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Snow White & the Huntsman or Mirror Mirror…hmmm…

15 Jan

I love the new wave of fantasy/fairytale fare being pumped out of TinselTown, and the like, right now! ABC’s Once Upon A Time, NBC’s Grimm, BBCa’s Merlin, and now there are two up coming movies about Snow White… If you only had $10 to see one of them, which do you go see, Snow White and the Huntsman or Mirror Mirror?

SWATH would be my choice. Why, you ask? Well, an armor clad, sword wielding, BAMFy Snow beats a fondant-y cake topper version of Snow White any day! Check out the trailers for the two films to see what I mean:

See, awesomeness all around! The Queen, the mirror, the huntsman, and Snow, all very delicious!

Don’t you just feel like you fell into an incredibly elaborate theme cake made at one of those bake-off contests held in Vegas that they’ve turned into a reality show on the Food Network? That is not meant as a disparagement, by any stretch of the imagination, they are just very, very different movies.

And, I’m not saying that I don’t ever want to see Mirror Mirror, because I do. MM‘s Young FlickChick Lily Collins looks adorably and confectionarally flawless as Snow White, and it looks like Julia Roberts plays the comically spiteful queen to perfection. It’s just that I definitely want to see SWATH on the big screen…and  and I could wait for the fairytale sweetness and fantastical comedy of Mirror Mirror.

I want to see FlickChick Charlize Theron as the evil queen (because honestly, her evil is just so gloriously malevolent), emerge from a tub covered in Elmers. : )

I want to see Chris Hemsworth as the huntsman because…dudes kicking major ass is just incredibly hot! (see any Jason Statham movie for examples)

That mercurial mirror! As a character, that is one I am über excited to see.

And of course, I just want to see the epic battle of SWATH played out larger than life. As well as, the aforementioned BadAssMoFo that is Kristen Stewart‘s Snow White!

I appreciate that both films let their Snows be ballsy, strong Snow White’s that push typical gender roles a bit; Snow as a soldier on the battlefield fighting for herself in SWATH, and the bandit Snow that MM‘s lead character becomes (reminiscent of the Once Upon A Time Snow played by Ginnifer Goodwin).

So, which one would you choose? Do you agree with me on the feel of MM?

We ‘d really love to hear what y’all think too, so send us your response in the comments! : )

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Celebrate Cognac’s Birthday and the Launch of the “Ladies Behind Lenses” Film Festival!

28 May

Come Out to Celebrate Cognac’s Birthday & the Launch of the “Ladies Behind Lenses” Film Festival!

Clear your calendar for Wednesday, June 8th! The Women’s Mafia and the team of creatives at Rocketlight Films and ChickMakesFlicks are hosting a super-hip Fundraiser for the upcoming Ladies Behind Lenses Film Festival and the event will also celebrate the Birthday of Intrepid Celebrity Reporter, Cognac Wellerlane.

Cognac is well known for covering high-profile media events like the Emmy’s, the Tribeca Film Festival, The Hamptons Film Festival and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. She will be presented with the first annual Women’s Mafia Boldness Award, the first of many awards that will be presented in the Film Festival to women who contribute to high quality Film-Making, Directing, Acting, Cinematography, Writing and more!

Wednesday June 8th
The Polar Lounge, 201 East 24th Street, New York
Pink Champagne Bar 7:30 – 9:00pm
Appetizers and Dancing till 11pm and later

Get your tickets and early bird Film Festival Passes here, securely through PayPal, by clicking the links below!

$30 Online, $40 at the Door (as space permits), $95 ticket and VIP Festival Pass.

Press and media can RSVP to Marcy@womensmafia.com

$30 Ticket

Ticket with Early VIP Festival Pass $95

The Hunger Games… Who’s Got The Right Stuff?

11 May

When you have a great property, with a built-in fan base, of course you want to find the right players for the parts! And everyone, especially within that fan base, has an image of the perfect person for those roles; and many will be different… This is the plight of the book turned film!

The (already cast and almost finished) Twilight series, the (cast and looking for an opening weekend) Stephanie Plum series, and the (currently casting) Hunger Games series, are just three examples in the litany of Hollywood’s current trend of “book to film” movies that have cast people (or seriously considered casting people) in lead roles, that many fans of the books (and admirers of its characters) disagreed with.

The current hubbub is the casting presently going on for the Hunger Games films, based on the best-selling novels by LitChickSuzanne Collins, mainly about the female protagonist, Katniss Everdeen. There is also a bit of concern over the casting of the two male leads, Peeta & Gale… who are both very important in Katniss’ life…

If you haven’t read The Hunger Games, here is the introduction, shown here from GoodReads.com:

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

In the first book, The Hunger Games, all the characters are described pretty well, yet leaving enough untold for your imagination to take the reins… So, with artistic licence being what it is, how do you cast? Do you stick as stridently to what the author wrote as you can, or do you take some liberties?

J. Lawrence

Now, we know…hair can be dyed, skin can be tanned or lightened through makeup, contacts can change ones eye color, weight can be gained or lost, as the situation calls for… There are numerous ways an actor can change their appearance to fit a part; Christian Bale, Tom Hanks, the cast of Twilight (though we can argue how truly successful that hair and makeup department was at times… but we still love them), have all proven this point… it is possible! Unless you are going for a big change of the character, like a full

Josh H. (Peeta) & Liam H. (Gale)

on, race or gender switch, wouldn’t starting out with someone closer to the description of said character be beneficial? Or is it really not that big a factor next to talent, or a name? Or both, as the case may be… ’cause like I said before, ones appearance can be changed.

And if it is as simple as that, why then, did so many people get up in arms when, casting director, Debra Zane, called for just that, without getting to specific as to the characters looks:

Debra Zane, one of Hollywood’s top casting directors, is in charge of casting the flick. On a website run by Breakdown Services, her staff posted the filmmakers’ broad criteria for Katniss:

She should be Caucasian, between ages 15 and 20, who could portray someone “underfed but strong,” and “naturally pretty underneath her tomboyishness.”

J. Lawrence with official THG makeover

In the novel, Collins describes Katniss’ whole family; her mother (who is originally from the ‘merchant-class area of District 12’), and younger sister Prim, favor each other with their thin body frames, light hair, and blue eyes. Katniss apparently takes after her father, the dark hair, gray eyes, and more olive toned skin. At one point, Katniss notes how very similar the families from ‘the Seam’ are, saying her friend Gale looks like he could be her brother. {All after telling this story about her mother, who must have loved her dad, to leave her life with her “merchant-class” family (though not much better), to be with her father, a miner from ‘the Seam’.} Katniss is also  described as thin but bit more muscularly built than her mother and sister.

The Everdeens live in a place where food is scarce, in fact Katniss laments early in the book, “District Twelve. Where you can starve to death in safety.” (Collins, p.6)

But Katniss’ father prepared her well, (as did her further expeditions beyond the fence with Gale), to take care of herself, their family, help others if she can, and unknowingly… to compete in “The Hunger Games”…

Liam H. with digital THG makover

Gale, like Katniss is from ‘the Seam’. He is described in the book as having straight black hair, gray eyes, a very thin, lean, and muscular body. He and Katniss are hunters, so they get lots of exercise and eat more lean protein than many in their district, this could inform the image of their builds.

Josh H. with digital THG makeover

Peeta, on the other hand is quite opposite Gale. He has wavy ash blond hair, eyes of blue, and his build is stocky, more bulky (being a bakers son, he gets far more carbs than most), also he’s broad-shouldered and strong, from doing lots of heavy lifting in the bakery.

So, with the casting of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, Liam Hemsworth as Gale, and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta, Do you think they got it right?

Most of the key cast has now been chosen… and are you happy with whom the studio picked?  I came across a fanvid, dedicated to The Hunger Games, a few months ago… It’s really good. And for a fan made video, the production value is pretty epic! The girl playing Rue (Savanna Kylie Lewis) looks like she could totally play Prim Everdeen in the movie; if they were using this for an audition piece, which is what their YouTube page now says, then I get why they chose the scene they did! I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!

**Spoiler Alert**  For the video below, in the event you haven’t read the book!

Talent aside, I was not excited by the chosen cast at first… but I do believe, talented actors all, will do an incredible job at bringing to life one of my favorite YA book series’! I am hearing great things about the script, and so I just hope that everyone will do justice to the original work. I’ll definitely be seeing this when it comes out, so in the meantime…

“Happy Hunger Games… and may the odds be ever in your favor”

P.S. And because she wants it soooo bad…  : )


Off to Cannes!

11 May

This week, our blogger Chickmakesflicks, is heading to the Cannes Film Festival!

Her film was accepted into the Cannes Short Films Corner, and we couldn’t be more proud of her! So, fresh from the excitement of covering the Tribeca Film Festival, she is off again, and we wish her the best of luck…

And that all her dreams of Cannes, can come true!

Red Carpet Interviews, including Adrien Brody, at Tribeca Film Festival 2011!

3 May

Hey folks take a look at what we are up to with Women’s Mafia and Cognac of Long Island Exchange!

Keep your eyes on CMF, there’s more to come!

TV Host, Cognac Wellerlane, interviews the cast from the film “Detachment“, including Adrien Brody and Blythe Danner, at the Movie Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival!

Director Tony Kaye (American History X), creates a unique and stylized portrait of the American education system seen through the eyes of substitute teacher Henry Barthes (Adrien Brody). Henry wanders in and out of students’ lives, imparting knowledge where he can in the short time he has with them. Then a new assignment places him at a failing public school run by Principal Dearden (Marcia Gay Harden) and alters his insular world. Henry’s stoic front is slowly chipped away by three women who impact his view on life: a student (newcomer Betty Kaye), a fellow teacher (Christina Hendricks), and a teenage runaway (Sami Gayle).

Celluloid Heroines – Fearless Filmmaking Females at the Amoeblog

21 Apr

Celluloid Heroines – Fearless Filmmaking Females at the Amoeblog

By Eric Brightwell

 Check out the article, Celluloid Heroines by Eric Brightwell, a wide-ranging and  quite comprehensive post over at Amoeblog on Amoeba.com, on some very fabulous FlickChicks from all over the globe, and a bit through history!  I didn’t even finish reading this list of talented women before I wanted to share it with you, one, because there are cool chicks mentioned from all parts of the world, some of whom I hadn’t yet heard of! And two, it’s a long enough list that if you want 

to research, and find out more about these ladies, it will take some time. Luckily there are a good many names you will recognize, but there are a good many you may not… So head over and give it a peek.

So, read on! Enjoy, and take the chance to get to see some interesting films, made by some incredible FlickChicks the world over! And now, I’m headed back to Amoeblog to finish reading…

Out of the Darkness and into Cannes!

16 Apr

Rocketlight Films is proud to announce…

Out of the Darkness 

has been selected to participate in the 64th annual Festival de Cannes Shorts Corner!

We would like to give a huge shout out to everyone who worked so diligently on this film!

A big thanks to all its creators, actors, & supporters for all their outstanding collaboration and for their continued support!

↑↑Click the OotD pic above, to see the official film profile on the Cannes Film Festival website!

Also, check out the site for FlickChick Nikki Roberts latest directoral project, Botes al Amanecer! The team recently finished casting the film, so the site will be updating soon.

SEE YOU IN CANNES!

The ChickMakesFlicks blog will be there, in Cannes, doing event coverage, getting some great pictures & video, and reviewing some films! CMF blogger, Chickmakesflicks, is definitely going to France! And we would also like to send blogger, BarefootCineaste, as well, to help cover this absolutely incredible event! We are all extremely hopeful that this’ll all work out!

*Congrats on being selected, and GOOD LUCK at the Cannes Film Festival to both, Out of the Darkness & Chickmakesflicks!!!*

~BarefootCineaste, Fingeronthepulse, & Erraticolors 

Alexandra Bryne: Elizabeth (1998)

23 Mar

Elizabeth. An amazing movie. Great characters. But that’s not what stands out for me. That’s not what I remember. I don’t know about anyone else, but I wanted to be corseted diva for as long as I can remember. Alexandra Bryne was the costume designer for Elizabeth, and won an Academy Award that year for her amazing work!

What makes me have a lady crush on Alexandra, is she has only just wrapped on the 10th feature film in her career thus far, and yet she is so highly respected. She has already achieved so much in her chosen field, and acquired so many accolades along the way.

Alexandra started in theatre. And I believe its her extensive background in period pieces that allowed her to excel in film. She earned her first Oscar for Hamlet. Understandable. But it was her work in Elizabeth that caught my attention. I had always been a geek for history, especially when it involved Monarchies.

Elizabeth I was queen for 44 years, and she was the last of the of the House of Tudor, the most infamous dynasty to reign over England. The film follows her transformation from romantic, to increasingly assertive and dominating. A journey that can be seen in the style of her dress.The film ends with Elizabeth fully assuming “The Virgin Queen” persona…

The imagery is breathtaking.

“… clothes are the biggest indicator of character…” Alexandra Bryne (2001)

Check out the CMF About Pages!

12 Mar

Come check out the CMF About Pages! Find out a bit about the CMF bloggers and their take on the topics at hand. The About Pages are getting updated as we get new bloggers, so new “profiles” will be added soon, so keep checking in. Also there are new CMF About Pages coming next week, so keep your eye out for those as well! Thanks for reading!

-The ChickMakesFlicks… Chicks  ; )  Chickmakesflicks, Fauxgoraphobe, FingeronthepulseBarefootcineaste, & Erraticolors!

Red Riding Hood: For Your Consideration, A Reason To See It!

18 Feb

Director Catherine Hardwicke’s new film, Red Riding Hood, arriving in theaters March 11th, has two female editors, a female cinematographer and two female producers. It seems a rarity on any film, let alone one made within the “Hollywood” system, to have so many women working in positions of such prominence and importance to the creation of a motion picture!

According to research done by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Films, the percentage of women directors at the helm of major motion pictures declined from 9% in 1998 to 7% in ’09 and ’10. Women made up 15% of all executive producers and 24% of all producers in 2010, 18% of all editors, 10% of all writers, and only 2% of all cinematographers in that same year.
And apparently this isn’t really that different from years gone by…
“These numbers are just remarkably stable,” one Dr. Martha Lauzen, told TheWrap.
Dr. Lauzen, the Executive Director at the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, oversees the teams of researchers, who, for over a decade, have been tracking the “glass ceiling” or, as it’s known in Hollywood, the “celluloid ceiling.” Dr. Lauzen’s study analyzed the employment of over 2,600 people working on the top 250 domestic-grossing films of 2010. She describes her various studies on their website thusly:

“Every year, The Celluloid Ceiling tracks the employment of women working as directors, writers, producers, cinematographers, and editors on the top grossing films. Another annual study, Boxed In, follows the employment of behind-the-scenes women in prime-time television. A new study, Independent Women, regularly monitors women’s behind-the-scenes employment on films appearing at high-profile film festivals in the U.S. Still other studies investigate the representation of women and men as film critics and writers (Thumbs Down); and compare the budgets, box office grosses, and DVD sales of movies made by women and men filmmakers (Women @ the Box Office).”
http://womenintvfilm.sdsu.edu

Having the empirical data provided by Dr. Lauzen’s study just seems to show that the exceptions do not prove the rule!

What do I mean by that? Well, lets use women directors for this example…
Some of Hollywoods most noted directors are women!
Women like Mira Nair, Nora Ephron, Sophia Coppella, even Cathrine Hardwicke won critical acclaim with films like Thirteen and Lords of Dogtown. Then, last year Kathryn Bigelow won an Acedemy Award for her work on The Hurt Locker — But just because I can site examples of women who have “made it,” who have done outstanding work, and risen to the top in their field, doesn’t truly mean anything…
Not when being refused even a shot at some particular job is a possibility, based solely on someone’s lack of a Y chromosome! Just last week I read, as Hardwicke shared her story with TheWrap, of her attempt to get the directorial job on the film, The Fighter. Here is an excerpt:

Kathryn Bigelow won the “Best Director” Oscar last year but it’s still a man’s world in Hollywood — especially behind the camera.
Just ask Catherine Hardwicke. She directed 2008’s “Twilight,” the first in the hugely successful vampire franchise, but Hardwicke told TheWrap she was prevented from even pitching to direct “The Fighter.”

“I couldn’t get an interview even though my last movie made $400 million,” she said to TheWrap. “I was told it had to be directed by a man — am I crazy?” said Hardwicke, who also noted she liked what David O. Russell did on the film. “It’s about action, it’s about boxing, so a man has to direct it … But they’ll let a man direct “Sex in the City” or any girly movie you’ve ever heard of.”
TheWrap

In this years Oscar race, none of the directors nominated for an Academy Award for direction in the feature films category this year are women… And though two of the 10 films nominated for Best Picture are directed by women  (The Kids Are All Right and Winter’s Bone,  Lisa Cholodenko and Debra Granik, respectively) the academy couldn’t seem to find their way to nominating one of them… I hear they are both well deserving…

So…

Remember those stats I sited earlier? You do? Cool!

Okay, how many movies do you think get made in Hollywood every year?

How many directors do you think there are in total?
(and btw’s, there’s always a new one arriving everyday)

Now, do you remember what percent of all directors are women?

7%… That’s it, just 7% of aaaalllll the directors of aaalllll the major films that came out of Hollywood in 2010…

So maybe even if it’s not your particular cup of tea, perhaps Red Riding Hood is still a film to support, if only to send Hollywood a messege; that women in roles of substance behind the camera, are just as important to us, as the women in front of it or the men behind it…

Watch the two officially released trailers for Red Riding Hood: