The Women (I) (2008)
Firmly established as a cult classic, the 1993 movie was a surprise hit, taking 8 years to get made and originally being planned as a straight-to-tv project titled Disney's Haunted House.
21 years on from its release, we look back at the film's stars and find out where they are now.
1. Bette Midler as Winnie
What did Better Midler do after Hocus Pocus? She spent the next 21 years being Bette bloody Midler, isn't that enough for you? If you want more specifics, she's been nominated for three Grammys, produced a stage show, starred in her own self-titled sitcom, been on 7 tours, released 7 albums and starred in movies such as Parental Guidance, The Women and The Stepford Wives.
Under the direction of Paul Jarrett, the film will apparently follow a by-the-numbers teen movie formula. The story is “about a 15-year-old post-Millennial teen who lives for making movies and idolizing her favorite band. Given only a few days to complete a final film project, she comes up with an idea that could bring her two passions together.
Pop punk band All Time Low lends its music to the Fan Girl soundtrack and will also appear as themselves. Scott Adsit (30 Rock, Big Hero 6), Joshua Boone, and Bill Sage (We Are What We Are) also star. Paul Jarrett is making his directorial debut with the semi-autobiographical film scripted by Gina O’Brien, whose own Sundance entry Once More With Feeling was produced by Jarrett. Jarrett, Nick Huston, and Adam Spielberg in association with Rosetta Films, Filament Productions and Literally Films are producing. O’Brien and Jonathan Gray are exec producers.
The Women is social satire aimed squarely at the myth of love in marriage. Neither Clare Boothe Luce (original playwright) nor Anita Loos (who adapted the screenplay) was shy about uncovering the backbiting of upper class socialites. The fights get more vicious
Luis Prieto is attached to direct Kidnap in late autumn based on Knate Gwaltney’s debut screenplay about a mother who will stop at nothing to rescue her abducted son.
Di Bonaventura Pictures’ Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Erik Howsam are producing. The executive producer roster includes Joey Tufaro and Colin Bates, Lotus’ Bill Johnson, Jim Seibel, DJ Gugenheim and Ara Keshishian and Berry and her 606 Films producing partner Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas.
CAA packaged the project and represented Us rights. Lotus handles international sales.
The Kidnap deal follows Relativity’s buy earlier in the week for Hammer’s The Women In Black: Angel Of Death.
Mick Jagger remains completely uninterested in writing his memoirs, explaining: "If someone wants to know what I did in 1965, they can look it up on Wikipedia without even spending any money." Despite the success of Keith Richards' Life and Morrissey's Autobiography, the 70-year-old Rolling Stone said he would "rather be doing something new" than revisiting his diaries from decades past.
"I think the rock'n'roll memoir is a glutted market," Jagger recently told the Hollywood Reporter. "I'd rather be making new films, making new music, be touring." Jagger is making good on his intentions: he has a crowded plate, both with the Stones' upcoming world tour and a full slate of film and TV projects.
Among Jagger's screen plans, according to the Hollywood Reporter, are:
• Producing Get on Up,
It was hard to cast the lead in Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1939. The female fans of the bestseller were very protective of the naive woman whom the widower Max de Winter marries and transports to his ancestral home of Manderley. None of the contenders – including Vivien Leigh, Anne Baxter and Loretta Young – felt right for the second Mrs de Winter, who was every lending-library reader's dream self.
To play opposite Laurence Olivier in the film, the producer David O Selznick suggested instead a 21-year-old actor with whom he was smitten: Joan Fontaine. The prolonged casting process made Fontaine anxious. Vulnerability was central to the part, and you can see that vulnerability, that inability to trust her own judgment, in every frame of the film. The performance brought Fontaine, who has died
Mouse And Mole At Christmas Time
Gorgeous animation voiced by Alan Bennett, Imelda Staunton and Richard Briers. Joyce Dunbar's short stories about a collection of anthropomorphised woodland creatures are the basis for this tale of Mole (Bennett) and Mouse (Briers), who throw a Twelfth Night party in their little cottage. But how to deal with the interventions of meddling Shrew (Staunton)? As festive as a little robin pecking at a mince pie next to a sleeping Father Christmas with sherry in his beard. Julia Raeside
World's Strongest Man 2013: Qualifiers
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Ignore the increasingly early onset of Santa hats, mince pies and Christmas TV listings: the true
The Film Society of Lincoln Center will be running a complete retrospective on the director, "The Discreet Charm of George Cukor," in New York December 13, 2013 - January 7, 2014. Many thanks to David Phelps, Fernando Ganzo, and Camille Pollas for their generous permission.
The Second-hand Illusion:
Notes on Cukor
Above: The Chapman Report (1962), A Life of Her Own (1950)
“There’s always something about them that you don’t know that you’d like to know. Spencer Tracy had that. In fact, they do all have that – all the big ones have it. You feel very close to them but there is the ultimate thing withheld from you – and you want to find out.” —George Cukor1
“Can you tell what a woman’s like by just looking at her?” —The Chapman Report
The Sleepless in Seattle actress, 51, is set to star and executive-produce a pilot for NBC, People has confirmed.
According to the show's description, Ryan will play "a sunny, devoted and desperately non-confrontational" single mom who decides to return to work at her former publishing house, where she will be supervised by her 30-year-old former intern.
The actress was once one of Hollywood's most bankable stars but had traded the spotlight for a more private existence in New York with her 8-year-old daughter, Daisy, and boyfriend John Mellencamp, 62.
In recent years,
The event is the centerpiece of Chime for Change, a new campaign founded by Gucci to raise funds and awareness for female empowerment around the world, distributed to non-profit organizations focused in the key areas of education, health care and justice.
Beyonce, the co-founder of Chime for Change, will headline the concert event, with additional performances by Ellie Goulding, Florence + the Machine, Jay Z, Jennifer Lopez, John Legend and Timbaland. Madonna, James Franco, Salma Hayek, Zoe Saldana, Blake Lively, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Gloria Steinem and Archbishop Desmond Tutu will be on hand as presenters.
The global concert event will be broadcast live
Price: Blu-ray $24.95
Studio: Olive Films
Paul Newman takes to the airwaves in Wusa.
Paul Newman (Hud), Joanne Woodward (The Three Faces of Eve), Anthony Perkins (Psycho) and Pat Hingle (Talledega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby) star in the 1970 drama Wusa.
The film concerns a jaded disc-jockey (Newman) who offers his services to Wusa, a conservative, hate-stirring station out of New Orleans. While struggling with his own apathy, the deejay begins spreading hateful messages perpetrated by the owner of the station (Hingle), which leads to some pretty ugly goings-on.
Directed by Stuart Rosenberg (Cool Hand Luke) and based on Robert Stone’s best-selling novel A Hall of Mirrors , Wusa also stars Laurence Harvey (1962′s The Manchurian Candidate), Don Gordon (Bullitt), Cloris Leachman (The Women), Moses Gunn (The Neverending Story) and Wayne Rogers (TV’s M*A*S*H).
Wusa was released by on DVD by Olive
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