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May 17, 2016

Why Directing Actors Is Like Being a Psychologist

Earlier this month, the Geena Davis– and Trevor Drinkwater–founded Bentonville Film Festival, based out of Arkansas, kicked off its second year of pushing inclusive films with female-driven voices into the mainstream. Using research from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which revealed that “across 1,565 content creators, only 7 percent of directors, 13 percent of writers, and 20 percent of producers are female,” a 4.8-to-one male-to-female ratio behind the scenes, 34 films were selected out of 500 for the slate. To shift that ratio in mainstream films, BFF is the only festival that guarantees the winners of the narrative, family film, and audience award categories distribution through corporate sponsors that include AMC and Walmart. Read More…

May 16, 2016

Geena Davis in The Exorcist on FOX

The Exorcist FOX is coming soon to@FOXTV. Geena Davis plays the mother Angela who believes there is something in the house, a demonic presence, growing stronger by the day. ‪#‎TheExorcist‬ Watch Video…

May 15, 2016

See Jane Salon – Keeping Up with Generation Z

The media landscape is dramatically shifting from content to consumption to distribution. Content creators are re-inventing how they conceive, produce and distribute content to appeal to how Generation Z consumes content in a non-demand digital life. Generation Z is seeking entertainment that reflects the diverse stories of their world and how they see themselves in society. Read More…

May 13, 2016

Will summer blockbusters do right by women?

The outlook on female-centric films is depressingly cyclical, says Oscar winner Geena Davis, a women’s activist who has watched waves of discussion on the topic since Thelma & Louise debuted 25 years ago. “As time wore on, I realized — so every few years a movie comes out starring women and does great and is a big hit. And it’s announced that ‘This changes everything,’ ” she says, only to revert back. Read More…

May 13, 2016

The Surprising Reason Every Feminist Should Watch ‘Grace And Frankie’ Season 2

As unfortunate as this fact is, it’s still no surprise that, women, especially older women, are underpaid and underrepresented in Hollywood. That’s why a show like Grace & Frankie is still so groundbreaking and significant in 2016. Grace & Frankie depicts women in their ‘70s living full lives — having fun, drinking, dealing with grief, creating art, contributing important ideas, and having sex. Read More…

May 12, 2016

First Look – Geena Davis in The Exorcist TV Series

“The Exorcist” series will take the form of a psychological thriller. Starring are Geena Davis, Alfonso Herrera (as Father Tomas Ortega), and Ben Daniels (as Father Marcus Lang). Beasts of No Nation‘s Kurt Egyiawan co-stars as Father Bennett, a liaison for the Vatican, with Hannah Kasulka playing Casey Rance, the wallflower of the family, who is worried about her sister, Charlotte (Brianne Howey), who has been holed up in her room ever since her serious accident. Read More…

May 09, 2016

Nia Vardalos, Meg Ryan, Geena Davis Talk Sexism in Hollywood

Meg Ryan, Nia Vardalos and Kimberly Williams-Paisley joined Davis for the spirited event, which took place at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark. “One day (on the set of ‘Thelma & Louise’) as we’re walking to lunch, Ridley (Scott) says, ‘Hey, Geena, I’m thinking later in the scene today, what if you were to just sit up in the back of the chair in your car and just take your shirt off?’” Davis told the crowd. “And I run over and find Susan (Sarandon) and I tell her there’s a scene this afternoon and Ridley wants me to take my top off and she says, ‘Oh, for heaven’s sake.’ She throws her silverware down and goes over to Ridley and says, ‘Ridley, Geena’s not taking her top off.’ It was like, oh, wait a minute. Women are actually allowed to say what they think and express what they want.” Read More…

May 07, 2016

Geena Davis, Susan Sarandon to Receive Kering, Cannes Film Festival’s Women in Motion Award

Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon will receive the Women in Motion award from Kering and the Cannes Film Festival, it was annouced on Friday. The Academy Award-winning actresses are being honored for their contributions to the movie industry and the women’s cause as part of a program that aims to support female professionals in the film business. The “Thelma & Louise” stars, who are celebrating the cult hit’s 25th anniversary, will be honored at Cannes’ “presidential dinner” on May 15. The Ridley Scott classic screened at the 1991 edition of the fest. Read More…

May 07, 2016

My new appreciation for ‘A League of Their Own’

The movie didn’t seem like a piece of ancient history anymore. Players complained of giant welts on their legs from playing in skirts and teams took pains to make sure the women looked pretty and feminine while out on the field. Over 70 years later, the objectification of female athletes is still a problem. Today’s teams may not be named “Slapsie Maxie’s Curvaceous Cuties” (which was an honest-to-God touring softball team in the 1940s), but the gist of the Legends Football League (formerly known as the Lingerie League) ain’t far off. Read More…

May 05, 2016

Geena Davis’ Advice for Hollywood Influencers to Get More Women in Movies

Actress Geena Davis said it will not take major changes in the movie industry to get more women on the big screen, but it will require action from people in positions of influence. “The advice I have for people in my position or the people who are going to be the star of a movie or have clout, it’s very easy to impact change without offending anybody or anything,” Read More…

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