Gwyneth Paltrow, director

85222__gp_lLike everyone in Hollywood, what Gwyneth Paltrow really wants to do is direct. She’s getting her shot this week in Brooklyn, where, according to this New York Times report, she’s codirecting a 10-minute short called ”Dealbreakers,” a comic montage about a woman’s series of bad first dates. She wrote the story, too, adapting it from an essay sumbitted by a reader of Glamour magazine as part of a contest.

The Glamour competition yielded four films for a project by a group of actresses and female executives ”to further the cause of women in film,” the Times reports. (After all, how better to give unsung women a leg up in the industry than by giving a job to one of the world’s most in-demand actresses?) Watch for the four shorts on screen in selected cities in October and on a DVD inside the pages of Glamour’s December issue.

”There’s no reason why, if there’s Wedding Crashers for boys, there can’t be something really funny yet intelligent for women, that has something to say for women,” Paltrow tells the Times. Yeah, that’s fair, boys get a feature-length comedy made with studio money and distributed on thousands of screens; Gwyneth gets 10 minutes, a micro-budget, and distribution in the form of a magazine insert.

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  • EP Sato

    Apples to Oranges.
    True that Hollywood doesn’t let women often take the helm (hey, they also dis Latino and Black directors too, many thanks for forgetting us….AGAIN), this is not to say that there have never been anything aimed at the interests and issues faced by women. Women’s magazines are significantly more plentiful than men’s magazines. As for directing, Hollywood has long shunned female (ahem, and minority) directors for years. That’s why independent cinema was created in the first place!
    However, things have changed in recent years. Tina Fey, Rene Zelweger, Wynona Rider and Julia Roberts are among those acctresses who either wrote, produced or starred in hit movies that were about women’s issues (“Mean Girls”, “Bridgette Jones”, “Heathers”, “Erin Brokovich”). A lot of smaller “niche” movies made to appeal for women have also done okay. The point is that women don’t need hollywood to become directors. In fact, as most Black directors have demonstrated, the best way to break in is to do a few independent movies and then make some blockbusters not just aimed at a niche audience. EW was just pointing this out in the most recent issue.
    IMHO, it is tremendous that Glamour is working to give more female directors a chance to sit behind the camera, and look forward to the day when more mainstream movies are directed by women.
    Now, to say that this is a response to “the wedding crashers” seems like apples to oranges. Women had “Sex and the City”. and what men’s magazine comes with a DVD that features movies made by the readers of the magazine itself? Men might have Hollywood, but women have a big leg up on niche publications, which leads me to wonder, what director wouldn’t want their product sent directly to several million potential fans?
    Apples to Oranges.

  • Ann Thrope

    This is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever read on PopWatch. Let’s count the reasons why Gwyneth Paltrow has less talent than the fry cook at McDonald’s (which at least can make fries that are crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside, yum):
    1. She’s co-directing, which means she needed another director to help with…
    2. A 10-minute short. Who needs help with a 10 minute short?!?
    3. She “wrote” the story, but couldn’t even come up with the concept herself. She had to borrow from a reader? And a reader of Glamour magazine? Glamour is what Better Homes & Gardens readers pick up when they’re feeling racy.
    4. A comic montage of a woman’s bad first dates is so unoriginal, tired and trite. This is worse than the filmmaking stunt that Coke sponsors that runs in the movie trailers. For shame, Gwyneth!

  • Gil

    Ann…How many short films have you directed? Ever been nominated for an Oscar, let alone won one? You’re probably a no-talent bitch who gets off on dissing real talents. Jealous beyotch!

  • Ann Thrope

    I’m a bitch all right, and I definitely get off on dissing what you call “real” talent. I await another of your not-so-snappy comebacks…

  • Joe

    When Gwyneth writes and directs a feature film, call me.

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