What Makes A Perfect Female Action Hero?

Action heroines are rare creatures. The earliest were female versions of pre-existing male heros, like Wonder Woman, BatGirl and SuperGirl. Some more recent heroines have their roots in fantasy or sci-fi, like Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Selene from Underworld, or Alice from Resident Evil. But while there are plenty of » 5/06/11 3:29pm 5/06/11 3:29pm

Judd Apatow Defends His Record On Female Characters

Last night, I happened to cross paths with Judd Apatow, and couldn't help but ask about the ladies — particularly since he's executive-producing a female-centric pilot for HBO. Basically, he thinks the criticisms were cooked up by the Internet. » 11/10/10 3:11pm 11/10/10 3:11pm

Manohla Dargis Has Some Ideas About That Hattie McDaniel Biopic

Total Oscars mashup, fueled by post-Bigelow euphoria: "Maybe Sandra Bullock will take all the good will and power she has rightly accrued" to co-produce Mo'Nique's Hattie McDaniel dream project with Oprah. Kristen Stewart, Dargis says, can play Vivien Leigh. [NYT] » 3/10/10 2:30pm 3/10/10 2:30pm

Box Office Analyst: "If Calling It Like I See It Makes Me An Asshole,…

Paul Dergarabedian says he too wants "good films that are female-centric and aren't just romantic fluff.... But life is not fair." Moreover, audiences should support "the types of films that they hope to see more of in the future." [Hollywood.com] » 12/16/09 1:20pm 12/16/09 1:20pm

Women Over Forty: So Hot In Hollywood This Year

Love or hate their recent movies, it's hard to ignore that Meryl Streep and Sandra Bullock are having a commercially robust moment—giving more than one observer hope that the tide is turning for Hollywood women over 40. » 12/16/09 12:30pm 12/16/09 12:30pm

Mariska Hargitay Calls Herself "Full-Figured"; Have Body Descriptors…

The ladymag blogger over at Glossed Over » 10/13/08 12:30pm 10/13/08 12:30pm says that 's November covergirl Mariska Hargitay's description of her own figure and "jaw-dropping." The star says "I'm a full-figured woman," and blogger writes, "I can’t decide what’s sadder: the idea that the healthy-looking Hargitay is a Hollywood version of full-figured, or…

Manohla Dargis Is Over Judd Apatow And His Merry Band Of Man-Children

Writer/Producer/Director/Hollywood sweetheart Judd Apatow's alleged sexism has been oft-discussed 'round these parts, and in her review of the new Apatow production Step Brothers, the NY Times' Manohla Dargis explores Judd's comedic man-child meme and rips it a new asshole. Quick plot summary: Step Brothers stars Will… » 7/25/08 3:20pm 7/25/08 3:20pm