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Actress sues imdb for giving away her age

Posted by: James Lileks Updated: October 18, 2011 - 10:46 AM

She’s Jane Doe now, but expect a wikileaks dump in a few weeks that blabs her real name.

An actress is suing in Seattle for more than $1 million for revealing her age on its Internet Movie Database website and refusing to remove the reference when asked.

KIRO-FM reports ( the actress says Amazon's conduct amounts to fraud and breach of contract. She used Jane Doe in court documents filed last week and believes her personal information was taken after she used her credit card to purchase a professional subscription to IMDb.

The actress is from Texas but her hometown was not included in court documents.

The woman believes she has lost income because the information was posted. Her attorney says 40-year-old actresses are not in demand in the movie business.

As this page notes: Jennifer Aniston. Angela Bassett. Annette Bening. Halle Berry. Tina Fey. And so on. Not to say that it’s more difficult to get ingenue roles when you’re over 40, but if all the ingenue roles were going to actresses over 40 the ones under 40 would be complaining that they’re not getting a chance. It’s also tough for older guys, too. Oh, they’ll get jobs in action movies, as 50+ pumped-up Casablancas wooing 21-year-old damsels-in-distress, but no one believes it. Did anyone see Bruce Willis in “Red”? Was there a single moment of that film that struck you as plausible? Didn’t mean it wasn’t fun; didn’t mean there weren’t a few moments of action-movie AWESOMEness, such as when he stepped out of a moving car while it was spinning around and took immediate perfect aim at his pursuer? (COOL. Rewind that.) He could do that because he used to be CIA.


Anyway, it had a role for Helen Mirren (that's her on the right) , and while she’s admittedly a special case, she provides a good role model for younger actress: with skill and good genes, your career can last so long you find yourself in your mid-60s wearing heels and a gown in a parking ramp firing a 50 caliber machine gun. It’s not the highlight of her career, but it was probably the highlight of the movie.


Anyway, have a sense of humor about yourself and lose the vanity and need to chase youth into the ever-darkening cave of middle-age, and one’s chances of getting roles past 40 may improve.

Or not. This article says:

While she loses opportunities because of her age, she's also missing work because of her youthful appearance, the lawsuit says.

"Plaintiff has experience rejection in the industry for each "40-year-old" role for which she has interviewed because she does not and cannot physically portray the role of a 40-year-old woman," the lawsuit says.

I have no idea what that could possibly mean, other than maybe she’s not that good an actress.

Depp "Lone Ranger" flick gets the green light

Posted by: James Lileks Updated: October 13, 2011 - 12:30 PM


Because every movie they make has to star Johnny Depp:


Disney announced Thursday that it has set a release date of May 31, 2013.
The picture had originally been scheduled for a December 21, 2012 release, and for a few months, the big-budget movie's future was in question because Disney halted production over budget concerns.

Soon after Disney made the announcement that the project had been revived Thursday, producer Jerry Bruckheimer tweeted, "#THELONERANGER....and Tonto...will ride again. Excited for another adventure with Johnny Depp and Gore Verbinski. Hi-Yo Silver, Away"

TheWrap reported Tuesday that the studio hoped to begin shooting in New Mexico in February.

Anyone suspect this will be a revisionist take? The Lone Ranger will be a reluctant hero with some amusing flaws and quirks - Captain Jack Sparrow on a horse, more or less.

The original Lone Ranger had a Code, wikipedia tells us:

I believe... that to have a friend, a man must be one.

that all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself the power to make this a better world.

that God put the firewood there, but that every man must gather and light it himself.

in being prepared physically, mentally, and morally to fight when necessary for that which is right.

that a man should make the most of what equipment he has.

that 'this government of the people, by the people, and for the people' shall live always.

that men should live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number.

that sooner or later...somewhere...somehow...we must settle with the world and make payment for what we have taken.

that all things change but truth, and that truth alone, lives on forever.

in my Creator, my country, my fellow man.

They’ll probably go with the first, and leave it at that. Hey, it would be great if they went into straight-up non-ironic Heroic Mode like "Captain America," but I'm not counting on it. 

"Thing" movie unveiled, veiled

Posted by: James Lileks Updated: October 11, 2011 - 12:57 PM

Apparently the lazy writer’s stylebook says that any sci-fi movie made in the 50s is related somehow to trepidations over Soviet expansionism:

It's been 60 years since alien thriller movie "The Thing From Another World" hit theaters at the height of Cold War paranoia and half that long since horror director John Carpenter revisited its themes in "The Thing."


On Friday, a new "The Thing" is back in movie theaters, hungrier than ever, in a version being billed as a prequel to Carpenter's examination of fear that is centered on an alien from another world who is discovered by scientists on Antarctica.

By this standard, the original “Dracula” hit theaters at the height of fears about European economic instability. Just because a movie was about a monster from another planet doesn’t mean it had anything to do with Cold War paranoia, or that “paranoia” was the term to apply to anything regarding the USSR. But the author doubles down:

The best horror films are both timeless, yet very much of their time. "The Thing From Another World" (1951) is seen as reflecting America's paranoia about communism, and Carpenter's "The Thing" (1982) has been viewed as a thinly veiled parable about the horrors of AIDS.

Okay, now it’s extra stupid with sprinkles on top. The term AIDS was proposed in 1982, replacing GRID, but unless you think John Carpenter frantically rewrote his script at the last moment after he got a heads-up from HHS, it’s probably unlikely that the movie is a parable, veiled or otherwise, about AIDS. If anyone was worried about contagion in 1981, when the movie was made, they were worried about herpes. But that doesn’t sound as deep.


That said, the prequel has one problem: everyone knows what happens. Do yourself a favor and rent the original: it’s not as gooey and disgusting as the remake, doesn’t have the same hopeless nihilism, and not only sports some damned snappy dialogue unlike any sci-fi movie of the era (thanks to Howard Hawks), but the Thing itself is played by our own Minnesota lad, James Arness.


Hey, wait - what’s this one trying to say in its own veiled way?


This new "Thing" could be viewed as a commentary on the present-day threat from the global war on terror, its makers said, but Van Heijningen was quick to add that he didn't set out to comment on modern times. "It's first and foremost a horror film about an alien. But you can definitely make the parallel in the sense that we have terrorists among us, pretending to be good neighbors, while they have a very different, hidden agenda."

Ah, the sound of a director going along with the interviewer, hoping the piece comes out complimentary.

Charles Napier has left for Eden

Posted by: James Lileks Updated: October 6, 2011 - 11:29 AM

The guy a lot of people knew only as “that guy” has passed away:

Character actor Charles Napier, whose granite jaw and toothy grin earned him tough-guy roles in movies like "Rambo: First Blood Part 2," has died in California at 75.


Longtime friend Dennis Wilson tells the Bakersfield Californian that Napier died Wednesday at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital. No other details are being released.

When we say he was “That guy” we mean no disrespect - just to point out how character actors are often recognized by everyone and known by few. Rarely could the viewer  match thwith a name. He never had the big role that soldered his moniker to his mug. Never had that Cuba Gooding moment, in other words.

But he was in everything. He was a voice in Quake 4, for heaven’s sake. A guy who can appear in the original Star Trek, a Star Trek sequel series (a rare feat shared only by a few), the Simpsons, AND “Silence of the Lambs” is okay by us. Maybe now we’ll remember for good.

The internet has responded appropriately, and the tributes are already beginning. Some in animated GIF form. 


The Dude: A man of many media

Posted by: Vince Tuss Updated: September 29, 2011 - 5:40 PM


The popularity of "The Big Lebowski" grows year after year. And that appreciation is not limited to the film: Parties.  Festivals. Shops in New York City. But the Los Angeles Times reports artist Joe Forkan has really extended the love by making scenes from the Coen brothers' film the subjects of a group of paintings that he calls "the Lebowski Cycle," works inspired by classical art.

On his website, Forkan has a slideshow of his works, with the classical inspirations also pictured. Needless to say, since classical art drew mostly on the Bible, there is a bit of a parallel between the Dude and Jesus. No, not that Jesus.

Here is how Forkan explained it, regarding the painting at top, via the Times:

"In the movie, they play it like it's a drama," said Forkan, who is an associate professor of art at Cal State Fullerton. "There’s no mugging for the camera. Everything has this level of seriousness. In the 'Oath of the Horatii' they’re talking about the future of Rome. In the film they’re talking about a rug that got peed on, but they’re as serious about that as the characters in the painting were. I liked that level of drama in these images that were also loaded with humor."

The works are on display until Oct. 28 at Orange Coast College's Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion. And that's where Forkan is talking tonight about the cycle.

Beer named after the 'Fargo' wood chipper? You betcha

Posted by: Vince Tuss Updated: September 29, 2011 - 1:21 PM



The latest point of "Fargo" (as well as Fargo) pride: Wood Chipper Ale. Its maker, the Fargo Beer Co., had a big rollout party Wednesday night for it, an India pale ale. The name isn't a surprise, considering earlier in the year, Fargo made the actual wood chipper from the movie, above, into a tourist destination. And as the Associated Press article about the beer notes, the movie is being shown tonight at the first Fargo Fest.

But ...

This is a movie about Minnesota, right? Mostly Brainerd and a little of the metro to boot. Yes, Fargo certainly got the title, but just a bit at the start where Jerry Lundegaard found his hired goons. The ending took place in North Dakota, but outside of Bismarck. So what exactly is the civic pride?

That might be too fine a point for the beer conversation: It's being brewed in Wisconsin. For now.

All of that said, here are other beer names related to  "Fargo" the movie that we might want to see. Fargo Beer's website and Facebook page don't mention other brews, so maybe they can consider these as suggestions:

Lundegaard Lager

Icescraper IPA

Parking Ramp Porter

Go Bears Bock.

Got any of your own?



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