How Women Can Save the World by Telling Epic Stories in the Movies
PHOTOS: ‘Breaking Bad’ scenes | Every season, every episode “Taxi Driver.” A man is driven to the edge by forces (possibly) beyond his control and squanders whatever sympathy we have for him with his increasingly desperate acts. And of course, there are the bloody gun fights. Academic papers galore could be written about the Travis Bickle-Walt White dichotomy. Or just watch a few episodes and the Scorsese movie back to back. You may not sleep for weeks. “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” Gilligan has said he sees his show as a Western, above all else, which only makes this comparison more resonant. The fact that both Breaking Bad” and “Butch Cassidy” are about two men on the run whose fate we somehow know wont turn out well cements the comparison. Fargo, or most things Coen-ish. A bleak Middle America populated by emasculated male characters who try to overcome their destiny with the help of some stylized violence? Not to mention tense moments interrupted by oddball humor? (Tableside guacamole. anyone?) The first episode of this season was titled Blood Money. It could have been called Blood Simple” and we’d barely have batted an eye. VIDEO: ‘Breaking Bad’ parodies The French Connection. Gilligan has cited this movie before, saying he was thinking about it as he made the pilot.
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and director Peter Jackson may consider it money well spent. To date, only the first movie in the latest trilogy has been released. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” took in just over $1 billion at the box office. The documents, filed online by New Zealand’s Companies Office, provide a rare insight into the exact costs of a blockbuster Hollywood production. Often studios release only rough estimates, if anything. When making the trilogy, Warner Bros. created a wholly-owned New Zealand company it named “3 Foot 7 Ltd,” in reference to the diminutive stature of the movie’s hobbits and dwarves. Company documents show that New Zealand taxpayers have so far contributed NZ$98 million to the trilogy through an incentive scheme designed to attract big budget movies to the country. Such schemes are common among U.S. states and foreign countries that compete for movies. The trilogy also appears to be one of the most expensive movie productions in which two or more movies are shot at the same time.
‘The Hobbit’ production costs so far: Twice as much as all three ‘LOTR’ movies combined
(You can see the full video from the event below.) We had a bright and enthusiastic audience, and as often at such events, the recurring question came up: how do we correct the ongoing imbalance in women’s representation in media and entertainment? We all know the dismaying numbers: Only 5 percent of the top 100 studio films are directed by women, 4.2 percent of Fortune 500 companies are run by women, 3 percent of all tech companies are started by women (and yet they are 35 percent more profitable than those started by men), 27 percent of top media management jobs are held by women, and only 27 percent of on-screen movie roles are played by women (a number not changed substantially since the 1920s!). I suggested to the audience that the best way we as women could overcome these inequities was by focusing on the excellence of our work — and by taking on big stories and using digital technology to deliver big results. My co-panelists Rachael McLean of JuntoBox Films (an innovative film company co-founded by Forest Whitaker), Sarah Penna of Big Frame, and Jesse Draper of Valley Girl outlined how they were working toward these goals. We agreed that we needed many more women entrepreneurs and entertainment creators to make these efforts stick. In the film world, this means insisting that women be given the opportunity to write, direct, and act in the major movie properties that have the potential to achieve the greatest box office success. The excuse that Hollywood executives give that women-led movies don’t make good business sense is pure nonsense. Research studies show that the chief determinant in the box office success of a movie is not the gender of the director or lead actor — but the size of the budget and the breadth of the film’s release. Therefore, when a woman is given a significant budget and a tent-pole property to direct, she has as great a chance of success as a man given a similar-level project. Examples of such profitable female-directed tent-pole movies include Catherine Hardwicke’s Twilight ($392 million worldwide box office, launched a $3.34 billion franchise); Jennifer Yuh Nelson’s Kung Fu Panda 2 ($665 million worldwide); and Phyllida Lloyd’s’s Mamma Mia! ($609 million worldwide on a budget of $52 million). Recent female-starring successes include Alice in Wonderland ($1.02 billion worldwide) and The Hunger Games ($691 million worldwide on a budget of $78 million). Women are also the leads in five of the 10 highest-grossing domestic films of all time , adjusted for inflation: Gone With the Wind (the highest-grossing film of all time, with $1.64 billion in domestic box office), The Sound of Music ($1.16 billion domestic), Titanic ($1.1 billion domestic), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs ($889 million domestic), and The Exorcist ($902 million domestic). One could also argue that women play a major role in the success of other top-ten grossing films like Dr. Zhivago and The Ten Commandments, with their significant and strong female roles.
Celebrity Photos: October 2013 Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts spotted on the set of ‘While We’re Young’ in New York City, October 1. Celebrity Photos: October 2013 A newly blonde Ashley Greene attended the screening Of Xlrator Media’s ‘CBGB’ at ArcLight Cinemas in Los Angeles, Oct. 1. Celebrity Photos: October 2013 Ashlee Simpson was seen leaving Vignette Lounge in Hollywood on Oct 1. Celebrity Photos: October 2013 Sarah Michelle Geller posed outside ‘Late Show With David Letterman’ in New York City, October 1. Celebrity Photos: September 2013 Kimye stepped out for dinner in Paris Sept. 30, and Kim stunned in a tight leather skirt paired with a casual white top. Celebrity Photos: September 2013 Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis arrived on a flight at LAX airport in Los Angeles, Calif., on Sept. 29. Celebrity Photos: September 2013 Liam Hemsworth was seen out and about in New York City on Sept. 28.
” The World’s End “: The British comedy trio behind “Shaun of the Dead” is responsible for this rollicking ride about a pub crawl that gets interrupted by the apocalypse. ” In a World… ” Lake Bell stars in her writing and directorial debut about a voiceover artist following in her father’s very large footsteps. Drama ” Wadjda “: The coming-of-age film about a young girl who wants to buck the established order is the first feature-length movie made in Saudi Arabia. ” Short Term 12 “: Brie Larson plays a supervisor in a halfway house for troubled teens in Destin Daniel Cretton’s second feature. ” The Patience Stone “: An Afghani woman finds relief when she reveals her deepest secrets to her husband, who happens to be comatose. ” The Spectacular Now “: Another coming-of-age film, this dramedy deals with a bookish teen who starts a relationship with a hard-partying classmate. Documentary ” Generation Iron “: The engaging documentary follows seven men in the 2012 Mr. Olympia competition. Other movie options: ” Harvest of Empire “: Artisphere is hosting a free screening of the eye-opening documentary about immigration on Thursday at 7 p.m. Film|Neu : The annual film festival, which starts Friday, focuses on the latest and greatest from Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Most of the movies will show at E Street Cinema, and highlights include a screening of the award-winning day-in-the-life film “Oh Boy” and the 3D movie “Measuring the World,” which recounts the friendship between mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss and geographer Alexander von Humboldt.