The Helen Mirren Hypothesis

In Helen Mirren's brilliant, moving, inspiring acceptance speech at a recent Women in Hollywood event, she delivered a forceful rebuke of Hollywood's obsession with "the 18 to 25-year-old male…and his penis (quite small, I always think)." » 12/25/10 12:30pm 12/25/10 12:30pm

Vogue Authorizes Six Kinds Of Womanhood

To tie in with the Met's upcoming Costume Intitute show, Vogue produced an editorial (allegedly) offering modern takes on classic American fashion. Vogue calls them "historic archetypes of our national style." We call them reductive stereotypes of bygone ages. » 4/15/10 5:00pm 4/15/10 5:00pm

Whatever Happened To The "Comedy Of Equals"?

Good news for lady-helmed comedies! Baby Mama raked in over $18 million this weekend, according to Box Office Mojo, beating out Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay by about $4 million. I asked a friend who works in the film industry, and he says that while $18 mil is a definite hit, it remains to be seen… » 4/28/08 1:30pm 4/28/08 1:30pm

Does The Female "Buddy" Movie Exist?

A reader pointed us to a blog called xkcd, where the poster asks, "Quick, name a few recent popular movies where the two top-billed stars are female." Does your mind go blank? Hollywood loves a buddy movie, but when it comes to women, they're usually love interests, or looking for love interests. Especially recently.… » 4/23/08 6:00pm 4/23/08 6:00pm

Women In Hollywood Speak Out On Women In Hollywood

Today, Salon has the transcript of a roundtable discussion between a group of the most powerful women in Hollywood. The panel was moderated by producer Lynda Obst (Contact, Sleepless in Seattle). Included in the conversation were (among others) writer/director Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally), writer/producer Laura… » 10/11/07 1:00pm 10/11/07 1:00pm