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From her trademark trousers to her wild red hair, Katharine Hepburn was a classic Hollywood style icon, but it was her fiercely independent personality that made her a feminist inspiration ahead of her time. Famously stubborn and a snob, Hepburn insisted on cold showers to build character and did her own stunts in her movies because the stuntwomens' posture was not up to her standards. She lived her life according to her own rules in many ways, flouting social expectations of women's behavior and conducting...
The backlash against Kevin Spacey has been swift and brutal. After he was accused of sexual harassment by Anthony Rapp in an incident that occurred in 1986, when Rapp was 14, a string of other accusers came forward, accusing the actor of groping and other inappropriate behavior towards young men. Spacey brushed off the accusations by officially coming out as gay, but this cynical tactic did not distract from the real and disturbing allegations against him. In response to the claims, Netflix canceled its popular...
  The Florida Project would, oddly enough, pair well with The Big Short for a double bill, because, in their own ways, they cover similar ground, albeit from the two opposite sides of the proverbial coin. The Big Short examines the 2008 economic collapse, and how it was spurred by predatory financial institutions taking advantage of people’s hopes and dreams of succeeding in America, from the point of view of the banks that caused the catastrophe; The Florida Project shows us the swampy, brightly-colored, half-decayed Florida...
On Wednesday, Disney revealed via Twitter the cast list for the upcoming live-action remake of The Lion King, and we just can’t wait to see the queen —Queen Bey, of course, who will play Nala. Director Jon Favreau, who also produced and directed Disney’s 2016 The Jungle Book, announced in February that rapper and Emmy-winning actor Donald Glover will star as Simba, and James Earl Jones will reprise the role of Mufasa, which he voiced in the 1994 animated classic. Rumors that Favreau was eyeing Beyoncé for...
  More than once over the past month, I’ve said something along the lines of, “I want just one day where I don’t have to read, write, and think about rape.” Whether it’s reading about one of the countless famous men who have been accused of sexual assault in the past month, or browsing through Netflix trying to figure out if the show I’m considering binge-watching will use rape as a pointless and quickly forgotten plot device, sometimes it feels like it’s impossible to consume media...
Niki Caro would not consider herself a “crusading feminist filmmaker” but her films often feature female protagonists.Caro is a New Zealand-born writer and director. She was born in Wellington, New Zealand and earned a BFA from the Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland. Originally, she was interested in art, specifically, metal sculptures, but her interest switched to film. She received a postgraduate degree in film from the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne.Her first directing experience was when she was hired...
NovitiateWritten and directed by Maggie BettsOut October 27It’s hard to imagine a film that more thoroughly passes the Bechdel Test than Novitiate, a period drama about nuns coming to terms with the changes Vatican II brought to the Catholic Church in the 1960s. 
The main character is 17-year-old Cathleen (Margaret Qualley), a girl who has always been drawn to the Church despite being raised by an atheist single mother (Julianne Nicholson). By the time she graduates high school, she is convinced she is in love...
  When you think of Joan Didion, you probably don’t think “funny.” As her nephew Griffin Dunne, who directed the new documentary about her life, put it at a New York Film Festival screening, “There’s a perception of her as being the Mistress of Doom.” Though dry humor is present in some of her work, the Didion of The Center Will Not Hold is often laugh-out-loud funny; the aforementioned screening was filled with people cracking up. It’s a side of Didion that we get to see precisely...

  Hi, Kate Winslet. Do you mind if I ask you what the hell is going on? I’m sure you’re busy, but this won’t take long. It’s just, in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandals, I saw something alarming, to put it mildly. Did you really condemn serial abuser Harvey Weinstein while on a press tour for a movie you made with a known child molester? Not a cute look for you. Or anyone for that matter — I’m looking at you, Scarlett Johansson, Selena...
  This post includes some difficult — but I think very necessary — subject matter regarding sexual assault. As decades of alleged abuse by one of Hollywood's most powerful men slowly unravels in front of the world, we’ve been understandably shocked… but not surprised. What makes these appalling crimes even worse is the network that formed itself around Harvey Weinstein, preventing his sexual abuse from  seeing the light of day until now. But this kind of cover up operation isn’t new, and Harvey Weinstein isn’t the first. This is a...
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