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Gender in Media News

August 03, 2015 MAKERS – Women’s Sports Firsts

On the heels of the NFL naming its first female coach, this summer has been a milestone season for women breaking the glass ceiling in professional sports. We’re celebrating our MAKERS’ firsts in women’s sports. Maria Pepe became the first girl to play in Little League baseball. In 1972, she pitched three Little League games for a team in Hoboken, N.J. Pepe played an important role in introducing Little League to girls. Read More…

August 01, 2015 ‘How to Get Away With Murder’ Books Famke Janssen for Recurring Role in Season 2

“How to Get Away with Murder” has booked “X-Men” star Famke Janssen for Season 2, TheWrap has confirmed. Janssen, who comic book movie fans should recognize for her portrayal of telekenetic mutant Jean Grey, will recur on the ABC drama when it returns in the fall. She will make her first appearance during the Season 2 premiere on Sept. 24. No details of her character have been released. Read More…

July 31, 2015 Latinos Are Everywhere, Except on TV. What’s going on?

If the current rate of Latino involvement in the media were to play out as it has, it would take 60 years for Latinos in lead film roles to match their share of the U.S. population. It would take 100 years to do the same in TV. But even at that point, the Latino population would have already doubled. Put more bluntly, if U.S. Latinos annexed themselves and founded their own country, they would comprise the 14th-largest economy in the world, with $1.6 trillion in buying power. Read More…

July 31, 2015 Diane Keaton To Star In ‘The Young Pope’ Series For HBO, Sky & Canal+

Filming begins this week on the eight-episode series, which tells the fictional story of the beginning of the Pontificate of Pius XIII (Law), born Lenny Belardo. He is a man of great power who’s stubbornly resistant to the Vatican courtiers, unconcerned with the implications for his authority. Keaton plays Sister Mary, a nun from the U.S. now living in Vatican City. She raised Lenny, taught him to live right by God and helped him get to the papacy. Read More…

July 31, 2015 Mary J. Blige, Queen Latifah Join NBC’s ‘The Wiz’

Mary J. Blige and Queen Latifah have been cast in NBC’s live version of the musical “The Wiz,” the network announced Tuesday. Latifah will star as the Wiz, the mysterious and powerful wizard who holds the keys to the Emerald City, but whose metamorphosis from ordinary to extraordinary is itself a hoax. She rose to her lofty position after being transported by accident to Oz in a hot air balloon during a snowstorm. Read More…

July 28, 2015 The Next MacGyver Competition: Pitches, Panels, Party & Winners Revealed!

Twelve competition finalists pitch ideas aiming for the first iconic TV show with a female engineer main character. Watch video…

July 23, 2015 Why Pixar’s Inside Out is the best children’s film ever made

In a central London cinema, a group of adults old enough to know better watched the latest Pixar film Inside Out and they cried. At first they attempted to sob silently, but it soon became too much. The sound of weeping competed with the noise of rustling in handbags for spare tissues. Rivers of mascara ran down the aisles. After the movie ended, a large queue formed in the ladies loos, where women tried to reapply faces that had crumpled under the pure poignancy of the film. Read More…

July 21, 2015 Cate Blanchett to Direct TV Series ‘Stateless’

Cate Blanchett is to develop and direct an Australian TV series, “Stateless.”
The series centers on “the tragic and true story of Cornelia Rau, which made headlines in 2004.” The young German/Australian woman escaped a frightening cult only to be trapped in a bizarre labyrinth of psychiatric and legal systems, landing her in the notorious Baxter Immigration Detention Centre. Read More…

July 20, 2015 ‘Ant-Man’ Star Evangeline Lilly On How The Latest Marvel Film ‘Does Right’ By Women

Perhaps the best part of Ant-Man came after the film’s final scenes. In a post-credits scene (spoilers ahead!) we see Evangline Lilly’s Hope Van Dyne eyeing a suit that looks eerily familiar to the comic book character of Wasp — a female hero in the Ant-Man universe. And it gets better. Marvel, the studio known to plot out a million and one comic book inspired movies years in advance, confirmed their plans for Wasp. “We have plans for her in the future, and we see that not so subtly in this film,” Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige says. Read More…

July 20, 2015 Females in leading film roles are dominating the box office

According to Motion Pictures Distributors Association of Australia figures female-driven movies comprise six of the 10 biggest blockbusters — and there are four more female-led movies in the top 20.
This year’s strong slate of releases prompted US National Association of Theatre Owners president John Fithian to declare 2015 the “year of women.” These blockbusters aren’t confined to traditional genres like rom-coms either, with strong women ‘kicking ass’ in action and adventure films including Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road and Shailene Woodley in The Divergent Series: Insurgent. Read More…

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