Currently Browsing: December 2008

New Talk.In Site Live!

Women’s Media Group has launched the new Talk.In website with homepage art by Nicole Hollander (creator of SYLVIA).  I’ll let you know as soon as they’ve posted the podcast of their Nov 17th Kick-Off program at THE SPACE in Evanston, IL (starring extraordinary Chgo schvesters Sara Paretsky, Hedy Ratner, & June Sochen).  Meanwhile, log on […]

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See OPERATION FILMMAKER on PBS!!!

Download Jan’s Chat with Nina Davenport as a pdf.           OPERATION FILMMAKER premieres tonight on PBS!!! Here’s the basic story: An American film crew brings a young Iraqi man named Muthana to their shoot in the Czech Republic.  They’re offering him a great “learning opportunity,” but he has no clue what it really means to […]

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Film Review: OPERATION FILMMAKER

Award-winning documentarian (Nina Davenport) gets stuck in the middle when cultural misunderstandings derail Iraqi student’s internship on an American movie set. Many truths about the war in Iraq are revealed thru this microcosm, but Davenport’s compelling narrative also carries huge moral & epistemological weight well beyond current headlines.  Click here for FF2 haiku.

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Jan Rants about THE READER

Click HERE to download Jan’s FULL Rant as a pdf file. . As a Jewish Feminist, I am absolutely outraged by this film.  Since THPP is a Feminist Blog, let me just direct your attention to this still (above).  Here we have “Hanna” (Kate Winslet) & “Michael” (David Kross) in Hanna’s kitchen.  Notice how the […]

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CRITCAL CONCENSUS?

Jan Sings Her Annual Oscar Blues!      Reuters just eBlasted an article from the Hollywood Reporter into cyberspace: “Critics weigh in on year’s best films.”  Fair enough, but who are these critics? Ken Turan, Peter Rainer, David Ansen, Leonard Maltin, & Bob Strauss.  Notice anything?  You’ve got it: NO WOMEN NEED APPLY!!!  Oh, & need […]

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Read “SLUMDOG’s Mysterious Co-Director”

Follow the SLUMDOG Brouhaha on Awards Daily.  Curious how all the people saying Loveleen does NOT deserve recognition for her contributions to this film are… you guessed it… guys! I doubt it was intentional, but the quote that accompanies this graphic is quite amusing in context.  Ladies: It hurts, but the trick is not minding!!!  (FYI, […]

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Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due!

Click here to download letter to the HFPA. According to the Internet Movie Database, Danny Boyle is the director of Slumdog Millionaire and Loveleen Tandan is his “co-director,” but this morning the Hollywood Foreign Press Association nominated Danny Boyle, and Danny Boyle alone, for a Golden Globe award in the “Best Director” category. Question: If […]

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SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE: Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

Slumdog Millionaire is the first great film of the new “flat world.” “Jamal” (Dev Patel), the hero of Slumdog Millionaire, is a Mumbai teenager who becomes a contestant on the Indian version of the TV game show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”. The plot is as simple as can be: every time “Millionaire’s” host asks […]

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12/10/08: Happy Jane Addams Day!!!

Hey, it’s not all doom & gloom here in Chicago.  Today, citizens of Illinois are also celebrating our second annual Jane Addams Day (in recognition of the day Jane Addams became the first American woman to receive a Nobel Peace Prize).  For LOTS more about Jane Addams, follow this thread &/or visit the AAUW-Illinois website!

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Gregory replaces Russert on MEET THE PRESS

     Yesterday, NBC announced that David Gregory would replace Tim Russert as the new host of their venerable Sunday AM talk show MEET THE PRESS.      A couple of years ago, while serving as guest host during one of Mr. Russert’s vacations, Mr. Gregory facilitated one of the most infuriating exchanges in recent memory.  Reuel Marc […]

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