Topic: female directors

If Women Ran Hollywood It Would Be More Inclusive And Films About Male Strippers And Sparkly Vampires Would Be Hits. Oh Wait..

If Women Ran Hollywood It Would Be More Inclusive And Films About Male Strippers And Sparkly Vampires Would Be Hits. Oh Wait..

The Hollywood Reporter put out its annual ‘Most Powerful Women in Hollywood’ issue this week. Most of the most powerful women are heads of studios (Anne Sweeney, co-chairman of Disney Media Networks came in at number one) but by the time we were in the 40′s we got to Tina Fey and blockbuster queens Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence and Meryl Streep came in at 50. But when a number of these powerful women (and a few men) were asked what it would be like if women really did run Hollywood, their answers were surprising. More »

Lena Dunham Wonders Why Women On Television Aren’t Allowed To Be Unlikeable, But Larry David Is

Lena Dunham Wonders Why Women On Television Aren't Allowed To Be Unlikeable, But Larry David Is

At a recent panel for Emmy nominated writers, Lena Dunham, creator and star of Girls, said there are still a lot of things women seem not “allowed” to do in the media, namely be unlikable. “I don’t hear anyone complaining that Larry David is an asshole,” she said. With him, “Everyone’s just laughing and having a good time.”And she is right. Yes, there are female TV characters on television who are unlikeable but it is usually because they are larger than life, over the top b*tches like Amanda on Melrose Place, Wilhemina Slater on Ugly Betty and Regina Mills on Once Upon A Time (who actually is the evil queen from the fairytales.) But when we are presented with a protagonist who is majorly flawed we criticize, even though we are constantly complaining that most female TV characters are too perfect and therefore hard to relate to.

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‘Matrix’ Director’s Gender Transition Makes Her The Highest-Grossing Female Director Of All Time

'Matrix' Director's Gender Transition Makes Her The Highest-Grossing Female Director Of All Time

When Matrix co-director Larry Wachowski became Lana Wachowski, she became the first major Hollywood director to publicly identify as transgender. After undergoing sex-change surgery and undergoing a thorough gender reassignment, Lana recently made a rare appearance in a promotional spot for her hotly anticipated upcoming movie, Cloud Atlas“Hi, I’m Lana,” she says at the beginning of the charming video, sporting pink dreadlocks and a cute semi-sheer black top with a bra visible underneathWachowski’s public embrace of her feminine identity makes her an important figure in the transgender community. But her transition makes her notable for a reason that has been much less widely reported on: She is now the top-grossing female director of all time. 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 »

7 Reasons Women Ruled At The Sundance Film Festival

7 Reasons Women Ruled At The Sundance Film Festival

>Women ruled at The Sundance Film Festival this year. There is absolutely no doubt about it. We ruled in the documentaries, for directing and for being frickin’ funny. This is especially great to hear considering 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. Only 7% of the 3,879 feature films in both narrative and documentary categories submitted to the 2012 Sundance Film Festival were directed by women. While the number of films made by women as directors and producers is higher in the independent film world, and particularly among documentary films, there remains a marked disparity between the numbers of feature length films completed by male versus female filmmakers. More »