In a move I can only call brilliant, Starz Entertainment Group art director Suzanne Heintz shunned the traditional marriage and family life in favor of something far more unconventional. For the last 14 years, Heintz has been living with her strong but silent husband Chauncey and her never-rebellious teenage daughter Mary Margaret as part of an art project she calls “Life Once Removed.”
We’ve all been there: being needled by friends to “put yourself out there,” being pressured by family members to “settle down and have kids.” Enduring the same indignities, Heintz was thinking about her single life, walking past a retail liquidation store that sold mannequins when she said she realized, “I can buy a family!” And she’s been photographing their life together ever since — traveling all over the world with her family of “mute quadriplegics” and loving every minute of it. If that’s not unconventional enough for you, Heintz also has a real, live-in boyfriend of seven years, but has no interest in marrying him. Yet, she plans to renew her vows with Chauncey this June in front of friends, family and mannequins. Keep reading »
The rates of employment for women in film production are below what they were over a decade ago. Each year, the Center for the Study of Women In Television & Film at San Diego State University conducts a “Celluloid Ceiling” survey of who was employed behind the scenes in the year’s top-grossing 250 domestic films. The 2013 results found that among the films studied, 2,938 people were employed. Only 16 percent of those employees were women. This statistic is down 2 percent from the previous year, and down 1 percent from 1998′s employment levels. Yes, fewer women are employed in film production than in 1998. In the time it took for crop tops to go completely out of style and come all the way back around to trendy again, the film industry has not gotten any closer to gender equality. In fact, it’s actually gotten worse. Keep reading »
When the world’s most creative parents, Lily and Leon, found themselves in a new country, with a new baby and lots of extra boxes from the move, instead of slowly “losing their sanity,” they used it as an opportunity to do what the rest of us would never think of: recreate their “favorite movie scenes.” Using only spare cardboard boxes, their “favorite domestic junk” and their muse, baby son Orson, they found a way to make their housebound time (and ours) a little more entertaining. This is their interpretation of “Star Wars” (“Wah Wars”) starring Orson as Luke Skywalker. Yes, please.
Click through to see Lily and Leon’s film stills from “Jaws,” “Home Alone,” and more. Prepare to be starstruck.[Cardboard Box Office via Uproxx]
When Argentinian filmmaker Paula Schargodsky found herself 35, single and accidentally having slept through her last uncoupled friend’s wedding, she knew there was something “she didn’t want to face.” As the only single one left in her circle, she decided to make a documentary film about the “questions [she was struggling] to answer” about the expiration date on female freedom. Schargodsky used “systematically kept” footage of her “love stories and breakups,” her “friends with their boyfriends, then husbands, then pregnant bellies” from the last 10 years to explore the question: “Can social mandates be disregarded, or is my extended youth finally coming to its end?” Keep reading »
Model and actress Gal Gadot is set to play the coveted role of Wonder Woman in “Man of Steel 2.” From the cover of the New York Post to a role in the “Fast and the Furious” franchise, the 28-year-old has definitely seen her share of exciting moments in the spotlight — but something tells me Wonder Woman will be her biggest moment yet. Here are a few things to know about the Israeli beauty:
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You’d better watch the full-length trailer for Lars von Trier’s “Nymph()maniac” before YouTube realizes that there’s a fully exposed, bare vagina and pulls it. You can freeze frame and screen shot it for posterity. You won’t see Shia LaBeouf going down on anyone, but you will see some semen, full-frontal nudity and lot of sex. I mean, it is a movie about sex addiction. Graphic images aside, the movie looks like it’s going to be really interesting. [The Wrap]
On his website, James Deen Blog: Boobs, Buttholes, Burritos (fantastic name, by the way, also NSFW), the multi-talented porn star took a moment to pen an honest review of his performance in “The Canyons” after attending the premiere. Well, kind of. He had planned to watch the movie once, surrounded by a crowd, and then, never watch it again. But after 30 seconds, he ran to the back of the theater to hang out with director Paul Schrader and producer Braxton Pope. From the glimpses he caught (because it was awkward to watch himself), he managed to eek out a critique on his performance. Keep reading »
The film industry is one that desperately lacks female influence, so Cheryl Boone Isaacs’ election as President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a particularly cool victory. In its 86-year history, the Academy has only had two other female presidents — the most recent being almost 30 years ago. Cheryl Boone Isaacs is also the first ever African-American president for the Academy. Keep reading »
Meagan Good and Will Ferrell share an onscreen romance in the upcoming comedy “Anchorman: The Legend Continues.”
In the film’s trailer, funny man Ferrell tries “to break down the barriers of race” by cracking jokes during a humorous dinner table scene with Good character’s Black family.
“I don’t read Jet Magazine, or Jheri Curl Daily,” he says. “I’m breaking down the barriers of race by assimilation. And on that note which one of you convicts with the longest record can pass me the mashed potatoes?”
In the highly-anticipated sequel, Ferrell returns as Ron Burgundy, only this time he works at a 24/7 cable news network. Read more on Hello Beautiful…
So we all know that there’s a dearth of women in the movie-making business — just in case you’re not up to speed there was a whole study done about it. The best place to view this disparity is the Cannes Film Festival in France: of the 20 films competing for the top prize, the Palme d’Or, only one is by a female director. Keep reading »