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The Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope is super annoying. Not only because the MPDG is a rather one-dimensional portrayal of femininity, but also because stories featuring her always go the same. She unexpectedly pratfalls into the protagonist’s staid life to shake things up, forcing him to learn a valuable lesson or change his ways, or get a different job or go scuba diving or leave his uptight girlfriend. She’s an event that happens, rather than a real character. And what does she get for all of her dancing in the rain and quirky hijinks? The guy. But whatever, usually the guys in these stories are pretty terrible — they’re boring, facile and barely able to keep up with the MPDG. The guys in MPDG movies are kind of The Worst.
That’s why we’ve evaluated some of the best-known MPDG dudes and evaluated them for annoyability and bangability. After all, while the Manic Pixie Dream Girl might have her faults, at least she’s not boring. A helpful key is available after the jump. Keep reading »
So apparently, the Writers Guild of America has been petitioning IMDB to remove birth dates from the profiles on their site. Why? They argue that for actors, having their real age out there could be damaging by making them seem unrealistic to casting directors for roles a few years older or a few years younger than their actual age, when there wouldn’t be bias if their age wasn’t easily accessible. They say the same is true of writers—that having their birthdays available on the IMDB could lead to age discrimination. Keep reading »
Ladies — always mucking up the important film narratives for the dudes, am I right? That’s why this extensive “female character flowchart” is so handy: You can easily figure out which terribly cliched movie trope you’re watching by simply consulting the chart. Is she a “psycho feminist lesbian amazon” or a “happy single teenage mom”? A “mama bear” or a “manic pixie dream girl”? Consult the chart and find out! [Overthinking It] Keep reading »
Even though Amelia is planning on tracking down Ryan Gosling now that he and Rachel McAdams are off, she never mentions getting married to him. A survey of 5,500 people in seven countries might explain why she wants him for now, not forever. Only three percent of those surveyed thought actors made good partners. Doctors and other health professionals, on the other hand, are considered marrying material, with 16 percent citing them as their preferred marriage partners. What profession does the guy of your dreams work in? [Reuters] Keep reading »
Looking like the ghost of Jerry Garcia, Joaquin Phoenix announced, via backwards knuckle scrawl, that he’ll be leaving acting to pursue a music career. Hopefully that idea will last as long as the ink on his hands, or he might wind up in MySpace band obscurity like Russell Crowe! Although, Joaquin certainly is talented, has a handsome voice, and we could watch him swagger all day. However, we’re worried the “Walk The Line” Oscar nom went to his head. It’s easy to feel like a successful musician when you’re pretending you’re Johnny Cash, but will the Phoenix be able to rise as a rock star? It remains to be seen. But is he really picking a better life for himself? Let’s help him see the light with a face off: rock star vs. actor!
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Plastic surgery just isn’t good enough anymore if you want to be an in-demand actor. Image Metrics is literally changing the face of performers through 3-D imaging, and just like a great pair of fake boobs, they’re even better looking than the real thing. The demo is so lifelike, you’ll swear you’ve known the spokesmodel since summer camp. So how do they do it? Amazingly enough, there’s no need for weird wires or funky doo-dads attached to the actor’s face, Image Metrics builds its models off a computer program that scans plain old video. It picks up every subtle movement (and we’d like to pick up their adorable animators). Check out this test video cutie trying to play his hero, Einstein. [Via Gawker]
Who?, you may be asking. Does it really matter? Honestly, this might be the most exciting Daily Hotness yet, as we just stumbled upon his photos yesterday and our knees instantly went weak in the way that only pouty lipped French men can cause. Gaspard is indeed a French actor, who you may have caught in Paris, Je T’Aime and Hannibal Rising. If you haven’t seen him anything yet, hopefully your local art house theater will be showing any one of his upcoming French film projects. Otherwise, you may just need to put on some sexy Edith Piaf and peruse the extensive online gallery of photos on his website (otherwise known as our Friday night plans!). [GaspardUlliel.net] Keep reading »