Posts tagged "women in hollywood"

Michelle Rodriguez On Sexual Assault, Addresses Sexuality Rumors: “I Go Both Ways”

“Well, get this. This girl from Jersey City has a knife in her boot. I pulled it out and said, ‘I’ll cut your dick off.’ You know what he did? He laughed at me.”
“Lost”‘s Michelle Rodriguez opened up to Entertainment Weekly about when she was 22 and a producer “pinned her against the wall…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 2, 2013

Natalie Portman: Feminism Shouldn’t Be “Macho”

“I want every version of a woman and a man to be possible. I want women and men to be able to be full-time parents or full-time working people or any combination of the two. I want both to be able to do whatever they want sexually without being called names. I want them to…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 30, 2013

Olivia Wilde Is Psyched To Turn 30

“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…

By: Alyson Penn / August 9, 2013

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

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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 6, 2013

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

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…

By: Mary Odell / August 4, 2013

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

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…

By: The Mary Sue / July 4, 2013

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…

By: Alyson Penn / June 29, 2013

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

“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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 6, 2013

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

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]…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 23, 2013

Rachel Weisz On Playing Strong Characters

“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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 7, 2013

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

“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

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 6, 2012

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,…

By: Leslie Simon / October 16, 2012

The Awesome Women Of WIGS

It can be tough to find meaty, interesting roles for women in Hollywood, which is why WIGS — tagline: “where it gets interesting” — is such a breath of fresh air. The YouTube channel created by Jon Avnet and Rodrigo Garcia has enlisted a bunch of mega talented actresses to star in a bunch of…

By: The Frisky / June 25, 2012

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

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

By: Julie Gerstein / April 23, 2012

Diablo Cody Says Feminists “Should Be Up My Butt”

“Any feminist out there who doesn’t support me gets a big boo because you’ve got one person out there who is advocating for women in Hollywood and you’re going to slag that person? If you’re a feminist, you should be up my butt. I have no idea if I’ve helped feminism or set it back, because people…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 27, 2012

15 Lessons Learned From Strong Heroines

Today two powerful leading ladies make a bang on the big screen as Kate Beckinsale returns as badass vampire Selene in “Underworld: Awakening” and real-life powerhouse MMA fighter Gina Carano stars in “Haywire.” And these heroines join the ranks of some of the most kickass female characters to grace the pages of comic books and shine…

By: Tres Sugar / January 21, 2012

George Clooney Is Worried About Women In Hollywood

“There’s this strange thing that’s happened over the last 25 or 30 years where there’s this decision being made that women aren’t able to carry the box office. Now, ‘Bridesmaids’ has proved that to be bullshit, and ‘The Help’ has proven it to be bullshit. But it’s much harder to get a film with a woma…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 5, 2012

Diablo Cody Wanted To Create A “Beloved” Female “Anti-Hero”

“The conventional knowledge in Hollywood is that an unsympathetic female character can tank a movie. I’m hoping that’s not true. I’m knocking on wood really emphatically right now but honestly I have a lot of theories sometimes I wonder if it comes down to mommy issues. The idea of a cold, unlikeable woman or a…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 12, 2011

USC Study On Film And Gender Tells Us What We Already Know

Well, surprise, surprise. It looks like women in Hollywood are still screwed, at least according to a recent University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism study. Researchers surveyed all films released in 2009, and found that filmmakers still favor men over women — only around a third of all speaking characters were female.

By: Julie Gerstein / November 23, 2011

Zooey Deschanel Says We’re “All Bitches”

“['500 Days Of Summer' was] actually very misunderstood. I can’t tell you how many guys, and girls, are like, ‘You did him wrong!’ What, she’s a bitch because she didn’t want to date that guy? So? Are we bitches because we have our own opinions? If that makes me a bitch, or that makes wome…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 14, 2011