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Stop the presses. Another man has an opinion about funny women. Michael Eisner, former Disney CEO, told an audience at the Aspen Ideas Festival Thursday he thinks that funny, beautiful women are hard to find.  This opinion was shared during an onstage conversation with Goldie Hawn about why she'd been so successful in Hollywood. Eisner said, "From my position, the hardest artist to find is a beautiful, funny woman. By far. They usually — boy am I going to get in trouble, I know this goes online (ed. Read More
Most of us grew up watching Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and Sleeping Beauty, all of which, unfortunately, manipulate girls into thinking that marrying a prince and becoming a princess is the most surefire way to obtain a happily ever after. Well, Amy Schumer is here to set the record straight. Get More: Comedy Central,Funny Videos,Funny TV Shows In her latest Inside Amy Schumer sketch, Amy, with the help of Tim Gunn as Willenby, the royal attaché, goes from “rancid peasant girl” to royalty in a Disney-esque flash. Read More
I was as stoked about the new Disney/Pixar film Inside Out coming out on Friday, June 19 as any 6-year-old in America. A movie, starring Amy Poehler, about feelings going on inside a preteen girl’s head? What could be better? When I saw the movie with a few high school friends on Friday night (at 9:30, past the little-kid rush) I wasn’t disappointed. Read More
So this is pretty awesome: Illustrator Yehuon Chung has depicted a few of our favorite Orange is the New Black characters as their corresponding Disney women through realistic portraits.  According to Chung, "My main goal was to seamlessly combine the two characters while not having one overshadow the other. I tried to maintain the sharp and edgy tone from Orange is the New Black, while accentuating the Disney characteristics with vibrant colors."  Chung’s amazing illustrations capture unexpected parallels between the stories of the inmates and Disney stars. Read More
I was never a fan of Cinderella as a child; there was something about a grown version of Pollyanna that did not appeal to me. As an adult, I've come to appreciate the original Disney cartoon and the many upgrades to the story writers have produced over the years. So after the advancements of Ever After, Into The Woods, and Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (both the 90s Brandy-starring and current Broadways versions), I was hoping that this new Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh and written by Chris Weitz, would rise to the occasion and give the story more substance. Read More
So Disney has decided it wants to continue milking the cash cow that is Frozen. (Insert Let it Go pun here.) Even those who consider Frozen overhyped cannot deny that it's become a phenomenon that has little girls (and boys) screaming for more Elsa, Ana, and Olaf (…not much love for Kristoff.) Elsa and Ana’s story has driven tons of feminist think pieces about female relationships, the modern fairytale, and stories that don’t need to end in love triangles. Read More
Are you still secretly five years old? Do you enjoy buying a cool toy every once in awhile? Are you frustrated at the lack of equal gendered-representation in the pink vs. blue toy world? If so, meet Dr. Ellen Kooijman and the people behind the #WeWantLeia campaign. Thanks to them, we have a few more fun, gender equal toys for kids and kids-at-heart. Kooijman, a geochemist from Stockholm, has always loved the LEGO brand, but didn’t quite love the lack of stereotype-free female minifigures. Read More
I have been staring at an open Word document since late Friday evening after I sat in a sold-out theater and watched my New Favorite Film unfold before me, trying to put into words what about Maleficent made me exclaim (much to the dismay of the audience members around me) “THIS IS A REALLY BIG DEAL” right after (major spoilers ahead) Maleficent kisses Aurora on the forehead, awakening her from the curse with true love’s first kiss. Read More
You don't know her name, but I bet you know her work. Mary Blair, pictured above, was responsible for dreaming up the concepts behind famous Disney films, including Cinderella, Peter Pan, and Alice in Wonderland. Blair originated the character concepts, color schemes, and the modernist style expressed in the films and determined the aesthetic depiction of famous Disney scenes. Her imaginative and unique designs greatly influenced the now historic look of these classics. Read More
When you first hear “Sofia Coppola” and “The Little Mermaid” in the same sentence, you don’t immediately think perfect match. So when it was announced earlier this month that the acclaimed director Sofia Coppola (The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation) would be taking on the live action version of the Disney classic, the news was met with mixed feelings.  However, once you understand the true, dark, mystery of Hans Christian Anderson’s original fairy tale you’ll see that Coppola is the only lady who could do this story justice. Read More