It was extraordinary to look around the room and see Cate Blanchett, whom I’ve worked with twice now, and Sandra Bullock and Rihanna and Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Awkwafina. It felt like a really empowering place to be and really fun. We have a text chain going that’s one of the most epic things. If my phone were stolen, it would be… I’m sure I’m just inviting everyone to hack my phone now.
Sarah Paulson on herself and the all female cast of Ocean’s Eight.
Congratulations to Wonder Woman for being the largest grossing super hero origin movie of all time. At this time in our history I think we all need a little hope and, more than anything, I think that’s what Wonder Woman brings and why we all loved this film.
After seeing “Leap!” in theaters, I was so inspired that I went home and immediately started this painting.
Everyone should go see this film. The dancing animation was impeccable, the colors were beautiful, and the hero characters pulled me in. The lesson it tells of following one’s passion no matter when in life you discover it spoke so wholeheartedly to me as an artist myself… that it’s never too late in life to work hard to achieve a newly discovered passion or a long awaited dream.
'A Wrinkle in Time' first look: Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, and more
The clock ticks, time bends, space shifts, and Oprah is your planet-hopping tour guide through all of it. Consider that your intro-level education to A Wrinkle in Time, Disney’s upcoming fantasy epic about an ordinary teenager named Meg (newcomer Storm Reid) who’s whisked on a cosmic adventure to find her missing scientist father (Chris Pine) with the help of three chimerical celestial beings who help her “wrinkle” time and space: philosophizing Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling), inquisitive Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), and wizened Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey).
Director Ava DuVernay, fresh off of heavy projects like the civil rights drama Selma and her criminal-justice exposé 13th, was drawn to dabble in uncharted sci-fi territory upon discovering author Madeline L’Engle’s novel as an adult. DuVernay hadn’t read the novel — “I went to school in Compton and it wasn’t on my reading list,” she jokes — but the director, for whom time and energy on any project is a precious investment to say something, was impressed with the progressive ideas that L’Engle buried in her beloved 1962 novel. “I saw so much beauty in it, but also so much meaning. She’s a very radical thinker and she embedded her sense of what society should and could be in this piece, and a lot of it I agree with,” says DuVernay. “And through that, the story of this girl saving the world and being out there in the universe slaying the darkness, it also says a lot about slaying our own dragons.”
Two key elementsconvinced DuVernay that Wrinkle, with its script by Oscar winner Jennifer Lee (Frozen), was worth investigating when Disney proposed the idea. “The first image [I had in my head] was to place a brown girl in that role of Meg, a girl traveling to different planets and encountering beings and situations that I’d never seen a girl of color in,” she explains. “All of those scenes struck my fancy, and then it was also something that [Disney VP of production] Tendo Nagenda said to me, which I’ll never forget. One of the things that really made me want to read it was when he said, ‘Ava, imagine what you would do with the worlds.’ Worlds! ‘Planets no one’s ever seen or heard of,’ he said. There aren’t any other black women who have been invited to imagine what other planets in the universe might look and feel like. I was interested in that and in a heroine that looked like the girls I grew up with.”
DuVernay plucked 14-year-old Reid from thousands of hopefuls across the country to play teen protagonist Meg, who travels the cosmos with her younger brother, Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe), and unlocks her inner warrior along the way. “She’s got the sweetest, warmest heart, and all that I saw every day was just a further blossoming of the good that is Storm Reid,” the director gushes. “She’s appropriately named. She’s a force.” Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Chris Pine play Meg’s parents, two world-renowned physicists, the latter of whom disappears under mysterious circumstances. “Chris is the first full-on heart-throb type of actor that I’ve ever worked with,” DuVernay notes. “That’s how the world sees him. But I always just saw a damn good actor. I saw Z for Zachariah and Hell or High Water, and I just knew I wanted him because I saw, that dude’s got chops.”
To accompany Meg on her interplanetary journey, DuVernay recruited three world-class actresses to inhabit what are perhaps the best remembered parts of A Wrinkle in Time — the magical trio of eccentric guides, whom DuVernay describes as “three Mrs. Doubtfires.” The director saw an immediate casting opportunity to expand upon the literary archetype of three wise women and rise to her own personal challenge in pushing this film past what could be construed as traditional limits. “My whole process with this film was, what if? With these women, I wondered, could we make them women of different ages, body types, races? Could we bring in culture, bring in history in their costumes? And in the women themselves, could we just reflect a fuller breadth of femininity?”
First up was Mindy Kaling, who plays the enlightened Mrs. Who. “I wanted a black Mrs., a white Mrs., and a Mrs. that was not either, and Mindy was the first one that came to mind. I feel like we don’t talk about a lot of the other colors and cultures enough, and Mindy is so beautiful to me. Her character is one that, in her costumes and in working with Mindy, we wanted to bring in a remix of styles and cultures and customs from around the world. She was a real partner in that. She was working with two legends, but I think she’s a legend in the making in terms of what she does and being a fresh voice as a comedic actress.”
Reese Witherspoon plays Mrs. Whatsit, the youngest of the three celestials, “clocking in at a prepubescent 60 million,” laughs DuVernay. “I was looking for that innocence, that thing Reese plays so well, but also that great power and precision, and funny. The character has so much funny going on, you really need someone who’s proven and who’s done a bit of it all, and that’s Reese. It was so lucky that she was a fan of the book and wanted to come play with me.”
Guiding Who and Whatsit is the most legendary guru of all: Oprah Winfrey, who plays Mrs. Which, a powerful sage with a knack for materialization. “I mean, when you’re trying to cast the wisest woman in the world, what’s the question? You go and you call her and you’re glad that you have her number on speed dial,” DuVernay beams. “[The character] is so much of what she teaches and shared through her shows over the years, through her magazine and OWN, about owning your light and conquering darkness and how we have to power ourselves through this life in a certain way and look out for each other. She dropped into the character so well, but it’s also Oprah. When we see her in Henrietta Lacks, she’s not Oprah to me. When I saw her in The Butler, she became Gloria to me. But in this, because of the things that Mrs. Which says, her Oprah-ness is really helpful.”
Making a film, you’re in a really dark tunnel and the only kind of illumination is the shared experience you’re having with your fellow cast and director. That’s the process of making the film and it isn’t until the world puts their eyes to it that you find out if it’s creating any kind of connection at all. But every single film at some stage of the film I think, “I wonder what this is going to be?”
Summary: A weather catastrophe sends Sam and Dean out on a rescue mission.
Characters: Dean x Reader, Sam, Jody, Claire, Alex
Word Count: 1348
Warnings: fluff, slightly annoyed Dean
A/N: This is for @supernatural-jackles SPN Birthday Challenge My prompt was the film “The Day After Tomorrow” and I wondered what Sam and Dean would do in a naturally occurring weather catastrophe. This ended up going in a totally different direction than I originally planned. I blame the Wayward Sisters announcement. I hope you like it Jen! Happy Birthday!
And thank you to the always lovely and wonderful MastaBeta @wheresthekillswitch for checking it over!
“Babe, I still don’t like you going off to Jody’s alone.” Dean looks up at you as you enter the
“Dean, I’ll be fine,” you say, dropping your bag at his
feet. “Besides, I need a girl’s
night. I’ve been spending too much time
here with you and Sam. It’s testosterone
“Call me as soon as you get there.” He stands scooping up your bag.
“I will,” you say over your shoulder as you lead the way to
“Don’t text and drive.”
“Make sure you check the tires when you stop for gas. Which will be often since the Jeep gets
terrible gas mileage,” he says, stepping in line with you.
“Pot,” you sass. “Indy
is worth the extra gas.”
“Baby is too, but she’s all essentials. Indy’s full of useless crap, not to mention
those ridiculous tires. Your mileage
would be so much better if you got rid of all that.”
“Excuse me? Indy is
not full of useless crap.”
“When will you ever need a winch?”
“You never know… And those tires never get stuck. I can’t believe you’d talk about Indy like that,
he’s a good Jeep.” You bump his hip with
yours as you enter the garage.
“Well, just be careful and no talking to strangers.” He stops next to your Jeep.
You stop too, giving him a hard look. “Seriously?
You do realize I can take care of myself, right?”
“Just making sure you’re paying attention. Gotta make sure my girl stays safe.” He wraps his arms around you, pulling you
close. “I only have one of you.” His lips capture yours and you can’t help
sighing into this kiss. This man was made
to kiss, among other things.
You finally break away, “Ok, I gotta go.”
“Y/N,” he hesitates.
You look up into his peridot eyes and it seems like he’s
holding something back.
You know, for as much as I am a proponent of creators not owing us anything, I am also a proponent of fans using their collective influence to push for change. Because while I would never tweet a creator over a creative decision, I’ll sure as hell voice my displeasure over bad creative decisions, especially when those decisions actively contribute to the rampant misogyny, racism and homophobia that currently infects Western media. Because I’m pretty sure it was fan backlash that ensured Joss Whedon’s Wonder Woman script got shelved, and I know for a fact we’re all better off without it.
Now that Wonder Woman is here and kicking so much box office ass I can’t wait for the Cyborg movie to do the same. Ray Fisher deserves all the love. He’s so pure but he gets his character so much. He has yet to utter a single word in the DCEU, excluding trailers, and I already know he’s going to be amazing
I love Buffy and I can acknowledge it's faults but what bothers me is that it comes from Joss and the more that is revealed about him, the more of a douchebag he is. It just sucks that he gets the credit for Buffy but he doesn't actually live up to being a feminist. Is he the worst person in the world? No. But like his old Wonder Woman script is going around it's horribly misogynistic and now he gets to direct Batgirl. Do you ever struggle with this?
To say that Joss Whedon is problematic is the euphemism of the century, I know. And I’m so grateful he didn’t get to shoot his Wonder Woman film because I would’ve hated it, from what I’ve read so far (to think he had the gall to suggest his version of the movie would’ve been better even before watching the actual movie!). I truly hope the backlash he’s been receiving since the script was leaked will give him a new perspective and maybe he’ll take a hard look at the brand of pseudo-feminism he advocates. I think he truly believes he’s a feminist just because he writes female characters. But in reality, I think what drove him to write Buffy in the first place wasn’t feminism and female empowerment but rather a need to challenge the status quo and to subvert tropes. (*) At a time when strong, powerful female heroes were rare, along came Buffy, and suddenly he was labeled a “feminist”. He might have made some breakthroughs at that time, but I think he got stuck there? Like, he hasn’t grown? And he’s shown a reluctance to accept his mistakes and acknowledge the problematic issues in most of his works. He really doesn’t “get” why the way he writes might be construed as misogynistic. His logic is something like, “But like I’m a self-proclaimed feminist? And I write female characters? Therefore, I’m not a misogynist.” Sorry, Joss, but that’s not how it works. In this case, actions matter more than words, and his actions seem to be piling up on the “misogynistic” side. What I find the most problematic about him is his reluctance to inform himself and to actually listen to minorities and their concerns, you know? He actually believes he has more to say about feminism than… you know…. women?
Anywho, I wouldn’t say I struggle with reconciling my love for Buffy and my strong dislike - to put it mildly - of some of Joss’s writing choices. I think, if anything, the latter enlightens my understanding of the former. Buffy, as groundbreaking as it was at the time it aired, was still a product of its time, and as such, it suffers from the same drawbacks as most of its contemporary shows.
(*) what I mean to say is that had there been a tendency for elephants to be placed as heroes while horses were objectified and written as the damsel in distress, he would’ve written a show called “Horsey the Elephant Eater” because he revels in being an agitator more than anything and also because #metaphor.