Gods Like Us: On Movie Stardom and Modern Fame by Ty BurrWITH 8 PAGES OF BLACK-AND-WHITE PHOTOGRAPHS
How—and why—do we obsess over movie stars? How does fame both reflect and mask the person behind it? How have the image of stardom and our stars’ images altered over a century of cultural and technological change? Do we create celebrities, or do they create us?
Ty Burr, film critic for The Boston Globe, answers these questions in this lively and fascinating anecdotal history of stardom, with all its blessings and curses for star and stargazer alike. From Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin to Archie Leach (a.k.a. Cary Grant) and Marion Morrison (a.k.a. John Wayne), Tom Cruise and Julia Roberts, and such no-cal stars of today as the Kardashians and the new online celebrity (i.e., you and me), Burr takes us on an insightful and entertaining journey through the modern fame game at its flashiest, most indulgent, occasionally most tragic, and ultimately, its most revealing.
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Sign in. Stars on the purple carpet at the Emmys decide which TV show characters would make great superheroes or supervillains , and more. Watch now. A chronicle of the lives of several teenagers who attend a New York high school for students gifted in the performing arts. Emily arrives in Miami with aspirations to become a professional dancer.
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Fame is a American teen musical drama film directed by Alan Parker. LaGuardia High School , from their auditions to their freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years. After he was hired to direct the film, Parker rewrote the script with Gore, aiming for a darker and dramatic tone. The script's subject matter received criticism by the New York Board of Education, which prevented the production from filming in the actual High School of Performing Arts. The film was shot on location in New York City , with principal photography beginning in July and concluding after 91 days.
Sign in. Breakout star Erin Moriarty of " The Boys " shouts out her real-life super squad of actors. Watch now. An updated version of the musical Fame , which centered on the students of the New York Academy of Performing Arts. A Pittsburgh woman with two jobs as a welder and an exotic dancer wants to get into ballet school. After two friends return home from the Vietnam War one becomes mentally unstable and obsesses with becoming a bird. A fifteen year marriage dissolves, leaving both the husband and wife, and their four children, devastated.
Why bother to remake "Fame" if you don't have clue about why the movie was special? Why take a touching experience and make it into a shallow exercise? Why begin with a R-rated look at plausible kids with real problems and tame it into a PG-rated after-school special? Why cast actors who are sometimes too old and experienced to play seniors, let alone freshmen? The new "Fame" is a sad reflection of the new Hollywood, where material is sanitized and dumbed down for a hypothetical teen market that is way too sophisticated for it. It plays like a dinner theater version of the original. That there are some genuinely talented actors in the film doesn't help, because they're given little to build on or work with.