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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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COMING IN JUNE See Jane Salon - Keeping Up with Generation Z

The media landscape is dramatically shifting from content to consumption to distribution. Content creators are re-inventing how they conceive, produce and distribute content to appeal to how Generation Z consumes content in a non-demand digital life. Generation Z is seeking entertainment that reflects the diverse stories of their world and how they see themselves in society. Read More...

May 24, 2016 The Incredible Story of NASA’s Forgotten ‘Rocket Girls’

Looking back, the technology that put man on the moon seems incredibly basic. In the early days of space exploration, when electronic computers weren’t reliable and cutting-edge calculators could barely do basic functions, nearly all of the math was done by hand. Women — underpaid, overworked, and ultimately forgotten by even the institution they served — did most of it. Nathalia Holt, a science writer and microbiologist, stumbled upon their stories almost by fate. Read More…

May 24, 2016 19 Things You Might Not Have Known About Thelma & Louise for the Film’s 25th Birthday

Thelma & Louise, which has managed to become both a quintessential girl power and road trip film, turns 25 this year. To help celebrate, we’re taking a look back down the long dusty road that Thunderbird traveled and rounding up some of the best bits of trivia from the iconic film. Watch Video…

May 24, 2016 Watch: 7 Facts You Might Not Know About Thelma & Louise

Thelma & Louise is turning 25! Watch Video…

May 23, 2016 DreamWorks Animation Hires Exec From Paramount As New Head Of Development

Jennifer Howell, who was Paramount’s Head of Comedy for the past two-and-a-half years, has joined DreamWorks Animation as the company’s new Head of Development. She is taking over for Gregg Taylor who began producing duties last August on DreamWorks’ Larrikins, the animated musical film. Like Taylor (who had the gig before her), Howell will report to Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria. Read More…

May 23, 2016 25 years later, Geena Davis reflects on ‘Thelma & Louise’

Directed by Ridley Scott, the road movie (which opened May 24, 1991) follows two women on the run, caught in an outsized misunderstanding with law enforcement. Thelma & Louise was nominated for six Academy Awards and won best screenplay, a prize that went to Nashville creator Callie Khouri. The film ranks No. 24 and No. 78 on the American Film Institute’s lists of the top movie heroes and the most inspiring films of all time, respectively. Read More…

May 23, 2016 Whoopi Goldberg Producing Show About Transgender Models for Oxygen

Oxygen has greenlit “Strut,” a series about transgender models breaking down barriers in the industry. The show hails from exec producer Whoopi Goldberg. “Strut” will follow a set of driven and determined models who are pursuing their passion of becoming household names in the world of fashion, while challenging stereotypes of gender and beauty. Read More…

May 23, 2016 On the Front Lines – War Correspondent Clarissa Ward’s Story

Clarissa Ward talks about the old-boy network in war correspondence and the feeling that war is a theatre for men. But there are now a lot more women doing combat coverage. She is a senior international correspondent based in CNN’s London Bureau. Ward has reported for more than a decade from the front lines of Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and other middle eastern countries. Ward has won numerous awards for her reporting including the George Foster Peabody Award, an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award, four Emmy Awards, an Edward R. Murrow Award for distinguished journalism, as well as honors from the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association. Read More…

May 22, 2016 Actress Roundtable: Jennifer Lopez, Kerry Washington, A-Listers on Nudity, Network Fights and the “Diva” Label

Jennifer Lopez has been saddled with the reputation of a diva for much of her career. Sarah Paulson has yet to land a leading-lady role without being asked to dye her naturally brown hair blond. And Julianna Margulies likely still would be fighting for acceptance into the Producers Guild had her seven-season drama, The Good Wife, not already concluded its run. Such is the plight of today’s working actresses, even those at the top of their game. Read More…

May 22, 2016 Greta Gerwig on the Lack of Female Directors in Hollywood: “It’s a Big Problem”

It’s a rare thing that unfortunately doesn’t happen too often. It feels special in that way. The fact that these jobs skew so much toward men is very odd considering that it has nothing to do with gender—it’s a personality thing. It’s a big-ass problem. I hope it’s changing. Read More…

May 21, 2016 An expert view on why there are so few women working in film

Cannes Jury President Jane Campion (the only female director to have ever won the Palme d’Or) vocally lamented the industry’s “inherent sexism”, beaming a spotlight on questions of inequality behind as well as in front of the camera. Two years later, it remains unclear exactly what difference this has made; Susan Sarandon has used her platform at Cannes to question whether Thelma and Louise would be made now. Read More…

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