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Tribeca 2017 Women Directors: Meet Alexandra Dean — “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story”



Alexandra Dean is an Emmy Award-winning columnist and maker. She delivered news-magazine documentaries for PBS before turning into an arrangement and narrative maker at Bloomberg TV, creating the arrangement “Trend-setters, Adventures and Pursuits.” She additionally expounds on development for Businessweek magazine. She is an establishing accomplice at Reframed Pictures.

“Sensation: The Hedy Lamarr Story” will debut at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival on April 23.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words

AD: “Bombshell” is a film about a girl who wanted to make her mark in the world, but the world could not see past her face. Hedy Lamarr was considered “the most beautiful girl in the world” in the 1940s. She was a screen legend who starred alongside Jimmy Stewart and Clark Gable, but she also had a secret hobby. At night, she invented.

She worked on ideas with Howard Hughes, but her most exciting invention was a “secret communication system” she invented for Allied warships to torpedo Nazi submarines with deadly accuracy. That communication system became the basis for our secure Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and even some cell phone technology today.

But Hedy was never recognized for this extraordinary invention because she never told the press what she had done. In fact, in her later years she became a recluse and died alone and penniless. Then, in 2016 we found lost tapes of Hedy talking to a reporter in 1990. Now, for the first time, Hedy explains what happened in her own words.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

AD: Who wouldn’t want to make a story about Hedy?! She was a wild child. Some said she was a spy. She was a movie star and later a drug addict and a recluse. Her life was crazy enough before we discovered she came up with a technology we use in our digital devices every day.

I spent years profiling inventors and innovators for Bloomberg Television and Businessweek, but I never heard a life story that came close to Hedy’s. I suppose it also particularly resonated for me because as a short, quiet woman who always wanted to be a director, I know a little about what it’s like to want to do something that no one expects you to do.

W&H: What do you want people to think about when they’re leaving the theater?

AD: I’d like them to wonder how many people who look wrong for the part actually have the capacity to do extraordinary things they dream of achieving. I think every single one of us has some extraordinary spark. We just need Hedy’s balls of steel to make our dreams happen!

W&H: What was your biggest challenge making this film?

AD: Definitely the biggest challenge was finding Hedy’s voice. At first we thought we would have to get an actress to read her autobiography, but then I discovered that Hedy sued the ghostwriter for libel, claiming nothing in the autobiography was true! I started desperately looking for other primary sources, but Hedy gave only a handful of short print interviews about her invention and never spoke about it on radio or television.

I was sitting up in bed at night staring at the walls and thinking there must be some tape of her telling her life story. My team and I started calling every person who ever said on the record they talked to Hedy Lamarr and after several months of searching we finally found a reporter who had recorded her 25 years ago and never published the tapes. The day we found the tapes we ripped up our film and started again, letting Hedy dictate the way we told her story.

W&H: How did you get your film funded?

AD: It was a mix of funds from foundations, individual donors, and investors, as well as funding from “American Masters” on PBS, the program that will air “Bombshell” next fall.

The majority of our funds we raised from the Alfred P. Sloan foundation, which has been an extraordinary supporter of Hedy and her story for many years.

W&H: What does it mean to have your film play at Tribeca?

AD: It’s an absolute dream come true. Truly. It’s blowing my mind!

W&H: What’s the best and worst advice you’ve received?

AD: The best and worst advice that I get as a filmmaker tends to be all wrapped up in one piece of mixed advice. People tend to tell you what you should fix about your film by explaining how they would change it. What you need to listen to is that something is “bumping” them and may need improvement. You don’t need to listen to their particular diagnosis of how to improve the film. That distinction is so crucial.

W&H: What advice do you have for other female filmmakers?

AD: Watch out for opinionated people. They may think you need more guidance than you do. Try hard to find your own voice. It’s in there, and all of us have one.

It feels like many young boys are encouraged to speak strongly in their individual voices from birth, and I’m not sure it’s the same for girls. We sometimes have to spend time finding that voice. It’s the one that whispers to you when people try to change your work. Listen to it — it’s trying to tell you something!

W&H: Name your favorite woman-directed film and why

AD: My favorite has to be “The Hurt Locker.” Kathryn Bigelow is a legend. I thought she told that story with exquisite timing and suspense as well as a wonderful sense of perspective about the dullness of civilian life after the macabre thrill of wartime,

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Top 5 Hollywood Parties Of All Time




For us ordinary individuals, parties are events for hanging out with companions, having a couple of beverages and giving a little a chance to free. Be that as it may, for big names, parties are chances to parade their insane measures of money and toss the IT occasion of the season/year/thousand years. Fiscally dependable curmudgeons may sneer, yet we’re taking notes on these big name ragers in readiness for whenever we discover several million dollars copying a gap in our pockets. Here, the five most scandalous big name bashes ever.

YSL Opium Launch Party

You know your gathering is excellent when Andy Warhol has FOMO. The craftsman grumbled in The Andy Warhol Diaries about missing the dispatch of Yves Saint Laurent’s new aroma, Opium, in 1978, which occurred on board the Peking docked at New York Harbor. Playing up the East Asian topic, Laurent decked out the deck in 2,000 Hawaiian orchids, Chinese sanctuary themes and a 1,000-pound bronze Buddha statue, all at the cost of $300,000 (about $1.2 million today). There was even talk that the tummy of the ship contained a genuine opium lair. After firecrackers appear, a first class choice of the 800 participants made a beeline for Studio 54 for the after-party.

Bianca Jagger’s Birthday at Studio 54

YSL was just a single of many VIPs to have ragers at the notorious Studio 54. Among the club’s numerous awards, including the introduction of the Midori Sour in the ’70s, Bianca Jagger’s birthday merits specific consideration. At the occasion, the then-spouse of Mick rode around the club’s move floor on a white stallion (drove by an exposed goliath shrouded in gold sparkle, mind you), commencing the VIP pattern of making a passageway on a creature. We have Jagger to thank for Heidi Klum’s Halloween ensemble of Lady Godiva, finish with a white stallion, and for Katy Perry’s passage to Perez Hilton’s 32nd birthday party on the back of an elephant. Much obliged to you, Lady Jagger.

Miley Cyrus’ 21st Birthday Party

For her critical change from underage, not indeed mystery partier to lawful, out-and-open consumer, Miley Cyrus arranged a gathering that wedded her Disney roots with her tense pop star aspirations. Kindred tyke star Emma Roberts blended with Ke$ha. Inflatable sex toys and strippers joined a goliath re-making of the Lorax from Dr Seuss. What’s more, the birthday cake truly encapsulated Cyrus; the sweet was etched like a Greek bare of the pop star with cannabis leaves deliberately set to keep the cake negligibly humble.

Sean Parker’s Halloween Party

A few gatherings live on in chatter, yet the Napster organiser’s medication energised Halloween party discovered interminability in the film. Parker has vocally denounced Justin Timberlake’s portrayal of his celebrating courses in The Social Network, however, on account of the tech business person’s 2009 gathering, nobody’s tuning in to his grumblings. The $150,000 costumed issue included 100 containers of Cristal—among other (illicit) substances—yet it was only one of various medication powered occasions that prompt Parker’s gathering kid notoriety and inevitable exit from Facebook. We trust the tech investor got the opportunity to drink all that Champagne before the cops typically separated the gathering.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s 38th Birthday

Not all big name parties are decadent. Leo is now one of our interminable drinking legends, offering muddled celebs a sparkling case of how to live sumptuously without turning into a rich. However, we’re significantly more awed he kept up this good example status at his birthday party in 2012. As Leo ticked one year more like 40, the performing artist, encompassed by visitors like Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Cameron Diaz and Robert De Niro, thought not about his impending mortality, but instead of others. For each jug of liquor bought at The Darby that night, he sent a bit of the return to the American Red Cross. The philanthropy got $500,000 altogether.

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Top 5 Motivational Hollywood Movies Of All Time




They influence us to snicker; they influence us to cry, they even influence us to cheer!

When we see underdogs go up against original objectives, in spite of all afflictions and challenges, we can identify with them. We as a whole need motivation. Managing neck to neck rivalry in the difficult period, some of the time we become weary of attempting and need to surrender. Be that as it may, motion pictures these influence us to glimpse inside ourselves and, frequently, can be utilised as motivation themselves.

Keeping the same in mind, here’s a rundown that isn’t only any easygoing night watch. These five films are certain to propel us, rouse us and stay with us long after the completion scenes:

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

The Shawshank Redemption tells the story of broker Andy Dufresne’s 19-year term in jail. The film gives a solid message of companionship and constancy and provides us with a chance to have an understanding of the lives at Shawshank. The movie doesn’t end with guiltless Andy’s escape yet, also, his mate, Red’s recovery making it a moving story of expectation, confidence and holding.

Rocky (1976)

The story of Rocky Balboa isn’t merely of boxing, yet of battle and diligent work. The challenges of day by day life that he battles to procure for, his association with his closest companion’s sister and the arrangement of his vocation are on the whole well-sew parts of the plot, and this general perspective of his life is the thing that makes the motion picture so unique. This account of a man, who from ‘no one important’ turns into a ‘some individual’ is genuinely a record-breaking moving watch.

Schindler’s List (1993)

During a period of genocide, this film recounts the tale of a genuine saint. Oskar Schindler’s game plan to keep his Jewish labourers secured to guarantee his production line is still in task did work to his advantage, as well as spared many honest lives as well. The plot of the story is a magnum opus, bringing out humankind twisted in business in a period of war. The motion picture closes with the tragic destiny of Schlinder regardless of the undertakings of the ones on his ‘rundown’ – a genuinely moving conclusion that will abandon you in tears.

Forrest Gump (1994)

In the case of commanding on the turf as a school football star, battling in the Vietnam war, or captaining a shrimp boat, Forrest leaves an impact on individuals with his honest purity. Growing up under the care of his healthy mother in an ensured domain, moderate witted Forrest never viewed himself as impeded. He endeavoured to make individuals around him cheerful in his particular little way, however, winds up astounded while sparing Jenny, his youth sweetheart. The film exudes the supposition of purity and love, making us appreciative of the primary delights of life.

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

The battle of father Chris to give a decent future to his child is the rousing plot of The Pursuit Of Happyness. The film while featuring the father and child bond additionally has the message of never surrendering. Being ousted from their home and looked at financial challenges both father and child experience various battles ordinary. However, the little bits of satisfaction they find in their harmony gives an engaging plot to the film.

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Top 7 Dragon Ball Super Moments




Having first showed up on Japanese screens on the fifth of July, 2015, Dragon Ball Super now has ended the scene. With the show not having season breaks (check this out Game of Thrones fans!), there has been a fresh out of the plastic new scene about each Sunday for as far back as two years. In that day and age, the prominent anime has given us numerous extraordinary minutes where our jaws just really wanted to hit the floor.

With such a significant amount to look over, here is our best endeavour at making up a Top 7:

Master Roshi’s Last Stand

Who does not love Master Roshi?

Despite the fact that Roshi can be a debased old man in some cases, he knows how to utilise his combative techniques abilities against adversaries he can deal with. He was the principal contender who created the Kamehameha and educated both Krillin and Goku. Roshi likewise won the “Universes Martial Arts Tournament,” and even figured out how to overcome Goku as Jackie Chun.

Amid his battle against Conway in the “Competition of Power,” Roshi’s debased shenanigans outwitted him, however he some way or another figured out how to control his inclinations, until the point when Frost harmed him gravely. At last, Roshi did not have any battle left in him and dropped out of the stage. Therefore, he was wiped out, and Beerus earned his regard.

Much regard, Roshi.

Of course, he was not a similar warrior in those days, but instead, he was ready to push his breaking points and battle for his universe. At any rate, Roshi had a couple of minutes to sparkle in the competition. To finish everything off, he had a passionate send-off and picked not to continue battling.

Universe 7 vs. Aniraza

Universe 7’s great triumph!

As Universe 3’s last any desire for winning the “Competition of Power” was finding some conclusion, Aniraza was an ultimate trump card with more power than you would ever envision. With perpetual obliteration and large speed capacity available to him, this enormous combination was so intense; it even figured out how to send Universe 7 flying noticeably all around. With a specific end goal to end Aniraza’s rule of dread, the rest of the individuals from Universe 7 meet up and give it they’re all in a consolidated assault.

We could never have envisioned seen Android 17, Frieza, Gohan, and two Super Saiyan Blues collaborating (Goku and Vegeta). This was a unique kind of group, and I am happy we could witness their gigantic cooperation. At last, Aniraza was excessively for Universe 7’s consolidated assault, and therefore, Universe 3 was defeated.

The Goku Black Revelation

Presently, that is the manner by which you present another scoundrel!

Amid Trunks’ time-travelling encounters, we never observed his escape from an enemy who appreciates annihilating individuals and everything in locating since the Androids.

This implies inconvenience, folks.

Enter, Goku Black.

After the passing of Bulma, both Mai and Trunks ends up in an appalling circumstance and going up close and personal with another enemy. With a specific end goal to escape from Black, they could survive by utilising the “Time Machine” that Bulma constructed. So Trunks used the measure of vitality it had left and got away securely to the past. Presently, the vast majority of us thought there was some new an Android, or perhaps an even a higher risk in this new adventure.

That isn’t the situation.

Instead, we encounter a more underhanded, twisted Goku Black (Future Zamasu), who needs just to take out mortals and wreak destruction.

Goku vs. Hit

A Saiyan has no limit.

The Dragon Ball Super arrangement acquainted us with a radically new method of astounding characters. However, none of them has been more decided than Universe 6’s deadliest professional killer, Hit. As the competition between Universe 6 and 7 found some conclusion, Goku winds up going full scale and face with Hit’s “opportunity skip.” It was trying at first for him to make sense of Hit’s shortcoming and attempted to see the planning of his chance skip. These two wild contenders pushed each other as far as possible and did not frustrate.

The feature of the competition was the point at which the Kaio-Ken strategy returned, as Goku joined it with his Super Saiyan Blue frame to produce more speed and power. The x10 Kaio-ken Blue was excessively overpowering for Hit’s chance skip strategy, and the rate of Kaio-ken stunned both Piccolo and Vegeta. Vegeta knows excellent of what the Kaio-Ken strategy can do and saw it direct amid his fight with Goku years before the “Saiyan Saga.”

At last, Universe 7 won the competition, and Hit picked up Goku’s regard.

Vegeta’s Pride

This is the reason we cherish the “Saiyan Prince.”

After Universe 11’s Supreme Kai’s stunning disclosure that Toppo is a possibility to end up the following “God of Destruction,” Toppo demonstrated to us his mind-boggling God control and destroyed devastation on everybody in his way. He should merely surrender everything that was not critical to him to wind up a God. Offended by Toppo’s harsh words and energised by his want to secure his family, guarantee, and pride, Vegeta was all of a sudden restored and gave him a good beatdown. He thumped the sense out of Toppo and experienced numerous Hakai impacts in his way with his clench hand.

Try not to upset Vegeta.

At that point, he utilised a similar move that tore separated Majin Buu and himself years before Toppo and killed him simultaneously. Everybody, including me, was loaded with happiness when Vegeta survived the “Final Explosion” assault.

Who might have thought a move like that can outperform a God?

Conquering a God for what he holds valuable, was extraordinary on Vegeta’s part. The Saiyan ruler has unquestionably made some fantastic progress and is a glad father.

Approach to go, Vegeta!

Vegito Blue vs. Zamasu

Who might ever think we saw Vegito again?

This was a bonafide exemplary combination fight.

Understanding that the combination of Zamasu was excessively for them, both Goku and Vegeta wound up without any choices left. Be that as it may, the main alternative left is to the fusion. Presently, obviously, Vegeta disliked the thought, but instead, it was their exclusive any expectation of crushing the undying combination God. So with incredible influence from Goku, Vegeta at long last consented to meld with him for 60 minutes.

Enter. Vegito.

After Vegito’s terrific profit for the extra large screen, the Saiyan combination pair squandered no time and changed into Super Saiyan Blue to begin the battle. Not exclusively does Vegito have the power expected to at long last convey the colossal interminable combination God to his knees. However, we additionally get the unexpected treat of watching him go Super Saiyan Blue.

Indeed, it is a disgrace this was the combination’s last appearance. At last, the blend wore off in light of the “Final Kamehameha” utilisation, and both Saiyans chose to battle head-on.

Vegito rules!

Goku’s Mastered Ultra Instinct vs. Jiren: The Finale

Everything comes down to this.

The last fight to choose the destiny of the universe.

With alternate challengers still harmed, all that remaining parts in the “Tournament of Power” was the fight between Universe 7 and Universe 11’s most grounded warriors, Goku and Jiren.

The last battle was genuinely stunning!

With Jiren’s constant power of nature going up against Goku’s Mastered Ultra Instinct shape, these two titans kept on destroying each other, alongside what was left on the stage. This fight looked like the old Dragon Ball battles and demonstrated a couple of flashbacks of Goku going head to head against his past opponents.

What an ideal method to close this unusual arrangement known as Dragon Ball Super!

This was a battle worth viewing!

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