The article reminds us that men don't think women are funny, that the studios believe that women will go to see movies about men, but men will NEVER go to a rom-com, which therefore command much lower budgets. And an actress like Faris can only carry a modest-scale movie because she, unlike Reese Witherspoon, doesn't have pull overseas. That means that in her next picture, she should co-star with an actress who does. Who's ahead of her in the Hollywood pecking order? Witherspoon, Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson, Katherine Heigl, Anne Hathaway and Natalie Portman, among others.
See the New Yorker promo video of Faris below.
Photo of Anna Faris and husband Chris Pratt courtesy of The New Yorker.
Only subscribers can link to all of this lengthy article online, which I read on a plane (of course). No, the New Yorker wants you to buy the issue (which makes me crazy):
(Subscribers can read the full text; others can buy access to the issue via the digital edition.)
You can't link to the full article online; I was able to copy a full page from the digital edition (which I hate), when I would much rather blockquote pieces of text, which is also better than paraphrasing. Why not use an accessible story like this to drive more readers to the site? On the other hand, the magazine is trying to increase its Facebook followers by offering exclusive Jonathan Franzen content.
Meanwhile, Faris's Scary Movie series co-star, Neve Campbell, complains that Hollywood lacks originality. Another actress continues to fight the good gender fight in Hollywood: Geena Davis (Thelma and Louise), via The Geena Davis Center on Gender and Media. And Women and Hollywood argues that Saturday Night Live botched an opportunity to do right by older actresses (as they did with Betty White) by turning Helen Mirren's appearance into a show about her boobs.