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Big Thanks to Kavery Kaul & WMC!

     The Women’s Media Center posted a wonderful piece today by doc filmmaker Kavery Kaul.  She ends her essay Of Slumdog and Loveleen as follows:      “Today, a woman in India raises concern in the United States about the under-representation of women directors.  Did she give of herself too generously to the project?  Did she […]

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When Did Tandan Become “Co-Director”???

“…as we drew closer to the shoot date, Danny asked me to step in as the Co-Director…”      Someone I really respect sent me (& others) a message last week explaining why he could not support “my SLUMDOG campaign” & in the course of his message, he said this: “When the film was completed, Mr. Boyle […]

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FROZEN RIVER: 3 Cheers for AMPAS!!!

     Kudos to Melissa Silverstein (again!) for her wonderful WMC article today on FROZEN RIVER, which is now available to all on DVD.  I’ve been so obsessed with “my SLUMDOG Brouhaha” that I haven’t given this topic sufficient attention, but just so you know, I love FROZEN RIVER which got one of only 3 “perfect […]

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Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

Sending best wishes to all our cyber friends!  Jan (& Rich) PS: I didn’t add the pink bow.  It came on the card.  How perfect!

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SLUMDOG & “the Zeitgeist”

     People seem to be latching on to Kim Voyner’s comments in Movie City News to impugn my credibility, so it seems I need to address her post a second time.Let’s start here: “[Huttner] says she is both ‘stunned and shocked’ that Tandan was not co-nominated for Best Director. Why exactly is Huttner stunned and […]

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SLUMDOG & THE TYRANNY OF DEAD IDEAS

Click HERE for Newly Revised ‘08 Oscar Impact Chart.      I heard a very interesting segment on NPR this AM, an interview with Matt Miller about his new book The Tyranny of Dead Ideas.  Miller explicitly endorsed the main message in President Obama’s recent Inauguration Address: let’s drop the rhetoric, figure out what actually works, […]

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February 7th Box Office Face-Off

       Last night we put our Oscar obsessions aside & went to see two new movies @ our local multiplex.  Afterwards, we both agreed that we’d inadvertently performed a nice little experiment.  While both of these films are basically genre trash, one is now #1 at the Box Office, while the other is in […]

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Women’s Media Center & SLUMDOG Brouhaha

     Carol Jenkins of the Women’s Media Center focused her spotlight on “my SLUMDOG Brouhaha” yesterday, including this item in her blog update.      “From WMC Media Director Tristin Aaron:  In early December, WMC friend Lucy Knight looped us in on the controversy surrounding Slumdog Millionaire‘s ‘co-director’ Loveleen Tandan. She forwarded information on the curious […]

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Reuters: “Dozens in Mumbai Protest”

DOZENS protest in Mumbai???  I don’t want to sound cynical here, but really, is this a joke?  In a city of ~ 20 million people, you can probably find dozens of people doing innumerable things at any specific point in time.  But while women literally hold up half the sky, trying to get MSM recognition […]

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Oscar Noms: Does Being Male Really Matter?

          Apparently yes!  Sudip Mathew, writing from Paris, just reminded me that in ’03, AMPAS nominated “Donald Kaufman” for a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar, to be shared with “his brother” Charlie. Now, of course, this was an inside joke.  “Donald” was the fictional alter ego Charlie created in his Adaptation screenplay.  (Feminists may well remember that […]

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SLUMDOG Brouhaha: What’s My Motivation???

      Read Jan’s Horoscope as a pdf file.          So Saturday I was personally attacked by Kim Voyner in Movie City News.  She accuses me of “writing ill-informed opinions” without offering any evidence that’s she actually read any of the relevant source materials (such as the Wall Street Journal article) not […]

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SLUMDOG Brouhaha: DGA Awards

Click HERE to download contact info for AMPAS.     OK, so, last night the Directors Guild of America (the DGA) named Danny Boyle the Best Director of 2008.  Furthermore, the DGA listed the members of “his team” on their website, naming the Unit Production Manager, First Assistant Director, Second Assistant Director, and Second Second Assistant […]

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Chicago: Come Meet Pamela Tanner Boll!

Click HERE to download 2/2/09 invitation as a pdf file.      Filmmaker Pamela Tanner Boll is in Chicago this week to show her new doc WHO DOES SHE THINK SHE IS? at the Gene Siskel Film Center on State Street (right across the street from the famous Chicago Theatre).      WITASWAN has arranged a “meet […]

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Sent Today on FWA’s “Action Alert” eBlast

     Jan Lisa Huttner, the Chicago film critic who is the co-founder of International SWAN Day and WITASWAN, has created an international stir about the directing credits for the film, Slumdog Millionaire…      When the Golden Globes nominated Boyle for “Best Director” but failed to mention Tandan, Huttner started a letter writing campaign asking the […]

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Kudos to WMC’s Rebekah Spicuglia!

  Rebekah Spicuglia just released a new post on the Women’s Media Center website called “Changing the World, One Blog at a Time.” It’s a terrific article with a mini-case study & a “how to” list.      How incredibly timely, as if she’s read my mind!!!  We do NOT have to sit back & let “the […]

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SLUMDOG Brouhaha: Next Steps?

In response to people who have asked what THEY should do if concerned about “my SLUMDOG Brouhaha.” Please send a letter to Bruce Davis (the Executive Director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences) asking why Loveleen Tandan, the credited co-director of SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, is not a co-nominee for Best Director?  It’s a very […]

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“I am a little sad…”

     Message from Jan: I know some of you think that I’m exagerating the significance of this or even making things up whole cloth, but believe me, it’s all here for anyone who chooses to look:      From Tues Jan. 13 interview with Loveleen Tandan:  “I am happy that the film has won four awards […]

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“I wasn’t invited…”

“Shocking as it may sound, Loveleen Tandon, the co-director for Slumdog Millionaire was not invited to be part of the triumphant Slumdog team at the Golden Globe ceremonies. ‘No, I wasn’t invited,’ the softspoken co-director confesses reluctantly. ‘But please don’t create a controversy over it.’  But there’re lots of raised eyebrows as to why the […]

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SLUMDOG Brouhaha: Reacting to Oscar Noms

     Let me start this rant by reminding everyone that I love SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE.  It sits at #5 on my Top Ten list for 2008, & it’s also one of our FF2 ’08 Twozies.  So it’s certainly NOT my intention to do anything to either damage box office prospects for this wonderful film, or negatively impact the […]

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Barack Obama Becomes US President!!!!!

     Members of the Hyde Park SWANs watch Inauguration @ the Hyde Park Arts Center, mere blocks away from the Obama’s Chicago residence! Kudos to program coordinators Alexis Reese & Bernadette Jones.  The Hyde Park SWANs meet monthly as a special interest group organized by Chicago Branch AAUW (the American Association of University Women). Click here […]

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SLUMDOG Brouhaha in Current NEWSWEEK

     Kudos AGAIN to Ramin Setoodeh of Newsweek for his terrific article “The Oscar Doesn’t Go To …”      “…But if SLUMDOG wins big, this global Cinderella story could get an awkward dose of reality. Onscreen, SLUMDOG is filled with brown faces—but onstage at the Oscars, virtually all of the people collecting trophies for it […]

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SLUMDOG Brouhaha: Golden Globes & Next Steps

     Many years back, a wonderful friend gave me gave me a very funny coffee mug.  Side one was a cartoon figure of a woebegone cow.  Side two said: “You’re outstanding in the field!”  Alas, the mug has long since disappeared, but if I still had it, I’d mail it to Mumbai today.  I understand […]

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Oscar ’09: Money versus Merit

  Yes, I know, campaigning is nothing new in our culture, but I still don’t think most people realize how much time, effort, & money go into Oscar campaigns every year.  If we want to understand why Oscar is always so “blue,” then Feminists need to figure out how the game is played & do […]

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Oscar ’09: Who’s got the Big Mo?

According to the LA Times, their blogger Pete Hammond is “one of the film industry’s best known award season pundits.”  So when I read his recent column analyzing the “Big Mo” in this year’s Oscar race, I sent him a message asking for his help getting answers to my questions about the SLUMDOG Brouhaha.  Let’s […]

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