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In an interview with Ellen Degeneres, superbabe Melissa McCarthy explains how she engaged with a critic at the Toronto Film Festival who told her she “really looked bad” in her most recent film. She responded kindly and wisely, causing the critic to step back and reconsider. “I just think we tear down women in this country for all these superficial reasons,” McCarthy says. “And women are so great, and so strong.” Check out the ... Read More
A lack of female directors in Hollywood is a constant reminder of the industry's failings when it comes to women behind the scenes. US News released an article showing that 93 percent of the 250 top grossing domestic films in 2014 did not have a female director and, with the exception of producers, most areas of film making are lacking are male dominated. For the women that do make it, there is a huge amount of sexism being flung at them—but anymore, they ... Read More
AbFab fans your prayers have been answered: the movie is coming! Jennifer Saunders confirmed on Britain’s Loose Women that, finally, after years of waiting, the film is officially going to happen. “There is a plot and that’s the miracle,” shares Saunders. “It involves all the main characters and virtually everyone that’s ever been in the series, all those characters.” The cult classic, which aired for five seasons and ... Read More
Tons of pre-tween You-Tubers are following a massively popular subject, and it’s not Justin Beiber anymore. A quick Google search of American Girl Web Series will lead you to a gold mine of complex, well written, and dynamic videos made by and for young women.   Browsing through AG You-Tube channels you will find everything from music videos starring the dolls, to dark dramas about real issues like bullying in schools. The series titled Aspen Heights ... Read More
2014 was, by most accounts, a pretty rad year for the ladies in the crowd. Politically, we’ve got more woman than ever before in Congress (100 to be exact), the first African-American Republican Congresswoman,  and a blatant smack down of  extreme anti-abortion laws. Women have thoroughly flexed their social media muscles, creating trending hashtags like #YesAllWomen, #WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft that united women and allies against violence, misogyny ... Read More
  Zero Motivation is a new film about two young women who perform their mandatory military service as office workers in an army base under a rigid Israeli leader. Tayla Lavie’s black comedy tackles a new approach to the very male-dominated genre of war films, namely a military movie from a female perspective that is also written and directed by a woman.  The film is broken into three chapters and centers on the power struggles of three females. Two ... Read More
This is a podcast for all my cinephile feminists. Hosted by the founder and editor of Indiewire’s Women and Hollywood blog, Melissa Silverstein, this is a brass tacks podcast featuring interviews with female producers, directors, writers and other industry folks. Don’t expect movie reviews or starlets. Instead, enjoy weekly conversations about the specific difficulties and successes women find in contemporary filmmaking. Biased hiring practices and ... Read More
Two years ago, producer Amy Ziering and director Kirby Dick released an unflinching documentary that exposed a culture of sexual violence and rape in the US military and the institutional bureaucracy that was either designed or manipulated to ignore, mishandle, and ostracize those who challenged that culture.   Now, the filmmakers have turned to another “invisible war" — sexual violence and rape on the college campus and the institutional ... Read More
Real-life best friends Tara Karsian and Andrea Grano, who acted in, wrote and produced the hilarious and poignant BFFs, are truly genuine and hugely talented women. The movie’s portrayal of their onscreen relationship mirrors their connection in real life, characterized by witty banters, snide remarks and unconditional love for one another. The only aspect of the film that isn’t based in reality is their romantic interest in one another, as portrayed ... Read More
Carrie Brownstein, Portlandia comedy queen and feminist rock-star extraordinaire from the band Sleater-Kinney, is embarking on a new project that will take her headlong into the wonderful world of Austen fandom. Brownstein will complete the screenplay of Lost in Austen, begun by three-time Oscar nominated writer (When Harry Met Sally) and director (Sleepless in Seattle, Julie and Julia) Nora Ephron, but cut short by her passing in 2012. Though this will be her ... Read More
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