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Happy 43rd Birthday Gwyneth Paltrow

born: September 27, 1972

one of my favorite actresses. won Best Actress Academy Award in 1999 for Shakespeare in Love. Lately focused on her online lifestyle magazine Goop and writing cookbooks.

favorite Gwyneth roles:

Country Strong (2010)

Proof (2005)

Sylvia (2003)

Possession (2002)

The Royal Tennenbaums (2001)

Bounce (2000)

Shakespeare in Love (1998)

Emma (1996)

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Three Documentaries I HIGHLY recommend that are about women and created by women

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Venus and Serena

Somehow I never knew Venus and Serena Williams grew up in Compton, California. So extra accolades to them for succeeding as they have. The documentary shows early interview and stock footage as well as current interview footage. As with 99% of successful professional athletes the sisters missed out on a lot growing up. But I think they’ve made up for lost time and don’t seem to have missed out on youthful silliness plus they had each other. Their days revolved around tennis and school. It’s also wonderful to see the tight bonds between Venus and Serena as well as with their mom, dad (now divorced) and their sisters and family members. These are remarkable, spirited and giving women who adore tennis and don’t intend to retire any time soon. Venus and Serena are trailblazers for women in sports and African-American women in sports.


Orgasm Inc.

70% of women need direct clitoral stimulation to orgasm. A sex shop owner said that many women don’t even know how to find their clitoris. Blame it on a lack of sex education. Big pharmaceutical companies and medical industries developed Viagra for men and now want to capitalize on a fabricated women’s “disease” called female sexual dysfunction (FSD). Women have long been programmed to believe that not achieving an orgasm through intercourse indicates something flawed.

Director Liz Canner exposes this greedy, disruptive and manipulative process in the intelligent and disturbing Orgasm, Inc. The company Vivus, planning to develop an orgasm cream for women, hired Canner to create erotic videos to aid in the clinical trial phase. Canner spent nine years researching the pharmaceutical and medical industries and their relationships to female pleasure. These big pharma companies wanted to be the first to develop products to treat FSD. They would make tons of money but the side-effects and risks outweigh the benefits. Still, many “sex experts” such as Laura Berman, PhD work with pharma companies to publicize their drugs. You know all the drug commercials we’re bombarded with on television and in magazines? Ronald Reagan signed the direct-to-consumer advertising law. Only the United States and New Zealand allow direct-to-consumer advertising by pharmaceutical companies. It’s rather sad if you really contemplate it. People see the commercials and a seed gets planted that something might be wrong with them that can be cured with a pill. It’s just not that simple in our fast-paced, high stress environment. She receives a whopping $75, 000/ day.

Canner approaches the topic in a refreshing manner. She speaks to clinical researchers, sex educators, scholars, activists and a variety of women. Orgasm, Inc. is a compelling and thoroughly researched documentary. It’s a must-see.

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Searching for Debra Winger

Rosanna Arquette’s documentary on women in film. Amazing and very honest commentary from stars from Gwyneth Paltrow to Whoopi to Vanessa Redgrave to Selma Hayek to Charlotte Rampling to of course Debra Winger. It’s great that these women feel comfortable with age but sad to see the frustration and that there still is the issue of great roles for women over 30. Instead of the wife, the girlfriend and that women have to make a choice of career or family, many making only one film per year. There’s a discussion by a group of 30somethings including Martha Plimpton and Samantha Mathis that televison roles are actually better these days which is a huge flip from the past, film actors never went to tv and also focusing on the stage. And then sadly they talked about many directors and producers wanting to find the “fuckibility factor.” Patricia Arquette spoke of an inappropriate producer and how she had to do a sex scene for “Human Nature” and asked that he not be there and was told he wasn’t, found out he was and pulled the director aside and told him he had a lot to learn and for a scene like that she needed to feel safe and he blew it.

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Women’s History Month: Biopics about Women Writers

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Black Butterflies [2011]
Director: Paula van der Oest
Starring: Carice van Houten, Liam Cunningham, Rutger Hauer
–about the volatile life of South African poet Ingrid Jonker


Sylvia [2003]
Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Daniel Craig
Director: Christine Jeffs
–focuses on relationship between poets Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes


Iris [2001]
Starring: Judi Densch, Jim Broadbent, Kate Winslet
Director: Richard Eyre
–lifelong romance between novelist Iris Murdoch and her husband John Bayley from their days as students through her battle with Alzheimer’s disease

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Becoming Jane [2007]
Starring: Anne Hathaway
Director: Julian Jarrold
–pre-fame Jane Austen and her romance with a young Irishman

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Miss Potter [2006]
Starring: Renee Zellweger, Ewan McGregor, Emily Watson
Director: Chris Noonan
–Beatrix Potter, the author of the beloved and best-selling children’s book, “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”


The Children of the Century [1999]
Starring: Juliette Binoche, Benoit Magimel
Director: Diane Kurys
–love affair between novelist George Sand and author Alfred de Musset

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Mrs. Parker and the Viscous Circle [1994]
Starring: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Cambell Scott, Peter Gallagher
Director: Alan Rudolph
–Dorothy Parker and her heyday with the Algonquin Round Table circle of friends


Impromptu [1991]
Starring: Judy Davis, Hugh Grant, Mandy Patinkin
Director: James Lapine
–writer George Sand pursues pianist/composer Frederic Chopin in 1830s France

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An Angel at My Table [1990]
Starring: Kerry Fox, Alexia Keogh, Karen Fergusson
Director: Jane Campion
–Janet Frame grows up with lots of brothers and sisters in a poor family in 1920s and 1930s New Zealand. She always feels different from others. After getting education as a teacher, she’s sent to a mental institution for eight years. She gains success when she begins writing novels.

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in defense of Gwyneth

the scene: New Year’s Eve at Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn Jay Z performs with Chris Martin. On stage to ring in 2013 so there is Apple and Moses Martin and Chris’s wife Gwyneth Paltrow and champagne.

Apparently people think Gwyneth can’t dance, hogged the spotlight etc.

my take:

She grooved to the song like any other wife, girlfriend, S.O. Gwyneth stood off to the side mouthing lyrics, getting into the song but not in a “look at me” sort of way. She wore a typical low-key, casual Gwyn outfit: black tank, black flared pants, heels. Have you seen Gwyneth’s legs? If she wanted attention she’d have worn a short dress or skirt. Her golden mane was up in a pony tail not down and glamorous by any means. She danced like anyone enjoying a concert does– uninhibited and feeling the vibe. Clearly happy. Why criticize someone for blissful moments? Her husband Chris Martin is the one people should be buzzing about. I adore the band Coldplay, particularly X&Y, yet live performances prove dull and unemotional. Onstage with Jay Z Chris jumped, danced, laughed and emoted in ways I’ve never seen him do with Coldplay. What’s up with that?

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Gwyneth Paltrow has long been one of my favorite actors.

— born in Los Angeles in 1972.
— married to Coldplay singer/songwriter Chris Martin
— mother to Moses and Apple
— divides her time between New York and London

my favorite Gwyn films [from most recent role]:

Country Strong [2010]

Running with Scissors [2006]

Proof [2005]

Sylvia [2003]

Possession [2002]

The Royal Tennenbaums [2001]

Shakespeare in Love [1998]– Academy Award for Best Actress

Great Expectations [1998]

Emma [1996]

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TV review: The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet

Created by Amanda de Cadenet and executive-produced by Demi Moore, The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet utilizes a casual format which evokes a girlfriends chit-chatting setting. In the first episode, de Cadenet speaks with Jane Fonda, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Silverman and Zoe Saldana. Fonda talks about marriage and intimacy issues. Paltrow discusses how the death of her father, Bruce Paltrow, profoundly affected her. Both Paltrow and de Cadenet open up about post-partum depression. Silverman addresses boundaries and being a strong woman in a male-dominated industry. Saldana focuses on body image.

Amanda de Cadenet showcases her natural skill as an interviewer. She’s adept at eliciting truthfulness and emotions from others. She’s not just a model/ photographer/ pretty face who can read lines off a teleprompter. She’s the real deal. Amanda de Cadenet has smarts and life experience to share with other women. She’s self-effacing—rather cutely obsessed with her post-pregnancy lopsided breasts—and charming. Amanda de Cadenet is a true delight that soaks in the spotlight without overshadowing anyone else.

In future episodes de Cadenet will interview more famous and influential women, including: Lady Gaga; Miley Cyrus; Eva Longoria; Kelly Preston; Alicia Keys; Senator Kristen Gillibrand [D, NY]; Ivanka Trump; Donna Karan; Gabby Sidibe. The show also features “Women on the Street” segments where de Cadenet asks a variety of women questions about body image, relationships and other women’s issues and concerns. The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet is an engaging and illuminating show with some of our favorite entertainers.

The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet premieres Thursday, April 26 at 11pm ET/PT on Lifetime

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Who Do You Think You Are? S2: DVD review

This enthralling series co-produced by Lisa Kudrow and writer/director Don Roos and originating in the UK, follows celebrities as they work with genealogists, historians and researchers to investigate their family histories. It’s heartfelt and uplifting. In finding out about their familial background, the stars inevitably uncover aspects about themselves in the process. Who Do You Think You Are? captivates and educates.

Vanessa Williams [Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives], Gwyneth Paltrow [Iron Man, Shakespeare in Love], country singer Tim McGraw, actress/ talk show host Rosie O’Donnell, Kim Cattrall [Sex and the City], Steve Buscemi [Boardwalk Empire, Reservoir Dogs], Ashley Judd [Missing, Come Every Morning] and Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Lionel Richie all take fascinating journeys to trace their roots.

Tracing her ancestors prior to the Civil War, Vanessa Williams, the first black woman crowned Miss America, discovers trailblazers. Born a free man in 1845, her great-great grandfather married a white woman in 1861 and served in the Civil War. Her great-grandfather served in public office in Tennessee. Tim McGraw researches his pre-Revolutionary War American relatives and finds connections to George Washington and Elvis Presley. An activist herself, Ashley Judd learns about a female relative who labored for women’s votes as part of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. Lionel Richie’s great-grandfather served as editor of the Knights of Wise Men, an organization that provided insurance to black men and women in the late 1870s. Gwyneth Paltrow gathers information about her truly disparate ancestors. Rosie O’Donnell travels to Ireland to learn about relatives who escaped the Irish Potato Famine. Her episode proves especially moving.

Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Acorn Media
DVD Release Date: May 1, 2012
Run Time: 335 minutes

–review by Amy Steele

purchase at Amazon: Who Do You Think You Are: Season 2

purchase at Acorn Media

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Contagion Trailer

*remember not to touch your face so much. germs. germs. germs.*

directed by Steven Soderbergh

Matt Damon
Gwyneth Paltrow
Jude Law
Kate Winslet
Laurence Fishburne
Sanaa Lathan
Jennifer Ehle
Marion Cotillard

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Country Strong: new on DVD

A ripped-from-the-tabloids story, Country Strong shows the come-back attempt of talented and award-winning country singer, Kelly Cantor [Gwyneth Paltrow]. Her manager-husband [Tim McGraw] yanks her out of rehab early and insists that she get right back on tour and go back to Dallas where she collapsed, drunk and five-months pregnant. Kelly’s husband has smudged the line between love and fame. It’s quite evident he sees his wife as a cash machine. Two up-and-coming country singers open for her—Beau Hutton and Chiles Stanton. Kelly had an affair at the rehab with Beau [Garrett Hedlund], an honest, caring guy who understands her fragility and won’t take advantage of her. Hedlund’s a scene stealer. Charisma goes a long way. As Chiles Stanton, Leighton Meester truly shines as a starry eyed dreamer. Paltrow achingly and deftly reveals every self-doubt and struggle with losing herself, her career, her youth and her lifestyle. As for the music? I’m an alternative music fan but do enjoy a bit of country pop by Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood. I was tapping my toes to this music. I’m not giving away the ending but I knew how it would end is all this macabre critic will reveal.

[this review appeared on my site when the film opened theatrically ]

Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Garrett Hedlund, Leighton Meester
Written and directed by: Shana Feste [The Greatest]
Studio: Sony
Rating: PG-13
Running time: 117 minutes
Release Date: April 12, 2011

purchase at Amazon: Country Strong

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