There’s no movie I’m anticipating more this year than “Wild” starring Reese Witherspoon, the film adaptation of Cheryl Strayed‘s memoir. Like, Reese Witherspoon wearing no makeup and lots of flannel in a fucking bush.Wild is the story of Strayed’s 1,100-mile solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail as she struggles to leave behind drug use and a disappointing marriage, all following the death of her beloved mom. The trailer finally dropped today and, oh, does this look good. We only have to wait until December 5th until its in theaters. [YouTube]
Kristen Wiig knocked it out of the park with “Bridesmaids,” proving that she could fill movie theaters by running on funny. But contrary to what a lot of ex-”SNL” stars might do, she hasn’t just made the same comedy over and over again. She played slightly more serious roles in “Friends With Kids” and “The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty” and now she’s back for what looks to be even darker comedy. In “The Skeleton Twins,” Wieg and Bill Hader (AKA Stefon from “SNL”) play estranged siblings who are brought back together when both are at a crossroads in their lives. He’s a failed actor still damaged by an old relationship, while she’s unhappily married to bro-tastic meathead. Together again, they’re trying to patch things up and confront the past. Complicated relationships with siblings FTW!
I got married very quickly: we had only been dating for five months. I didn’t doubt that I’d found the man I wanted to spend my life with, but I did feel confused in the weeks and months after we’d gotten hitched what marriage was supposed to mean and if so, how should we make it work? We knew why we got married romantically and we knew why we got married legally — but was that all there was to it? In an upcoming HBO documentary airing on Monday, June 30th, a documentary filmmaker who pays his bills by doing wedding videography, seeks to explain the secrets of wedded bliss. In “112 Weddings,” Doug Block went back and interviewed former clients whose weddings he filmed to check in on how matrimony turned out. Some explain how they’ve kept a relationship alive all this time; others explain how their nuptials lead to divorce. Sounds like a film to watch with the husband, yes?
I’ve been waiting for Lois Lowry’s YA novel The Giver to be made into a movie ever since I was a kid reading the book 100 times. It’s not until my adulthood that I got my wish and I have to say, judging from today’s trailer, disappointment. I know it is just a trailer, but the setting, the costumes and the music look pretty indistinguishable from a lot of the big blockbusters aimed at teens and tweens, like “Divergent” and “The Hunger Games.” They’re all dystopian YA fiction, but The Giver was the original. (And what is Katie Holmes doing there?! Is she really old enough to be Jonas’ mother?!) The presence of Meryl Streep can improve a lot about a movie, so let’s hope she does. Take a look at the trailer and let me know if you agree. [YouTube]
Many Frisky readers are too young to remember the 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearing of Clarence Thomas, then a federal circuit judge. One name you might recall is Anita Hill. She was the Black woman who came forward to publicly testify that Thomas, her boss at the Department of Education and the EEOC, had sexually harassed her in a gross, relentless manner. The accusations against Thomas were a powderkeg, taking on a life of its own and igniting racial, sexual and political tensions. Anita Hill herself became the one put on trial in the court of public opinion. For a lot of women, how her behavior was picked apart and the violent threats she endured were a chilling reminder of what could happen to any woman who speaks out against sexual harassment at the hands of powerful men. (Thomas was confirmed and remains on the Supreme Court to this day.) “ANITA” looks like an absolutely gripping documentary and a must-see for all working women. It will be released across America in March 2014. [YouTube]
In case you were wondering, Christina Ricci is still — somehow — utterly ageless. As as for her Lifetime original movie, “Lizze Bordon Took An Ax,” well, I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions. [The Mary Sue]
A few months ago, I chatted with a newly pregnant friend over ice cream. Eventually, after we exhausted the areas of the politics of maternity leave and the excitement of decorating her baby’s room, our conversation turned to reproductive choice. Specifically, we talked about her decision to terminate her pregnancy if she and her husband learned that the fetus had developed a major chromosomal abnormality that would drastically decrease its chances for a viable, healthy life. Although both she and the baby were currently healthy, and tests proved that the likelihood of such abnormalities was negligible, she and her husband chose to keep the option of abortion on the table, in case they truly needed it later in the pregnancy. “I want to be a mother,” she told me, “but I want my child to have the best possible chance at life.”
I am relieved that, for my friend’s sake, this is probably not a choice on which she will need to act. In all likelihood, her baby will be healthy and safe. But in case a difficult decision needs to be made, it is critical that such options exist for parents to consider. I thought about our conversation when I saw Martha Shane and Lana Wilson’s new documentary, “After Tiller,” an official selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Like my friend, the majority of the women featured in are women who want to be mothers. They want to have healthy, happy children, and they want to provide their children with the best lives possible. Yet, when faced with the reality that their babies will not have the lives for which they planned, the mothers choose the option that they believe will demonstrate the greatest display of love and dignity. “After Tiller” shares these stories through the perspectives of the mothers seeking third-trimester abortions and the doctors providing them. Keep reading »
Princesses are so hot right now, what with their pretty hair and pretty clothes and … um …. that’s it. Unfortunately, Warner Brothers couldn’t think of much else to tease about Princess Grace — otherwise known as the actress Grace Kelly — in the trailer for their forthcoming biopic, “Grace Of Monaco.” Grace Kelly won an Academy Award in her early 20s and appeared in several of Alfred Hitchcock’s most famous films, including “Rear Window,” “Dial M For Murder” and “To Catch A Thief.” Yet after a brief courtship, she quit acting at age 26 to marry Prince Rainier III of Monaco (an elaborate celebration, called “the Wedding of the Century” of its time) and become a full-time princess and international style icon. She popped out three kids but saw her acting career wilt, as her husband and the people of Monaco didn’t would not support it. Maybe “Grace Of Monaco” will touch upon some of this, but in the trailer we only see Grace, played by Nicole Kidman, looking pretty here and looking pretty there. Here’s hoping the actual movie has some meat on its bones, like “The Iron Lady,” “My Week With Marilyn,” and “The Queen.” [YouTube]
I’m not gonna lie to you guys—this week’s movie offerings are slender. But maybe that’s a good thing since you probably need time to catch up on all the Oscar contenders anyway. Still—if you like hitmen, exorcisms, college hookups, or shopping malls, you might find something to your taste arriving in theaters this weekend. The details after the jump. Keep reading »
In the midst of awards season, you would think that the movies coming out now would be palate cleansers—lightweight feel-good movies that aren’t necessarily vying for recognition. But some of this week’s movies, the foreign ones in particular, are totally killing it. So get thee to an indie theater and shake off some of that Hollywood-hating mojo that’s been going around! Catch this week’s new movies after the jump. Keep reading »