Preview Photos from Season 2 of Grace and Frankie

New photos from season 2 of Grace and Frankie are out now. The second season begins on Netflix on May 6. In the new season, Grace and Frankie continue the process of figuring out their own identities after they discover that their husbands are in love with each other.

Series creator Marta Kauffman told People, “It’s hopeful. You don’t have to be dead because you’re old, and there’s always good things out there in life.” That’s right, Marta, that’s right. Continue reading “Preview Photos from Season 2 of Grace and Frankie”

Women Led Media Dominate the GLAAD Awards Nominations

The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives. This year the major nominations feature many women led films and series with either lesbian or female transgender characters helming the lead roles. Continue reading “Women Led Media Dominate the GLAAD Awards Nominations”

Reprint: A Good Year for Elder Actors

[This post originally appeared at Time Goes By, written by Ronni Bennett. Thanks to Ronni for allowing me to reprint it here.]

Not infrequently, I grumble out loud around here about how few roles, especially major roles, there are in film for elder actors. Our generation doesn’t get much representation on what in our youth was called the silver screen.

But not so in 2015. As the year-end round-ups of the arts are being published, it is gratifying to see how many of our contemporaries have been not only getting work but in some cases being nominated for awards.

This is a list of some of the biggest names and the movies they have starred in this year. It is in no way meant to be comprehensive, and I arbitrarily chose 65 to be the low-end age cutoff. Maybe you have seen some of these. (A few random trailers included) Continue reading “Reprint: A Good Year for Elder Actors”

45 Years and Still Having Sex

45 Years is a British drama about a couple preparing for a 45th anniversary of their wedding. Here’s the synopsis. Continue reading “45 Years and Still Having Sex”

Watch This: Trailer for Advantageous

Advantageous, which took the SXSW Special Jury Prize for Collaborative Vision, will be streaming on Netflix starting June 23. The film is from writer and director Jennifer Phang.

Still from the film Advantageous

I first became interested in this sci-fi drama when I read Emily Yoshida’s SXSW report about it in The Verge. Here’s how she described the film at the time:

[Advantageous] was the first sci-fi film I had seen at the festival, as well as the first genre film in general. It’s a quiet, deliberately paced story of a woman, her daughter, and a medical procedure with philosophical implications worthy of a Black Mirror Mother’s Day special. Gwen (Jacqueline Kim, who also co-wrote the film) is a spokeswoman for a new-fangled body-swapping procedure, who must undergo the procedure herself in order to keep her job and be able to ensure a good future for her daughter, Jules (Samantha Kim). It’s moody and specific and is a rare sci-fi film to nail its human emotion — particularly the mother-daughter relationship at its center — just as expertly, if not more so, as its more lofty philosophical questions.

According to the film’s Facebook page, Jennifer Phang received the award for Best Director, and the film won in three other categories at the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival.

The film will be released in some 20+ languages and will include a version with Jennifer Phang giving director’s commentary on some of the topics explored in the film.

I’m looking forward to the film. It looks very good.

I appreciate Netflix for making the deal to stream Advantageous and for backing the recent Grace and Frankie and other female-based content.

Addendum: Now that I’ve seen the film, you can read my review of Advantageous here.

Review: Grace and Frankie Season 1

Grace and Frankie hit Netflix last weekend and I watched every episode. It was a bit uneven, but I loved it anyway.

Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen in Frankie and Grace

Spoilers ahead. Continue reading “Review: Grace and Frankie Season 1”

Grace and Frankie Coming in May – UPDATED

Grace and Frankie will release on Netflix on May 8. The new series stars Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston. With such a great cast, I feel free to expect great things. Continue reading “Grace and Frankie Coming in May – UPDATED”

This Looks Promising: Grace and Frankie

Old pals Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are set to costar in a Netflix original comedy/drama, Grace and Frankie. The 13 episode series will release in 2015.

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in 9 to 5.
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in 9 to 5.

The two women, Grace (Fonda) and Frankie (Tomlin), hate each other. It was just announced this week that Grace’s husband is going to be played by Martin Sheen. I haven’t seen an announcement as to who will play Frankie’s husband.

The plot develops when the two husbands announce that they are in love and want to run off together and get married, forcing interactions between the wives.

That’s pretty much all we know at this point. The complete cast isn’t even set yet, but filming is due to begin in August. Now that they have Martin Sheen, it should be easier to get the other husband character to sign on. Working with Martin Sheen should be an incentive.

A show with two over 40 women leading the cast? Sign me up, Netflix.