Stars and Scars: Disfigurement in Film

Onscreen, scarring represents a loss of beauty for women and toughness for men, but what about the actors who bear visible scars?

Don’t Say Cheese! The Smiles of Buster Keaton and Humphrey Bogart

Some celebrities like Buster Keaton and Humphrey Bogart are recognized for not smiling—and when they do, it comes across as, well, unnatural.

An American in Paris: Onstage and Onscreen

Whatever your thoughts on the Broadway production, An American in Paris is a big deal in the history of movie musicals.
Do the Right Thing (1989)
Spike Lee, Danny Aiello
Credit: Universal Pictures/Courtesy Neal Peters Collection

Forming a Critical Sense of Race with Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing

Interpretations of Do The Right Thing may differ by race.

Why You Know Marc Maron Better Than Your Own Family

How the transmedia work of Marc Maron engages with fans.

Rednecks: A Brief History

What is a "redneck" exactly? Kelli Marshall explores a brief history of the word.

Streaming Shakespeare in the Twenty-First Century

What does "live theatre" truly mean when it's broadcast to cinema screens? And how does streaming Shakespeare stack up to the theatrical version?

Animated Gifs: A Throwback to Cinema’s Beginnings

Animated gifs function like early cinema in several ways.
Bulldozer

“The Phantom of Hollywood” and the Demise of the MGM Film Musical

The Hollywood musical was slaughtered onscreen for the entertainment of the spectator in The Phantom of Hollywood, a horribly tacky made-for-TV movie.