The State of the Race Part Two: The Vanishing Stories of Women

This has been a banner year for women at the box office – Hunger Games ($361 million, #2 for the whole year so far), Gravity ($253 million), two starring Melissa McCarthy made it into the top twenty (The Heat—$159 million and Identity Thief—$139 million), and Frozen ($170...
Posted On 19 Dec 2013

How Have Women Fared in Film? An Infographic

Fairly enlightening, this. And depressing. Don’t make me start talking about the three holes again. Full infographic after the cut.
Posted On 26 Nov 2013

Oscar and the Bechdel Test

This morning on Twitter, Ryan, Paddy, Tero and I were discussing women in film, specifically, women in film and the Best Picture race.  Ryan came to the conclusion that it’s been roughly 60 years since films dominated by women also dominated the Best Picture race. I took it...
Posted On 12 Nov 2013

The State of the Race: Will There be a Hillary Effect on the Oscar Race?

Imagine as we enter Oscar race 2013 three strong films written and directed by women, with leading women at the forefront, one of which is crowned the early frontrunner to win. Imagine an Oscar race where it didn’t matter anymore. Maybe it’s the same year Kathryn Bigelow,...
Posted On 25 Sep 2013

Lake Bell’s Writing Earns Notice, Naked Bod Doesn’t Hurt

Lake Bell’s new film, In a World, has been getting mostly good notices – a rave from the NY Times’ AO Scott, and pretty good reviews from other critics. But what seems to have gotten her more attention is the nude cover on New York Magazine: Sex is maybe the...
Posted On 11 Aug 2013

Lynda Obst Grabs New Hollywood by the Balls and — SQUEEZES

I love this interview. I don’t think it’s a matter of many of us just being old and out of touch. It’s a matter of watching something that was imperfect but beautiful turn into a fast food industry. It’s depressing, if you remember what things used to be...
Posted On 11 Jun 2013

More on the Lynn Ramsay Story…

Lynn Ramsay was brought in to direct Jane Got a Gun, with Natalie Portman as the star and co-producer. Strong female lead, strong female visionary director. Seems like a great match, right? Well, Ramsay walked off the set – if you want a story spun a certain way you give...
Posted On 25 Mar 2013

Jennifer Lawrence on her Photoshopped Dior Ads, “Nobody Looks like That.”

Jennifer Lawrence’s honesty is refreshing in Hollywood.  Shame on Dior for photoshopping anything on Lawrence – she doesn’t need it.   The ads are lovely, of course, but it’s to be noted and advertised that they always “enhance” already thin...
Posted On 01 Mar 2013

Ann Friedman Asks, Why Do Women Hate Anne Hathaway and Love Jennifer Lawrence?

She confesses this: I can’t figure out why I don’t like Anne Hathaway. Or rather, why we don’t. In all the social-media fallout from the Oscars, the Best Supporting Actress winner also almost won Most Detested Figure of the Night, finishing just behind Seth MacFarlane an...
Posted On 26 Feb 2013

Old White Guys Prefer Hot Young Babes

I know, sort of like saying green plants like sunlight. But nonetheless,  one of our readers, Phantom, lays out the (mostly) grim statistics. I remember Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil telling me that “this Emmanuelle Riva” talk was crazy and that the actresses...
Posted On 25 Feb 2013
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