Where are Women are Finding Success Directing Films? Infographic with Latest Stats

We all know that women do not dominate in the area of female directors, but did you know that there have only been fours (4) who have been nominated for an Oscar in 85 years?

Women in Film

Check out this infographic from Fandor, an online streaming movie service with a global library of independent films. The infographic offers up-to-date statistics including the recent (and relative) success in independent film for female directors.

Fandor Womens Directors Infographic

Fandor Womens Directors Infographic

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Review: IRIS from Cirque du Soleil – A Journey Through the World of Cinema

We were excited to come out and cover the Red Carpet event for IRIS at the Kodak Theatre as well as be invited to come to a press preview of this new show a few days later.

At the Red Carpet event, we got to speak with Danny Elfman about the challenges he had with creating the music for IRIS:

We also spoke with the writer/director Philippe Decoufle – he talks about the journey over the past 3 years in developing this show:

Here’s a video clip that shows a little of the amazing choreography of a Cirque du Soleil Show – IRIS “on the Rooftop”

Creating the show – it starts with music

Transforming the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles for IRIS

Our Review of IRIS

IRIS - Cirque du Soleil

IRIS - Cirque du Soleil

There are 23 Cirque du Soleil shows around the world, i’ve seen seven of them (La Nouba, Mystere, Dralion, O, Criss Angel Believe, Kooza) and as of tonight, Iris, their newest show. Their shows are all awesome, by the very definition of the word, though to varying degrees. O, I saw in it’s 3rd year, and to this day I have never seen anything as monumental. The other shows I’d seen, all were second year and beyond, all very well greased machines, it was nice to finally see a freshman Cirque show like Iris, because there were still a few visible seams and loose strings here and there.

Tonight’s show, one of the trapeze artists missed a mark, and was stranded midair for a couple of beats, when she got back on her swing, she sat out for a little, leading me to think she had injured herself midair, but just then she rejoined the other aerialists for the rest of the routine. That was the most noticeable moment.

Other than a few shaky human pyramids, and a landing here or that that didn’t exactly Stick It. I knew there was no imminent danger for anyone, and when the spotters came out for a few of the more ambitious acrobatic feats, it was obvious that the performers were running at the edge, but weren’t 100% hitting their stride, that made Iris the most human Cirque show i’d ever seen. And I liked that.

IRIS - Cirque du Soleil

IRIS - Cirque du Soleil

Though some of the scenes felt too long. The running story was also left to the wayside a bit. The first half, I found myself analyzing the characters and their symbolism in ‘The World of Cinema’ and i had to stop, because i was obviously over thinking it.

The costumes were great, of two of the clowns, one reminded me of a young Steve Martin, dressed like a Matador in a Tuxedo, and another reminded me of Martin Short, just in a dance bit though. Though the clowns disappeared in the messy cacophonous numbers that the second act was full of, where everyone was on stage, huge choreographed dance numbers being upstaged by aerialists, I was sitting in the Mezzanine and didn’t know where to look. This works well for Believe, but the key to a Magic show is misdirection, which was an unfortunate side effect for Iris. Misdirection. The show progresses from the early days of cinema, with the props evolving, too subtly. But the tone changes with the show as well. Like the trapeze artist, the show missed a mark.

But after a few weeks of notes, i have no doubt that everyone will find and maintain their footing. I’d like to see the show again in six months to see how it progressed, as it was obviously still finding itself.

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More About IRIS: A JOURNEY THROUGH THE WORLD OF CINEMA

http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/IRIS

Previews begin July 2011 for IRIS A Journey through the World of Cinema(™), the first permanent production from Cirque du Soleil® in Los Angeles and taking up residence exclusively at the world-renowned Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center.

IRIS is a lyrical, fanciful, kinetic foray through the world of cinema bringing together dance, acrobatics, live video, and filmed sequences and takes spectators on a fantastic voyage through the history of cinema and its genres.

Featuring 72 performers, 200 costumes, 8,300 square feet of floor surface, 174 loudspeakers, 603 lighting features, 20 video projectors, and 166,000 watts of sound, IRIS joins the other Cirque du Soleil resident productions in scale, scope and size.

IRIS is written and directed by French director-choreographer Philippe Decouflé, whose credits include opening and closing ceremonies of the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville. IRIS features music by Grammy® and Emmy Award® winner and Academy Award® nominee Danny Elfman.

Website: http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/IRIS

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrisCirque

Recap of Days 1 and 2 – D23 – Disney 23 Ultimate Fan Expo 2011

We’re excited to be covering the D23 Ultimate Disney Fan Expo – here are some photos and videos from the past two days in Anaheim. D23 guests got to see first hand – the creative teams and stars of some of  the upcoming films that Disney has planned for release in the coming year.

Day One Video Recap

Day Two Video Recap

Sold Out Crowds on Saturday at D23 

FANS At D23

FANS At D23

A Big Hit today – Marvel Comics Cast of the Avengers!

Marvel’s president of Production Kevin Feige joined some of the top names in film on Saturday, August 20 at 10:30 a.m. at the Walt Disney Studios panel to discuss Marvel Studios’ plans for 2012, including the hotly anticipated Marvel’s The Avengers!

ROBERT DOWNEY JR., CHRIS HEMSWORTH, SCARLETT JOHANSSON, JEREMY RENNER, COBIE SMULDERS, TOM HIDDLESTON, KEVIN FEIGE (PRESIDENT OF MARVEL STUDIOS)

ROBERT DOWNEY JR., CHRIS HEMSWORTH, SCARLETT JOHANSSON, JEREMY RENNER, COBIE SMULDERS, TOM HIDDLESTON, KEVIN FEIGE (PRESIDENT OF MARVEL STUDIOS)

25 Years of Pixar

John Lasseter (chief creative officer, Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios) and other key creative figures responsible for twenty-five years of moviemaking magic and 12 heartwarming and groundbreaking films at Pixar were at D23 to talk about past and future projects.
ANDREW STANTON, JIM MORRIS, LINDSEY COLLINS, DAN SCANLON, KATHERINE SARAFIAN, RICH ROSS (CHAIRMAN, THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS), JOHN LASSETER (CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER, WALT DISNEY AND PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS), MARK ANDREWS, PETE DOCTER, BOB PETERSON, JONAS RIVERA, JOHN WALKER

ANDREW STANTON, JIM MORRIS, LINDSEY COLLINS, DAN SCANLON, KATHERINE SARAFIAN, RICH ROSS (CHAIRMAN, THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS), JOHN LASSETER (CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER, WALT DISNEY AND PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS), MARK ANDREWS, PETE DOCTER, BOB PETERSON, JONAS RIVERA, JOHN WALKER

Upcoming Feature Films were highlighted at D23

JOHN LASSETER (CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER, WALT DISNEY AND PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS)

JOHN LASSETER (CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER, WALT DISNEY AND PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS)

DisneyToon Studios’ Planes
It was announced that actor Jon Cryer (TV’s “Two and a Half Men”) will voice the main character in DisneyToon Studios’ Planes. Jon joined John Lasseter on stage for the announcement and to introduce the teaser trailer of the film.

Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph
Director Rich Moore welcomed Jack McBrayer and Sarah Silverman on stage where the D23 audience was the first to see the opening sequence from the movie.

Disney•Pixar’s Brave
Filmmakers Mark Andrews and Katherine Sarafian were joined by actors Kelly Macdonald and Kevin McKidd to present footage from the film.

KATHERIINE SARAFIAN, MARK ANDREWS

KATHERIINE SARAFIAN, MARK ANDREWS

Disney•Pixar’s Monsters University
In a special surprise appearance, Billy Crystal, flanked by Mike Wazowski and Sulley, joined director Dan Scanlon to discuss the film and show some behind-the-scenes making of the film.

SULLEY, BILLY CRYSTAL, DAN SCANLON, MIKE WAZOWSKI

SULLEY, BILLY CRYSTAL, DAN SCANLON, MIKE WAZOWSKI

John Carter
Producer Jim Morris and director Andrew Stanton were accompanied by the film’s stars Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, and Willem Dafoe to present never-before-seen footage, introducing fans to the film’s epic characters.

WILLEM DAFOE, TAYLOR KITSCH, LYNN COLLINS, ANDREW STANTON

WILLEM DAFOE, TAYLOR KITSCH, LYNN COLLINS, ANDREW STANTON

Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie
Producers Don Hahn and Allison Abbate gave fans a sneak peek at what’s to come in next year’s film, including a demonstration on how these fascinating characters come to life through stop-motion animation.

The Odd Life of Timothy Green
The film’s star Jennifer Garner was on hand to talk about the inspiring, magical film and her experience making the movie.

JENNIFER GARNER, SEAN BAILEY (PRESIDENT, PRODUCTION THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS)

JENNIFER GARNER, SEAN BAILEY (PRESIDENT, PRODUCTION THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS)

Oz The Great and Powerful
Unable to join in person as they’re currently filming in Detroit, the film’s director Sam Raimi and stars James Franco, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis and Zach Braff provided fans with a first look at the making of Oz The Great and Powerful via a taped piece from the set of the film.

Disney’s The Muppets
Stars Jason Segel, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy gave fans an exclusive look at never-before-seen footage from their upcoming film.

KERMIT THE FROG, JASON SEGEL

KERMIT THE FROG, JASON SEGEL

KERMIT THE FROG, JASON SEGEL

KERMIT THE FROG, JASON SEGEL

MISS PIGGY, KERMIT THE FROG, JASON SEGEL

MISS PIGGY, KERMIT THE FROG, JASON SEGEL

Disneynature’s Chimpanzee
Walt Disney Studios Chairman Rich Ross presented the next Disneynature film, Chimpanzee.

Marvel’s The Avengers
The Avengers assembled at the D23 Expo, alongside producer and president of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige.  Stars Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Cobie Smulders and Chris Hemsworth made an appearance to present their upcoming film.

Disney Princesses (real and imagined)

JIM FIELDING, ANIKA NONI ROSE & Disney Princesses

JIM FIELDING, ANIKA NONI ROSE & Disney Princesses

Photo Gallery of Main Events from D23 Expo

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When Pregnancy, Puberty & Menopause Collide… in Paris?

What’s a good story without some conflict? Imagine traveling to Paris with your daughters… while you are in the throws of menopause and your daughters are experiencing their own hormonal changes from puberty to pregnancy?

My Bitchy Witchy Paris Vacation This new original web series is created by Alexis Niki and shot entirely in Paris. Mingle Media TV is excited to be airing this on our network and hope that the support of our women, mothers and sisters appreciate this comedic yet touching story as it unfolds in Paris.

“My Bitchy Witchy Paris Vacation” shares the story of a mother going through menopause and travels to Paris with her two daughters who are going through hormonal changes of their own.

Imagine traveling abroad with your daughters (15-year-old in the throes of puberty, and a 24-year old pregnant with her first child) and their bickering as sisters do, while you are going through hot flashes and your own emotional crisis?

You’ll love how the culture and hormones collide in this true-to-life adventure both sweet, sometimes painful, as it explores the humorous side of mother-daughter relationships, the bonds of sisterhood, and the anxiety stirred by life’s major transitions.

Join us in watching this series as it unfolds here on Mingle Media TV and please share it with your friends. You can follow on Facebook and Twitter as well.