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Vintage Year for Films by Women Directors, But…

Earlier this year, “Hurt Locker” filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow made history as the first female to win an Oscar as Best Director — in addition to being the first so honored by the Directors Guild of America, and winning numerous other accolades. 

Now, there are at least three woman-directed movies bound to be in the mix through this coming awards season:  Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere” that just won top honors at the Venice Film Festival, Lisa Cholodenko’s “The Kids Are All Right,” and Julie Taymor’s “The Tempest” starring Helen Mirren in the now-female lead role of Prospera.  The latter, unveiled as the closing film (not in competition) in Venice drew a huge ovation and reviews at polar extremes — not unusal for the visionary Taymor. 

So, women are making progress in the filmmaking world, right? 

Unfortunately, statistics from Martha M. Lauzen’s most recent The Celluloid Ceiling annual study tell a different story.  Lauzen, executive director of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, found that there was actually a smaller percentage of women directors of 2009 films than 2001 – with a mere 7 per cent, down 3 per cent, in fact.  The stats for cinematographers were worse; only 2 per cent of the top 250 films of last year were lensed by females.

Awaiting Word on ‘Spider-Man,’ Hutcherson Focuses on ‘Kids’

Josh Hutcherson

Josh Hutcherson seems to be taking in stride the fact that he’s all over the internet these days as one of the anointed few shortlisted to become the new Spider-Man in Sony’s planned reboot of the film franchise.  “It’s weird to be talked about that much for a part and nobody knows who’ll get it,” he admits.  But at least Hutcherson has more than enough to keep him occupied while he awaits word.

He takes off Sunday (6/27) for New York promotion chores and the East Coast premiere of “The Kids Are All Right.”  He plays the son of Annette Bening and Julianne Moore in Lisa Cholodenko’s drama about a long-time lesbian couple’s world getting shaken up when their teenage son and daughter contact their previously anonymous sperm donor dad (Mark Ruffalo).  The film collected raves at the Sundance, Berlin, Sydney and L.A. Film Festivals.  It opens July 9.

As far as potential controversy, he says, “I really hope people just see it for what it is without being political.  It’s a movie about a family.  “The sexuality takes a back seat to that, really.  It focuses on a family, a marriage, and I personally feel you could exchange the two moms with any situation – two dads, a mom and dad – and the dynamic would be the same.  We’re not trying to go out of our way to make a political statement.

“When I first read this script, I knew it was going to make an incredible movie.  Then when I found out the actors, I was blown away,” adds the 17-year-old, who’s been turning in first rate performances (“Bridge to Terabithia,” “Zathura,” “Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant,” etc.) while he’s been growing up.

Josh also has “Red Dawn” in the can.  The remake of John Milius’ 1984 flick has China invading the United States.   “That’s a really cool movie with a cool concept about a bunch of teens fighting back after this invasion.  I loved it!  It was so much fun to make,” he says.  “We did military training for it.”

He’ll head home to Kentucky for the 4th of July holiday, then take to the road for a cross country trip with a group including his mom and a cousin.  After that, he has the sequel to his “Journey to the Center of the Earth” movie to prepare for.  “Mysterious Island” goes into production this fall.