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Friday
Jul 27 2018

Showbiz History: Maya Rudolph,Presumed Innocent,and Lindsay's Last

10 random things that happened on this day in showbiz history

1940Bugs Bunny and his catch phrase "What's up doc?"make their official debut in "A Wild Hare"which is nominated for the short film Oscar.

1969TV wunderkind Bryan Fuller is born in Idaho.We will always love him forPushing DaisiesandWonderfalls.

Maya Rudolph,Prince,Bob Hope,Lindsay Lohan and more after the jump...

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Saturday
Aug 27 2016

4 Days til the Smackdown - Meet the Panelists!

The Supporting Actress Smackdown of 1984 is coming your way on Wednesday August 31st with Dame Peggy Ashcroft defending her Oscar from the other side.Will the panel co-sign that Oscar win or throw their votes to Christine Lahti,Lindsay Crouse,or legendary Oscar regulars in the form or either Glenn Close or Geraldine Page.Please remember that readers are the collective sixth panelist so I expectyouranswers to these questions in the comments (as well as your ballots -details on what to send me here).

MEET THE PANELISTS

Please give a hearty welcome to two first time Smackdowners

NOAH TSIKA
Noah Tsika is the Assistant Professor of Media Studies at Queens College,CUNY.He has also written two books on cinema:Nollywood Stars: Media and Migration in West Africa and the DiasporaandPink 2.0: Encoding Queer Cinema on the Internet.
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SHEILA O'MALLEY
SheilaO'Malley is a regular film critic forRogerebert.comand other outlets including The Criterion Collection.She wrote the narration (read by Angelina Jolie) for the Gena Rowlands tribute reel played at the 2016 Governors Awards.Her blog isTheSheilaVariations.
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...welcome back two regular Smackdowners

JOE REID
Joe Reid never went to film school,unless you count the film school of hard knocks,which he also didn't go to.That hasn't stopped him from writing about movies.He is currently Senior Writer atDecider.com.One day,he'll have written about his love forThe Hours,Go,andMermaidsenough that he can finally close his laptop,satisfied that his work is done.
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NICK DAVIS
Nick Davis writes the reviews and features at the websiteNick's Flick Picks.  The site's unpredictable cycles of frenzied activity and long dormancy have to do with his also being an Associate Professor of English and Gender & Sexuality Studies at Northwestern,where his research and teaching mostly concern narrative film in different eras,genres,and countries.
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Thursday
Apr 21 2016

Farewell to the Prince

The beautiful ones,
You always seem to lose.

-"The Beautiful Ones"

Glennhere with some words about today's very sad news about the death of iconic musician and sometime actor/director,Prince Rogers Nelson."Purple Rain"wasn't the first time I ever heard Prince.Hell,I wasn't even alive when the all things purple took over the zeitgeist in the summer of 1984.No,the first time I think I was consciously aware of who I was listening to was in 1991 when I laid eyes upon a video for the single "Diamonds and Pearls"on early morning music television.I was young,but already obsessed with music;making sure I watched the top forty countdown onRageand recording my favourite videos fromVideo Hitsonto an over-growing pile of VHS.I had been clocked into Madonna for a year or so by this stage,and Michael Jackson was regular fixture of my music listening habits with "Black & White"becoming a pop culture phenomenon at roughly the same time Prince came into my world.He was so different to anybody I'd seen before - his small frame and wild hair so at odds with the image of maleness that,especially growing up in suburban Australia,was preoccupied with overwhelmingly over-the-top masculinity.

If you ever need proof of some sort of other-worldly intervention in play in this life,then consider those three musicians were all born within just a couple months of each other.(More after the jump)

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Wednesday
Aug 27 2014

Linkman & Emmywoman

First Things First: at Movie City News the "Gurus of Gold"have begun (yes,I'm a part of it again) andas David Polandpoints out there are seven films that made almost every list:Birdman,Gone Girl,Boyhood,andUnbrokentied at 1st place withFoxcatcher,Selma,andInterstellarjust behind them.Most pundits are feeling these as Best Picture threats.Look at the whole chart though to see how everything fared.The highest ranking films that were not on my list (we were asked to submit 15 films) areWildandInherent Vice.

BirdmanFlies
Early rave reviews at the Venice Film Festival fromThe Telegraph,VarietyandTHRand a couple positive but not ecstatic reviews fromThe GuardianandThe Film Stageare up and surely bode well for the film.  I'm holding off on reading them as I want the movie fresh when I see it.But others may want to dive right in.

Anger Making
Yahootalks to Tyler Perry.TheMadeafranchise star/director claims he didn't know who David Fincher was when he signed on toGone Girland he wouldn't have done it if he knew how "mainstream"he was.What the F'in hell?Yes,Tyler Perry a bastion of "edgy"cinema.He's also been a voting member of the Director's branch of the Academy since 2009 which means he's been asked to judge and vote on Fincher's work twice.Way to be a conscientous voter!

Other Linkage
The Playlist10 overlooked greats from the 1970s.I gladly support the inclusion ofGirlfriends(1978) but I haven't seen the others
HitFixDeborah Ann Woll talks about moving on toDaredeviland the difficulty of leavingTrue Blood's Jessica behind
PajibaRidley Scott is 76 years-old but his plate is super full.How many more films is he planning to make exactly?
Cinematically Insanewill layoffs and monetization at Turner Broadcasting affect TCM?
My New Plaid PantsSuperman takes the ice bucket challenge
The DissolveMike D'Angelo looks back at "Best Actress"of 1989 -- we all know that shoulda been Michelle Pfeiffer but others are discussed,too.
VFNeil Marshall (The Descent) wants to direct a Black Widow movie.Also talksGame of Thrones

Emmy Hangover
The NibLiza Donnelly's caricatures from the evening
Pajiba's liveblog with Courtney Enlow icymi
We Recycle Movie's "lateblog"with Anne Marie and Margaret
Towleroadicymi it on Emmy night,Billy on the Street's Emmy dash was the most hilarious of few hilarious things that night
Showtrackerwonders ifGame of Thronescan rise in Emmy estimation withBreaking Badmoving out of the way
Salonwhat the Emmys revealed about the broadcast vs cable war on television

ICYMI
VultureMark Harris has a long read on "The Making of Foxcatcher"- so much Mark Harris to read.(I'm reading "Five Came Back"very slowly because I am learning so much about late 30s/early 40s Hollywood on every page.)
Funny Or DieMark Duplass and Ted Danson go to couples therapy over Prince's Purple Rain suit

Fun Interview
Assignment Xtalks to one of our favorite British thespians,Olivia Williams about her new series,films (very briefly),makes fun of her own accent work and this,my favorite part,on her stellar role in Joss Whedon'sDollhouse:

Joss legendarily starts to adapt your character as the series goes on to how you really are,and I started off as sort of a calculating bitch and ended up being rather motherly and a bit of an alcoholic,and I can't think where he got that from.

Ha!