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Geena Davis

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Geena Davis Has Two Easy Steps for the Movie Industry

Yes, we can and will work to tell more women’s stories, listen to more women’s voices and write richer female characters and to fix the 5-to-1 ratio of men/women behind the camera. But consider this: In all of the sectors of society that still have a huge gender disparity, how long will it take to correct that? You can’t snap your fingers and suddenly half of Congress is women. But there’s one category where the underrepresentation of women can be fixed tomorrow: onscreen. In the time it takes to make a movie or create a television show, we can change what the future looks like.Geena Davis

The veteran actress and creator of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which seeks to provide hard statistics on gender parity in film, television, and other mainstream artforms, has an essay up today on Pre-a-Reporter with a challenge for the film industry.

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The Human Machine

Geena Davis Is The Most Badass Baddass To Ever Badass [VIDEO]

You might recall we recently posted a photo of Geena Davis donning her old A League of Their Own costume while holding her professional archery gear. Well now we know the context. The actress and creator of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media teamed up with Funny or Die for a spectacular shoot (shoot being used here in two different contexts). I am now bumping Ms. Davis to the top of my list for women who should star in the female Expendables. And also, anything else.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Dan Harmon Is Returning To Community

Dan Harmon tweeted confirmation today of the negotiations apparently going on earlier in the week. He’s back with NBC’s Community.

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Today in Boobs

Women In Film Talk About Why There Are So Few Women In Film

CinemaCon in Las Vegas saw many Hollywood films previewed the past few days but it’s a women in film panel that was most revealing. 

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so long and thanks for all the fish

R.I.P. Lavonne “Pepper” Paire-Davis, Inspiration for Dottie in A League of Their Own

True Story: The last time I saw the tail end of A League of Their Own, I had to look away so that I didn’t cry (becausethere’snocryinginbaseball). True details: I was running. On a treadmill. At the gym. And the television was on mute. One of the last times I was actually unable to not cry even by great force of will at a movie screening, it was a combination of watching The Muppets and knowing that Jim Henson‘s wife and daughter were in attendance.

So, from this evidence, I postulate that if there was anything guaranteed to make me cry buckets of salt tears, it would have been watching A League of Their Own with Lavonne “Pepper” Paire-Davis, who died this weekend at the age of 88.

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Meanwhile...

Penny Marshall Insisted On Athletic Actresses For A League of Their Own [VIDEO]

Tonight at 8 p.m. on the MLB Network, Bob Costas interviews Penny Marshall about her 1992 baseball film, A League of Their Own. The film, a fictional representation of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, starred Geena Davis, Madonna, and more but as it turns out, there were a few actresses who didn’t make the cut for a very specific reason – they couldn’t play baseball. Listen to Marshall’s stance on the casting process and find out which other famous actress didn’t wind up with a part because of her husband. Catch the rest of the interview, including a chat with Davis, tonight on MLB.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

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That's What She Said

Geena Davis on I Dream of Jeannie and Bewitched

[Davis noted] that the bulk of those shows was spent on the men trying to stop the women from using their magical powers.

“This happened in several of my marriages,” Davis said wryly.Geena Davis on Denver Business Journal

Geena Davis was interviewed recently regarding her efforts (through her career and otherwise) to push back against gender stereotyping in media. I Dream of Jeannie and Bewitched came up alongside Davis’ recollections of television and movies from her childhood, and how the average ratio of male to female characters in films has remained the same since 1946: four or five men for every woman. You can read the whole interview at the DBJ.

Previously in Gender

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Alan Turing Memorial Decorated for Pride

This weekend doesn’t just mark Pride. It’s also the birthday of Alan Turing, a brilliant mathematician who cracked the Enigma code, handing the Allies one of their greatest achievements of World War II, and upon whose logical leaps the basic foundations of modern computer science were laid. Turing also died at the age of 41, from what is commonly thought to be suicide, after being convicted of “indecency” (i.e., being gay) and sentenced to chemical castration. While his memorial certainly brings melancholy thoughts to mind, the way it was decorated this weekend takes us right back to hopeful ones. Happy Pride, everyone! (Boing Boing)

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Today in Awesome

A League of Their Own Screening Reunites Veteran All American Girls Baseball Players

There may not be any crying in baseball but something tells me a few tears might be shed at Friday’s screening of the 1992 Penny Marshall film A League of Their Own. Why? Because veterans of the actual All American Girls Professional Baseball League will be in attendance and let’s face it, we cried during that movie and it wasn’t even about us.

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