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"...1991's Popcorn, or Lamberto Bava's Demons). Ringwald makes like Norma Desmond as a screechy faded film starlet brought back..."

April 27, 2001 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Book Review: The Body Double
Emily Beyda's debut novel is ready for its close-up
"...You remember the final scene of Sunset Blvd.. Norma Desmond is at the top of the staircase, eyes..."

March 6, 2020 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Exit 'Downtown,' Right on Sunset
In her latest project, singer Petula Clark sets aside her image as chirpy pop starlet to play mad screen diva Norma Desmond in the musical version of Sunset Blvd. Clark tells Stephen MacMillan Moser how she came by this radical departure in roles.
"...Joe: You're Norma Desmond. You used to be in silent pictures. You..."

March 24, 2000 Arts Feature by Stephen MacMillan Moser

New in Print
Dallas author Sam Staggs writes with zeal and authority in his exposé of Billy Wilder's classic camp 'Sunset Boulevard.'
"...Close-Up on Sunset Boulevard: Billy Wilder, Norma Desmond, and the Dark Hollywood Dream by Sam Staggs..."

May 3, 2002 Screens Feature by Stephen MacMillan Moser

After a Fashion
Your gracious Style Avatar on throwing rocks and giving 'em 'the finger'
"...for my comeback on the stage – or, as Norma Desmond said in Sunset Boulevard: "I hate that word...."

June 27, 2008 Column by Stephen MacMillan Moser

Millennium Actress
This Japanimation import is a sweeping romantic saga full of big, lush ideas.
"...fickle memories of her once-adoring audience, Chiyoko is like Norma Desmond on Prozac: Content in her beautiful mountainside home,..."

Oct. 24, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

After a Fashion
Did that gal on the local news crew DHOH? With so many great stylists in Austin: why, why, why??? And guess who was seen at Starlite again?
"...taking us on dark seductive journeys and looking like Norma Desmond making her final descent. Robert LaRoche provides excellent..."

Feb. 14, 2003 Column by Stephen MacMillan Moser

Lypsinka: The Boxed Set
Reeling frenetically from song to show-biz anecdote to soap dialogue and back, like Judy Garland on a speed jag, with its star channeling everyone from Bette Davis and Phyllis Diller to Ethel Merman and Joan Crawford, Lypsinka! The Boxed Set is a hoot, a joyride through a neighborhood of tacky mansions haunted by grande dames of outsized egos and overwrought emotions.
"...Got to Be Me" or rattling off one of Norma Desmond's screeds from Sunset Blvd., there is that same..."

Dec. 14, 2001 Arts Review by Robert Faires

101 Dalmatians
"...twisted and pathetic than scary and funny -- more Norma Desmond than wicked fashion queen. Cruella's outrageous animal garb..."

Nov. 29, 1996 Movie Review by Hollis Chacona

Bullets Over Broadway
"...onboard are Helen Sinclair (deliciously played by Wiest), a Norma Desmond-ish grande dame whose theatricality extends into her off-stage..."

Nov. 4, 1994 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

That Old Revival Spirit
Testifying About Movies
"...everything nice. Precocious pigtails and all, she's Lolita via Norman Bates, a pre-pubescent psychopath possessed of a genetic predisposition..."

June 13, 1997 Screens Feature

Greener Pastures
Youth, Joy, and Jean Arthur
"...ape. Mulholland Drive had nothing on a girl named Norma Jean, and Sunset Blvd. belonged to Norma Desmond. A..."

May 10, 2002 Features Feature by Raoul Hernandez

Doctuh Mistuh and Penfold Theatre's Nevermore
In Jonathan Christenson's musical, Edgar Allan Poe's life is imagined as a spooky, entrancing dance of the spirits
"...into the spotlight with a diva-ish fervor worthy of Norma Desmond; Emily Smith's Fanny Allan, her mind stolen by..."

Nov. 2, 2018 Arts Review by Robert Faires

DVDanger: What to Watch This Halloween
Part I: Slugs, zombies, and one-night stands
"...Rochon) recounting her experiences as a nurse to a Norma Desmond-esque lock-in (queer horror icon Alan Rowe Kelly). Writer/director..."

Oct. 30, 2016 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Return to the Forbidden Zone
Richard Elfman brings his cult classic to the Ritz
"...couch-bound YouTube views and instantaneous streaming video. To paraphrase Norma Desmond, midnight movies are still big. It’s the wall-sized,..."

Oct. 24, 2015 Screens Post by Marc Savlov

The Crapstall Street Boys
This darkly comic tale of monster slaying shows Trouble Puppet's artists at the top of their game
"...When Canadian puppeteer Ronnie Burkett's outrageous Norma Desmond-esque automaton graced the cover of American Theatre magazine..."

March 14, 2014 Arts Review by Stacy Alexander Evans

Letters at 3AM: Created He Them
From Miss Universe to the military, gender roles don't mean what they used to
"...as countries go; the United States is a crazy Norma Desmond country, a has-been capitalist star unable to regain..."

April 20, 2012 Column by Michael Ventura

Joanna Newsom
"...relaxed, sprawled out like a Nevada City version of Norma Desmond. It speaks volumes about a woman's ability to..."

April 2, 2010 Music Review by Audra Schroeder

15-Year-Old Me Is Squealing
Hole set to crash SXSW's Casual Friday
"...Courtney Love, punk rock's Norma Desmond, brings the latest incarnation of Hole to Spin's..."

Feb. 19, 2010 SXSW Post by Audra Schroeder

After a Fashion
A postcard from prison? Wish you were here!
"...I made my descent, not unlike Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond in the final scene of Sunset Boulevard as..."

April 3, 2009 Column by Stephen MacMillan Moser

After a Fashion
Stephen rubs up against all that glitter at the Texas Film Hall of Fame and learns how much of it actually rubs off
"...Winger; she looked up just as I made my Norma Desmond-ish descent down the grand staircase in sunglasses, fur,..."

March 14, 2008 Column by Stephen MacMillan Moser

Tuna Does Vegas
Taking the Tuna crew to Sin City was a huge gamble, but we end up bigger winners than losers
"...and all the done-it-all hauteur of Eartha Kitt and Norma Desmond). And when the two stars show up as..."

Nov. 2, 2007 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Mary Weiss
"...the Radio"). In the words of Sunset Boulevard's mad Norma Desmond, this isn't a comeback. It's a return! (Thursday,..."

March 16, 2007 Music Review by Margaret Moser

Karen Mason
'Sweetest of Nights' isn't just the title of Karen Mason's new CD, it's what you can expect from the musical sensation's Austin Cabaret Theatre appearance
"...to accord her work, whether she's wowing theatregoers as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard in NYC or L.A., or..."

Jan. 27, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

In Print
'Fabulous!: A Loving, Luscious, Lighthearted Look at Film From the Gay Perspective' and more
"...cover, with Gloria Swanson performing her mad scene as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard with the book's title splashed..."

May 28, 2004 Screens Feature by Stephen MacMillan Moser

Rufus Wainwright
Record Review
"...of Sunset Boulevard in which the cracked former beauty Norma Desmond floats menacingly toward the camera, oh-so-ready for her..."

Oct. 3, 2003 Music Review by Melanie Haupt

Look Ma, No Wrapping
DVD boxed sets, no assembly required
"...Norma Desmond would be pleased with this museum-quality DVD edition..."

Dec. 13, 2002 Screens Feature by Marrit Ingman

After a Fashion
AAF takes a well deserved break at a local spa. Oooooh, that feels goooooood.
"...totally indulgent," said Gail. "It felt glamorous -- like Norma Desmond -- to receive all the attention."..."

April 20, 2001 Column by Stephen MacMillan Moser

A Star Is Born
"...and skyrockets to success. She crosses paths with veteran Norman Maine, played by March; her ascending star is paralleled..."

Aug. 25, 2000 Screens Review by Stephen MacMillan Moser

What's the Buzz?
Guide to Summer Films
"...Sunset Boulevard. Gloria Swanson shines as the Original Diva, Norma Desmond. And for the experimental set, Dobie's dishing out..."

May 26, 2000 Screens Feature by Kimberley Jones

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