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Foxy Lady

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Megan Fox in FHM

What are photographers saying to women when they’re posing like this in men’s magazines? Is it the same crap they say for the high school yearbook photos? “Hey there, pretty girl. Chin up. That’s right…”

But then, no one really needs to tell Megan Fox how pretty she is. She’s very well aware. (Gorgeous eyes and I do love this shot.)

I came across an interview with Fox in New York Times Magazine that I feel raises pertinent issues about women in Hollywood, particularly young, hot women in Hollywood.

The article, titled “The Self Manufacture of Megan Fox”, addresses Fox’s canny manipulation of the media. She’s managed to keep herself squarely in the spotlight despite the fact that she’s only made three films, albeit two huge blockbusters, Transformers and Transformers II (sheesh). Through a series of provocative interviews, seemingly off-the-cuff controversial remarks and ubiquitous photo spreads she’s become Hollywood’s next BIG THING. It seems innocuous, at this point, to mention that she’s not an actor.

Well, not by my definition anyway. An actor is someone who has studied acting as a craft, not as a means to gain notoriety, fame and lots of cold hard cash. An actor takes a written work in any genre and brings the story alive, delves deeply into character and takes the audience on a cathartic journey. Hollywood could give a shit less about any of that. Actors are products designed to make money and for many (not all) producers, studio executives and publicists the “sexy starlet” is the easiest path to a paycheck. That only works, however, if the starlet in question allows it to be so.

“All women in Hollywood are known as sex symbols. You’re sold, and it’s based on sex. That’s O.K., if you know how to use it.”

You know, I don’t think Kate Winslet got that memo. If she didn’t, I don’t want to be the one to give it to her. It takes talent and hard work to create the memorable performances that actresses like Winslet, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Christina Hendricks and Elizabeth Mitchell deliver. What saddens me about the immediate fame Megan Fox cultivates is that it may prevent her from pursuing the gift that is acting. Learning the craft, failing at it, hitting the boards night after night, finding something within yourself that you never knew was there, the glorious sound of riotous laughter from an engaged audience, the moment when you and your fellow actors realize you finally, finally got it right.

I don’t blame Megan Fox for pursuing her dream. I blame the people who cast her. When women like Fox, who freely admits her lack of acumen,

“I’m not one of these people who grew up studying acting or went to theater school,” Fox told me at the hotel. “I don’t know if I’m talented, I don’t know what I can do or can’t do. I had no skills at all.”

are cast in film after film based on their look and celebrity what message does that send young female actors? Quit the whole Stanislavsky thing! Get a nose job and an attitude, honey! Why should any hot, young girl think she has to act to be a star? Why should any hot, young girl think she has to act to be an actor?

I don’t have a problem with Fox’s beauty or her use of it to further her career. Beauty is a useful tool in this business but it can’t be the only one you rely on. I don’t begrudge her the wonderful, amazing opportunity that’s been dumped in her lap. I just don’t want her to sell herself, and us, short.

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Rising Star Zoe Saldana

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Zoe Saldana

Provenance…Queens, New York with a stint in the Dominican Republic for boarding school. Saldana won a scholarship to Ritmos Espacio de Danza Academy, where she studied ballet, jazz, and modern and Latin dance. In fact, it was her dance skills that led to her first major film role in Center Stage, (2000) but her acting skills placed her opposite Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean, Curse of the Black Pearl.

Point of EntryLaw and Order/\”Merger\”/1999

Sur Les Pointes…Saldana’s star turn in J.J. Abrams successful reimagining of the classic \”Star Trek\” as Nyota Uhura.

Pointless…A lead role in the 2002 Britney Spears vehicle, \”Crossroads\”.

Power Play…Scoring a starring role in the most anticipated film event of the year, James Cameron’s sci-fi thriller \”Avatar\”.

PressA woman men love according to AskMen.com.

Photo Montage…Vanity Fair brings the native New Yorker back to her old stomping grounds for a Harlem Renaissance photo shoot.

Pictures…a Rotten Tomatoes filmography.

ParlayEsquire interview (with expletives)

 

 

 

What Lies Beneath

Patrick Bateman. American PsychoMore on the AutoAdmit controversy.

Here’s a link to an update on the AutoAdmit case from the blog “Feministe”.

Feministe

Most of the points I would make here Jill makes succinctly on her own site including a very important point on Jarret Cohen’s “freedom of speech” defense. “If Jarret Cohen wishes to offer bigots, racists, anti-Semites and misogynists such an unrestrained platform, then that’s his decision, but he needs to own it and not offer up pat justifications for behavior which has caused substantial harm to many other people.”

Great writer, Jill. What bothers me the most about what I’ve read while researching this case is the obscene amount of anti-feminist, anti-woman hate rants from men. Where does this shit come from? Here are a couple of fine examples, once again from men hiding behind pseudonyms.

This on the WSJ Law Blog…

Suetonius wrote:
Proof once again that “feminism” is a sham, since it holds fervently to two contradictory principles:
1. That women are every bit as tough and able to “handle it” (whatever “it” happens to be) as men emotionally and physically.
2. Any female who gets called a nasty name has the right to swoon, faint, and sob like Scarlett O’Hara with the vapors, and start flinging lawsuits at her (verbal) antagonists. Every time I hear someone taking modern “feminism” seriously, it makes me want to laugh. Because it is a laughable ideology.

Whoa! Mommy not nice to Suetonius?

Or this on another blog debating the merits of the case..

Too_Funny writes “The poor little girls Paris Hilton themselves around a prestigious law school instead of, you know, studying, flaunt whatever physical attributes they were lucky enough to be born with or acquire through surgery, insult the half of their class with condescension and snobbery, insult the other half with bitchiness and attitude, then go screaming and crying to daddy Warbucks when some of the people they spent years denigrading call them on their inadequacies and laugh at their failures.”

Wow. Not so much funny but damned insensitive. Does he know these women personally? And is denigrading a word?

In Margolick’s research for the Portfolio.com piece he found “it was women, particularly beautiful women, particularly beautiful women at the top law schools, particularly beautiful minority women at the top law schools, who were most often skewered, dissected, and fantasized about.”

What is that all about? And why, after years of trying to overcome these stereotypes, do discussions on harassment where women are concerned devolve into the old “wasn’t she really asking for it?” debate. Check out the postings on Ann Althouse’s blog for a long and interesting exchange Althouse.

There’s also a side exchange on Jill’s page, Feministe, where women discuss the popularity among young males of Patrick Bateman, the demented serial killer in American Psycho. One of the prolific posters on AutoAdmit uses Patrick Bateman as a pseudonym.

“I think the Patrick Bateman idolizing is really weird, too. I’m an undergrad and noticed the Facebook groups last year right around the time that the Duke lacrosse email was made public and have been squicked out ever since by the movie’s cult status among some guys my age.”

Yikes. And I thought guys were tools when I was in college.

So, I ask you. Why do some men hate women this way?