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It was bad enough when Marisa Tomei was cast as the elderly Aunt May in the next “Spider-Man.” But now the gorgeous Famke Janssen, who has played Jean Gray in the X-Men movies, says she will not be in the […]

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Polygraph has taken 2000 movie scripts and broken them down by gender, showing that in, for example Disney films, men have more than 60% of the lines, even in films like “Mulan,” which has a female lead and is explicitly […]

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“Finding Dory” writer/director Andrew Staunton says that we’ve been missing the ultimate Pixar secret hiding in every one of their movies.

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This week, in honor of Women’s History Month, on rogerebert.com women critics write about film. One featured essay is my appreciation of Nora Ephron, which notes that “Nora Ephron has been portrayed on screen by Diane Keaton, Sandra Dee, Meryl […]

You love British television but can’t tell Derbyshire from Yorkshire, or Bath from Bristol? Here’s a map that shows you exactly where all your favorite characters are. Look for “Downton Abbey,” “The Office,” “Poldark,” “Call the Midwife,” and, of course, […]

Science of Us reports on a new paper about the way money, class, and status are portrayed in films for children. It is Benign Inequality: Frames of Poverty and Social Class Inequality in Children’s Movies published in the Journal of […]

Movies are short. They have to fit a whole story into a space that is usually just 90-120 minutes. So every single detail on the screen has to deliver information. This is a great explanation of how our first view […]

For more than 100 years, movies have been offending someone, and no group has spent more time on the front lines of “decency” battles than the Catholic Legion of Decency, later renamed the National Legion of Decency. They went all […]

Frock Flicks is a wonderful blog from Trystan L. Bass, Sarah Lorraine, and Kendra Van Cleave, whose commentary on the historical accuracy and creative contribution of the costumes in historical movies and television is thoughtful, perceptive, and illuminating. They also […]

A producer in Hollywood has been tweeting the idiotic, objectifying, and sexist descriptions of female characters in movie scripts. He calls them all “Jane.” JANE, 28, athletic but sexy. A natural beauty. Most days she wears jeans, and she makes […]

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