women in hollywood

20th Century Fox Announces Slate Of Upcoming Films Featuring Zero Female Directors

In other really awesome news for women in Hollywood, 20th Century Fox announced their upcoming slate of films for 2016 and 2017 at CinemaCon, the annual convention for The National Association of Theater Owners. And, in a twist that feels bad but is somehow expected, none of the movies on offer are directed by women. More »


How Many Of These Female-Driven TV Comedies Are You Watching?

Oh my goodness! Look at all these non-man comedies on TV! Who do these women think they are! More empathetic, focused, aesthetically-pleasing, versions of your typical guy comedians?

Oh yes. Yes, that’s exactly it.

So are you watching these shows? All of them? NONE?!?!? IT IS YOUR FEMINIST DUTY TO BLOB OFF IN… More »


Soap Opera Actress Nancy Lee Grahn Whines About Viola Davis’s Emmy Speech Not Including “All” Women

Last night’s Emmy Awards were shockingly entertaining and exciting, and the acceptance speeches were the absolute highlight, each one better than the next. From Jill Soloway and Jeffrey Tambor’s advocacy for trans rights, to Uzo Aduba’s moving tribute to her sister, to Regina King’s shock  at winning after years of slaying part after part, it was a… More »


Emma Thompson On Sexism In Hollywood: “I Still Think It’s Complete Shit”

She’s been in the business for over 25 years, and, according to her, the situation hasn’t gotten any better. More »


Russell Crowe Thinks Older Actresses Should Stop Whining About The Lack Of Female Roles In Hollywood

“To be honest, I think you’ll find that the woman who is saying that [the good roles for women have dried up is] the woman who at 40, 45, 48, still wants to play the ingénue, and can’t understand why she’s not being cast as the 21-year-old. … Meryl Streep will give you 10,000 examples… More »


Can We Stop Applauding Actresses Who “Go Ugly” For A Movie Role?

Last week, the trailer for Jennifer Aniston’s upcoming film “Cake” was released online. The movie, which is already generating significant Oscar buzz, is about a woman (Aniston) who suffers from chronic pain and becomes obsessed with the suicide of her friend and fellow support group member (Anna Kendrick, as a chirpy, impossibly high-cheekboned ghost).
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Female Actors Fight Back: “Some Lady Parts” Tumblr Documents Sexist Casting Calls

Actor Katrina Day has collected a series of sexist casting breakdowns for her not-haha-funny new Tumblr Some Lady Parts. Some of these notices read like Craigslist personal ads: “Seeking: Hot Blonde girl … Blonde hair …. classic hot girl.” Others aim for highbrow, but end up unrealistic and porn-y: “Seeking: Ultimate fantasy woman of a… More »


Black Actress Octavia Spencer Is “Red Band Society”‘s Resident “Scary Bitch”

Having already seen “The Fault In Our Stars” and “Glee,” I don’t think I’ll be tuning in for Fox’s “Red Band Society,” a new dramedy produced by Steven Spielberg about teenagers living in a hospital. But it’s come to my attention that on a promotional ad for the show, which debuts September 17th,… More »


It’s A Shame That Some Obituaries Focus On Lauren Bacall’s Beauty & Love Life Over Her Talent

Two Hollywood legends passed this week — Robin Williams, 63, on Monday morning, and Lauren Bacall, 89, on Tuesday night. They died in extremely different ways, but both were household names who’d been in numerous iconic films. These two deaths are being handled very differently — Bacall’s obituaries and remembrances are far more focused on… More »


Frisky Q&A: “What If” Star Zoe Kazan Talks Femininity & Feminism

I guess, in our post-“Harry Potter” world, a lot of people would be really excited when a new movie comes out starring Daniel Radcliffe.

Alas, I am not one of those people.

When I heard about the cast for the new rom-com “What If,” I was more excited about Zoe Kazan. More »


Rose McGowan On Being Told She Was Intimidating Hollywood’s Men In Charge

“I had an agent that told me not to speak in meetings because I was too intelligent and it was stressing to the men. It was a woman that told me that. I didn’t say anything, then I went to my car and kind of cried and then I was, like, ‘Fuck you’… [I]t’s been amazing… More »


Frisky Q&A: “Obvious Child” Star Jenny Slate On Abortion, Hollywood & Feminism

If you think you don’t know who Jenny Slate is, you just haven’t attached the name to the person. She’s Mona-Lisa on “Parks and Recreation”; Tammy on “Bob’s Burgers”; a bunch of characters on “Kroll Show”; and she was on one season of “Saturday Night Live.” (You may remember her from the Doorbells And MoreMore »


Where Are All The Women Directors At Cannes? An Infographic Shows Just How Bad It Is

The Cannes Film Festival begins today in France. Movie stars along the French Riviera sounds lovely, of course. But Cannes, and every other film festival, is always a reminder of women director’s underrepresentation in the movie business. In the past decade at Cannes, there have been several years when ZERO female directors have had a… More »


Women Didn’t Fare Well In “Star Wars VII” Casting Announcements

The casting announcement for “Star Wars VII” came out today and while that’s very exciting news indeed, let’s not forget that only one new female actress (Daisy Ridley) has been added to the cast. Don’t women and girls deserve better geeky representation? [io9]
Lux Alptraum on why we don’t need fewer rape storyMore »


Aaron Sorkin Man-Splains The Lack Of Good Roles For Women In Hollywood

Here’s Aaron Sorkin man-splaining why there aren’t more female-driven films coming out of Hollywood. “There need to be more good scripts,” he says. Ah, thanks, Aaron for explaining that one for us. [New York Daily NewsThe Huffington Post]
Jenelle Evans from “Teen Mom 2″ called her ex-boyfriend the N-word in a Facebook rant. More »


Kirsten Dunst Implies That Actresses Ask To Be Sexually Harassed

Sofia Coppola: I feel like you and I are so on the same page about how to approach things. Have you ever worked with a director you didn’t agree with? And if so, what did you do?
Kirsten Dunst: I have, and it takes all the fun out of what you do. You just… More »


The Soapbox: Why Will Ferrell’s New Female-Focused Production Department Isn’t Cause For Celebration

Yesterday, Will Ferrell’s company, Gary Sanchez Productions, announced that it is launching a female-focused film and television department called Gloria Sanchez Productions. The idea came from Jessica Elbaum, an exec at Gary Sanchez, who will head the division.

This is exciting news, but I think they missed a major point. I believe people are… More »


So Not Fetch: The MPAA Tried To Give “Mean Girls” An R Rating

“We had lots of battles with the ratings board on the movie. There was the line, ‘Amber D’Alessio gave a blow job to a hot dog,’ which eventually became ‘Amber D’Alessio made out with a hot dog.’ Which is somehow weirder! That’s the thing we found: When you’re trying to make a joke obey the… More »


Elizabeth Banks Will Direct “Pitch Perfect 2″

Elizabeth Banks will make her directorial debut on “Pitch Perfect 2.” Yes, there is going to be a sequel! [Hollywood Reporter]
Heidi Klum has split from her bodyguard boyfriend. [People]
It wouldn’t be “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” if Kim wasn’t trying to freak out her brother Rob with breast milk. [GossipMore »


Female Oscar Nominees In 2014 Remains Dismally Low Yet Again

Zero female directors, zero cinematographers, zero female editors, and only two screenwriters. A grand total of seven categories don’t even have one woman nominated! That’s the female nominees at the Academy Awards in 2014. Yes, I said 2014. [Womens Media Center]
Amelia had a good take on Jezebel’s recent Lena Dunham/Vogue untouched images… More »


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