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Women in Hollywood, from Tough Rodriguez, Studio Chief Pascal, to 'Expendabelles' (VIDEO)

by Anne Thompson
May 24, 2013 4:29 PM
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Kate Beckinsale: 39 ("Underworld" trilogy)

Linda Hamilton: 55 ("The Terminator," "The Terminator 2")

Angelina Jolie, 37 ("Tomb Raider," "Wanted," "SALT")

Milla Jovovich: 37 ("Resident Evil" series)

Lucy Lawless: 44 ("Zena: Warrior Princess," "Battlestar Galactica," "Spartacus")

Sigourney Weaver: 62 ("Alien," "Aliens")

Michelle Yeoh: 50 ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "Tomorrow Never Dies")


Halle Berry: 46 ("X-Men" trilogy, "Catwoman")

Sandra Bullock: 48 ("Speed," "Miss Congeniality")

Geena Davis: 56 ("Thelma & Louise," "Cutthroat Island," "A League of Their Own," "The Long Kiss Goodnight")

Jennifer Garner: 40 ("Alias," "Electra," "Daredevil")

Daryl Hannah: 52 ("Blade Runner," "Kill Bill Vol. 1," "Kill Bill Vol. 2")

Famke Jenssen: 47 ("GoldenEye," "X-Men" trilogy)

Lucy Liu: 43 ("Kill Bill Vol. 1," "Charlie's Angels")

Demi Moore: 49 ("G.I. Jane")

Carrie-Anne Moss: 44 ("The Matrix" trilogy)

Cynthia Rothrock: 55 ("Undefeatable," "Above the Law")

Charlize Theron: 37 ("Hancock," "Æon Flux")

Uma Thurman: 42 ("Kill Bill Vol. 1," "Kill Bill Vol. 2")


Judi Dench: 77 ("Bond")

Helen Mirren: 67 ("The Debt," "Red")

Kathleen Turner: 58 ("Romancing the Stone," "Prizzi's Honor," "V.I. Warshawski")

Susan Sarandon: 65 ("Thelma & Louise")

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  • Adam JB | May 3, 2014 2:40 AMReply

    For men and women in movies, we need to equalize the playing field. For the Expendabelles, I recommend Angelina Jolie, Michelle Yeoh, Milla Jovovich, Uma Thurman, Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet, Lucy Lawless, Michelle Rodregez, Kristana Loken and Kate Beckinsale for the heroines, with Matt Damon and Pierce Brosnan tagging along, Scarlet Johanson, Jane and Bridget Fonda and Jamie Lee Curtis as the villans, Leonardo Dicaprio as a father desperate to save his family, Carrie Ann Moss and Liam Neeson as the leaders of a group of rebels, and last but not least, Harrison Ford and Chuck Norris as two bounty hunters who are old friends of Beckinsale's character and lend a hand. However the Expendabelles turns out, I would truly love to see it.

  • agie | September 20, 2013 1:35 PMReply

    Rhona mitra she played the main role in Doomsday and Underworld 3, Mila jovovich, Kate Beckinsale, Chloe Grace Moretz, Michelle Rodriguez

  • Anne Thompson | May 26, 2013 12:10 PMReply

    We were looking for women over 35---and totally overlooked Pam Grier. She should totally be on there.

  • Geek Soul Brother | May 26, 2013 12:49 AMReply

    I don't understand how you could have so many action women on this list and leave out Pam Grier, who was blasting dudes away before any of these actresses were holding guns in front of the camera. I do like your point that the cast must be classic fan favorites with a few 'youngsters' to pull the general audience.

  • Juan Carlos | May 25, 2013 4:02 PMReply

    " Our dream team of six includes Weaver, Helen Mirren, Linda Hamilton, Michelle Yeoh, Carrie-Anne Moss and Angelina Jolie--would sign up for such a B-flick. "

    You forgot about Anne Hathaway. She kicked serious behind in TDKR, and she is very flexible. She is the real deal.

  • Marlelololelene Lululeconte | May 24, 2013 6:54 PMReply

    Let's buddied together to create a great film with Screenwriter, Elizabeth, Marlene Leconte.

  • Lori | May 24, 2013 5:05 PMReply

    First, I don't like the list who should be cast for Expendabelles. I wouldn't watch it if Weaver, Berry, Paltrow, Sarandon, Garner, Moore, Jolie, Hannah or Davis in it. They are not the tough girl actors. They didn't cut their chops in action movies. Missing are Michelle Yeoh (49), Pam Grier, Maggie Q, Scarlett Johansson, Salma Hayek, Lynda Carter, Brigitte Nielsen, and Saoirse Ronan.

  • Phil | May 24, 2013 11:22 PM

    In your list, only Michelle Yeoh makes sense. Grier, Carter, Nielsen and Ronan, while I'm sure are (were) good, are not really household names. I didn't grow up watching Stallone or Norries action movies, because I live in a 3rd world country and was born in the late 80's, so my exposure to Western movies was very limited until the year 2000...but even I recognize their names. Maggie Q, while I find pretty, is way too thin! She's about as convincing as Jolie in an action role (yes, I've seen Nikita). Johansson, while loved by many as the Black Widow, wobbles too much like a penguin when fighting. I'm not sure why Salma Hayek is even in the list. She's hot, but when was she ever an "action" actress?

    Weaver should be in the list, and so should Garner and Davis. In the list you don't agree with, Weaver, Garner and Davis are the only three I can think of who actually went and put enough muscle mass to be convincing as butt-kicking characters. No to Berry, Paltrow, Moore or Jolie...all of them look too frail, especially Paltrow.

    But as the article states, I doubt a lot of these actresses will line up to sign up for such a B-flick, especially considering the film is being penned by the "Legally Blonde" writers, which was not that good.

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