Buzzfeed writer and all around brilliant scholar of Hollywood Anne Helen Peterson details the case of Loretta Young and the complicity of Hollywood in her exploitation. A fascinating read that Peterson rightly notes has far too much resonance with the present.
Dan Barry spotlights one of cinema’s great unheralded props, the cream pie, and the silent cinema (now largely lost to us) that employed it to such great effect.
Dr. Elizabeth Alsop discusses so-called “quality” television’s seeming predilection for “punitive pulp.” A worthwhile read.
Actor Michael Douglas has thrown his hat into the discursive ring, opining that perhaps the perceived lack of American men in “American” film roles is a matter (not of perception, but rather) of a diminished masculinity stateside. I’ll let Professor Douglas take it from here.
A star study of Jake Gyllenhaal, in brief, from Grantland’s Mark Harris.
The New Yorker’s Richard Brody tackles Terrence Rafferty’s lament regarding the purported decline in American acting. Brody’s critique is largely correct here, that, in effect, hoping for another Marlon Brando not only oversimplifies the contexts that produced the performer (and crucially, I would add, work to frame industrial and popular reception of performance) but also does a disservice to less visible, but no less viable, American performers working today.