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Resources on stars and the theory of stardom
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Mediaknowall AS&A Level — Stardom

Mediaknowall AS&A Level — Stardom | FM2 - Producers & Audiences - Stars | Scoop.it

Although focussing on pop stars for the Media Studies A-level, the discussion of the nature of 'stardom' and the  relationship between stars, fans and industry is also directly applicable to Film Studies. The guide also makes some specific references to differences between pop stars and film stars which will help to clarify your understanding

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Culture Warrior: The 21st Century Movie Star | Film School Rejects

I personally found this helpful, and believe everyone else will, when it comes to defining at star for our star reseach. It contains advice on how to determone whether someone can be classed as a star or not, as well as other important information.

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Anthony Heald's comment, March 8, 2012 5:55 AM
Thanks, Lewis. I hadn't seen this before. It does look interesting and potentially useful. Have you any thoughts on the reliability of the source? It's not a site I'm familiar with.
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The F.A.M.E. Blog: The Science of Stardom - Part IV

Ignore the Beiberfever, but the pillars seem quite interesting.

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Anthony Heald's comment, March 8, 2012 6:02 AM
This is interesting and certainly directly relevant to the FM2 unit.

Did you look at his other 'science of stardom' posts? If so, why did you choose this one in particular?

Have you any thoughts on the 'validity' of this as a source? It's interesting that it's on the blog of the author's own law firm, as far as I can tell, so his credentials as a 'media theorist' are not clear. Does this matter? How might you come to a judgement as to whether his ideas (for example the 'four pillars of stardom') are worth taking on board as an A-level Film Studies student?
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Classical Hollywood Cinema

Explores the qualities of different film genres and how they appeal to the set audience.

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Anthony Heald's comment, March 8, 2012 5:49 AM
Can you elaborate on why you included this in a set of resources on the topic of 'stars', Tyler?
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Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock is a well known American actress and producer who rose to fame in the 1990’s after her successful roles in films such as While You Were Sleeping, Speed, and The Net. However it was in the year 2000 when her role in Miss Congeniality, The Lake House and Crash. Her star persona began to rise and in 2007 she was ranked as the 14th richest female celebrity with an estimated fortune of $85million. In 2009 Sandra Bullock starred in two of the more financially successful films of her career, The proposal and The Blind Side. Sandra Bullock was awarded a Golden Globe Award for her performance in The Blind Side.

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superstar

superstar | FM2 - Producers & Audiences - Stars | Scoop.it

Definition of superstar by TheFreeDictionary.com:

 

1. A widely acclaimed star, as in movies or sports, who has great popular appeal.
2. One that is extremely popular or prominent or that is a major attraction

 

It's often helpful to know the actual definition of a word so you can use it without making yourself look silly.

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Anthony Heald's comment, March 8, 2012 6:04 AM
Thanks Brighde. You're right that definitions are important. To what extent do you think a dictionary definition of an academic concept is useful or adequate? (Think about how useful a dictionary definition of, say, 'light' or 'energy' would be to a physicist. Is this a comparable situation?)
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Classical Hollywood Cinema - Genre

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Anthony Heald's comment, March 8, 2012 5:52 AM
Thank you, Steph. I see you've added a couple of resources on genre. Can you edit the descriptions to show how they are useful in a set of resources on the 'stars' topic?