Hollywood Awards Victim-Playing Actresses With Golden Globe Nominations

Well, the 2009 Golden Globes nominees were announced this morning, so it's time for a new edition Hookers, Victims & Doormats*. (With the hope that you will weigh in!) The award-worthy roles, after the jump. » 12/11/08 1:40pm 12/11/08 1:40pm

Manic Pixie Dream Girls Are The Scourge Of Modern Cinema

The always-relevant Onion A.V. Club has coined a term for the type of movie girl-woman whom we've long despised: the Manic Pixie Dream Girl. The A.V. Club defines the MPDG as "that bubbly, shallow cinematic creature that exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful… » 8/06/08 11:00am 8/06/08 11:00am

Portrayal Of Sexuality In Mamma Mia!: Insulting Or Inspiring?

Mamma Mia!, the rollicking Abba-fest that raked in $28 million at the box office this past weekend has been hailed by some as a feminist film because the writer, director and leads are all women over 40. In early July, MM co-producer Judy Craymer told the New York Times that the movie is, "about real women." Well, I saw » 7/22/08 3:00pm 7/22/08 3:00pm

Sarah Jessica Parker Shows Range By Playing Wealthy, White New York…

You know the drill: when Hollywood actresses aren't being scrutinized for their looks by dude-centered gossip blogs then they're being given roles laced in stereotypes. The latest round of casting announcements proves to us that female stereotypes in films are here to stay (and probably won't go away with any actor's… » 6/26/08 6:20pm 6/26/08 6:20pm

Hollywood's Women Problem Is A Case Of Arrested Development

There are few good parts for women in Hollywood right now. This is an incontrovertible fact. When you become a woman of a certain age, somewhere after 30 and before the hot flashes begin, there are no parts at all. Karen Allen, 56, who will be in the new Indiana Jones movie reprising her role as the plucky Marion… » 5/19/08 1:30pm 5/19/08 1:30pm

"Woman-Girl Syndrome": Hollywood's Latest Malady

There are many actresses who have built careers on their innate adorableness — the L.A. Times mentions Cameron Diaz, Meg Ryan and Melanie Griffith, though Kate Hudson also comes to mind — and one Hollywood agent terms this studied cuteness the "woman-girl syndrome." You see, according to LAT writer Rachel Abramowitz,… » 5/14/08 4:30pm 5/14/08 4:30pm

Ellen Page To Star As One Of English Literature's Saddest Sacks

Another day, another round of casting announcements chock full of stereotypes. While older actresses like Susan Sarandon have their pick of saucy-yet-loving-powerful-woman roles, the younger actresses who have yet to convince everyone they're talented sometimes pick up a few victim roles along their march to Serious… » 5/07/08 3:40pm 5/07/08 3:40pm

Angela Bassett: Boarding The ER Ship To Troubletown

*Inspired by Shirley MacLaine's assertion that the best parts for actresses fall into one of the above categories. » 5/01/08 5:00pm 5/01/08 5:00pm

This week in Hollywood casting announcements: plenty of potential victimization for Tinseltown's bold-faced beauties. (Victim characters, of course, are easy to spot: They're usually described as "troubled"…

Tilda Swinton To Feel "Irreparable Consequences" In I Am Love

Sure, there might be an actor's strike on the horizon, but that isn't going to stop studios from casting actresses in stereotypical roles! Yup, it'ss time again for another round-up of the latest movie castings in Hollywood. Unfortunately, aside from Tilda Swinton, we don't have that many big-name actresses in this… » 4/25/08 3:20pm 4/25/08 3:20pm

Halle Berry Will Suffer In Black And White In Frankie And Alice

Ever notice how many female characters are "suffering" in Hollywood films? "She was suffering through a break-up," "the character was suffering from an abusive past," "she will play a woman who is suffering through cancer," et cetera. It seems like whenever writers want to throw some "depth" into their scripts they will… » 4/18/08 6:00pm 4/18/08 6:00pm