Celebrity/Stardom

Colbert’s Move to the Late Show

April 11, 2014
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Colbert’s Move to the Late Show

Risks, rewards, and a pair of empty shoes; how much can his political edge can he retain?
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Johnny Weir’s Divorce and the Burden of Representation

April 7, 2014
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Johnny Weir’s Divorce and the Burden of Representation

Johnny Weir's divorce challenges his status as one of the few openly gay American athletes, as well as the popular image of gay marriage and divorce in America.
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Inspiring Fans at LeakyCon Portland

August 7, 2013
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Inspiring Fans at LeakyCon Portland

Part 5 of a 7 part series on LeakyCon explores the ways fans and their creative labors influence the work of stars and producers of source texts.
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Fans and Stars and Starkids (LeakyCon Portland)

August 2, 2013
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Fans and Stars and Starkids (LeakyCon Portland)

Part 3 of a 7 part series on LeakyCon focuses on the production of fandom by the "Starkids" theater troupe as well as those fans who call themselves simply "Starkids."
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On Wearing Two Badges: Indifference and Discomfort of a Scholar Fan (LeakyCon Portland)

July 31, 2013
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On Wearing Two Badges: Indifference and Discomfort of a Scholar Fan (LeakyCon Portland)

Part 2 of a 7 part series on LeakyCon focuses on the struggles of being both an academic and a fan.
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Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vices?

June 7, 2013
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Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vices?

Casting news on Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' leads to a reflection on his past work, authorship, and his own inherent vices.
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The Deanna Durbin Cult

May 7, 2013
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The Deanna Durbin Cult

The figure of the recently passed Deanna Durbin (1921-2013) is fascinating today because of how it embodies a sensibility within stardom: the cult of the child star.
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“We Saw Your Misogyny”: The Oscars & Seth MacFarlane

February 27, 2013
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“We Saw Your Misogyny”: The Oscars & Seth MacFarlane

The controversy surrounding Seth MacFarlane's hosting of the 2013 Oscars offers an opportunity to have productive discussions about the role of the media in shaping ideology.
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The Face (and Laugh) that Launched a Thousand Bits

August 27, 2012
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The Face (and Laugh) that Launched a Thousand Bits

A farewell to Phyllis Diller from a reverent scholar-fan.
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Outing Anderson: Our Cultural Coming Out Imperative

July 5, 2012
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Outing Anderson: Our Cultural Coming Out Imperative

Anderson Cooper addressed his sexuality in a letter that demonstrates a new, old reason to come out: to break down invisibility and become a model for queer youth.
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Which Direction?: The Homoerotic Masculinities of the Modern Boy Band

April 20, 2012
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Which Direction?: The Homoerotic Masculinities of the Modern Boy Band

Whether you saw their performance on Saturday Night Live, heard the insanely catchy “What Makes You Beautiful” playing over a mall sound system, or just happen to know a 12-year-old girl, it’s possible you’ve already encountered One Direction, the first truly viable boy band of the current musical era.
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Imported by Justin Bieber: Carly Rae Jepsen and Transnational Stardom

April 5, 2012
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Imported by Justin Bieber: Carly Rae Jepsen and Transnational Stardom

Carly Rae Jepsen's Justin Bieber-supported breakthrough offers a case study for how difficult it is for stardom to remain transnational when moving into the U.S. market.
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The Brotherhood of NBC

February 10, 2012
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The Brotherhood of NBC

When NBC aired its "Brotherhood of Man" promotion before the Super Bowl on Sunday, it provided a useful take on the network's biggest strength...and its potential weakness.
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