14| MARCH 2021 | | A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T | theMIRROR WONDER WOMEN WHO’VE LEFT THEIR MARKS A time for commemorating female accomplishments, the month of March is Women’s History Month. Women have made a prominent impact in the entertainment industry, where eminent producers, actresses, artists and authors have all set milestones, helping create the blueprint for today’s pop culture. Trailblazers like ventriloquist Shirley Dinsdale was the first person and woman to win an Emmy Award in 1949 as Most Outstanding Personality. This year alone at the Grammy Awards, Taylor Swift’s album “Folklore” won album of the year and Beyoncé broke the record as the most-awarded female artist. And in an Academy Awards first, more than one woman was nominated for 2021 Best Director. Chloe Zhao was nominated for “Nomadland, and Emerald Fennell for “Promising Young Women.” Here is a look at women who have had a major impact on the entertainment industry. • KASEY KIM | ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR WIKIMEDIA COMMONS | KYLE TSUI WIKIMEDIA COMMONS | CASSANDRA AUSTEN SHUTTERSTOCK | EVERETT COLLECTION COURTESY | IMDB Maya Angelou | Author Jane Austen | Author Beyoncé | Artist Debra Martin Chase | Producer Author of more than 30 books, the late Angelou was a poet, civil rights activist and author. Nominated for the Coretta Scott King Award for Authors, Angelou’s coming of age autobiography “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” touches upon her personal story of overcoming racism and trauma. Through her powerful writing she fought for freedom and equality. Nineteenth century English novelist Austen is best known for “Pride and Prejudice” and “Emma.” Diving deep into themes of societal norms, womanhood and marriage, Austen challenged societal expectations of her period. Her novels still play a prominent role in literature today, adapted into movies and still read in literature classrooms. At the most recent GRAMMYs, Beyoncé made history, becoming the most-awarded woman artist in Grammy history. Beyoncé debuted with her first solo album “Dangerously in Love” in 2003. In July 2003, “Dangerously in Love” peaked at number one on Billboard. “Irreplaceable,” “Say My Name” and “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” are some of her most popular songs. Producer of the well known “<strong>The</strong> Princess Diaries” sequel, “Harriet” and “Lemonade Mouth,” Chase has been nominated for the Primetime Emmy Outstanding Variety, Music or Comical Special for “Cinderella,” which premiered in 1997. She is partnered with Disney, making her one of the first African American female producers to partner with a major studio. WIKIMEDIA COMMONS | MINGLEMEDIATV WIKIMEDIA COMMONS | MGM WIKIMEDIA COMMONS | WILLIAM P. GOTTLIEB SHUTTERSTOCK | S_BUKLEY Viola Davis | Actress Audrey Hepburn | Actress Billie Holiday | Artist Whitney Houston | Artist Known for her charismatic role as defense of law professor Annalise Keating in the TV series “How to Get Away with Murder,” Davis made history as the first African American to achieve the “Triple Crown of Acting,” winning an Academy Award, Primetime Emmy Award and two Tony Awards. Davis starred in “Fences,” the 2021 Oscar-nominated “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and “Suicide Squad.” In 2012 and 2017, Davis was named as one of the 100 most influential people by Time Magazine. Playing the iconic role of Holly Golightly in the Oscar-winning film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” Hepbrun was a film and style icon during the mid-20th century. Hepburn also starred in classic films including “Sabrina” and “My Fair Lady,” swaying many hearts through her elegance and distinctive style which she portrayed on and off camera. In her later years, Hepburn became the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, helping underprivileged children around the world. Also known as “Lady Day,” Holiday was an influential jazz and swing music singer during the ‘30s through the ‘50s. Holiday began her career singing at Harlem nightclubs and at 18, her voice was discovered by producer John Hammond. “Billie’s Blues,” “I’ll Be Seeing You” and “Blue Moon” are a couple of her many popular songs. Using her talent and her voice, Holiday sang “Strange Fruit,” a poem exposing the racism and lynching that was especially prominent in the south. With a total of 415 career awards, this late R&B artist was verified as the most awarded female artist of all times by the Guinness World Records as of 2010. Houston’s powerful voice has undoubtedly left an indelible mark in the music industry. Written by Dolly Parton, Houston’s version of “I Will Always Love You” is her most remembered song according to Billboard. “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” and “Greatest Love of All” are also considered her most popular songs. WIKIMEDIA COMMONS | FRANK POWOLNY SHUTTERSTOCK | KATHY HUTCHINS WIKIMEDIA COMMONS | MONTCLAIR FILM WIKIMEDIA COMMONS | APHRODITE IN NYC Marilyn Monroe | Actress Shonda Rhimes | Producer Meryl Streep | Actress Oprah Winfrey | Producer Hollywood famous, Monroe is still one of the most significant pop culture icons. She starred in successful films including “Seven Year Itch” and “Don’t Bother to Knock,” winning the Golden Globe for Best Actress for “Some Like It Hot.” As the face of the sexual revolution of the ‘60s, Monroe is remembered as a symbol of sexual liberation, as well as a women’s rights activist, breaking social norms of what was deemed as attractive during the era. Behind the award winning TV series “Grey’s Anatomy,” Rhimes is the executive producer and head writer for the acclaimed medical drama, which has been nominated for 16 Primetime Emmy Awards. Rhimes began her career as an unemployed scriptwriter in Hollywood. She worked her way up, assisting in writing “<strong>The</strong> Princess Diaries.” Rhimes was the executive producer for “Scandal” and “<strong>The</strong> Catch.” Nominated for 21 Academy awards and 32 Golden Globe awards, Streep is a prominent actress, starring in renowned films such as “Devil Wears Prada,” the “Mamma Mia!” sequel, “Little Women” and “Defending Your Life.” Streep is known for her versatility as an actress and her ability to portray different accents for her characters. She has been nominated for 21 Academy Awards — more than any other actor — winning three total. Known best host of “<strong>The</strong> Oprah Winfrey Show,” Winfrey is also a philanthropist, actress and author. Her talk show ran for 25 seasons, sharing stories from ordinary people to interviewing celebrities. She began her own book club as a segment on her show, encouraging audiences to read and discuss novels. One of the most influential women in America, Winfrey interviewed Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, exposing racism in the Royal family.
theMIRROR | A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T | | MARCH 2021 |15 <strong>The</strong> most anticipated films of 2021 COMING TO YOU <strong>The</strong>re’s much to look forward to, from embarking on a journey with an immigrant family to diving into the MCU. COURTESY | WARNER BROS. By TERRENCE LAZO THE MIRROR STAFF Within the last year, the experience of watching a new movie has been completely transformed. With the current uncertainty of the movie theater industry due to the pandemic, viewers across the world have adapted to online streaming services. While it is a strange time for cinema, there is still a lot to be excited about. Film production companies like the Warner Brothers have partnered with streaming services to release new movies, while others have created their own streaming services like Disney+. <strong>The</strong> Warner Brothers decision to release movies straight to streaming on HBO Max is a big deal for the landscape of the media. While some of the movies on this list will be a part of this deal, it is safe to assume most will have their own streaming dedication. With that in mind, read on to see the anticipated films of 2021. MINARI Available on YouTube and Amazon Prime Video for $19.99 “Minari” is an immigrant story, following a Korean family chasing the American dream in an Arkansas farm. Starring Steven Yuen as Jacob and Korean actress Han Ye-Ri as Monica, the film encapsulates the challenges the immigrant family overcomes. Although a select few have been fortunate enough to see “Minari” at special screenings, so far, the film is only available through platforms including YouTube and Amazon Prime Video for $19.99. This is expected to have the signature indie, artisanal stamp of being a personal story, especially for the representation and family ties. GODZILLA VS. KONG Release date: March 25 Legendary Entertainment continues the monsterverse with the long awaited crossover of Godzilla and King Kong. As the two monsters brawl, the world’s destiny is in their hands. While the title is self-explanatory, many fans come together in conflict of the age old argument: who will win? LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Release date: April 23 Anya Taylor-Joy stars as Sandy, a fashion designer, in Edgar Wright’s next horror film. <strong>The</strong> film follows Sandy as she enters London in the 1960s and mysterious events unfold. Although details are sparse, Edgar Wright has been continually delivering hilarious films, such as “Shaun of the Dead,” for the past two decades. BLACK WIDOW Release date: May 7 <strong>The</strong> long-awaited and long-delayed solo film for the MCU’s first female hero will follow her origins before the Avengers came together. <strong>The</strong> film more specifically takes place in the events following “Captain America: Civil War” 2016, as her past soon comes to haunt her. SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY Release date: July 16 Basketball fans and Looney Tunes fans come together for this reboot. <strong>The</strong> original “Space Jam’’ was a 90s classic starring basketball all-star Michael Jordan. This continuation will follow on the legacy of the modern day legend, Lebron James as he teams up with Bugs Bunny and the Tunes Squad. THE GREEN KNIGHT Release date: July 30 Director David Lowery amazed audiences with his surreal modern day classic “A Ghost Story” 2017. His follow-up is this fantasy epic adaptation of the classic tale, “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.” “<strong>The</strong> Green Knight” follows King Arthur’s nephew as he sets out to uncover the Green Knight to prove his strengths to his family and kingdom. THE FRENCH DISPATCH Release date: July Legendary director Wes Anderson, who directed popular films including “Moonrise Kingdom” and “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” returns with a gigantic ensemble of some of the most prolific actors today, including Timothée Chalamet and Bill Murray. This comedy-drama follows three storylines set in different periods, all of which are about fictional journalists in Kansas. THE SUICIDE SQUAD Release date: August 6 Although it has only been five years since DC’s universally disliked attempt at telling the story of the Suicide Squad, many fans still have hope in this soft reboot. <strong>The</strong> film will follow the adventures Harley Quinn and Rick Flag embark on. James Gunn director of Guardians of the Galaxy is set to direct with an all-star cast including Idris Elba, John Cena and Dwayne Johnson. DUNE Release date: October 1 <strong>The</strong> futuristic science fiction film follows the journey of Paul Atreidas, the son of a noble family, as he attempts to protect the remaining, most vital substance in the universe, “the spice,” that extends human life and bestows superpowers onto them. “Dune” was one of the most anticipated movies of 2020. Despite the many delays, fans are still excited for this epic retelling of one of the greatest sci-fi novels. Director Denis Villenueve has proved himself as one of the best directors of the last decade, as he teams up with Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya and Jason Momoa. MATRIX 4 Release date: December 22 Although the plot has not been revealed, the sequel will continue the adventures of Neo and Trinity. Lana Wachowski, writer and director of the previous three films, reprises her directorial along with Keanu Reeves, the face of the franchise. Although it has been 18 years since the last film, “<strong>The</strong> Matrix” trilogy is one of the most beloved franchises of all time so it is no surprise millions are looking forward to this.