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  1. Meryl Streep Continues to Be One BAMF, Calls Hollywood Men Out on Lack of Empathy for Women

    That's all.

    Meryl Streep is having a banner week (as one does, when one is Meryl flipping Streep). After announcing at the Tribeca Film Fest earlier this month that she and New York Women in Film and Television have established a Writer's Lab for female screenwriters over 40, the actress also attended the Women In The World Summit and talked representational issues alongside Selma's Ava DuVernay, Pakistani documentarian Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, and Jon Stewart.

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  2. Sundance Institute Three-Year Study Shows Bias Against Female Directors in Mainstream Film

    This is why we need to #MakeItFair

    Lest you thought we were making it up, there actually is a reason for stuff like the #MakeItFair video. The Sundance Institute and Women in Film recently released a three-year study of the marketplace for female directors, and they found that women are more likely to work in independent film than in mainstream film, when they work at all, because of the still-lingering belief that films directed by women have a smaller audience than films directed by men.

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  3. Hilarious #MakeItFair Video Highlights Gender Disparity In Film

    "We won't relent 'til it's 100%..."

    You know, in all my years writing from a feminist perspective, I had no idea how bad men actually have it. For example, did you know that they only get to direct 93% of all Hollywood films? What about the other seven percent? WHAT ABOUT THEM?! Thankfully, this video brings together top female talent to bring awareness to their plight.

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  4. Things We Saw Today: The Minions Now Have Their Very Own Paint Color

    *Excited muttering*

    Clap your hands if you've finally found your ideal shade! The Pantone Color Institute has created its first new color in three years, inspired by the Minions of Despicable Me fame and a suggestion from Pharrell. Anyone else having The Yellow Wallpaper flashbacks?

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  5. Guardians‘ Nicole Perlman and Inside Out‘s Meg LeFauve in Talks to Write the Captain Marvel Movie

    So Amy Poehler as Captain Marvel, then?

    We interrupt our weeping over Michelle MacLaren's departure from Wonder Woman for some good news! According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel's first-ever female-led superhero movie is lining up some incredible talent.

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  6. Michelle Rodriguez Talks Representation, Fridging, and Hollywood’s Problem With Female Characters

    "Would you do that to a male character?"

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  7. GET DOWN TO BUSINESS: Disney Making Live-Action Mulan

    Because SHE'S A GIRL WORTH FIGHTING FOR

    Best news! According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney has purchased a script from Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek (heck yeah, lady writers!) based on the legend of Hua Mulan, the inspiration behind the 1998 animated film.

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  8. Director Sam Taylor-Johnson Leaving Fifty Shades Franchise (If Only Everyone Else Would, Too)

    "I cannot kill the beast from the inside. I have tried."

    Citing regret over creating a monster (I'm assuming), director Sam Taylor-Johnson revealed to Deadline yesterday that she will not be directing another Fifty Shades movie.

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  9. Visionary Cate Blanchett Suggests Women Who’ve Stopped Menstruating Still Like Movies

    Thinking outside of the baby box.

    Hollywood seems to have a difficult enough time understanding that young women are a real demographic that will pay money in exchange for movie tickets, so Cate Blanchett's knowledge bomb is going to blow their minds: women aren't actually set adrift on ice flows when they stop menstruating and may even still watch movies!

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  10. Gale Anne Hurd Kickstarts Documentary About First Female Cherokee Principal Chief

    From Terminator, to The Walking Dead, to a real-life American badass.

    There's a good chance that many of you have never heard of Wilma Mankiller. Well, Gale Ann Hurd, the First Lady of Sci-Fi, wants to change that. Hurd is currently running a Kickstarter campaign through her production company, Valhalla Entertainment, along with director, Valerie Red-Horse, to complete their new documentary, Mankiller, which tells the incredible story of the Cherokee Nation's first female Principal Chief.

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  11. March Madness! Sony’s Little Women Movie Gets Badass Writer, All-Female Creative Team

    This will fill the Christian Bale-sized hole in my heart.

    If any of your formative years took place in Canada during the 1990s (or if you just happened to be around people who were super partial to Lucy Maud Montgomery), you're probably already a little in love with Sarah Polley.

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  12. “Hey, Academy!” A Musical Oscars Season Reminder that Women Make Movies, Too

    Twenty-six individual nominees. Zero women.

    Damn, the ladies of KimAndoComedy can sing. And contrary to what the current state of women in film and the Academy's priorities might suggest, they also can and do make movies.

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  13. Jessica Chastain Comments On Barrage Of Abuse She Received After Her “Diversity In Movies” Speech

    Welcome to the Internet, Ms. Chastain! Yes, it's always like this. We're sorry.

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  14. Things We Saw Today: AMWRRO Doesn’t Need Any More Koala Mittens

    Cute, yes; helpful, no.

    A call went out recently asking for mittens for koalas whose paws were burned in brush fires. Because that's so freaking adorable and tragic the Internet reacted rather effusively. Now the Australian Marine Wildlife Research & Rescue Organization would like people to please stop sending them mittens and send them money instead.

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  15. Persepolis Director Marjane Satrapi’s New Film: Ryan Reynolds’ Cat Incites Him to Murder

    With bonus Anna Kendrick!

    The Voices, a new film from incredible director and graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi, will be released in theaters and on demand February 6th.

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  16. Rose McGowan Demands Gender Parity In Film Industry: “I Am Not Being Served and I Am Not Being Heard”

    Cosigned.

    "Let's give the six percent a shot. Cause that represents 50 percent of the audience, of which I am a member."

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  17. The 17 Most Badass Women in Movies, 2014

    Heck. Yes.

    2014 was an excellent year for women in film, and we couldn't go without acknowledging the most badass ladies to grace the silver screen over the past twelve months. If you missed any of these - flee, flee to your Netflix. You won't be sorry.

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  18. Selma Director Asks Us to “Interrogate History” After Op-Ed Claims the Film is Historically Inaccurate

    On December 26th, The Washington Post published "The movie Selma has a glaring flaw," an op-ed by Joseph A. Califano Jr., former domestic affairs chief to President Lyndon B. Johnson. Thankfully, Selma director Ava DuVernay took to Twitter yesterday to respond to Califano's claims.

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  19. Things We Saw Today: The Hall of Lady Heroes

    NEED

    Toronto-based illustrator Scott Park created this amazing look at "80 of the most butt-kicking awesome women from tv and film." You can grab a print on Society6!

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  20. The Mary Sue Interview: Writer/Director Talya Lavie On Her International Hit Comedy Zero Motivation

    For a first feature film, Talya Lavie scored big points with the dark comedy Zero Motivation, about 18 to 20 year old girls serving their mandatory military time in a human resource office. Lavie won Best Director and Best Screenplay at the Israeli Film Academy, and Zero Motivation won three other awards out of the eleven for which the film was nominated. But the film's international success has been an even bigger surprise.

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