Thursday, November 29, 2012

Jen Kirkman's Twitter Strike

Every day, comedian Jen Kirkman is sent messages by angry people, not just men, about how she isn't funny and only pretty.  It happens to every comedian who is female, as we all know.  Sure you can ignore all the horrendous trolls on the internet, but you can stand up and say, "This is wrong!  Someone else, say something too!"  And so Jen Kirkman has declared a strike against twitter until men in comedy start supporting her and vowing that women can indeed be funny. And she's right: men in comedy often do not show support (or opposition) of social issues, like gay rights or racism.  

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Restless Mini-Series on Sundance

Restless cast, photo courtesy of Sundance Channel
Sure to win awards, Restless will air December 7 and 14 as a two-part mini-series on the Sundance Channel.  Charlotte Rampling plays Sally, a former British spy during WWII.  Sally worries that now 30 years after the war someone is trying to kill her, to which she warns her daughter.  Throughout the series, we will see her spy story unfold in a thrilling, dangerous, and adventurous way.  Hayley Atwell plays young Sally.  I love movies that highlight the importance of women during war and the vital roles they served.  I cannot WAIT to see this!  At least it's not the old woman technically on her death bed trope, right?  I would love to see more women like Red, where Helen Mirren plays a former spy, but still gets into the action as an older woman.  I also suggest a similar movie (and book) in Charlotte Gray, starring Cate Blanchett as a WWII spy.  See the trailer for Restless after the jump.

Martha Plimpton's "A is For"

Earlier this year Raising Hope and Broadway star Martha Plimpton began an organization for women's rights with fellow arts women Maureen Herman, Gina Loukareas, Kellie Overbey, Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, Sarah Thyre, and the wonderful Lizz Winstead.  It's called "A is For". It's a beautiful project that highlights men and women who support women's rights.  They encourage people to wear their scarlet letter with pride to show that they should not be shamed in to silence, like Hester.  Donations will support the Center for Reproductive Rights, and in exchange donators will get an A ribbon to wear.  Some of your favorite celebrities are showing their support on video for you to share!  Be sure to check out Plimpton's speech and the transcript from NYC's Unite Women rally and see Jane Lynch's video after the jump!