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Scribble Junkies wonders if short men make better directors
My New Plaid Pants sneak peaks End of Watch with Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena
IndieWire Oops, we deleted the movie. The growing pains of digital cinema
Cinema Blend Joss Whedon on his success with The Hulk. Speaking of...
Tom Shone thinks the Hulk is the only thing he got right.
Huffington Post thanks the foundations laid down in the Whedonverse for The Avengers success
USA Today gets good quote from the Core Four in The Avengers. And everyone has a good laugh about Mark Ruffalo in his motion capture phase. The man himself:

The first day of the leotard I said, OK (expletive), get a good laugh. Let's just get it out in the open. There was a lot of snickering and off-color jokes about the leo part of my tard. I don't think that needs explaining. 

Wow Report the best job in Hollywood is...
ASME announces the best magazine covers of the year. Truly odd choices here, I have to say. Mila Kunis' GQ cover is the only actress cover featured. 
Guardian sad legal battles over the Zsa Zsa Gabor estate. The famous actress is 95 and is probably not long for this world
Forbes released their list of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World. The highest and only ranked actress is Angelina Jolie at 29 (unless you think of Beyoncé #18 as an actress). 
Newsorama has a ten-wide list of things we've learned from The Avengers... but it's more about what Marvel Studios can learn from it. 
The Mary Sue Brave's Princess Merida already showing up at Disney parks 

Theater Watch
Potentially terrible news for New Yorkers. The fate of the awesome Zeigfeld Theater on 54th street is up in the air. That's a pity. This is hallowed ground we're talking about. It's one of the few single screen ginormous theaters left. It's where I saw Moulin Rouge! for the first time. It's where I saw Michelle Pfeiffer in the pflesh and its the only suitable place for big deal starry movie premieres in Manhattan. Please don't close up!

This Weekend's Must Read...
The Hairpin points us to this amazing Elizabeth Berkeley interview right before Showgirls (1995) came out. It's hilarious and fascinating and sympathetic in retrospect. So much titillating delusion.

I thought, ‘I have to do this.’ I mean, this role, I would kill for. It’s very rare you read a script where the whole focus of the film is on a woman. Also, I’m so passionate about what I go after and I really felt a lot of connection with the character right away...

The bottom line is the character is so emotional. She’s constantly on the edge of a breakdown so that was hard because what’s two minutes in her life was 17 hours for me. There was one scene in particular where I’m on stage auditioning for the showgirl spot where Alan Rachins’ character is wanting me to put ice cubes on my nipples. That was so difficult. Everyone on the set just felt really upset by it because the fact is that goes when showgirls audition. I mean, it’s part of the process.  


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Really interesting article on the problems of digitalization of movies. And in the end, I think it doesn't touch two of the most important issues. Digital files are an incredible shortcut to piracy, and using the "it's cheaper" reason for the digitalization, which I'm sure it is, it also cheapens the whole craft, the whole art of making movies. I mean, none of us would even consider the possibility of trashing the old vinyl records (maybe giving them away, but not trashing them), but deleting from your computer a song you downloaded? Sure.

VHS copies were precious treasures because it was the first time you could take your favourite movies home with you. Now, the format has changed so many times and it's so easy to get movies, I'm not sure we value them in the same way. Hence, the rising of streaming. They have passed from being precious possessions to occupy a too precious space in the hard disk.

May 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteriggy

Technically, Oprah is also an actress.

And also, what a horrible conservative rag Forbes is-that's the only possible explanation for Nancy Pelosi being outranked by Michele Bachmann.

May 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn T

Poor Liz, she probably thought she was on her way to being the next Sharon Stone.

May 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBia

Iggy -- i think you're right on that count.

John T -- is she? I mean, when is the last time she acted?

May 6, 2012 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I mean, it's been 14 years if you don't count vocal work, but she's Oscar-nominated, something we can't say about Beyonce.

May 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn T

Yeah, I feel like Oprah should be counted as an actress if Beyonce is. They both lack what the other has...Oprah hasn't done it for a long time, but Beyonce needs Oprah's talent/credibility.

May 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip

Didn't Oprah do "vocal acting" work on The Princess and the Frog? Also, I think an Oscar nomination for acting qualifies you to be "an actor" for the rest of your life, even if you never make another film.

May 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJon

About the magazine covers: isn't that Kristen Stewart on the bottom of the page? And Liz Taylor on People sure is an actress cover as well...

May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

Angela Merkel <3 Ich liebe dich! :D

May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKokolo

I would soooo Leo Mark Ruffalo's Tard1 He's Scruffilicious!

May 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterforever1267
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