Russell Crowe, Former Gladiator and Chronic Mansplainer Says Actresses Need to Stop Whining About Sexist Casting

Forget your triple tall morning espresso. There’s a faster way to get your blood boiling: a hearty dose of mansplaining: Russell Crowe, the de facto emissary of all things misogynistic, is at it again.

The 50-year-old star of the upcoming film "The Water Diviner" told Australian Women’s Weekly, “To be honest, I think you’ll find that the woman who is saying that [the roles have dried up] is the woman who at 40,45,48, still wants to play the ingénue, and can’t understand why she’s not being cast as the 21-year-old.” Not one to leave his readers without a pocked rationale, Crowe continued, saying, “Meryl Streep [is one who] will give you 10,000 examples as to why that’s bullshit, so will Helen Mirren, or whoever it happens to be.”

What Crowe fails to recognize is that there is a very real and increasingly noticeable lack of roles for women who are over the-last-comfortable-hill-that-is-forty for women in Hollywood, and in fact are unable to pursue any roles outside of the 'ingénue' (that word, ugh).

What's more, Streep and Mirren are the two classic examples of older female actresses, as they have rightfully earned—being INCREDIBLE and all—but they do not make up for the fact that women, no matter their age, fight tooth and nail for a mere 33% of the speaking roles in films. Stats from this same film study also identified that 26% of female characters wore “provocative” clothing, compared to just 5 percent of male characters.

In sum, we rather wish Russell Crowe would keep the mansplaining to himself and steer clear of the gender politics arena. We liked him better in "Gladiator."

Ava DuVernay Was The First Black Female To Be Nominated For Best Director At The Golden Globes

Ava Duvernay might not have taken home a Globe last night, but that doesn't mean her mere nomination isn't a landmark. Duvernay is the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe, insane as that sounds in 2015.

Wait a minute, you may be thinking: We’ve never had a black woman win a Golden Globe for best director before?! Before this year, a black woman has never even been nominated? Sad, but true. Ava DuVernay’s nomination last night was not only well-deserved, it was also ridiculously overdue.

Selma is quite a rarity among Hollywood Civil Rights movies: It is a story from the black point of view, by a black director. We’re thrilled the film is getting such major traction and that it's opening the eyes of a new generation: An assortment of theaters in NYC are allowing public school students to see the movie for free, hoping to inspire a new era of social justice warriors. Selma was released nationwide this past weekend—make sure to check it out before the Academy Awards, because we're certain it's a shoo-in for a win!

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Tina Fey And Amy Poehler Are Making A New Movie Together!

It's been a hot minute since Baby Mama—and now that their Golden Globes performance is in the past we we're hoping for more Amy & Tina action to look forward to in 2015. And here it is!

The Sisters teaser is excruciatingly brief, but that does not put a damper on our excitement levels. Yes, we are ready for this jelly:

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Athena Film Festival Announced Its Lady-Stacked Lineup And Everything Looks Amazing

If you were looking for a great way to spend a weekend in February and wanted to somehow work in groundbreaking films and the awesome ladies involved in making them, then the Athena Film Festival is the place you want to be.

Considered a majorly successful celebration of women and leadership in the film industry, the festival is back in its fifth year for a four-day weekend of feature films, documentaries, and shorts at Barnard College. From February 5-8, talented women from across the U.S. and abroad will gather for conversations with directors, workshops for filmmakers, and much-anticipated premieres.

Kicking things off Thursday night in a powerful way will be the New York premiere of Dreamcatcher, a documentary directed by Kim Longinotto that follows the life of Brenda Myers-Powell—a former Chicago prostitute whose mission is helping women and teenage girls break the cycle of sexual abuse and exploitation. The rest of the lineup is sure to inspire as well, with feature films like Obvious Child starring Jenny Slate and shorts such as Stop Telling Women To Smile.

“These films were selected for the power of their stories to inspire us to think about women’s leadership differently,” said Melissa Silverstein, co-founder and Artistic Director of the festival. “We are proud to unveil a 2015 lineup that continues to provide a place for audiences to learn, experience, and connect.”

In addition to the weekend full of kickass films, there will also be the annual awards ceremony where Academy Award winning actress and filmmaker Jodie Foster will receive this year’s Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award. Additional awardees include Sheila Nevins (President of HBO Documentary Films), Gina Prince-Bythewood (director, writer, and producer behind films such as Love & Basketball, The Secret Life of Bees, and Beyond the Lights).

Check out the full lineup of films, ticket prices (student rates are great!), and additional information on their site, athenafilmfestival.com

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