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"Eighth Grade. Brilliant!" - BGk

"The Meg, because giant shark movies are an easy sell to me, and I have no shame." -Polivamp

"BlacKkKlansman. Powerful stuff. Will we ever learn?" - forever1267

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Showbiz History: A Lavender Couple, Single White Female, and More...

10 random things that happened on this day in history as it relates to showbiz (Aug 14th)

1040 King Duncan is killed in battle by an army led by his cousin Macbeth, which will all later be rewritten by William Shakespeare as altogethier plottier and magically damning. Macbeth hasn't been transferred to cinema as much of some other Shakespearean tragedies which is TOTALLY fine because no one will ever top Kurosawa's Throne of Blood anyway.

1851 Outlaw Doc Holliday born in Georgia. The gambler / dentist / gunfighter / tuberculosis-victim has made for quite a scenery-chewing role for famous actors over the years, including Cesar Romero, Walter Huston, Kirk Douglas, Arhtur Kennedy, Adam West, Martin Landau, Jason Robards, Stacy Keach, Willie Nelson, Dennis Quaid, and Val Kilmer.

1928 Lina Wertmuller born in Rome. She'll become the first woman ever nominated for a directing Oscar when she's 48 years old for the masterpiece Seven Beauties

1939 Oscar's first Best Actress, Janet Gaynor marries a costume designer so famous, he didn't even need a last name: Adrian. Many people believe it was a "lavender marriage"...

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592 Days Til "Mulan"

Production has begun on Disney's live action adaptation of Mulan starring Liu Yufei (pictured below) whose 31st birthday is in just two weeks time. So happy birthday to her as she hits the global stage. 

Curiously Disney says they conducted a 'year long search' for the lead as if they were going with an unknown but Liu Yufei has been a busy actor for over ten years now, first breaking out in Forbidden Kingdom (2008) starring Jackie Chan...

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Beauty vs Beast: Fashion, Disasters

Jason from MNPP here with another edition of "Beauty vs Beast" -- the year 1972 is the "Year of the Month" at TFE for August and coincidentally I'd just listed my favorite films of 1972 over on my own site recently. There I chose five fave films but it's not hard for me to narrow it down further and choose my absolute favorite from that bunch - Rainer Werner Fassbinder's The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant is my favorite Fassbinder (which is saying quite a bit given my love for Fassbinder) and it stars my favorite Fassbinder actress (I'm Team Margit from way back) in a lesbian bed death match with Everybody Else's Favorite Fassbinder Actress (Hanna Schygulla as the beautiful user Karin)... which makes it perfect for one of these polls!


PREVIOUSLY We wish The Fugitive a happy 25 last week and y'all tossed your lot in with the man accused, unlike the Oscars, giving Harrison Ford's Dr. Kimble a 63 to 37 percent edge over Tommy Lee Jones and his Oscar statue. Said Suzanne:

"Only one of these men has Ralph Fiennes's Oscar for Schindler's List, and it isn't Harrison Ford!"


"I thought you were hot as fire..."

I thought you were hot as fire. In fact, you're cool as water."

Great Moments in Screen Kisses #91
Zhang Ziyi and Takeshi Kaneshiro in House of Flying Daggers (2004)


Vote on the '72 Smackdown

Since we want to give everyone ample time to play along with the next Smackdown, and since the vintage is interesting, we're pushing the Smackdown back one week to Sunday, September 2nd. So you have until Friday, August 31st to get your votes in.

Supporting Actress Smackdown, Sunday September 2nd

  • Jeannie Berlin, The Heartbreak Kid 
  • Eileen Heckart, Butterflies are Free [iTunes | Amazon]
  • Geraldine Page, Pete N' Tillie
  • Susan Tyrrel, Fat City [iTunes | Amazon]
  • Shelley Winters, The Poseidon Adventure  [iTunes | Amazon]

YOU (the collective you) are the final panelist for each smackdown so your votes count toward the outcome. To vote e-mail us with 1972 in the subject line and a 1-5 heart rating for whichever performances you have seen (please do not vote on performances you haven't seen, votes are weighted so widely-seen / underseen performances are not unfairly boosted or diminished).

I have no inkling who might win this one so it could be a nail-biter. I love that NONE of them are from best picture nominees that year so you know they all made it on the strength of either their work or their reputation. The panel for the Smackdown will be announced a week from today.  OTHER SUPPORTING WOMEN OF 1972 THAT WEREN'T NOMINATED ARE AFTER THE JUMP...

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The Meg's Box Office Bite. Plus Ant-Man 2 Crosses $200 Million 

by Nathaniel R

Until we hear further details, everything will be viewed through the lens of our apocalyptic fears about Oscar's new "popular achievement" category. Does The Meg's huge opening weekend mean it'll be up for an Oscar? I mean it has been since Jaws that a giant shark movie was Oscar nominated, so if Oscar wants to remain "relevant" they should totally start recognizing MUTANT SHARK movies! Elsewhere in box office news, Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman opened to great reviews, and much discussion, and is a total must-see "but since it didn't open big, I guess it's not as good as Slender Man and The Men so it doesn't deserve Oscar recognition, right?" he added sarcastically...

Weekend Box Office Estimates
(August 10-12)

800+ screens
excluding prev. wide
The Meg Three Identical Strangers
1. ๐Ÿ”บTHE MEG  $44.5 *NEW* REVIEW
1. THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS $700K on 326 screens (cum. $9.6) REVIEW
2. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT $20 (cum. $161.9)  REVIEW, PODCAST 2. ๐Ÿ”บTHE ISLAND $282k on 40 screens *NEW*
3. CHRISTOPHER ROBIN $12.4 (cum. $50)  REVIEW  
3. BLINDSPOTTING $220k on 138 screens (cum. $3.7)
4.๐Ÿ”บ SLENDER MAN $11.3 *NEW*  REVIEW  
4. ๐Ÿ”บ PUZZLE $164k on 44 screens (cum. $447k) 
5. ๐Ÿ”บ MCQUEEN $154k on 53 screens (cum. $750k) REVIEW


Though it did very well for a Spike Lee joint, Spike Lee joints don't tend to set the box office on fire. So should he return that Honorary Oscar? I'M JUST FOLLOWING OSCAR'S LOGIC THROUGH, Y'ALL. I seriously can't stop being pissed about this "popular achievement." notion. To quote Don Draper...

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