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The HELP – Aug. 12

In Communication, Griot, Movies, Self Improvement on June 5, 2011 at 6:35 pm

There’s never a dull moment in view
When reading the good ol’ E-W.

Obviously I’m a subscriber. The current issue [#1157/1158 June 3/10, 2011] boasts Jason Bateman on both covers, [double issue] and the two movies he’s starring in this summer, along side of other cool articles like BEST OF SUMMER 106 Things You Will Love. And then there was a short write up on a new film coming to theaters August 12th starring that crazy gal from Halfway Home Octavia Spencer. Do you remember Halfway Home? Unfortunately for me, there’s no footage of Halfway Home on YouTube, so I can’t share the view, though please know, Ms. Spencer is a fool.

So Octavia is mostly known for her comedy roles, however, from what I’ve read, (on the COMING SOON poster) her latest role in The Help — is more serious and touches on racism during the 1960’s. Octavia and Viola Davis play the maids to Emma Stone and Jessica Chastain. From all that the book indicates, this is a story of strength betwixt all of the women. In brief I understand that the reporter who gives the maids a media voice is white… So it’s not a hate story. I think its meant to be a historical reflection of our history while playing up the strength of the silver lining. I’m sure to catch in it theaters on August 12th. CLICK HERE to see the trailer then Peep what Entertainment Weekly said about it::

It’s a woman’s world in The Help, the adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s ubiquitous best-seller about some brave African-American maids daring to voice their experiences to a young white writer (Emma Stone, 22) in early-1960s Mississippi. Oscar nominee Viola Davis, 45, plays deep and deeply wounded Aibileen. Davis says the team of black actresses brought a particular sense of urgency to their roles. “These are the stories of our mothers, our grandmothers, our great-grandmothers, ” she says. “To the naked eye these characters could be full-out sterotypes, and it was our job to make them real.”

The pressure to tell a hard story with care brought out the loving best in the cast, according to Bryce Dallas Howard, 30, who plays Hilly, a wretched Junior Leaguer bent on humiliating her take-no-guff maid Minny (Octavia Spencer). “To be able to work with this ensemble of women,” Howard says, “it was like I was hanging out with all of my most supportive girlfriends and then all of a sudden there’s this movie that was made.” The cast’s camaraderie delighted director friend from Jackson, Miss. “There was an air of selflessness that you just can’t believe,” he says. “They were a family.”

It’s a common complaint that there aren’t enough rich roles out there for women, let alone women of color. So it’s material of this caliber into the hands of the aforementioned actresses, as well as Oscar nominee Cicely Tyson, Oscar winner Sissy Spacek, the formidable Allison Janney and The Tree of Life star Jessica Chastain. “The cast reminds me of the ensembles from The Color Purple, Fried Green Tomatoes, Steel Magnolias,” says Spencer, 39, “I’m so proud as an actress.”

Karen Valby

I don’t suppose I can say much more…
Our reflective history is never a bore.

I look forward to supporting the film on August the 12th,
Then duly come here and hammer out an in-depth: TELL.

It’s the beginning of a new week and my schedule is made.
Thank God times have bettered — I’m now ‘the reel maid’.

LOVE IT!!!! 🙂
–Qui

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  1. The HELP rocked too. I didn’t write a spoiler about it, but I do recommend the DVD. The movie is fun – not a sobering flick about racism, but FUN in the name of unity crossing the racial divide. Fun & quite insightful. (-:

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