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Three Views on the Challenges Women Face in the Film Industry

posted by Nell Minow

It is wonderful that directors like Ava DuVernay, Angelina Jolie, and Gina Prince-Bythewood gave us superb films in 2014.  But it is an indicator of the challenges still faced by women filmmakers that none of them was nominated for a […]

Women Talk About Making Movies

posted by Nell Minow

The New York Times talked to women in Hollywood about making movies. Some of the highlights: “What’s wrong with bossy? It’s O.K. for a man.” Barbra Streisand, Director (“The Prince of Tides”) It’s a conundrum: We can’t change it ourselves, […]

What Even Heroine-Led Films for Kids Get Wrong About Women

posted by Nell Minow

I’m glad that we are seeing more spirited, strong female characters, especially in movies for kids, really I am. But we still have a long way to go, as discussed in an excellent analysis on Tor.com from Emily Asher-Perrin. She […]

What! No Female Superhero Movies?

posted by Nell Minow

On top of the distressing news that Halle Berry’s Storm character in the new X-Men movie has been cut down to one scene — possibly just one line — and Anna Pacquin’s Rogue removed entirely, comes some more bad news. […]

New Report: Female Characters Still Under-Represented in Films

posted by Nell Minow

Despite the critical and financial success of “Gravity” and “The Hunger Games,” it is still hard to find movies with strong leading female characters.  A new report from Women in TV and Film shows little progress.  The title is pointed: […]

Geena Davis Can Fix Hollywood Gender Stereotypes in Two Steps

posted by Nell Minow

Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis has been a leader in understanding and improving the role of women in media.  The founder of her namesake Institute on Gender in Media wrote a piece for the Hollywood Reporter citing data showing that there are […]

Where Are the Women in 2013 Movies?

posted by Nell Minow

New York Magazine’s Vulture blog has a sobering statistical analysis from Amand Dobbins showing that women play significant roles in a very small percentage of feature films. The 2013 lineup is all superheroes and crass man-boy bonding. Granted, studios release […]

Isn’t It Time for a Woman to Direct a Superhero Movie?

posted by Nell Minow

Susan Wloszczyna has a terrific column on RogerEbert.com and the headline gets right to the point. DEAR HOLLYWOOD: HIRING WOMEN DIRECTORS COULD RESCUE THE SUPERHERO MOVIE. LOVE, HALF THE HUMAN RACE     And where is that Wonder Woman movie, […]

Linda Holmes: Where Are the Women in Movies?

posted by Nell Minow

Linda Holmes of NPR’s Monkey See blog has written a piece that is more than the usual “Why aren’t there more women in/making movies?” There are 617 movie showings today — that’s just today, Friday — within 10 miles of […]

How Were Women Portrayed in the Movies of 2012?

posted by Nell Minow

The terrific Vitamin W website has a video reminding us that we can and must do better than the way women were portrayed on screen in 2012.

Makers: Stories About Women

posted by Nell Minow

Makers is an “historic video initiative features exclusive access to trailblazing women – both known and unknown.”  In other words, it is a website with a fascinating series of peeks into the lives of extraordinary women, from groundbreakers like Justice […]

Women In and About Hollywood

posted by Nell Minow

The New York Times convened a panel of women who work in Hollywood to talk about the barriers they face. For the top 250 domestic films of 2011, only 18 percent of behind-the-camera positions, including producer and director, were held by women. […]

The Role (and Roles) of Women in Film

posted by Nell Minow

Monika Bartyzel has an excellent and insightful essay on Movies.com called Girls on Film: Why Supporting Female Characters Matter. Funny men like Seth Rogen and Jason Segal act as the everyman with a witty sarcastic edge, and since men dominate […]

Women in Media — And Media in Crisis

posted by Nell Minow

As Katie Couric leaves her pioneering role as the first women anchor of a nightly network news broadcast, it appears that she arrived just as what was once the flagship of end-of-the-day journalism was shrinking to not much more than […]

List: Women Directors

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of “The Hurt Locker’s” Kathryn Bigelow, who became the first woman to win the Oscar for Best Director last night, and International Women’s Day, here’s a list of pioneering women movie directors. 1. Penny Marshall, who started as […]

Good Hair

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some language including sex and drug references, and brief partial nudity
Movie Release Date:October 9, 2009
DVD Release Date:February 16, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some language including sex and drug references, and brief partial nudity
Movie Release Date: October 9, 2009
DVD Release Date: February 16, 2010

Chris Rock’s daughter wanted to know why she didn’t have “good hair.” And so he made this documentary as an answer, exploring the relationship between black women and their hair and hair products and processes — and how that relationship […]

The Women At Disney Studios

posted by Nell Minow

Vanity Fair’s annual Hollywood issue has an article by Patricia Zohn about the “ink and paint” women who worked on Disney’s classic animated films. Much has been written about the prodigiously talented men who brought Snow White, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Bambi, […]

More About the AMA Performances

posted by Nell Minow

Some commenters have criticized my post about Adam Lambert’s performance at the American Music Awards because they say I should not have singled him out. There were other provocative and even outrageous musical numbers in the show. That’s a fair […]

Wait, Women Go to Movies?

posted by Nell Minow

MaryAnn Johanson has a great piece in her series on the website of the Association of Women Film Journalists in response to the Hollywood conventional wisdom that movies need to be directed at boys and men to make money. Noting […]

MaryAnn Johanson

posted by Nell Minow

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has an excellent website that this week includes a very thoughtful essay by MaryAnn Johanson about the week in media. It’s mostly a testosterone fest at the multiplex this weekend, with “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” […]

Look Who’s Playing Video Games

posted by Nell Minow

The Washington Post has a great photo of my friend Ally Burguieres playing video games with her mother and sister. The article says: Women and girls make up 40 percent of the gamer population, according to the Entertainment Software Association, […]

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posted 3:16:48pm Apr. 19, 2015 | read full post »

Ebertfest #3 -- The "Ida" Panel
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posted 8:59:24am Apr. 19, 2015 | read full post »

Movies vs. Science -- The Worst Science Mistakes on Film
The Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum used to have a great little video with a claymation Albert Einstein shaking his head over the many mistakes in sci-fi movies. "They're breaking my rule!" he exclaimed. As the animated genius went on to ...

posted 8:00:59am Apr. 19, 2015 | read full post »

Trailer: Ant-Man
Okay, I admit I was skeptical. I was thinking along the lines of Teeny Little Super Guy from Sesame Street. But I love Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, and Corey Stoll and this trailer has me sold. [iframe width="560" height="315" ...

posted 3:25:31pm Apr. 18, 2015 | read full post »

Movie Scenes in Grocery Stores -- Featuring Macaulay Culkin, Michael Keaton, Natalie Portman, Steve Martin, Ryan Gosling, and More
Check out Slate's compilation of movie scenes set in grocery stores.  It has a lot of my favorites, but leaves out this classic with Henry Fonda and Lucille Ball, from the fact-based "Yours, Mine, and ...

posted 8:00:01am Apr. 18, 2015 | read full post »

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