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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…

May 04, 2016

Geena Davis on Fighting for Female Representation in Hollywood and the Golden Age of Roles for Women

Hollywood legend Bette Davis once famously put an ad in a trade paper declaring, ‘Actress, late 40s, eager to work.’ It was a harsh showbiz reality that Geena Davis thought she might be able to elude. After all, she’d won an Oscar by the age of 33 for The Accidental Tourist and starred in one of the biggest movies of all time, Thelma & Louise, by 35. Nothing but opportunity lay ahead— right? But a decade later, Davis found herself where so many others — including even Meryl Streep, for a time — had: no longer at the top of Hollywood’s Must-Hire List. Read More…

April 30, 2016

Bentonville Film Festival, May 3-8, brings out the stars

Don’t be surprised next week if you bump into Meg Ryan grabbing a cup of coffee or Laurence Fishburne strolling around the Bentonville square. The star power helps draw people to the event, a point Drinkwater said makes the Bentonville Film Festival unique. Most film festivals are pretty exclusive, he said, while the Bentonville event offers many free and low-cost community events. Read More…

April 30, 2016

Celebrity Mom Q&A: Geena Davis—”Media is the one area of gender inequality that can be fixed overnight”

Geena Davis may be best known for her trailblazing characters in A League of Their Own and Commander in Chief, but off screen she’s working equally hard to pave the way for women and girls. From May 3 to 8 she’s in Bentonville, AK, for the second year of her Bentonville Film Festival, which seeks to champion women and diverse voices in film and TV. At other times, she works to promote gender balance in media at the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. The mom of a daughter, 14, and twin sons, 12, talks about life in the Southeast, life imitating TV, and how to watch with your kids without giving them complexes. Read More…

April 30, 2016

Geena Davis: Hollywood’s gender equality problems ‘not better yet’

Since starring in Thelma & Louise 25 years ago, Geena Davis has made it her business to keep tabs on gender inequality in Hollywood. “The reaction was so eye-opening,” Davis told EW during our Thelma & Louise reunion. “From then on, I chose roles based on, ‘What are the women in the audience going to think of this character?’” Read More…

April 30, 2016

Fast Company Announces 2nd Annual L.A. Creativity Counter-Conference Featuring Geena Davis, John Cena, Russell Simmons, Jeffrey Katzenberg

Fast Company announced today that it will host its second annual Creativity Counter-Conference in Los Angeles, May 24-25, 2016. Over the course of two days, FC/LA will gather some of the most creative minds in business, technology, design, and entertainment for a series of inspiring keynote conversations, hands-on sessions, visits to the workspaces and studios of L.A.’s leading organizations, and opportunities to practice purposeful networking. Read More…

April 30, 2016

Blythe Danner and Geena Davis on What I Told My Daughter

My daughter, Gwyneth Paltrow, grew up in a household where there was a constant undercurrent of activism. Of her many accomplishments—as an Oscar winner, as a mother, and as an entrepreneur—I’m most proud that she has carried on the tradition of being engaged with causes that are meaningful to her, and doing good things for others. It is what her father— writer-director-producer Bruce Paltrow—and I hoped to instill in our children. Read More…

April 30, 2016

Why Geena Davis Is Teaming Up With Wal-Mart and Coke

It’s been 25 years since Geena Davis and co-star Susan Sarandon appeared in the groundbreaking flick Thelma and Louise. The 1991 movie about two friends on a road trip gone awry sparked controversy and racked up Academy Award nominations (not to mention introduced a young Brad Pitt’s butt to the world). It also served as a wakeup call for Davis, an actress, producer, writer, and former competitive archer, who has devoted much of her career championing women both on and off the screen. Read More…

April 29, 2016

The Talk: Geena Davis & Susan Sarandon Reminisce on Iconic ‘Thelma & Louise’ Car Scene

Oscar-winning actresses Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis reunite behind the wheel of a signature Ford Thunderbird from their classic film “Thelma & Louise.” Reminiscing on the 25th anniversary of the road trip drama, Susan Sarandon admits, “We thought we were making a cowboy movie with women in trucks! And I think it was really shocking when it got so much negative reaction. We kind of forget because it’s 25 years later. It was very threatening or something…We were just saying that we want to come back for the 50th!” Watch Video…

April 29, 2016

Geena Davis Suggests One Very Good Reason To Make Diverse Entertainment

Actress Geena Davis has made it her mission to prove balanced entertainment doesn’t ignore anything: Yes, people want to watch women and people of color on screen; no, doing so does not add any sort of “message”; And, yes, Hollywood can still profit handsomely. She helped establish the Bentonville Film Festival last year to promote entertainment that doesn’t fit that typical white and male mold — but still draws eyeballs. “We don’t want to just say, ‘Here’s some nice movies made by some diverse people,’” Davis told The Huffington Post, “But, ‘These are commercial. It’s just a way to make money.’” Read More…

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