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2008-09-12 21:00:18

By John Beifuss The famous opening credits of director George Cukor's 1939 film "The Women" connects each of the MGM starlets in the cast with a particular type of animal. Norma Shearer's name is accompanied by a shot of a wide-eyed, innocent doe; Joan Crawford is represented as a stylish predator, a leopard. The animal that gets the most screen time in writer-director Diane English's remake of "The Women" is that big ol' friendly critter that seems to appear in almost every modern...

2008-09-12 21:00:18

By TONI RUBERTO Meg is back. Big time. Annette lets loose and has fun. Debra shows that she's no one-trick pony tied to a guy named Will. The same, actually, could be said about Jada. Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Debra Messing and Jada Pinkett Smith are four very good reasons to watch "The Women," the long-awaited comedy-drama directed, produced and written for the screen by Buffalo's Diane English. Candice Bergen, Cloris Leachman, Debi Mazar, Bette Midler and Eva Mendes round out the...

2008-09-12 15:00:19

By ROBERT NOTT I Robert Nott I The New Mexican Days and Clouds, end-of-security saga, in Italian with subtitles, not rated, The Screen, 473-6494, 2 chiles Silvio Soldini's Days and Clouds (Giorni e Nuvole) could well be subtitled "Downsizing at Work, at Home, and in the Marriage." It is a meandering autopsy of a marriage thrown into crisis after the husband loses his job and finds it difficult to define himself. It covers familiar ground for anyone who's undergone similar...

2008-09-12 15:00:19

By Michael Janusonis The wit and droll put-downs fly in writer-director Diane English's update of the 1939 film The Women. I'd also like to have said that the fur flies, too. In the 1939 original, which starred Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford and Rosalind Russell, there were on-screen fireworks, including a hair-pulling, teeth-gnashing catfight. English, creator and writer of the TV hit Murphy Brown, doesn't have the same killer instinct. Her remake certainly has more than its fair share...

2008-09-12 06:00:27

By Claudia Puig Defanged and drippy, the remake of 1939's The Women seems to have been made for the dullard granddaughters of the sassy, sharp society matrons in George Cukor's campy original. The fast-paced repartee, catty wit and social bite of the original -- based on the 1936 play by Clare Booth Luce -- has fallen victim to the dictates of political correctness and female empowerment. And glamour has taken a nose dive as well. If they're going to retool a beloved movie,...

2008-09-11 21:00:18

By CHRISTY LEMIRE 'The Women' (PG-13) H 1/2 Somehow, Diane English has managed to make the "Sex and the City" movie look like a documentary. With her remake of George Cukor's 1939 cat fight "The Women," based on the play by Clare Booth Luce, English has applied all the lighthearted instincts of her sitcom background and seemingly none of the insights of the source material. "The Women" was intended as a satire of society mavens and their frivolous lives; in directing for the first...

2008-09-11 21:00:17

By Christy Lemire REVIEW "The Women" H 1/2 RATING: PG-13 (sex-related material, language, some drug use and brief smoking) DIRECTOR: Diane English CAST: Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Jada Pinkett Smith, Debra Messing, Eva Mendes, Cloris Leachman and Candice Bergen THEATERS: Marquee Cinemas, Park Place Stadium Cinemas Somehow, Diane English has managed to make the "Sex and the City" movie look like a documentary. With her remake of George Cukor's 1939 cat fight "The Women," based on the play...

2008-09-09 18:00:19

The Women behind "The Women" hit the Hub last night to premiere the $16 million, made-in-Mass. comedy starring Annette Bening, Meg Ryan, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett Smith and Eva Mendes. Sadly, none of the leading ladies led the parade on the red carpet. And we're just sick about it. But director/producer/screenwriter Diane English - who tried for 14 years to remake George Cukor's 1939 hit with an all-women cast - and producer Victoria Pearman, the head of Rolling Stone Mick Jagger's...

2008-09-09 18:00:12

More than 8 million unique visitors checked out Funny or Die last month, the U.S. comedy Web site announced Tuesday. Funny or Die's founders are Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy. Judd Apatow is one of the site's principal partners. August's viewership marked the highest traffic month in the company's yearlong history, the proprietors of the Web site said, adding that the No. 1 source of Funny or Die's August traffic was from users navigating directly to Funny or Die via a...

2008-09-03 06:00:16

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- From high school to Hollywood, women have the opportunity to empower one another. Keeping with the brand's mission to foster positive self-esteem in all young women Dove(R), the global beauty brand, has partnered with The Women, to inspire and educate them about a wider definition of beauty. In addition to The Women, Dove partnered with director Diane English to create The Women Behind "The Women," a short film that shows the importance of...