Parents, it is popularly thought, do not understand. This sentiment has been a constant running throughout human history, but it seems like parents have understood even less in the past century. It’s been 60 years since the word teenager was first coined, and parental understanding has just gotten murkier since. What the hell is their problem anyway, trying to instill you with their personal system of values? It’s BS and we all know it is. This is why it’s necessary to rebel!
Doing something dangerous is usually a successful strategy for rebelling against parental authority. Bliss Cavendar, as played by Ellen Page in this week’s “Whip It!,” knows a good thing in the sport of roller derby when she sees it. Your mom trying to get you into the beauty pageant scene? Then try a sport that involves knocking people in roller skates down while moving at high speed; it's a great way to say "no thank you" to your legal guardian’s quest to keep you down. It helps that roller derby is awesome and closely associated with punk rock, so your rebellion is doubled!
But hey, roller derby may not be your thing. There are alternatives though! For example, you could… Read More...
Brothers Luke Wilson and Owen Wilson are frequently in the news for one reason or another, but it's a rare day that we reporters get to speak with the other Wilson brother, Andrew. He works in Hollywood, just like his siblings. He's had roles in "Fever Pitch," Mike Judge's "Idiocracy," "The Royal Tenenbaums," "Zoolander" and Drew Barrymore's upcoming directorial debut, "Whip It." He even co-directed 2005's "The Wendell Baker Story" with Luke.
Now, brothers Luke and Andrew are all set to direct together again. Speaking with MTV's Josh Horowitz while promoting "Whip It," Andrew revealed the first details on "Electric Avenue."
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Whatever disagreement it was that sent Ellen Page and Juliette Lewis into a food-fueled cat fight in yesterday's "Whip It" clip, they clearly resolve it by the time the scene in the clip below arrives. Check out Lewis, director/star Drew Barrymore and the rest of the team get psyched up as they prepare for their first roller derby match with their newest addition: Page. "Whip It," an adaptation of Shauna Cross's novel "Derby Girl," hits theaters on October 2.
"Whip It" may feature a mostly female cast, but it is does not fall into the traditional definition of a "chick flick." For her directorial debut, star Drew Barrymore snatched up a script from "Derby Girl" author and professional roller derby athlete Shauna Cross. The story follows a former beauty queen (Ellen Page) who, in an act of rebellion, leaves her properly coiffed world behind for the rough and tumble action of a professional roller derby league.
In the clip below, Page's Bliss Cavendar, still a newcomer, is goaded by teammate Dinah Might (Juliette Lewis) with harsh words and flung food. The situation escalates and messy shenanigans ensue. Enjoy the rumble.
Chicks on roller skates. That's how I've chosen to sell "Whip It" to you male readers. Chicks. On. Roller skates. They're kickass ladies too, the lot of them. Ellen Page, Kristen Wiig, Drew Barrymore, Juliette Lewis, Zoe Bell, Ari Graynor, Alia Shawkat... like I said, kickass ladies. But then, that's what happens when you make a movie about an all-girl roller derby team.
I'm not entirely clear on the plot, but I do know a little something about the setup. Page stars as Bliss, a young Texan who rebels by joining a roller derby league after she grows tired of her mother (Marcia Guy Harden) pushing her to participate in beauty pageants. The script comes from Shauna Cross, adapted from her book "Derby Girl," and the movie is directed by Drew Barrymore, her feature debut. Hit the jump for the full poster. Read More...
All of us here at MTV are excited for Ridley Scott's "Alien" prequel. The director hasn't had anything to do with the series since the 1979 original, which is a bonafide classic. To honor Scott and his lasting contribution to badass women in film, we've paired up the lovely duo of MTV contributor Jenni Miller and producer Sohyung Kang to produce a magical list of five leading ladies who could rock Ripley.
Although there aren't any hard and fast deets out there concerning Ridley Scott's prequel to "Alien," I've got my fingers crossed for a female badass to rival Sigourney Weaver's iconic Ripley. Since Weaver has stated publicly she doesn't think Ripley could be part of an "Alien" prequel, I have a few suggestions as to who could fulfill the role of cinema's favorite alien-killing, kitty-saving, space-feminist. Read More...
FROM HOLLYWOOD CRUSH: If you’ve never been to a roller-derby match before, get ready to be intrigued by this crop of new photos from Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut, “Whip It.” USA Today brings us the exclusive images, which feature Drew, Ellen Page, Kristen Wiig and Zoe Bell as members of the Girl Scout-themed team “Hurl Scouts.” There are also some shots of the movie’s villain, played by Juliette Lewis, who leads the Catholic schoolgirl-themed rival team, “Holy Rollers.”
Based on the young adult novel “Derby Girl,” the plot of “Whip It” focuses on Ellen’s character, a teenage runaway, who lies about her age and joins up with a roller-derby league in Austin, Texas. Going by the alias “Babe Ruthless,” she skates alongside her new mentor, “Maggie Mayhem” (Kristen), as well as “Smashley Simpson” (Drew), “Bloody Holly” (Zoe) and other tough ladies with similarly badass nicknames.
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