Between Gloria Steinem who refers to Justice Ginsburg as a superhero, and her personal trainer who calls the Justice "tough as nails" for acing 30 push-ups at age 85, my wager is that her ascendance to pop culture icon will far outlive Ryan Reynold's character in DEADPOOL 2. SPOILER ALERT: In DEADPOOL 2 when the title character is assembling his X Force, he flicks through a photo of Justice Ginsburg as a candidate.
What makes her ascendence to celebrity status surprising is that, at 85, she is having fun with her unexpected fame, and making careful and inspired use of it for her own savvy ends. "Ruth was so far ahead of her time, that she was alone for decades," says Steinem of her friend and feminist compatriot of nearly half a century. [She] "acted on the intertwining of racism and sexism long before it was called intersectionality, and she was principled in her own field," the law, even though, as a woman, she was not initially welcome in its highest ranks. [RBG] "will inspire many and appeal to anyone with an open mind." -San Francisco Chronicle. "Loving and informative." -The New York Times. "For young women growing up in a climate where we can no longer take our rights for granted, RBG is a reminder that we never should have." -Refinery 29. RBG opens in the Rosebud Friday, and it will be very busy.
Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Candace Bergen and Mary Steenburgen all in one comedy in the Starlight? Laughter will definitely be flowing from the third floor beginning Friday. BOOK CLUB - also starring Andy Garcia, Don Johnson, Alicia Silverstone, Richard Dreyfuss and Ed Begley Jr. - is about four life-long friends who are forever changed after reading "Fifty Shades of Grey" in their monthly book club. "This dream cast delivers the perfect fun, feel-good movie." -Fox-TV
All movies currently on screen conclude their engagements on Thursday, except for BORG VS. MCENROE, which concludes Wednesday night.
Our classics feature this Wednesday night in the Starlight - BALL OF FIRE - is sold out, but tickets are still available for THE AWFUL TRUTH on May 30th.
Our quarterly presentation of MEET ME AT THE MOVIES continues this coming Tuesday, May 22nd. This free program in collaboration with Seattle's Frye Art Museum is designed for people with memory loss and their care partners. See the block below for full details.
Congratulations to Nadia Fisch, the 12-year-old Grand Prize Winner at this past weekend's Wearable Art Show. Her dress, called Intermission, was made from Rose Theatre tickets.
And finally, I'd like to acknowledge the passing last week, at age 92, of Anne V. Coastes, one of the most celebrated film editors of her era. Ms. Coates won an Oscar for her work on LAWRENCE OF ARABIA. In a six decade career, Ms. Coates worked with some of the best-known directors of her time, including Michael Powell, Milos Forman and Sidney Lumet. Editing was one of the few branches of the film industry relatively hospitable to women. "Women are mostly mothers and directors are mostly children, so the two go very well together," she said. Adding yet another note of symmetry to the movie line-up this week, one of Ms. Coates's last credits was "Fifty Shades of Grey" in 2015.