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  1. Hollywood Plans to Create “The Female MacGyver,” and They Want Your Help

    No, I said MacGyver. God.

    Less than 20% of engineering bachelor degrees are currently going to women, and that number's only been getting lower in recent years. So what are we as a society to do about this when we need engineers more than ever? Obviously changing the culture to be more welcoming to women would help, but that's a slow process. In the meantime, giving kids a badass engineering idol to look up to in movies and TV might do wonders.

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  2. Selma Star David Oyelowo Drops Lots Of Truth Bombs About Race In Hollywood

    David Oyelowo has a lot to say about Hollywood's race habits.

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  3. The Academy President Doesn’t Think The Oscars Have A Diversity Problem, But Also Wants To See More Diversity (?)

    ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the first African-American president of the Academy, has spoken out about #OscarsSoWhite - and her response, perhaps unsurprisingly, isn't what we all hoped to hear.

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  4. Why the Lack of Award Attention for Selma is Deeply Unsettling

    By now, the three major award ceremonies in the field of film have announced their nominations, with the start of this week seeing the 72nd Golden Globes take place, with the BAFTAs and Academy Awards to happen in the near future.

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  5. Ridley Scott Blames Lack of Diversity in Exodus on Needing Money

    Women are too hard to animate, brown people are too expensive to make films about.

    There are polite and considerate ways to say that in the face of a modern age of Biblical scholarship and historical study, the pressures of a racist Hollywood system forced you to cast only white people in the lead roles of a movie about a known era of Middle Eastern history. This is not one of them.

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  6. Jessica Chastain Wants More Roles, for Her and for All Her Fellow Actresses

    Supergirly!

    Jessica Chastain sat down with Glamour recently, and told them some things that are right up our alley!

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  7. Unsurprising News That Still Sucks: Hollywood Has Some Homophobia Problems

    Sometimes, people are the worst.

    A new study surveying 5,700 SAG-AFTRA members has shed light on some of the less-savory aspects of the Hollywood machine that LGBT performers face every day. While the study wasn't entirely negative, it does show that discrimination and harassment in the entertainment industry is still a prevalent issue (in case you still needed convincing of that fact).

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  8. Will Hollywood Follow GOG.com Into DRM-Free Movie Downloads?

    Thus leaving us agog.

    Music services like iTunes brought digital distribution into the spotlight long ago, but in the years since, concern over the ease of copying files have led to Digital Rights Management (DRM) issues and a slew of different solutions. Launched back in 2008 under the name Good Old Games, GOG.com has made a name for itself in DRM-free video games, and they just launched an initiative to bring the same freedom to movies and TV. But will Hollywood go along for the ride?

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  9. GLAAD Report Predictably Dour on Representation of LGBTQ Characters in Mainstream Film

    Oh, Hollywood.

    The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation have released their 2014 Studio Responsibility Index, finding that of the more than one hundred films released in 2013 by seven of the biggest mainstream movie studios in America, a mere seventeen contained any LGBTQ characters, even when counting the most minor of roles.

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  10. Empire Strikes Back and Nerd Favorites Top Empire‘s Greatest Films Fan Poll

    Oh Hollywood

    What is there to say about a list that would posit that there are only two hundred and twenty three films in history that have been better than Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith?

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  11. Is This Why Edgar Wright Left Ant-Man?

    Today in things that make us scream incoherently

    Have your boulder of salt ready, because the basis for The Hollywood Reporter saying “Guys, we totally know why Edgar Wright left Ant-Man!” is that most beloved of entertainment journalism stalwart: The anonymous source. But it can be a small boulder, because the reason sounds well within the realm of possibility. Behold: Edgar Wright vs the Creative Hive Mind. And I'm not pleased.

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  12. Hollywood is a Jerk: Kitty Pryde, Sexism, and Days of Future Past

    Essay

    I don’t like time travel. Excusing the excuse that it’s a big ball of wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey stuff, most Hollywood time travel consists of altering linear timelines to forestall mistakes, death, and apocalyptic disaster. At its best, it comes across as the screenwriting equivalent of a neat parlor trick, at its worst it’s sloppy, plot-hole-filled writing that has to use sci-fi mumbo-jumbo to cover its own tracks. But the latest time-jumping saga to hit the silver screen -- X-Men: Days of Future Past -- made pretty good on it promises with one major wrinkle; the film itself is an alternative timeline to what happened in the comics, for a not-so-mysterious reason. That reason is Ms. Shadowcat herself, Kitty Pryde, who, instead of being the time-traveling agent of change, acts as the supercharged battery that sends Wolverine back. Though we’ll get into the details below, a canon shift of this magnitude in book-to-film adaptation would normally inspire internet outrage, essays about the changes, and hot debate between fans. Instead, it seems that only a corner of the fan world—the one directly concerned with issues of female representation—has spoken up in opposition. Considering the canonical fanaticism that followed the introduction of a female character to The Hobbit films, you might think it strange to see such a dearth of dissent. Unless what we’re really looking at is the same thing in reverse, another classic case of – everyone say it with me now -- Hollywood sexism.

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

    What Boys Think of Girls

    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. Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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

    Wise Words

    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. Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  15. Jennifer Lawrence Has Zero Patience For Body Shaming

    million dollar lady

    "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) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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

    Once More With Feeling

    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

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  17. NATO Wants Hollywood To Stop Giving Away the Ending in Trailers

    Oh Hollywood

    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.

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

    A Series of Fallopian Tubes

    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!"

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  19. Hollywood Thinks You Will Literally Watch Anything, So Now You’re Getting A Medieval Times Movie

    Hey, Game of Thrones fans! You like swords and feasting, right? Have we got a film experience for you! Medieval Times, the nine venue-strong entertainment chain that brings all the best parts of the Middle Ages like jousts and the plague funny hats to live audiences across the country may soon be coming to a theater near you, and it's bringing metric tons of cross-promotion potential with it.

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

    Things We Saw Today

    By Tumblr user rvain.

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