Topic: women in film

10 Of The Most Powerful Horror Film Heroines

10 Of The Most Powerful Horror Film Heroines

You may have forgotten, but today is Halloween. Other than Hurricane Sandy coverage, horror films are taking up airwaves today. Classics such as Carrie, Halloween and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre will be playing all day. Besides being scary as hell, these movies have something in common: they all have kick-ass female main characters. Take a look at who we think are the memorable horror film heroines. More »

Oscar Winning Creator Of Nashville Says TV Is Just Better For Women Right Now

Oscar Winning Creator Of Nashville Says TV Is Just Better For Women Right Now

If you’re like me you are one of the 9 million people who watched the premiere of Nashville three weeks ago today. How could you not? The ads for it insisted it was going to be the hit of the season, it is about country music and it features 47 minutes of Connie Britton and her damn gorgeous perfectly highlighted hair. But there was something bigger going on here. In the past few years we have seen many female-driven comedies pop up on television and now we have this epic drama about women. More »

Lizzy Caplan Was Very Mad About The Whole Women Being Funny Discussion

Lizzy Caplan Was Very Mad About The Whole Women Being Funny Discussion

Lizzy Caplan is a very funny lady. She was funny as Janis Ian in Mean Girls. She was funny as Casey Klein on the cult hit Party Down and as Julia on New Girl. I even found her funny in Cloverfield, which was really not funny. But Lizzy has always known she and her fellow female comedic actresses were funny. This is why she was mad about the whole nation realizing women were funny thanks to the massive success of Bridesmaids. “Totally insulting,” she said to The Hollywood Reporter. “Because we comedic actresses knew that we could be funny, even though I guess everybody conveniently forgot that for a few years. But I think Bridesmaids is a totally hilarious movie, and if that’s the one that reminded everyone of the fact, then I couldn’t love it anymore, but maybe that makes me like it slightly even more.” 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 »

Producer Says Female Film Executives Must Change Things, So We Don’t Keep Making John Carters

Producer Says Female Film Executives Must Change Things, So We Don't Keep Making John Carters

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 »

Meryl Streep Says Women Need To Take Hold Of Power In Hollywood And The Office

Meryl Streep Says Women Need To Take Hold Of Power In Hollywood And The Office

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 »

The Cannes Film Festival Has Become A Feminist Protest

The Cannes Film Festival Has Become A Feminist Protest

Glitz, glamour and petitions? The Cannes film festival has it all. Amidst the movie stars promoting their films there is a negative undertone at the famous film festival . On May 16, a group of 250 people including producer Darla K. Anderson (Toy Story 3), director Gillian Armstrong, actress-director Rachel Ward and feminist icon Gloria Steinem signed a petition sent to Cannes officials, headlined, “Where Are the Women Directors?” By May 17, the petition on Change.org had about 700 signatories. More »

President Of Women In Film: There Have To Be More Female Oscar Nominees

President Of Women In Film: There Have To Be More Female Oscar Nominees

Though the Oscars are now over and we did see a number of women take home the gold last night, they were still in the minority. But they weren’t in the minority on Friday at the Women in Film’s fifth annual pre-Oscar party. Of the year’s nearly 200 Academy Awards nominees, 45 were women, said Cathy Shulman, president of Women in Film, Los Angeles. “You’re the best of the best,” she said Friday. “But you’re only a quarter of the nominees.” Women have consistently comprised less than 25% of annual Oscar nominees, Shulman said, “and it’s important we work together to increase that statistic.”
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Kathryn Bigelow And 10 Other Important Oscar Wins For Women

Kathryn Bigelow And 10 Other Important Oscar Wins For Women

When Kathryn Bigelow won the Oscar best direction of a film (The Hurt Locker) in 2010, it was a huge moment for both women and the entire film industry. Plus, it was great to see Barbra Streisand be jealous for the first time in her life.  But, in all seriousness, this was such a huge moment because only three other women had been nominated for best director in 84 YEARS! 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. So let’s look at some of the other extremely important Oscar wins for women in this tough industry in celebration of The Oscars this Sunday. More »