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Shut Up; Xanadu Ruled

“Magic,” the biggest hit from 1980’s Xanadu, is somewhat unheralded as an empowerment anthem. One of that year’s most popular songs, its slinky John Farrar guitar line lent itself to the narrative told by the film—which is, obviously, that Olivia Newton John’s character Kira is a daughter of Zeus come to life via a… » 8/11/15 11:42am 8/11/15 11:42am

Hollywood Blockbusters Are Still Overwhelmingly White and Male 

A new report by the Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative finds that Hollywood-produced movies are still overwhelming white and male. The study, “Inequality in 700 Popular Films,” describes “epidemic” in the lack of diversity. The New York Times’ Manohla Dargis has the breakdown: » 8/09/15 12:45pm 8/09/15 12:45pm

You Should Watch These Badass, Women-Led Martial Arts Films

When you think about classic Chinese martial arts films (because I know you do all the time), usually, heavy hitting actors like Bruce Lee, Gordon Liu, Jackie Chan, even Lau Kar-leung immediately come to mind. But what about women martial artists? Turns out, there are a lot of them. And they are the epitome of badass. » 11/09/14 4:30pm 11/09/14 4:30pm

A Lot of Actors Yell 'Let Her Go!' in Lots and Lots of Movies

For as long as there have been movies, there have been damsels in distress. Whether we're tied to train tracks or dangling out of windows for dear life, us gals can't seem to stay the hell out of trouble. Thank goodness there's always been a movie hero to hold off on saving the world just long enough to swing on by… » 10/03/14 11:40am 10/03/14 11:40am

Netflix Launches Spoiler Alert Site to Help Ruin Everything For You

Just like Billy Crystal in When Harry Met Sally, some people like to read the last page of the book first ("That way, in case I die before I finish, I know how it ends," Harry tells Sally). For some, it makes it easier to get through a story knowing what you're going to end up with. Not everybody can handle the stress… » 9/23/14 10:40am 9/23/14 10:40am

Everything I Know About Feminism I Learned From Working Girl

The year was 1988. Margaret Thatcher became the longest-serving Prime Minister of the century, Canada struck down its anti-abortion laws and Joan Jett topped the Billboard charts. Women’s full-time employment had skyrocketed to 52%, university grads were increasingly female, and the wage gap was quickly closing.… » 10/25/13 1:20pm 10/25/13 1:20pm