There's a new list of industry scripts about to run around town, and it's called "The Bitch List" a list of industry-voted scripts that all pass the Bechdel Test. Of course, the Bechdel Test is not a marker for quality, but for scripts that simply contain two named, female characters who talk to each other about something that is not a man. It sounds like an easy test, but most movies don't pass it. PopChange is currently compiling the list to have ready for January 2013. Who knows how many submissions they'll get, if any, or how good the scripts they receive will be, or if the list itself will gain any sort of traction or interest around town or even the internets. That being said, it's a pretty interesting concept, and I hope it goes well.
First, read the Atlantic article, "Why Women Still Can't Have It All" and then come on back if you're super frustrated because it's nuts that women have fought for so long to achieve equality and yet we're still so far behind on having fulfilling careers and families at the same time. While the article's author has some clues and ideas about how we can begin to change the workplace to better suit a higher percentage of women in higher percentages of power, this ThinkProgress article cites four policies that would start to make that change:
1) Paid family and medical leave insurance
2) Paid sick days
3) Right to request workplace flexibility
4) Equal pay
The fact that these are not already in place in the States is absurd. I'm sure if you live in Europe and are reading this, you're like - seriously? We did all this twenty years ago. Unfortunately, the US is not so progressive in that way. Let's hope we can begin to make these changes soon.
I know the guy who wrote this and he is a delight which means this movie will also probably be a delight! Check out the trailer:
Fun Size looks really good, right? I say this not just because it was my nickname in high school (though that is also true). And it stars that super funny woman from "Suburgatory" and I heard that either Garfunkel or Oates from Garfunkel and Oates has a cameo or some sort of role in it, too! Also, it looks like Nickelodeon movies might be on a roll here - last year's Rango was fantastic and this looks like another (albeit totally different direction) great addition.
If you're not already excited about Frankenweenie, check out why you should be with this new trailer:
Stop-motion? Yes. Adorable dog? Yes. Adorable dog coming back from the dead in what is secretly every child's (and adults') dream? Yes. With hilarious and heartwarming and probably heartbreaking consequences? Yes, please!
First off, love that this is animated - wouldn't work at all if it wasn't. Second off, definitely do not show this to the kids. Wouldn't want to scar them for life! I mean, maybe kids' animation shows a lot of blood nowadays, I don't really know, but still, there's a lot a blood. Third off, it's legitimately funny! Bravo, Stodoe Studios, bravo!
While I don't agree with Flavorwire's assertion that these are the best confessions of love on TV (I don't even like a lot of the shows they cut from, and where are Logan and Veronica!?), this is super fun to watch and may make you super goopy-eyed.
As you all know, Nora Ephron passed away this week at age 71, leaving a great hole in the hearts of those who love beautifully written romantic comedies, essays, and memoirs. A lot of people wrote a lot of things about her that are much more thorough and astute than I can, so here are some of my favorite thoughts of the life of this amazing woman:
For myself, I can only say that "When Harry Met Sally" is an absolutely perfect romantic comedy and one of my favorite movies of all time. Every time I watch it, I notice some new detail, some new callback, some new character beat that teaches me how intricate and layered a great movie needs to be. It also proves that not all New York comedy needs to be cynical even if they incorporate drama and well-drawn characters. Optimism, if cautious and earned, can be just as intelligent and rewarding a choice. And, of course, she was one of the first film writers I heard of who was a woman and, better yet, who wrote comedies. She set an amazing example and lived an amazing life. I never knew her, but I will miss her stories.
This is just about the weirdest pilot I've ever seen, animated or not! But I was strangely drawn into it. The animation is lovely and the characters are actually really fun to root for. Who knew? I hope it gets turned into a full series, but if not, this pilot is a lovely piece on its own.
Most importantly, it only affects 1% of people in Massachussetts, and the most they can penalize you is $700 or 2% of your income which, while no small amount of money, is not a huge tax increase, and is actually less than how much the GOP would raise taxes on the middle class if they were to pass the Ryan budget. Just saying!
I was going to title this "Everything You Need to Know" but I already wrote that earlier! The Affordable Care Act was ruled constitutional, which means that starting in 2014, adults with pre-existing conditions (like kidney disease or acne or having been pregnant) cannot be denied coverage or have their coverage dropped. Healthcare will be more affordable and tens of millions more people with have it. Preventative care will be free (and birth control!) and the health exchanges will help individuals who are self-employed or who's employers have fewer than fifty employees receive insurance. Young adults like me can stay on our parents' health insurance until we're twenty-six (since I've been enjoying that part of the law already, I have immediate reason to be happy it didn't get oveturned!).
We had one great day back in February of 2010, and we're having another one here in June of 2012.
Was it perfect? No. The limited reading of the Commerce Clause may (or may not!) cause problems in the future, and the limitations of the Medicaid expansion are disconcerting (although most states will fall in line, the hardcore Republican ones will probably take many more years to fully cooperate). But just remember - it could have been so much worse.
I'm really happy today, and I hope you are, too. Enjoy it.
In my next few posts, I'm going to give you lots of different areas and readings of today's news. You can take or leave what you will. The most important things have already been said.