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Geena Davis Has Two Very Simple Solutions To Fix Hollywood’s Lack Of Female Characters

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Step 1: Go through the projects you’re already working on and change a bunch of the characters’ first names to women’s names. With one stroke you’ve created some colorful unstereotypical female characters that might turn out to be even more interesting now that they’ve had a gender switch. What if the plumber or pilot or construction foreman is a woman? What if the taxi driver or the scheming politician is a woman? What if both police officers that arrive on the scene are women — and it’s not a big deal?

Step 2: When describing a crowd scene, write in the script, “A crowd gathers, which is half female.” That may seem weird, but I promise you, somehow or other on the set that day the crowd will turn out to be 17 percent female otherwise. Maybe first [assistant directors] think women don’t gather, I don’t know.”

Geena Davis, in a fantastic op-ed in The Hollywood Reporter, lays out some shameful statistics about the lack of women in movies (in family films, the ratio of male to female characters is 3 to 1; crowd scenes contain an average of just 17 percent women), and proposes a simple but potentially revolutionary two-step solution. Screenwriters, please, please, please take note! And Geena, how much do we love you? Let us count the ways… [The Hollywood Reporter]

Geena Davis Gets Back In Her Rockford Peaches Uniform At Age 57

It’s been over 20 years(!) since “A League Of Their Own” came out, and to this day it’s one of my favorite movies. I was so delighted to see Geena Davis back in her old Rockford Peaches uniform (word is she’s wearing it to shoot a commercial), still looking fabulous at age 57. In related news, I just canceled all my evening plans and am now going to spend tonight watching “A League Of Their Own”, painting my nails peachy pink, and yelling “There’s no crying in baseball!” at my confused boyfriend. Care to join me? [Us Weekly]

Geena Davis Believes We’re Not Done Creating Gender Equality

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“I just gave a commencement address at a local girls’ high school and one point I made was to realize that that the job of creating gender equality was not yet done. There’s a tendency for the younger generation to think that the women’s movement made enormous progress and that we’re pretty much set, you know, we’re good. And certainly college girls don’t want to hear anything about feminism. But the facts are not so good. While the girls may enter various fields at 50 percent as compared to the boys, even higher in some cases, that percentage drops off severely as early as the very first level of promotion. And then it’s like a pyramid that gets very skinny at the top, at the CEO level and the board level. So I asked them to be conscious of this, to notice the numbers and to proceed with that consciousness.”

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Vanity Fair Shoots A “Thelma & Louise” 20th-Anniversary Spread

That headline probably made you think, “Has it really been 20 years?” But for real, it’s been two decades since “Thelma & Louise” came out. Apparently, stars Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis headed to Florida last week to shoot an anniversary spread for Vanity Fair. We won’t get to see the photos for a few months, but I am crossing my fingers for a naked Brad Pitt cameo. [NY Post] Keep reading »

The Seven Sexiest Presidents On Screen

Today is Election Day, and I’d hate to taint the actual political merits of the hottest candidate by calling him out on his looks, charisma, and killer dance moves. Instead, let’s drool over the actors Hollywood has made rulers. Here are seven of the sexiest Presidents ever captured on screen, after the jump … Keep reading »

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