Tuesday 14 May 2013


 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D 

ABC has just released a full trailer of Joss Whedon's new tv series that showcases the work of S.H.I.E.L.D - a secret agency with heroes of a 'super' kind. This series will begin airing in the US in September this year, and will no doubt follow in Australia sometime (probably ages....) later. 

Interestingly, the series will share continuity with the film the Avengers and revolves around the character of Phil Coulson (reprised by Gregg ) as overseer of S.H.I.E.L.D's field operations, despite his apparent 'death by Loki' in the film. 

I am excited by this series on a number of levels. First, it is developed, written and directed by Joss Whedon (think Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse) and I am a huge fan! Second, it follows on from the story of The Avengers - a film that showcased Whedon's talent for weaving action, drama and comedy. And third I am anticipating it will follow the super heroic adventures of a group dedicated to enhancing (if not providing) justice!

Check out the full trailer here and let me know what you think.....

Thursday 2 May 2013

When fiction blurs with reality: Reese Witherspoon (aka Elle Woods) speaks out about her arrest

Elle: I feel comfortable using legal jargon in everyday life.
[someone whistles at her]
Elle: I object.

Elle Woods' confidence in speaking legalese in the Legally Blonde film franchise didn't quite translate into real life last week as Reese Witherspoon was arrested for disorderly conduct! 

Reese has publicly gone on record as taking responsibility for the actions that led to her arrest last week. In an interview with Good Morning America, she describes embarrassment and shame over saying 'crazy things' to Police and disobeying orders when she panicked as her husband was being arrested. 

You can see an excerpt of the interview by clicking here. But, interestingly, at one point in the interview she says: "I think I played a lawyer in a movie so many times I think I am a lawyer...And clearly I'm not a lawyer because I got arrested"

I guess America's sweetheart fell at the mercy of the law and couldn't talk her way out of it - even with fake law school training! 

Thinking of Legally Blonde again made me remember why I love this movie - its about an independent, confident woman putting her own individualised spin on a traditional profession! She stands up for herself and she has determination - she figures out that she can study (and practice) law on her own terms.

Not to mention I love the dialogue ... Here's number 1 on my list of fabulous quotes

"Sweetheart, you don't need law school. Law school is for people who are boring and ugly and serious. And you, button, are none of those things."

What did you think of Elle Woods? What's your favourite quote?