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Immersed in Movies: Pretty Females vs. the Bold Feminism of 'Frozen'

Now that the "Frozen" "pretty female" controversy has thawed, let's take a look at how Disney shatters the fairy tale model with two strong female heroines.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 1, 2013 2:12 PM
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Kimberly Peirce Talks Long-Gestating Queer Comedy 'Butch Academy,' Plus Read NYT Profile on Director's Return with 'Carrie' UPDATED

UPDATE: Director Kimberly Peirce has plans to rewrite and resuscitate her long in the works, Judd Apatow-shepherded queer comedy "Butch Academy." She told the Playlist that the project "had transmen transitioning, it had butches and straight men sharing advice about how to please women. It crosses some boundaries.” In other words, it's edgy for a studio comedy. If her remake of "Carrie" does well at the box office this month, then maybe "Butch Academy" will have the momentum to move forward. Let's hope so.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 4, 2013 1:46 PM
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Sundance Fave 'Concussion' Is a Sexy, Sometimes Troubling Look at Sexuality and Self-Worth (TRAILER)

The title of Stacie Passon's new film "Concussion" is a bit of a misdirect. The eponymous baseball accident in the first five minutes of the film could well be the cause of everything that follows, but it could also be little more than an instigating incident--a fluke of life that separates what was before from what is now. It's a testament to Passon's subtle and somewhat conflicting film that it's impossible to tell just what the concussion in "Concussion" really signifies.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • September 16, 2013 12:24 PM
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Women in Film Foundation Announces 2013 Film Finishing Fund Recipients

The Women In Film Foundation’s Film Finishing Fund has announced the recipients of their 28th annual grant program, which provides cash grants and in-kind production services to the winners, among them two narrative features, one short and four documentaries.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 28, 2013 1:46 PM
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Lynda Obst's New Book 'Sleepless in Hollywood' Asks: Is There Still Room for Movies in the Movie Business?

With six mega-hundred-million-dollar-movies already making belly flops into Hollywood’s summer movie pool, and the summer barely half over, it seems like everybody is worrying about the Future of Movies.
  • By Aljean Harmetz
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  • July 23, 2013 1:23 PM
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Women Kick Ass at Comic-Con: Guys, Don't Mess with Michelle Rodriguez!

The actresses on the EW Women Who Kick Ass panel at Comic-Con started off soft and came on strong when moderator Sarah Vilkomerson asks them if they've ever experienced sexism on the job. Have they ever. It was like turning on a faucet as the women compared notes on surviving in what is still very much a man's world. They admitted that while they can act tough on-screen--and train hard to be able to embody what's on the written page--navigating the treacherous entertainment industry requires an equally valuable set of skills.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 22, 2013 7:28 PM
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Hollywood Women in Film Fight the Man at the Crystal Awards

Hunky young men delivered the Women in Film trophies Wednesday night. As past winners of Crystal Awards filed onto the stage to celebrate the organization's 40th birthday--from actresses Cloris Leachman, Diahann Carroll and Sharon Stone to producers Gale Anne Hurd and Marcia Nasatir, Universal co-chairman Donna Langley and director Martha Coolidge--studio pioneer Sherry Lansing spoke on video to her colleagues and asked them to take a minute to celebrate their achievements, accumulated power and progress, even though "I know we still have a long way to go," she said.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 13, 2013 4:19 PM
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Female-Driven Tangerine Entertainment Continues to Expand, with Debut Feature 'Lucky Them' Expected to Hit Fall Festival Circuit

In just a few short months, with a debut feature on the horizon and spring spotlights in The Wall Street Journal and Forbes, the women-friendly independent production company Tangerine Entertainment is showing quick growth and expanding recognition in the industry since launching in January at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 5, 2013 6:13 PM
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Women in Hollywood, from Tough Rodriguez, Studio Chief Pascal, to 'Expendabelles' (VIDEO)

Sylvester Stallone has put out a call on Twitter, presumably with his latest iteration of "The Expendables" in mind: "A young Sigorney Weaver anywhere out there?" The misspelling of her name aside, Weaver became one of Hollywood's few female action stars because Ridley Scott cast her as androgynous astronaut Ripley in "Alien," and another director who likes strong women, James Cameron, encouraged her to kick ass in the sequel "Aliens," at which point he passed the baton to David Fincher, who continued the tradition in "Alien 3."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 24, 2013 4:29 PM
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CinemaCon Panel Decries Hollywood's Underserving Women, Chasing Young Males

At CinemaCon, The Hollywood Reporter editorial director Janice Min assembled and moderated a terrific panel, "Driving Financial Success: Women + Movies = Bigger Box Office," including Geena Davis, who runs the influential Institute on Gender and Media, director Paul Feig ("Bridesmaids," "The Heat"), Nina Jacobson ("The Hunger Games"), Amy Miles (CEO Regal Entertainment Group), and Vanessa Morrison (President, Fox Animation Studios), addressing the myriad issues women have with Hollywood, both behind and in front of the camera, including why the media likes to hate Anne Hathaway and Gwyneth Paltrow so much.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 2, 2013 4:18 PM
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