"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" caught box office fire this past weekend as a female-led action film. In timely fashion, the New York Film Academy has created a lengthy graphic showing that, despite the winningly tough likes of Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen or Jena Malone's Johanna Mason, quite a lot of work still needs to be done in the film industry toward gender equality. This is the obvious thing that always bears repeating. Issues broached in the graphs include percentages of female speaking characters, percentages of female characters called upon to wear "sexy" clothing or get partially naked (versus their male counterparts), percentages of documentaries made by women versus narrative films, and much more. All is looked at within the prism of the last five years. Check it all out, below.
The Hollywood Reporter's Actress round table recently broached the issue of women in film, and the no-bullshit Emma Thompson pointed out that, despite the occasional salient example, not much has changed for women over the past 20 years in the industry. Meanwhile, our coverage of the "Women Who Kick Ass" panel at Comic-Con is here; and "Hunger Games" franchise producer Nina Jacobson at CinemaCon, talking Hollywood's never-ending chase of the young male demo, is here.