June 23, 2017

Anne with an E ~ now on Netflix

I started watching this series idly as a break from 1) the news, 2) Fargo, which was freaking me out ... but in a good way, obviously; it was just really intense, and 3) the news. (I mean frankly, these days reading the back of a tooth paste tube is preferable to watching the news. But I digress.)

And now I am utterly, immutably hooked. It's a marvelous series. If you were ever a kid, or if you know any kids between 10 and 12 (the age of our heroine) I'm sure you will agree.

Anne with an E is a new adaptation of the beloved young adult series of books Anne of Green Gables, written in 1908, before the term "young adult" was invented.

There have been several other iterations, including the popular mini-series broadcast on PBS in 1985. This new version has received...

June 8, 2017

The success of “Wonder Woman” continues to make major waves in Hollywood, as anyone who follows the industry is aware.

A recent article in my favorite showbiz rag, The Hollywood Reporter:

'Wonder Woman' Director Patty Jenkins Not Signed for Sequel

Oops.

“Sources say Warner Bros. will soon begin negotiations with Jenkins, who will have major leverage thanks to the movie's historic opening weekend.”

Yay!

“The studio intends to begin negotiations with Jenkins shortly (although the exact timing is unclear), and sources say the filmmaker and her reps at CAA, Anonymous Content and Jackoway Tyerman will enjoy enormous leverage … Jenkins could not only return to the director's chair on ‘Wonder Woman 2’ but also could ink a more expansive deal that would allow her to work with DC Entertainment president and ch...

June 1, 2017

Why does the nearly-universal critical acclaim for "Wonder Woman" feel so ... triumphant? Could it possibly be because here in the midst of our seemingly interminable fight for female equality and parity here in Hollywood and the wider world of business and politics, it gives us a symbolic glimmer of light?

But this time it's more than symbolic; it's actual. Because the film was directed by Patty Jenkins. A woman. And as we all know, a woman-directed comic book tentpole has been a nonexistent commodity. Until now.

So maybe--like owning property and getting the vote--directing big Hollywood blockbusters is NOT only for boys, and when a woman does it (OMG) the world does not end. In fact, it might even get better. Go figure. 

The proof is in the product. Catch these reviews:

The AP's Lindsey Bahr wrot...

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