Looking beyond the summer blockbusters

Summer’s starting early this year. In Hollywood, at least, summer begins with the release of the first big blockbuster hopeful. Thor, due May 6, will be followed by countless other “event” movies, big-budget action flicks and a record number of sequels. The summer box office will no doubt be dominated by the likes of the […]

Bridesmaids can help change female comedy

Tina Fey has taken over. With the release of her critically lauded memoir Bossypants, Fey has officially become the queen of comedy. Fey established herself as a comedic voice for women with her Saturday Night Live career beginning in 1997 and led to her being the show’s first female head writer. But it wasn’t until […]

Blurring line between entertainment and news concerning

“It took me about a year to start hating the 9/11 victims’ families … I’m so sick of them because they’re always complaining.” You’d think making a statement like this would be enough to get anybody fired. But Glenn Beck, who said this on his radio show in 2005 (in the context of comparing 9/11 […]

Weinstein Company sacrificing story to make a profit

#$%&, @#$%, #$&* ! The uninhibited stream of four-letter words might be the best line in the Oscar-winning screenplay of The King’s Speech, not for its profane content, but for the raw emotion Best Actor winning Colin Firth puts behind it, portraying a Prince (and future King) of England letting down the wall of propriety […]

Fairy tale films not so successful

Once upon a time, a pretty girl got lost in a scary forest only to be rescued by … a beast? A hunter? A bunch of little men? Any of those will work for the multitude of fairy tale films from our childhood. We have all been inundated by these narratives, which often involve a […]

Charlie Sheen buzz distracts from more important issues

A new drug is sweeping the nation. The name of that drug: Charlie Sheen. We’ve been told, straight from the warlock’s mouth, that the drug is “not available because if you try it once, you will die. Your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body.” Yet, the American public […]

Film world needs female presence

Last March, Kathryn Bigelow made history by becoming the first woman ever awarded the Oscar for Best Director. As 2010 was only the fourth time a woman had even been nominated, it was a momentous occasion for women in the film industry. And yet this year’s Oscar nominees, however, reveal that little has truly changed […]