Movies With Women Who Actually Talk to Each Other Make Plenty of Money

There's been plenty of writing done about whether movies with female leads do well at the box office. Those pieces, however, are usually speculative, based on individual test cases or sound bites from film executives. But for a refreshing change, FiveThirtyEight has actually reviewed the data, miraculously concluding… » 4/01/14 5:10pm 4/01/14 5:10pm

A Grim Analysis of the People Behind Your Favorite Television Shows

HBO's True Detective seems to have filled a Breaking Bad-sized hole in the hearts and minds of television fans. But while most of the coverage of the show has been obsessively fawning, it's still gotten some criticism because of the less than creative ways women and minorities are represented on it. Pegged to that… » 3/06/14 4:00pm 3/06/14 4:00pm

Meryl Streep has just signed on to play British suffrage icon Emmeline Pankhurst in the aptly-titled Suffragette, which also stars Carey Mulligan. The movie will focus on early 20th century feminism, and is directed, written, and executive produced by women. No word yet on whether a a scene debating what suffrage means … » 2/20/14 3:40pm 2/20/14 3:40pm

Hollywood Promises Female Director for ExpendaBelles, Hires Man

Prepare to be underwhelmed, ladies, because Hollywood made a big deal about looking for a female director for the forthcoming Expendables spin-off film, ExpendaBelles — but guess what? Millennium Films, powerhouse behind the film, choose a dude instead: director Robert Luketic. » 2/12/14 3:15pm 2/12/14 3:15pm

SNL's Vanessa Bayer Was Once Deemed Too Ugly for a TV Commercial

Since joining the cast of Saturday Night Live in 2010, actress/comedian Vanessa Bayer has achieved a fair share of success, having become a repertory player with more recurring characters than almost anyone else on the show. But things weren't always going so well. Appearing on last night's Conan, Bayer told the host… » 2/11/14 11:00am 2/11/14 11:00am

Superman Returns Director Blames Women for Movie's Failure

Director Bryan Singer wants you to know that it isn't his fault that Superman Returns flopped. Rather, it's kind of sort of the fault of the women for whom he made this movie, but who didn't flock to the theaters to see his badly reviewed, boringly cast version of the franchise. » 2/04/14 4:10pm 2/04/14 4:10pm

Vanity Fair Editor to Gwyneth: People Will Like You If You Gain 15 Lbs

We may never know the real story about what went down between Vanity Fair and Gwyneth Paltrow, but in his editor's letter for the March issue of the magazine, editor-in-chief Graydon Carter addresses the kerfuffle, offering up his side of the story. It is… odd. » 2/04/14 1:30pm 2/04/14 1:30pm

Female Director Says Hollywood Isn't Actually Trying to Hire Women

Director Lexi Alexander received an Oscar nomination for her short film Johnny Flynton in 2003. Since then, she's directed movies like Green Street Hooligans (which she also wrote) and Punisher: War Zone. And this week, shortly before no women were nominated for Best Director, she took to her blog to write about the… » 1/16/14 2:50pm 1/16/14 2:50pm

Nashville Creator Wonders Why We're Still Discussing Likable Women

Callie Khouri, the creator of ABC's Nashville and the screenwriter for Thelma & Louise (for which she won an Oscar) has done enjoyable interviews with Melissa Silverstein of Women and Hollywood in the past and this week's is no exception. » 1/14/14 4:40pm 1/14/14 4:40pm

Rabid, Man-Eating Feminist Emma Thompson Wins at Awards Show Speeches

Award-nominated actors, you might as well give up telling self-deprecating jokes in the mirror and put down the quote books you're mining for award speech inspiration; you're never going to top the speech Emma Thompson gave at last night's National Board of Review Gala, or the bomb-ass intro Meryl Streep gave for her.… » 1/08/14 3:10pm 1/08/14 3:10pm

Today's Best Directors Are Men, According to Martin Scorsese

On its face, Martin Scorsese's open letter to his 14-year-old daughter Francesca is a sweet, if random one. He wants his daughter to derive joy from cinema just like he did, and maybe, even make a career of it. Too bad that when he lists the directors that are shaping cinema today, he neglects to mention a single… » 1/07/14 4:30pm 1/07/14 4:30pm

Breaking News! Female Protagonists Are Still Rare in Gaming and Movies

Despite Geena Davis's simple, two-step process (so easy, a misogynistic producer can use!), women remain woefully underrepresented both behind and within the scenes of the movie and gaming industries. » 1/05/14 2:30pm 1/05/14 2:30pm