‘Captain Marvel’ makes box-office history, but is it finally enough?

‘Captain Marvel’ makes box-office history, but is it finally enough?

The global launch for the 21st installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe represents the biggest ever for a female-fronted film — surpassing 2017’s live-action Beauty and the Beast ($357 million) — as well as the second-largest for any superhero movie behind last year’s “Avengers: Infinity War” ($640.5 million). Overall, it’s the sixth-best worldwide debut of all time, and the international opening of $302 million is the fifth-biggest ever ahead of 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” ($281 million).

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Speaking roles for female characters in film still lag behind those for male characters, study finds

Speaking roles for female characters in film still lag behind those for male characters, study finds

“While female protagonists rebounded last year, slightly besting the previous high achieved in 2016, the percentages of females as speaking characters and major characters remained relatively stagnant. Protagonists are the characters from whose perspective the story is told and so seeing more females in these roles is tremendously important. However, we are not seeing similar gains in the broader populations of major characters and in all speaking roles.”

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Oscars 2019 review: Women win in record numbers, ratings rise, host-free format works

Oscars 2019 review: Women win in record numbers, ratings rise, host-free format works

The record number of wins in 2019 was a welcome turnaround after just six women earned Oscars at last year’s ceremony, compared with 33 male winners. That’s little more than 15 percent. It was the lowest number of female winners since 2012’s show, when only four women took home Academy Awards.

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Asian women finding quality film roles behind and in front of the camera following the success of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

Asian women finding quality film roles behind and in front of the camera following the success of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

Following the blockbuster success of the romantic comedy “Crazy Rich Asians” – it surpassed its $30 million budget on its opening weekend and has far made more than $226 million at the worldwide box office so far – Asian women finally are getting quality film roles both in front of and behind the camera.

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Black Widow’ movie gains woman director in Cate Shortland, Julianne Moore looking at ‘The Woman in the Window,’ Emmy nominations get more diverse

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Black Widow’ movie gains woman director in Cate Shortland, Julianne Moore looking at ‘The Woman in the Window,’ Emmy nominations get more diverse

‘Black Widow’ movie gains woman director in Cate Shortland, Julianne Moore looking at ‘The Woman in the Window,’ and this year’s Primetime Emmy nominations get more diverse.

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Olivia Munn to be honored for her sexual harassment fight, Margot Robbie to produce femme-focused Shakespeare series, inclusion rules at the box office in 2018

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Olivia Munn to be honored for her sexual harassment fight, Margot Robbie to produce femme-focused Shakespeare series, inclusion rules at the box office in 2018

Olivia Munn will be honored for her sexual harassment fight, Margot Robbie will produce femme-focused Shakespeare series, and inclusion rules at the box office in 2018.

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With ‘Black Panther’ and ‘A Wrinkle in Time,’ inclusion dominates at the box office

With ‘Black Panther’ and ‘A Wrinkle in Time,’ inclusion dominates at the box office

The commercial and critical juggernaut that is Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther” has become topped the domestic cinema list for the fourth consecutive week, relegating Ava DuVernay’s much-hyped adaptation of Madeline L’Engle’s beloved young-adult book into second place with a softer-than-anticipated opening weekend. But both movies are from Disney, which is winning with inclusion in 2018.

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Oscars 2018 commentary: Inclusion is the theme and promise, but Frances McDormand’s call for more action steals the show

Oscars 2018 commentary: Inclusion is the theme and promise, but Frances McDormand’s call for more action steals the show

Oscars 2018 commentary: Inclusion is the theme and promise, but Frances McDormand’s call for more action – including inclusion riders and more funding for movies by and about women – steals the show.

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Number of female film protagonists drops in 2017, despite the blockbuster success of ‘Wonder Woman’ and other femme-led films

Number of female film protagonists drops in 2017, despite the blockbuster success of ‘Wonder Woman’ and other femme-led films

Despite the blockbuster success of ‘Wonder Woman’ and other femme-led films, the number of female protagonists was down 5 percent in 2017’s 100 top-grossing films, according to the latest edition of the annual “It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World” report.

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Diana Huey’s ‘Little Mermaid’ reminds us why diverse casting matters

Diana Huey’s ‘Little Mermaid’ reminds us why diverse casting matters

Diana Huey, the Japanese-American actor who plays Ariel in the current national touring production of the stage version of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” said she has seen negative feedback on social media throughout her run playing Ariel, who is depicted as a pale redhead in the beloved 1989 animated movie. It’s a formidable illustration of the power of cinematic images: What the beloved film shows is by many people considered the only “correct” way to depict the perennially popular Disney Princess. As more and more films are being adapted for the stage as well as for television, that means the way Hollywood chooses to depict characters also influences what we see on stage and on TV.

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Two USC studies show numbers for women on movie screens and behind the cameras remain dismal

Two USC studies show numbers for women on movie screens and behind the cameras remain dismal

Two studies released in the past week out of the University of Southern California confirm that films remain predominantly white and male both in front of and behind the cameras – meaning that basically everyone else — from women and people of color to LGBT individuals and people with disabilities — remain woefully underrepresented.

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88th Academy Awards preview: Examining Oscars’ gender imbalance and another good reason Hollywood should embrace diversity

88th Academy Awards preview: Examining Oscars’ gender imbalance and another good reason Hollywood should embrace diversity

The 88th Academy Awards are Sunday, and Hollywood’s lack of diversity and gender balance are taking a bit of the shine off.

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