While Meryl Streep could have been celebrating her 20th Oscar nomination, she was instead feuding with Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld. The feud began when Lagerfeld told Women’s Wear Daily, “I made a sketch, and we started to make the dress … More
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In a new opinion piece for The New York Times today Academy Award-winning producer Cathy Schulman (Crash, The Illusionist) wrote that in order to get more women into prominent positions in Hollywood which will lead to more female-centric films being made, the current female executives need to challenge the status quo. She wrote, “Although women are more than 50%of the filmgoing public, predominantly male decision makers focus on making movies for boys and men, while systematically failing to support stories for women and girls. Female executives need to break this pattern by trusting their own judgments and interests.” More
Though Bridesmaids was considered a major breakthrough for women in Hollywood and it has been two years since Kathryn Bigelow won the Best Director Oscar, studios still don’t take big bets on movies directed by women. In the independent film industry, they have more options but they still aren’t making man genre films.
Actress Julia Stiles recently sat down to talk with Hilary Reinsberg of BuzzFeed’s new site, SHIFT about her new role in Blue, one of the series on the new Wigs channel, a new project led by directors Jon Avnet and Rodrigo Garcia, that brings scripted dramas to YouTube. When asked about the quality of roles in movies and television for women, Julia feels that there are plenty but they are always the same. She told Reinsberg: ”I don’t feel that way in terms of quantity — I think there are interesting roles for women in movies and television, but they tend to just play one thing. So they’re the mother or the daughter or the girlfriend or the wife, and the difference for me in this role was that you see the character in all aspects of her life. You see her in many different roles — as the mom, the daughter, the friend, the co-worker, the escort.” More
Meryl Streep said some wise words about women in films and professional women in general this week at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards . She spoke about how films about women have proved that they can make money and yet big film studios insist on making these huge films that cost so much more to make and often lose a ton of money. Women, not just those making films, need to realize their own power. More
This week at the Newsweek/The Daily Beast’s third annual Women in the World Summit, Meryl Streep introduced Hillary Clinton. As always, Meryl Streep’s introduction was amazing and meaningful. “We women look very hard at each other. We can be hard at each other but we really look so deeply because we want inspiration. Here’s what happens when I compare myself to Hillary Clinton which every living, American woman has done at one point or another.” She then went on to list all their similarities (which there were quite a few) but then at grad school (both at Yale), she said the paths diverged. More
In the career of a movie actor, it doesn’t get much better than winning an Oscar. Academy Award winners have to make every move perfectly to get on stage with the little golden man: They’ve chosen the right role in the right movie, performed well, and campaigned effectively during awards season. But can the rest of us learn any career lessons from celebrities’ big night in the spotlight? Well, I’m glad you asked! Here are seven pieces of career advice from last night’s ceremony. More
Harvey Weinstein may arguably be the most powerful man in Hollywood. I mean when you hear black and white silent film with mostly foreign actors do you think Oscar gold? But Harvey made that film steal the show. The Artist took all three of the top-tier awards it was nominated for, including lead actor for Jean Dujardin, best director for Michel Hazanavicius and, of course, best picture and there is no doubt this could have happened without the support of Hollywood powerhouse Harvey Weinstein. More
Meryl Streep took home the gold last night for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in the film The Iron Lady. This marks the third win for the actress and a career milestone for the most nominated actor in the history of the Academy Awards. It had been 19 years and 13 nominations since her last win, for 1982′s Sophie’s Choice, but Meryl is now in the exclusive and very small three-time Oscar winner club. It includes Jack Nicholson, Ingrid Bergman and Walter Brennan all earned three, while Katharine Hepburn won four.
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Even before we had seen the movie, there was plenty of Oscar buzz surrounding Meryl Streep and her portrayal of the longest serving Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in the 20th century, Margaret Thatcher. This weekend, there’s sure to be further discussion of the brilliant acting that invoked the strength and intelligence of one of the most successful female managers of our era. But let’s not all get caught up in the performance and forget the amazing lady who inspired this movie. More
As Tina Fey wrote, in her great New Yorker essay about motherhood, Hollywood, and the cusp of 40, “Thirty-five turns into 40 faster than McDonald’s food turns into cold non-food.” It’s not exactly a secret that Hollywood honors and praises youth and that once you hit a certain age, the roles become limited. But at last night’s Golden Globe ceremony, you wouldn’t have known this as it was the “old” women of Hollywood that took home the awards. Huffington Post editor Emma Gray pointed that last year’s Golden Globes were dominated by discussion of performances by younger stars like Natalie Portman (Black Swan), Anne Hathaway (Love & Other Drugs), Emma Stone (Easy A) and Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone), this year there was hardly a 20-something in sight, with the exception of Rooney Mara. “And it’s especially heartening that these mid-life actresses are being recognized for substantial roles,” wrote Grey. More
Margaret Thatcher still has quite an effect on professional women even though she hasn’t been in office since 1990. According to a new survey, women are emulating some of Margaret Thatcher‘s most well-known traits to try to get ahead in the workplace. Just as the former Prime Minister was given elocution lessons to help her “too-feminine” voice and sported power suits to make her seem more authoritative, women today are adopting throatier voices, wearing longer hemlines and displaying less cleavage. More