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It’s become a well-traveled path for young women in Hollywood. Step One: Achieve teen megafame by landing a breakout role in a Disney project, being a Svengali-managed pop star, or both. Step Two: Get caught doing something deemed “inappropriate” for your wholesome celebrity brand, even if it’s something plenty of people do in their late teens or early 20s. Step Three: Weather a shitstorm of disapproval with public apologies and/or court appearances. Then ... Read More
 It's no secret that Hollywood is, uh, not the friendliest place for lady filmmakers--but thankfully, there are badass females doing the damn thing in indie studios and cinemas all over the world. Citizen Jane Film Festival celebrates the incredible work of women filmmakers with three action-packed days of screenings, panels, symposiums, and parties. And you lucky, lucky Midwesterners get to enjoy it!  This year, they're hosting films and filmmakers as ... Read More
I love Ellen Page. Anyone in their right mind loves Ellen Page. I mean, just take a gander at this woman’s film resume: Hard Candy, Juno, Inception—Page kicks patriarchy’s butt in every one of her films, and she does it so effortlessly. The vengeful pedophile hunter out for the kill in Hard Candy? Easy. The relentless superhero wannabe in Super? Hell yeah. Kitty Pryde in X-Men: The Last Stand AND the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past? Need I ... Read More
  At a time when most loyal moviegoers are either Latin American or female (or both), it’s taken a hell of a while for the film industry to catch up with the changing scene. This week, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) released its star-studded list of invited members, and they’ve made some improvement from last year. Those who accept membership make up the elite class of film industry pros that decides who gets Oscars next ... Read More
A picture is worth a thousand words, but an infographic speaks for itself.  A new series of graphs demonstrates a point we already knew, but hadn't thought to illustrate: In Hollywood, it's fine and dandy for leading men to grow older, but not leading ladies. There is a huge bias towards older men/younger women in casting.Although there are a few exceptions to the rule, (like Geena Davis and Brad Pitt in Thelma and Louise or Katherine Keener and Steve ... Read More
Study leaders Stacy Smith and Marc Choueiti  Here’s a bit of good news for those among you who are continually frustrated with the boys club that is the American movie machine. A new study commissioned by the Sundance Institute and Women In Film Los Angeles shows that female filmmakers are far better represented in independent film than in Hollywood. The results of this research reveal that female filmmakers are finding success in independent film, but ... Read More
You may already know that beloved essayist, author, journalist and filmmaker Nora Ephron died Tuesday night of leukemia. She was 71 years old. Ephron died a three-time Academy Award nominee for the films "Silkwood," ''When Harry Met Sally ..." and "Sleepless in Seattle." She was the boss in two very male dominated fields of her time: journalism and film. A graduate of Wellsley College, she was determined to become a journalist, and caught her big break ... Read More
Moviefone published an article celebrating the fact that old men are getting to direct films still! Apparently there's some sort of privilege attached to being an old white guy... who knew?! The site claims it's remarkable that these old farts are still being allowed to make films since Hollywood is so "fixated on the young." I would argue that old white guys in positions of power is nothing new, in fact, especially in an industry where only one woman has received ... Read More
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