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An extremely talented woman was denied a film role because of her age, AGAIN. What the f*ck, Hollywood?! In a recent interview with TheWrap, Maggie Gyllenahaal spoke about this absurdity, stating, “I’m 37 and I was told recently I was too old to play the lover of a man who was 55.” That’s an eighteen-year age difference. Ageism is alive and well, people, and we don’t like it one bit. Gyllenhaal declined to reveal the name of the film, but we know it will cater to a particular audience. Read More
In an awesome, inspiring, ya-damn-right kind of moment, actress Charlize Theron demanded and won a $10 million pay raise for her work in "The Huntsman"—a figure that matches what her co-star Chris Hemsworth made on the film. This is great news for the fight for equal pay (especially arriving on the heels of Sony hack-related emails revealing that Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams made waaayyy less than their male counterparts in "American Hustle"). Read More
Vampires don’t die easily. Especially vamps that grossed $3.3 billion worldwide.  The Twilight saga continues now that Lionsgate is sponsoring “The Storytellers -- New Voices of the Twilight Saga,” a Facebook-based competition to find and fund five Twi-verse short films written and directed by women.    Fans are currently voting to decide which characters the films will ultimately develop. Read More
How to Build a Girl, Caitlin Moran's debut novel, which sold more than half a million copies in more than 16 countries worldwide, is being turned into a movie. Cue the applause. The story is centered on Johanna Morrigan, a young girl who dreams of leaving behind her hometown of Wolverhampton and ultimately ventures forth to reinvent herself (i.e. moves to London, becomes a music critic and calls herself Dolly Wilde). Read More
For women, there is a science and an art to surviving horror films (Carol J. Clover’s 1992 Men, Women, and Chainsaws can be your textbook). One must be curious and observant -- you heed the subtle whiff of danger when others don’t notice the stench. One must also be intelligent, resourceful, and scrappy regardless of stature. It definitely helps to be sexually reserved and to have a gender-neutral name. If you can successfully embody all of these qualities, you might stand a chance at facing the chainsaw and becoming the Final Girl. Read More
  Melissa McCarthy is my spirit animal. She, and a host of other brilliant, badass ladies are slowly conquering the male-dominated mountain that is modern comedy, and for that I am eternally grateful. Her growing resume speaks for itself, from hosting Saturday Night Live three times to her hilarious performances in blockbusters like The Heat and her upcoming film Tammy (opening July 2nd). She has asserted herself as a comedy powerhouse and rightfully so; however, she must still deal with a sort of media backlash that few other leading ladies have to deal with on the reg. Read More
Trigger Warning: This post mentions sexual assault.  Picture Joey Del Marco: she is sixteen years old, and she plays video games and dances her butt off with the best of them. She and her friends refer to themselves as the “Slut Squad” because they enjoy their newfound, emerging, and exciting sexuality. Joey goes to a party, where she splits an entire bottle of vodka with a few guy friends. Joey’s friends rape her. Her family and friends turn their backs on her, faulting and shaming her for the wrong that has been done to her. Read More
  At a time when most loyal moviegoers are either Latin American or female (or both), it’s taken a hell of a while for the film industry to catch up with the changing scene. This week, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) released its star-studded list of invited members, and they’ve made some improvement from last year. Those who accept membership make up the elite class of film industry pros that decides who gets Oscars next year. Out of the 276 invitees, 31 percent are women—an increase from last year’s 28 percent. Read More
The June issue of The Hollywood Reporter features a roundtable of six well-respected dramatic actresses in anticipation of the Emmy Awards, coming up this September (for which Neil Patrick Harris was just announced as host!)  The actresses are Monica Potter of Parenthood, Kerry Washington who heads Scandal, Kate Mara who stars in critically acclaimed Netflix original House of Cards, Connie Britton from Nashville, Elisabeth Moss in Mad Men, and Anna Gunn who plays the matriarch in Breaking Bad. Read More