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Olivia Wilde Is Psyched To Turn 30

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“Sure, it’ll be tougher to convince an audience I’m the ‘feisty young coed,’ cramming for my biochem final and wondering if Zac Efron’s character likes my new crushed-velvet headband, but I was never crazy about those roles anyway. People assume actresses are afraid to get older; the truth is the roles get a whole lot more compelling once you’re too old to play dumb. So I’m welcoming this development with open arms.”

Olivia Wilde on why she’s embracing her impending 30-year-old self in Hollywood. The “Drinking Buddies” star goes on to list the do’s and don’ts for other women hitting their big three-oh, such as “DO enjoy your sexual prime” and “DON’T cut your face.” Although, after googling Ms. Wilde’s birthday, she actually turns 30 in March of 2014 … so like, in seven months. A little premature if you ask me, but nonetheless, you should read the rest of the 29-year-old’s advice! [Glamour]

Spike Lee’s List Of Essential Films Contains Exactly Zero Women

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  • Spike Lee published the list of “Essential Films For Filmmakers” which he hands out on the first day every year in his NYU graduate film class. It’s a good list (Coppola! Fellini!) … but it’s got ZERO women on it. Seriously, Spike? There’s not a single film ever made by a woman which you think is essential for young filmmakers to see?  No Mira Nair? No Phyllida Lloyd? No Kathryn Bigelow? [Kickstarter via Racialicious]
  • The PBS news program “Newshour” will soon be anchored by two women: Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff. [New York Times]
  • The majority of women feel relief after terminating an unwanted pregnancy, according to a study of 800 women by the University of California San Francisco. While women also reported experiencing more negative emotions, relief was the most common one. [Think Progress]
  • Here’s a profile on Jill Abramson, the first-ever female executive editor of The New York Times. [The Daily Beast] Keep reading »

Kickass Woman Of The Day: President Of The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences, Cheryl Boone Isaacs

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The film industry is one that desperately lacks female influence, so Cheryl Boone Isaacs’ election as President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a particularly cool victory. In its 86-year history, the Academy has only had two other female presidents — the most recent being almost 30 years ago. Cheryl Boone Isaacs is also the first ever African-American president for the Academy. Keep reading »

Melissa McCarthy Outperforms Comedy’s Leading Men — Remind Me Again Why “Women Aren’t Funny”?

Melissa McCarthy Outperforms Comedy's Leading Men

We all know that Melissa McCarthy is on a roll — between “Bridesmaids,” “Identity Theft,” and now the $40 million dollar opening of her buddy-cop movie “The Heat,” this lady is on fire.

What you may not know is this: McCarthy is also outperforming her male comedian colleagues and co-stars by millions.

According to comparisons between McCarthy’s recent movies and those of her male counterparts at comparable points in their careers, McCarthy is millions of dollars and one Oscar nomination ahead of male comedians like Will Farrell, Steve Carrell, Jason Bateman, Jonah Hill, and Seth Rogen.

Tell me why women “aren’t funny” again? Really. I’d like to know. Read more on The Mary Sue…

The 10 Funniest Female Duos Of All Time

“The Heat,” a foul-mouthed, gun-toting, slapstick-silly film opened in theaters this weekend — and it stars two female leads. Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, two of Hollywood’s raddest women, play an FBI agent and a cop, respectively, in the movie, which has been getting some positive reviews. So, to honor this awesome female duo, we thought we’d list the wackiest and wittiest female duos (on and off the screen) of all time.

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Busy Phillips: Body Image Is “The Last Frontier Of Feminism”

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“I was asked to lose weight by a network for a TV pilot. The conversation happens because you get a job and your agent or manager calls and they say, ‘They are so excited about you. They just think there is no one better for this part and they want you to look and feel your best — they really feel that that could include losing 15 or 20 pounds’. … I feel like it’s the last frontier of feminism — the weight thing with women — even for myself. I identify as a feminist. I have so many feminist beliefs — and then I’m so mean to myself about my body sometimes. Or I can be judgmental about other people for their bodies, and I don’t know how to get over it.”

The attitudes Busy Phillips from “Cougar Town” espouses on “The Conversation” about feminism and her body sound a lot like mine. Even being a feminist who realizes there’s an entire corporate culture dedicated to profitting off me feeling bad about my body, it’s a struggle not to be mean sometimes. Obviously it’s that much harder for actresses in the public eye. It would be hard not to be, when a TV network had the gall to ask her to lose 20 pounds under the guise of wanting her to “look and feel” her best. Uh huh. Right. [The Conversation TV via Women & Hollywood] [Photo: Splash News]

Sundance Survey: Female Directors Fare Better In Indie Films Than Hollywood

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  • Women directors fare far better in indie films than they do in the mainstream Hollywood machine, according to a new study out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Women are still woefully underrepresented in all filmmaking roles in Sundance films, however. [Guardian UK]
  • On the geography of abortion access in America. [Daily Beast]
  • Indian caste councils have asked for “greater understanding” for families for committing domestic violence against their sisters and daughters, AKA so-called “honor killings.” Women’s rights advocates in India suspect 10,000 people are murdered by “honor killings” each year, usually women killed by family members. [Telegraph UK] Keep reading »

Rachel Weisz On Playing Strong Characters

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“I never really understand when people say that I like playing strong characters. I always find that a little weird because, I could be wrong, but I don’t think people ever say that to men. It’s like, well what should I play, a weak character? Does that mean that I can lift weights? I guess it means strong-minded, right? But it’s weird because people never say that about a male actor — Michael Fassbender or George Clooney, for example — that they love playing strong characters. It’s a weird gender thing.”

– Rachel Weisz (whose last name, for the life of me, I can never properly spell) brings up a good point about sexism in the ways we talk about male and female roles in Hollywood, even if the “strong women” comment is meant to be a compliment.

She’s right: no one ever commends an actor like Colin Firth when he plays a “strong” character, even though he has played characters with weaknesses as well, because a “strong” role for a male actor is considered the default.  [The Sun UK]

“American Psycho”‘s Bret Easton Ellis Makes Sexist Asshat Comment About Kathryn Bigelow

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“Kathryn Bigelow would be considered a mildly interesting filmmaker if she was a man but since she’s a very hot woman she’s really overrated.”

That’s a tweet from Bret Easton Ellis, the author of American Psycho and other books and movies. I guess someone is a little butthurt because Kathryn Bigelow won an Oscar for Best Director (making her the first-ever woman to do so) while Ellis’ latest film project stars a can-barely-walk-straight Lindsay Lohan? [IndieWire]

The Top 5 Funny Female Screenwriters To Watch

On May 13, 2011, the cinematic landscape was forever changed by that cute little movie about friends, weddings and bowel incontinence. Other than a couple “Saturday Night Live” cast members and the lead guy from “Mad Men,” that cute little movie starred a bunch of relatively unknown—and, up until that time, unappreciated—actors and actresses. Yet, at the end of the day, that cute little movie went on to make over $288 billion million at the box office and finally prove to film studios executives it was okay for women to be depicted as smart, funny, beautiful and a little gross. Call it the “Bridesmaids” Effect.

No matter how you slice it, movie theaters haven’t been the same since Melissa McCarthy pooped in a sink. (And I mean that as the highest compliment.) So, without further adieu, allow me to introduce you to the next crop of illegally talented female screenwriters who are likely to leave you in stitches and (possibly) tears.

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