Hey, remember back when Bridesmaids came out, and everybody was all, “It’s your social responsibility to support female-driven comedy,” and then it was a hit, so yay for funny ladies? And then The Hunger Games came out, and everybody was all, “It’s your social responsibility to support a female-driven blockbuster,” and then it was a hit, so yay for lady ass-kickers? Well, as it turns out, none of that mattered a lick, because according to a study released yesterday by the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, female representation in popular films is at its lowest level in five years. So thanks for nothing, Hollywood. … Read More
In perusing this year’s biggest movie controversies, we found ourselves discussing matters a good deal less trivial than last year. Make no mistake, there are some tempest-in-teapot situations here: ratings woes, questions of reappropriation and hagiography, and (god help us all) frame rates. But we also grappled with issues of artistic responsibility and racial representation, and with the ongoing question of the very health of the form itself. Join us after the jump for a stroll through the year’s memorable movie controversies, won’t you? … Read More
The Bully saga feels like a long one, but Deadline is reporting that a final decision about the documentary’s unrated/R-rating debacle has come to an end. The new film directed by Lee Hirsch about bullying in schools has won a PG-13 rating after an agreement between The Weinstein Company and the… Read More
Shocking news (OK, not really): The MPAA is hoping their healthy 2008 box office numbers will fly under the radar so that all of us poor folk don’t hate on them. [Variety]
The first Where the Wild Things Are trailer should be online today!!! (It showed up on TV after today’s Ellen.) [Cinematical]
Update: The trailer is now up, complete with an Arcade Fire track and fun fonts. … Read More
Last night I finally got to a screening of SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE — FOX SEARCHLIGHT’s buzzed about upcoming release from TRAINSPOTTING director DANNY BOYLE.
The premise is unique: A teenager from the slums of Mumbai goes on India’s WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE? and beats the odds by answering every question correctly; the story… Read More