217 posts categorized "AGING"

Jan 16 2015
Lost World: A Review Of STILL ALICE Comments (0)

Still-AliceEarly frost

BOY CULTURE RATING: *** out of ****

In Still Alice, an articulate, accomplished linguistics professor (Julianne Moore) begins to forget things. She gets lost. She repeats herself. She suspects she could have a brain tumor, but the real answer is even more devastating—at the age of 50, she has early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

Her workaholic husband (Alec Baldwin), handsome son (Hunter Parrish) and warring daughters—one archly perfect (Kate Bosworth), one studiously rebellious (Kristen Stewart)—have to cope with this out-of-the-blue development, and must make choices about their own lives and about the woman who is at the core of their family.

Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland were hired to adapt the film from Lisa Genova's highly regarded novel of the same name, and wound up directing it. The partners in creativity and in love have crafted a no-frills, achingly intimate document of what often is a breathtakingly swift decline, one which allows Moore precious little space in which to do anything more than be. The result is a moving, unaffected, ephemeral performance of the type for which she is renowned, and a performance which could become the one that finally brings her the Oscar she's richly deserved for many years.

Still-Alice--Kristen-Stewart-and-Julianne-Moore_article_story_largeBaldwin, always so good, may have burned himself with his long stint on 30 Rock and as a frequent SNL host; he has snarky resting face, which distracts from his character and from the film. Stewart, on the other hand, gives a mature performance that perfectly complements Moore's. The others aren't really fleshed out enough to judge.

Ultimately, the film is so hands-off it sometimes feels a little underdeveloped. That hurts it as an overall artistic statement, making it feel like an unadorned TV movie at times, but that approach does nothing to damage Moore and Stewart's effortless shared depth.

Richard-Glatzer-Wash-Westmoreland-quinceneraGlatzer (L) & Westmoreland (R)

As a postscript: It may surprise some to know that Westmoreland's directing career was launched in gay porn in the '90s, and that his work with Glatzer includes the broadly comic The Fluffer (2001), set in that milieu. Less of a surprise is that the men co-directed the affecting drama Quinceañera in 2006.

 
Jan 08 2015
Need To Know: Everyone Is Charlie + Cops Stop + Old Wounds + Gay EMPIRE + MORE! Comments (0)

ShirtlessIn the shower, and he's a grower.

*widget boy cultureABOVE: He looks good in the shower.

*widget boy cultureBecause Kirby Delauter.

*widget boy cultureJohn Travolta's O.J. Simpson connection.

*widget boy cultureIt's a Benedict Cumberbatch! (And, coincidentally...)

*widget boy cultureFormer American Idol contender is now a former man. Congrats, girl!

*widget boy cultureRepublican Congress vs. Social Security.

*widget boy cultureFormer Republican VA Gov. Bob McDonnell gets off easy.

*widget boy cultureBrandon Routh still looks great shirtless.

*widget boy cultureLee Daniels on LGBT Empire storyline.

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*widget boy cultureRedState compares LGBT activists to Paris terrorists.

*widget boy cultureSocial media users are Charlie. London is Charlie. Madonna is Charlie.

*widget boy cultureCatholic League leader kinda gets why the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists had to die. Black god

*widget boy cultureHave you met God? She's black.

*widget boy cultureTamir Rice's killer flunked his sheriff department exam.

*widget boy cultureNYPD's ineffective unnoticed work stoppage.

*widget boy cultureLooking Season 2 premieres.

*widget boy cultureDaddyhunt CEO to Stephen Fry & Elliot Spencer: “Ignore the haters!”

*widget boy cultureNekkid Spartacus actor.

CraigparkerHe's got it all.

 
Jan 07 2015
Fry Do! Comments (0)

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Actor Stephen Fry is set to wed his 30-years-younger boyfriend, a comedian. Will be interesting to see how much shit they get for their age gap.

 
Jan 02 2015
Old Gold Comments (0)

Douglas-Slocombe

You must check out Nathaniel's list of the 100 Oldest Living Oscar Nominees!

 
Dec 31 2014
Mr. Smith Goes To Piggly-Wiggly Comments (0)

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I was stunned to see a magazine called Closer that was at the checkout (therefore, they're paying big bucks to have it there, or its publisher Bauer is muscling in based on all of its other big-bucks P.O.P. pubs) bearing cover images of Jimmy Stewart, Doris Day, Clark Gable, and Vivien Leigh. Minus that cover chip of the royals, this looks like a fan mag aimed at the recently deceased.

Pretty bold move! I can't imagine it will sell. There's interest in Old Hollywood still, but not to the tune of a mass-marketed magazine at grocery check-outs. Good luck to them, though.

 
Dec 30 2014
Luise Rainer Slips The Surly Bonds Of This GOOD EARTH: Dies @ 104 Comments (0)

Luise-RainerRainer (L) at the peak of her fame and (R) winking at her Oscar glories at 100ish

Luise Rainer, the oldest living Oscar winner and the first person to win back-to-back acting Oscars, has died at 104, just a few weeks shy of her 105th birthday.

GiphyIf Luise calls, I'm here!

Rainer's role as Ziegfeld's wife in The Great Ziegfeld (1936) is noted for her amazing performance with a telephone (remember those?), while her performance the following year in The Good Earth remains an achingly modern, naturalistic portrayal, even in the face of the Austrian-accented actress playing a Chinese peasant. Rainer was the only Caucasian in the film to do without extensive “yellowface”; her work exposes her power as an actress while Paul Muni's is marred by ridiculous prosthetics. I suggest you watch this film if you haven't, and pay special attention to a scene where Rainer's character faces execution.

Luise Rainer in The Good EarthAs O-lan in The Good Earth

After those two Oscar-winning roles, her career tapered off. She had virtually retired after 1954, with just four more (eclectic) acting gigs: on a 1965 episode of Combat!, an engagingly nostalgic role on The Love Boat (1984), in the 1991 TV film A Dancer, and in 1997's The Gambler—based on Dostoevsky's novel.

Combat1Rainer at the time of her appearance on Combat!

Luise-Rainer-Love-BoatIn her dual Love Boat role, with leading men Don Ameche and, uh, Fred Grandy

Gambler-1997-01-gPlaying a grandmother in her final film, The Gambler

Rainer, who at 100 was the oldest person to fill out Vanity Fair's Proust Questionnaire, was one of the world's longest-lived actors—ever.

After the jump, watch her speak about her favorite memories from her short time in Hollywood...

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Dec 29 2014
RIP Arthur Gardner, Dead @ 104 Comments (0)

Arthur-Gardner

I missed the December 19 passing of Arthur Gardner. Gardner was an accomplished TV producer with two unique claims before his death: He had been the oldest voting member of AMPAS, and he was the last surviving member of the cast and crew (he had a bit part) of the 1930 classic All Quiet on the Western Front.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01901bb5bb28970b-800wiMeeting Mr. G in 2013

 
Dec 25 2014
#TBT: A Leopard Never Changes Its Spots Comments (0)

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Me in my aunt and uncle's finished basement on the leopard pillow I loved. I guess prints were really in that year.

Today is my 46th birthday! Hopefully, I'm middle-aged, because 92 doesn't sound so bad once you're 46.