Dear CMCS members & readers,
Hope you are enjoying a lovely holiday season!
Our year ended with memorable moments at the 6th CMCS conference Bridging Gaps: National Identity in Persona, Branding, and Activism at University of Western Australia. We would like to congratulate the $100 best paper award winner Kerstin Hacker. Special thanks to keynote Sean Redmond as well as conference chairs Jackie Raphael and Celia Lam. You can view the conference photos here: https://www.facebook.com/Celebrity.Studies/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1539627992787955
We are looking forward to the edited collection Personas and Places: Negotiating Myths, Stereotypes and National Identities, which will build on themes from the Perth conference. Stay tuned for more updates on the publication.
Till then, read CMCS member Julie Lobalzo Wright’s book Crossover Stardom: Popular Male Stars in American Cinema. Released by Bloomsbury Publishing this month, the book explores music stardom and masculinity in relation to American film stardom from the 1930s to today. In doing so, the book sheds new light on the history of American cinema. Details of the book are given below.
In our holiday special Celebrity Chat edition, Jackie Raphael speaks to Curtin University faculty member Kara-Jane Lombard on the topic of whitewashing in Hollywood film industry. View and share: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPloOu4kExU
Also, check out the Celebrity Chat video where CMCS board member Nicole Bojko sat down with Walter Metz to chat about academic film criticism, balancing theory and meeting real time trends: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvVSOX75r84 The interview is based on his talk on film criticism at our Los Angeles conference this year.
Have a great start to 2018! Check out more updates and join our conversations on Twitter @celeb_studies
Samita Nandy & Board
CMCS Founder & Director @famecritic
Crossover Stardom: Popular Male Stars in American Cinema focuses on male music stars who have attempted to achieve film stardom. Although 'crossover' has become a popular term to describe many modern stars who appear in various mediums, crossover stardom has a long history, going back to the beginning of the cinema. Lobalzo Wright begins with Bing Crosby, a significant Hollywood star in the studio era; moving to Elvis Presley in the 1950s and 1960s, as the studio system collapsed; to Kris Kristofferson in the New Hollywood period of the 1970s; and ending with Will Smith and Justin Timberlake, in the contemporary era, when corporate conglomerates dominate Hollywood. Thus, the study not only explores music stardom (and music genres) in various eras, and masculinity within these periods, it also surveys the history of American cinema from industrial and cultural perspectives, from the 1930s to today.
View the book or order a copy here: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/crossover-stardom-9781628925807/