Topic: Bridesmaids

Excellent Film Pitch Perfect Is Another Result Of ‘The Bridesmaids Effect’

Excellent Film Pitch Perfect Is Another Result Of 'The Bridesmaids Effect'

The new film Pitch Perfect comes out today in select theaters and it is already getting fabulous reviews (watch the trailer below.) Centered on a struggling college female a capella group who finally find their voice, it stars comedy it girl Rebel Wilson (Bridesmaids, Bachelorette) as well as Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow and Anna Camp. Elizabeth Banks produces the comedy. Though it may seem like Glee was the big influencer for this one, this girl-heavy ensemble piece, penned by 30 Rock and New Girl scribe Kay Cannon, is another result of ‘The Bridesmaids Effect. ‘
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7 Funny Women To Look Out For This Fall

7 Funny Women To Look Out For This Fall

Last night on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live we saw two new female cast members debut: Aidy Bryant and Cecily Strong. One of them could become the next Kristin Wiig, who not only stars in films but also writes comedy (she was nominated for an Oscar for her Bridesmaids screenplay.) We couldn’t help but think about other funny women who could be the next big stars of comedy. Here are six funny women you should keep your eye on this fall. More »

Lauren Miller And Katie Anne Naylon Tell Us How ‘The Bridesmaids Effect’ Helped Their Film Get Made

Lauren Miller And Katie Anne Naylon Tell Us How 'The Bridesmaids Effect' Helped Their Film Get Made

Once upon a time two former college roommates, Katie Anne Nylon and Lauren Miller, sat down and wrote a script about two girls starting a phone sex line in their New York City apartment. The story was funny, sweet, romantic and actually an extremely touching tale of a friendship between two girls. All the studio heads agreed that it was a lovely story but no one had the balls to fund it. “Female-driven comedies? Who wants to watch those?” they would say. Lauren said in an earlier interview, “Everyone said, ‘Sorry. Love your script, but R-rated female comedies do not work. We were so frustrated.” But the girls never lost heart. They just wanted to make a movie that they wanted to watch and so they went about just making it themselves, independently of a studio. But then something amazing happened when the film Bridesmaids came out. People discovered that women AND MEN like to watch movies about women….wait for it….being funny. What?! More »

This May Have Not Been A Banner Year For Women In Film After All

This May Have Not Been A Banner Year For Women In Film After All

It seemed like it was a great year for women in Hollywood with the box office and critical success of female-driven films such as Bridesmaids and The Help. For goodness sake, Bridesmaids sparked a whole film and television trend of female-driven comedies starring women and written by women. But according to a new report, “Females were ‘dramatically under-represented’ in the United States’ top 100 grossing films last year, accounting for 33% of all characters at a time when they made up nearly 51% of the U.S. population. More »

Matthew Perry Made A Brilliant Statement About Women In Comedy

Matthew Perry Made A Brilliant Statement About Women In Comedy

Our favorite Friend Matthew Perry made a brilliant assessment about women in comedy at the 2012 Comedy Awards this week. There has been so much attention on women in comedy this year. We have done our fair share of coverage of this issue but I hope the point that we have made is that women have always been funny but people just didn’t seem to notice. As Matthew said, “This wasn’t the year women finally became funny, this was the year men finally pulled their heads out of their asses.” More »

‘Daily Show’ Creator Lizz Winstead Is Annoyed Her Show Hasn’t Helped Its Female Stars As Much As Its Men

'Daily Show' Creator Lizz Winstead Is Annoyed Her Show Hasn't Helped Its Female Stars As Much As Its Men

Lizz Winstead, the creator of The Daily Show, told New York Magazine that she was annoyed that the female talents from her show (Rachel Harris, Samantha Bee, Beth Littleford) didn’t have as big careers as their male costars (Steve Carell, Ed Helms, Stephen Colbert.) “A lot of women have been genius on that show and should’ve been launched into the stratosphere,” she said. More »

Video: Dear Oscars, Consider These Female Directors

Video: Dear Oscars, Consider These Female Directors

There have only been four women nominated for the Oscar for best director in the history of the Academy Awards and the first one didn’t win until 2010 (Kathyrn Bigelow.) Four women! In the span of 84 years! That is not a lot. Of course, when you hear about statistics for women working in Hollywood, that number makes perfect sense. Behind all the glitz, glamor and fashion of films it is still a male dominated industry. Only 7%of the top 250 top-grossing films released in 2010 were directed by women, 10% were written by women and 24% were produced by women. More »

The Majority Of Oscar Voters Are Old, White Guys

The Majority Of Oscar Voters Are Old, White Guys

Well this makes last year’s best picture win for The King’s Speech a little less special considering it was about a bunch of old, white guys. An L.A. Times study of Oscar voters finds that their demographics are much less diverse than the moviegoing public. Oscar voters are nearly 94% Caucasian and 77% male, The Times found. Blacks are about 2% of the academy, and Latinos are less than 2%. Oscar voters have a median age of 62, the study showed. People younger than 50 constitute just 14% of the membership. The Times found that some of the academy’s 15 branches are almost exclusively white and male. Caucasians currently make up 90% or more of every academy branch except actors, whose roster is 88% white. The academy’s executive branch is 98% white, as is its writers branch.  More »

David Letterman’s Comic Booker Gets Axed After Dissing Female Comedians

David Letterman's Comic Booker Gets Axed After Dissing Female Comedians

Apparently this guy hasn’t talked to Judd Apatow. Eddie Brill, the comedy booker for The Late Show With David Letterman, is being replaced. Last week in a New York Times profile he defended the shortage of female comics booked for The Late Show. “There are a lot less female comics who are authentic … I see a lot of female comics who to please an audience will act like men.” Mirth Magazine reported today that he’s been dismissed for “speaking to the press without authorization,”and not for his highly-criticized remarks but CBS is not commenting. More »