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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

August 23, 2016 Sarah Paulson Cast as Geraldine Page in Ryan Murphy’s ‘Feud’ for FX

Sarah Paulson has joined the star-studded cast of Ryan Murphy’s upcoming anthology series “Feud.” She’ll play Oscar-winning actress Geraldine Page in the FX series about the legendary battle between movie stars Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, who’ll be played by Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange. Murphy also recently announced that Catherine Zeta-Jones will be playing Olivia de Havilland. Read More…

August 22, 2016 Go behind the scenes of the Chicago filming of Fox’s ‘The Exorcist’

The new Fox series “The Exorcist,” set to premiere at 8 p.m. Alan Ruck plays Henry Rance, who suffers from a brain injury stemming from an accident. His wife, Angela Rance (played by Geena Davis), is convinced there is a demonic presence in their Andersonville home and reaches out to Lawndale priest Rev. Tomas Ortega (Alfonso Herrera) for help. The series is inspired by the 1971 book by William Peter Blatty and 1973 movie of the same name. Read More…

August 22, 2016 Nina Tassler Returns to TV With ‘The Middlesteins’ at Showtime

Nearly a year after announcing she’d be stepping down as CBS’ longtime entertainment chief, Nina Tassler is readying her next act. The entertainment veteran, who began her career as an actress before segueing to the executive suite, is developing a half-hour project at CBS corporate cousin Showtime. Read More…

August 18, 2016 Changing the Face of Comics: 7 women of color you should be reading now

This announcement is both an exciting step forward and a distressing reminder of how far we still have to go in our struggle for diversity, not just in comics, but in the creative teams who bring our fictional worlds to life. Diverse perspectives behind the scenes allow for enriching stories, characters, and perspectives on the page. Read More…

August 18, 2016 Natalie Portman “Can’t Wait” for More Female Directors

When asked how she sees the state of female artists in the U.S. compared to France, Portman mentions that it’s commonplace and she “can’t wait for it to get that way here.” She adds that promoting female directors is a largely cultural issue, and government support plays a big role in opportunities. Read More…

August 18, 2016 The Film Industry’s Problem Of Gender Inequality Is Worse Than You Think

So can the industry’s problem of entrenched gender inequality be fixed? It can, according to Geena Davis, Oscar-winning actress, advocate, and founder and chair of the nonprofit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. In a recent NBC News article, she said: “When the needle moves on onscreen representation for the first time in seven decades, that will be historic. It’s the one area of great gender disparity that can be fixed instantly. We can absolutely fix it overnight, the next TV show — the next movie can be gender balanced.” Read More…

August 18, 2016 The changing role of women in Bollywood

From a damsel in distress to a figure of power, women have come a long way in Bollywood. With characters especially created keeping women in mind, this points to a new wave in Indian cinema, where women are being trusted to carry a film to box office success. This is a stark difference from the previous notion that the role of the protagonist was reserved only for a male character. Today, women in unconventional and dominant roles are appreciated and respected by audiences the world over. Read More…

August 17, 2016 Keira Knightley to Star as Sugar Plum Fairy in ‘The Nutcracker’ Live-Action Film

Keira Knightley will star as the Sugar Plum Fairy in Disney’s retelling of “The Nutcracker.” Mackenzie Foy is on board to play Clara, with Misty Copeland and Morgan Freeman also attached to the movie. The live-action film — based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s 1816 story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” — is titled “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.” In the pic, one of Clara’s Christmas toys — a Nutcracker doll — comes to life and battles the evil Mouse King with seven heads. Read More…

August 17, 2016 Bron Studios, Gloria Sanchez Mount Dark Comedy ‘Friend Of Bill’

Bron Studios (Birth of a Nation) and Gloria Sanchez Productions are partnering to produce the dark comedy Friend of Bill, a 2011 Blacklist screenplay. The film will star Lizzy Caplan (Now You See Me 2) and will be directed by Amy Rice (By the People: The Election of Barack Obama). The film is written by Harper Dill. Bron Studios, Hand and Gary Sanchez Productions previously collaborated on the critically acclaimed indie hit Welcome To Me, starring Kristen Wiig. Read More…

August 16, 2016 Sarah Robles and Michelle Carter redefine ‘normal’ and hope young girls everywhere are listening

The strongest woman in America loves her forehead. She loves the female weightlifter tattoo on her right biceps. She loves that she can lift major appliances while wearing a fancy black striped headband, flowery kneepads and shiny earrings. She’s 5 feet 10, 315 pounds, and she loves every inch of herself. She loves the independence that comes from her size, and the power that comes from strength, which earned her an Olympic bronze medal earlier this week in the super-heavyweight division. It was America’s first weightlifting medal of any sort in 16 years. Read More…

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