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May 28 2017

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Today's Must Read
"Male Stars Are Too Buff Now,"a great funny true read from E Alex Jung about Zac Efron inBaywatchand other visually alarming superhuman specimens.

Daily ActorCorey Hawkins on the Juilliard audition he almost failed
Charlene's (Mostly) Classic Moviesa "Medicine in the Movies"Blogathon - articles onContagion,Night Nurse,Reversal of Fortune,The Fountain,and many more
Cartoon BrewNigeria hopes to train 'an army of animation professionals' with the market for thoe films exploding

The GuardianGuy Lodge's latest DVD column onToni Erdmann,The Salesmanand more
Varietymore 'sequels we don't need!' news.Boss Babyis getting one for 2021.Sigh.I actually thought that movie was unexpectedly good but most movies don't actually need sequels.Stop trying to make movies into big TV shows with multiple episodes!TV is great but Movies are not TV!

I Wouldn't Normally Link This But...
Life Site,which appears to be some sort of Christian Fundamentalist Anti-Choice website,has a piece on theAlienfranchise that I found gripping and nutjob funny (Satan is the screenwriter ofAlien Covenant!) and also kinda justified on a couple of intriguing points.Thanks to IndieWire for pointing it out.

Cannes Mania
Film CommentPt 1 of Nick Davis's 'Cannes Staycation' looking back at 1987 in which Nick talksUnder the Sun of Satan,I've Heard the Mermaid's Singing,and many more...
Film CommentPt 2 in which Nick talksWish You Were Here,Shy People,Matewan,andBabette's Feast.Part 3 is coming in a few days.
VultureHow Jane Campion feels about her status as the only woman to win Cannes in its 70 year history
IndieWire10 Best of Cannes
IndieWireEric Kohn on what it's like to be a jury member of the sidebar "Critic's Week"at Cannes

Off Cinema
Films for Action"What makes 'call-out' culture so toxic?"
Broadway Worlda timeline look at Tony nominee Andy Karl's career.(I know he's not likely to win this year but someday!-- such a great performer)

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Reader Comments (7)

Whatever happened to Pfeiffer's posts on Pfeiffurdays?

May 28,2017 | Unregistered CommenterAn

I miss beautiful Zac Elf-Ron.

May 28,2017 | Unregistered Commentercatbaskets

AN -- i got really distracted by Cannes and some life issues but they'll be back soon

May 28,2017 | Unregistered CommenterNathaniel R

Was Efron competing with the Rock on who can look more super human?The article on "Alien"does raise some interesting points

May 28,2017 | Unregistered CommenterJaragon

Buff+shirtless=Zac Efron in movies.

May 28,2017 | Unregistered Commenterrick gould

Jaragon -- the strangest thing about is is the movie goes to great lengths to point out that he's like one of the all time great Olympic swimmers.Sorry but that body would never fly through water.No olympic swimmers have ever looked like that,at least not any of the ones who swam well enough to medal.That is not muscles designed to make you fast in water.That's muscles designed to make you look huge/bulky on dry land.

May 28,2017 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Nathaniel: Zac looks more like a wrestler or gay film actor than a swimmer who are usually leaner- not enough Zac fans to make the movie a hit.It can be worst than "Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates"

May 28,2017 | Unregistered Commenterjaragon

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