THE WEEK IN WOMEN: Is TRAINWRECK a Feminist Success or Feminist Failure? Plus Updates on Reese Witherspoon, Ricki Lake and Cobie Smulders – Brandy McDonnell Comments

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amy schumer 1Trainwreck writer and star Amy Schumer is being lauded not only as Hollywood’s new “it” girl but also as its new feminist icon.
Schumer herself would be the first to point out that her shoulders are sturdier than those of the average Hollywood waif, that’s a heavy load of expectation to put on a seasoned star of stand-up and the small screen making her first foray into film. Trainwreck deserves a good look at its feminist successes and failures, and where they leave Amy in the fray. Plus Reese Witherspoon to receive American Cinemateque Award, Ricki Lake docs advocate for women’s health and Cobie Smulders enjoys her Unexpected ride ti Indie glory. Read on…

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for