Mondays are rough some times, it can be hard to get back in the grove after a particularly relaxing weekend, but back to the grind we must go. This morning a video popped up and took the edge off for this NerdBastard and maybe it can do the same for you. Youtube user Sebastian Hughes took clips from the new Gal Gadot Wonder Woman trailers and slipped in the 1975 television Lynda CarterWonder Woman theme song and it is magical. (more…)
As you may have heard (it’s been in the news news), America is in the middle of its most contentious Presidential election in perhaps the entire history of the union. The only thing that presumptive nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton seem to have in common is that their both pretty thoroughly disliked by the electorate, but no matter how you feel about Clinton, a lot of people can probably agree that having a strong woman in the White House is a good idea. So how about the strongest woman in the world? Or at least the woman that played her on TV? (more…)
It was no surprise that the Internet blew up when Gal Gadot was cast as Wonder Woman in Zach Snyder‘s upcoming Batman VS. Superman follow-up to Man of Steel. Any casting news these days is going to be met with a certain amount of initial fan-boy and girl outrage and bewilderment, but what does the only actress that has truly been successful playing the Amazonian Princess have to say? (more…)
The warrior princess of the Amazons will make her return to the tube this April. No, I am not talking about the never-happening CW TV show Amazon since that project is back in limbo. This spring Wonder Woman serves as a focal point and lead into to a documentary about female superheroes in comic books, television, film and, pop-culture. Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines will air at 10 p.m. Friday, April 15th on PBS’s Independent Lens after meeting with rave reviews at its premiere at last years SXSW.
Directed by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, the documentary uses the character’s 1941 debut as a starting point to explore the empowerment movement as seen through the lens of the cape and tights crowd including interviews with those that made WW famous, like Lynda Carter who played her in the classic TV show, as well as feminist figures such as Gloria Steinem and Kathleen Hanna.
A few months back I wrote a piece lamenting the lack of action movies starring kick-ass ladies. It was an article brought on by comments made claiming there could never be a successful superhero movie with a female lead because there isn’t, one, an iconic enough female superhero and, two, an actress capable of making such a movie work. Of course, reasonable people understand this is utter bullshit.
Women aren’t only capable of making successful “chick flicks”, period dramas, and mother/daughter coming of age stories. Look at the success of the outrageous and at times downright crude comedy, Bridesmaids. How about The Hurt Locker directed by Kathryn Bigelow, who then went on to be the first lady to ever win a Best Director Academy Award. And, how can I not mention the staggering success of The Hunger Games which not only catapulted Jennifer Lawrence into mega-stardom but proved action movies starring women can make bank just as easily as those starring men. In fact, if we really want to start comparing figures, The Hunger Games’ opening weekend gross was $152 million while The Expendables 2, which opened this past weekend, raked in only $28.6 million. Obviously there are more factors at work here than one starred a woman and the other starred a whole slate of burly, beefcake men, but it’s hard to argue with that dough.
Women make up a larger percent of the population in the U.S. In many families, it’s the women who are in charge of expenditures. Businesses, and in particular studios, should be bustin’ their asses to market to the ladies and not this glorified demographic of men 18-35.
Which brings me to the news that broke over the weekend. It’s been confirmed an Expendables 3is on its way, only difference is this time they’re looking to drop the macho men and instead cast a league of lady ass-kickers! It’s like Christmas came early! Adi Shankar, producer of The Grey as well as the upcoming Dredd, is spearheading the project of an all female Expendables and will back it with his production company, 1984 Private Defense Contractors. Tapped to write the script is Dutch Southern, to me a relative unknown, and Variety reports they’re already in talks with, “several prominent actresses affiliated with the action genre.”
Hells yea. The news has spurred dozens upon dozens of lists casting potentials for packing heat in an all female Expendables, and not to be left out, I’ve compiled my own list of ladies prominent in the action genre who I think should get a call. I’ve included some of the obvious and necessary choices but hopefully there’s a few surprises in here, too.
This documentary from filmmakers Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and Kelcey Edwards has already come to be thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, but now they need a little more help to bring the film to the South By Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas.
Originally titled, The History of the World According to Wonder Woman, the doc, “traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s, to the blockbusters of today,WONDER WOMEN! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation.” It features interviews with Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman) and Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman) as well as activists Gloria Steinem and Shelby Knox.
But the real stars of documentary are kick ass ladies like Ripley, Sarah Conner, Buffy Summers, Xena the Warrior Princess and of course, Wonder Women. In this film these iconic characters get to shine and that’s a cause worth supporting.
Check out the trailer below, it really starts at about the 1:15 mark after a message from the filmmakers.
Their Kickstarter campaign has only 23 more days to go, and they’ve raised $8,452 of their $15,000 goal. These funds will be going to, “professionally sound mix and color grade the film and prepare a festival print,” in addition to getting the film to the festival. Even if you only pledge a dollar every bit helps. Of course, if you can pledge more you could receive some cool rewards.
So come on, spread the word, donate if you can, and let’s help get these sexy, ass kickin ladies to the big screen!
Yes, we’re all happy that NBC trashed David E. Kelly‘s Wonder Woman pilot like a prom night dumpster baby. But, dammit, we had pitch forks and torches at the ready. How dare they kill their monster before we could lynch it. Plus, we were robbed of seeing Adrianne Palicki in the rumored Lynda Carter-esque HOT PANTS. Yep, the infamous short-shorts were said to be 1 of 3 costumes seen in the show. Star spangled ass will never hit the TV airwaves. Fuck!
When news hit that NBC was rebooting the 1976 Wonder Woman series, people were ecstatic to see Diana Troy deflect bullets and use that golden Lasso of Truth again. Unfortunately what they saw was David E. Kelley allowing the star of the show, Adrianne Palicki, to rock what could only be described as a mixture of shock and shame for a costume. Way too shiny and too much spandex for its own good; the suit honestly looked like it was a cheap Halloween costume. Because of the outcry (or not), NBC was smart enough to retool the costume, offering non-shiny pants and red boots in place of blue (good choice). Well, don’t get too comfortable, because it seems that the costume department is busy making yet another downstairs piece to wrap around those Amazonian legs.
Fashion designers are miffed.
They’re going from spandex, to skin tight sweat pants, to yet another piece of fabric replacing the outer wear. What could it possibly be? How about the iconic Underoos, an updated look to the pair worn by the original TV Wonder Woman Lynda Carter? In an interview with TV Line, NBC president Robert Greenblatt discussed how the short shorts will be fitting, not on him but on the new Wonder Woman:
“There was an initial outcry about the long pants – you know, skintight pants as opposed to those little shorts [worn by Lynda Carter in the original TV series]. But the shorts were always planned. They are actually used in the final confrontation when she beats Veronica Cale (played by Elizabeth Hurley).”
It has yet to be seen what this 3rd and hopefully final costume actually looks like, as no pictures have surfaced yet. Until then let’s sink back into the decade of peace, love and tight costumes with the original costume that sparked a ton of young nerds’ “interests”. If we called it anything else we might have to wash our hands, not to mention do a new load of laundry.
What do you think this new costume will look like? A hit or just another miss? Let’s see the comments light up faster then the alarm on the invisible jet.
Score one for girl power! Recently, Lynda Carter who was made mega famous by her role as Wonder Woman in the 70’s had something to say about Ms. Megan Fox who trashed the beloved character. Now this may not be such a big deal if Fox wasn’t being considered for the role of Wonder Woman for an upcoming tv series that is being developed by David E. Kelley (The Practice, Ally McBeal) with Warner Bros, backing it. . Fox had some nasty things to say about the woman who donned the red, white and blue. Hamilton announced on live tv that Megan Fox,
“actually kind of trashed Wonder Woman” last year. “She said she thought it was dumb, like ‘what’s the big whoop making people tell the truth.’ I like her, I just thought she shouldn’t trash Wonder Woman.”
Now granted Fox is only doing small screen things right now, like Armani Ads but she would definitely be fitting for the role. However, should someone who’s publicly made fun the character be allowed to play it? Also, do you think this project could be successful? Deadline Hollywood writer Nellie Andreeva point out,
Warner Bros TV has brought DC characters to the small screen before: most recently with the CW’s Superman-themed Smallville, which is in its 10th and final season.