Tag: Greta Gerwig

The Academy’s Little problem with Women

Greta Gerwig’s adaption of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women hit screens everywhere in December of last year. Three weeks on, it seems the film is headed for total success. With wide acclaim and a Rotten Tomatoes score of 95%, it’s unsurprising that The Academy has been paying attention, and it’s clear they LOVE it, nominating Little Women for six Oscars, including best picture and best actress. This comes as a welcome result considering the movie’s lack of appearance in the Golden Globe‘s best picture category.

 

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Sadly, unlike 2018, Greta Gerwig was not among the list of best directors, a list that was problematically entirely male. This highlights a bigger problem in Hollywood’s reportedly sexist culture. Greta Gerwig scripted an incredible adaption of a classic book, pulled together her powerhouse of a cast and kept Alcott’s core messages throughout. Some would argue that she deserves an award for bringing Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet together on screen again alone – but that might just be me. Despite all of this, she was snubbed when the nominations were released earlier this week. If Greta Gerwig couldn’t make the cut, it begs the question of what criteria is being considered.

 

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When Louisa May Alcott penned Little Women, the rebellious and enduring nature of the March sisters is part of what made the novel so brilliant and Greta Gerwig is no stranger to rebellion nor endurance, creating and existing as she does in a male-dominated film environment. It’s not all doom and patriarchal gloom, though. In speaking to Vanity Fair, the producer of the film, Amy Pascal, pointed out that Little Women was the “third movie in the history of the Academy that has been nominated [for best picture] that has been written, directed, and produced by women.” That, in and of itself, is proof that Hollywood’s problems (much like our own) may lessen with age. 

 

 

One of the core messages in Little Women, particularly in the movie, is the importance of writing, reading, and learning (oh my!). Spoilers are incoming for those of you fortunate enough not to know this!! When Beth gets sick, her illness is something that Jo hopes to aid with fresh sea air and a good story. Tragically, the plot alone is not enough to save Beth but the stories Jo writes for her are a comfort in her time of need. I think we can all agree that the comfort of a favorite story is no small thing and with Little Women being that favorite for so many people, the novel and film are self-fulfilling. Gerwig credits Little Women for giving her the inspiration to write and create, the film a passion project that no Oscar could ever overshadow.

 

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Despite the gender politics, the movie looks set to surpass box office records and hopefully take home some, if not all, its prospective awards at the Oscars. Gerwig may not have a directorial nomination to celebrate, but the film has the best picture prospects alongside potential accolades for Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh.

As Jo put it herself: “Women, they have minds, and they have souls as well as just hearts, and they’ve got ambition, and they’ve got talent, as well as just beauty”. Academy, make a note.

 

 

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The ‘Little Women’ Posters Are Here

The latest adaptation of Little Women is fast approaching, and with it comes some brand new posters for the film.

 

 

Columbia Pictures released the seven character posters for the main characters of the movie. Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott and directed by Greta Gerwig, the film stars Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn), Emma Watson (Harry Potter), Florence Pugh (Midsommar) and Eliza Scanlen (Sharp Objects) as the March sisters as the March sisters and their paths from childhood to womanhood. The film also stars Timothee Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name) as love interest Lauire, Laura Dern (Big Little Lies) as matriarch Marmee, and Meryl Streep (The Laundromat) as Aunt March:

 

The cast of Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, the latest movie adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott literary classic, brings together a cast that calls to Hollywood’s past, present, and future.  In a series of new character posters showing off this star-studded ensemble, Saoirse Ronan takes center stage as part of Hollywood’s present. The star of Brooklyn and Lady Bird takes her next big role as Jo, the main character of this story about the March sisters trying to live their lives on their own terms.  “When Louisa describes Jo, it felt like someone describing me physically: sort of gangly and stubborn and very straightforward, and went for what she wanted,” said Ronan during EW’s cover interview. 

Emma Watson, the Harry Potter veteran and star of Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast, plays Meg, the eldest of the March sisters. “To me, [Watson] embodies everything that I was interested in, in terms of who the March women were,” Gerwig said. “She’s just smart. She’s on multi-governmental organizations that speak to the U.N., and she’s so thoughtful and present. She is way out there trying to do everything she can.”

After that chilling performance in HBO’s Sharp Objects, Eliza Scanlen is quickly rising through the ranks of Hollywood talent. As Beth, the 20-year-old actress plays the shyest of the March siblings. 

Amy is often seen as the bratty sister who likes wearing the fancy dresses and gobbling up all the sweets. Florence Pugh, the star of Midsommar and Marvel’s upcoming Black Widow movie, found new dimensions to the character. “It’s all very musical,” she says of Gerwig’s screenplay. “Every single scene where I get to just talk to a load of shit over Saoirse or Emma or Eliza was absolute bliss. I love to run wild and rampant. Being this little sassy girl, I love the scene where I go in and I apologize to Jo. That was actually one of my audition tapes. I loved it when I did it for the first time, and when we did it on the set, it was brilliant. 

The Dern-aissance continues after Big Little Lies, Twin Peaks, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Laura Dern appears as Marmee, a.k.a. mother March.  Gerwig recalled, “Off-set, every single one of the girls actually did come to Laura with their heartaches and their problems. Everybody had a good cry with Laura. She became this mother, sister, confidant person for everyone on set, which was a very beautiful thing to embody. She was a rock for everyone.”

Timothée Chalamet’s ascent parallels that of Ronan’s. The two previously appeared in Lady Bird together — a formulative film for both actors — and now they reunite in Little Women, with Chalamet playing Laurie, the boy next door.  The film’s producer Amy Pascal calls Jo and Laurie “two halves.” She says, “These are really bold characters that are really different than you’ve seen them before.”

And here’s Meryl Streep, no doubt preparing for her latest Golden Globe nomination.  As Gerwig remembers it, “[Streep] said she wanted to be part of it. She loved the book so much when she was a girl, and she thinks [it’s] so important, and she says, ‘Tell me what you’d like me to do.’ I was like, ‘Yes, ma’am.’”

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A theatrical poster was also revealed:

 

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Little Women comes out this Christmas.

 

 

 

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The First Reactions To ‘Little Women’ Are Strong

Another adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women is set for release this Christmas. Directed by Greta Gerwig, it stars Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, and Eliza Scanlen as the March sisters.

 

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We’re still a long time away from release, but if early Twitter reactions are any indication, we might have a winner on our hands.

 

 

An early screening of the film took place in Los Angeles, and critics took to Twitter to share praise for the film. Many praised Gerwig’s direction and handling of the source:

 


Others praised the acting, particularly for Pugh, Ronan, and Meryl Streep, who plays Aunt March:

 


With all these positive reactions, it makes us want to see this adaptation even more.

 

 

Little Women releases December 25th.

 

 

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Greta Gerwig Dishes on the Cast of New ‘Little Women’ Movie

On Christmas of this year Greta Gerwig‘s adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women will premiere in theaters everywhere (hopefully it’ll go over a little more smoothly than the March’s first Christmas without their father), and with the trailer that dropped this week book lovers world wide are getting pretty hype.

 

 

The film features a star studded cast, and two popular actors that Gerwig has worked with before. Timothée Chalamet and Saoirse Ronan both gained traction last year when they acted in Gerwig’s Lady bird, and the director is excited to have the pair unite once again.

 

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Ronan plays Jo March, a tomboy writer, and Chalamet plays her love interest Laurie. In an interview by Entertainment Weekly Gerwig said:

“I just adore them. They are just spectacular as live actors, and there is some true pairing between them that feels like it’s in the tradition of great cinematic pairing. I don’t know what they do – I mean it’s magic. I direct them but it’s all there.”

Playing the role of Meg March, Jo’s sister who thirsts for a life in high society, is Emma Watson. Gerwig also told Entertainment Weekly that she was the perfect actress for the role.

 

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“To me, [Watson] embodies everything that I was interested in, in terms of who the March women were. She’s just smart. She’s on multi-government organizations that speak to the U.N., and she’s so thoughtful and present. She is way out there trying to do everything she can. For me personally, Meg March is a character that is long misunderstood. In terms of what [Watson] did with the character, she has so much open-heartedness andso much love combined with that much intelligence, it’s heartbreaking and potent. Because she’s absolutely herself with understanding the struggle of who that character is.”

 

 

Gerwig also stated that Watson “would always bring so much to the conversation,” going above and beyond her role as an actress. Watson did a lot of emotional work to fully become the character of Meg.

 

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Laura Dern used a similar method, fully diving into her role as Marmee March. Marmee is the girl’s mother, and offers them advice and guidance throughout the novel. Gerwig stated:

“Off-set, every single one of the girls actually did come to Laura with their heartaches and their problems. Everybody had a good cry with Laura. She became this mother, sister, confidant person for everyone on set, which was a very beautiful thing to embody. She was a rock for everyone.”

 

 

One of the most exciting choices made was casting Meryl Streep as the waspy Aunt March. According to Gerwig, Streep auditioned for the role out the love she had for the novel as a young girl.

 

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“She said she wanted to be part of it. She loved the book so much when she was a girl, and she thinks [it’s] so important, and she says, ‘Tell me what you’d like me to do,’ and I was like, ‘Yes, ma’am.’ Anything I say about Meryl is superfluous, all the adjectives I have don’t touch it.”

It’s good to know that even accomplished directors can’t help but fangirl over Meryl Streep. I guess that’s just part of the human condition.

Want to see the trailer? Check it out below…

 

 

 

 

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Greta Gerwig and Oscar Isaac to Star in Chekhov ‘Three Sisters’

Greta Gerwig and Oscar Isaac are going to star in a production of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters.

 

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Written in 1900 and first performed in 1901 at the Moscow Art Theatre, this infamous Chekhov play follows Olgathe twenty-eight-year-old matriarchal figure of the Prozorov family, Masha, the twenty-three-year-old sister and young mother, and Irina, the twenty-year-old sister who is convinced she is an adult and deserves to be treated as such. They are used to living life as a cultural elite, but a storm is on the horizon in the form of a revolution. Where will they land?

A play about family and class upheavals, this play is synonymous with Chekhov as much as Uncle Vanya is.

 

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Which makes it big news when Tony-winning director Sam Gold got both Greta Gerwig and Oscar Isaac to stay in this Off Broadway production. It isn’t the first time the three are working together, however, since Gold has directed for stars before, albeit in different plays.

Gold directed Gerwig in the 2014 Off Broadway production of The Village Bike at the Lucille Lortel Theater and Isaac in the 2017 Public Theater production of Hamlet, but this production of Chekhov’s play marks the first time all three will be working together.

 

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After collaborating on numerous films by Joe Swanberg, from Hannah Takes the Stairs to Nights and Weekends, working with her partner Noah Baumbach on films from Frances Ha (which got her a Golden Globe nomination) to Mistress America, and being featured in films Maggie’s Plan and Jackie, Gerwig wrote and directed her solo debut Lady Bird.

This won her another Golden Globe and the 2017 Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.

 

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Oscar Isaac might be known for performances in films including X-Men: Apocalypse and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but he has an extensive stage resume. Among other stage credits, he’s worked on productions for Romeo and Juliet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and appeared in the Manhattan Theater Club 2011 production of Zoe Kazan’s We Live Here opposite Amy Irving.

 

 

Luckily, Gold is no stranger to directing stars. The Tony Award winning director most recently directed English Actress and former Labour Party politician Glenda Jackson in a production of King Lear.

This announcement was made Tuesday. Reportedly, Three Sister will be one of the two final performances, the other being Endlings by Celine Song, that will round out the New York Theater Workshop’s 2019/20 season.

While there’s no word on who Gerwig and Isaac have been cast, performance schedules and additional casting are expected to be announced soon.

 

 

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