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

On 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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AWFJ Movie of the Week, August 8 – August 12: Florence Foster Jenkins

Opening Aug. 12, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Florence Foster Jenkins, Meryl Steep adds another character in her pantheon of infamous dames. This time it is an actual operatic grande dame in the eponymous form of Florence Foster Jenkins. Read on…

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