Statsgasm Hard Truth: Women, Aging and Oscar Stats

By Marshall Flores Behind the veneer of glitz and progressive utopia of Hollywood, there are a few hard, sobering truths. One of these is that inevitably, every actress encounters the stereotype Goldie Hawn once famously described in The First Wives Club: “There are only...
Posted On 15 Jan 2014
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NY Times Debate: How Can Women Gain Influence in Hollywood?

Women and Hollywood’s Melissa Silverstein, someone I consider to be a growing voice in the film community, has co-curated a panel for the New York Times on women and their influence in Hollywood.  Or rather, their non-existent influence in Hollywood. It’s a must-read...
Posted On 15 Aug 2012

Eat, Pray, Love and a Few Conditions of My Own

Thanks to chongweikk.com for forwarding the link to this Eat, Pray, Love video to an Eddie Vedder song. And Jennybee forwarded me this interesting (bitchmagazine.org, best URL ever) but, I think, off base article on the film (or perhaps, the book). The author makes many very good...
Posted On 10 Aug 2010

Bret Easton Ellis Opens Big Mouth

Bret Easton Ellis, ’80s literary icon, had this to say about why “women can’t direct.” ¬†Good thing that private school education didn’t go to waste. What would that be? “We’re watching, and we’re aroused by looking, whereas I...
Posted On 24 May 2010

Protesting the Lack of Female Directors at Cannes

I didn’t find out about this petition until a few days ago, but Steve Pond at The Wrap covered it. ¬†They have a Facebook group, which reads: To: The Organisers of the Cannes Film Festival As people who care about and are interested in films we must protest the lack of...
Posted On 23 May 2010

Women and Bigelow

Melissa Silverstein has remarked, both on Twitter, and now in this article, that much is made of Kathryn Bigelow’s looks, as if much of the driving force behind her success is that she is gorgeous. And we all know she is gorgeous. We just don’t expect, I guess, a...
Posted On 08 Feb 2010

Women Film Writers speak out about Women in Film

Though it’s framed as a survey of reactions to recent nominations for female filmmakers, today’s round table discussion at womenandhollywood serves as a comprehensive look back at a year of iconic lodestones and significant milestones for women in the industry. Golden...
Posted On 16 Dec 2009

“How to Be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood”

Salon this week features a book review of “How to Be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood” by gay novelist and Hollywood biographer, William J. Mann. The cover photo is simply stunning and the very definition of voluptuous. Raised in the studio system at a time...
Posted On 19 Oct 2009

The Year of the Woman?

Guy Lodge over at In Contention floats the idea that 2009 could be the best year yet for women in the Best Pic category (no doubt about that), but perhaps also squeezing into the Best Director category. Most of the big guns haven’t hit yet but at this stage of the game, the...
Posted On 15 Jul 2009

A Sorry State for Women in Hollywood

Thanks to Glimmer for pointing out this post on Women & Hollywood: The Oscar Numbers — it’s really horrifying, isn’t it? BEST DIRECTOR Nominees – 392 total, 2 women — .5%; Winners – 80 total, 0 women — 0% BEST PICTURE (producers)...
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