Saturday, March 27, 2010

Mildred Pierce, Redux

Bad news, kids: Hollywood is dipping into the well to remake another classic. Kate Winslet is taking up the title role that made Joan Crawford a big star again in talkies after her time as a silent screen star as a younger woman (she won the Oscar for her performance in 1945). Evan Rachael Wood will be playing Veda, the wicked daughter who makes those fish that feed off their mother's bodies look like tame. The movie, which begins filming in April, is planned as a five-hour miniseries on HBO (what, it's not good enough for the theatre?) and will be directed by Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven). What do you think? Will this be a dreadful remake in the vein of Disturbia, based on Hitchcock's genius film Rear Window? Either way, I could see the right hair and makeup making Ms. Winslet a pretty convincing approximation of Joan Crawford.

Either way, let's pause to remember the original:

[photo via Cinematical]

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Disco Reaching Fever Pitch

If you thought disco was dead (but why would you?), there's a great new book that says disco's never gone anywhere and might actually be here to stay (hint: the author likes Lady Gaga). Alice Echols has a new book called Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture about the genre's history and social impact, and I'm dying to read it. She gave a great interview to Salon a few days ago. Highlights and links after the jump.

Echols on women's place in disco:
"Disco is women's music, for sure. Disco foregrounded female pleasure in a way that most rock 'n' roll didn't. There was a fear that disco was a kind of Cosmo version of feminism, but for many of us it was very liberating to hear the women of Labelle sing "Lady Marmalade" -- "Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?" -- or Nona Hendryx writing incredible songs about female desire. Rock music just didn't afford many opportunities for that, except for Patti Smith and a few stray voices."

Read the rest of the interview here.
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Sunday, March 21, 2010


Dear friends,
This blog is not dead! I'm coming out of midterms and spring break, but I will have new material for you, including photos from my trip! Sit tight.


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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Great Old Shows on Hulu

Blaxploitation Week wasn't as exciting as I'd hoped (read: I was exhausted and didn't post as much as I wanted to) but I can't let it end without a nod to my dear Pam Grier and her work in Foxy Brown. She's sweet brown sugar with a touch of spice...and murder if you don't treat her nice.

But this week, I've been watching stuff that's a little less violent, thanks to Hulu.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show is the perfect pick me up on a lazy afternoon (when maybe I should have been in class *cough cough*). Mary's so spunky and sweet. It's nice to watch the show now that I'm older, because when I was nine watching it on Nick at Night, I'm sure I missed a lot. Also on Hulu: The Dick Van Dyke, Bewitched, and I Dream of Jeannie. Enjoy, kids!
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