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What Boys Think of Girls

Olivia Wilde Talks About How Male Actors Were Bored In Genderswapped Movie Script

Here’s actress Olivia Wilde saying some great things about women in Hollywood. She sat on the State of Female Justice panel, a public event series by Laura Flanders as part of the One Billion Rising Campaign. The Tron: Legacy actress speaks about her own experiences, what positive things the media can do for young girls, and what she herself can do as a producer.

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Wise Words

Jennifer Lawrence Answers Body Image Question From Fan’s Dad At Hunger Games Event [VIDEO]

We’ve heard Jennifer Lawrence on body shaming before but this time it’s in response to a fantastic question from the audience at an event for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire release. As the speaker explains, this question is actually from his daughter via email/text, not him (but I think he stole her spot at the event because he loves JLaw too) and Lawrence decides to talk straight to the young girl, but also to Hollywood once again.

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million dollar lady

Jennifer Lawrence Has Zero Patience For Body Shaming

“I was young. It was just the kind of sh*t that actresses have to go through. Somebody told me I was fat, that I was going to get fired if I didn’t lose a certain amount of weight. They brought in pictures of me where I was basically naked, and told me to use them as motivation for my diet. It was just that. [Someone brought it up recently.] They thought that because of the way my career had gone, it wouldn’t still hurt me. That somehow, after I won an Oscar, I’m above it all. ‘You really still care about that?’ Yeah. I was a little girl. I was hurt. It doesn’t matter what accolades you get. I know it’ll never happen to me again. If anybody even tries to whisper the word ‘diet,’ I’m like, ‘You can go f*ck yourself.’”Jennifer Lawrence speaking to Harper’s Bazaar UK.

Love this lady. So hard.

(via Tipster Danni, Huffington Post)

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Once More With Feeling

When Do Successful Women-Led Films Stop Being “Surprise Successes?”

They put up Bridesmaids, we went. They put up Pitch Perfect, we went. They put up The Devil Wears Prada, which was in two-thousand-meryl-streeping-oh-six, and we went (and by “we,” I do not just mean women; I mean we, the humans), and all of it has led right here, right to this place. Right to the land of zippedy-doo-dah. You can apparently make an endless collection of high-priced action flops and everybody says “win some, lose some” and nobody decides that They Are Poison, but it feels like every “surprise success” about women is an anomaly and every failure is an abject lesson about how we really ought to just leave it all to The Rock.Linda Holmes for NPR.

I recommend reading the entirety of Linda Holmes’ piece, “At The Movies, The Women Are Gone,” about how it is currently nearly impossible, in most parts of America, to go to a theater and see a work of fiction that is about a woman. However, I found this paragraph of it to be perhaps the most powerful one, and I have my own caveat to add: After the commercial success of The Hunger Games, Brave, Snow White and the Huntsman, and Prometheus (to pull merely from 2012 alone), and after the increasingly vital and action oriented roles of women in superhero movies like The Avengers and Iron Man 3, not to mention Man of Steel and The Dark Knight Rises in which the female leads have been praised as some of the best aspects of the film… After that, how long are we expected to pretend that a movie with a female Marvel or DC superhero in the lead is such farfetched idea?

Previously in Female Leads in Action Film


Oh Hollywood

NATO Wants Hollywood To Stop Giving Away the Ending in Trailers

Okay, I’m actually talking about the National Association of Theater Owners, but I couldn’t resist that title and neither could you if you were in my place, don’t even pretend.


A Series of Fallopian Tubes

Studio Head Amy Pascal Offers Straight Talk On The Dismal State of Hollywood For Female Directors

As the only female head of a major studio, Amy Pascal knows her stuff when it comes to the industry. So when she says of female directors that “the whole system is geared for them to fail,” maybe she knows what she’s talking about. Just maybe.

Note the sarcasm, please; I just wanted to get ahead of any mansplainers who might want to say things like “But I was in a directing class once and most of my fellow students were men, so maybe there aren’t that many women who wan’t to direct!”


Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Daenerys Targaryen In How to Train Your Drogon

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: A Medic Alert Bracelet for the Perfectly Healthy

As the daughter of an attorney, I feel compelled to say that this is something you can always work out with a loved one beforehand, in writing. (CubicleBot)



Universal Delays Bourne Legacy, Baldfacedly Admits It’s Because of The Avengers

Back when Paramount announced that it would be postponing the release of G.I. Joe: Retaliation nine entire months, ostensibly to retrofit it with 3D and reshoot some scenes, we raised our eyebrows suspiciously. Hollywood is sort of reeling from the success of The Avengers, because while it means great things for Marvel Studios and everyone else involved in the production, it’s kind of sucking the life out of the rest of the summer blockbuster season.

See, the thing about The Avengers is not that it had a huge spike in attention, made a bunch of money, and then got out of the way for the next batch of action blockbusters. It’s sitting around, the 800 pound gorilla and the unexpected houseguest all in one. Which brings us to Universal’s press release on why they’ve delayed the latest installment of their highly successful Bourne franchise.


Today In Obvious

Meryl Streep, You Raise a Valid Question: “Doesn’t Hollywood Want Women’s Money?”

As we know, there is a dearth of women working behind the scenes in Hollywood, even if we have seen a slight improvement since the 1990s. But when I say “improvement,” don’t get too excited. Using the numbers from the LA Times, women working high-level jobs in non-acting jobs in film — directors, producers, etc. — accounted for 18 percent of the whole lot, up from 17 percent 14 years ago. “Improvement” over the course of 14 years amounts to one percent. In politics, that’s within the margin of error, so it might not even be that accurate. This means less movies that are geared directly to women. And now, one of the women who usually appears in front of the camera, Meryl Streep, is using all that attention we pay to her to ask a very important question: “Why? Why? Why? Don’t they want the money?”