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Jason from Mnpp here, flashing my signature look your way as we mount this week's "Beauty vs Beast" -- it's fifteen years later and we're set to return to the Derek Zoolander School Who Can't Read Good And Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too this Friday with Zoolander 2, the 2001 film's slow-cooked sequel. The film reunites most of the original cast while bringing in a few new (stretched, preening) faces - I can't even tell you how many times I've watched Kristen Wiig's "Youth Milk" commercial; she's the entire reason I will be returning. I do have good feelings towards the original film though, so let's make our best right turns and flash a Blue Steel backwards in time...
Jason from Mnpp here with this week's "Beauty vs Beast" for your consideration -- Jennifer Jason Leigh will be celebrating her 54th birthday this upcoming Friday February 5th, after finally earning a long overdue Oscar nomination this year with her joyously profane work as "Daisy Dahmer-goo" (sorry I can only type it like Kurt Russell says it) in Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight.
But Daisy's hardly my favorite villainous turn from the actress - she's always been willing to tap into the crazy, and that was a willingness that reaped righteously trashy rewards with 1992's psycho-roomate-thriller Single White Female, one of my favorites from the "psycho [fill in the blank] genre" that dominated in the early 90s. And meeting her all the way was a terrifically sweet and dazed Bridget Fonda (good god I miss Bridget Fonda), slinking around foolishly in that silver coat that haunts my dreams.
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- NATHANIEL R
The American Cinematheque will toast Oscar-nominated actress Jennifer Jason Leigh next month.
Beginning on Feb. 3, the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica will screen key films from the “Hateful Eight” star’s career. The first movie to put her on the map was “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” in which she played a teen experiencing sex for the first time.
“I was completely won over by her,” Roger Ebert said of her performance at the time. “She contained so much life and light that she was a joy to behold.”
The ’80s brought a slew of work from “Last Exit to Brooklyn” to period films like “Mrs. Parker & the Vicious Circle” and contemporary dramas “Georgia” and “Single White Female.” 2015 has been another strong year for Leigh. She voiced the lead character in Charlie Kaufman’s stop-motion animated film “Anomalisa” and was nominated for Oscar supporting actress for her performance as Daisy »
- Jacob Bryant
Jennifer Jason Leigh has said it more than once, over a three-decade career in acting, that she doesn’t scheme, or plan ahead – that she “isn’t a careerist”. The 53-year-old says it today, sitting in the bar of a hotel in New York. “I’m not great at judging a career. Or planning one.” It would sound like thesp-talk, the sort of thing established actors say to help us imagine them cool and fallible, were Leigh not so obviously guileless, with a history to back up what she says. Her CV is wild: like the inky passport of a student who’s been InterRailing on gut, shambling upon great things, then oversleeping stops, ending up in sidings. »
- Tom Lamont
5 items from 2016
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