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Summer Line-Up Lacks Women: Thank God for Paul Feig's 'The Heat' and Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine' (Trailers)

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 12, 2013 at 4:28PM

We all know Hollywood ignores the female audience, because half of the moviegoing public supposedly can't be counted on to show up in vast numbers on opening weekends. But the male bias also exists on the media side: check out EW's May 17 forecast of the top ten box office movies of the summer.
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Cate Blanchett in "Blue Jasmine."
Cate Blanchett in "Blue Jasmine."

We all know Hollywood ignores the female audience, because half of the moviegoing public supposedly can't be counted on to show up in vast numbers on opening weekends. But the male bias also exists on the media side: check out EW's May 17 forecast of the top ten box office movies of the summer.

  • 1. "Iron Man 3"
  • 2. "Man of Steel"
  • 3. "Star Trek Into Darkness" 
  • 4. "Monsters University"
  • 5. "Despicable Me"
  • 6. "Fast & Furious 6"
  • 7. "The Hangover Part III"
  • 8. "The Wolverine"
  • 9. "White House Down"
  • 10. "Pacific Rim"
  • HONORABLE MENTION: "The Heat" "Could it break into the boys club of the top ten? Definitely, maybe."

Well, God forbid the editors of EW should make that call. Paul Feig's buddy cop comedy starring yin and yang comediennes Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy knocked exhibitors and media's hats off at CinemaCon in April. "The Heat" (June 28) should easily outpace "The Hangover Part III"'s miserable box office performance.

But there's slim pickings for women this summer. Luckily, Feig is holding down the fort on the studio side, thanks to his last film "Bridesmaids," which for some reason was considered a huge risk at the time, despite all the numbers showing how successful movies aimed at women tend to be. (He talked about this on a women's panel at CinemaCon.)

The independents pick up some of the slack, and there's often a Woody Allen movie in the summer pipeline: this year Cate Blanchett stars in "Blue Jasmine" (July 26) see trailer below.

This article is related to: Trailers, Video, Woody Allen, Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine, Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins, Box Office, Box Office, Box Office


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.