‘Beauty and the Beast’ sets record for biggest debut of all time for a female-fueled film

‘Beauty and the Beast’ sets record for biggest debut of all time for a female-fueled film

Disney’s live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast” proved magical, setting several box-office records over the weekend. The lavish movie-musical version of the fairytale story conjured up an incredible $170 million in North America and $350 million globally. Along the way, it became the biggest debut of all time for a female-fueled film.

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Brie Larson and ‘Kong: Skull Island’ give King Kong’s leading lady a much-needed upgrade

Brie Larson and ‘Kong: Skull Island’ give King Kong’s leading lady a much-needed upgrade

The “King Kong” reimagining “Kong: Skull Island” gives the main female character – played by Oscar winner Brie Larson – an overhaul nearly as dramatic as the supersizing of the gigantic gorilla.

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Once the feel-good film of awards season, ‘Hidden Figures’ is now a big winner and a big moneymaker

Once the feel-good film of awards season, ‘Hidden Figures’ is now a big winner and a big moneymaker

Throughout this film awards cycle, “Hidden Figures” has been the crowd-pleasing, uplifting fan favorite. This weekend, the fact-based period drama about the African-American women who worked behind the scenes at NASA during the space race won the top prize at the SAG Awards and crossed the $100 million mark at the domestic box office.

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Women’s Week news roundup: ‘La La Land’ and Meryl Streep dominate Golden Globes, Wonder Woman makes it to the movies, women and space win at the box office

Women’s Week news roundup: ‘La La Land’ and Meryl Streep dominate Golden Globes, Wonder Woman makes it to the movies, women and space win at the box office

‘La La Land’ sets a Golden record The Hollywood Foreign […]

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Geena Davis: Hollywood is at a turning point for gender equality

Geena Davis: Hollywood is at a turning point for gender equality

After more than a decade of commissioning research and advocating for change through her Institute on Gender and Media, Geena Davis says that she believes Hollywood may be at a “turning point” regarding gender equality.

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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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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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