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Off KeyWhen Film and Music Won't Work Together$
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Kay Dickinson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195326635

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326635.001.0001

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♦ ♦ Pop Stars Who Can’t Act and the Limits of Celebrity “Flexibility”

♦ ♦ Pop Stars Who Can’t Act and the Limits of Celebrity “Flexibility”

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Off Key

Kay Dickinson

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines a particular type of film and music combination in which pop music stars appear in motion pictures. It suggests that these films exemplify film-music alliances that do not work. It describes movies in which famous singers with perhaps limited acting capabilities have been well used because their standard personas helpfully overlap with the film roles in which they have been cast or their individual performing talents ease them more naturally into certain roles. It investigates where the failed cross-overs sit within the particular systems of professionalism that privilege flexibility and emotional labor.

Keywords:   pop music stars, motion pictures, famous singers, film roles, professionalism, flexibility, emotional labor

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