Review: No Strings Attached

No Strings Attached is a 2011 romantic comedy directed by Ivan Reitman. It’s warm and clever and has a fabulous cast of folks who were on the cusp of famous back then, as well as the already famous Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher.

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Watch This: Teaser for Flip the Script

Flip the Script is a web series from Women in Film. It takes real situations and changes the genders to create a comedic series about gender parity and representation. Continue Reading: Watch This: Teaser for Flip the Script

Off Camera will Interview Jennifer Beals and Lake Bell

Jennifer Beals on Off Camera with Sam Jones
Jennifer Beals on Off Camera with Sam Jones

The other day I saw a mention that Jennifer Beals was going to be on the show called Off Camera with Sam Jones. This is a DIRECTV Audience show that I’d never heard of. I started searching for ways to watch and found that there’s a website and a way to see Off Camera shows for only 99 cents. I also found that Off Camera is a magazine and a podcast.

Lake Bell in Off Camera with Sam Jones
Lake Bell in Off Camera with Sam Jones

There are 24 past interviews, mostly with interesting men, and a few with women. The lone person of color is male.

Take a look at the preview for season 3, which will include Jennifer Beals and Lake Bell.

There are snippets of shows on YouTube, but the Off Camera website has all the individual shows listed with previews and a chance to watch the full episode for $1.49. They are available as audio podcasts on iTunes.

In addition to Jennifer Beals and Lake Bell in season 3, past interviews with women include Laura Dern, Judy Greer, Sarah Silverman, and Aimee Mann. You can pick and choose what you want to watch on the website. And of course, if you use DIRECTV, you’re all set to go.

Jennifer Beals will be interviewed on April 15. I don’t know the date yet for Lake Bell. I’m watching Off Camera on Facebook and Twitter, if I see mentions, I’ll put it on my @oldaintdead Twitter feed.

Two Snippets from the Jennifer Beals Interview

UPDATE 6/14/2015: Both interview are now available in the Off Camera magazine and as a free podcast at iTunes.

In a World: A Review

In a World is terrific.

In a World poster

In a World is the from the mind of Lake Bell. She wrote it, directed it, and stars in it. Her character – Carol – wants to do voice overs. Carol is a quirky and very likable woman. Carol’s father Sam, played by real voice over artist Fred Melamed, discounts her dreams because she’s a woman and women don’t become voice over stars. In addition, her father is currently the biggest name in voice over acting, and he doesn’t like the idea of an upstart daughter being his competition.

The title comes from the voice of Don LaFontaine, the legendary voice over star who made the phrase “in a world” the famous opening of many a movie trailer. The death of this real Hollywood personality left a hole in the voice over world that several in Lake Bell’s fictional world attempt to fill.

Carol, her sister Dani (Michaela Watkins) her father and her father’s younger girlfriend Jamie (Alexandra Holden) make up a family with its unique set of issues and jealousies and support systems. The sisters are beautifully close. I enjoyed the twists in how the family dynamics played out, and especially Jamie’s surprise influence on how Sam behaved as a father.

Dani has her own storyline separate from Carol around her relationship with her husband Moe, played by Rob Corddry. Another storyline is Carol’s hunt for work and her voice recording work in a studio run by a guy named Louis, played by relative newcomer Demetri Martin. (Louis is a romantic interest, too.) Other characters in the recording studio are played by Stephanie Allynne, who has a real knack for physical comedy, and Tig Notaro, who gets a couple of good laughs. Ken Marino is Gustav, another of the voice over artists in the race to become the new voice to utter “in a world” in future movie trailers. Gustav uses his oily charm to seduce Carol before he realizes that she is his mentor Sam’s daughter and another aspiring voice over talent.

Eva Longoria is hilarious as Eva Longoria. Geena Davis is perfect as a crusader for women’s power in Hollywood. Cameron Diaz did an uncredited bit as an Amazon warrior.

The movie is funny with lots of opportunities to laugh, a few opportunities to wince at a character’s pain, and an ending that deserves applause. I don’t want to give you a lot of details because the ending is unusual. As I was leaving I heard several different people make positive comments, so I wasn’t the only moviegoer who was happy with the movie.

You can watch the trailer in the earlier post Where in the World is In a World?

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Where in the World is In a World?

I so wanted to go see In a World last weekend. It looks hilarious. It’s written by, directed by, and stars a woman: Lake Bell. That’s the kind of movie that makes me plunk my money down.

It opened August 9, but it is nowhere to be found in my city. What’s up with that, In a World? When do I get to see you?

Have you seen it yet? What did you think? Sound off in the comments.