Q&A with Sally Wainwright for Happy Valley Series 2

BBC One and Red Production Company released a Q&A session with writer and director Sally Wainwright as publicity for season 2 of Happy Valley. The new series begins in February on BBC One.

Sally Wainwright is writer, director and executive producer of Happy Valley. She directs 4 of the 6 episodes. Neasa Hardiman directs the other 2, so the entire second season has women directors. Continue reading “Q&A with Sally Wainwright for Happy Valley Series 2”

Previews and Teasers for Happy Valley Season 2

Happy Valley season 2 previews and publicity teasers are coming our way. Here’s a preview, if you can call 10 seconds of video a preview, of what’s to come. Here’s everything I know about the second series. Continue reading “Previews and Teasers for Happy Valley Season 2”

Watch This: Trailer for Money Monster with Julia Roberts and George Clooney

Money Monster has Hollywood’s biggest stars in its cast. Starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts and directed by Jodie Foster, it’s sure to get plenty of attention just for pedigree. Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for Money Monster with Julia Roberts and George Clooney”

Watch This: Previews of Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments

Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments starts January 12 on Freeform (AKA ABC Family). It boasts a female lead character. The pilot is going to have to hook me on these very young characters, because the premise of this sci fi series doesn’t seem particularly intriguing from the previews below. Continue reading “Watch This: Previews of Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments”

Review: Jackie & Ryan

Jackie & Ryan is a warm-hearted romance that includes music. You can’t stay by the fire on a cold winter’s TV hiatus any better way than to watch a sweet love story with great songs in it, can you?

Jackie & Ryan features Katherine Heigl as Jackie. Jackie is a pop singer who returned from her high powered life to her home in Ogden, Utah. She’s divorcing her asshole, er, her husband, and taking care of her daughter Lia (Emily Alyn Lind). It turns out that Katherine Heigl can sing. Who knew? Continue reading “Review: Jackie & Ryan”

Listening, Hollywood Pooh-Bahs?

How likely is this?

  1. Barbie makes a doll honoring a real Hollywood woman of color.
  2. The woman isn’t a movie star. She’s a director – Ava Du Vernay.
  3. The doll sells out in 17 seconds.

Continue reading “Listening, Hollywood Pooh-Bahs?”

Watch This: Trailer for Imba Means Sing

Imba Means Sing is a documentary about one boy, Moses, in the African Children’s Choir. Here’s the story. Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for Imba Means Sing”

5 Female Directors Who Should be Better Known

These five women directors have amassed 64 directing credits between them. Some are foreign and/or women of color. All are talented and should have names as easily recognized as those of male directors.

I picked these 5 women almost randomly from the many sources listing talented and available women with directing experience who seem to be invisible to Hollywood studio heads. This is another nudge to those same studio heads (because they seem need nudging) that women are out here and can do the job. Continue reading “5 Female Directors Who Should be Better Known”

Barbra Streisand Set to Direct Catherine the Great

I’ve been angry about Barbra Streisand not getting a directing Oscar since 1984 when she was snubbed as the director of Yentl. Since then she directed The Prince of Tides, The Mirror Has Two Faces, and a couple of TV specials.

Barbra Streisand

Continue reading “Barbra Streisand Set to Direct Catherine the Great”

Review: Twinsters

Twinsters is a documentary about twin sisters. They were born in South Korea and given up for adoption. One grew up in the US and one in France. They knew nothing about each until a chance viewing of a YouTube video brought them together.

Spoilers ahead. Continue reading “Review: Twinsters”