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Editor’s Pick #220: Who Could Play Lady Gaga in a Movie? by tjwell01

Evan Rachel Wood (right) is the best candidate to play Lady Gaga in a movie

PREVIEW: Cate Blanchett’s Bob Dylan Performance in I’m Not There.

Let’s face it, it’s only a matter of time until there’s a Lady Gaga movie, seeing as she already owns the face of pop music. The dilemma however is finding an actress who could accurately portray the enigma that is Lady Gaga.

The actress needs to be young, sexy, strut with serious attitude, and has to be a little weird. It crossed my mind several times that maybe the only person who fits the role is herself, but ever since 50 Cent’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2005), I learned it’s not fun watching celebrities play themselves. Even some of the best actresses in the world would see the challenge of becoming Lady Gaga, and that’s why making a list of candidates was so damn hard.

1) Evan Rachel Wood

Ever since her tour-de-force performance in Thirteen (2003), Wood has secretly solidified herself as one of the most talented young actresses out there today. Not only does Wood have the talent to pull off the role, she’s also pretty weird–she dated Marilyn Manson, for crying out loud! They also semi-look alike, and I’m not going to knock Wood or any other actress for not having Lady Gaga’s honker–that’s what good makeup is for. And sex appeal? Check.

2) Sienna Miller

Sienna Miller is another talented actress who too often doesn’t receive her due. Not only is Miller talented as hell, like when she played Edie Sedgewick in Factory Girl (2006), but she also evokes sex and attitude. Rachel McAdams is talented too, but she doesn’t have the personality to pull off Lady Gaga—that’s the difference.

3) Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman is probably too cute to play Lady Gaga but her body of work shows versatility, like Alice in Closer (2004) and Evey in V for Vendetta (2005). Also, if you ever saw her role in Hotel Chevalier (2007), Wes Anderson’s short film, you know how bold and sexy she can be.

4) Keira Knightley

Ever since the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, I’ve lost complete respect for this woman. However, she has similar facial features and best of all–she’s English. And we all know how much Lady Gaga likes pretending she’s English.

5) Cate Blanchett

I know this is a stretch since Blanchett is a good 20 years older than Gaga, but in my mind, if you can play Bob Dylan like she did in I’m Not There (2007), you can play anyone. She got robbed at the Oscars, in my opinion, and with enough CGI, she could look like a 23-year old. She’s quite possibly one of the best actresses of our time, so it’s wrong to leave her out of the conversation.

What are your thoughts? DEBATE!

— Jett Wells, Assistant Multimedia Editor

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Manson and his Sledgehammer by tjwell01
June 24, 2009, 12:37 pm
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Manson is bitter!

Manson is bitter!

Oi.

Manson is being Manson again in his Q+A with SPIN.com, where he dishes on his break-up with Evan Rachel Wood.

In it, he says he used to cut his face and arm just to get back at her. Yeah, I’m sure she’s crying in her bedroom worrying about you cutting yourself, Manson. Dramatic, much?

He then later admitted to thinking about the following: “I have fantasies every day of smashing her skull in with a sledgehammer.”

Gulp.

But then I recalled his his interview in Chuck Palahniuk’s collection of non-fiction essays, Stranger than Fiction. He basically said everything he does is an act to shock and awe, and he reaps the profits. So, every time Manson pulls a Manson, I shrug, and say, “meh, it’s just an act.”

I think Manson is exaggerating again in this interview, but damn, that’s harsh. A sledgehammer?

–Jett Wells



Eminem “Crack A Bottle” by tjwell01
June 9, 2009, 2:07 pm
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He needs to dye his hair back. This video is more like a Manson video than an Eminem video. Creepy. The crazy homeless lady reminds me of the witch lady from Drag Me To Hell. That movie sucked so much I left halfway through.

–Jett Wells, Reviews Editor



Goth From the Past by tjwell01
May 15, 2009, 5:18 pm
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I wrote about Marilyn Manson’s new album weeks back, and now the first video for hit single (let’s see if I get this right) “Arma-Goddamn-Motherfuckin-Geddon” is out. Here’s the link to Stereogum’s access to the video.

Look at the video, and you’ll start to feel like this guy has no new tricks. Does he hire the same director for all his music videos? Every Manson video has weird fast cutting, Manson touching his face, and some kind of podium rant.

(Yawn)

–Jett Wells, Reviews Editor

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Editor’s Pick #136: New Manson Album… by tjwell01

marilyn-manson_000784_mainpictureStereogum is reporting that the new Marilyn Manson LP, “The High End of Low,” set to release on May 26th, has some interesting track names.

What a surprise!

Here are a couple examples, allegedly: “Pretty as a Swastika,” and “Arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon (the single).”

Not that this is anything new. I just thought it was funny, because everyone thinks he’s a nut, but the fact is–it’s an all act, and he’s the one laughing last.

My first moment of respect for Manson (and others would agree) was when he chimed in on Michael Moore’s “Bowling for Columbine,” saying the most enlightening truth about the Columbine tragedy. Moore asked Manson what he would’ve said to the shooters if they were still alive, and he said, “I wouldn’t say a single thing. I’d listen to what they have to say, and that’s what no one did.”

From that point on, I kind of viewed him as this political genius toying with society, by intentionally making people fear him, hate him, but undeniably attract them. That’s his game, and these new track names aren’t any different.

I guess it goes as no surprise I used to listen to a couple of his albums. My favorite song is “The Fight Song.” It got me jacked up before every race on the track team in high school.

–Jett Wells, Co-Reviews Editor

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