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Vulture dreams up sequels for The Fault In Our Stars. We'll obviously take the Laura Dern one
The Awl "The Tortured History of Entertainment Weekly" - god I was so in love with that magazine when it debuted in the 1990s. The first issue I remember buying was #5 with Jamie Lee Curtis on the cover for Kathryn Bigelow's Blue Steel
Pixar Times Pixar teases the first five minutes of Inside Out their June 2015 release
Theater Mania Laura Benanti auditions for Peter Pan Live

Boy Culture RIP supporting actress Martha Hyer, Oscar-nominated for Some Came Running (1958) 
Kenneth in the (212) teases a new stage production with the music of the The Go-Gos?
Comics Alliance a giant statue of Spider-Man in Korea is causing a stir thanks to its Spider-Manhood
Empire there's a new trailer for The Boxtrolls
Variety expects crazy ladies to dominate the Guest Actress race at the Emmys 
THR has a lengthy cover story on the suicide of the director of Searching For Sugar Man 

Foreign Film Oscar Watch
The Great Beauty, Italy's Oscar winner just lost its home-field Oscar race to a film called Human Capital which also won three acting gongs. Human Capital wasn't eligible for submission by Italy last year (since it hadn't yet opened by the cutoff date) so it could well be Italy's submission this year.

I'm not sure how I missed this excellent interview with Lori Petty over at The Daily Beast on Sunday but it's a must read if you have any affection at all for Lori or the 1990s when she just kept doing her inimitable thing all over now classic movies like A League of Their Own, Point Break, and... well, the interview weirdly neglects Tank Girl but what can you do? She talks working with Jodie Foster, Madonna, discovering Jennifer Lawrence and how she got her cameo part in Orange is the New Black despite definitely being off the radar in recent years. 

Lori Petty & Naomi Watts in Tank Girl (1995)

Why do you think the roles started drying up after Tank Girl?

Well, because I was thirty-something and I hadn’t married my agent, married any guy co-stars, or gotten fake titties or Botox. I never wanted to be a bombshell; I wanted to be an actor. I would much prefer to be a woman than a man, but if I was a dude, maybe I’d have Johnny Depp’s island because women in this industry after a certain age definitely don’t get to do Pirates of the Caribbean. Poor Keira [Knightley], they even airbrushed huge tits on her on the poster, and she’s flawless! I was trying to play football with a baseball, and you can’t really do that.

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Reader Comments (11)

Wow, thanks for updating us novices on the actressexual evoltution, Nathaniel. It was definitely a shock to see Petty so gloriously dyked up in that still-traumatizing first ep of S2. I've been trying to predict which of our current Hollywood golden girls are going to endure and fill those few plum spots granted 40 yrs old+ female actresses - currently filled by Julia, Susan Sarandon, Meryl, etc.
Also to mention: in England the old bats still get great parts and in France the old bats must bathe in the blood of wirgins because they just get younger and more beautiful with every passing decade (i.e. Isablle Adjani).

June 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterErich Kuersten

I out-and-out squealed when I saw Lori Petty's name come up in the credits for the first episode of OITNB season 2, and was sad to realize it was a single-episode engagement. HOWEVER, there are reports that she will return/recur in season 3, so there's a chance we may get a regular dose of Lori Petty in the not-too-distant future. Prayer circle, y'all.

June 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

Margaret - well i guess we did learn about transfers in S2 so plotwise we can hope.

June 12, 2014 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R


CBS did not pick up how i met your dad! Greta Gerwig's film career has been restored!!!

June 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRizz

TANK GIRL is near and dear to my heart in the way that a punk movie from 1995 also starring Malcolm McDowell and Ice-T probably shouldn't be. I am joining the prayer circle for Lori Petty to return for Season 3 of OITNB.

June 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnne Marie

Thanks so much for pointing us to that amazing story on Entertainment Weekly. What a thoughtful and interesting piece. I too have been a longtime devotee of the magazine. The decline in quality and taste over the last few years has been so hard to witness.

June 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSteven

HUMAN CAPITAL could actually be Italy next oscar submission (director Paolo Virzì is very popular in my country and his previous film, THE FIRS BEAUTIFUL THING, was chosen for the Oscar the year of I AM LOVE) but in my humble opinion is really worse than GREAT BEAUTY

June 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMirko

I forgot that Lori directed Jennifer... that was a rough movie to watch!

June 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBia

I love how the way you have posted the pictures makes Jamie Lee Curtis look scared at that Spiderman supernatural crotch, while Martha Hyer seems to be looking at his butt and wondering wtf?
Btw, the artist should do some merchandising, he'd get loaded.

June 12, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteriggy

A League of Their Own had so many great performances. Got really happy when Lori appeared in Orange Is the New Black. I hope she can get more roles now.

June 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

The Australian version of EW, WHO WEEKLY, was the magazine that sparked off my Oscar obsession 20 years ago, with it's annual Oscar issue analysing the nominees in the top "glamour" categories (Picture, Director and the 4 acting). I still have the issue about the 1994 awards (about the films from 1993) somewhere in a box.

But by the 00s, it too had diminished in quality, becoming much more about gossip than news.

June 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTravis C

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