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Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Linkdown

Art of the Title has an amazing 3-part retrospective / interview with title designer Pablo Ferro. His work includes: Bullitt, Married to the Mob, Dr Strangelove, Beetlejuice, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and so many other greats
The New Yorker "why Mean Girls is a classic" even esteemed publications got into the 10th anniversary frenzy. Good piece from Richard Brody
The Dissolve Joaquin Phoenix will headline the next Woody Allen film, the one after Magic in the Moonlight. The prolific auteur isn't slowing down his one-a-year pac. Phoenix isn't slowing down either; remember how just a few short years ago, people thought Phoenix's career was over? The joke was on us.) 


Vulture Bilge Ebiri sticks his neck out for "Why Adam Sandler Matters"
Paper Mag 5 Most Swintessential Moments from Tilda Swinton's career. Love this though none are her actual acting & filmography which is tops. 
Playbill Idina Menzel & Julie Andrews talk FrozenWicked and The Sound of Music Live! on "Watch What Happens Live". Julie is very magnanimous about Carrie Underwood but I love the hint of 'i'm aware you all think i'm just being diplomatic' utter vagueness of "acting is acting is acting". Ha!

I thought she was great. Listen, she made it her own. But listen: acting is acting is acting."

The Wire pontificates on Emma Stone's career now that redundant superhero movie is in theaters. Shouldn't her career be so much more by now?
Cosmopolitan interviews Amy Schumer on 'sneaky feminism,' Parker Posey, plastic surgery and Judd Apatow's Trainwreck
Pajiba this is how you assemble a damn cast. On Joe Swanberg's wonderful ensembles 
AV Club is fear of TV cancellations a thing of the past? Shows with low ratings are no longer automatically doomed and fan passion counts for far more than it once did.
Gothamist wonders if James Franco is doing okay. Get out of bed! 

Today's Must Read
Cléo wonderfully provocative piece on "Samantha" in Her (now on DVD) from Angelo Muredda:

Early on, Samantha is eager to establish herself as, if not a human, then at least something more ambitious than a machine. She proudly proclaims that what makes her her is the ability to grow through her experiences. “So basically,” she says, “in every moment I’m evolving, just like you.” The latter part of that statement reads as a veiled threat to Theodore, who seems rather stalled in his moody present state as a sad man who writes other people’s love letters for a living despite being unable to sign his own divorce papers. It is a succinct expression of the film’s male smugness: that a girlfriend who begins excited about the world and her boyfriend’s witty emails is still a girlfriend who will one day leave.


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So upsetting.

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commenter3rtful

Franco gave a really great interview on Howard Stern this week, but he definitely sounds like he has some issues.

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBia

From the New Yorker article: "The power to seem active while doing nothing is the crucial trait of classic-era movie stars; it’s the defining aspect of what it means to be loved by the camera."

The power to seem argumentative while writing nothing is the crucial trait of New Yorker articles. I've read this article twice and I'm still not sure what Richard Brody's point is about Mean Girls. It is a classic, it doesn't deal with economics, and I guess Lindsay Lohan can warm herself with the knowledge that somebody compared the film to Casablanca.

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnne Marie

That Her article: I kind of get what the writer's trying to say, and, yes, that is the nagging small issue. It's not as good as Short Term 12 or 12 Years a Slave because of that, but I don't exactly know if the thing the author's describing as the biggest problem is really something that COULD be shown onscreen. Let me explain: Spike Jonze was mostly trying to be realistic about how technology might progress in 10-20 years and any attempt at visualizing "AI's talking in between the gaps of the internet" is going to be goofy and film-derailing.

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

3rtful-Good Read-Yes Emma Stone needs more roles. ...maybe she'll be cast in the next Native American part. Instead of you know an actual Native American. I love how people claim they want diversity, but all I see them talking about are White people.

"You read that right. Hollywood is handed a beautiful, talented, Yale School of Drama-trained actress of color, and what does it come up with? Well, let’s see…she could be an animal. In the Third World.

I’m not judging this film or its makers — they, after all, had the good taste to hire her. And I imagine the role will give her more to do than was the case with her recent appearance as a flight attendant in the Liam Neeson action film Non-Stop. (What? You didn’t realize she was in it? You’re not alone.) I am, however, judging the producers, executives, and casting agents who sit in meetings and say, “Lupita Nyong’o? Yeah, she was amazing in 12 Years. And she’d certainly be an interesting flavor for this part, but maybe just a little…outside the box. You know who’d be a really interesting flavor? Emma Stone.”

Yes, the movie business is tough, and whatever your race, a Best Supporting Actress Oscar guarantees you nothing, especially in a field in which women are considered old at 31. But the evidence is the evidence: When the people who make movies look at Lupita Nyong’o, they see a slave, a stewardess, and an “exotic.” On that level, the range of opportunities for a black actress on the big screen in 2014 doesn’t look all that different than it did in 1967, the first time Disney made The Jungle Book"

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNikki

Here's a lovely link:


May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

@Nikki, the existence of that column itself is testament to the fact that people are talking about Lupita's casting woes and how her race is affecting her career.

I actually came here to talk about Emma Stone... I just saw her on SNL and I just feel her nervous charm reads so affected and cloying to me. She was very fortunate to get that Easy A role.

May 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

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