The Exhilarating Sound of Silence

“What do you like about being up here?” “The silence.”


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The Realities Of Being A Film Actress

The Heat
Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy are both over 40 and big movie stars. Just don’t ask them to try and sell a magazine cover.

Hollywood actresses are at a strange crossroads. Or that is what two articles published in the last week would lead one to believe. The first “On Newsstands, The Allure of the Film Actress Fades” (New York Times, June 5) focuses on how film actresses cannot compete with the likes of the Kardashians and thus cannot sell magazines. The second, “Revenge of The Over-40 Actress” (The Hollywood Reporter, June 14) suggests that actresses over the age of 40 are in the midst of career boom. Here are the main points we can take away from these articles.

  • Movie stars are less revered.
  • Magazine covers with films stars are not guaranteed to outsell those with TV or music stars.
  • Movies don’t appeal to women.
  • The film audience is aging.
  • Television is in the midst of a boom.
  • Actresses who were A-list as 30-somethings are still A-list as 40-somethings..
  • Women over 40 are no longer expected to look matronly.
  • A TV role can nurture and enhance an actress’s career.
  • Melissa McCarthy’s career success at age 40 is something to marvel at.
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Sandra Bullock Emerges

Sandra Bullock made her first public appearance since the personal scandal that rocked her life made national headlines. At Spike TV’s Guys Choice Awards (one of those truly unnecessary award shows but I won’t get into that) Bullock made a surprise appearance to accept the “Troops Choice” Award for Entertainer of the Year, from presenter Robert Downey, Jr. The honor was bestowed by members of the military.

After a lengthy round of applause and standing ovation Bullock said, “Let’s be honest here, just for a moment. We’re all going to be honest, right? Did I win this for being entertainer of the year, or did I win this because of the spectacular I.E.D. explosion that became my personal life?! No, it’s okay. Because I would do it over again if it was to entertain our troops , and our extraordinary troops deserve something much more than some actress in a tight dress talking herself. I would sing, but you’ve seen enough pain in your lifetime. I would dance – I’m a pretty good dancer, but as I mentioned, the dress is pretty tight.”

With this public appearance and her schedule appearance at tonight’s MTV Movie Awards, where Bullock will receive the Generation Award, it is safe to say that we will be hearing a lot about Bullock’s humor and grace at this time in her life. Not that I mind. This is a great thing to witness.