Even though last night’s Golden Globes telecast was woefully bereft of as much Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as I would have liked (three hours, non-stop, give them all the awards, don’t invite anyone else, etc.), we did get a 20-second look at their new comedy, ”Sisters,” and naturally, it is 100x better than any relationship you could ever have with your real sister.
But since the world is cruel and the movie doesn’t come out until almost Christmas, I’ll just tide you over in the interim with the brilliant tweets from the film’s screenwriter Paula Pell, a comedy genius, former head writer (and still current writer!) of “Saturday Night Live,” and more than anything, an outspoken feminist. Keep reading »
“To be honest, I think you’ll find that the woman who is saying that [the good roles for women have dried up is] the woman who at 40, 45, 48, still wants to play the ingénue, and can’t understand why she’s not being cast as the 21-year-old. … Meryl Streep will give you 10,000 examples and arguments as to why that’s bullshit, so will Helen Mirren, or whoever it happens to be. If you are willing to live in your own skin, you can work as an actor. If you are trying to pretend that you’re still the young buck when you’re my age, it just doesn’t work.”
Ugh, can someone please throw a phone at Russell Crowe‘s head, because he really needs to STFU. In an interview with Australia’s Women’s Weekly, the temperamental actor opined about how the best thing about Hollywood is how many roles there are for every stage of life — including for women, so don’t listen to what all those whiny broads are saying! Nevermind the fact that studies have shown that women are grossly underrepresented in Hollywood, with approximately 30 percent of the speaking roles in film in any given year; nevermind the many, many, many respected female actresses who have complained about the lack of roles for women, in particular older women; nevermind, say, this statistic which indicates that the majority of all female roles are for 21 to 39-year-olds — Russell Crowe says there are TONS of great roles for women of all ages! Russell Crowe presumes to speak for Meryl Streep and Helen Mirren, two of the best known older actresses who still manage to find work! Russell Crowe knows all! Keep reading »
Apparently slo-mo was the video effect of choice in 2014, because as this video demonstrates, everyone used it. Beyoncé, “Gone Girl,” “True Detective,” “The Lego Movie,” “The Fault In Our Stars,” Taylor Swift, even the “Turn Down for What” video.
I could go ahead and give you some armchair philosophy about how fast the world is moving “these days,” and our ubiquitous use of slo-mo in 2014 must reflect our cognitive dissonance as a culture, how we want to slow down and so on — but that’s really just bullshitting. Maybe it’s that CG animation has gotten so good that we want to show that even in slow-motion, the fabricated looks real; maybe it’s a way to experiment with camera angles; maybe cinematographers just feel like it’s simple but effective. Who knows? It’s mostly just an interesting note about the visual culture of the last year. [h/t Devour]
If you work for The Frisky, apparently not. When I asked in our group chat if anyone wanted to post the just released trailer for the show’s big screen spinoff, there were crickets. I was just starting to type a grudging “oh okay, finnnnne, I’ll take it,” when Claire piped up and wrote, “Sure. I mean, I don’t really have any feelings about it. But I can take it.” Hmm. I decided that out of all of us who give no fucks about the “Entourage” movie, I maybe cared the most, in a “sure, okay, I’ll watch this on an airplane but only because it’s free and I’m flying to Australia and I have too many hours to kill to say no to watching a free movie and besides, maybe it’ll knock me into a deep sleep” sort of way. So here I am, posting the trailer for the new “Entourage” movie, which I won’t be seeing in theaters June 5, 2015.
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Last week, the trailer for Jennifer Aniston’s upcoming film “Cake” was released online. The movie, which is already generating significant Oscar buzz, is about a woman (Aniston) who suffers from chronic pain and becomes obsessed with the suicide of her friend and fellow support group member (Anna Kendrick, as a chirpy, impossibly high-cheekboned ghost).
In all honesty, however, the trailer for ”Cake” is far less interesting than the response to it online, where bloggers and commenters are applauding Aniston for her “shocking” “transformation” into her role—which, if the trailer is any indication, basically involved her wearing the wrong shade of foundation and not washing her hair for a few days. Some critics, like Vulture’s Jada Yuan, have compared Aniston’s turn in Cake to Charlize Theron’s Oscar-winning transformation into killer Aileen Wuornos in “Monster”:
Aniston isn’t just sans makeup in this movie; she’s caked in a foundation that makes her face look greasy and jaundiced. White, puffy scars run across her chin and her cheek and her forehead, hinting at a trauma that will slowly reveal itself. Her hair is unwashed, her clothes the baggy khaki-linen variety of a woman who’s just given up.
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