I want to stress this again: In many, many parts of the country right now, if you want to go to see a movie in the theater and see a current movie about a woman — any story about any woman that isn’t a documentary or a cartoon — you can’t. You cannot. There are not any. You cannot take yourself to one, take your friend to one, take your daughter to one.
There are not any.
By far your best shot, numbers-wise, at finding one that’s at least even-handedly featuring a man and a woman is Before Midnight (on 891 screens) so I hope you like it. Because it’s pretty much that or a solid, impenetrable wall of movies about dudes.
Dudes in capes, dudes in cars, dudes in space, dudes drinking, dudes smoking, dudes doing magic tricks, dudes being funny, dudes being dramatic, dudes flying through the air, dudes blowing up, dudes getting killed, dudes saving and kissing women and children, and dudes glowering at each other.
Somebody asked me this morning what “the women” are going to do about this. I don’t know. I honestly am at the point where I have no idea what to do about it. Stop going to the movies? Boycott everything?
They put up Bridesmaids, we went. They put up Pitch Perfect, we went. They put up The Devil Wears Prada, which was in two-thousand-meryl-streeping-oh-six, and we went (and by “we,” I do not just mean women; I mean we, the humans), and all of it has led right here, right to this place. Right to the land of zippedy-doo-dah. You can apparently make an endless collection of high-priced action flops and everybody says “win some, lose some” and nobody decides that They Are Poison, but it feels like every “surprise success” about women is an anomaly and every failure is an abject lesson about how we really ought to just leave it all to The Rock.
I agree with every word of this. It is an absolute wrong.
But i often wonder: why aren’t rich women doing something about this? When the liberals complained there weren’t enough activist liberal films, liberal billionaires such as Jeffry Skoll stepped up and started producing films. When the Christians thought there weren’t enough Christian films in hollywood, they stepped up and started producing them. The military did it. The communists did it. A woman is Disney’s largest shareholder. America has a large, robust independent film community and production capability. The market is most definitely there. There is money to be made.
Laurene Powell Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, Sheryl Sandberg, Marissa Meyer. Actually, there are 57 women billionaires in America, with a combined net worth just under $300 billion dollars.
I don’t ask this to deny the responsibility or culpability of others. Please don’t take offense. I am genuinely curious. Seems like an amazing business opportunity to go raise production fund.
Interesting that since this article was written in mid-June 2013 three of the highest grossing movies of the year were the Hunger Games: Catching Fire (#1); Frozen (#3); andGravity (#6). This is not to deny the big picture atrociousness of the underrepresentation of women in film by cherry picking, but just to contribute to what should be an obvious argument that there is plenty of money to be made and awards to be won from movies “featuring strong female leads”. (The Heat, released a couple weeks after this article was published, made almost $160 million domestic and even smaller budget movies like Blue Jasmine, Philomena, and August: Osage County were in the top 100 ).
In terms of “rich women doing something about this”, an interesting example is the slate of Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, whose releases have included Zero Dark Thirty, American Hustle, Spring Breakers, The Master, and Her, probably my favorite winning streak of any small production company.
An article on Jan. 20, 1853, recounting the story of Solomon Northup, whose memoir “12 Years a Slave” became a movie 160 years later that won the best picture Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday night, misspelled his surname as Northrop. And the headline misspelled it as Northrup. The errors came to light on Monday after a Twitter user pointed out the article in The Times archives. (The errors notwithstanding, The Times described the article as “a more complete and authentic record than has yet appeared.”)
Source: The New York Times
The McConaissance is a truly rich cornucopia that provides something for all of us.
Welcome to the Neighborhood from the anti-gentrification graffiti squad.
on this oscar night it is your solemn duty to never forget that 2000’s matthew mconaughey happened
these are important films
Look at all that leaning going on.
mcconaughey cannot be tamed by your 90 degree bullshit.
He refuses to be your straight man.
Over-under on how much time on the set of Dallas Buyers Club was consumed by McConaughey and Leto just talking about leaning.
Rembert Explains How Peter Nyong’o Crashed the Most Important Selfsie of Our Time.
Ellen Degeneres came up with the idea for the selfie and proceeded to execute it. In the process of producing the selfie, it became apparent that she needed a crew, and Bradley Cooper took in upon himself to be this photographer. Ellen Degeneres, of course, consented to his involvement. At that moment, the services of Bradley Cooper were employed by Ellen Degeneres for some non-financial compensation (the added fame of being a part of Hollywood history, perhaps).
Usually, when an individual creative contribution becomes part of a “work made for hire,” it’s clearly spelled out in a written contract. Here, the parties did not have enough time to draw up an agreement. But Bradley Cooper has been working in Hollywood long enough to know that when he is employed in the production of a picture, it’s always a “work for hire” situation. On every movie he’s ever made, he signed a contract stating as much. Everyone who contributes anything creative to a film signs a similar agreement. As such, Bradley Cooper is aware of the standard business practice of this industry and can be reasonably expected to operate in the same way in the absence of a written contract.
Eric Spiegelman, entertainment lawyer, on the ownership of the selfsie tweeted round the globe. Interesting that Ellen used an iPhone backstage but was required to use a giant samsung phone on stage.
The Academy Awards - The Mill
Impressive motion graphics for the Oscars were done by the Mill
These were truly gorgeous.
These were even better animated — by far the best “montage” of the whole Oscar ceremony — everyone at our table gasped in awe as they played out in the last minutes of the broadcast. Wish that they were selling all of them in the Oscar Merch Shoppe.