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Boy Culture Comic gold Teri Garr interviewed about her MS (which sadly ended her career, she's now confined to a wheelchair) and her famous co-stars (still loves Dustin Hoffman, was not a fan of Gene Wilder)  

Forbes asks that the internet stop trying to make the most powerful woman in the movie world (that'd be Wonder Woman) into a victim with constant outrages. She's a hit, enjoy her.

Eight additional stories after the jump including a Downton Abbey reunion, Emmy hopefuls, Batman Returns and more...

TVLine there's a Downton Abbey movie in the works to film next year. Hmmm, didn't they wrap up every storyline in the finale?

IndieWire goes to 'an Evening with Sofia Coppola' and discovers she wanted to shoot her now abandoned The Little Mermaid feature underwater. 

ET Kate Beckinsale is now dating a 21 year old actor/model/comedian

Variety TV showrunners name their favorite shows -- lots of mentions for The Leftovers, Big Little Lies, and Master of None.  It was also nice to read a single shout out to AMC's Humans which I actually think is a much stronger A.I. drama than the far buzzier but one note Westworld from HBO. I get that Westworld is well made and beautifully acted but I also think its repugnantly nihilist. It seems to think that the only thing in the world that mankind fantasizes about is either raping or killing each other. I beg to differ with that world view. Yes there are dark sides to humanity but even within the darkside there is a lot more variety than that!!!

The Stranger our friend and sometime contributor Manuel Betancourt on the first time he posed naked for an artist. How come the first thought in my mind in all of these situations is "draw me like one of your French girls"?

Variety "why movies need directors like Phil Lord and Christopher Miller more than ever" Darren Criss made out with his eventual American Crime producer during his Broadway run on Hedwig. Hee

This article is months old but it was new to me somehow this week so I have to share

EW Gorgeous write up of the weird, whimsical, wondrous Batman Returns by Darren Franich. (I had hoped to be in the early 90s in Pfandom by the time this movie's 25th anniversary rolled around but I got super behind as you know and am still in the early 80s. sigh). An excerpt from Franich's brilliant piece.

The joy of Batman Returns is that [Selina Kyle's] transformation is both a downward spiral and an ascension: She becomes her real self, and it kills her, and it makes her whole.


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Reader Comments (13)

I'm sure Coppola would have cast Elle Fanning or AnnaSophia Robb or Saoirse Ronan as the Little Mermaid, and as a woman of Italian descent, why on earth would she even want to cast blonde women in films? /Sarcasm

June 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTyler

Tyler, are you big mad or little mad about yesterday's Coppola kerfuffle? #askingforafriend

If that illustration is any indication, Manuel is a real hottie.

June 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTroy H.

Teri Garr was so good in Tootsie. That '82 line-up was pure gold.

I'm not going to lie. I'll be there the day they release Downtown Abbey The Movie.

Manuel is a cutie and we deserve to see the final result. Boyfriend will understand.

June 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Oh man, that Batman Returns write-up is so good.

Oh, maybe that's my problem with Westworld. I found it interesting but didn't love it. Part of the problem is that I find Hopkins to be incredibly boring - not sure if it's the actor or the character, but I have a feeling it's both. In fact, the only character I'm really drawn to and invested in is Newton's which, considering how big the cast is, is not a good sign.

June 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDJDeeJay

Troy H and Peggy Sue -- if you're feeling thirsty, this is a reminder that Manuel has an instagram account that he even wrote about right here.

June 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Yeah for the showrunners praising Fleabag! I really hope you do a FYC for this show.

June 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJames from Ames

Happy Birthday, Meryl Streep !!!

This site lauds many fine actresses, but since I have been reading it, nothing is ever said about her. If it is said, usually in unflattering terms. Also I love Cate Blanchett and little to noting is written about her. These are two excellent actresses.

June 22, 2017 | Unregistered Commenternatalie

Agree a thousand percent re: HUMANS, and esp. HUMANS >>> WESTWORLD. Although I enjoy Westworld, it seems much less interested (and interesting) than Humans in exploring the ramifications of integrating AI into human society, or even developing characters in a meaningful way; it's too focused on constructing Chinese puzzle-box mysteries.

June 22, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterlylee

Natalie -- here are all 200+ meryl streep related articles though it's true we talked about her a lot more in the Aughts than we have these past seven years. If you are relatively new there's a multi-part series on Meryl you might enjoy on the old blog called "Streep at 60"... and here's a write up of her brilliant performance in Devil Wears Prada (among her 3 career best i'd say -- the others being Silkwood and Postcards from the Edge according to me) and a video i made commemorating her career.

We actually talk about Cate Blanchett a lot but just haven't lately since she hasn't been in the news much since CAROL.

June 22, 2017 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

You are great. Thank you.

June 22, 2017 | Unregistered Commenternatalie

And of course Kennedy hired Ron Howard of all people to direct the Han Solo film now. Good lord. I can't watch a Star Wars film if it turns out to be as boring as A Beautiful Mind. At least, Lord and Miller would have made it fun.

June 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCraver

That essay by Manuel is utterly charming.

June 23, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

Thank you for that link to the interview with Teri Garr! She is one of my favorites and I would love to hear more of her stories. She seems like she would tell it like it is.

June 23, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick T

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