Good morning, my lovelies! As May becomes June, I have found stuff about TV, movies, and my personal favorite: The Tony Awards! I know nobody watches them, but I look forward to The Tony’s every year!
And now the articles…
Valerie Ettenhofer at Film School Rejects said goodbye to Deadwood on the 3rd:
“The last scene ends in snow, a first for Deadwood and a favored symbol of the Bard himself. We see the snowfall, but don’t see it gather and coat the earth from which the town’s residents have withdrawn gold and deposited corpses. Instead, the flakes land on our unlikely heroes’ world-weary bodies, clinging to them in the midst of their living and dying, melting from the heat of their too-human hearts. The flakes are there and then gone; like Deadwood: The Movie, a gift, and a goodbye.”
On the 5th, Eric Grode of The New York Times gave us an oral history of the 1969 Tony Awards:
“One performer turned down his nomination. One musical was there only because it had been barred the year before. One not-nominated director was mentioned so many times in acceptance speeches that some people thought he was dead.
The year 1969 saw its share of turmoil all over America, and the Tony Awards broadcast — in which one honoree alluded to “this rather difficult, confusing, disturbing time” — was no exception.”
Louisa Ballhaus discussed what watching “misery porn” does to your mental health on the 6th, over at Bustle:
“According to Sheela Raja, clinical psychologist and associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and author of The PTSD Survival Guide for Teens, viewers’ motivations can be grouped into three categories: those who enjoy the adrenaline rush of watching dystopian, alternate realities similar to our own, those who relate to the depicted trauma onscreen, and those who engage politically or intellectually with the content.”
Also on the 6th, Debbie Weingarten of The Guardian mourned the loss of rural radio stations:
“Small-town radio is fizzling nationwide, as stations struggle to attract advertisement dollars. And as station owners are forced to sell, media conglomerates snap up rural frequencies for rock-bottom prices, for the sole purpose of relocating them to urban areas. In a more affluent market, they can be flipped for a higher price. With limited frequencies available, larger broadcasters purchase as many as possible – especially those higher on the dial – in a race not dissimilar to a real estate grab.”
Finally, Maureen Lee Lenker interviewed Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon about Bound, for Entertainment Weekly on the 6th:
“Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly aren’t fans of watching themselves on screen — but they’ll make an exception for their 1996 film, Bound.”