Thursday, October 28, 2004

Cukor's The Women to be Remade 

Romeo San Vicente reports that George Cukor's 1939 classic "The Women," written by the late journalist, US ambassador and member of Congress Clare Booth Luce is finally going to be remade. The updated project was written by Diane English of Murphy Brown Fame, and she is also scheduled to direct. If all goes well, filming is to begin in February, with an uber-chick flick stellar cast of Meg Ryan, Annette Benning, Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd and Uma Thurman. Good god - if they had gotten Angelina Jolie as well I'm not sure I could have lasted through the anticipation until the final product is released. As it is, I'm pretty darned psyched!

Posted by Beth Henderson at 10/28/2004 01:25:00 PM
Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Iron-Jawed Angels 

Last evening the American Constitution Society presented our second movie night, with Hijacking Catastrophe, a 68-minute documentary along the lines of Fahrenheit 9/11 (which we showed at our first movie night last week). Last week we managed to get 15 people willing to stay at school from 7-10 pm on a playoff night, and this week we had 8 brave souls who made the 7-8:30 commitment on the night of World Series Game 3!

Since I was already there, I decided to stay for the Women's Law Caucus' showing of the HBO Original, Iron-Jawed Angels. I saw this when it first aired in February, and loved it. Even better the second time around.

Hilary Swank stars as Alice Paul, the feminist who went to Washington, D.C. in 1912 to work for the enfranchisement of women. She and her colleagues eventually broke ranks with the more conservative suffrage establishment and took more direct action. The movie follows the movement from 1912 until passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920, including the ridicule, violence, arrests and force-feeding they endured along the way.

What sets this project apart from other historical dramas is that it portrays the characters as the very real people they were - young, very educated and passionate women fighting tooth and nail for their very existence as citizens. They smoke, they sweat, they long for romance but fear losing the independence for which they struggle. The soundtrack and cinematography is modern and edgy, and it brings you to see these courageous women as contemporaries, not as the activists who were doing the work featured here back before anyone ever heard of the Curse of the Bambino.

As when I watched it the first time, when it was over I found myself wanting to get out there and do something - exercise that vote they worked so hard to ensure for me. How convenient. Now let's get out there and find George Bush's boots... (I'm not letting you off the hook and explaining this. You'll have to watch the movie to get it).

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 10/27/2004 10:08:00 AM
Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Liberty Film Festival 

Darn it all, I keep just missing these self-proclaimed groundbreaking conservative film festivals! First the American Film Renaissance in heart of Texas, now the Liberty Film Festival, in the heart of Hollywood.

The tag line on their poster is "Liberating Hollywood. One Film at a Time." The organizers clearly targeted their festival with politics in mind, and couldn't escape the Michael Moore as Moby Dick trap into which the AFR fell. The homepage promotes:

hollywood's first conservative film festival
right before the election
right in the heart of hollywood
& there's nothing michael moore can do about it

Even though it's too late to attend (it was held this weekend, October 1-October3), you can still get a piece of history by purchasing an official poster. They say it will "thrill your friends" and "offend liberals." You can also view trailers for many of the films from the festival site, which also provides links to many of the films' websites.

The festival was organized by co-directors and married couple Jason Apuzzo and Govindi Murty, who were both apparently young conservative stars at Yale, and who both went on to careers in the film industry. The Washington Post has a review of the festival.

Posted by Beth Henderson at 10/05/2004 02:55:00 PM
Monday, October 04, 2004

Women In Hollywood Award Luncheon Broadcast 

PlanetOut reports that on Sunday, October 3rd at 10 pm, AMC will be broadcasting the September 14 Premiere Magazine "Women In Hollywood" gala luncheon and award ceremony. There will be a couple of repeat broadcasts - the schedule is here. Among the honorees are Angelina Jolie, Patricia Clarkson, Queen Latifah, Liza Chasin, Olivia de Havilland and Anne Hathaway.

Before you watch the show, brush up on your cinematic knowledge with AMC's Women In Film quiz. My shot at it was a dismal failure: 4/10. How humbling...

Posted by Beth Henderson at 10/04/2004 02:44:00 PM