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With Together Again, Jesse Hassenger looks at actors and directors who have worked together on at least three films, analyzing the nature of their collaborations.
For a long time, it seemed as if Kirsten Dunst might be hell-bent on becoming America’s sweetheart at any applicable age. In her younger days, she appeared as the girl hero of two different movies, Jumanji and Small Soldiers, that were essentially about toys coming to life and wreaking adorable havoc on picturesque towns. She has also played bubbly teenagers (Bring It On, Dick, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Get Over It), the beloved crush of Spider-Man, and the original Manic Pixie Dream Girl, among others, usually falling somewhere on a spectrum between cheerleader type and girl next door.
Yet there has long been a river of melancholy rushing below Dunst’s shiny, oft-blond exterior—an unarticulated sadness that creeps in past her warm, sometimes heavy-lidded »
- Jesse Hassenger
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If you loved “Drop Dead Gorgeous” you’ll want to listen up. The 1999 Kirsten Dunst-led cult comedy isn’t getting rebooted, but Netflix does have another beauty pageant-centric project in the works. The Hollywood Reporter writes that the streaming giant has ordered Debby Ryan-starrer “Insatiable” to series. Lauren Gussis (“Dexter”) penned the script.
The dramedy follows a “disgraced, dissatisfied civil lawyer turned beauty-pageant coach (Dallas Roberts) who takes on a vengeful, bullied teenager (Disney Channel alum Ryan) as his client,” THR writes. The supporting cast includes Alyssa Milano (“Charmed”), Kimmy Shields (“Big Little Lies”), Erinn Westbroo (“Awkward.”), and Sarah Colonna (“Parker’s Anchor”).
You may have previously heard word of “Insatiable” in connection to The CW. Just weeks ago the network passed on the show’s pilot, though according to THR it was simply a matter of The CW having “no shelf space” left to air the program. It “remained high on ‘Insatiable,’” but ultimately had to let the show go. Fortunately Netflix also recognized the show’s potential — and handed out a 13-episode order.
Ryan’s credits include “Sing It!” “Jessie,” and “The Suite Life on Deck.” She’ll appear in “Life of the Party,” an upcoming college-set comedy toplined by Melissa McCarthy and “Love’s” Gillian Jacobs.
Debby Ryan Beauty Pageant Dramedy “Insatiable” Lands at Netflix was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
Adam West, the actor known for playing the title role in the 1960s television series Batman, died Friday after a short battle with leukemia, his family confirmed to Variety, the Hollywood Reporter and the BBC. He was 88.
“Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans’ lives. He was and always will be our hero,” his family said in a statement.
The actor is best remembered for his turn as Gotham’s Caped Crusader — though his career spanned six decades of film, stage and voice work.
Born William West Anderson on Sept. »
- Lanford Beard
On Oct. 26, 2001, Donnie Darko, director Richard Kelly’s sci-fi film about a despondent teenager (Jake Gyllenhaal in his second major film role) who befriends a giant bunny named Frank (James Duval), was released in theaters. The film told a cryptic narrative of a high schooler who is sent on an existential journey after he escapes death from a falling jet engine and learns that the world has just over 28 days before it ends. In that time, Donnie fends off the torments of being a teen -- a testy older sister (Gyllenhaal’s real-life older sister, Maggie), concerned parents (Mary McDonnell and Holmes Osborne), overbearing teachers (Beth Grant), mild flirtations with a new female student (Jena Malone) -- while trying to figure out, in some ways, how to save the world.
“That was a movie that was more about the psychological journey of adolescence and the confusion of it all,” Gyllenhaal tells Et. And while it »
Denise Richards is calling in backup for single moms who need help building their kids’ Christmas toys!
The actress and former reality star, 45, recently shared a series of photos on Instagram showing the process in which she helped 5½-year-old daughter Eloise Joni build a toy stable.
“Sorry Eloise I’ll have this put together by the time your bday is here #May #whycanttoyscomeassembled,” she wrote next to a photo of the stable pieces spread out over the carpet.
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- Jen Juneau
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