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Glamour Reel Moments from Women in Film

May 5th, 2009 by Rebecca Harper Editor

This week, we’ve added 12 short films from some of Hollywood’s most famous names: Gywenth Paltrow, Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Rita Wilson and Kirsten Dunst, just to name a few. These shorts, all grouped together in a series called Reel Moments on Hulu, are presented by Glamour magazine each year, providing three of Hollywood’s finest women — A-list names as well as talented women who often work behind the scenes — the opportunity to get behind the camera and see what it’s like to sit in the director’s chair.

“All of the Glamour shorts are inspired by real-life inspirational stories that readers write in to the magazine,” says The Spleenectomy director Kirsten Smith, the writer behind the upcoming Katherine Heigl-Gerard Butler flick The Ugly Truth. Smith and fellow first-time directors Demi Moore (Streak) and Courteney Cox (The Monday Before Thanksgiving) picked their favorite stories from 50 selected by the Glamour team. In Smith’s case, a simple story about spilled wine turned into a comedy about an overzealous wannabe actress who is given a second chance at a leading role, thanks to a blouse ruined by a spilled bottle of wine.

“Nobody else other than Glamour has been doing this year in and year out,” Smith says. “I do feel like it is a great opportunity to demystify the directing experience. Until you are actually doing it, you kind of know what the job is, but you don’t know exactly. … You’re getting a chance to create a real movie. I don’t think there’s anything else out there like it. It’s certainly a gift.”

Joining the films by Smith, Moore and Cox are a variety of projects, ranging from Cutlass, a touching mother-daughter story directed by Kate Hudson (an official selection at the Tribeca Film Festival last week) — perfect for Mother’s Day — to Room 10, Jennifer Aniston’s look at a veteran nurse who reexamines her troubled marriage after spending some time with a patient. And among the dozen Reel Moments shorts, a number of familiar faces get top billing: Robin Wright Penn, Rosario Dawson, Dakota Fanning, Winona Ryder and Jamie Lynn Sigler, to name a few.

We have more from The Spleenectomy director Kirsten Smith in the discussions area below the film itself. Check out the full interview here, check out the rest of Glamour’s Reel Moments while you’re there, and share your thoughts with the rest of the Hulu community.

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