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By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist
No one likes it when his or her favorite series gets canceled due to low ratings.
As I discussed last week, almost nothing can be done to reverse this decision aside from another network picking up the program or an intense fan campaign.
Fan campaigns usually entail writing letters, collecting signatures for a petition and/or mailing show-related items to the network that has the audacity to ax a beloved series. Some miraculously work, whereas others are sadly ignored by the top brass.
“I think that fans should do whatever they feel like doing to express their frustration with the cancellation of a show,” says one TV programmer. “At the very least, the gesture exposes executives to the passion of viewers who invest their time and emotion in their shows.
The executive added, “Having said that, I feel that we are in a ‘have »
- Rachel Bennett
Anne Hathaway hit the red carpet in NYC last night, wearing a Victoria Beckham Collection dress, as host of this year's Women's Media Awards. She was joined inside by her husband, Adam Shulman, and found herself seated next to Gloria Steinem. It's been an exciting week for Anne. Anne turned 30 on Monday and hosted SNL for the third time over the weekend. Anne's schedule will likely get even busier as we approach the holiday release of her big-screen adaptation of Les Misérables. Her promotional blitz began last week with the release of her December interview in Vogue. She spoke candidly with the magazine about the extreme measures she took to lose 25 pounds to play the role of Fantine. View Slideshow › »
- Katie Henry
Actors are calling up hair and makeup to make videos in support of the president – while Romney cancels on The View. Oops
In today's political celebrity news: while Mitt Romney cancelled a planned appearance on The View, a show he previously described as "high-risk because of the five women on it, only one is conservative, and four are sharp-tongued and not conservative", the ladies of Hollywood have been busy making endorsement videos for Barack Obama.
It's good for us to remember that actors are people too. And if they care about our country enough to call hair and makeup and recite a few lines in front of a camera, we say go for it, good citizens of Los Angeles.
The videos, most of which can be seen on the Barack Obama YouTube channel, range in quality from the sappy, highly produced and musically scored to a couple that I could »
- Emma G Keller
In 1972, Wonder Woman famously graced the cover of the inaugural issue of Ms. magazine. The iconic image, with the proclamation “Wonder Woman for President” going across the top, instantly became popular both with fans of the character and the new publication. Now, in celebration of its 40th anniversary, Ms. has once again chosen to have Wonder Woman be featured on its cover, with an image created by Mike and Laura Allred. Check out the full image, along with the previous three Ms. covers to feature the Amazonian princess, after the cut.
From the Ms. website:
With Wonder Woman at the helm, the issue celebrates 40 years of fearless reporting with 40 Ms. and key feminist moments that shaped our history; birthday letters from dozens of life-long readers; and essays from founding editors Gloria Steinem and Letty Pogrebin, and current Executive Editor Kathy Spillar.
The publication is also offering an 18″ x 24″ poster of »
- Joseph Hughes
Unified Field Collective, a Fleet Foxes-affiliated artsy-fartsy organization, will release its first literary journal on Sept. 18. Only 500 copies of the 60-page tome are being produced, and each comes with a 10-inch clear vinyl pressing of tracks by Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, and Department Of Eagles. The journal’s theme is “transition,” and selections include an entry from recently freed West Memphis 3 member Damien Echols, an excerpt from Gloria Steinem’s new book, and artwork from noted rock photographer Autumn DeWilde. Proceeds from the sale of the book—which is available at a very »
The HBO gabfest kicked off a two-part episode with a solid hour of Casey Anthony bemoaning (and an effective scene about Nancy Grace-style "tragedy porn"), lively discourse between ratings-hungry honchos and the integrity-obsessed newsroom staffers, and Murdoch-style journalistic corruption. As usual, there was also a moment of spoonfed idiocy in the form of Sandy, a dimwit caricature who coerced Anthony Weiner into his Twitter scandal and used his snafu as an excuse to score on-air gigs with Access Hollywood and Entertainment Tonight. Her justification for the unapologetic PR blitz? "Because the world needs to know the kind of guy he is." Sandy followed this a second later by announcing that she scored a press agent, and then she glibly deadpanned, "Can I possibly get a decaf latte?" Get it? She's the dumb stupid idiot this episode. Just »
Women and Hollywood’s Melissa Silverstein pulled this quote from the latest Entertainment Weekly, noting that having Gloria Steinem as your stepmother must have paid off. What was the last great kids’ film you saw? »
- Sasha Stone
As the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe's death approaches, Lois Banner argues in this extract from her new book that the star – complex and powerful – had many qualities associated with the women's movement
In one of the most famous photos of the 20th century, Marilyn Monroe stands on a subway grate, trying to hold her skirt down as a gust of wind blows it up, exposing her underpants. The photo was taken in New York on 15 September, 1954, in a photoshoot during the filming of The Seven Year Itch.
Marilyn is a vision in white, suggesting innocence and purity. Yet she exudes sexuality and transcends it; poses for the male gaze and confronts it. The photoshoot was a publicity stunt, one of the greatest in the history of film. Its time and location were published in New York newspapers; it attracted a crowd of 100 male photographers and 1,500 male spectators, even »
- Lois Banner
Smart, honest, funny and hard-working, screenwriter Nora Ephron was the woman every woman wished was her best friend
Dry skin. Email. Panels on "Women in Film". These are just some of the things the great and, unbelievably, now late Nora Ephron included in her list of "Things I won't miss" in her last collection of essays, the mortality-tinged I Remember Nothing. Unfortunately for the rest of us, it's a list that serves as a reminder of how much Ephron herself will be missed.
For a start, it sounds a little like a whistlestop tour of topics that have featured in Ephron's five decades-long career as a journalist, screenwriter and essayist. Few people wrote about body insecurities as shrewdly and hilariously as Ephron, from the smallness of her breasts in her 1972 essay A Few Words About Breasts, included in the collection Crazy Salad ("My girlfriends, the ones with the nice big breasts, »
- Hadley Freeman
Happy Fleet Week, errybody! Stannis (Stephen Dillane) and his men approach King's Landing, and I think that they have more than The Lion King on Broadway followed by shots at Dave & Buster's on their minds. It's very quiet, aside from the sounds of men vomiting into barrels below deck:
My kind of party! Seriously, though - if I've said it once, I've said it a hundred times: Margaritas and seamen do Not mix.
Oh, and Ser Davos (Liam Cunningham) and his son blah blah blah Happy Father's Day.
Over in King's Landing, Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) and Shae (Sibel Kekilli) lie in bed while their amazing wallpaper does all the work. He's afraid, and she won't let them hurt him. What is her deal, anyway? Apparently he's wondering the same thing, because he notes, "You can't f*ck your way out of everything." Before I can counter this claim, she points »
Demi Moore is to return to the big screen in 'Very Good Girls'. The 49-year-old actress - who has not worked on a movie since she sought treatment in rehab at the beginning of the year - is set to star as the mother of Elizabeth Olsen's character in the movie, which will also feature Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard. Dakota and Elizabeth will play best friends who make a pact to lose their virginity during their first summer after high school, but the pair find their friendship is tested when they both fall for the same guy, Deadline reports. Demi was due to play feminist Gloria Steinem in 'Lovelace' - a movie about real-life porn actress Linda Lovelace - but she was forced to pull out of the role in January, citing a ''personal crisis''. Heidi Jo Markel - who is producing the motion »
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10.04am: Day three of Cannes 2012 rolls round. If you want to catch up with what happened yesterday (whenever that was), here's yesterday's blow-by-blow live blog.
But as is the way with Cannes, it's history already; all that's left is to pick over the bones. And that will assuredly be happening in the video we'll post later this morning, when Peter, Xan and Catherine run the rule over Rust and Bone, last night's biggie. We'll also have a gallery of red carpet pictures, featuring star Marion Cotillard and ice-cold director Jacques Audiard. (I've said it before, I'll say it again: he's the person I want to be when I grow up.)
So what to look forward to today? The line-up is perhaps a tad less starry that on days one and two: the competition films are Reality, from Italian director »
- Andrew Pulver
The French feminist collective known as La Barbe (French for “The Beard”) printed an open letter in France’s daily newspaper Le Monde earlier this week addressing the complete absence of films directed by women in the Competition section at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. La Barbe is made up of actress Fanny Cottençon, writer/director Virginie Despentes and director Coline Serreau, who have also set up an online petition which has been signed by numerous luminaries, including feminist icon Gloria Steinem and filmmakers such as Ry Russo-Young, Gillian Armstrong and Ava DuVernay.
The British newspaper The Guardian ran a translation of the open letter, which reads as follows:
“What has changed in cinema? Everything has changed!” exclaimed Gilles Jacob, president of the Cannes film festival, during the presentation of the 65th Cannes festival film nominations. Everything?! For one second, we trembled. But for no reason, it turned out, »
- Nick Dawson
A growing chorus of critics is attacking the Cannes Film Festival for this year's all-male competition lineup of directors. On May 16, a group of 250 people including producer Darla K. Anderson (Toy Story 3), director Gillian Armstrong, actress-director Rachel Ward and feminist icon Gloria Steinem signed a petition sent to Cannes officials, headlined, "Where Are the Women Directors?" By May 17, the petition on Change.org had about 700 signatories. The effort is the brainchild of Melissa Silverstein, founder of a blog called Women and Hollywood and co-founder of New York's Athena Film Festival. Photos: Cannes Film Festival:
- Tim Appelo
The Cannes film festival kicks off next week, and this shot of Marilyn Monroe will feature on all its official posters. Does it matter that she never went?
She is a perennially fascinating screen actress, the incidental subject of new TV drama Smash – and from next week she will be pouting down at us from every street corner in Cannes, the face of the official film festival poster. The photograph shows the beautiful, beguiling, funny leading lady of such pictures as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Some Like It Hot blowing out the candle on her 30th birthday cake, giving a seductive air-kiss to the lens. In a press release, the festival organisers explain: "The poster captures Marilyn by surprise in an intimate moment where myth meets reality – a moving tribute to the anniversary of her passing, which coincides with the festival anniversary [Cannes turns 65 this year] … Their coming together symbolises the ideal of simplicity and elegance. »
- Peter Bradshaw
Well, isn't that lovely.
The biopic "Lovelace" has released its first image of Amanda Seyfried as the title character, famed porn star Linda Lovelace, and she's dressed (or undressed) about as you would imagine. Additionally, it appears that the normally blond Seyfried goes brunette in the period piece.
In addition to Seyfried, the movie features Peter Sarsgaard as Chuck Traynor, Lovelace's husband, and Sarah Jessica Parker as women's rights activist Gloria Steinem. It's set for release later this year.
Talk about a revealing first look! Amanda Seyfried is stripping down to her bra for her newest film role - as famous '70s adult film star Linda Lovelace in the biopic Lovelace, due out later in the year. The 26-year-old actress, who's been spotted recently getting cozy with Josh Hartnett, is also going brunette for the role as evidenced by a movie poster, which was just released. The film also stars Sarah Jessica Parker, who's playing feminist Gloria Steinem, new dad Peter Sarsgaard and James Franco, who's set to play Hugh Hefner. Related: Amanda Seyfried and Josh Hartnett Sample »
There's been a lot of talk about Linda Lovelace of late. The tragic and tangled life story of the Deep Throat star, who died in 2002, has been mined by not one but two upcoming biopics: Lovelace and Inferno. However, while the former has been gaining tons of attention by scoring cast members like Amanda Seyfried in the title role, Sarah Jessica Parker as Gloria Steinem and James Franco as Hugh Hefner, the latter has predominantly drawn notice because it was poised to be Lindsay Lohan's big comeback. Of course, Lohan was eventually canned when mounting personal turmoil repeatedly delayed production. Then, in the fall of 2010, Malin Akerman was brought in to replace her. It seemed a major upgrade in the talent department, and Inferno, which was based on Lovelace's autobiography Ordeal, seemed back on track. But Inferno couldn't seem to catch on. In the spring of 2011, Akerman was »
Gloria Steinem's name has been attached to the Girls debate since late March, when Frank Bruni invoked the legendary activist in an attempt to wrap his mind around the show's "bleak" sex scenes. ("You watch these scenes and other examples of the zeitgeist-y, early-20s heroines of 'Girls' engaging in, recoiling from, mulling and mourning sex, and you think: Gloria Steinem went to the barricades for this?" he wrote.) Since then, countless discussions about Girls' significance, feminist and otherwise, have erupted across the Internet; just this morning, Dunham came under fire for telling the New York Times that she doesn't enjoy "airport chick-lit," an admission that was deemed unsisterly by Jennifer Weiner. So when Vulture caught up with Steinem at last night's Brooklyn Artists Ball, we thought she might be able to weigh in on the Girls argument. Had she seen the show, we asked? "I don't know what it is, »
- Evan Mulvihill
Demi Moore has made a return to her Twitter account for the first time since entering rehab. The 49-year-old actress was taken to hospital in January following a seizure at her Los Angeles home, with a friend telling 911 operators that Moore had "smoked something" and was having difficulty breathing. As a result, Moore was forced to drop out of a cameo role as Gloria Steinem in the upcoming drama Lovelace, starring Amanda Seyfried as controversial porn star Linda Lovelace. Sarah Jessica Parker would later take over the role while Moore checked herself into rehab, with various reports (more) »
- By Zeba Blay
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