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You Wanna Talk “Male Hollywood Doing the Same Old Thing” James Cameron? OK, Let’s Talk

You've already heard about Patty Jenkins' response to James Cameron's criticism of Wonder Woman, but I'd really like to delve. Because looking closely at some of the things Cameron actually said about Jenkins' film, his own films, and "strong independent women," one realizes that Cameron is looking so closely into the mirror that it's obscuring what he sees.

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As If!: Amber Benson and Sarah Kuhn Bring the 90s Back to Comics in Clueless: Senior Year

Clueless, the 1995 Amy Heckerling film starring Alicia Silverstone, is a modern-day classic and one of the best examples of an incisive, funny, well-crafted teen movie. If only we could revisit the world of Clueless but, like not as a reboot? More like a continuation of the story where the movie left off? Oh, we can? There's a graphic novel from BOOM! Box doing that very thing? OK, well awesome!

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Interview: Stranger Things and Riverdale‘s Shannon Purser Talks Emmys and Her New Film, Wish Upon

It's been a hell of a year for Shannon Purser.

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Wonder Woman, Doctor Poison, and Solidarity In the Face of Patriarchy

One of the things that fascinated me most about Wonder Woman was the use of DC villain, Doctor Poison, known in the film as Doctor Isabel Maru. How she is handled, and her subsequent fate tell us a lot about what Diana learns about humanity and the importance of mercy. However, can how Diana chose to deal with Doctor Maru teach us something about solidarity in the face of oppression? **SPOILERS, YO.**

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Why Master of None‘s Francesca Is Less “Italian Amelie” and More “Italian George Bailey”

If a show could represent my soul, it would be S2 of Master of None. While I'll be writing a longer piece on Monday about the season, I wanted to write today about a Hot Take that I've been seeing in several places that I take issue with. Francesca (Alessandra Mastronardi) being a "manic pixie dream girl." Ugh.

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Looking For Leia Shows Women Aren’t “New” to Star Wars Fandom—They’ve Always Been There

One of the reasons why it's so important to look at systemic societal problems through a pop culture lens (or vice-versa) is that it allows us to  see a problem like, say, sexism, in a new way and think about ways of dismantling it by examining it in microcosm. Filmmaker Annalise Ophelian is doing just that with her upcoming documentary Looking For Leia, which takes us into the lives of the women in Star Wars fandom.

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Girlboss‘ Sophia Is Not a ‘Manic Pixie’ Anything, Because You Can’t Be One of Those TO YOURSELF

Look, I get it. People come up with snappy phrases to define overused tropes that signal inadequate representation of marginalized groups in media. They are often helpful to make people aware of the negative ways in which, say, women are portrayed in media. In the case of Netflix's Girlboss, however, the phrase has been rendered meaningless as several reviewers employ the term simply to describe qualities in a female character they don't like.

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Class‘ Sophie Hopkins Explains How Buffy Landed Her a Sweet Gig In the Whoniverse

I'm sure there are plenty of Jack Sparrows who've already watched all of the Doctor Who spin-off, Class, as it was broadcast in Britain. However, it didn't officially drop in the States until last week, after the Doctor Who premiere, and it was extraordinary! While geared toward a YA audience, there's nothing immature or frivolous about Class. Holding it all together is the character of April MacLean, the girl who is literally the heart of the show.

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[VIDEO]: Anne Hathaway and Director Nacho Vigalondo Talk Colossal As Hathaway Becomes a TMS Fan!

I've already told you about how awesome the film Colossal is, and if you have a chance to see it this weekend, you really, really should. Now, in an exclusive interview for TMS, you can check out my conversation with the talented Anne Hathaway and the film's writer/director, Nacho Vigalondo, about this truly unique film in the video after the jump!

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Review: Anne Hathaway Stars in Colossal, a Fascinating, Female-Led Kaiju Film

4.5 out of 5 kaiju.

It’s the kind of film where I’m afraid of telling you too much, because I’d be doing this fascinating, oddball story a disservice. Colossal is a film that’s best experienced almost blind, which is basically how the film’s protagonist walks through much of her life.

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Katie McGrath Bumped Up to Series Regular on Supergirl Because Lena Luthor Is Everything

Supergirl hasn't been entirely without flaws this season, but one of the things that's consistently right about it is Lena Luthor. Whenever she appears, we know that we're in for a better-than-usual episode (or at least some better-than-usual lip-biting and eye flirting). Thank Rao, then, that The CW sees fit to keep her around!

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Review: Fanbase Press’ Gamma Gals Prove That Geek Girls Are Not to Be Messed With

I am all about better representation in comics. More female characters. More ethnicities and races represented. More body types and abilities. Yes, please! In that regard, Fanbase Press' newest title, The Gamma Gals, absolutely delivers. Unfortunately, where it's less successful is its storytelling.

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We Need More Than Female Protagonists: Women Only Spoke 27% of the Dialogue in 2016’s Top Grossing Films

You would think that with female-led films like Rogue One making bank and Ghostbusters: Answer the Call generating backlash that we must be making huge amounts of progress when it comes to gender parity in film. You'd be wrong.

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Fanbase Press’ The Gamma Gals Looks to Change the Representation Game in Comics

When it comes to inclusion in comics, sometimes it pays to explore titles from independent publishers who are attempting to fill the void that the Big Two often struggle to fill. For six years, Fanbase Press (formerly Fanboy Comics) has offered a platform to up-and-coming comics creators to tell unique and inclusive stories. Today, they've announced another such addition to their ever-growing list of titles. Say hello to The Gamma Gals!

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Interview: Creators Sam Humphries and Caitlin Rose Boyle Talk BOOM! Studios’ Jonesy

Jumpin Jehosaphat!

We've been loving BOOM! Studios' Jonesy, created by writer Sam Humphries and artist Caitlin Rose Boyle, because it features one of the most nuanced, idiosyncratic, and lovable female protagonists in comics right now. BOOM! seems to be rocking in that department lately, what with titles like Lumberjanes, Giant Days, and Goldie Vance on their roster. Yet Jonesy, as a character, stands apart.

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Marvel’s New “Iron Man” Is a Brilliant Black Girl Whose “Brain Is Maybe a Little Better” Than Tony Stark’s

Riri Williams, the 15-year-old M.I.T. student introduced in Marvel's Invincible Iron Man #9 who built her own set of Iron Man armor will be rocking that armor long-term. Marvel announced that, as part of their Marvel NOW! intitiative, they will be relaunching the Invincible Iron Man title with a new #1, and with Riri as its new protagonist.

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The Mary Sue Roundtable: Game of Thrones, Season Six

Weekend Editor Carly Lane and Assistant Editors Jessica Lachenal and I got together for a chat about our feelings surrounding last season of Game of Thrones, and the recently-ended Season Six.

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The Flash‘s Candice Patton on Female Characters Having Permission to be Flawed

Candice Patton on Female Characters Having Permission to be Flawed

In the never-ending quest for Nuanced Female Characters, we must first acknowledge that some of those nuances might involve less-than-desirable qualities. It may mean that said female character doesn't have her ish together the way we'd like, or prioritize the things we would. Not everyone has been thrilled with the evolution of The Flash's Iris West, for example. However, the actress who plays her, Candice Patton, is quick to lay the verbal smackdown, and makes a really valid point.

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[VIDEO] The House of El 9: Kara is Flawed…and That’s Okay

Welcome to The House of El, the monthly video series where I go beyond the Supergirl recap, delve a little into the DC Comics source material and other incarnations of the character, and hone in on a topic from recent episodes of CBS’ Supergirl that I find interesting, annoying, or that really sticks in my craw. Wherever my “craw” is. Check out the video after the jump!

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Edge of Tomorrow‘s Angel of Verdun: Nuanced Female Characters

Why we need more Rita Vrataskis.

I hate the phrase "Strong Female Character."

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