Cannes Film Festival showcases Women in Motion

Cannes Film Festival showcases Women in Motion

Cannes Film Festival is showcasing Women in Motion at its 69th edition, continuing through May 22.

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN: Hypersexualized Men, Tessa Thompson Joins Marvel Pantheon, SAG-AFTRA Picks Gabrielle Carteris

THE WEEK IN WOMEN: Hypersexualized Men, Tessa Thompson Joins Marvel Pantheon, SAG-AFTRA Picks Gabrielle Carteris

New research indicates that men are expected to show more skin in movies – but they still get to not take it off more often than their female counterparts. Plus Marvel finds a new superhero in Tessa Thompson and SAG-AFTRA has a new female prez…

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Analysis of 2,000 scripts confirms Hollywood’s sexism issues

Analysis of 2,000 scripts confirms Hollywood’s sexism issues

The folks at Polygraph released Friday an impressive analysis of about 2,000 film scripts broken down by gender and age, and the results put data behind the anecdotal evidence of Hollywood’s sexism issues.

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Almost a decade later, ‘Penelope’ still inspires, marks the start of Reese Witherspoon’s producing career

Almost a decade later, ‘Penelope’ still inspires, marks the start of Reese Witherspoon’s producing career

Almost 10 years after its Toronto Film Festival debut, the modern-day fable Penelope seems largely forgotten, but its message continues to resonate; in fact, it feels more relevant than ever. Plus, the movie marks the beginning of Reece Witherspoon’s influential producing career.

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Disney takes a leap with a non-princess female lead with smash ‘Zootopia’

Disney takes a leap with a non-princess female lead with smash ‘Zootopia’

Disney Animation’s bold new adventure “Zootopia” is continuing to set records and dominate the box office. But the success of Zootopia is about so much more than the impressive numbers. The film represents a victory in a number of ways, not the least of which in proving that both adults and children will flock to a Disney animated movie starring a female character who is not a princess.

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Examining Hollywood’s diversity issues: The Oscars, ‘Ghostbusters’ – and why women in film and on TV matters

Examining Hollywood’s diversity issues: The Oscars, ‘Ghostbusters’ – and why women in film and on TV matters

Geena Davis reminds us why women getting equal representation in movies and television is important, plus the Oscars and ‘Ghostbusters’ offer opportunities for real talk about diversity.

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Femme-centric STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS dominates box-office over Golden Globes earner THE REVENANT

Femme-centric STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS dominates box-office over Golden Globes earner THE REVENANT

Star Wars: The Force Awakens took top North American box office for its fourth weekend, grossing $41.6 million from 4,134 theaters for a total $812 million. It’s the first movie to cross $800 million in the U.S., and it’s got a female leading character who is central to the plot. This is the third year in a row that the top-grossing movie of the year has featured a female main character. It even bested this year’s Golden Globes big winner, the gritty mostly-male survival tale, The Revenant, and other Golden Globe grabbers.

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Women in film and TV marked milestones in 2015, but do the milestones mark lasting change?

Women in film and TV marked milestones in 2015, but do the milestones mark lasting change?

Women in film and TV marked milestones in 2015, but do those milestones mark lasting change?

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‘It’s time for action’: ‘Systemic Change Project’ pushes for more women in film and TV

‘It’s time for action’: ‘Systemic Change Project’ pushes for more women in film and TV

‘It’s time for action’: The ‘Systemic Change Project,’ a joint initiative of Women in Film Los Angeles and the Sundance Institute, is pushing for more women in film and TV. Hunger Games rules box office for third week straight. Barbra Streisand set to direct new project, big award winners to date and more…in this week’s THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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It’s so hard to say goodbye to a cinematic hero like Katniss Everdeen of ‘The Hunger Games’

It’s so hard to say goodbye to a cinematic hero like Katniss Everdeen of ‘The Hunger Games’

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2″ boasts a bittersweet ending because its faithfully adapts the finale of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling book trilogy. But for female filmgoers, it’s especially hard to say goodbye to a successful female-centered film franchise because in present-day Hollywood who knows when we’ll get another another hero like Katniss Everdeen.

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RIP Betsy Drake, may she one day get an obituary all her own

RIP Betsy Drake, may she one day get an obituary all her own

RIP former actress Betsy Drake, who deserved an obituary that was more about her and less about her ex-husband Cary Grant.

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Remembering the fiery spirit of Maureen O’Hara – and reflecting on the need for more women throughout the moviemaking process

Remembering the fiery spirit of Maureen O’Hara – and reflecting on the need for more women throughout the moviemaking process

While we mourn the passing of fiery actress Maureen O’Hara, we look to the need for more women in front of the camera, behind the camera and in the boardroom.

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Jennifer Lawrence no longer wants to be ‘adorable’ if it means unequal pay

Jennifer Lawrence no longer wants to be ‘adorable’ if it means unequal pay

Jennifer Lawrence no longer wants to be ‘adorable’ if it means unequal pay, while Daisy Ridley gets front and center in new ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ poster.

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While Malala inspires at the movies, U.S. government investigates bias complaints behind the scenes

While Malala inspires at the movies, U.S. government investigates bias complaints behind the scenes

While the new documentary ‘He Named Me Malala’ inspires at the movies, the U.S. government is finally investigating bias complaints behind the scenes.

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Thirty years since ‘Real Genius,’ women directors still have a real underrepresentation problem

Thirty years since ‘Real Genius,’ women directors still have a real underrepresentation problem

Thirty years after Martha Coolidge released “Real Genius,” she is still a rarity in Hollywood: A female director. After making inroads between the 1980s and ’90s, women actually seem to be losing ground in the entertainment industry over the past 20 years.

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‘When Marnie Was There’ and wondering where the female animated characters will be now

‘When Marnie Was There’ and wondering where the female animated characters will be now

“When Marnie Was There” may be the last film from animation giant Studio Ghibli, and for fans of animation, that’s sad. For women filmgoers, it’s got sad and worrisome.

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Do not feed the trolls even if you have the ‘Goodfellas’ spaghetti recipe

Do not feed the trolls even if you have the ‘Goodfellas’ spaghetti recipe

A blogger’s recent comments about how women just can’t understand “Goodfellas” illustrate why the sagest of Internet tips – do not feed the trolls – is so hard to heed.

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One Army Reservist is making movies about women in combat, while Hollywood may be readying for a big battle

One Army Reservist is making movies about women in combat, while Hollywood may be readying for a big battle

Army Reserve Capt. Rebecca Murga is a filmmaker on a mission to tell the story of women in the U.S. military’s combat ranks. And Hollywood may be preparing to go into its own battle with the ACLU’s recent petition urg­ing Tinseltown to demand a government investigation into why female directors are underrepresented in film and television.

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Of high heels and ageist filmmakers who are real heels

Of high heels and ageist filmmakers who are real heels

While the Cannes Film Festival created a controversy over its rule that women wear high heels to some screenings, back in Hollywood, it became clear that some filmmakers are real heels of the ageist variety.

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‘Pitch Perfect 2′ hits a high note for film by and for women, but there’s a feeling of deja vu

‘Pitch Perfect 2′ hits a high note for film by and for women, but there’s a feeling of deja vu

“Pitch Perfect 2″ far surpassed industry expectations to gross an estimated $70.3 million at the domestic box office this weekend. It’s a rarity: a summer movie about women, primarily starring women and mostly made by women – and it’s time that stopped being such an oddity.

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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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