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Cate Blanchett Jokes About Ocean’s 8’s Pro-Crime Message The Ocean’s 8 press tour kicked off yesterday with a press conference at the Met. When asked what effect the “strong female roles” in the movie would have, Cate Blanchett joked, “Encouraging children to crime.” Read more at Vulture.  Progressive Women Make History In Southern PrimariesLast night, Georgia, Kentucky, Texas and Arkansas held their primaries, with exciting results for progressive women. In Georgia, Stacey Abrams made history, becoming the first black woman in the US to win a major...
If there is one person responsible for bridging the gap between younger audiences and successful stories about older women, it is Jane Fonda. In her latest film, Book Club—directed by Bill Holderman—Fonda plays a woman who is worried about her friend's sex lives coming to a dead end, so she decides to do something about it: introduce 50 Shades of Grey to her book club. That book club is made up of a group of lifelong friends, played by powerhouses Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen. If...
Florence Lawrence was born into show business. Her mother was a Vaudeville stalwart, so Florence first trod the boards aged three, in a cutesy act where she was dubbed "Baby Flo, The Child Wonder Whistler" (apparently what passed for entertainment was a lot different then). But Florence grew up, and got the hell out of kitsch, whistling-based entertainment. In 1906 she landed her first film role. Within just a few months, Florence appeared in dozens of films—the turn-around for silent films in this early era was...
The Seagull Directed by Michael MayerOut May 11 Anton Chekhov’s 1895 play The Seagull gets a straightforward screen adaptation from director Michael Mayer, known primarily for his theater work (he won a 2007 Tony for Spring Awakening). Though a familiarity with the play helps, even those who’ve never read it will be entertained by the overlapping love triangles enacted by this stellar ensemble cast. Annette Bening plays vain, aging actress Irina, who has taken a younger lover, a famous writer named Boris (Corey Stoll). Irina’s...
Jordan Peele has announced on Twitter that his next film, titled Us, will be released March 15, 2019. After the success of Get Out—which is on its way to grossing $255 million worldwide, was nominated for best picture at the Oscars, and Peele won best original screenplay—everyone is excited! This will be the second film in his social horror movie series. “The best and scariest monsters in the world are human beings and what we are capable of especially when we get together. I’ve been working...
RBGDirected by Betsy West and Julie CohenOut May 4 Directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen give viewers an unprecedented look at the “Notorious RBG” in this documentary about the Supreme Court Justice. Ruth Bader Ginsburg welcomed the filmmakers into her life, which means we get to hear from her directly along with her children, grandchildren, colleagues, contemporaries, and biographers. Though West and Cohen cover her recent meme-ification—“I dissent” tattoos, viral Tumblrs, Kate McKinnon’s SNL sketches—they pay equal attention to her groundbreaking career, particularly her work...
  The new movie 6 Balloons lets us peek into the life of a woman whose brother is addicted to opiates. Katie (played by Abbi Jacobson) is setting up for a surprise party with her family and friends, but is interrupted when she goes to pick up her brother, Seth (played by Dave Franco), and realizes he has been using again. Over the course of an evening, Katie drives around Los Angeles with Seth and his young daughter, Ella, in search of an opiate detox center,...
  Media often shows new mothers glowing, beaming at their newborns, and instantly bonding with their infants. Tully, the new dramedy written by Diablo Cody and directed by Jason Reitman, shows another view. Charlize Theron stars as Marlo. When we first meet her, she’s in her final month of pregnancy, but she’s already pushed to her limits raising her “quirky” son who has difficult managing his emotions and is about to get kicked out of his fancy private kindergarten, and her eight-year-old daughter who’s just beginning...
I came of age in the 2010s in the United States, and as a result, there are many aspects of my life that I take for granted. I can vote. I can hold a job. I can drive a car. I can choose who to marry, regardless of their gender, and when to marry, and to divorce if necessary. So it’s downright shocking to me when I remember that once upon a time, not too long ago, that a woman could get fired from her job...
  Mary Shelley opens in a goth-as-hell way, showing sixteen-year-old Mary reading a horror novel on her mother’s grave. Elle Fanning, who plays Mary from ages sixteen to eighteen, is well cast: she plays the budding author as smart, stubborn and passionate, a teenager who flirts with her crush by taking him to her mother’s grave and telling him that she learned how to read by tracing its letters. The movie, which premiered at Tribeca Film Fest, focuses on Mary’s life from the time she was sent...