EYE ON MEDIA: Keeping Up With Hugh Grant — Profile by Martha Nochimson

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hugh grant head 2On IMDb.com, a biographical note by Steve Shelokhonov, who has made his mark, such as it is, as the author of IMDb mini-biographies, describes Hugh Grant as an actor known for “playing characters projecting warmth and sincere happiness.” It’s not an important piece of scholarship, but it is widely read, due to its venue, and it is, unfortunately, typical of the kind of entertainment journalism that promotes reductive stereotypes of star reputations. It’s undated, but couldn’t have been written much after 2003, so it grows out of Grant’s early work. Even so, it is a distortion.

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Martha P. Nochimson

Martha P. Nochimson is a film and media critic whose sixth book, David Lynch Swerves: Uncertainty From Lost Highway to Inland Empire, was published in March 2013 by University of Texas Press. She is the author of AWFJ's EYE ON MEDIA blog. She taught at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York and at New York University for a total of twenty-six years, and worked as an Associate Editor for Cineaste for six years. She also wrote for ABC-TV, NBC-TV, and CBS-TV soap operas between 1984 and 1990 and is a lifetime member of The Writer's Guild of America, East. She is a frequent contributor to Film Quarterly, and has covered the New York Film Festival for twelve years. She is currently editing The Companion to Wong Kar-wai for Wiley-Blackwell.