Number of female film protagonists drops in 2017, despite the blockbuster success of ‘Wonder Woman’ and other femme-led films

Number of female film protagonists drops in 2017, despite the blockbuster success of ‘Wonder Woman’ and other femme-led films

Despite the blockbuster success of ‘Wonder Woman’ and other femme-led films, the number of female protagonists was down 5 percent in 2017’s 100 top-grossing films, according to the latest edition of the annual “It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World” report.

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Following the triumphs of ‘Wonder Woman,’ record-breaking success of ‘Black Panther’ adds to the evidence that inclusion sells in cinema

Following the triumphs of ‘Wonder Woman,’ record-breaking success of ‘Black Panther’ adds to the evidence that inclusion sells in cinema

After the record-breaking, critical acclaim-nabbing and audience-thrilling success of “Wonder Woman” finally gave female filmgoers a superhero in their own image, Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” – starring a black superhero and boasting a largely black cast — opened this weekend to record-breaking, critical acclaim-nabbing and audience-thrilling success. Will it finally be enough to spark real change in Hollywood?

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Texas’ South By Southwest Festival to showcase women filmmakers; Director’s Guild honors ‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘Big Little Lies’ and more; and Mila Kunis receives Harvard’s Hasty Pudding award

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Texas’ South By Southwest Festival to showcase women filmmakers; Director’s Guild honors ‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘Big Little Lies’ and more; and Mila Kunis receives Harvard’s Hasty Pudding award

Texas’ South By Southwest Festival to showcase women filmmakers; Director’s Guild honors ‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘Big Little Lies’ and more; and Mila Kunis receives Harvard’s Hasty Pudding award

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Oscar nominations analysis: 90th Academy Awards marking multiple milestones for women and diversity

Oscar nominations analysis: 90th Academy Awards marking multiple milestones for women and diversity

The 90th Academy Awards seem to be shaping up to be the most diverse ever. In the wake of #OscarsSoWhite, #MeToo and a cavalcade of sexual misconduct scandals brought to light after explosive investigative reports about Harvey Weinstein, the 2018 Oscar nominations marked several milestones for women, African-Americans and transgender people making movies.

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Women directors still underrepresented, Mark Wahlberg donating ‘All the Money in the World’ reshoot earnings to Time’s Up, Cate Blanchett to lead Cannes jury

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Women directors still underrepresented, Mark Wahlberg donating ‘All the Money in the World’ reshoot earnings to Time’s Up, Cate Blanchett to lead Cannes jury

Women directors still underrepresented, Mark Wahlberg donating ‘All the Money in the World’ reshoot earnings to Time’s Up, and Cate Blanchett to lead Cannes jury.

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WEEK IN WOMEN awards season news roundup: ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ and Oprah win at Golden Globes, ‘The Shape of Water’ receives Critics Choice and AWFJ honors

WEEK IN WOMEN awards season news roundup: ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ and Oprah win at Golden Globes, ‘The Shape of Water’ receives Critics Choice and AWFJ honors

‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ and Oprah win at Golden Globes, while ‘The Shape of Water’ receives Critics Choice and AWFJ honors

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Golden Globes airing tonight, Time’s Up founded to fight sexual harassment, Palm Springs International Film Festival kicks off awards season, three women-led movies top 2017 box office, AWFJ reveals 2017 awards nominees

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Golden Globes airing tonight, Time’s Up founded to fight sexual harassment, Palm Springs International Film Festival kicks off awards season, three women-led movies top 2017 box office, AWFJ reveals 2017 awards nominees

The Golden Globes are airing tonight, Time’s Up founded to fight sexual harassment, Palm Springs International Film Festival kicks off awards season, three women-led movies top 2017 box office, and AWFJ reveals 2017 awards nominees.

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Women warriors continue to feel the Force in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ woman-directed animated film ‘The Breadwinner’ brings Afghan girl’s struggle to life with help from Angelina Jolie, ‘Wanda’ and ‘Lives of Performers’ added to National Film Registry

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Women warriors continue to feel the Force in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ woman-directed animated film ‘The Breadwinner’ brings Afghan girl’s struggle to life with help from Angelina Jolie, ‘Wanda’ and ‘Lives of Performers’ added to National Film Registry

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Women warriors continue to feel the Force in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ woman-directed animated film ‘The Breadwinner’ brings Afghan girl’s struggle to life with help from Angelina Jolie, and ‘Wanda’ and ‘Lives of Performers’ added to National Film Registry.

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Oprah to receive Cecil B. de Mille Award, Golden Globes shut out women directors, SAG Awards to feature all women presenters

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Oprah to receive Cecil B. de Mille Award, Golden Globes shut out women directors, SAG Awards to feature all women presenters

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Oprah to receive Cecil B. de Mille Award, Golden Globes shut out women directors, and SAG Awards to feature all women presenters, plus a woman host.

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2 confirmed with Andrea Arnold; Disney boasts new $100 million club of women directors; motion picture academy establishes code of conduct in Harvey Weinstein fallout

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2 confirmed with Andrea Arnold; Disney boasts new $100 million club of women directors; motion picture academy establishes code of conduct in Harvey Weinstein fallout

‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2 has been confirmed with Andrea Arnold; Disney boasts new $100 million club of women directors; and the motion picture academy establishes code of conduct in Harvey Weinstein fallout.

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Greta Gerwig’s ‘Lady Bird’ becomes best-reviewed film on Rotten Tomatoes, Disney finds its live-action ‘Mulan,’ ‘The Post’ star Meryl Streep laments the lack of gender parity

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Greta Gerwig’s ‘Lady Bird’ becomes best-reviewed film on Rotten Tomatoes, Disney finds its live-action ‘Mulan,’ ‘The Post’ star Meryl Streep laments the lack of gender parity

Greta Gerwig’s ‘Lady Bird’ becomes best-reviewed film on Rotten Tomatoes, Disney finds its live-action ‘Mulan,’ and ‘The Post’ star Meryl Streep laments the lack of gender parity

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Natalie Portman wins Israel’s Genesis Prize, Iran makes first Academy Award submission directed by a woman, Sundance Selects acquiring Rachel Dretzin’s documentary ‘Far from the Tree’

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Natalie Portman wins Israel’s Genesis Prize, Iran makes first Academy Award submission directed by a woman, Sundance Selects acquiring Rachel Dretzin’s documentary ‘Far from the Tree’

Natalie Portman wins Israel’s Genesis Prize, Iran makes first Academy Award submission directed by a woman, Sundance Selects acquires Rachel Dretzin’s documentary ‘Far from the Tree,’ and Kathryn Bigelow, Kate Winslet and more are honored by SAG-AFTRA Foundation.

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Agnes Varda receives honorary Oscar, Women in Film launching sexual harassment help line, Kate Nowlin talks playing a woman veteran in ‘Blood Stripe’

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Agnes Varda receives honorary Oscar, Women in Film launching sexual harassment help line, Kate Nowlin talks playing a woman veteran in ‘Blood Stripe’

Agnes Varda receives honorary Oscar, Women in Film launching sexual harassment help line, Kate Nowlin talks playing a woman veteran in ‘Blood Stripe,’ and Lily Tomlin honored at Voice Arts Awards.

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Angelina Jolie and Loung Ung receive Hollywood Film Award for ‘First They Killed My Father,’ ‘Wonder Woman’ becomes top-grossing superhero origin film, The Guardian proposes new cinematic canon chosen by women

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Angelina Jolie and Loung Ung receive Hollywood Film Award for ‘First They Killed My Father,’ ‘Wonder Woman’ becomes top-grossing superhero origin film, The Guardian proposes new cinematic canon chosen by women

Angelina Jolie and Loung Ung receive Hollywood Film Award for ‘First They Killed My Father,’ ‘Wonder Woman’ becomes top-grossing superhero origin film, The Guardian proposes new cinematic canon chosen by women

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WEEK IN WOMEN Halloween news roundup: Get the creeps with horror movies directed by women, weigh in on what age children should see horror movies and find out the scary new project for ‘Girls Trip’ co-writer Tracy Oliver

WEEK IN WOMEN Halloween news roundup: Get the creeps with horror movies directed by women, weigh in on what age children should see horror movies and find out the scary new project for ‘Girls Trip’ co-writer Tracy Oliver

In honor of Halloween get the creeps with horror movies directed by women, weigh in on what age children should see horror movies and find out the scary new project for ‘Girls Trip’ co-writer Tracy Oliver

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Ashley Judd and Helen Mirren receive honors, The Academy expels Harvey Weinstein, Kristin Chenoweth picked as ‘The Real Fairy Godmother’

THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Ashley Judd and Helen Mirren receive honors, The Academy expels Harvey Weinstein, Kristin Chenoweth picked as ‘The Real Fairy Godmother’

Ashley Judd to receive the Women’s Media Center honor, Motion Picture Academy ousts Harvey Weinstein, Helen Mirren to garner Chaplin Award, and Kristin Chenoweth picked as ‘The Real Fairy Godmother.’

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Julie Taymor to direct Gloria Steinem biopic, Harvey Weinstein fired in wake of sexual abuse allegations, James Cameron still doesn’t get ‘Wonder Woman’

THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Julie Taymor to direct Gloria Steinem biopic, Harvey Weinstein fired in wake of sexual abuse allegations, James Cameron still doesn’t get ‘Wonder Woman’

THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Julie Taymor to direct Gloria Steinem biopic, Harvey Weinstein fired in wake of sexual abuse allegations, and James Cameron still doesn’t get ‘Wonder Woman.’

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Interviews: New feature film ‘Te Ata’ tells the story of trailblazing Native American woman storyteller

Interviews: New feature film ‘Te Ata’ tells the story of trailblazing Native American woman storyteller

Produced by the Oklahoma-based Chickasaw Nation, the feature film ‘Te Ata’ tells the story of a trailblazing Native American woman storyteller.

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Judi Dench to receive Kirk Douglas Award, Diane Kruger to produce and star in Hedy Lamarr miniseries, Linda Hamilton to return to ‘Terminator’ franchise

THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Judi Dench to receive Kirk Douglas Award, Diane Kruger to produce and star in Hedy Lamarr miniseries, Linda Hamilton to return to ‘Terminator’ franchise

Judi Dench to receive Kirk Douglas Award, Diane Kruger to produce and star in Hedy Lamarr miniseries, and Linda Hamilton to return to ‘Terminator’ franchise.

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Rose McGowan to get Tallgrass festival honor, ‘Lady Bird’ added to Austin Film Festival, Patty Jenkins seals historic ‘Wonder Woman 2′ deal as superhero hit powers onto Blu-ray, Jamie Lee Curtis returns to ‘Halloween’

THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Rose McGowan to get Tallgrass festival honor, ‘Lady Bird’ added to Austin Film Festival, Patty Jenkins seals historic ‘Wonder Woman 2′ deal as superhero hit powers onto Blu-ray, Jamie Lee Curtis returns to ‘Halloween’

Rose McGowan will receive a big honor from Kansas’ Tallgrass International Film Festival, Greta Gerwig’s ‘Lady Bird’ has been added to Texas’ Austin Film Festival, Patty Jenkins seals historic ‘Wonder Woman 2′ deal as superhero hit powers onto Blu-ray, and Jamie Lee Curtis returns to the ‘Halloween’ franchise.

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Diana Huey’s ‘Little Mermaid’ reminds us why diverse casting matters

Diana Huey’s ‘Little Mermaid’ reminds us why diverse casting matters

Diana Huey, the Japanese-American actor who plays Ariel in the current national touring production of the stage version of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” said she has seen negative feedback on social media throughout her run playing Ariel, who is depicted as a pale redhead in the beloved 1989 animated movie. It’s a formidable illustration of the power of cinematic images: What the beloved film shows is by many people considered the only “correct” way to depict the perennially popular Disney Princess. As more and more films are being adapted for the stage as well as for television, that means the way Hollywood chooses to depict characters also influences what we see on stage and on TV.

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Girls Trip’ breaks records, Patty Jenkins hopes ‘Wonder Woman’ leads to opportunities, Geena Davis talks acting and ageism and Women Texas Film Festival names winners

THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Girls Trip’ breaks records, Patty Jenkins hopes ‘Wonder Woman’ leads to opportunities, Geena Davis talks acting and ageism and Women Texas Film Festival names winners

THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Girls Trip’ breaks records, Patty Jenkins hopes ‘Wonder Woman’ leads to opportunities, Geena Davis talks acting and ageism, and Women Texas Film Festival names winners.

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James Cameron vs. Wonder Woman: Hollywood’s continuing desire to lock women in the ‘strong’ box

James Cameron vs. Wonder Woman: Hollywood’s continuing desire to lock women in the ‘strong’ box

James Cameron vs. Wonder Woman: 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.

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: St. Vincent to direct woman-led ‘Picture of Dorian Gray,’ Reese Witherspoon talks modern-day rom-coms, filming begins on ‘Mary, Queen of Scots,’ Patty Jenkins negotiating big payday for ‘Wonder Woman 2′

THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: St. Vincent to direct woman-led ‘Picture of Dorian Gray,’ Reese Witherspoon talks modern-day rom-coms, filming begins on ‘Mary, Queen of Scots,’ Patty Jenkins negotiating big payday for ‘Wonder Woman 2′

While Patty Jenkins is reportedly in final talks to receive a historic payday for helming the “Wonder Woman” sequel, three women are making their feature film directorial debuts on widely divergent projects.

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Wonder Woman’ Oscar campaign, Jessica Chastain’s X-Men antagonist, Hedy Lamarr documentary and Alfre Woodard’s lionesque role

THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Wonder Woman’ Oscar campaign, Jessica Chastain’s X-Men antagonist, Hedy Lamarr documentary and Alfre Woodard’s lionesque role

Warner Bros. is planning a ‘Wonder Woman’ Oscar campaign, Jessica Chastain is taking on an X-Men antagonist, Hedy Lamarr documentary is coming to silver screen, and Alfre Woodard is playing a lionesque role.

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