The black suit Rachel has on in this scene, is a perfect example of “Broadcast Journalism Lady Fierceness”™
This article comes to us from our friend Will Pulos over at NewNowNext!
Whether they’re trying to balance love and career, reporting and sensationalism, or a stack of papers and a venti coffee (extra black), broadcast journalism movie ladies have brought us fast-paced entertainment for years. These women know what’s important. They’re willing to risk it all for a big story. When that camera is rolling and America is watching, they know it’s go big or pack up those shoulder pads, and go home.
With the DVD release of Morning Glory this week, it only seemed appropriate to take a look back at the memorable movie characters who have servied us the news honey over the last 30 years or so. So finish up that chapter in Audition, resolve that lingering tension with your co-anchor, and give your cab driver directions to get home extra fast, because we’ve got a show to do. [CUE THEME MUSIC]
This James L. Brooks film may be the standard bearer by which all broadcast journalism lady films can be measured. Holly Hunter plays Jane Craig, a network news producer based in Washington who loves the news. I’m talking, power-walking-every-morning-to-buy-seven-newspapers loves the news. She eventually becomes caught in a love triangle between William Hurt and Albert Brooks, two male reporters on her newscast. The best things about this movie is Joan Cusack’s hair while she’s running, a cameo by Jack Nicholson, and Holly Hunter constantly bursting into tears. Oh, and it’s one of the best romantic comedies ever. I BURIED THE LEDE.
QUESTION: What would you do if you were an upstart news reporter and your first boss was Robert Redford? ANSWER: You would use him to further your serious news career while simultaneously falling in love with him. That’s basically what Michelle Pfeiffer’s character, Tally Atwater, does in Up Close and Personal. This movie is basically A Star Is Born in a news room. Way too much of the movie is set in a prison during an inmate riot, but other than that it’s pretty good. Up Close and Personal also has the added plus of including that Celine Dion song “Because You Loved Me.” Broadcast Journalism ladies + easy listening soft rock = a match made in pantsuit heaven. Now whenever you hear this song you can think of Robert Redford singing it to you while you’re sporting an early ‘90s bob.