Forget silver, bring on the gold!
Victoria Justice has brought us her new single “Gold“, marking the first taste of her highly anticipated debut album.
The 20-year-old singer slash actress tells On Air with Ryan Seacrest: “Gold is a really fun, sassy, upbeat song.”
Adding, “it has a great summer vibe. I can’t wait to perform it this summer on my tour!”
“Gold” is available on iTunes tomorrow and catch Victoria in concert with Big Time Rush this summer. Click here for ticket information!
LENNY HENRY'S successful stage debut in Othello back in 2009 was a surprise to many – not least to the man himself.
“The whole thing was a surprise,” Henry admits. “When I started Othello and got good feedback, I was like, ‘Wow – I can do this!’”
Having established himself as one of Britain’s best-known entertainers, with a career spanning over three decades, the famous funnyman shocked countless audiences when he turned his attention to theatre and proved himself to be a gifted actor.
Two years later, the comedian-turned-thespian undertook his second Shakespeare play, starring in The Comedy Of Errors – and again, received rave reviews for his performance.
Reflecting on his transition from comedy to theatre, Henry says he became hungry for a new challenge.
“I was a stand-up impressionist and character comedian for 36 years, and after a while, you think, ‘what else is there? What else do I like?’ I like so many films and theatre productions and I decided that acting was what I wanted to do.”
His latest theatre undertaking is Fences by the late US playwright August Wilson. His first non-Shakespeare play and his first time playing an American character, the production – directed by theatre don Paulette Randall – sees Henry playing Troy Maxson; a once gifted athlete denied his turn at the big time and now resentful of a world he believes has denied him chances at every turn. Can Henry relate to his character?
“As a black person growing up in Britain in a working class family, I get it,” says the 54-year-old star. “I didn’t go to university, I didn’t get tutored, I didn’t get piano lessons – I’ve got lots to be vex about! But I was very, very lucky to have been brought up by decent Jamaican parents who worked very hard and showed me what hard work was all about.
“Although we grew up in a house that had a hairline crack down the middle, no garden, a gate that fell off, and my dad’s vegetables growing everywhere, I was still very lucky.
“We had no money for school dinners – we were poor. I had 15, 16 years of that. And the first thing I was able to do [when I started making money], was buy my mum new carpet and a TV, and eventually I was able to buy her a house. I was proud to be able to do those things.
“So I understand Troy’s journey; I understand him talking about perceived failures and things that should have been.”
Despite many initial challenges in his quest for comedy success, Henry is now, undoubtedly, Britain’s best-known black entertainer. (I challenge you to name another current black performer who’s more of a household name than Henry. Fellow British comic Gina Yashere even famously joked that she’d have to “wait for Lenny Henry to die just so I can get a TV show.”)
From his early days as a comic on the 1970s TV talent show New Faces; to his appearances on children’s show Tiswas; starring alongside Norman Beaton in The Fosters; launching his own production company Crucial Films – which produced the revered BBC sitcom The Real McCoy – earning his own self-titled TV show; performing throughout the world with stand-up tours; co-founding Comic Relief; providing the voice of Elephant in the children’s animation Tinga Tinga Tales; and receiving the lifetime achievement performance award at the 2003 British Comedy Awards – to name just a few accomplishments – Henry has enjoyed a hugely successful and varied career.
But even with his fame and fortune, the comic hasn’t turned a blind eye to the issue of the lack of black representation on British television.
Last month, he hit the headlines when he criticised the BAFTA Awards, saying: "There weren't any black people at the BAFTAs; there was no black talent. There's just not enough programmes with black people in them.”
Standing by his comments, Henry said: “I said what I said about BAFTA and I was partly joking, but it was true. In order to be nominated, you’ve got to be in things! Lennie James was in Line Of Duty, Chiwetel [Ejiofor] was in Dancing On The Edge, but we need to be in many more things before we can be evaluated and considered for these ceremonies.
“I think the soaps do a very good job of trying to portray life in this country as it is, which is multi-ethnic. But with most of the other programmes, it’s a lottery – and the people making the decisions, for the most part, don’t look like me or you.”
In his own bid to not be bogged down with race-related challenges in the entertainment business, Henry decided that education was the way forward.
“I did an MA in screenwriting to learn about script evaluation, narrative, characterization and all those things. And I’ve got a BA in English Literature, so I’ve read a lot of books. I’ve educated myself and I feel better about myself as a result.
“I spent a lot of time feeling like I was under the cosh; everybody was from Oxford or Cambridge and life wasn’t fair.
“I felt like that for a while and I think that’s natural when you’re in an industry where you’re pretty much the only black person in a room.
“I had 36 years in showbusiness and I rarely had a meeting where there was someone who looked like me on the other side of the table. I’m not bitter about that but I just want us to have a level playing field when it comes to making films and television programmes.”
Henry’s feelings are all the more understandable when one considers his career journey. Making his foray into the entertainment industry at the age of 16 as part of the hugely controversial Black and White Minstrel Show – which saw several of the entertainers perform in blackface – it’s perhaps no wonder the issue of black representation is one very close to Henry’s heart.
Refreshingly honest about his time in the show – which ran from 1958 to 1978 and was widely perceived as racist – Henry admits that his stint in the programme earned him huge criticism from the black community – including members of his own family.
“Between the ages of 16 and 19, I was in The Black & White Minstrel Show so I couldn’t have been any more uncool [to black people]! I might as well have been laying on someone’s lawn wearing a jockey outfit. I might as well have walked up and down in a t-shirt that said ‘I am an Uncle Tom’ – that’s how uncool I was. People in my own family weren’t talking to me!
“It was only after I left the Minstrel Show that I learned that you could have a career where you didn’t make jokes against yourself all the time or against where you’re from.
“You could tell jokes about other things. I felt like, ‘Oh, thank God.’ So I spent much of the ‘80s almost making up for what I did in the ‘70s and from then on, I thought a lot about what I wanted to do.
He adds: “Now, I try to think about things and take advice from others, whereas when I was 16 or 17, I didn’t listen to anybody… and look where I ended up!”
Looking forward, the celebrated star and father-of-one (he has a 22-year-old adopted daughter with his ex-wife, comedian Dawn French) considers what else he’d like to achieve.
“That’s a good question,” he says thoughtfully. “At the moment, I’m doing a PhD about ethnicity and diversity in sports films and the discrepancy between the representation of ethnic minorities in the real world – like when you watch the Olympics or Premier League football – and when you watch sports movies.
“There’s a very uneven thing going on. I’m doing a PhD on that and I hope to complete it in the next two years. It’s very hard, but I’m doing a lot of reading and watching a lot of sports films, and as long as I do that, I should get there. I also want to do more drama. I’d like to do something modern and contemporary – something by a living writer!
“I’d also love to direct something. I’ve written a film for the BFI, which they’ve commissioned. I’ve handed in a draft and I’m waiting for their notes. I’m also writing a memoir about my teen years; my first years two years in showbusiness.
“It would be nice to get to the end of my career and say ‘I directed a film and I was in a really good TV drama.’ I’d like that… I don’t want much!”
Lenny Henry is in Fences at the Duchess Theatre, 3-5 Catherine Street, London WC2 from June 19-September 14.
Lily Collins leads the movie playing Clary Fray, a young girl who discovers she has the power to see Shadowhunters, but most importantly, the British one who likes to speak in riddles. Turns out Clary can see between worlds or something, which seems to involve hanging out at raves and battling otherworldly beings in hotel banquet halls with crossbows and shooting beams out of the palm of her hand. Or something. A prequel is already in development, which is cute and all and is par for the course these days, but we'll see if that actually happens.
'Mortal Instruments' arrives on August 21st.
She has appeared to have lost weight in recent weeks since news emerged of trouble in her relationship with fiance Liam Hemsworth.
And Miley Cyrus looked slimmer than ever in pictures she posted on her Twitter account over the last 24 hours.
The 20-year-old star took a selfie snap of herself in a Chicago hotel room wearing just a White Sox baseball jersey.
The sports apparel showed off The Last Song star's tiny legs as it swamped her frame.
Joshua Jackson dons a helmet while taking a cool ride on his scooter on Wednesday (June 12 and June 13) in Los Feliz, Calif.
Diane Kruger shows off her midriff while taking a solo stroll on Saturday (June 15) in New York City.
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Gold Derby predicts that CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful will be the big winner on Sunday night at the Daytime Emmys, winning five top categories, including Best Drama Series, Best Drama Writing, and three out of the six acting races: Best Actress (Heather Tom), Best Supporting Actress (Katherine Kelly Lang), and Best Younger Actress (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood).
Our predictors expect General Hospital will win two top races: Best Drama Directing and Best Supporting Actor (Bradford Anderson), but the record-holding series is not predicted to win the top prize this time around. It's nominated for 19 awards overall.
Days of Our Lives, nominated for 17 awards, will win one of its top races -- Best Younger Actor (Chandler Massey) -- while The Young and the Restless, the year's most nominated program with 23 bids, will win Best Actor (Doug Davidson).
The Ellen DeGeneres Show is expected to win Best Entertainment Talk Show. Katie, in its first year in Emmy contention, is forecast to win Best Informative Talk Show. But "Dr. Oz's" Mehmet Oz is favored to win Best Talk Show Host for the third time.
The Martha Stewart Show gets best odds to win Best Lifestyle Show for the third time, while Jack Hanna is favored to win his first Emmy for Best Lifestyle/Travel Host for Jack Hanna's Into the Wild, which previously won him two Emmys for Best Children's Series.
And Judge Judy, thus far never awarded at the Daytime Emmys, is expected to finally win Best Legal/Courtroom Show.
Full list of presenters and their categories!
Alex Trebek (Smithsonian)
Bethenny Frankel (Outstanding Culinary Host & Culinary Program)
Betty White (Lifetime Achievement to Bob Stewart)
Bryton James (Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series)
Chandler Massey (Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series).
Corbin Bernsen (In Memoriam)
Don Diamont (Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series)
Dr. Drew Pinsky (Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment)
Erika Slezak (Outstanding Drama Series)
Freddie Smith (Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series)
Hunter King (Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series)
IL Volo (Performance- In Memoriam)
Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series)
Jason Thompson (Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series)
Jess Walton (In Memoriam)
Kathy Griffin (Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team)
Kris Jenner (Outstanding Talk Show Host)
Kristen Alderson (Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series)
Lindsay Hartley (Outstanding Young Actor In A Drama Series)
Lindsey Morgan (Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series)
Max Ehrich (Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series)
Nancy Lee Grahn (Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series)
Rachael Ray (Outstanding Achievement In Technical Direction/Electronic Camera/Video Control For A Drama Series)
Robin Meade (Outstanding Original Song)
SPECIAL GUEST-TBD (Outstanding Special Class Animated Program)
Steve Harvey (Outstanding Morning Program)
THE TALK Cast-- Julie Chen, Sharon Osbourne, Sara Gilbert, Aisha Tyler & Sheryl Underwood (Outstanding Talk Show/Informative)
Todd Newton (Outstanding Game Show & Game Show Host)
Vincent Irizarry (Outstanding Young Actress In A Drama Series)
Wayne Brady (Lifetime Achievement to Monty Hall)
Full Acting Reel Submissions!
Outstanding Lead Actor
Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott, The Young and the Restless)
Air Date: November 2, 2012
Running Time: 10:09
Episode Synopsis: Jack learned of Billy's deception and fired him. Before going for what he called a "small medical procedure," Jack left Adam in charge of Newman Enterprises during his absence. Despite asking that no one be told of his procedure, Billy learned of it and visited Jack in the hospital. Jack turned Billy away, despite Billy's attempts to smooth things over.
Doug Davidson (Paul Williams, The Young and the Restless)
Air Date: July 3, 2012
Running Time: 10:58
Episode Synopsis: Paul turned himself in after the shooting death of his son, Ricky. Paul recounted how he'd only shot Ricky to prevent him from killing again. Later, Paul broke down as he fully realized that his son would not be returning.
Michael Muhney (Adam Newman, The Young and the Restless)
Air Date: December 3, 2012
Running Time: 11:42
Episode Synopsis: Adam and Chelsea argued about his involvement with Sharon, prompting him to walk out on his wife. Victor gave Adam information to use against Jack to regain control of Newman Enterprises. Later, Sharon summoned Adam to tell him that she'd decided that she needed to let go of him.
Jason Thompson (Patrick Drake, General Hospital)
Air Date: March 14, 2012
Running Time: 6:31
Episode Synopsis: On the morning of her funeral, Patrick dreamed that his wife, Robin, was still alive. He later questioned how he could take care of their daughter when he was barely able to take care of himself.
Outstanding Lead Actress
Susan Flannery (Stephanie Forrester, The Bold and the Beautiful)
Air Date: November 26, 2012
Running Time: 10:00
Episode Synopsis: Brooke helped keep Stephanie comfortable as Stephanie's condition deteriorated. The two women reflected on their lifetime of conflict and, ultimately, their love. Stephanie closed her eyes to rest until her husband, Eric, could arrive. But as Brooke sang Stephanie to sleep, Stephanie took her final breath and passed away.
Peggy McCay (Caroline Brady, Days of our Lives)
Air Date: October 10, 2012
Running Time: 5:09
Episode Synopsis: Caroline told Bo a story of events that she said had happened the day before. After Caroline dropped a tray of glasses, she mistook Bo for her late husband. Caroline became agitated when Bo suggested that she should see a doctor.
Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Summers, The Young and the Restless)
Air Date: October 24, 2012
Running Time: 6:14
Episode Synopsis: Phyllis and Christine got into a confrontation over Christine's decision to sue Phyllis. Later, Phyllis asked Nick to "get past" their differences, but Nick said that this time he couldn't.
Heather Tom (Katie Logan, The Bold and the Beautiful)
Episode #6436 and 6437
Air Date: October 25, 2012, and October 26, 2012
Episode Synopsis: Katie told her newborn child that she had to leave him because she didn't want him to fall in love with her because she might die. Later, Katie told Bill and Brooke that she was leaving.
Because it airs for only 30 minutes, The Bold and the Beautiful actors are permitted to submit two episodes.
Outstanding Supporting Actor
Bradford Anderson (Damian Spinelli, General Hospital)
Air Date: June 20, 2012
Running Time: 9:37
Episode Synopsis: After Maxie refused to speak to him, Spinelli recounted all of the things he went through in order to protect her. He later told her that he was quitting their friendship.
Jeff Branson (Ronan Malloy, The Young and the Restless)
Air Date: November 12, 2012
Running Time: 8:41
Episode Synopsis: Ronan and Phyllis' first attempt at a real date failed miserably. Ronan suggested that they do something more casual, like beer and pizza, but he was rebuffed. Later, a drunken Ronan showed up at Phyllis' home but became angry when she explained that her focus was on her divorce proceedings the next day.
Scott Clifton (Liam Spencer, The Bold and the Beautiful)
Air Date: August 21, 2012
Running Time: 13:01
Episode Synopsis: A shirtless Liam showed up on his wedding day after he spent the night with another woman. He begged Hope to marry him, but she turned him away. Later, Bill lashed out at his son for humiliating himself. Liam attempted to vent his anger on his dad, but ultimately ended up breaking down into tears.
Billy J Miller (Billy Abbott, The Young and the Restless)
Air Date: November 2, 2012
Running Time: 9:44
Episode Synopsis: Billy was fired after Jack learned of Billy's deception. Later, Billy and Phyllis sparred, and she informed him that Jack was undergoing surgery. Billy showed up unannounced in Jack's hospital room.
Outstanding Supporting Actress
Julie Marie Berman (Lulu Spencer, General Hospital)
Episode # 12484
Air Date: January 30, 2012
Running Time: 12:10
Episode Synopsis: Lulu lashed out at Luke for being an absentee dad and expressed her concerns that she might be developing a drinking problem. Later, the two were able to mend their strained relationship, and each promised to support whatever made the other happy.
Jessica Collins (Avery Clark, The Young and the Restless)
Air Date: February 27, 2012
Running Time: 11:05
Episode Synopsis: Avery walked in as her father was confessing past crimes to Phyllis. Upon seeing Avery, George recanted, but Avery soon realized that she'd created a life based on her father's lies. After their father passed away, Avery feared it was too late to ever make amends with Phyllis.
Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea Lawson, The Young and the Restless)
Air Date: November 8, 2012
Running Time: 8:19
Episode Synopsis: Chelsea realized that Sharon had set the fire at the Newman ranch and that Adam not only knew, but had been protecting Sharon. After Chelsea vented her rage, Adam vowed that he loved Chelsea and would not hurt her.
Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke Logan, The Bold and the Beautiful)
Air Date: November 26, 2012
Running Time: 10:09
Episode Synopsis: Brooke helped keep Stephanie comfortable as Stephanie's condition deteriorated. The two women reflected on their lifetime of conflict, and ultimately their love. As she closed her eyes to rest, Stephanie asked Brooke to sing to her. As Brooke sang "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling," Stephanie passed away.
Arianne Zucker (Nicole Walker, Days of our Lives)
Air Date: November 8, 2012
Running Time: 10:09
Episode Synopsis: Daniel confronted Nicole with evidence that proved she had miscarried before she'd claimed that she'd lost the baby after Jennifer pushed her down steps. A tearful Nicole blamed herself for losing her baby and for not knowing something was wrong until it was too late.
Outstanding Younger Actor
Max Ehrich (Fenmore Baldwin, The Young and the Restless)
Episode # 10065
Air Date: January 1, 2013
Running Time: 3:46
Episode Synopsis: Fen was indifferent when Lauren and Michael expressed concern that Jamie was being picked on. Later, a furious Fen caught Summer and Jamie together and revealed that Summer was masquerading as "Brittni."
Bryton James (Devon Hamilton Winters, The Young and the Restless)
Episode # 9882
Air Date: April 11, 2012
Running Time: 7:16
Episode Synopsis: Devon was fearful that a medical procedure to restore his hearing might not work. His loved ones and family gathered at the hospital to lend their support. Later, Devon and Lily reflected on how much progress Devon had made since joining the Winters family.
Chandler Massey (Will Horton, Days of our Lives)
Episode # 11786
Air Date: February 24, 2012
Running Time: 6:51
Episode Synopsis: After a game of beer pong, a drunken Will kissed another guy. He later turned to his grandmother, Marlena, for counsel and was surprised when Marlena was not shocked or outraged by the kiss. A tearful Will asked Marlena if he might be gay.
Freddie Smith (Sonny Kiriakis,, Days of our Lives)
Episode # 11871
Air Date: June 26, 2012
Running Time: 4:56
Episode Synopsis: After some prodding from Lucas, Sonny admitted that his feelings for Will went beyond friendship. Sonny, however, feared that Will wasn't ready to be anything more than friends.
Outstanding Younger Actress
Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning, General Hospital)
Air Date: March 21, 2012
Running Time: 5:46
Episode Synopsis: In a mausoleum, Starr tearfully said goodbye to boyfriend, Cole, and daughter, Hope. She later vowed that she would make Sonny Corinthos pay for their deaths.
Hunter Haley King (Summer Newman, The Young and the Restless)
Air Date: December 4, 2012
Running Time: 10:31
Episode Synopsis: Angry over her parents' constant fighting, Summer went missing. Later, she said she wanted to leave town and start fresh somewhere else, where no one knew of her mother or grandfather. Summer eventually broke down and admitted to Phyllis that she could never leave because she'd miss her family.
Lindsey Morgan (Kristina Davis, General Hospital)
Air Date: October 2, 2012
Running Time: 6:33
Episode Synopsis:Kristina was kidnapped and learned that the man who was holding her was Joe Scully, Jr., her husband's father. Kristina lashed out, but later her anger turned to panic when Joe revealed that he wasn't holding her for ransom -- he was planning to kill her.
Jacqueline Macinnes Wood (Steffy Forrester, The Bold and the Beautiful)
Air Date: May 4, 2012
Running Time: 8:16
Episode Synopsis: Steffy surprised Liam by presenting him with signed annulment papers. The pair reflected on their marriage and even shared a song. Later, Steffy was stunned when Liam ripped up the papers and kissed her.
The actual "twerking" starts around 1:30
also my first post yayyy
Kim Kardashian and beau Kanye West welcomed their first child on Saturday, June 15, 2013, in Los Angeles and E! News can confirm exclusively the darling little girl looks just like mommy!
E! News has learned the baby girl is definitely a Kardashian Mini Me. "She has dark hair," our source says. "She looks just like Kim."
The little bundle of joy weighed in at "under five pounds" at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, the same place where Kim's sis Kourtney Kardashian delivered her kids, Penelope and Mason.
There's no official word yet on the baby's name, but sources tell E! News Kim told friends and family in the weeks leading up to the birth that the name "will start with a K."
Dad Kanye was there by Kim's side when their girl was welcomed into the world. Kim delievered the baby girl naturally and both mother and baby are happy and healthy, E! News confirms.
Iggy Azalea says Italian designers make the best printed outfits.
Iggy Azalea loves "manic prints".
The 23-year-old hip hop star is known for her bright, skimpy ensembles on stage.
The Australian singer likes wearing revealing outfits because they keep her cool during a high-energy performance.
"I love manic prints by Dolce & Gabbana and Cavalli; Italians made that sh*t up," Iggy told UK magazine Marie Claire.
"During festival season I'll be wearing shorts. People think it's because I want them to look at my butt, but it's so I can move around more easily. It's hot as hell on stage - I'd be up there in a swimsuit if I could."
Iggy is friends with trendsetter Rita Ora, who she confirmed will feature on her upcoming debut album The New Classic, set for release later this year. Both young chart toppers have similar striking street styles, and unique names. It was her desire to get a name necklace that lead to Iggy becoming her stage name, as her real name is Amethyst Amelia Kelly.
"My real name is Amethyst. Years back I went to have a gold nameplate necklace made, but I didn't have enough money for the whole thing, so I chose Iggy, which was my dog's name who'd just been put down," she revealed. "People just assumed it was my name."
The outspoken artist broke away from her quiet country upbringing in order to make it in music. The rebellious star even moved overseas as a young teenager to get her big break.
"Seven years ago I told my parents I was going on holiday to LA. I was 16, isolated in rural Australia with no friends," she shared. "I had this dream of being a rapper, but it drove me crazy to be stuck in a country where I couldn't make it happen."
"Rita Ora and I are kindred spirits," Iggy revealed to the UK edition of Marie Claire magazine. "She gets such a bad rep, but she's misunderstood. I feel like I am, too, so we connected. When 'Rita Wh*ra' was trending on Twitter, I told her, 'It makes you badass. Just hashtag it yourself and be like 'F**k you, guys.'"
The smart-talking Australian star is looking forward to seeing what people make of her upcoming record. Being a female rapper is unusual, but she has ensured she's stuck to her beliefs when laying down the tracks.
"My album is crass, ridiculous and vulnerable," she described. "I met with the president of Capitol Records, who said, 'Ten years ago I could have told you a million ways to be a megastar, but I can't anymore because we don't know what's going to sell'. But for me it's amazing, it means more room for organic ideas and cool girls to break through."
I live in the D.C. metro area, which is a very good place to find films. If you don't live in New York or Los Angeles, it's about the best you can do. I'm within 10 miles of a multiplicity of multiplexes, not to mention four theaters I would consider "art house" theaters or at least mixes of wider-appeal fare and smaller stuff.
According to Fandango and some back-of-the-envelope math, excluding documentaries and animation, there are 617 movie showings today — that's just today, Friday — within 10 miles of my house.
Of those 617 showings, 561 of them — 90 percent — are stories about men or groups of men, where women play supporting roles or fill out ensembles primarily focused on men. The movies making up those 561 showings: Man Of Steel (143), This Is The End (77), The Internship (52), The Purge (49), After Earth (29), Now You See Me (56), Fast & Furious 6 (44), The Hangover Part III (16), Star Trek Into Darkness (34), The Great Gatsby (16), Iron Man 3 (18), Mud (9), The Company You Keep (4), Kings Of Summer (9), and 42 (5).
Thirty-one are showings of movies about balanced pairings or ensembles of men and women: Before Midnight (26), Shadow Dancer (4), and Wish You Were Here (1).
Twenty-five are showings of movies about women or girls: The East (8), Fill The Void (4), Frances Ha (9), and What Maisie Knew (4).
Of the seven movies about women or balanced groups, only one — the Israeli film Fill The Void — is directed by a woman, Rama Burshtein. That's also the only one that isn't about a well-off white American. (Well, Celine in Before Midnight is well-off, white and French, but she's been living in the U.S.)
There are nearly six times as many showings of Man Of Steel alone as there are of all the films about women put together.
If I were limited to multiplexes, as people are in many parts of the country, the numbers would be worse. In many places, the number would be zero. Frances Ha is by far the most widely available of the four women-centered movies, and it's at 213 theaters this weekend in the entire country. The East is at 115. What Maisie Knew is at 51. Fill The Void looks like it's in about 20 locations, judging by .
The Internship is at 3,399.*
[*Note: I originally had understood these to be screen counts;. Not a huge difference with non-blockbusters less likely to play on multiple screens at the same place, and if anything, makes the possible disparity with something like The Internship greater, but it's different nonetheless. This doesn't affect the numbers for my own local theaters, though — those are just individual showtimes counted by hand.]
I want to stress this again: In many, many parts of the country right now, if you want to go to see a movie in the theater and see a current movie about a woman — any story about any woman that isn't a documentary or a cartoon — you can't. You cannot. There are not any. You cannot take yourself to one, take your friend to one, take your daughter to one.
There are not any.
By far your best shot, numbers-wise, at finding one that's at least even-handedly featuring a man and a woman is Before Midnight (at 891 theaters) so I hope you like it. Because it's pretty much that or a solid, impenetrable wall of movies about dudes.
Dudes in capes, dudes in cars, dudes in space, dudes drinking, dudes smoking, dudes doing magic tricks, dudes being funny, dudes being dramatic, dudes flying through the air, dudes blowing up, dudes getting killed, dudes saving and kissing women and children, and dudes glowering at each other.
Somebody asked me this morning what "the women" are going to do about this. I don't know. I honestly am at the point where I have no idea what to do about it. Stop going to the movies? Boycott everything?
They put up Bridesmaids, we went. They put up Pitch Perfect, we went. They put up The Devil Wears Prada, which was in two-thousand-meryl-streeping-oh-six, and we went (and by "we," I do not just mean women; I mean we, the humans), and all of it has led right here, right to this place. Right to the land of zippedy-doo-dah. You can apparently make an endless collection of high-priced action flops and everybody says "win some, lose some" and nobody decides that They Are Poison, but it feels like every "surprise success" about women is an anomaly and every failure is an abject lesson about how we really ought to just leave it all to The Rock.
Nobody remembers, it seems, how many people said Bridesmaids would fail. And it didn't! But it didn't matter.
My answer is that I have no idea what the women are going to do about it. It helps when critics, including men, care about the way women artists are treated and make it their problem to share, as Sam Adams did yesterday in a terrific piece about Sofia Coppola. It helps when people go out of their way to see any kind of film that's about people other than themselves. It helps when we acknowledge that what we have right now is a Hollywood entertainment business that has pretty much entirely devoted itself to telling men's stories — and to the degree that's for business reasons, it's because they've gotten the impression we've devoted ourselves to listening to men's stories.
But for crying out loud, let's at least notice. When it's 90 percent here, it's much worse elsewhere.
Demi: When I started out on X-Factor, I used Latisse on it - my eyebrows not my lashes.
Interviewer: What is Latisse?
Demi: It's a miracle. It's a product that helps your lashes grow really long. I was like, "Oh, this will be a good idea to make my eyebrows fill in." And so I used Latise on my 'brows and they, like, took over my role as a judge on the X-Factor. I mean they had an opinion of their own.
Interviewer: And it was in HD-
Demi: It was in HD, it was SO bad. I don't know what I was thinking.
Malkovich, Thornton, Palmer also starring
Liam Hemsworth of “The Hunger Games” has replaced Armie Hammer in the lead of Matt Shakman’s “Cut Bank,” which has started shooting in the Canadian city of Edmonton — which is helping to finance the project.
Hemsworth portrays an athlete turned auto mechanic, who dreams of getting out of Cut Bank, Montana. Hammer had been attached to play the role when the project was announced last year.
John Malkovich, Billy Bob Thornton, Teresa Palmer, Bruce Dern and Michael Stuhlbarg are also in the cast. Ben Kingsley and Michael Sheen were in the original cast when the project was announced last year.
Shakman, whose TV credits include “Mad Men,” is making his feature helming debut from Robert Patino’s script, which was on the 2009 Black List.
“Cut Bank” is produced by Laura Rister, Edward Zwick, Dan Cohen and Mickey Barold. Kilburn Media is financing along with the Edmonton Economic Development Corp. Kilburn’s Mark Manuel and Ted O’Neal are overseeing production for the financiers.
WME and Untitled Entertainment are co-representing domestic rights. Canada’s eOne will distribute Cut Bank in that country and represents the film for international sales.
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