Category Archives: Actors

“Like seeing a myth materialize.” On the lost footage (3 minutes and 17 seconds) of Marilyn Monroe

What a great article.

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Mary Astor’s Sex Life On Trial

In light of the following recent text exchange … … between Mitchell and myself, I would like to announce the publication of two books, which will be sold as companion volumes: I Miss Sluts, by Sheila O’Malley Where’s Mary Fucking … Continue reading

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Marlene Dietrich’s Marginalia

I love marginalia so much that I created an entire “tag” for it on my site. I love to read about the marginalia of famous people. The tiny markings Thomas Jefferson would place beside lines of text that … interested … Continue reading

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Year in Review: Shooting My Mouth Off in 2016

I look at this and I wonder why I always feel like I haven’t done jack-squat. Or, at the very least, I could do more. Well, I always can do more. Regardless, here are links to some of the things … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Debbie Reynolds

My thoughts are with Billie Lourd and Todd Fisher. This is crushing. She was so talented and she was lucky enough to have “come up” in a Hollywood that knew what to do with her. She could do it all. … Continue reading

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11:20 a.m. EST: BBC World Service “World Have Your Say”: Remembering Carrie Fisher

I’ll be appearing on the BBC’s “World Have Your Say” program this morning – 11:20 a.m. EST – to discuss Carrie Fisher.

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R.I.P. Carrie Fisher

This blows. I am honored to pay tribute to her over at

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From The Great Performances of 2016

This is a really fun list. contributors each talk about a different great performance from 2016. I wrote about Trevante Rhodes in Moonlight. You can read the full list here.

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Performances I Loved This Year

I still haven’t seen a couple of big ones. Hence … it’s a work in progress, and I’m sure I’m forgetting people. But these stand out. Royalty Hightower, “The Fits” [My review] Matthias Schoenaerts, “A Bigger Splash” Cliff Curtis, “The … Continue reading

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Gotham Awards Winners 2016

Here is the winner-tally from the Gotham Awards ceremony last night. I was on the nominating committee for Best Breakthrough Performance, and I am thrilled for Anya Taylor-Joy on her win last night. Hugely deserved! This is my second time … Continue reading

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