1. Latest Podcast: Shameless Clickbait Edition with Bette Davis’ 4th Husband

    August 1, 2015 by Joal Ryan

    If you can get past the Gary Merrill centennial ploy, then there’s also thoughtful discussion of Zayn Malik‘s stated desire to make …
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  2. I Read a Vintage Bill Cosby Scholastic Biography, and Did the Expected Double Takes

    July 31, 2015 by Joal Ryan

    My book report for Yahoo!

  3. Latest Podcast: Why Every Under-30 Hollywood Actress Should Heed This Anniversary*

    July 28, 2015 by Joal Ryan

    Clara Bow would’ve turned 110* on Wednesday. For a time, the original “It” girl was the biggest movie star in …
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  4. Latest Podcast: Reconsidering Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber, Quitting Lark Voorhies–and Amanda Peterson and the Sadness Scale

    July 14, 2015 by Joal Ryan

    All right, Episode 20 posted a few days ago, so it’s more like the semi-latest edition, but my point about …
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  5. Amanda Peterson: How We Process the Death of a Teen Crush

    July 9, 2015 by Joal Ryan

    I was struck by how news of the death of Amanda Peterson (Can’t Buy Me Love) resonated despite the actress …
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  6. When the Kid Needs a New Baseball Coach — i.e., Not You

    July 6, 2015 by Joal Ryan

    This is a piece I wrote for the New York Times’ Motherlode blog shortly after my latest, and—I’m promising myself (for …
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  7. Latest Podcast: The Difference Between Channing Tatum and Elizabeth Berkley, Jake Lloyd Did Not ‘Go Bad’ – and Why Miley Cyrus Is the Madonna That Not Even Madonna Could Be

    July 6, 2015 by Joal Ryan

    If gender inequality doesn’t come to mind when you think Magic Mike XXL and Showgirls, then you’re not thinking. Fortunately, on Episode …
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