Category Archives: Actors

Tribute to Gena Rowlands

Gena Rowlands in “A Woman Under the Influence,” 1974, directed by John Cassavetes The great Gena Rowlands is being honored with a Career Achievement Award from the L.A. Film Critics Association. The 84-year-old actress is still working. Known primarily for … Continue reading

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Am I Too Loud For You?

A re-post for Marshall Mathers’ birthday, which is today. So psyched I finally got to see him perform. WARNING: If, by some amazing circumstance, you have never heard “Kim” before, please know that it is completely unsafe for work, frankly … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Udo Kier

My friend Kim Morgan writes a gorgeous and funny tribute to German actor and muse-to-many Udo Kier. (I love his turn as the snooty man in Melancholia, who puts his hand up as a barrier-wall between him and anything unseemly … Continue reading

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“But at that point in my life, I was done playing transgender characters in the hospital, going to the hospital. I was done wearing the gown!” – Alexandra Billings

A beautiful interview (it made me cry, dammit!) with Alex Billings on her role as Davina in Transparent. As she mentions in the interview, she does work “through a lens of kindness.” In every aspect of her life. It’s such … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Jan Hooks

Nathan Rabin has written a wonderful obituary for this talented woman who has died at the age of 57. It’s a beautiful tribute. The Sweeney Sisters will be emblazoned in my mind forever. In college, my friend Jackie and I … Continue reading

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King Creole (1958): The Dreamspace of “New Orleans”

Young Danny Fisher (Elvis Presley) in King Creole (1958) is a high school flunky a couple times over (“I’m not going back to school. Before you know it, I’ll be a freshman again”), working jobs as a busboy in seedy … Continue reading

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Marian Seldes, 1928-2014

“I’m an actress who adores the audience. I want them there. It would never occur to me to criticize an audience. The fact that they get there amazes me, and that they get there in a group and they stay … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers has died at the age of 81. I pay tribute to this icon over at

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Mitchell Fain Presents, Part 3: A Conversation About Joan Rivers

Mitchell and I have been discussing having another conversation about various pop culture icons. We did a two-parter a while back, and are both very happy with how it all came out. Part 1, where we discuss Justin Timberlake, Lena … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Maureen O’Hara

Maureen O’Hara was one of those “old” movie stars whom I grew up knowing about because of the yearly showing of Miracle on 34th Street on television, as well as my absolute obsession with Parent Trap. I wanted to be … Continue reading

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