Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Dear Gossips, 

In 2005, filmmaker Ameesha Joshi was at a World Press Photo Exhibit when she came across pictures of Indian girls boxing on the beach. Ameesha is a first-generation Canadian born to Indian parents and she understood immediately the social pressures the boxers would face, on top of all the pressure to train and perform. She knew she had to tell their story.  

It took over 10 years for Ameesha and fellow filmmaker Anna Sarkissian to raise the funding, borrow the equipment, and shoot the documentary, With This Ring, chronicling the meteoric rise of three Indian women who would go on to become world champion boxers. One of those women is Mary Kom who just won her sixth world championship two weeks ago, the first woman to hold the world title that many times. 

Ameesha and Anna lived alongside the boxers for months at a time, following them to competitions in India, China, Barbados, and then all the way the London Olympics. And even though they were the best in the sport, even though they were winning all the time, they were ignored at home until Mary won an Olympic medal. Then Priyanka Chopra played her in a Bollywood biopic in 2014. 

Ameesha Joshi and Anna Sarkissian won the Emerging Director (Documentary) award at the Asian American International Film Festival and the Festival’s Choice Award for Best Documentary Film at the New Jersey Indian International Film Festival. With This Ring was made with an all-female crew, written, directed, produced, filmed, and edited by women on a shoestring budget. They say that “if you see it, you can be it”. This is a story about women told by women for a new generation of women who, hopefully, will be more supported than those who came before. 

For more on With This Ring, visit the website. The trailer is below. And it is available today to rent or purchase on Amazon and Vimeo On Demand


Yours in gossip,


Monday, December 10, 2018

Dear Gossips,

The LA Film Critics Association has named Roma their best film of the year. Does that mean the Oscars will finally include a Netflix film in their Best Picture nominees? Well, that’s not the Oscar priority right now. They’re still trying to figure out who will host.  Read Full Intro

What Else? 

Lainey Posted by Lainey at December 10, 2018 21:09:18 December 10, 2018 21:09:18

HEADS UP PLEASE READ: as mentioned last week, we are doing a relaunch of Sasha’s podcast, premiering in early January. We are looking forward to showing you the new artwork and all up in your business. We can’t wait to get up in your business. So send us your questions, the awkward, sticky, dramatic sh-t you want to resolve. Full Story

ScarJo works for Black Panther

Sarah Posted by Sarah at December 10, 2018 19:09:48 December 10, 2018 19:09:48
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Black Panther is the first Marvel movie with a real shot at a major Oscar nomination. As such, Disney is backing an actual, proper award campaign for the movie and key craftspeople involved, particularly Ruth Carter, the costume designer. I attended an event with Ruth Carter a couple months ago and she was so interesting, and her thought process on putting together costumes for Black Panther was so technical and considered. Full Story

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Spider Surprise

Sarah Posted by Sarah at December 10, 2018 17:21:02 December 10, 2018 17:21:02
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Spider-Man: Far From Home comes out next July, which means its press machine is creaking into gear. Jake Gyllenhaal joined Instagram to help with the effort, and this weekend, he, Tom Holland, and Jacob Batalon made an appearance at Comic Con Experience Brazil, where the trailer debuted (though it has not been released online). Full Story

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Thomas Markle’s early Christmas gift

Lainey Posted by Lainey at December 10, 2018 16:38:57 December 10, 2018 16:38:57
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Thomas Markle always strikes on a weekend. With two weeks to go before Christmas, he decided to send his daughter an early gift – speaking to the UK papers yet again to share exclusive family photos and letters Meghan wrote to him in the past, details about her first wedding, confirming that Royal Meghan and Prince Harry have “frozen” him out. Full Story

Beyoncé in India

Kathleen Posted by Kathleen at December 10, 2018 15:43:13 December 10, 2018 15:43:13

Beyoncé doesn’t perform at parties on the regular. Beyoncé isn’t showing up at bat mitzvahs or birthdays or pre-wedding festivities for just anyone. So, what does it take for Beyonce to show up? You just have to be the heiress to the richest man in India, a successful businesswoman in your own right and marrying one of the wealthiest business tycoons in the world. Full Story

December 10, 2018 – Smutty Shout-Outs

Lainey Posted by Lainey at December 10, 2018 15:11:41 December 10, 2018 15:11:41

Michelle! Happy Birthday from your sister and partner-in-crime Allison! By request, here are Henry Golding and Dan Reynolds. Also Brad Pitt in A River Runs Through It – see below:     Full Story