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Thursday
Mar232017

every guy here'd love to link you, Gaston

Today's Must Read
BuzzFeed good piece by Allison Willmore on the maddening response to absolutely nothing moments proclaimed to be LGBT "firsts!" in movies. Two parts of the problems she doesn't mention though are 1) the internet demands for constant content incentivize journalists to blow everything out of proportion including super stupid things like "LeFou is gay!" and 2) too many pop culture journalists are operating from a place of zero knowledge about pop culture before they were, like, 12. 

more links after the jump including insightful pieces on Feud and an investigation of Logan's family jewels...

More Feuding
New Yorker really insightful piece on the artistry of Joan Crawford and Bob Aldritch that Feud is ignoring. This was so heartening to read because so many people are so basic about just accepting the party line about Crawford's gifts. Since it's Crawford's birthday here's the part of the article I was standing and cheering during:

In addition to overlooking the artistry of Aldrich, “Feud” overlooks Crawford’s artistry as well. That’s consistent with the long-standing critical view of the two performers, which reflects a fundamentally mistaken view of the cinema that’s prevalent to this day—a misconception of movies as a virtual fusion of literature and theatre. Intellectuals take pleasure in celebrating Davis, an actress defined by her theatre-based methods, artistic self-consciousness, and affinity for literary material. By contrast, Crawford started as a chorine and her range of performance wasn’t large; her theatrical craft was modest but her onscreen presence and projection of character was—and, in the rewatching, is—colossal. 

Miscellania
Queerty Hugh Jackman's unusual wrap party gift the first time he played Wolverine in a solo film (not sure I believe this story, tho, since there are plentiful picture of Jackman with a flesh colored swim suit on on set)
The Muse ...speaking of Wolverine's dick. Bobby Finger argues that it's uncut. No really. Convincingly, too.
Variety Amy Schumer has dropped out of the live action Barbie comedy
Variety ... instead she is going to make the dramedy She Came to Me with Nicole Kidman
THR Great cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto (Brokeback Mountain, Silence) is going to try his hand at directing with a revenge thriller called Bastard - no cast announced yet 
MNPP a great suggestions for the perfect actor for a Michael Haneke biopic
Deadline the war drama Thank You for Your Service is heading to late October... which is a good spot for Oscar campaigns these days. The film stars Miles Teller
i09 wants a Gaston prequel to Beauty and the Beast. Nooooo (I could totally see Disney doing this, though, because you know they'll find a way to keep each revenue stream going)
Variety Jake Gyllenhaal already planning to reteam with his Life director The Anarchists vs Isis

Off Cinema
The Slot this is rather amazing. The new Time magazine interview with T**** redacted to remove everything he says that's not verifiably true 

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Reader Comments (16)

Excited for the Nicole Kidman and Amy Schumer movie. Hugh Jackman is so gay.

March 23, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterbeyaccount

Why on earth would Schumer *want* to do a Barbie movie? Was it sold to her as "The House Barbie" or something?

March 23, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMareko

Indeed a fantastic point about Crawford. The camera demands a very special relationship. And if anything, overly theatrical performers are the worst at developing it. Film acting is about a flick of an eye or the angle of a face. Those things just don't read on the stage, and many great thespians haven't mastered it.

March 23, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterHayden

Hell, how long did it take Care Blanchett to master acting on camera? It's no coincidence that her career erupted circa Blue Jasmine, when she figured it out.

March 23, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterHayden

I agree that people now have a terrible sense of history specially when it comes to cinema

March 23, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterjaragon

Can I suggest Margot Robbie for the Barbie movie? She clearly has comedic chops and...well, look at her.

March 23, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBushwick

Can we all please talk about that awesome trailer for Martin McDonagh's next film (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)?

March 23, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDevin D

Mareko, perhaps Schumer was interested in presenting a vision of Barbie that wasn't physically impossible. I don't think it could have worked, but it was an interesting concept.

The only way I want a Gaston prequel is if it's him and the princes from Into the Woods. Make it an ego-stroking orgy. Ahem.

March 23, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn Dunks

It's interesting that both Luke Evans and Chris Pine did some of their best work as preening peacocks in big budget musicals.

I'm glad Schumer dropped out of Barbie. It feels like a disaster waiting to happen unless there was a very clear comedic vision for it, like The Lego Movie had. Plus, Toy Story Barbie would be hard to top....

March 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterIanO

Isn't Schumer in Thank you for service too?

March 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCarlos

I would gladly see a prequel surrounding Gaston. Luke Evans was easily the best part of Beauty and the Beast.

Even though Thank You For Your Service finally got a release date, it's something I'd skip. I remain allergic to Miles Teller.

March 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMatt St. Clair

@Hayden ... In regards to Blanchett that's actually not true at all, her American film career took off in '99 w/ the release of Elizabeth but she had been working in film in Australia for years before that to critical acclaim.

March 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterT

I haven't read this article, but the notion that intellectuals are allegedly creating an overblown perception of Bette Davis' talent is absurd.

March 24, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

Nothing against a new evaluation of Crawford's cinematic talents. But why does she have to be pitted once more against Davis?

And like brookesboy, I find it ridiculous the notion that the intellectual crowd has overstated Davis' status. Bette Davis has enjoyed a diverse audience for decades and will continue to do so.

March 24, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterrick gould

Good Artical

March 20, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterPlan My careers

great artical

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