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Tuesday
May 15 2018

"Is there a TV in the house?"

RAYETTE [interrupting a conversation that's boring everyone in the room]: Is there a TV in the house?


[...dead silence]

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Monday
May 14 2018

Smackdown '70 Companion Podcast Pt 2: "Five Easy Pieces"and "The Landlord"

Smackdown in 3 Parts
The Write-Ups
Podcast Companion Part 1
And now the conclusion!...

Pt 2 (39 minutes)
On the second half of the Supporting Actress Smackdown podcast we discuss Hal Ashby's debut filmThe Landlord(1970) starring Beau Bridges and Lee Grant.We theorize about why it's not more famous and what would have happened with the great African-American actress Diana Sands if she hadn't died so soon after the movie.We also make some time for the Best Picture nomineeFive Easy Piecesand its abundance of actressing,not just Karen Black!

You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post ordownload from iTunes.Thanks again to the panelists:Mark Blankenship,Dan Callahan,Denise Grayson,Lena Houst,andBobby Rivers.Continue the conversations in the comments,won't you?

Pt Two: The Landlord and Five Easy Pieces (1970)

Monday
May 14 2018

Smackdown '70 Companion Podcast Pt 1: "MASH"and "Airport"

Nathaniel RwelcomesMark Blankenship,Dan Callahan,Denise Grayson,Lena Houst,andBobby Riversto talk 1970 at the movies

Pt 1 (35 minutes)
You've read our takes onthe five Supporting Actress nominees of 1970,now let's talk the movies they're in.On the first half of the podcast we discuss "cheese with wings"Airport(1970) and what it wrought at the movies and the Oscars.亚博主页Who was the MVP among its actresses: Helen Hayes?Maureen Stapleton?Jean Seberg?Jacqueline Bisset?We then turn our attention to another smash hitM*A*S*H(1970) and both its modern filmmaking and its misogyny.

You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post ordownload from iTunes.Continue the conversations in the comments,won't you?

Pt One: MASH and Airport (1970)

Sunday
May 13 2018

Smackdown '70: Maureen,Helen,Lee,Sally,and Karen Black

Presenting Oscar's Chosen Supporting Actresses of the Films of 1970.The Academy welcomed back one enduring icon (Helen Hayes),two of the eventual giants of this particular category (Maureen Stapleton and Lee Grant),and two new stars of the moment (Sally Kellerman and Karen Black).

THE NOMINEES

Their characters were a devastated soon-to-be widow,a sneaky old lady flying the friendly skies,a pregnant waitress confused by her man,a wealthy "liberal"snob who is more conservative than she thinks,and a disciplined but highly excitable military nurse.1970's supporting shortlist was more "pure"than the category often is now (only Karen Black could be argued as a lead...but she's on the borderline so it's fine) but how strong were the roles and how good the work?

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Saturday
Oct 19 2013

All is Link

Village Voicegreat piece on BAM's retrospective of Karen Black (happening right now!) by Stephanie Zacharek
VultureAll is Lost,Robert Redford and taking stardom for granted
AV Club"100 Episodes"takes onHomestar Runner- great piece about the evolution of Web TV.
Guardiantalks to Chris Hemsworth aboutThorconsuming his life and what he learns from film to film

My New Plaid Pantsbegins "The 13 Snakes of Halloween"festivities withThe WitchesandAnaconda.Oooh,what comes next?
Coming SoonAvatarsequels start filming in one year's time.Happy Halloween so don't throw away your blue body paint just yet.
i09on 11 misanthropic horror movies fromCabin in the WoodstoFrankenstein
LA TimesScarlett Johansson,winning fresh raves for her voice work inHer,is mystified by the awards process.

I don't even know how it works.And I'm an Academy member!"

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Here's our first image of Reese Witherspoon fromWildwhich she tweeted herself...

Her very own less grimInto the 127 Hourssortaone-man kinda show about a actress who hiked 1000 miles after losing her mojo.No I kid I kid,it's the true story of a woman who did that after her divorce and her mother's death.It started filming last week.I sincerely hope Reese packed her Oscar in that napsack just to remind herself about ACTING.It's unwise to share the screen with Laura Dern if you haven't reminded yourself of that.

Yes,in the oddest casting news for this movie Laura Dern who is but 9 years older than Reese will be playing her mother.

Friday
Aug 09 2013

RIP Karen Black (1939-2013)

I don't know where to begin with the death of Karen Black.That's not just because I am not as familiar with her career as I've wanted to be given its peculiar character.It's also because: where the hell do you start with Karen Black?

AsNick reminded on Twitter yesterday,I've long thought that 1970s Hollywood had the most expansive idea of what constituted sexy and Karen is a perfect example,with her cross eyes and giant cheek bones.I've sometimes thought of her very memorable face as what would happen if an American mold of Sophia Loren got all funky and squished in the kiln and didn't quite work out.But Karen made the most of it...[more]

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