born to film

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Female Characters Appreciation, Villains: Part 1

“Isn’t it time to acknowledge the ugly side? I’ve grown quite weary of the spunky heroines, brave rape victims, soul-searching fashionistas that stock so many books. I particularly mourn the lack of female villains — good, potent female villains. Not ill-tempered women who scheme about landing good men and better shoes (as if we had nothing more interesting to war over), not chilly WASP mothers (emotionally distant isn’t necessarily evil), not soapy vixens (merely bitchy doesn’t qualify either). I’m talking violent, wicked women. Scary women. Don’t tell me you don’t know some. The point is, women have spent so many years girl-powering ourselves — to the point of almost parodic encouragement — we’ve left no room to acknowledge our dark side. Dark sides are important. They should be nurtured like nasty black orchids.”

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“I’m interested in flawed protagonists. I was raised on them.”

Happy birthday, Laura Dern!

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“…what Streisand accomplishes in Funny Girl is at once a redefinition of what a musical star can look like as well as a reconfirmation of what so many of us return to the movies to find: pristine encapsulations of talent in motion. Such talent, as exemplified in Streisand’s performance and throughout her peerless career, is indeed, as Kael declared, its own form of beauty. But with the lights low and the screen bright, it can also be its own elusive form of magic, as pure and pleasurable as any ever captured on film.”

On her 75th birthday, here’s how the singular and supreme Barbra Streisand broke out her own way with an unconventional movie star presence in Funny Girl, by Matthew Eng

NOT SURE IF LUKE EVANS WAS BORN TO PLAY AS GASTON OR GASTON WAS MADE FOR LUKE EVANS. I MEAN, HE WAS PERFECT FOR THE ROLE! DISNEY MADE THE RIGHT CHOICE

Originally posted by good-gay-sherlock

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“Art civilizes us and it connects us and activates us. It’s really important to connect with compassion and with stories about people who are different from us.”

Happy Birthday, Cate Blanchett!

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Happy Birthday Mary Pickford!
Born Gladys Louise Smith April 8, 1892


Mary began her acting career on stage at age 7 to help support her widowed mother and siblings.
She went on to become one of the greatest and most loved silent film stars throughout the entire era only to falter when talkies came about.
Her acting career may have ended but not her movie career, she went on to produce in the company she help found, United Artists.
She had a wonderfully fascinating life that should be remembered and celebrated forever!
Here’s to you on your birthday Mary!