AWFJ Movie of the Week, October 27-November 2: OUR BRAND IS CRISIS

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Opening October 23, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Our Brand Is Crisis, director David Gordon Green’s new comedy drama based on Rachel Boynton’s 2006 documentary of the same name which looked at the tactics and consequences of American political campaigns. Read on…

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN: Switching genders in OUR BRAND IS CRISIS, ROADHOUSE and more – Brandy McDonnell comments

When filmmakers start casting women in roles originally written for men, it gives real hope that Hollywood might just be changing its sexist ways. Hopefully, the idea of taking roles written for men and looking for opportunities to cast women instead will catch on with both male and female power-players in Hollywood – and even extend to switching out male directors and screenwriters with females. Then, we’ll start to see some progress. But I believe it has to become a conscious, deliberate choice until we narrow the gender gap.Read on…

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN: AMY Doc, MINIONS, Comic Con and AMPAS – Brandy McDonnell comments

Asif Kapadia’s compelling new documentary “Amy” truly takes our entire culture to task, revealing inherent sexism that women face in their everyday lives, sexism that only intensifies when women dare to pursue careers as artists or become famous – even when, as seems to be the case with Amy Winehouse, they don’t really desire their celebrity status. Plus, more women characters for better female cosplay at Comic Con, women ascend to the Board of Directors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and isn’t it odd that there are no women Minions? Read The Week In Women…

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MINIONS, TANGERINE, 10,000 KM and Other July 10 Openers – Reviews by Jennifer Merin

minions poster bullock croppedMinions delivers delightful summer silliness as three of the crowd-pleasing yellow pill-like hoard seek to serve a prima evil-doer, Scarlett Overkill, played by Sandra Bullock. A fascinating must see, Tangerine cuts to the chase on transgender hooker lifestyle in LA, shot entirely on an iPhone 5s, following Sin-Dee Rella (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) an a rapacious manhunt for her cheating pimp (James Ransone). 10,000 KM takes on a long distance romance sustained in cyperspace. Plus Boulevard, What We Did On Our Vacation and Do I Sound Gay?. Read the reviews…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, July 6-12: MINIONS

Opening July 10, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Minionsthe inevitable spin-off from hit animations Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2. It puts the eponymous, scene-stealing yellow critters firmly in the spotlight, telling the story of their evolution and their inability to keep hold of any of their evil masters. When Kevin, Stuart and Bob (all voiced by co-director Pierre Coffin) embark on a mission to find a new master, they come across supervillain Scarlett Overkill (a brilliant Sandra Bullock) who is attempting to take over the world along with her husband Herb (John Hamm). Read on…

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Anne Thompson’s THE $11 BILLION YEAR (Exclusive Excerpt)


After reporting on everything movies for 25 years, Hollywood pundit Anne Thompson, an AWFJ member, has written her first book. It’s fascinating. We excerpt it here.


In its history, the Academy’s largely male directors’ branch had nominated only three other women directors—Italian Lina Wertmüller (Seven Beauties), New Zealander Jane Campion (The Piano), and American Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation), daughter of Oscar-winningGodfather creator Francis Ford Coppola.

Gender politics in Hollywood—as everywhere else—are complex, layered, often unconscious, and difficult to parse. One can argue that things are slowly improving for women in the film industry, but they are still woefully underrepresented in too many areas, from hiring, especially as directors, to roles onscreen.

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Winners of the 2013 AWFJ EDA Awards!

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists is proud to announce the winners of its 8th Annual EDA Awards.

Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” was a clear winner with six total trophies: starting with Best Film, it swept the AWFJ EDA “Best of” categories with four awards; took another in the female-centric EDA Focus Awards; and earned its sixth win in the EDA Special Mention section.

Among the “BEST OF” EDA Awards—which parallel those conferred by other voting organizations—Cate Blanchett was honored as Best Actress for “Blue Jasmine,” and Matthew McConaughey earned Best Actor for “Dallas Buyer’s Club.”

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AWFJ Women On Film – The Week In Women, March 26, 2010 – MaryAnn Johanson

Win an Oscar, lose your husband? Who let a girl do serious journalism? and

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AWFJ Women On Film – The Week In Women, January 15, 2010 – MaryAnn Johanson

Maybe it’s men who “just aren’t funny”; sexy Star Wars lack imagination; how not to depict girl geeks and

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AWFJ Women On Film – The Week In Women, December 11, 2009 – MaryAnn Johanson

Everyone knows women directors are disasters at the box office; skewering the dumb-blond stereotype; is it too soon to celebrate Sandra Bullock?

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AWFJ Women On Film – The Week In Women, September 5, 2009 – MaryAnn Johanson

What if a gal doesn’t want movies as her mistress? Also: Hollywood rapes women, a boob-ilicious tale, and how to get fired on network TV.

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AWFJ Women On Film – “All About Steve” – Susan Granger reviews

Who would have guessed that teaming Sandra Bullock, who scored in “The Proposal,” and Bradley Cooper, so terrific in “The Hangover,” would result in this grotesque comedy, a prime candidate for Worst Picture of the Year?

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AWFJ Women On Film – Releasing September 1, 2 and 4, 2009

AWFJ highlights films by and about women

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AWFJ Women On Film – The Week In Women, August 28, 2009 – MaryAnn Johanson

Sandra Bullock needs to know her place (hint: it’s below her male co-stars), Hollywood is the domain of white men, the absence of ladies who criticize, and…

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