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“Billy Bob’s Blues” — Thomas Golianopoulos at Grantland shares the incredible story of Ron Lester, the funny fat guy sidekick of Varsity Blues, who lost 300 pounds and his career. In a business that’s all about image, extending his life expectancy meant shedding his identity and the thing that made him unique. Still, how sustainable would a career as a funny fat guy have been?
“School Daze shut down early notions about Spike Lee’s filmmaking identity” — Nathan Rabin at The Dissolve compares and contrasts the aggressive sexuality of She’s Gotta Have It with the atypical tightness of his sophomore film.
“Roman Polanski Talks His Life and Career, Venus in Fur and Retirement” — Scott Foundas at Variety spends time with the seasoned director in an estate hidden away from the rest of the world.
“Trading Flaming Skull For Inner Dad” — Robert Ito at The New York Times interviews Nic Cage as the actor reminds everyone how good he is at his job.