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Evan Rachel Wood launched a series of (rightfully) angry tweets at the MPAA last week, after discovering that they had forced director Frederik Bond to edit out a particular scene in his new film, "Charlie Countryman," in which Wood receives oral sex from her male co-star, Shia LaBeouf. Had the scene been left in, the film would have received an NC-17 rating, something that many filmmakers try to avoid as it seriously limits their audience and the film's ... Read More
  This week the New York Film Academy blog released a study on gender inequality in the film industry, presenting some truly dire statistics about women both in front of and behind the camera. The data is drawn from the top 500 movies of the past five years and comes in the form of a series of infographics that showcase just how unbalanced the industry really is. First there’s the familiar information: women are much more likely than men to be shown ... Read More
Kathleen Hanna, riot grrrl and lead singer of Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, and the Julie Ruin (whose debut EP Run Fast is out now!), recently spoke to the New York Times about her upcoming documentary The Punk Singer directed by Sini Anderson, and revealed an exclusive clip from the upcoming film. Hanna, who is battling late-stage Lyme disease, chatted with the Times about making a movie about her life: “Mortality looming over you really changes ... Read More
The fact that Bettie Page Reveals All is about the endlessly enthralling “Queen of Pinups” would be enough to make it a riveting watch. But having the subject herself narrating her only authorized documentary makes the production even more compelling. In interviews conducted throughout the last decade of her life (she died in 2008 at 85), Page candidly tells her gripping story from childhood to old age. The film squeezes in tons of details about the ... Read More
I see a lot of bad movies. Watching mindless cinematic drivel can be very therapeutic and I don’t hesitate to indulge. But I can’t fully enjoy brainless box-office hits anymore—the under-representation or misrepresentation of women in some 2013 releases has been a little too overt. Or maybe I’ve just been more sensitive to it lately; as I’ve gotten older, insidious sexism in film has been easier to identify. I’ve also taken to ... Read More
On the list of badass villainesses, Maleficent from Disney's animated Sleeping Beauty ranks pretty high. Needless to say, I couldn't be more stoked she's getting a "her side of the story" treatment in a live-action film scheduled for release next year. Based on Disney's description of the film, it already sounds way cooler than you were just thinking: "A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable ... Read More
  Have you ever wondered what life would be like if women ruled the world? If the women of the CLAW are any indication, it will be a compassionate, fair, dramatic, funny and gorgeous spectacle with plenty of Jack Daniels and ass shaking to go around. Brian Wimer and Billy Hunt directed the documentary that bills itself as a “Feature length documentary on the Collective of Lady Arm Wrestlers, or CLAW. 50% theater, 50% Sport, 50% Fundraiser. 150% ... Read More
In honor of the remake of Carrie, we bring you a bloody good roundup of menses in the movies.  Menarche in the Movies From tampon trouble to genuine terror, these young ladies just weren’t ready for their first flow. 1. My Girl (1991) - Eleven-year-old hypochondriac Vada assumes she’s hemorrhaging when she gets her first period 2. The Runaways (2010) - Cherie’s first menses bursts forth when she least expects it, so an emergency trip to a public ... Read More
At the recent London premiere for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, everyone’s fantasy celeb BFF Jennifer Lawrence was spotted comforting a crying child who was sitting behind a security barrier. Hugs and cheering ensued, and everybody collectively named J-Law the best human in the world forever. Watch this endless GIF of the scene (because I KNOW YOU WANT TO), and check out the full video below.Thanks to Vulture Image via ... Read More
  A few months back, a radio show contacted BUST to ask if one of our staffers would be interested in going on air to discuss misogyny in the James Bond series. A loud cricket noise echoed throughout the office—nobody had watched more than one or two of the flicks. That is, nobody but me. See, I’ve watched nearly every James Bond movie ever made, aside from some of the ones during the Roger Moore years (thumbs-down, no thank you). I’ve also ... Read More