Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders in ‘Absolutely Fabulous’/Image © BBC
Editor's Note: Fans of "Absolutely Fabulous" are given reason to celebrate, Aileen Wuornos will feature in an upcoming "American Horror Story," and more in today's roundup. There's something for everyone in today's Daily Blunt.
Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, and writer Dawn French struck gold in 1992 with their British sitcom "Absolutely Fabulous," and that vein is still yielding to this day. Fox Searchlight is currently negotiating to co-produce, co-finance, and distribute a feature film based on the show, for which the entire principle cast has already pledged to reunite. The production is already planned to begin in October, but with Fox's involvement the film's wider release in the U.S. is all but guaranteed. Considering all the celebrities likely already clamoring for cameo appearances, the studio would be wise to strike while the property is still affordable.
Pretty much the only drawback to Patty Jenkins's invigorating public interest in executed Florida murderer Aileen Wuornos in 2003's "Monster" (for which Charlize Theron won the Best Actress Oscar) is that it probably inspired Ryan Murphy to include her in the upcoming installment of "American Horror Story," in which Wuornos will be played by series regular Lily Rabe -- in the Halloween episode, no less. In the wake of Jenkins's humanizing portrait, it's hard to imagine a more dubious tribute. It's a safe bet Murphy will exploit the lesbian angle and glorify her killings, ignoring the tragic details revealed in the excellent documentary "Life and Death of a Serial Killer."
Remember what we learned from "The Devil Wears Prada"? Everything in fashion happens for a reason. Keep that in mind as you read how Disney's "Cinderella" represents a critique of post-war fashion, even down to the Christian Dior silhouette of the scullery maid's iconic blue ballgown, with the Fairy Godmother standing in for the legendary designer himself. But tell me this, who will answer for Snow White's ridiculously high collar and red-slashed sleeves? Unless we strive to understand intricacies like these, fashion history could be doomed to repeat itself.
Kids book illustrator Mary Engelbreit has found herself at odds with a section of her fanbase thanks to her recent drawings speaking out against racism. Inspired by current events, Engelbreit has been using her artwork to participate in the ongoing national conversation about equality -- a message many of her followers don't seem to appreciate. Don't worry, the support has been just as vociferous, and will surely result in a new wave of children being introduced to her adorable books, paper dolls, and other projects.
Sometimes not even seeing is believing. Polish filmmaker Andrzej Żuławski has tackled the 1965 novel Cosmos by Witold Gombrowicz, and the results (according to Indiewire) are "pure lunacy" punctuated with self-awareness, "almost as though Żuławski were confessing that his movie suffers from the same mystified state that he seeks to diagnose." So what's it all about? How about this: Find a place where the film's playing here in the United States, and then you tell us.