Monday, October 17, 2005
What We Need to Know Today
Should there be a woman's seat on the Supreme Court
THE WOMAN'S SEAT
The Judy Miller stories. Oy vez. This is tough stuff. The NYTimes had a very nasty story about her trials and tribulations yesterday and the second day quarterbaking continues. Will she quit? Will she be fired? All I know is that she is taking a leave of absence, will proably sign a book contract, if she hasn't already, and will most probably never return to the Times where she was afraid to enter after her incarceration. Upon her return, she said she felt vulnerable and was nervous to go back into the news room. It seems to me and I know nothing except what I read, that she made her own bed even calling herself "miss run amok", by refusing to work with editors and returned to a beat covering Iraq after she was removed for writing crappy stories on the WMD that didn't exist.
Here are some pieces to read.
THE JUDY CHRONICLES
MORE ON JUDY
EVEN MORE ON JUDY
Dee Dee Myers, former Clinton spokesperson and West Wing writer is writing a book Why Women Should Rule the World. The book will be published by William Morrow in time for the 2008 election.
Emma Thompson has just finished work on her second screenplay- Nanny McPhee which opens in the US later this year. There was a ten year period between her first screenplay the Oscar winning adaption of Sense and Sensibility and her current work in which she also stars. Can't wait to see Emma back on screen even if she is a scary looking nanny.
THOMPSON EXPLAINS TEN YEAR WRITING GAP
Director Niki Caro took her new film North Country, based on the first class action sexual harrassment lawsuit, to the place where the harassment occured, the Minnesota Iron Range for a premiere.
NORTH COUNTRY PREMIERES ON THE IRON RANGE
FilmFour has bought the Zadie Smith novel On Beauty, with Alison Owen and Scott Rudin producing.
Lifetime has created a niche with their movies and campaigns that actually mean something. meredith Wagner is the woman behind these campaigns.
LIFETIME'S PLACE IS IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE
Dutiful daughter Wil (Michelle Krusied) sidesteps her mother's (Joan Chen) attempts to marry her off in Alice Wu's romantic comedy set in New York. At 28, Wil's the old maid of her traditional Chinese family, so there's no way she can tell them about her budding romance with Vivian (Lynn Chen). But there's no avoiding mom's meddling matchmaking when she shows up on Wil's doorstep looking for a place to stay. (from netflix)
Mad Hot Ballroom
Ballroom dancing goes from lame to cool for a group of New York City public school kids in this insightful documentary. The film follows a group of 11-year-olds as they learn to dance old-school styles including the merengue, rumba, tango, foxtrot and swing. Candid interviews capture the kids' initial reluctance at learning ballroom dance and their transformation into serious competitors determined to win a citywide competition. (from netflix)
Rosemary Squire is co-founder of the Ambassador Theatre Group and one of the leading women working in British theatre.
MAKING THEATRE WORK AT THE BOX OFFICE
The US Women's National team tied Australia in a match they are very lucky they didn't lose. Australia played very aggressively and the US was a step behind and flat on almost every play. The US is going to have ahard time being comptetive in the next World Cup and Olympics if there is not a strong financial investment in training the team on a regular basis.