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October 27, 2019

Governors Awards: Honorees Lina Wertmüller, Geena Davis Call for Gender Parity in Hollywood

Oscar got a name change — and a jolt of feminine power Sunday night at the Governors Awards. “She would like to change the Oscar to a feminine name,” Isabella Rossellini said, translating as Italian director Lina Wertmüller accepted her honorary Oscar. “She would like to call it ‘Anna.’ Women in the room, please scream, ‘We want Anna, a female Oscar!'” Also during the black-tie dinner at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland Center — where the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences conferred its honorary Oscars a few weeks earlier than usual this year — Geena Davis, 63, became the 39th recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, which celebrates “outstanding contributions to humanitarian causes” for building upon her acting career in films like The Accidental Tourist, Beetlejuice, Thelma & Louise and A League of Their Own to become an advocate for gender equality in media. Read More…

October 27, 2019

Academy’s Governors Awards Puts Spotlight on Gender Parity

Lina Wertmüller wants to see a big change for the Oscars. The 91-year-old Italian director had Isabella Rossellini acting as her translator while accepting her honorary Oscar on Sunday night at the Academy’s Governors Awards in Hollywood. “She would like to change the Oscar to a feminine name,” Rossellini said. “She would like to call it ‘Anna.’” Earlier in the program, Geena Davis was honored with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her work fighting for gender-parity in media through her Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. “The message we are sending [in society] is that men and boys are far more valuable to us than women and girls,” she said. Constance Wu presented to Davis, as did her “A League of Their Own” co-star Tom Hanks. Read More…

October 10, 2019

‘Thelma & Louise’ Star Geena Davis Turns Rebel On The Run Once More In ‘Cowgirl’s Last Ride’ From Resonate Entertainment

With echoes of her role in 90s classic Thelma And Louise, GLOW and Eve star Davis will play Fay, an ailing but still rebellious Texas cowgirl who escapes a Dallas nursing home to live what’s left of her life on her own terms. She makes a perilous journey back to her native East Texas— first by truck, then by horse—while being pursued by her well-meaning adult son Randall (still to be cast), who can’t help but care about his mother despite the dysfunction he experienced as a child, and well into his adult life. Read More…

October 04, 2019

Geena Davis calls Hollywood gender imbalance an ‘embarrassment’

The under-representation of women in Hollywood behind the camera is an “embarrassment”, American actor and activist Geena Davis said at France’s Deauville Film Festival. Davis, who starred in the cult classic Thelma and Louise with Susan Sarandon, criticised the Hollywood gender gap from the red carpet of the festival, where she was promoting her new documentary. This changes everything on gender inequality. “I think I heard today that in France it’s 24 per cent are female directors, and in the United States only four per cent. I mean, 24 is not good enough either, but four per cent is an embarrassment,” she told the reporters. The documentary, produced by Davis and directed by Tom Donahue, features interviews with Hollywood actors including Meryl Streep, Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Chastain and Tiffany Haddish, and examines gender discrimination in the media and entertainment industry. Read More…

October 03, 2019

Actor Geena Davis tells Power of Inclusion Summit in Auckland that gender balance on screen can change the future

More women on screen is the fastest way to curb unconscious gender bias in the future, academy award-winning actress Geena Davis says. Davis, who made the comments as guest speaker at the Power of Inclusion Summit at Auckland’s Aotea Centre, has spent most of her adult life advocating for women and young girls on screen. She is founder and chairwoman of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, a leading organisation working to achieve gender parity in film and TV. The institute’s manta: “If girls see it, they can be it.” Read More…

October 03, 2019

Geena Davis Unveils Partnership With Disney to “Spellcheck” Scripts for Gender Bias

During a closing keynote speech at the New Zealand Power of Inclusion Summit, the actress explained how a new digital tool will prevent film and television works from perpetuating underrepresentation and stereotypes — and their pernicious real-world effects. Geena Davis, the Oscar-winning actor and a tireless advocate for female representation onscreen, touched down Thursday in New Zealand to deliver the closing keynote speech at the country’s pioneering Power of Inclusion Summit, which was held in downtown Auckland. Read More…

October 02, 2019

When Masculinity Turns ‘Toxic’: A Gender Profile Of Mass Shootings

Soon after a 19-year-old man killed three people and wounded more than a dozen at a festival in Gilroy, Calif., in late July, California Gov. Gavin Newsom noted something often taken for granted about mass shootings. Caroline Heldman is a professor of politics at Occidental College, a senior research adviser for the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and executive director of the Representation Project, a nonprofit started by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the governor’s spouse, that is devoted to challenging gender stereotypes. Efforts to reduce mass shootings should emphasize reducing what is often termed “toxic masculinity,” Heldman said, the pernicious societal norm that being a man means “you can’t show emotion, that you can’t seek help when you need it, essentially that you can’t be fully human, you can’t be vulnerable.” Read More…

October 01, 2019

Women bosses in movies are four times more likely than men to be nude

If there is a film with a powerful woman making important decisions about the fate of the word, it’s a good bet that she’ll be making those decisions in a skimpy outfit while putting up with sexual harassment and fighting to be heard. Those are just some of the distressing findings in a new report from Plan International and the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media. Their research says the entertainment media still fails to show what it calls “high-quality” portrayal of girls and women. Read More…

September 30, 2019

How the top grossing films are warping our views of women

Plan International released research today revealing what continues to bring in the big bucks when it comes to movies: Stereotypical tropes and sexist portrayals of female characters are still ubiquitous. The report titled “Rewrite her story: How film and media stereotypes affect the lives and leadership ambitions of girls and young women”

 looked at the top grossing films in 2018, including Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Deadpool 2, and Mission Impossible-Fallout. Read More…

September 30, 2019

Gender parity on kids TV achieved

The annual report from Geena Davis Institute on Gender reveals that children’s television has achieved historic gender parity, but female and LGBTQ+ representation are still in need of improvement. The “See Jane 2019″ study analyzed representations of gender, race, LGBTQ+ and people with disabilities in popular entertainment media in 2018, and concluded that in children’s television, the number of female leads and co-leads rose to 52%, from 42%, over the past decade. The analysis also reveals that female characters had roughly half of the screen and speaking time. However, gender parity doesn’t extend to supporting characters and minor characters in the same shows. Read More…