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Lissa Weinstein and Banu Seckin

When Craig, an oft-humiliated and unsuccessful street puppeteer, discovers a portal into the body of John Malkovich, he finds that fusion with a live “celebrity puppet” offers a solution to the dilemmas of being human— imperfection, vulnerability, and death. In this fantastical context, the filmmakers raise questions about intention, identity, authorship, and the wisdom of elevating narcissism over Eros. Although a desire to transcend the limitations of the mortal body may be ubiquitous, the unique solution offered in Being John Malkovich is the apparent triumph of this narcissistic fantasy, rather than an acceptance of reality. This article first explores the film's use of the universal imagery of narcissism and then examines how technology, which allows widespread access to a visually oriented media culture, and changes in the meaning of fame have altered the expression of narcissistic fantasies, as well as the anxieties that accompany their fulfillment.

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Philip J. Hohle

than to deal with cognitive dissonance in reconsidering one’s initial assessment. In addition, the strong pull of the actor’s actual persona and image makes it difficult to dislike their character no matter how transgressive they become. These celebrity

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Los Roldán and the Inclusion of Travesti Narratives

Representations of Gender-Nonconforming Identities in Argentinian Telenovelas

Martín Ponti

In 2004, Florencia de la V became the first travesti 1 celebrity to star on a mainstream serial. Her success on Los Roldán (2004–, Telefe) allowed her to have a lucrative career spanning multiple projects, including talk shows and films, and

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Linda Howell, Ryan Bell, Laura Helen Marks, Jennifer L. Lieberman, and Joseph Christopher Schaub

the Phenomenology of Gadget Commodity Life (New York: Fordham University Press, 2016), 250 pp. ISBN: 9780823270804 (paperback, $38) Reviewed by Linda Howell Recent celebrity studies scholarship has focused its attention on how, when, where, and

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Emma Celeste Bedor

modes of mediating images. As August 2014 drew to an end, a number of photographs of nude celebrities were stolen from their hacked Apple devices and posted to online forums (Hess 2014) . The discourses surrounding this event, however, have yet to

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On Sinofuturism

Resisting Techno-Orientalism in Understanding Kuaishou, Douyin, and Chinese A.I.

Yunying Huang

comply with content regulations or accused of challenging the authority of the Communist Party, at one point more than one hundred thousand social media accounts were shut down, and multiple individuals including online celebrities and creatives were

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Janet Staiger

expertise in stars, celebrities, and acting? I can imagine a distinction—scopophilia versus cognitive knowledge—but, then, where does this information fit into aesthetic processing of a film, since watching stars (or acting approaches) may be at odds with

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“There’s nothing makeup cannot do”

Women Beauty Vloggers’ Self-Representations, Transformations, and #thepowerofmakeup

Michele White

and Twitter use #thepowerofmakeup and other hashtags to suggest that men’s messy cosmetic applications can change masculine bodies into beautiful female celebrities. The accompanying photographic sequences plot out these gender and identity makeovers

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“Banal Apocalypse”

An Interview with Author Ta-wei Chi on the New Translation of The Membranes

Jane Chi Hyun Park and Ta-wei Chi

celebrity aesthetician who has become famous for her artful skills in applying M-skin (short for “memory skin”). A literal second skin, this cosmetic membrane protects human skin from the radioactive toxins in the air and provides health and anti

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Before and After Ghostcatching

Animation, Primitivism, and the Choreography of Vitality

Heather Warren-Crow

). Baby Cha-Cha was originally disseminated through email and later became a media celebrity, appearing on the show Ally McBeal (1997–2002) and taking on new identities through user-generated adaptations that continue to proliferate on YouTube. 9 A