It Is Time to Support “The Queen”

The time has arrived to support the Queen. What?! Support the Queen?? The Queen of England? The rock group? Our inner royalty? The queenliness in all of us? My chessboard queen?? Nay, nay! I mean the movie “The Queen” opening October 6th 2006 and starring Helen Mirren. “The Queen is an intimate behind the scenes glimpse at the interaction between Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Tony Blair during their struggle, following the death of Diana, to reach a compromise between what was a private tragedy for the Royal family and the public’s demand for an overt display of mourning.” Here are the top 10 grossing films of this past weekend. Open Season The Guardian Jackass Number Two School for Scoundrels Gridiron Gang Jet Li’s Fearless The Illusionist Flyboys The Black Dahlia Little Miss Sunshine This is all there is. I ask you…. Do you see a movie with a woman over 40 in this entire list of 10? Well okay, one. “Little Miss Sunshine”. And I must admit, I don’t know if Toni Collette wants me to refer to her as a woman over 40, because she may not be, but she plays a mom with a teenage son and for those of us who waited to have children till our later years it can mean the same thing. Besides even if she isn’t, the movie is just so darn special and she is so wonderful in it, that we urge you to go see it. And Sunshine is about the only one of the other films playing now that has a mature women that did NOT make the top ten. Yes, there is “Keeping Mum” with Maggie Smith and “Hollywoodland” with Diane Lane in a supporting role. But let’s face it. It is slim pickin’s when it comes to finding a good movie starring a woman over 40 or, let’s face it, a woman ANY age in a starring role. This problem does not seem to be getting better and I am not the only one who thinks so. Please check out this Entertainment Weekly article “Hollywood VS Women” by Christine Spines,,6115,1540660_1_0_,00.html. “Six ways for Hollywood to stop alienating women. They go to movies. They bring their friends. There are 3 billion of them. So how come the big studios aren’t making more films for them?” In the Trenches Productions tries to inform you, the little gal or guy, on the ways you can convince Hollywood to make movies for women over 40 so YOU can help make things better. But Entertainment Weekly has gone a step further and given the powers-that-be in Hollywood an ingenious and coherent plan, i.e. click on link above. Entertainment Weekly is doing their part, so we, the female audience, need to start doing OUR part too. As you can see from the list of films in the entertainment section of your local paper the female demographic has very little to choose from. We’re not saying all movies should address our demographic. We are merely asking the studios to make movies for us as well. We want to be included in that elite list of targeted groups. And the studios and the distributors will reap huge rewards when they finally start doing just that. So again, In The Trenches Productions and I are encouraging you to get to the theatres this weekend and support “The Queen”! Here is a movie where a woman over 40 carries the entire movie. A woman over 40 is the big mucky muck! So we need to get there in BIG numbers and continue to do so. She needs us! So let’s all get out there and SUPPORT “THE QUEEN”!
Debbie Zipp, In The Trenches Productions

Published in: on October 4, 2006 at 1:55 am  Leave a Comment  

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