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Geena Davis’ Two Easy Steps to Make Hollywood Less Sexist “We are in effect enculturating kids from the very beginning to see women and girls as not taking up half of the space." Read Geena's guest column in
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Gender in Media News

MONDAY, JULY 28, 2016 See Jane Salon - In a League of Their Own: Sports for Social Change

Across the world, sports activates a collective spirit that brings together communities, and tears down boundaries. In a League of Their Own: Sports Inspiring Social Change will examine the importance and impact of positive role models in the world of sports. From the actors portraying sports figures in feature films and television, to the real life athletes we root for everyday, we will take a look at how the accomplishments of these individuals are inspiring social change. Read More…

SHOWING NATIONWIDE ON JULY 29 What Did It Take to Make ‘Equity,’ a Film About Women on Wall Street?

When Sarah Megan Thomas and Alysia Reiner were pitching “Equity,” their film about female executives on Wall Street, they showed potential backers a video of the way women were typically depicted in finance movies: as demeaned assistants, “background players, hookers, strippers,” Ms. Reiner said. Rarely were women the bosses who made the deals, or even the negotiators who enabled them. And rarer still was the female power player who declares, as the heroine of “Equity” does early on, “I like money.” Read More...

July 24, 2016 Geena Davis, 60, radiates youth as she shows off her svelte physique in curve-hugging frock at Comic-Con

She’s been an on screen siren since the 80s. And Geena Davis proved she’s still got it when she hit the press line for FOX’s TV series The Exorcist at Comic-Con in San Diego on Friday. The 60-year-old Oscar winner radiated youth as she showed off her svelte physique in a curve-hugging frock. Geena’s statuesque figure looked stunning in the chic tight black and white design. Read More…

July 24, 2016 Brie Larson (Finally) Confirmed As Captain Marvel – Comic-Con

Near the end of Marvel’s supersized Hall H panel this evening at Comic-Con, the studio made official what the rest of the world has taken for granted as a fact since reports of her casting first emerged back in June: Brie Larson will be playing Carol Danvers — aka Captain Marvel — in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel’s Kevin Feige made the announcement, and Larson surprised the crowd by showing up onstage. He called her the newest member of the Marvel family but did not say what movie in the Marvel Universe she might start with. Read More…

July 24, 2016 ‘Black Panther’ Officially Adds Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B Jordan & Dani Gurira To Cast – Comic-Con

Marvel’s presentation at Comic-Con’s Hall H kicked off today with director Ryan Coogler and star Chadwick Boseman coming onstage to promote Black Panther, the latest superhero to get the stand-alone treatment in the comic giant’s film universe. Along with them onstage came newly minted co-stars Lupita Nyong’o, who will play Nakia; Coogler’s Creed star Michael B Jordan, who will play the villain Killmonger; and The Walking Dead‘s Danai Gurira as Okoye. Read More…

July 24, 2016 Comic-Con: ‘Wonder Woman’ Debuts First Trailer

Warner Bros. started off its massive, two-plus hours panel at San Diego Comic-Con’s cavernous Hall H with a strong showing of Wonder Woman that emphasized a superhero for all audiences, not just female ones. Gal Gadot, who plays the DC Comics’ Amazonian princess, said her goal was to make a film enjoyed “not only girls, not only boys, but for men and women, too.” Read More…

July 24, 2016 Comic-Con: ‘Wynonna Earp’ Renewed for Second Season at Syfy

Diehard Wynonna Earp fans, rejoice. The Syfy IDW comic book adaptation has been renewed for a second season, the stars and producers announced Saturday during their San Diego Comic-Con panel. Season two, returning in 2017, will consist of 10 episodes, down from the freshman order of 10. Melanie Scrofano (Damien) will star as Wynonna. Read More…

July 24, 2016 Rihanna Cast as Marion Crane in ‘Bates Motel’

Rihanna has been cast as Marion Crane – the role made famous by Janet Leigh — in the fifth and final season of A&E’s “Bates Motel.” That announced marked the big news from the Comic Con panel for “Bates Motel,” eclipsing the news that Vera Farmiga would still be very present in the fifth and final season of the show (even though her character has been killed off) or that the fifth season would be its last. Read More…

July 23, 2016 Marvel Hires More Black Writers: Roxane Gay, Yona Harvey Set for Black Panther Female Spinoff

Marvel has swooped up more black writers as it seeks to diversify its comic universe and expands its Black Panther series. At Comic-Con Friday, the studio announced the addition of Roxane Gay and the poet Yona Harvey to its roster of talent, which already includes Black Panther writers Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze. Read More…

July 22, 2016 The Exorcist is ready to scare a new generation with Comic-Con trailer

Seminary school probably doesn’t prepare a person for this. Ahead of its Comic-Con panel on Friday, a new trailer has been released for new FOX series, The Exorcist, and it promises a lot of scares. The new iteration of the 1973 film, which is considered one of the scariest of all time, follows two priests as they tackle a family’s terrifying case of demonic possession. Showcased in the trailer is Father Tomas (Alfonso Herrera), a “rising star,” who at first is skeptical of Angela Rance’s (Geena Davis) claims that a demon is trying to take her daughter. Read More…

July 21, 2016 TV Actors Rarely Have Conditions They Portray, Report Finds

A new study by the Ruderman Family Foundation revealed that, despite those with disabilities representing nearly 20 percent of the country’s population, about 95 percent of characters with disabilities on television are played by able-bodied actors. Surveying hundreds of actors with visible and non-visible disabilities, they found that a plurality of actors with disabilities worked less than once a year and were repeatedly subjected to negative stigma and preconceived biases by casting agents and producers. Read More…

July 21, 2016 Actress Patricia Clarkson Talks About The Importance Of Seeing Women Of A Certain Age In Film

For a long time it has been very easy to see the massive difference in the way sexuality is defined by older men vs older women on screen. Men like Jack Nicholson, George Clooney, Pierce Brosnan, and Tom Hanks never seem to lose their sensual appeal, but look at women of the same age and you are more likely to see them in non-sexual roles like the mother, the secretary, the housewife, etc. The other insidious trend is where female partners of men are never the same age, always younger. It’s as if being the same age as a man onscreen is considered “too old”, as Maggie Gyllenhaal pointed out about an experience she once had. Read More…

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