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The Atlantic 'How Brando Broke the Movies' -excellent piece from Tom Shone on perceptions of movie stardom, acting and chameleon tricks
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Towleroad Gay Iconography: Bette Midler
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Salon has a list of the 19 greatests 'double entendre' songs from "Brand New Key" to "Milkshake" and so on. I object to the exclusion of Cyndi Lauper's "She-Bop"
Gizmodo how long until we get this weird 'Smart Morphable Surface' technology in sci-fi movie designs? 

Oscar Notes / Production Design
In case you missed it as the weekend began, AMPAS made some minor adjustments to the rules (as they are prone to do) which In Contention analyzes. Mostly it's technicalities like how nominations are credited for Song & Best Picture but the super interesting one is that movies nominated for Production Design which feature heavily digital environments will now have an added nominee, the digital designer. I personally suspected /was hoping that the change which was bound to happen would be closer to the Black and White vs. Color designations that Oscar went through from the mid30s through the mid60s in cinematography and I was hoping it would happen in both cinematography and production design since visual fx achievements keep winning in one or both of those categories (think Avatar, Alice in Wonderland, Gravity, Hugo, etcetera). But I guess that was wishful thinking.

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Reader Comments (6)

Shia is just the male version of Miley.
Same shit all over.

June 29, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercraver

I hate myself for saying this because I do hope he gets help, but Shia LaBeouf is looking FOINE in those post-prison pics. Oooooo lord, strike me down!

June 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTB

Craver, my theory is that Miley knows exactly what she's doing - she's never been arrested and all the outrageous behavior from her is calculated; she aims to provoke for publicity's sake. I think she's a lot savvier than most stars her age (notice we don't get any random quotes from her about how she's not a feminist). She may not be famous in 20 years, but she'll be living some form of a productive life.

Shia needs help.

June 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Suzanne: Exactly. Shia's behaviour and perceived talent level makes him more akin to, to toss out comparisons to other modern musicians, Chris Brown or Bieber.

June 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

Meshach Taylor has died at 67. His character in Mannequin, Hollywood, was such a big deal to me as a kid. Never bothered watching Designing Women, even in reruns.

June 29, 2014 | Unregistered Commenter3rtful

I think Shia's more in Amanda Bynes, Britney territory than a star merely being a brat or acting out for publicity. Considering what he's said of his childhood, though, I'm not terribly reassured of his parents swooping in to swoop in to come to the rescue.

June 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterClaire

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