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Monday
May 28 2018

Today in Showbiz History: Edith Massey,Notting Hill,Prince of Persia

by Nathaniel R

Happy birthday to any May 28th-ers out there.If it's not your birthday which of these events and people will you channel or celebrate today?

1431 Joan of Arc accused of donning male clothing again (GASP) therefore "relapsing into heresy".The heretic/saint has been portrayed in movies,tv,and stage,a bajillion times since.Condola Rashad is currently Tony nominated for playing her in "Saint Joan"

1888 Athlete Jim Thorpe born in Oklahoma.Becamean Olympic gold medalist and actorand even got his own biopic.

1902The Virginianby Owen Wister is published.The book becomes hugely influential in shaping the Western genre.It's later adapted into two silent films,four regular features,and a long running TV series.

1918 CENTENNIAL!Edith Massey is born in NYC.

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Thursday
Jan 18 2018

Months of Meryl: Manhattan (1979)

Hi,we'reJohnandMattand,icymi,we are watching every single live-action film starring Streep.

#3 — Jill,our neurotic protagonist's chilly lesbian ex.

MATTHEW: So,you've just playeda chatterboxanda near-mute,the former defined by her gaucheness,the latter by her almost ethereal warmth.What role do you take on next?Why,an ice queen,of course!

The overarching worldview of Woody Allen's belovedManhattanis cruel,chaotic,and self-absorbed,even as its fleet,monochromatic presentation retains the smooth and deceptive romanticism of that rightfully-iconic opening montage...

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Monday
Aug 18 2014

This & That: Ant Man,Early Emmys,List Mania

Elisabeth Bergner,who started in German silents went on to a Best Actress Oscar nomination for Escape Me Never (1935)Schweigena fine collection of 1920s and 1930s postcards of film actors.I loved looking at it despite my Richard Dix aversion.And this postcard left makes me desperate to seeEscape Me Never,one of the 30s Best Actress nominations I still haven't seen
Cinema Blendprofiles the 5 pilots from Amazon Studios includingHand of Godwith Dana Delany and Ron Perlman
E!OnlineNeil Patrick Harris responds to rumors that he and David Burtka are breaking up.It ain't so.
Pret-a-Reporter
Inside Madonna's 56th birthday bash
THRCinematography Gordon Willis who died earlier this summer,was memorialized in Hollywood this weekend

List Mania
Rope of Siliconevery death in a Quentin Tarantino movie thus far
Cinema Enthusiasthas been investigating 1992 cinema.LovesHowards End,The Player,Batman Returnsand more
Do You Remember Movies
names the 20 top female film stars of the 70s.I'm not sure what the criteria is but whatever it is,shunning Shelley Duvall ain't right!It ain't ever right.

Creative Arts Emmys
By now you've probably heard that the kiddie table awards for the Emmys have been handed out.(Theory #1: If you have too many awards to fit them all into one big awards show,you have too many awards.Theory #2: Awards shows should be longer but if you still can't fit them into a 4 hour event,you have too many awards).Todd VanDerWeff,TV expert,reminds usthat the Creative Arts Emmys don't really predict the major Emmys with quite the precision by which the craft categories on Oscar night can signal an impending Best Picture win.But it was a very good night forOrange is the New Black,SherlockandTrue Detectiveamong others.Here'sa complete list of winnersand the guest acting prizes went like so:

Guest Actress,Comedy: Uzo Aduba,Orange is the New Black
Guest Actor,Comedy: Jimmy Fallon,Saturday Night Live
Guest Actress,Drama: Allison Janney,Masters of Sex(her 5th Emmy but the first for something non-West Wing)
Guest Actor,Drama: Joe Morton,Scandal

Congratulations to the winners.But I'm definitely shedding tears that theMad Mencurse continues (no acting winners ever in its entire run).Even Robert Morse's transcendent song & dance farewell couldn't break it.

Bliss
You may have already seen thisHello Kitty gallery of superheroes

I've never been more attracted to the Winter Soldier

In which Earth's Mightiest are modified for maximum cuteness and sparkle.ButIhadn't seen it and now my life is complete.Wellnearlycomplete.My life will only be complete IF they makeThor 3this way.At least then it'd be infinitely more watchable thanThor: The Dark World.

Ant-Man
While we're on the topic of superheroes I do want to note that the long troubledAnt Manis finally out of the gate asfilming has commenced.I've gone in and out of interest in the project over the years but unlike most of the internet,the last minute hiring of Peyton Reed in the director's chair was the best possible news I could have heard after the unfortunate exit of Edgar Wright.Peyton Reed is so undervalued (seeBring It OnandDown With Loveand be embarrassed for every ignorant person who has ever called him a hack.)

David Dastmalchian photographed by Caleb Condit

And now one last cherry on top.The rest of the cast has been announcedand among the awesome ensemble cast which includes people we know and love like John Slattery,Bobby Cannavale,and Judy Greer,I have to personally congratulateDavid Dastmalchianfor getting another big deal film.I've had an eye on the actor since nominating him for a cameo prize forThe Dark Knightandhe did super work again just last year inPrisonersin a small but key role.  His upcoming filmAnimals,which gives him a rare leading role,was this year's SXSW sensation.So happy for this fine actor.You should expect to hear more from him.And very soon.

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"Female Superhero Pitches a Movie"- this one has some pretty great lines in it as she keeps meeting roadblocks and narrowminded executives.I wish the pace was faster and the video shorter for more viral pleasure but,still,it's funny.