm to promote a torture porn pic like Captivity, much less an even more disgusting premiere party whose selling point was its political incorrectness. (Let me make it perfectly clear: I support talent’s right to make the movie, just not business people profiting from it.) Sure, I received all those inane emails announcing the bash, and I did the right thing: I trashed them. Other journalists fell all over themselves covering the event so as to diss it: really, they’re lemmings hurling themselves off the cliff. There is only one way to stop the business of these torture porn movies: by shaming the people who receive money for releasing them, publicizing them, having anything to do with them. So, Mike, how could you? (And how could you, After Dark’s  Courtney Solomon and Allan Zeman?) Take that Captivity money and donate it to charity and pledge publicly right now you’ll never get involved with torture porn pics again. Until Mike does, I urge Hollywood and other companies to shun Sitrick and Company because there is such a thing as guilt by association.

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