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One of the greatest producers of all time is a woman, Kathleen Kennedy, and wants to see more women in film

Kathleen Kennedy is an American film producer. In 1981 she co-founded Amblin Entertainment with her husband, Frank Marshall, and Steven Spielberg. She is known for producing the Jurassic Park films, and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Kennedy is the second-most successful film producer of all time (after Steven Spielberg) in terms of domestic box office receipts with totals at just over $5 billion.

via Wikipedia

She is ahead of George Lucas, Brian Grazer, and Michael Bay to name a few.

After her, there are 32 men until the next women appears, which is Laura Ziskin. She is known for Pretty Woman, the Spider-Man movies, and as the first female producer of the Academy Awards.

A personal quote of Kathleen Kennedy:

Believe and set your sights on the fact that you can do it. It’s certainly a goal any woman can have, just like any man.

But what I always find interesting is when you take the areas of writing, producing and directing. I don’t think there’s a great deal of discrimination — although I’m completely perplexed and confused as to why there aren’t more women. For instance, if we’re looking for new, young directors, which is something we do all the time, we certainly never go look at films because they’re directed by a man or a woman. We look at films because they are winning awards, they’re good, and it has nothing to do with gender. And women certainly have equal opportunity to get into a university like UCLA or USC, to get into the film department, to take the same courses to allow them to make films, to deal with a whole gamut of subject matter, and yet I don’t know what happens. There’s something that happens in the process of getting there that seems to turn many women away.

Irreverent and scary: the other comic con movies

Total Recall

Set to come out in 2012 with Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, and Jessica Biel. From Rotten Tomatoes:

“Director Len Wiseman (Underworld) jumps into the remake game with this retooling of Philip K. Dick’s short story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, originally brought to the big screen by Paul Verhoeven in the 1990 sci-fi action eye-popper starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Colin Farrell stars as a blue-collar worker whose grip on his own identity breaks down after realizing…”

Star Wars

The Complete Saga – 9 discs on Blu-ray – I know what you’re thinking and I too already own too 7 sets of Star Wars movies. But, you have to watch these trailers, I mean you have to. They are that good.

2011 Comic Con sneak peekofficial trailer

Available September 16

Charlie’s Angels

An upcoming ABC series, Thurs 8pm – Three beautiful women, a former Miami police officer, a mysterious street racer, and a well-to-do thief, are given a chance at redemption when they are recruited by an anonymous millionaire named Charlie Townsend to solve crimes while struggling with their own personal problems, love lives and each others’ friendship.

The Raven

Starring John Cusack, to come out in 2012. From IMDB -  IMDB: “A fictionalized account of the last days of Edgar Allan Poe’s life, in which the poet is in pursuit of a serial killer whose murders mirror those in the writer’s stories.”

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
`’Tis some visitor,’ I muttered, `tapping at my chamber door -
Only this, and nothing more.’

the full poem

Pacific Rim

Guillermo Del Toro is a legend in the sci-fi, horror, and monster genres and it’s easy see why. Here is his proclamation’s at the 2011 Comic Con, from The Hollywood Reporter:

Del Toro is working on the robot-monster film Pacific Rim and said of Legendary’s involvement in the project, “It’s a miracle finding a company that has the energy, the ambition, the balls to make movies the way we want to make them.”

The director lived up to the wild cheers that had greeted him in the hall (in Spanish and English alike) by making a promise to his fans: “It is my duty to commit to film the finest f—ing monsters ever committed to film. And secondly – I make the pledge to create the greatest f—ing robots ever committed to film.”

Not much out about the movie, except this one sentence plot and the military insignia picture: “When an alien attack threatens the Earth’s existence,giant robots piloted by humans are deployed to fight off the menace.”

Tintin

It’s an old character being reinvented through animation. Not many probably know of this small time hero, unless you live in France, Belgium, or Germany where he is huge. Perhaps this is solely an international play?

The film does have two names big enough to get me to see it: Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson. Tintin comes out this December.