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Monday
Nov122012

Les Misérables Starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe & Anne Hathaway Opens Christmas Day

Anne Hathaway tells Vogue magazine that she knew she nailed her audition for ‘Les Misérables’ and was confident that another actress would have to “do something pretty special” to steal the role away from her.

Hathaway refused to take “no” for an answer when producers ruled her out as being too young to play Fantine, a struggling mom who leaves her daughter Cosette in the care of unscrupulous innkeepers who abuse her.

Talking further about her three-hour audition with ‘Les Miserables’ movie director Tom Hooper, Hathaway says: “Sometimes you leave a room and you feel like maybe you’ve left the door open a crack. This time, I knew that I had slammed it shut behind me.”

Hooper reveals Hathaway had some stiff competition, adding, “It was little short of astonishing - one of the greatest auditions I’ve ever had the privilege to witness. I’d already had a pretty extraordinary group of female film stars come in.

“But what was so inspiring about Annie was that I was sitting there still trying to work out, ‘How does one act through song on film? How do you make these songs work in a close-up and get them to tell a story?’ And Annie provided the answer. It was one of those moments where I relaxed because I thought, ‘Oh, it’s going to work’. She gave me reassurance that what I was aiming for in my head was possible.”

‘Les Misérables’ is an adaptation of the enormously successful stage musical inspired by Victor Hugo’s classic novel set in 19th-century France. It is the story of a paroled prisoner named Jean Valjean who seeks redemption after spending 19 years in prison for stealing a loaf of bread and then trying to escape prison. The British film stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe in addition to Anne Hathaway and will open Christimas Day.

 

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Saturday
Nov102012

Eve Ensler's 'Emotional Creatures' Fights Patriarchal Arguments About the 'Cult of Womanhood' With Perfect Timing

Maryna Linchuk | Santiago & Mauricio | Interview Russia October 2012

Fashion, vanity and emotionalism have strong connections in the history of women’s lives and our cultural perceptions of what makes women tick.

At AOC, we explore the validity of these perceptions with science and research papers, choosing to ignore these popular precepts about womanhood that are deeply embedded in our brains.

Above and left for complete editorial, Santiago and Maurizio Serra capture Marina Linchuk as Lady Godiva for the October 2012 issue of Interview Russia.

The map below of a woman’s heart reminds me of key points that I raised in an earlier AOC essay ‘The Cult of True Womanhood’ & Female Cardinal Virtues | Feminism 101.

The artistry of Kellogg’s map serves as a historical reminder of the stupidity of men’s assertions about the nature of womanhood.  

Doing a bit of research on D.W. Kellogg, I arrived at a most interesting online exhibition on women called Beauty, Virtue & Vice True Womanhood: An AAS Online Exhibition

This exhibit is rich with provocative insights and information about women’s history.

French Roast News

Sung Hee | Kah Poon | Dossier Journal S/S 2012 | Lady Godiva’s Operation

We began this morning French Roast montage with Maryna Linchuk playing Lady Godiva. We posted earlier in the year this Dossier Journal editorial ‘Lady Godiva’s Operation. Reviewing it, I thought it had no place in this reverie until I watched the trailer of Eve Ensler’s new playEmotional Creature’.

Within the context of Ensler’s latest provocation on womanhood — this time from the perspective of teen girls — the editorial fell into place.

With the world at a pivot point in terms of the development of women’s roles worldwide and in America, we still hear the same old arguments about women’s true destiny.

Ensler’s ‘Emotional Creatures’

The first New York City rehearsal of ‘Vagina Monologues ‘playright Eve Ensler’s new show ‘Emotional Creatures’ was dedicated to Malala Yousufzai, a 14-year-old Pakistani teen activist who was shot in the head Oct. 8 by a Taliban gunman.

At the time, Ensler stated, “The reason I wrote ‘Emotional Creature’ was to honor people like Malala Yousufzai — a fearless young activist who is an inspiration to teen girls the world over. We cannot begin this process without keeping her in our thoughts. Today’s first rehearsal is dedicated to her bravery, her cause, and what I hope is her speedy recovery.”

‘Emotional Creatures’ is inspired by Ensler’s best-selling book of the same name and represents a series of fictional monologues, ensemble and songs about and for teen girls created by Ensler and inspired by girls she met around the globe.  The cast is comprised of six talented young women, in their early twenties, who give powerful and heartfelt expression to very believable stories highlighting the intensely emotional and complex worlds of girls, writes ART hound.

Related: Fears Blight ‘Malala Day’ in Mingora

Tammy Baldwin Brainiac

Rep. Tammy Baldwin will become the first openly gay US senator. Baldwin (D) was elected this week by the state of Wisc.Wisconsin Senator elect Democrat Tammy Baldwin was not an emotional creature when Sen. Ron Johnson’s (R-Wisc) said he hoped he would be able to work with her — as soon as he explained the “facts” of the budget to her.

“Hopefully I can sit down and lay out for her my best understanding of the federal budget because they’re simply the facts,” he said. “Hopefully she’ll agree with what the facts are and work toward common sense solutions.”

Baldwin responded to Huff Po: “I was a double major in college in mathematics and political science, and I served for six years on the House Budget Committee in my first six years in the House.”

“And I am very confident that when proposals come before the U.S. Senate, I will be able to evaluate them as to how they benefit or harm middle-class Wisconsinites. A yardstick of ‘does it create jobs,’ ‘does it lower the deficit’ and ‘does it help grow the middle class’ is an important one. I’m quite confident that I have those abilities,” she added.

Credits: “A Map of the Open Country of a Woman’s Heart” via Fshng

Friday
Nov092012

Romney Lost Because He Wasn't Tough Enough on Abortion Say Social Conservatives As Women Flee GOP

Pundits say the Republican party needs a period of deep inner reflection, but anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser will hear none of it. In quotes that are utterly preposterous at this point, Dannenfelser ignored election results and the reality that of SBA List’s six candidates for senate, five went down in defeat.

Why did Romney lose with an unyielding backlash among women voters to the Republican War on Women? Dannenfelser says that Romney made a “strategic error” in not taking a stronger stand against abortion. Seriously, this woman is living on a tuffet on a teapot somewhere in Oz.

“Voters overwhelmingly disagree with the extreme positions on abortion taken by President Obama and the Democrats. Mitt Romney, the Republican Party, and their Super PAC allies never highlighted this vulnerability, despite the fact that our polling of likely swing voters revealed it to be a persuasive line of argument. What was presented as discipline by the Romney campaign by staying on one message — the economy — was a strategic error that resulted in a winning margin of pro-life votes being left on the table.”

More  Lady Parts Election News

The War on Women Backfires The Daily Beast

‘War on women’ victory, or just a skirmish won? Philadelphia Inquirer

According to exit polls conducted for the AP and TV networks, 59 percent of voters said abortion should be legal either in all or most cases, while 36 percent said it should be illegal all or most of the time.

Column: Republicans’ culture war Lost USA Today

“If Republicans are smart, they will realize that the culture war just isn’t working out for them any longer. ” Alas, there is no evidence that Republicans will be smart and lighten up on women and gays. 

“After decades of rewarding Republicans with votes for their scare-mongering over abortion and homosexuality, voters finally turned to social conservatives and said, “Enough.”’ writes USA Today. From my pov, the culture wars are God’s war in America.

To say the culture wars are over is arguing that America’s Catholic bishops are ready to give up the control of women’s bodies in America. Trust me — it isn’t so. On our side of the equation, American women are highly motivated coming out of Tuesday’s election, gearing up to extend this fight for women’s freedoms in America.

2013 may not be an election year. Yet, all hell could break lose in this battle for women’s bodies.

I consider myself to be an emerging leader in this revitalized women’s movement. All I can say is: Game On, Gentlemen! ~ Anne