“David Geffen says Hollywood’s longtime most powerful talent agency has become ‘a pimple on [its owner’s] ass,’ but the town’s rivals and players (including Michael Ovitz) reveal the truth is far more complex in James Andrew Miller’s new book ‘Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood’s Creative Artists Agency.'”
“The singer and the actor were photographed frolicking on a beach. That’s all. But the frenzy that followed speaks to culture’s ongoing desire to fill in the gaps.”
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.
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.