by Becky Chambers | 4:30 pm, April 12th, 2014
women in film
by Rebecca Pahle | 2:00 pm, March 27th, 2014
Every year at CinemaCon the MPAA releases statistics (report here) on the previous year’s moviegoers: What percentage of them can be classified as “frequent moviegoers,” how 3D movies do across various markets, whether the average ticket price has changed. Stuff like that. And, of particular relevance to us, demographic breakdowns. You might have to sit down for this, because it’s shocking: Far more women and racial minorities see movies than there are women and racial minorities in movies. It’s almost like there’s not enough representation or something. I know. So weird.READ MORE
by Becky Chambers | 12:01 pm, March 16th, 2014
As we’ve previously discussed, of the 100 highest-grossing films of 2013, a whopping 15 featured female protagonists. This figure became popular knowledge through a report by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, which compares the percentage of women working behind the camera with those featured on screen. Unsurprisingly, the numbers correlate.
Vanity Fair’s Bruce Handy had some questions about those statistics. Given Hollywood’s focus on getting as many butts in seats as possible, surely they wouldn’t ignore the preferences of their audiences. Could it be that the lack of women on screen was actually reflective of a purchasing trend? If we treat blockbusters like Catching Fire as flukes, is there economic logic behind the comparative lack of female-led films?
Spoiler: No.READ MORE
by Jill Pantozzi | 11:22 am, March 12th, 2014
“Twilight, I’m sorry, is about a very unhealthy, toxic relationship. [The protagonist Bella] falls in love with this guy and the second he leaves her, her life is over and she’s going to kill herself! What message are we sending to young people? That is not going to help this world evolve.” – Divergent star Shailene Woodley speaking to Teen Vogue.
Hollywood is all about comparing one thing to another, especially when it comes to young adult properties (does that really ever help?), in order to cash in on the previous success. Whether it’s comparing “love stories” or pitting the lead characters against each other, it’s nice to see Woodley addressing the issues straight on.
(via Gossip Cop)
- Center for Study of Women in TV & Film Releases Findings On Female Characters
- Olivia Wilde Talks About How Male Actors Were Bored In Genderswapped Movie Script
- Lead Actresses Get Less Screen Time Than Lead Actors
by Susana Polo | 11:43 am, March 11th, 2014
Just a couple months ago, the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film released their report on the gender ratios of Hollywood’s workers, discovering that the ratio of women to men in various behind the scenes roles such as editors, writers, cinematographers, composers, and special effects supervisors has not changed more than three percentage points in sixteen years. That was pretty disheartening, but theoretically, men should be just as able to craft female characters that don’t play to stereotypical tropes as women are at creating relatable male characters. So how did that go?READ MORE
by Jill Pantozzi | 5:45 pm, March 3rd, 2014
It’s a rare occasion when I’ve seen all the movies nominated for Best Film at the Academy Awards, let alone those nominated in the Best Animated Short Film category. Here’s this year’s winner, Mr. Hublot, written and directed by Laurent Witz, co-directed by Alexandre Espigares. And don’t forget to check out our Oscar recap!
(via io9)READ MORE
by Rebecca Pahle | 2:01 pm, February 27th, 2014
This Sunday is the 86th annual Oscars, a magical night where the Hollywood elite get together to celebrate themselves and be excruciatingly boring for three-plus hours. There’s one thing*, though, that Hollywood might not want to pat itself on the back for too much: This year’s lead actor nominees got, on average, 150% of the screentime of their female counterparts. Lead actresses: Getting screwed over for screentime in their own dang films.
*Plus many, many others.READ MORE
by Jill Pantozzi | 1:15 pm, February 21st, 2014
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.READ MORE
by Rebecca Pahle | 2:00 pm, February 19th, 2014
Hey everyone! Good news! The Women’s Media Center, founded by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem, has released a report summarizing research done by various academic institutions about the state of women both in front of and behind the camera. It’ll hopefully raise awareness about that subject and maybe even lead to some positive change at some point in the future.
The bad news: Everything that’s actually in the report. There’s no “from bad to worse” here, because it’s all terrible. So let’s just say “from awful to also awful” and get this party started.READ MORE
by Susana Polo | 4:11 pm, February 18th, 2014
The Tribeca Film Institute’s All Access program seeks to support and promote screenwriters and directors from “diverse backgrounds” and this year seven of the eleven films under the Tribeca All Access umbrella are directed or co-directed by women.READ MORE