Switching genders: ‘Our Brand Is Crisis,’ ‘Roadhouse’ reboot put women in leading roles originally written for men

Switching genders: ‘Our Brand Is Crisis,’ ‘Roadhouse’ reboot put women in leading roles originally written for men

When filmmakers start casting women in roles originally written for men, it gives real hope that Hollywood might just be changing its sexist ways.

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‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ brings home one of the most interesting female film characters of the year

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ brings home one of the most interesting female film characters of the year

It’s the age of the anti-hero at the movies, and Charlize Theron finally brings us an action anti-heroine worth rooting for in “Mad Max: Fury Road,” driving onto DVD and Blu-ray this week.

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Women filmmakers make ‘Mankiller’ documentary with a little help from ‘Walking Dead’ fans

Women filmmakers make ‘Mankiller’ documentary with a little help from ‘Walking Dead’ fans

Not only is an upcoming documentary on Wilma Mankiller telling an inspirational true story of a trailblazing woman, but it is also showing how women filmmakers can use their influence to tell stories that might not otherwise be told.

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Is ‘Trainwreck’ a feminist success or feminist failure?

Is ‘Trainwreck’ a feminist success or feminist failure?

Amy Schumer was being lauded as the new face of feminism before her first movie, “Trainwreck,” even opened in theaters. Is the romantic comedy a success or failure for feminist storytelling?

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Independent Women: Sundance Studies on Women in Indie Films Show Value of Support

Independent Women: Sundance Studies on Women in Indie Films Show Value of Support

For the past three years, the Sundance Institute has looked at its own participation numbers in its annual Sundance Festival with the aim of understanding the rate of participation by female filmmakers. What they have found shows that providing support to women means real improvements when it comes to numbers of movies by them making it to screens. What is more, their upcoming study for 2015 will look at what happens to the careers of women filmmakers after they appear at Sundance.

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Women’s Week: Oscar’s Curse, Girlhood, Female Squeeze and Herzog Hits on Women

Women’s Week: Oscar’s Curse, Girlhood, Female Squeeze and Herzog Hits on Women

Does Oscar contender Boyhood unintentionally highlight a girlhood problem? Richard Linklater’s epic traces the collapse of confidence of a demoralized girl character, Samantha, while exploring the bright future of the young male protagonist Mason, her brother. Meanwhile, two new studies are further fuel for the fire that scorches ambitions of women in the film industry. But on the plus side, Werner Herzog finally gets it – he wants to make more movies with female protagonists. Read on…

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