Audrey Parker came to Haven, Maine, as an FBI agent investigating the disappearance of federal prisoner Jonas Lester. After the investigation into his death ended, Parker stayed on in Haven, a town whose people are suffering “a plague of supernatural afflictions that occurred in the town at least once before” called The Troubles. (Wikipedia, Haven)
I missed Haven’s first season and have been catching up on it as I watch season two. Like Fringe, Haven showcases a female main character with a supporting ensemble cast. Last season the focus of Fringe shifted away from Olivia and became the all-about-Peter show. The storylines not only featured Peter more than any of the other characters, but his “otherness” started to trump Olivia’s. Now, don’t get me wrong, I kind of like Peter Bishop. He’s an interesting character, but the appeal of Fringe for me was the centrality of its female lead. Take that away and it’s just another paranormal TV show.
Amanda Seyfried of MAMMA MIA fame stars in this re-imagining of the Little Red Riding Hood folk tale called RED RIDING HOOD due out in March 2011. Plot summary via ComingSoon.net:
Valerie (Amanda Seyfried) is a beautiful young woman torn between two men. She is in love with a brooding outsider Peter (Shiloh Fernandez), but her parents have arranged for her to marry the wealthy Henry (Max Irons). Unwilling to lose each other, Valerie and Peter are planning to run away together when they learn that Valerie’s older sister has been killed by the werewolf that prowls the dark forest surrounding their village. For years, the people have maintained an uneasy truce with the beast, offering the creature a monthly animal sacrifice. But under a blood red moon, the wolf has upped the stakes by taking a human life.
Hungry for revenge, the people call on famed werewolf hunter, Father Solomon (Gary Oldman), to help them kill the wolf. But Solomon’s arrival brings unintended consequences as he warns that the wolf, who takes human form by day, could be any one of them. As the death toll rises with each moon, Valerie begins to suspect that the werewolf could be someone she loves. Panic grips the town as Valerie discovers that she has a unique connection to the beast–one that inexorably draws them together, making her both suspect…and bait.
This week’s Danger Gal Friday post profiles Victoria from the movie RED portrayed by Dame Helen Mirren.
The movie is based on the cult D.C. Comics graphic novel by Warren Ellis and Cully Hammer. As she has done throughout her career, Dame Mirren once again breaks down barriers for women in film and now she’s breaking down age barriers as well.
Victoria is a trained MI6 assassin who worked with Frank Moses. She comes out of retirement to save Frank from the killers after him.
Of the group in Red, Victoria is the one who has been able to assimilate back into society the best as the owner of a small bed and breakfast — even if that assimilation is only skin deep.
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