As both director and writer, Mary Harron has produced some of the most memorable explorations of gender onscreen. From I Shot Andy Warhol to The Notorious Bettie Page and even her sly and stylish deconstruction of American Psycho, Harron’s films have always approached the interrelationship of violence, gender, and…
Unless you’ve been living under a rock or you are literally Aaron Sorkin, you might know that women have a hard time getting their movies made. In the top 250 movies of 2016 only 7% of directors and 13% of writers were women, which is strange when you remember that women accounted for (shocker!) 52% of movie-going…
Charlize Theron plays the closest thing we have to a female James Bond in the forthcoming Atomic Blonde, and it sounds like she went through an awful lot to get there.
When Sofia Coppola won best director at Cannes on Sunday (for her Civil War thriller The Beguiled), reporters and critics couldn’t help but notice that no woman had won that particular honor since Soviet filmmaker Yuliya Solntseva’s win in 1961 for Chronicle of Flaming Years, and, before that, never.
The BBC published its long-awaited list of the 21st century’s best films, as selected by 177 film critics from around the world. Lists like these are meant to drum up conversations and controversies, and when appearing online they’re usually the creations of a single author—a single critical mind. But the BBC has …
In an interview with The Independent, director John Carney spoke about the process of making his 2014 film Begin Again. He called Mark Ruffalo a “fantastic actor.” He said Adam Levine is “a joy to work with.” But when mentioning Keira Knightley, the film’s female lead, he had some markedly different comments.
Appearing at Variety and Kering’s Women in Motion talk at the Cannes Film Festival, director and actress Jodie Foster spoke out about the trope—often applied by male film makers—of using rape as the lone source of female character development.
Veteran screenwriter and executive producer Marti Noxon—whose credits include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, Mad Men, Glee, and UnREAL—is set to make her directing debut with To the Bone, a dark comedy about having an eating disorder.
With the launch of a new initiative through its Spaces program, YouTube is giving female filmmakers opportunities to create woman-centric content through its site.
Aidy Bryant, one of the more recent gems in the comedy crown of Saturday Night Live, has directed a short film called Darby Forever for Vimeo’s Share the Screen initiative. It co-stars your favs Retta and Natasha Lyonne and—based on the trailer—looks utterly weird and delightful.
Speaking at the Hollywood Reporter’s 2015 Women in Entertainment breakfast, actor/writer/director Lena Dunham kicked things off with a joke, saying, “I am seated near Kris Jenner. It doesn’t have to be a big deal for you, but it is for me.” The camera then cut to the crowd—a crowd that mysteriously included Dunham…
In a crackling profile in the new issue of GQ, Cate Blanchett gets candid (and increasingly tipsy) with writer Zach Baron. The portion of their conversation that focuses on gender in the film industry—a topic Blanchett is ready to move beyond—is particularly worth reading:
As public focus on diversity in the film industry intensifies, it’s more important than ever to highlight the work of the amazing and talented women who have devoted their careers to film production. This is why I jumped at the chance to interview Eve Stewart, an Oscar-nominated production designer who has been…
Prior to its second season premiere date, True Detective made headlines after hiring several porn actresses for what the Hollywood Reporter called a “deliriously vast orgy sequence involving dozens of naked bodies in Eyes Wide Shut-caliber sex antics.” Turns out that, according to a new report by LA Weekly, True…
Are you a filmmaker with dreams of making female-driven comedies that are packed with quippy dialogue and retro pop culture references? Well, good news! Your patron saint Diablo Cody is over at The Cut doling out life advice (and talking about 90210).
Did you know that only 93 percent of films released by major studios last year were directed by men? And that only 70 percent of speaking roles in films are given to men? It’s a real tragedy, and finally, women are banding together to do something about it. This is powerful stuff.
Geena Davis is launching a film festival dedicated to highlighting diversity in film and securing distribution for the winning films. The Bentonville Film Festival will take place in Bentonville, Alabama from May 5-9 and will screen an estimated 75 films.
Fair warning; this infographic about women directors from Women and Hollywood is totally fucking depressing. This is not a happy unicorn rainbow cake with a puppy post.
Hollywood dreams do come true! For hyper-competent billionaires, anyway. Deadline reports that Sony Pictures has purchased the film rights to Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's manifesto.