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Nominal Me

I'm falling in love with my camera and taking photos everywhere I go. That, combined with my passions for politics, sports, religion and other things we all agree on, makes this blog persist.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Will Tech TV Cost Diaz Her Celebrity Status?

According to one Website, Cameron Diaz technology may have her go the way of Charlie Chaplain and Buster Keaton.

OnHD.tv has two odd top ten lists: the best and worst looking celebrities on HDTV. Anna Kournikova apparently looks the hottest, while Diaz is ranked the #1 loser.

According to the list:

The actress has had a terrible acne problem since high school; her cheeks and forehead are littered with unfortunate pockmarks. Ms. Diaz seems like a different person in HDTV; she looks more like a Charlie than an Angel.


If the rise of high definition television does hurt her standing, she won't be the first celebrity casualty of technology. Sound, color, and widescreen movies have represented touch challenges for artists and actors.

Silent movie legend Charlie Chaplain was one of them, sort of.

"Talkies are spoiling the oldest art in the world- the art of pantomime," Chaplain would say. "They are ruining the great beauty of silence. They are defeating the meaning of the screen."

Chaplain had ownership of most of his work through United Artists, so he was not harmed financially. But his popularity took at hit in a somewhat related way, as while audiences loved his physical comedy, few people really cared what he had to say. His closing speech in his 1940 talkie "The Great Dictator" was seen as a letdown. Chaplain, for all his talents, could not adapt to the new aesthetic of talking.

We remember him today as a silent film star, even though he worked well past that time period.

Will we remember the Diaz of "There's Something About Mary," and avoid the HDTV version?

Will she, and the other nine celebrities on the list, go into limbo now that we can get a closer look at them?

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Blogger Jackie Chiles said...

There's always been something a little bit frightening looking about Cameron to me. Guess this just makes things worse.

By the way, Charlie's Angels II (I did not see I), might be one of the worst movies ever made.

Wednesday, 23 March, 2005  
Blogger gonebabygone said...

Yeah but it doesn't beat Catwoman for the worst movie title.

Maybe HDTV will make the market for celebrities a little less superficial. Wishful thinking maybe.

Wednesday, 23 March, 2005  
Blogger Nominal Me said...

My vote for worst movie every was "Powder".

Horrible. Totally horrible.

Wednesday, 23 March, 2005  

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