THE WEEK IN WOMEN: 9 TO 5 sequel, ‘CHARLIE’S ANGELS’ reboot, RGB and OCEAN’S 8 at home — Brandy McDonnell Reports

The hours may be different these days, but Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton are going back to work for a 9 to 5 sequel. Rashida Jones is attached to co-write a script with original screenwriter Patricia Resnick. Kristen Stewart and British newcomer Ella Balinska are cast as the new team in the latest iteration of Charlie’s Angels, with Elizabeth Banks directing as co-starring as Bosley. RBG, the documentary about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, comes to DVD and Blu-ray next month, while Mimi Leder’s Ginsburg biopic, On the Basis of Sex starring Felicity Jones, is due in theaters December 25. Ocean’s 8, the all-female iteration of the action adventure franchise. is due out soon on 4K UHD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD Special Edition and Digital. Read the full stories on THE WEEK IN WOMEN

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RBG — Review by Diane Carson

RBG celebrates Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s amazing career and life. Twice in the documentary, Ruth Bader Ginsburg quotes nineteenth-century abolitionist and suffragette Sarah Grimké, “I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.” RBG’s decades of legal work is testament to her lifetime commitment to human dignity and equality. Continue reading…

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Julie Cohen and Betsy West Talk RBG — Interview by Nell Minow

Julie Cohen and Betsy West

Julie Cohen and Betsy West

Shakespeare could have been writing about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg when he said, “Though she be but little, she is fierce!” When she was a law professor in the 1970’s, Justice Ginsburg helped design the strategy and argued the Supreme Court cases that were as critical to defining the rights of women under the Constitution as the Brown v. Board of Education case was for defining the rights of racial minorities. She was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton and now, at age 85, the tiny, opera-loving Supreme Court Justice who proudly wears a lacy collar when she dissents from the majority decision has become an unexpected popular icon, lovingly mocked by Kate McKinnon on “Saturday Night Live” and nicknamed “Notorious RBG.” A new documentary called “RBG,” directed by Betsy West and Julie Cohen, is AWFJ’s Movie of the Week (#MOTW). In an interview, Cohen and West spoke about the film’s production and the impact of RBG — both the person and the documentary. Continue reading…

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RBG – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

rbg.PShe’s an unlikely 21st-century icon. Shy, serious, intellectual Ruth Bader Ginsberg, associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, 85 years old. She was ranked as pretty centrist, politically, during her early years on America’s highest bench. But as the Court moved sharply to the right during the Bush years, and even more so since the rise of Trump, she has become a passionate voice for liberal and progressive perspectives, often penning her own individual dissenting opinions to right-leaning Court decisions. It’s hardly surprising, then, that she has becoming a beacon of hope to those who despair at the direction the nation has been moving in. That she has become the star of her own social-media memes, where she is known with roarsome affection as Notorious RBG. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK May 4, 2018: RBG

motw logo 1-35As the saying goes, not all superheroes wear capes. In fact, some might even be clad in black robes and lace collars. That’s the emotional takeaway from Julie Cohen and Betsy West’s excellent documentary “RBG,” which tells the story of iconic Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Tracing her life from childhood through the present, the film both humanizes Ginsburg and cements exactly why she’s so beloved by those who are passionate about women’s rights and gender equality. Continue reading…

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Talking RBG with Katie, age 8 — Interview by Betsy Bozdech

rbg poster 2Girls growing up in a world full of “She Persisted” T-shirts, Hilary Clinton bumper stickers, and books like Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls and Rad Women from A-Z may already know the name Ruth Bader Ginsburg. But they’re guaranteed to learn a lot more about “The Notorious RBG” from Julie Cohen and Betsy West’s energizing documentary RBG. I had the privilege of watching it with my 8-year-old daughter (who recognized some of the archival photos from her beloved copy of I Dissent) and talking about the film with her afterward. Continue reading…

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RBG – Review by Cate Marquis

RBG POSTERThis documentary gives us the low-down on this brilliant but reserved attorney who is having an unlikely turn as a cultural darling. The documentary RBG starts out with clips of Republican or politically-conservative men reviling Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg as if she were the devil incarnate. For these right-leaning white men, she may well be just that, or at least their worst nightmare, a characterization the small but mighty RBG might embrace, or maybe even relish. Continue reading…

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