THE WEEK IN WOMEN: Taymor Hired, Weinstein Fired and Cameron is Still at It — Brandy McDonnell reports

Julie Taymor will helm a coming-of-age biopic about feminist journalist and activist Gloria Steinem, based on Steinem’s bestselling memoir My Life on the Road, adapted for the screen by Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Sarah Ruhl. Harvey Weinstein was terminated from The Weinstein Company Sunday following last week’s New York Times expose detailing decades of sexual abuse allegations made against the Oscar-winning producer by employees and actresses including Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan, among others. James Cameron is still trying to terminate feminist positivity about Wonder Woman, asserting that bustier-clad Gal Gadot is too beautiful to be groundbreaking. Read details on THE WEEK IN WOMEN…

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN: James Cameron vs. Wonder Woman! — Brandy McDonnell comments

The Terminator 2: Judgment Day director calls Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman movie “a step back,” and confirms Hollywood’s continuing desire to lock women in the “strong” box. In a recent interview centered on the 3-D re-release of his 1991 blockbuster Terminator 2: Judgment Day, James Cameron set off a firestorm on Twitter when he reduced Wonder Woman and her depiction in Patty Jenkins’ record-setting film to “an objectified icon” that he considers “a step backwards” from his female character of Sarah Connor. Read more on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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TERMINATOR GENISYS’ New Spot – Marina Antunes comments

It seems crazy to me that in the nearly 25 years since the release of Terminator 2, the franchise is still playing in the liquid terminator goo. I mean, it only took James Cameron seven years to advance the effects forward by a leap… but I digress. We’re getting a new terminator movie and that alone should make me happy right? Read more>>

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SPOTLIGHT January 2015: GAIL ANNE HURD, Producer Extraordinaire

awfjspotlightsmallsmallThis month’s choice for AWFJ’s Spotlight is producer extraordinaire Gale Anne Hurd, 59, who decades ago smashed the gender barrier that existed in such genres as action and science fiction with ground-breaking cinematic efforts including the original Terminator trilogy and Aliens. Hurd has since expanded her sphere of influence to TV, as executive producer of the most-watched scripted drama among broadcast series, The Walking Dead, which is set in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by zombies. She will be honored with the Producers Guild of America’s David O. Selznick Achievement Award on Jan. 24. Read on…

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Documentaries Opening August 1-12, 2014 – Reviews by Jennifer Merin

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To be seen on big screens from August 1 to 12 are fine non-fic features that explore the lives and hard times faced by troubled youth in small town USA and throughout China, offer up the expressions of Iranian artists in exile, deliver inspiration via the ‘play it forward’ mentorship of a jazz icon and his protege, and reveal discoveries in the ocean’s depths. Check out my reviews of Rich Hill, Web Junkie, Fifi Howls From Happiness, Keeo On Keepin’ On and DeepSea Challenger 3D, and for maximum non-fic cool, see them all! Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – Is ‘Ex-Wife’ Part of Kathryn Bigelow’s Job Description? – Brandy McDonnell comments

If Bigelow’s low-budget but excellent independent film has to play the proverbial second fiddle to a mega-blockbuster that has become the top-grossing movie of all time, that’s one thing. That’s life. That’s just the way it is. Money equals power.

But please, for the love of the 19th Amendment, tell me that we’re not going to spend the rest of awards season hearing about the big showdown between Cameron and his ex-wife. Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – Kathryn Bigelow Wins DGA’s Best Director

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists congratulate Kathryn Bigelow for winning the 2010 Directors Guild of America award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for The Hurt Locker.

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AWFJ Women On Film – The Week In Women, December 18, 2009

Women get vocal about men’s Hollywood power, only 18-year-old women are actually real, princess porn, and

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