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Gender Watch: Theron for Snow, Cholodenko Talks, Lisbeth Salander and Hollywood's Woman Problem

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 29, 2010 at 5:55AM

-Charlize Theron could be in, and Angelina Jolie out for director Rupert Sanders' Snow White and The Huntsman, according to ThePlaylist. It was always a hopeful stretch to think that Jolie would sign up (get in line) but Theron's schedule has opened up thanks to the Mad Max postponement. That makes her an attractive candidate for evil queen Ravenna, who hires a bounty hunter (Inception Brit Tom Hardy, also starring in Mad Max) to chase down Snow White after her escape. Theron is currently shooting Jason Reitman's Young Adult with Patrick Wilson. While not as established as an action star as Jolie, Theron is one of the few actresses who can legitimately be considered alongside Jolie in the action sphere (as much for Monster and In The Valley of Elah as "actioners" Æon Flux and Hancock). Plot details are murky, but we like the thought of watching Theron boss around Hardy.
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-Charlize Theron could be in, and Angelina Jolie out for director Rupert Sanders' Snow White and The Huntsman, according to ThePlaylist. It was always a hopeful stretch to think that Jolie would sign up (get in line) but Theron's schedule has opened up thanks to the Mad Max postponement. That makes her an attractive candidate for evil queen Ravenna, who hires a bounty hunter (Inception Brit Tom Hardy, also starring in Mad Max) to chase down Snow White after her escape. Theron is currently shooting Jason Reitman's Young Adult with Patrick Wilson. While not as established as an action star as Jolie, Theron is one of the few actresses who can legitimately be considered alongside Jolie in the action sphere (as much for Monster and In The Valley of Elah as "actioners" Æon Flux and Hancock). Plot details are murky, but we like the thought of watching Theron boss around Hardy.

UPDATE: Johnny Depp offered lead, Hardy is out.

-The $4-million The Kids Are All Right is an indie crowd-pleaser--with an all-star cast including Oscar-buzzing co-stars Annette Bening, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo--that has already generated over $20 million at the U.S. box office. Director Lisa Cholodenko, in the UK for its London premiere as part of the London Film Festival, is trying to clarify the film's intentions. She told BBC Newsbeat: "There's nothing sanctimonious. There's no rainbow flags, this is not PC - we're not doing that kind of movie." Speaking to The Guardian, she spoke of England's relationship to gay-themed stories. Referring to Joe Orton's Prick Up Your Ears, rife with its "world of gay men...there is a kind of homo-outcast-tragedy thing, which is always going on," she says. "It's like, fucking hell, it's such a drag. Let's find a more interesting way to work with these kinds of characters. I think people have found The Kids Are All Right incredibly fresh because it's like, finally, somebody doesn't have to die. I feel really cynical about the gay martyr movie. I think we're way past having to be represented like that. You know, I challenge people, if they're going to put gay life or gay characters on screen, to do it in a much more complex, fresh and worthy way." Ruffalo is on the same page: "I loved that it felt honest like a true gay family that was having its problems. But it felt like any other family to me."

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- Speaking with Women and Hollywood, Noomi Rapace says that Dragon Tattoo's Lisbeth Salander is relatable: "She does not complain and she doesn’t accept being a victim…Her battle is for a better life and to be free and I think everybody experiences that at some point in their life. They say: 'OK, I’m not going to take this anymore. This is the point of no return. I’m going to stand up and say no.  I’m going to be true to myself and even if you don’t like me, that’s fine. I don’t want to play the game of the charming nice sexy girl anymore.'"

And while Rapace (who is going Hollywood with a role as a gypsy in Guy Ritchie's upcoming Sherlock Holmes sequel) does think that more actresses are landing more complex roles to play (and credits Salander with proving that at the box office), the issue of perception and ownership of female strength is still problematic: "I think that the world is ready to see more complicated female characters that are more like the male characters. I talked to Guy Ritchie the other day and he said, 'I don’t think about her as a woman- she’s like a man, she’s like a whole person.' And I said, 'good. If that’s what it takes.'"

This article is related to: Box Office, Directors, Franchises, Genres, Headliners, Hollywood, Daily Read, Girl with Dragon Tattoo, Thriller, Independents, comedy, Foreign, Noomi Rapace, Annette Bening, Julianne Moore


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.