Hollywood Loves Women Drivers: ‘The Lady in the Van,’ ‘The Lady in the car with Glasses and a Gun’

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Dame Maggie Smith and Freya Mavor have a lot in common this holiday season, especially when it comes to using vehicles.

We all know the sexist statement that “women drivers are terrible at driving.” Well, Smith and Mavor are upending that old wives tale and driving away with it. Okay enough with the car metaphors.

Smith is starring in this holiday season’s new film “The Lady in the Van,” while Mavor is bringing drama and action in her film “The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun.”

Smith’s “Lady in the Van” centers around a man who forms an unexpected bond with a homeless woman – played by Smith – who is living in her car/van that is parked in his driveway. It looks like it has a lot of heart, comedy, fun, and of course Smith.

Meanwhile, Mavor in “The Lady the Car”…and other items, is based on a 1970s film with the same name. In this French modern version, Mavor borrows a car – and unbeknownst to her – there is a dead body in the trunk. The dead body is where everything, along with Mavor’s character and her world starts to unravel.

Enjoy the ride.

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11/20/2015 Is The Best For Women In Film & TV, Also We Lost The WW

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November 20, 2015, is shaping up to be the best for women. Can someone say “Girl Power,” better yet “Women Power.”

After a near five year hiatus from the music spotlight – a surgery and raising a child – the crossover artist Adele will be dropping her newest album titled “25.” Her single “Hello” has remained No. 1 on iTunes for one month since it debuted on Oct. 20. Adele’s single proves her sustainability, but the album itself might be bigger than ever.

In addition to the power house of Adele, the last film installment of “The Hunger Games” trilogy, “Mocking Jay Part 2” is expected to be a box office juggernaut. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Haroldson, and Josh Hutcherson, just to name a few. Lawrence’s Katniss and the resistance will try to get at President Snow – played by Donald Sutherland – one last time. Who will win? Read the three books on which the film trilogy is based on in order to find out, or just watch the saga end on the big screen.

Also on the big screen, there is a murder mystery, and an unrequited and forbidden love story. “Secrets in their Eyes” stars Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as all three try to catch a killer who has been released due to lack of evidence. The twist is that Roberts’ character is an FBI agent whose daughter was murdered by the aforementioned killer.

“Secrets in their Eyes” is based off the Oscar winning Foreign Language Film “Los secretos en los ojos.” It was hailed as exceptional, this American version might be as good.

The forbidden love story titled “Carol” stars Care Blanchette, Rooney Mara, and Sarah Paulson. In the 1950s, Blanchette, as Carol, is stuck in a loveless marriage until she meets Mara’s Therese who stirs feelings of friendship, and even love. This film has sapphic/same-sex themes.

Meanwhile on the small screen, as in TV, the Marvel/Netflix companion TV series “Jessica Jones” lands with one full season. A few months ago “Daredevil” premiered on the streaming giant with mixed but satisfying reviews. Jones will be played by Krysten Ritter. Ritter starred in “Breaking Bad,” among others. One reviewer has called this “Jessica Jones” superhero as a new kind of hero.

On another streaming giant, “The Man in the High Castle” will also debut on Amazon Prime. The series looks gritty, bold, and it will challenge everyone’s mindset. “The Man in the High Castle,” which is based off a book of the same name, tells the story of “What If the world lost WWI and WWII to the Nazis?” And as a result, what kind of world would we all live in? It stars Rufus Sewell and DJ Qualls among others.

Remember Nov. 20, 2015.

Daniel Craig Is Done As ‘James Bond,’ Here Are Some New Contenders

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“Bond, James Bond.” But who’s next? The first was Sean Connery, then James Lazenby, Connery again, then along came Roger Moore, followed by Timothy Dalton, then Pierce Brosnan, and now Daniel Craig has continued the legacy of the popular British spy film series.

Now with the worldwide success of the new “James Bond” film “Spectre” that stars Craig, the big question remains, who will replace him?

Craig has stated in an interview that he would rather “slit his wrists than do another [Bond] film.” He made his success in independent movies, but the British international espionage franchise has put him on the global picture map. Now that “Spectre” is done Bond fans and the studio can look to the future.

Here are some future suggestions for the international man. Firstly, Idris Elba’s name has been thrown around, campaigned for on social media, and even rejected by one of the film’s writers stating that Elba was “too street” to play the role.

Whatever the case, Elba is a contender as audiences have seen him to be extremely versatile: from playing the hard nose detective Luther in the hit British TV series of the same name, and he shocked American viewers with his role in “The Wire.” Elba has also made appearances in popular comic book-to-film adaptations such as “Thor” and “Thor: the Dark World,” among other films. Elba has my vote.

Secondly, another actor who is no stranger to playing deep characters like Elba is Chiwetel Ejiofor. Ejiofor has starred in “12 Years A Slave,” “American Gangster,” “Salt” opposite Angelina Jolie Pitt, and he has starred in two big blockbuster movie hits: “2012,” and this year’s “The Martian.” Ejiofor like Elba can go deep into his roles maybe even deeper.

And finally, these next two Bond contenders have some luck about them. In fairness, they both have Irish luck. Colin Farrell is Irish, and Dominic Purcell was raised by an Irish mother and Norwegian father.

Both Farrell and Purcell are no strangers to playing superheroes, like Farrell as Bullseye in 2003’s “Daredevil,” and Purcell currently as Heatwave in the hit TV series “The Flash.” In other words, they both know about action and the drama. While Farrell has shined in roles where the movies have either been successful or have failed, Purcell too has shined but his movies list is shorter than Farrell’s.

Purcell may have a long ways to go, but he – like Farrell – can bring a brand new dynamic to the Bond role.