Before stars were stars, they had to climb the Hollywood ladder just like everybody else. They starred in small television guest spots and low-budget films to kickstart their careers, but achieved an entirely new level of success once they proved they could cut it in film, too. Jennifer Aniston will always be Rachel Green from “Friends,” and Ryan Gosling just a kid on “The Mickey Mouse Club,” but they went from actors to movie stars once they brought in big bucks at the box office. Click through the gallery to see which flicks gave 17 stars their big breaks on the big screen.
If you think you don’t know who Jenny Slate is, you just haven’t attached the name to the person. She’s Mona-Lisa on “Parks and Recreation”; Tammy on “Bob’s Burgers”; a bunch of characters on “Kroll Show”; and she was on one season of “Saturday Night Live.” (You may remember her from the Doorbells And More sketch?). Lately, Slate is everywhere — literally everywhere — as the star of a new film, “Obvious Child” which appears nationwide this month.
In “Obvious Child,” Slate plays 27-year-old Donna, who accidentally gets pregnant right after she’s been dumped and lost her job. She genuinely likes the guy who got her pregnant (played by Jake Lacy from “The Office”), but is in a bad place to bring a kid into the world. Donna wants to have an abortion and unlike many movies where a women ends a pregnancy, that choice isn’t portrayed as a scary or dangerous thing. “Obvious Child” manages to be both hilarious and heart-tugging, a testament to both director/writer Gillian Robespierre’s writing and Slate’s earnest relatability onscreen.
Jenny Slate and I chatted recently about movies depicting abortion, women in Hollywood, and feminism. Here’s our conversation, after the jump: Keep reading »
In 2011, actress and filmmaker Lina Esco went with a handful of friends to Occupy Wall Street, curious to see the response to a group of topless women.
“Within minutes there were hundreds of people taking pictures, and they didn’t know what to do with these boobs,” Esco told The Frisky. “After 10 minutes, I said to them, ‘[Our nipples are] not going anywhere, so let’s have a conversation.’ And we did. And I realized that the conversation was only getting bigger, and the nipple was this Trojan Horse that was going to reveal so many things. And I knew I had to do this film.”
The film she is referring to is called “Free The Nipple,” which addresses the societal aversion to women’s nipples. After her Occupy Wall Street experience, Esco immediately came home and started working on a script; she found herself eager to explore why women’s bodies were subject to a whole different set of rules and norms than the bodies of men. By mid-2012, she had raised enough money and started filming in New York City with Zach Grenier from “Law & Order” and “The Good Wife” and Lola Kirke, sister of “Girls” star Jemima. Despite the fact that going topless in New York is legal (as opposed to the 35 states where it is illegal for women to be topless) filming shut down by police. Keep reading »
A standalone Wonder Woman movie is coming from Warner Bros in July 2017, according to gossip blogger/Hollywood insider Nikki Finke. In a post yesterday, Finke claimed that Warner Bros will be announcing a Wonder Woman movie along with several other movies at San Diego Comic Con in July. Israeli actress/former Miss Israel Gal Gadot (not pictured above — that’s Lynda Carter, the iconic Wonder Woman from the ’70s!) is already set to play Wonder Woman in “Man Of Steel 2.” A movie about the world’s most famous female superhero is wonderful (sorry) news. I am neither a DC Comics or a Marvel fan, but I would absolutely go out and see a Wonder Woman movie. But let’s be honest, I’d mostly buy Wonder Woman swag. That costume is cute! [Nikki Finke via The Daily Dot]
While I’m usually bored with remakes of classic movies, I’m not going to begrudge them. I’m very excited for the new Star Wars revamp, and I have every trust that J. J. Abrams is going to do due homage to second-most important movie trilogy of my life.
However, it’s the first-most that’s got me worried: apparently the Indiana Jones trilogy is getting a makeover. This is enough to give me a heart attack, especially with rumors circulating that someone like Robert Pattinson, Channing Tatum, Chris Hemsworth or Bradley Cooper could be cast as Indy. A choice like these would reflect to me that Disney is more invested in getting kids to watch the movie on the basis of its lead’s looks rather than the philosophy the movie presents. Keep reading »