THE WEEK IN WOMEN: Hollywood’s ‘pink razor remakes’ shave women directors, SUPERGIRL in OK, RIP Melissa Mathieson and more – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Hollywood green lights remakes for their relative ease, low risk and built-in audiences, but we don’t need more of them — and we especially don’t need them as a quick fix for Hollywood’s ongoing gender issues. Instead of forcing audiences to settle for remakes, how about the studios invest money on projects initiated by the more than 100 women directors who’ve already proven their skills with box office successes. When are women creatives going to get equal opportunity to share their original stories instead of just doing “the female-version” of “insert big franchise title”? 20th Century Fox, Sony, Paramount, and the Weinstein Company have all failed to put out even a single film this year that was directed by a woman! Plus RIP screenwriter Melissa Mathieson, whose brilliant and beloved E.T will live forever, Oklahoma super girls welcome Supergirl Melissa Benoist, Chloe Sevigny cast as Lizzie Borden, and Essence is launching its Third Annual Black Women In Hollywood Short Film Contest, with submissions due by December 14. Read more in this week’s THE WEEK IN WOMEN

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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 NewsOK.com, 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 AWFJ.org.