September 20, 2007

Jane Austen Book Club Opens Tomorrow

Jane Austen Book Club
Each week this site will recommend a film by or about women that is opening (hopefully there will be one opening each week) that we can support to encourage more films to be made by and about women.

This week Women & Hollywood recommends The Jane Austen Book Club written and directed by Robin Swicord based on the book by Karen Joy Fowler. (review to come tomorrow)

The Women scores many women! The Diane English written and directed remake (hopefully updated too) of The Women is now shooting in Boston. New cast members Bette Midler, Cloris Leachman, Carrie Fisher, Lynn Whitfield, Joanna Gleason, Ana Gasteyer and Debi Mazar have joined the already announced Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Candice Bergen. Variety I am so excited for this. Hurry up and finish it!

Claire Danes is set to make her Broadway debut as Eliza Doolittle in George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion. Danes From AP via Yahoo

The International Press Academy (IPA) has tapped actress Kathy Bates to receive the 2007 Mary Pickford Award for outstanding artistic contribution to the entertainment industry. Variety

New film Trade which opens at the end of the month premiered at the UN yesterday to highlight the issue of human trafficking. Star Kevin Kline was in attendance. Kevin Kline opens film at U.N. on trafficking in U.S. Reuters via Yahoo (review on film to come next week) Reuters via Yahoo

Dawn Steel early in her career (early 80s) shepherded the film Flashdance which gave us Jennifer Beals, Irene Cara's hit song- What a Feeling (I can't tell you how many times I sang that song in the shower), cut off sweatshirts and leg warmers (which seem to be coming back in style- yuck) as well as the controversy of the dance body double. Director Adrian Lyne revists the film on its DVD release. What a Feeling EW

Isla Fisher is ready to go on a shopping spree. The Wedding Crashers actress has signed on to star in Confessions of a Shopaholic, a Disney comedy based on the novels by Sophie Kinsella. Wedding Crashers actress becomes Shopaholic Hollywood Reporter via Reuters