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Apr 26 2017

Oscar-Winning Director Jonathan Demme Dead @ 73

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DemmeJonathan Demme: February 22, 1944—April 26, 2017 (Image via handout)

Jonathan Demme, who won the Oscar for directing The Silence of the Lambs (1991), has died of cancer at 73, Variety reports.

After a string of edgy, critically acclaimed films like the offbeat Howard Hughes buddy movie Melvin and Howard (1980), the much-loved Talking Heads doc Stop Making Sense (1984), the Melanie Griffith road movie Something Wild (1986) and the Michelle Pfeiffer mobster comedy Married to the Mob (1988), Demme broke into A-list director territory with Lambs, which became a rare film to win all of the Top 5 awards at the Oscars, including Best Adapted Screenplay.

Lambs, for which then-closeted actress Jodie Foster won the Oscar (giving a speech that obliquely referenced her choice to be a private person), contains — along with fine acting and memorable suspense — an arguably exploitative representation of a serial killer who is described as someone who thinks he is, and wants to be, “transsexual.” The script includes dialogue that attempts to argue that actual trans people are not prone to murder, but scenes of Buffalo Bill with his penis tucked between his legs and mugging in female garb seem unmistakably designed to creep out the audience.

It could be argued that Demme hadn't completely shaken off his early years working on unapologetically exploitative films for Roger Corman, including his directorial debut, Caged Heat (1974).

BuffalobillBuffalo Bill's shock value (Image via Orion)

Nonetheless, The Silence of the Lambs has since been called one of the 100 Greatest Films Ever Made by the AFI, and was an enormous international success.

In Demme's follow-up to Lambs, he took on the topic of AIDS in Philadelphia (1993), which won Tom Hanks his first Oscar. The film grossed nearly $80 million in the U.S., thanks to Demme's efforts to get it made, and thanks to his casting of movie stars Hanks and Denzel Washington.

His career took a swift dive thereafter, with the Oprah Winfrey-starring bomb Beloved (1998) and the poorly received remakes The Truth About Charlie (2002) and The Manchurian Candidate (2004).

Rachel Getting Married (2008), starring Anne Hathaway, represented a return to Demme's roots. His final narrative films, A Master Builder (2013) and the Meryl Streep vehicle Ricki and the Flash (2015) did not make a big impact.

In 2016, Demme directed Justin Timberlake's concert feature, Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids, for Netflix.

Demme had been battling cancer at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife Joanne Howard and their three children.

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Erin Moran's Brother Attacks Insensitive & TINY Scott Baio

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Scott-Baio-SpeedoSure, he seemed hot then, but there's no evidence Erin's bro is offbase! (Image via 16)

Erin Moran's brother Tony has called out jerk-off Scott Baio for rushing to publicly condemn Erin for drinking and drugging ... before it became known she actually died of cancer.

TMZ reports that Tony, in a since-deleted post, confirmed Baio and Moran dated briefly, asserted that she dumped him for being “more like a lil girl and not a man,” and also said she had reported Baio has a tiny penis.

I always knew Baio was a dick, but now there's an allegation he's a micro-dick.

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6-PACK — It's The Oscars, Jake + Gimme Shred + Take Me Out Of The Closet + Trump's First 100 Daze + A Singlet Man + Somebody Thinks Ivanka Trump Is A Sex Symbol

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Apr 25 2017


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Screen Shot 2017-04-25 at 4.16.26 PM(Image via Greg Scarnici)

Shot by Greg Endries, the new music video for Greg Scarnici's I'm Staying in Tonight is like “Bitch I'm Not Madonna” by Gay Al Yankovic ...

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Madonna Reacts Negatively To Biopic News

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Madonna isn't having this Blond Ambition biopic about her early years, which just got picked up at Universal.

In an Instagram post decorated with an image of herself taken by Maripol, Madonna referred to the film's makers (perhaps including producer Brett Ratner) as charlatans and fools.

17973686_689685704571483_677411043878981488_oBrunet Ambition (Still from Emmy and the Breakfast Club)

I realize the script is admired — it was on the Black List of great scripts that hadn't been signed up anywhere — but the story has been told, poorly, several times. For my money, I'll be more interested in Emmy and the Breakfast Club, which tells the less-publicized story of Madonna's even earlier years.

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6-PACK — Vaulting Out Of The Closet + GUARDIANS OF THE GAY-LAXY + Olivia's Shady Memory + RIP To A Gay Activist + Abs? Fab! + Gay Texan Rower Accomplishes Mission, Proposes!

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Wrong, Boo — Ivanka Claims Her Daddy Empowers Women

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Ivanka-Trump(Video still via CNN)

Ivanka Trump — whose mannered speech is so odd, with her eh instead of ay — was on a panel about empowering women when she made the absurd claim that her father is pro-woman.

The audience booed, and she doubled down, claiming perceptions of her father as being anti-woman are perpetuated by the media.

Not perpetuated, dear, just passed along.

Listen to her B.S. after the jump ...

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