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Geena Davis’ Two Easy Steps to Make Hollywood Less Sexist “We are in effect enculturating kids from the very beginning to see women and girls as not taking up half of the space." Read Geena's guest column in
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INSTITUTE NEWS Geena Davis to Produce Documentary on Gender Disparity in Hollywood … With a Male Director?

I heard about this documentary mostly through the female filmmakers in my social media feeds, all of them angry that this film that is specifically about the problem of women not being offered enough opportunities in the entertainment industry had a male director, and that Geena Davis of all people would “allow” this to happen. I totally got sucked into the anger and outrage vortex for a second. Then, I needed to know more, so I went to the source, and what I discovered was that like most things, it wasn’t as cut-and-dried as all that. Thank you @TheMarySue for your support and getting the story right. Read More…

June 27, 2016 Liza Donnelly – I want to see every girl around the world in school.

Liza Donnelly, cartoonist for the New Yorker, shares her cartoons with us. See this week’s cartoon…

June 26, 2016 Krysten Ritter & Melissa Rosenberg on ‘Jessica Jones’: “So Many People Feel Represented By Jessica” – Emmys

Jessica Jones follows an alcoholic, PTSD-plagued, rape-surviving gumshoe who possesses an incredible degree of physical strength. Jessica Jones is a serious show about the realities of abuse survivors and is told through a vigilante prism. In the wake of her emotionally powerful turn as a tragic heroin addict on Breaking Bad, Krysten Ritter outdoes herself here, playing a sublimely intense, fierce antihero, who in her deepest cynicism is just trying to keep peace in the world. Read More…

June 25, 2016 Erin Moriarty & Danika Yarosh Team On Inspirational Sports Movie ‘Live Like Line’

Erin Moriarty, who played Woody Harrelson’s troubled teenage daughter on the award-winning HBO drama True Detective, and Danika Yarosh, who next will be seen opposite Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, have been cast in LD Entertainment’s inspirational true story Live Like Line. Read More…

June 25, 2016 Geena Davis to Star in Indie Comedy ‘Don’t Talk to Irene’

Thelma and Louise star Geena Davis has boarded the indie comedy Don’t Talk to Irene. The Oscar winner will co-star in Pat Mills’ sophomore feature comedy from Edyson Entertainment, along with newcomer Michelle McLeod, Scott Thompson, Bruce Gray and Anastasia Philips (Skins). Read More…

June 25, 2016 Male film critics greatly outnumber female critics, study finds

Last year, Meryl Streep made headlines when she spoke out against gender imbalance in film criticism, telling reporters she personally counted the critics on Rotten Tomatoes and found a huge disparity between the number of male and female writers. Now, a new study from San Diego State University backs Streep up, revealing that a whopping 73 percent of Rotten Tomatoes’ top critics are men. Read More…

June 25, 2016 Anadil Hossain: How One Woman’s Production Company Is Bringing Diversity To Hollywood

Anadil Hossain, the Bangladeshi-American woman behind Dillywood Inc., successfully brought some of the most diverse stories to our screens. The founder of her own production company based in New York, which develops and produces film projects with a “distinctly international focus.” Read More…

June 25, 2016 ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’: Director Peyton Reed Talks Iconic Comic-Book Images, Female Lead

For me as a comic nerd, I always thought of Ant-Man and Wasp as a team and that’s a lot of what the second movie is really about is how they work together, what their personal and professional relationships are like. To show her finally fully formed in this movie is really exciting. We really get to introduce this character into that universe. I mean we’ve introduced the character, but we haven’t seen her with her full power set and everything, so to me she’s not a supporting character in this movie. It’s every bit as much her movie as it is Scott Lang’s. Read More…

June 24, 2016 Kick-Ass Is The Black Female Superhero We’ve Been Waiting For

Despite online outcry for more female superhero representation on screen and in merchandise — just try to find T-shirts or action figures dedicated to Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow —Hollywood has been less than obliging. While it may take time for the the movie business to get with the times, look no further than the source material of these blockbuster hits for your girl power fix. Read More…

June 24, 2016 Russian female director crowdfunds film noir with reverse chronology, “The Lightest Darkness”

Award-winning Russian filmmaker Diana Galimzyanova turns to the crowd to fund her debut feature, the first ever female-directed Russian film noir with reverse chronology, “The Lightest Darkness.” Read More…

June 23, 2016 Wonder Woman joins ‘Supergirl’ cast as the president of the United States

The original onscreen Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter, is about to show “Supergirl” how it’s done. Carter, who brought the female superhero to life in the late ‘70s on ABC’s “Wonder Woman,” will play the U.S. president on the CW show starring Melissa Benoist, the network announced Tuesday. Carter, 64, is locked for multiple episodes and will first appear in Episode 203, the network said. Read More…

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