I am a "Wonder Woman" fanatic! There, I admit it. I grew up watching Lynda Carter as the powerful amazonian in the popular TV series. Then, in the late '90s, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" came along. I was enthralled, intrigued, and I started collecting all the BTVS statues, toys, cards, you name it. I even wrote my Masters thesis on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and the feminist movement.
So why is "Wonder Woman" missing in action in the big screen? Everyone from "Buffy" creator Joss Whedon to David S. Goyer to Nicholas Winding Refn have tried to resurrect the D.C. Comics goddess to no avail. But there's a new documentary that screened at the 2012 SXSW called "WONDER WOMEN! The Untold Story of American Superheroines" and it makes a great case that Wonder Woman must stake her claim for the big screen. If "Superman" and "The Dark Knight" can do it, so can she! Right?
Here's what "WONDER WOMEN! The Untold Story of American Superheroines" is about, taken from the SXSW website, and below, is the trailer:
"WONDER WOMEN! The Untold Story of American Superheroines" traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, WONDER WOMEN! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation. "WONDER WOMEN!" goes behind the scenes with Lynda Carter, Lindsay Wagner, comic writers and artists, and real life superheroines such as Gloria Steinem, Shelby Knox and others who offer an enlightening and entertaining counterpoint to the male dominated superhero genre.
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The big question -- is the movie version of "24" just delayed, or is it dead? Deadline told us that 20th Century Fox is NOT going forward with the film this year. Apparently, the movie has not been greenlit but it was scheduled to shoot in late March while Kiefer Sutherland's new series, "Touch," goes on hiatus in April.
But now, Kiefer may have to wait until he channels his "24" persona again, Jack Bauer, and fans may just have to wait with the actor. I know, we've all been waiting for this "24" film, but are we just waiting in vain? Has the clock stopped ticking?
Rumors of budget reason and Sutherland getting upset! The horror! Read the full article right here.
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As SXSW Film winds down, the juries have handed the victors of this year's best of the fest. Here are the winners of the 2012 SXSW Film Festival:
Grand Jury Winner: "Beware of Mr. Baker"
Director: Jay Bulger
Grand Jury Winner: "Gimme the Loot"
Director: Adam Leon
Feature Film Audience Awards
Winner: "Bay of All Saints"
Director: Annie Eastman
Director: Megan Griffiths
Short Film Jury Awards
Winner: "The Chair"
Director: Grainger David
Director: Seth Keal
Winner: "(Notes On) Biology"
Director: Danny Madden
Winner: "The Perfect Fit"
Director: Tali Yankelevich
Winner: "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared"
Directors: Rebecca Sloan and Joseph Pelling
Winner: Battles, "My Machines"
Director: Daniels Casey
Time Warner Cable & Ovation Young Filmmaker Scholarship for Texas High School Shorts
Jury Recognition: "Code Red"
SXSW Film Design Awards
EXCELLENCE IN POSTER DESIGN
Winner: "Man and Gun"
EXCELLENCE IN TITLE DESIGN
Winner: "Les Bleus de Ramville"
Audience Award Winner: "Bunraku"
SXSW Special Awards
SXSW WHOLPHIN AWARD
Winner: "The Black Balloon"
Director: Sen Safdie and Josh Safdie
SXSW CHICKEN & EGG EMERGENT NARRATIVE WOMAN DIRECTOR AWARD
Winners (Tied): "Eden" and "Sun Don't Shine"
Directosr: Megan Griffiths ("Eden") and Amy Seimetz ("Sun Don't Shine")
LOUIS BLACK LONE STAR AWARD
Director: Richard Linklater
Special Recognition: "Trash Dance"
KAREN SCHMEER FELLOWSHIP
Winner: Lindsay Utz
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Paramount Pictures has made release schedule announcements involving "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," Tom Cruise, and Brad Pitt.
First, the live action-CGI powerhouse of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" will arrive on Christmas of 2013. This one is being directed by Jonathan Liebesman, the guy who gave us 2011's "Battle Los Angeles."
Second, Tom Cruise is starring in "One Shot" based on Lee Child's novel. The New York Times has called the book "pure, escapist gold" but will that translate on the big screen? Click here for more info on the novel, it's quite intriguing! Christopher McQuarrie, the guy who wrote "The Usual Suspects," is directing and we'll see if he can turn the movie into pure, escapist gold this holiday season of 2012.
And then we have the zombie apocalypse extravaganza "World War Z" starring Brad Pitt based on the Max Brooks novel. This one's directed by Marc Forster ("Quantum of Solace") and has been bumped from the holiday schedule to summer of 2013, June 21st to be exact.
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Imagine putting a stranger on a pedestal and then seeing your dreams come crashing down upon meeting this person. That is exactly what happened to our hero in the new movie “Being Flynn.” The stranger in question was his own father.
Paul Dano, the actor who famously sparred with Oscar-winner Daniel Day Lewis in “There Will Be Blood,” is now trading barbs with Robert De Niro in “Being Flynn.” Dano plays the son, Nick Flynn, and De Niro is his wayward father, Jonathan Flynn.
Based on the 1997 memoir by the real Nick Flynn called “Another Bulls—t Night in Suck City,” “Being Flynn” is a thoughtful meditation on family relationships. The movie takes its time to get the message across but De Niro’s performance makes it all an ebullient experience.
Let’s be honest and admit that De Niro has not done a good movie worthy of his iconic stature in quite a while. It seemed that the actor has been wasting his talent starring in films like “Hide and Seek” and the “Meet the Parents” franchise. I’m happy to report that De Niro is back in top form in “Being Flynn.”
Jonathan is a tricky role to play. He’s unlikeable, he left his family to fend for themselves, and he’s an unreliable narrator who seemed to derive pleasure from emotionally hurting his son. Yet, as a viewer, you will believe in him and even champion his cause. And that’s largely due to De Niro’s performance.
Nick grew up longing for his dad. In replace of an absent father, he has a loving mother played by Julianne Moore. Many different father figures emerge throughout Nick’s life but no one can compare to the indelible image of the long-lost Jonathan.
At the heart of “Being Flynn” is the art of writing. Jonathan fancies himself as one of the few, real American authors. But the problem is he has not written anything. Nick, perhaps to emulate his father, decides to take writing as a profession. Guess who got published first?
It took nearly seven years for “Being Flynn” to be made. Writer-director Paul Weitz (“About a Boy”) wrote 30 different scripts to adapt the memoir. What he came up with is a darkly endearing tale to showcase De Niro.
You can tell that the actor relishes playing the role. Jonathan is a racist homophobe and De Niro was about a foot away from imitating the lovable bigot we all know as Archie Bunker in “All in the Family.” But the actor held back and chose to create palpable chemistry with Dano instead.
The younger actor is also commendable. Whether he is exchanging verbal blows with De Niro, or professing his love to his girlfriend Denise (Olivia Thilby), Dano holds his own and makes us care for the character. “Being Flynn” is really Nick’s story and Dano fleshes out his character. He is truly an interesting actor to watch.
Weitz makes great use of his stellar cast. It is intriguing that the writer-director chose to return to the father-son category. In “About a Boy,” Hugh Grant’s character learned how to be a grown-up with the help of a little boy and “In Good Company,” family drama takes center stage in a corporate setting.
In “Being Flynn,” Jonathan learns life lessons from his grown-up son. The message of the movie may be overly stretched, but the film spells it loud and clear that life is cyclical. You can be up one minute and down the second, just like De Niro’s career.
RATING: 3 KISSES
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