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While Everyone Was Freaking Out About “Girls,” There Are Zero Films By Women At Cannes

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For the past week, women’s media has pretty much been dominated by talk of Lena Dunham’s new show “Girls.” But newsflash! There’s other crap going on! Like the fact that this year’s prestigious Cannes Film Festival features absolutely zero films by women. That’s right: of the 23 films up for Cannes’ Very Important Palm D’Or Award, zero were made by women. And in the Un Certain Regard category — reserved for films made by up-and-coming young directors — only two were made by women.

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Today’s Lady News: Four Women Directors Compete For Cannes’ Top Prize

  • A record number of female filmmakers — four! — are competing for the top filmmaking prize at the Cannes Film Festival. [Washington Post]
  • What do we think of this “gender neutral” beer commercial for Copenhagen, a Danish beer? [Tres Sugar]
  • This five-year-old child prodigy speaks seven languages and plays six instruments. Reading about Mabou Loiseau of Queens, New York, is guaranteed to make you feel like a slacker. [The Grio]
  • Selling breast milkl: it’s a big industry. [Wired]

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Today’s Lady News: Booooo! No Female Directors At Cannes Competition

  • Hold your horses, people still reveling over Kathryn Bigelow‘s Oscar night win: not one of the 16 films in the upcoming competition at the Cannes Film Festival was directed by a woman. [Women & Hollywood]
  • The White House forced CBS News to a remove a blog post from their website alleging the potential Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan, is gay. [Yahoo]
  • Rev. Michael Pfleger, a Catholic priest in Chicago, said in his sermon on Sunday that women should be allowed to be ordained as priests. But Pfleger apologized for his remarks after his sermon was posted on YouTube and he was barraged by critics. [Chicago Sun-Times]

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Quick Pic: Get The Hell Off My Dress, Pedro Almodovar

Seconds after this photo was taken, Penelope Cruz warned Pedro Almodovar that he’d be getting the bill for this dry cleaning. Powerless in the face of such beauty, the filmmaker could only nod his head and smile. [Cannes, France, 5/19/09] Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Mariah Carey And Nick Cannon Get Cozy For The Cameras

The happy couple took a ride on designer Roberto Cavalli’s boat yesterday. Oh, to have fabulous friends. [Cannes, France, 5/17/09] Keep reading »

Slideshow: Natalie Portman Is A Girl Who Likes Ruffles

As a jury member at the Cannes Film Festival, Natalie must have had to travel to France with a lot of fancy dress for all those red-carpet appearances. Her favorite style right now seems to be anything involving ruffles, and while on other people we might be more critical of this choice, Natalie makes ruffles look good. Ruffles are her friends. Keep reading »

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