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Thelma and Louise Take a Selfie

You just know that if Thelma & Louise were hitting the road today, they would at some point take a selfie. Recently, co-stars Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis did the next best thing, and an image to that effect adorns the cover of this week’s The Hollywood Reporter‘s compilation of Tinseltown’s 100 Favorite Films.

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Geena Davis Stirs Things Up in Seattle

Actress turned media expert Geena Davis spoke to a pair of audiences in Seattle on Monday. The first, on the campus of Microsoft, was made up mostly of men; the second, at Seattle Town Hall, consisted largely of women.

Why this is relevant is that it provided a perfect visual representation of the male-female divide upon which Davis’ Institute of Gender in Media is pinned. During her second evening appearance, the Oscar winner suggested that the world is due for a resurgence of the women’s movement, although a new word may be in order. Per a report by KPLU Tacoma public radio‘s Tom Paulson:

Many noted that the word ‘feminist’ has become tainted. Davis got a laugh when she recalled the reaction she got from critics and many in the public when she described one of her other movies about women baseball players, A League of Their Own, as a feminist movie.

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Thelma and Louise Are Hitting the Road Again

Thelma & Louise: The 20th Anniversary Homecoming – a one-night only live stage reunion featuring 1991 Sony/MGM film co-stars Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon – is scheduled for June 7th … in Toronto. That’s right, way north of the original setting of the film – Oklahoma, Arizona, Texas.

It just doesn’t seem right, even though the Roy Thomson Hall event is linked to a noble local cause:

Presenting sponsor MasterCard Canada is donating “Best of House” tickets to the Women’s College Hospital Foundation to sell exclusively… Funds raised will support the construction of a new, state-of-the-art facility for Women’s College Hospital.

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Geena Davis Hosts Second ‘Gender in Media’ Symposium

Everyone is atwitter today about the accidental Tourist honors showered upon Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Tomorrow, at the Skirball Cultural Center, actress Geena Davis – an Oscar winner in 1988 for The Accidental Tourist – will host her second “Gender in Media” symposium.

The invitation-only affair is all part of Davis’ new role as head of her very own non-profit think tank, since 2004. In addition to her keynote address, other lunchtime speakers will include Geraldine Laybourne, Chairman of Alloy Media, and USC Annenberg Associate Professor Dr. Stacy Smith.

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Lady In Red: Much Ado About Sarah Palin’s Clothing

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Robin Abcarian and Kate Linthicum‘s take on Sarah Palin‘s Clothesgate — or whatever it’s being called — is pretty standard he-said-she-said, but we have to give them credit for ending on a kicker quote with which most people in this image-conscious town would have to agree:

“I am an Obama supporter, but when I heard that for $150,000, they dressed her, her children and her husband, I thought, ‘that’s not much,’ ” said Vicki Sanchez, a costume designer who dressed Geena Davis as the first female U.S. president on the short-lived TV show Commander in Chief.

“When you start buying $3,000 suits, boots that cost anywhere from $800 and up, and designer shoes, which cost $500 at least, it goes fast,” Sanchez said. “She looks damn good. Get over it.”

Indeed.

Earlier: FBLA’s Waredrobe-Gate Wrap Up.

Bernie Brillstein Dies at 77

Bernie Brillstein.jpgBernie Brillstein, one of the premiere manager/producers in the industry and the orchestrator behind the careers of John Belushi, Jim Henson and a slew of ‘Saturday Night Live’ stars, died this week from complications stemming from double-bypass heart surgery in February.

Brillstein ran the most successful management company in Hollywood in the 1980s and ’90s, repping such stars as Lorne Michaels, Gilda Radner, Dan Aykroyd, Brad Pitt, Adam Sandler, Geena Davis, Martin Short, Jim Belushi, Dabney Coleman, Dana Carvey, Dennis Miller, Nicolas Cage, Rob Lowe and Jay Tarses.Brillstein partnered with Brad Grey in 1991. After producing such shows with Brillstein as “The Sopranos,” “Just Shoot Me,” “NewsRadio” and “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher.” Grey went on to become the chairman and CEO for Paramount Pictures.

Brillstein was an outgoing, avuncular Santa Clause type who will be sorely missed.

Media Events 10.04.07

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THURSDAY 10.04.07
WHAT: The Road From 9/11 to Abu Ghraib and Beyond
WHO: Seymour Hersh
WHEN: 8 p.m.
WHERE: Royce Hall, UCLA
WHY: One day, there’ll be high school history books comprised entirely of his New Yorker articles. If there are still tix left ($38), snatch ‘em up.

FRIDAY 10.05.07
WHAT: Oxygen Mentors Walk
WHO: Jamie Lee Curtis, Geena Davis, Janice Dickinson, Leeza Gibbons, Rikki Klieman, Tanika Ray and more.
WHEN: 6:15 a.m.
WHERE: Hotel Casa Del Mar
WHY: Because what more exquisite metaphor for a young, down-on-her-luck would-be professional woman than an event that literally has her running to catch up with success.

TUESDAY 10.09.07
WHAT: Political talk
WHO: Speechwriter Michael J. Gerson
WHEN: 7 p.m.
WHERE: The Center at Cathedral Plaza
WHY: We’re gonna bite our tongue (and swallow our rotten tomatoes) and just quote from the press release: “Gerson visits Zocalo to talk about some of the themes from his new book, Heroic Conservatism, which is both a manifesto for the Republican Party and a memoir of his time in the Bush White House.”