New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, c2012.
Call No: 802.27 SHI
Author: Pomerance, Murray
Place: New Brunswick, N.J.
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
PhysDes: ix, 268 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Series: Star decades: American culture/American cinema
Subject: ACTORS; STARS; HISTORY OF CINEMA; Damon, Matt; DEPP, JOHNNY; DOWNEY, ROBERT, Jr.; EASTWOOD, CLINT; FREEMAN, MORGAN; Aniston, Jennifer; FEY, TINA; BLACK, JACK; SANDLER, ADAM; STILLER, BEN; BARDEM, JAVIER; DEL TORO, BENICIO; HOFFMAN, PHILIP; SWANK, HILARY; ZELLWEGER, RENEE; LEDGER, HEATH; DICAPRIO, LEONARDO; PENN, SEAN; WINSLET, KATE; BLANCHETT, CATE; PITT, BRAD; JOLIE, ANGELINA; CLOONEY, GEORGE; FERRELL, WILL; GYLLENHAAL, MAGGIE
Summary: "In the 2000s, new technologies transformed the experiences of movie-going and movie-making, giving us the first generation of stars to be just as famous on the computer screen as on the silver screen. Shining in Shadows examines a wide range of Hollywood icons from a turbulent decade for the film industry and for America itself.
Perhaps reflecting our own cultural fragmentation and uncertainty, Hollywood's star personas sent mixed messages about Americans' identities and ideals. Disheveled men-children like Will Ferrell and Jack Black shared the multiplex with debonair old-Hollywood standbys like George Clooney and Morgan Freeman. Iconic roles for women ranged from Renee Zellwegers's dithering romantics to Tina Fey's neurotic professionals to Hilary Swank's vulnerable boyish characters. And in this age of reality TV and TMZ, stars like Jennifer Aniston and "Brangelina" became more famous for their real-life romantic dramas - at the same time that former tabloid fixtures like Johnny Depp and Robert Downey Jr. reinvented themselves as dependable leading men.
With a multigenerational, international cast of stars, this collection presents a fascinating composite portrait of Hollywood stardom today. " -- BOOK BLURB
Notes: Formerly CIP
Includes bibliographical references and index
Donation: Donated by Senses of Cinema, 2013
Contents: -- acknowledgments -- Introduction: stardom in the 2000s / Murray Pomerance -- The wonder boys: Matt Damon, Johnny Depp, and Robert Downey, Jr. / Dominic Lennard -- Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman: million dollar seniors / Robert Eberwein -- Jennifer Aniston and Tina Fey: girls with glasses / Victoria E. Johnson -- Puerile pillars of the Frat Pack: Jack Black, Will Ferrell, Adam Sandler, and Ben Stiller / Brenda R. Weber -- Javier Bardem and Benicio Del Toro: beyond machismo / Mary C. Beltra´n -- Philip Seymour Hoffman: a´ Jesus of uncool / Jerry Mosher -- A postfeminist primer: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hilary Swank, and Rene´e Zellweger / Corinn Columpar -- Heath Ledger: I'm not there / Claire Perkins -- Leonardo DiCaprio and Sean Penn: acting authentic / Michael K. Hammond -- Kate Winslet and Cate Blanchett: the performance is the star / Charlie Keil -- Brangelina: celebrity, credibility, and the composite u ¨berstar / Linda Ruth Williams -- George Clooney: The Issues Guy / David Sterritt -- In the Wings / Murray Pomerance -- works cited -- contributors -- index --