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Working Towards a PhD in Hollywood Rom-Coms

As New York-based media studies student and feministing.com editor Chloe Angyal (pictured) readily admits, pouring over Hollywood romantic comedies for a doctoral dissertation “sure beats poking at a petri dish.” The 2009 Princeton grad is currently working towards this very unusual PhD through the Journalism and Media Research Centre at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, where she is originally from.

The trends Angyal is focused on include the well-noted move in recent years to expose more of the studio film genre’s male stars. Think Jason Segel, Jake Gyllenhaal, Justin Long, Ashton Kutcher, Ryan Reynolds, Justin Timberlake and several others. But what does this all mean?

They’re all white. They’re all lean and broad-shouldered. They’re all rather muscular. Some of them are toned and sculpted in accordance with superhero standards: Chris Evans was fresh off filming Captain America when he made What’s Your Number? and Reynolds made The Proposal right after he wrapped Wolverine. And, uh, it shows…

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Drew Barrymore, Girl Reporter

barrymore.jpgThe movies love the media industry. Just this year, we had Russell Crowe and Rachel McAdams playing investigative reporters in “State of Play,” Isla Fisher pratfalling in the office of a business mag for “Confessions of a Shopaholic” and Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds finding love at a publishing house in “The Proposal.”

Now, Drew Barrymore is returning to another role in journalism (remember she played a reporter in “Never Been Kissed”?) and she’s taking over the Associated Press‘ New York headquarters to do it.

This week, Barrymore is shooting scenes at the AP’s offices for her upcoming film “Going the Distance,” in which she plays an “older-than-usual newspaper intern” at the fictional New York Sentinel, the AP reported. The filming will also take place in the offices for The New York Daily News which is in the same building as the AP at 450 West 33rd St. The Daily News will serve as a rival paper.

The movie also features Barrymore flame Justin Long, Jason Sudeikis of “SNL” and Christina Applegate.

If you work for the AP or Daily News (or any other company in the building) and have any good stories about the stars’ taking over your stomping grounds, send us an email or leave a note in the comments.

(Photo by David Shankbone)

The Art of Noise

0228_long_splash_275.jpgWe are endlessly fascinated with celebrity gossip sites — not because we care one lick about Antonella Barba, but because we’re in awe of how many words go into crafting the meringue-like confections of each individual blog post.

Take, for instance, TMZ.com’s recent posting about Justin Long. Basically, a reporter saw Long walk his dog down Robertson Blvd. yesterday. That’s it. Guy walks his dog. End of story.

But in TMZ’s capable hands, the “story” stretched to 83 words — including three puns and four pop culture references.

LAT, take note, we’ve seen the future of journalism. And it has you rolling over and playing dead.