Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

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Here's the latest in Gender in Media news from around the world.

August 04, 2015 UFC Champion Ronda Rousey to Star in Movie Adaptation of Her Autobiography

After knocking out her opponent in an instantly famous 34-second match, UFC star Ronda Rousey became a household name over the weekend. Now Hollywood is calling. Rousey, who has appeared in “The Expendables 3,” “Furious Seven” and “Entourage,” will star in a movie version of her autobiography. The memoir “My Fight/Your Fight” was written by Rousey and her sister Maria Burns Ortiz. Rousey and Parent will produce the screen adaptation. Read More…

August 04, 2015 Vice launches female-focused channel Broadly

Vice Media announced the launch of its female-focused channel on Monday. Geared toward women around the globe and of all ages, Vice’s new channel — called Broadly — features content on subjects spanning politics, culture, sex and fashion. Broadly is joining Vice’s network of now 11 channels, including Vice News, Munchies (about food) and Motherboard (about tech and science), all of which utilize YouTube as a video platform. Read More…

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…

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