“Step 1: Go through the projects you’re already working on and change a bunch of the characters’ first names to women’s names. With one stroke you’ve created some colorful unstereotypical female characters that might turn out to be even more interesting now that they’ve had a gender switch. What if the plumber or pilot or construction foreman is a woman? What if the taxi driver or the scheming politician is a woman? What if both police officers that arrive on the scene are women — and it’s not a big deal?
Step 2: When describing a crowd scene, write in the script, “A crowd gathers, which is half female.” That may seem weird, but I promise you, somehow or other on the set that day the crowd will turn out to be 17 percent female otherwise. Maybe first [assistant directors] think women don’t gather, I don’t know.”
Geena Davis, in a fantastic op-ed in The Hollywood Reporter, lays out some shameful statistics about the lack of women in movies (in family films, the ratio of male to female characters is 3 to 1; crowd scenes contain an average of just 17 percent women), and proposes a simple but potentially revolutionary two-step solution. Screenwriters, please, please, please take note! And Geena, how much do we love you? Let us count the ways… [The Hollywood Reporter]
This weekend I achieved a lifelong dream of seeing a special holiday screening of “Home Alone” on the big screen at a local movie theater. I’m sure I saw it at the theater when it first came out, but I can’t remember (I was 5 at the time), so I jumped at the chance to get the full “Home Alone” movie theater experience as an adult. In fact, when Nick and I saw the poster up outside the theater a few weeks ago, we literally ran in to the box office and breathlessly begged the guy at the counter to dig us up two tickets to the surely sold-out show. He laughed and said we were the first ones to even ask about it. Needless to say, on Saturday we had the best seats in the house.
The movie was as great as it always is, but the movie theater setting came with an unexpected perk: I sat next to a very chatty old man who had apparently never seen “Home Alone” before. He narrated pretty much the entire movie as I struggled to stifle my laughter. Here are some of his quotes that were just too good not to share: Keep reading »
Hot on the heels of yesterday’s character poster release, we’ve got ahold of the first trailer for “Maleficent.” Angelina Jolie stars in this new-perspective retelling of Disney’s 1959 take on “Sleeping Beauty” based on the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale, in which the Mistress of All Evil places a slumbering curse on the beautiful Princess Aurora. What do we think? Will 135 minutes of Elle Fanning‘s grating faux-English accent effectively drive us insane?
The concept is simple: Disney princesses with beards. I have no idea why the resulting images are so funny/entertaining, but they totally are. Check out Belle, Jasmine, Sleeping Beauty, and Mulan rocking their signature facial hair styles after the jump, and see the whole roster of bearded Princesses over at Buzzfeed. Keep reading »