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Links: Feat. the Totally Awesome 80s

Movie Mezzanine 'History of Film: Best of the Sixties.' They polled lots and lots of film critics including me. And you can see our individual lists. I appear to be the only person who listed West Side Story but some of my other choices are appropriately snooty if you need that.
THR most tweeted tv shows and events. Naturally the Oscars are #1 for specials (Golden Globes in #3 behind the Grammys).  
VF Hollywood celebrates the 25th anniversary of Dead Poets Society (1989) by getting all up in preppy nostalgia

/Film Whaaaaa? The War of the Roses (1989) is getting a sequel. Pity that we can't have Kathleen Turner back but that would be impossible. Unless it's also a supernatural sequel
Serious Film how many of these Eternal Sunshine details have you noticed on your multiple views? 
/bent blog Kyle Turner looks at the roles of mothers in the films of Xavier Dolan
Hero Complex Sigourney Weaver reminisces about her time as Lt. Ellen Ripley in the Aliens franchise
Michigan Live Detroit gets its official RoboCop bronze statue today and RoboCop will also throw the first ball at the Detroit Tigers game tonight.  He's come a long way since his 1987 debut.
Variety The next Woody Allen film (with Joaquin Phoenix - who is really getting around with the auteurs! - and Emma Stone) starts shooting in a couple of months. In Rhode Island. More cast tba very soon.

Stage Door
Can you believe the Tonys are on this weekend? So fast. 
Adam Shankman announces his cast for Hair at the Hollywood Bowl in August. Given the names (Kristen Bell, Benjamin Walker -- yaasss, and various TV stars) I'm guessing they don't do the big 'entire cast gets naked for one song' thing that most productions do.
Boy Culture Crazy story about an audience heckler at a California production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof unfortunately leads to actors departing the show and bad blood with producers. As a regular theatergoer, I would have applauded the actor who left the stage to handle this. An unruly audience member can really ruin a play.

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And this is unexpected but delightful. Bianca Del Rio, the Queen of Mean, wants to star in a feature film comedy about a teacher who is fired for being gay. For revenge he returns to the school as a mean "lady" and gets hired again. Shades of Tootsie only without the you know, Oscarworthy acting or depth.

But still! As a huge fan of Bianca, I approve of this becoming a movie though in truth I was hoping for a sitcom. I guess I should've dreamed bigger. 

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"Shades of Tootsie only without the you know, Oscarworthy acting or depth."

Tootsie didn't have it either. #allTallShade

June 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSanty C.

That Sigourney Weaver link just made me hate Meryl Streep all over again. They were rivals at Yale.

Jared Leto is rumored to be cast in the Woody Allen movie also. / Freaky about The War of The Roses sequel news because I was just thinking about that movie the other day unprovoked by anything. Made me miss a simpler time of celebrity and mainstream entertainment. Everything now feels a little less special and important.

June 3, 2014 | Unregistered Commenter3rtful

Turner TOTALLY deserved a nom for War of the Roses: "When I watch you eat. When I see you asleep. When I look at you lately, I just want to smash your face in."

June 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Peggy Sue - ugh. she was so good in that movie. Oscar voters really didn't like her though. Only 1 nomination for such a strong whole decade of work?

June 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Oh yes, Ms. Turner should have gotten a rose for Roses. She got to the kernel of truth in that movie. She was unstoppable that decade. I also think she was snubbed for Serial Mom. Brilliant.

Nathan, love your list for the 60s Best Of...what a gorgeous pic of Natalie.

June 3, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

1989. The year of marvelous pictures that the Acadamy didn't care to vote for.

June 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

peggy -- yep. it was like a 1999 year. all the good stuff wasn't oscar friendly

June 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R

You don't have good luck with Best Actress when the year ends in a nine.

(89) Actress: Jessica Tandy
(99) Actress: Hilary Swank
(09) Actress: Sandra Bullock

June 3, 2014 | Unregistered Commenter3rtful

In all fairness to Swank, that '99 win is completely deserved. She's wonderful in Boys Don't Cry.

June 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTB


She won on merit. But life would be easier if Bening took it.

June 3, 2014 | Unregistered Commenter3rtful

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