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Writer and illustrator Phoebe Gloeckner reveals inside intel on her book The Diary of a Teenage Girl’s leap to the big screen When it was first published in 2002, Phoebe Gloeckner’s semi-autobiographical illustrated novel, The Diary of a Teenage Girl: An Account in Words and Pictures, won a legion of diehard female fans who saw some version of themselves in 15-year-old heroine Minnie Goetze. The story pops with the dizzying energy of teenage girlhood, from Minnie’s unabashed horniness and joie de vivre to her bouts of depression and lovelorn misery. Read More
  It’s hard to imagine a more hilarious duo than Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence. The two funny ladies intrigued us with Instagram photos of them hanging out together this summer, and now JLaw has made an exciting announcement: they’re writing and co-starring in a movie together.  Lawrence let the news slip during an interview promoting “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” with the New York Times. Lawrence said that she and Schumer (a former BUST cover star) — have been writing a comedic screenplay for a movie in which they will co-star. Read More
When you’re Zoe Saldana, your resume is impressive – over 30 films, countless public appearances, and even the label of co-producer on projects like Rosemary’s Baby. You would assume that Saldana worked hard over the years to obtain this lengthy resume, and while this may be true, another factor came into play, and it’s incredibly sexist. In a recent interview to promote the new movie Infinitely Polar Bear, Saldana states, “A producer once told me he hired me for the way I held a gun while wearing panties, not for my opinions. Read More
Magic Mike ditches any semblance of social commentary for the feel-good body-roll romp of XXL. Like Easy Rider without all the LSD, Magic Mike XXL is essentially a shaggy dog of a road trip movie. The point isn't so much where they're going as how they get there and the things they learn about themselves along the way. There is, of course, an exceptionally vague plot that requires Mike (Channing Tatum) to return to the sweaty, glittery bosom of his former Kings of Tampa bros for one last big blowout. Read More
As far as we’ve come with female superheroes in films, their portrayal continues to disappoint.  Hillary Pennell and Elizabeth Behm-Morawitz at the University of Missouri conducted a study recently that shows how even the new super-empowered heroes may lower women’s self esteem.  Pennell and Behm-Morawitz showed undergraduate women scenes from two popular superhero film series, Spider-Man and X-Men. The female characters shown from Spider-Man were all victims. The female characters shown from X-Men were heroines. However, females from both series were highly sexualized. Read More
To celebrate Pride (and beat the heat), we’ve got a killer list of LGBT movies currently streaming on Netflix (and hopefully some you haven’t heard of). So kick back, maybe have a popsicle, and get ready for some awesome, relentlessly gay film—bet you can’t watch just one!   The Kids Are All Right (2010) | Directed by Lisa Cholodenko Featuring a star-studded cast including Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, and Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right is the story of a family: two moms, their kids, and the biological father who the kids decide to bring into their lives. Read More
On July 31st, Netflix is throwing back to the summer of 1981 with Wet Hot American Summer’s prequel, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, fourteen years after the film’s debut. With the return of the original cast, plus a handful of new faces, these eight episodes expand upon the first day of Camp Firewood’s infamous summer season. Now that your Orange Is The New Black binge is over, take a peek at the trailer. The episodes are edited to depict a VHS tape, fuzz, static and all. Read More
  In theaters now is The Wolfpack, an extraordinary new documentary by Crystal Moselle. Winner of the 2015 Grand Jury Documentary prize at Sundance this past January, this film—produced and edited by women, and with a mostly-female crew—tells the story of the six young Angulo brothers, who were raised in New York City with little to no contact with the outside world. Paranoid the “drugs and crime” of the city would harm them, the boys’ father kept the door to their Lower East Side housing project apartment locked at all times, a ladder wedged tightly against it. Read More
Women’s Media Center’s fourth edition of The Status of Women in U.S. Media highlights how all platforms of media are failing women. In particular, film and television continue to let down women. The number of women involved behind the camera in movies has stayed fairly static. Women make up only 17 percent of all directors, cinematographers, writers, editors, executive producers and producers from the top 250 movies from the United States in 2014. This is up one percent from 2013, but is equal to the amount of women behind the camera in 1998 and a decrease from 2001. Read More
Image via Columbia Pictures  When The Hollywood Reporter announced Wednesday that a remake of The Craft, the 90s badass-witch-teen-cult-classic, was in the works, the Internet erupted in anger. It’s a classic! It’s too recent! The casting could never be matched!   It’s true that remakes are seldom necessary, but revisiting The Craft could have a lot to offer to a new generation. Here are a few reasons why:  1. More technology allows for even more evil. Read More