Somehow the movie “Whip It” got translated to “Bliss” in France, and the poster basically references nothing about roller derby or the film’s plot (aside from the fact that “Bliss” is the main character’s name). Ex-pats in Paris have been freaking out because they thought they somehow managed to miss the news of a new Ellen Page movie. Keep reading »
While sitting in the theater enjoying “Whip It” last weekend (I know, took me forever, right?), I was very excited by the fabulous soundtrack. Can you say Jens Lekman, Dolly Parton and The Breeders? But my jaw dropped when I heard a song by Little Joy come on in the background, because Drew Barrymore, the star and director of the flick, used to date Fabrizio Moretti, one-third of the band. Who knew exes could be so supportive of each other? I find it endearing that Barrymore is promoting Moretti’s latest artistic endeavor. [Amazon]
Turns out, of course, this isn’t the first time a celebrity couple has publicly displayed their friendship after the flame burned out. Keep reading »
After seeing Drew Barrymore and Ellen Page cute it up on the rink in “Whip It,” we’ve been wanting roller skates. For the faint of heart, those not quite ready for the large investment or face-smashing of actual roller derby skates, these seem like a great bet. With clean lines and the retro white and pink fashion reminiscent of childhoods spent watching Michelle Kwan — how could you go wrong? Strap these bad girls on and wait for the lights to dim, the disco ball to spin, and rock out with awkwardness to “I Will Always Love You.” [$59.95, SkateBuys] Keep reading »
Starring Ellen Page, Alia Shawkat, and Kristen Wiig
Directed by Drew Barrymore
Written by Shauna Cross
You know that Hulu commercial with Alec Baldwin where he’s an alien turning our brains to soft, goopy edible mush through the power of television on the internet? Somewhere there is a boardroom full of old men (or aliens) twirling waxed black mustaches and guffawing over the latest sales figures of the newest insipid feel-good rom-com. Well, hang onto your helmets and strap on your skates ladies, because “Whip It” is not that movie. Keep reading »
“Ellen has such a beautiful body, and I personally battled with my own body image for years. I used to tell myself, You can’t wearing anything sleeveless or strapless. And all of a sudden I was like, What if I just didn’t send such negative messages to my brain and said, wear it and enjoy it? And now I’m more comfortable in clothes than ever …. [Ellen] was in her frickin’ bra with an open jacket and hot pink shorts, skating around the rink with red lips and … she was sexy as a mother … a feral creature. It was great.”
– Drew Barrymore discussing body image issues with “Whip It!” star Ellen Page and Marie Claire Keep reading »
A few years ago, I heard a rumor about a female fight club on a college campus in North Carolina. I tried for months to find someone who was a member so that I could write a story about them, but I never got very far because, well, we all know the first rule of fight club. Turns out, I should have been talking to Drew Barrymore. In the new issue of Time Out New York, in addition to snapping some gorgeous photos of New York City, Drew sat down for an interview to talk about her directorial debut, the roller derby flick “Whip It.” Here’s what she had to say about the movie and the huge bruises all over her body.
“What I love about [roller derby] is that it’s real and high stakes. And by the way, it’s scary as sh*t to do. I wouldn’t have guessed that the first film I directed would have a sports element, but then again it doesn’t surprise me, because I love girls getting to do what boys do…We also had female fight club. We discovered at a bar one night that I definitely have that, like, feisty little boy inside of me, and when I drink he comes out.” [Time Out]
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Yay! The trailer for Ellen Page’s newest movie, “Whip It,” is out and it looks ambrosia for any stifled suburban girl, even if you’ve never broken some chick’s collarbone in a roller derby.
With Drew Barrymore, Kristen Wiig, Juliet Lewis, Eve and Ari Graynor (the drunk friend from “Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist”) all playing bad-ass roller skaters named Smashley Simpson, Dinah Might and Malice In Wonderland, how can you go wrong? Keep reading »
I’m a huge Drew Barrymore fan, and I simply adore Ellen Page. So, basically, “Whip It” is destined to be my next favorite movie. In this comedy about the roller derby, Page plays Bliss Cavendar, a 17-year-old who rebels against her mother’s pageantry wishes by joining a derby team called the Hurl Scouts. Yes, they wear demented Girl Scouts uniforms. With characters like Smashley Simpson, Babe Ruthless, Bloody Holly, and Maggie Mayhem (which is an ode to the screenwriter’s real-life derby name), this film is practically guaranteeing hilarity. And as for the name of the movie, “Whip It” has nothing to do with the Devo song—it’s actually a move used in the sport to get ahead of the pack. Keep reading »