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Hollywood Wake-Up Call: Where Are the Women in 2013 Summer Movies? (GRAPHS)

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood July 12, 2013 at 2:09PM

As we've already observed, it's not a great summer for women in the movies. And now, Vulture's Amanda Dobbins has the graphs to prove it. The percentage of movies featuring one woman in a co-starring role, more than one woman in a co-starring role, and a woman in a starring role has noticeably gone down in 2013 wide-release summer films, as compared to the last few years. Charts below.
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Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy
Ruven Afanador Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy

As we've already observed, it's not a great summer for women in the movies. And now, Vulture's Amanda Dobbins has the graphs to prove it. The percentage of movies featuring one woman in a co-starring role, more than one woman in a co-starring role, and a woman in a starring role has noticeably gone down in 2013 wide-release summer films, as compared to the last few years. Charts below.

Dobbins elaborates on her methodology and procedure for creating the graphs here

Meanwhile, the New York Times has a profile of scribe Michelle Morgan, whose "Girl Most Likely" (originally titled "Imogen") starring Kristen Wiig, was greenlighted as a direct result of Wiig's 2011 breakout hit "Bridesmaids.""Girl Most Likely" hits theaters today. 

"Bridesmaids" director Paul Feig and star Melissa McCarthy have another hit on their hands, buddy-cop movie "The Heat" with Sandra Bullock, which has made close to $100 million domestically. Feig and McCarthy, unlike the rest of Hollywood, apparently understand the value of women in films. (Read Bob Strauss's story on the dearth of women in non-indie films here, and the eye-opening CinemaCon panel with Feig, Geena Davis and "Hunger Games" producer Nina Jacobson here). Feig's currently looking for a star for his "female James Bond" project, and also has a mother-daughter comedy in the works. McCarthy is wrapping "Tammy," a road-trip comedy she co-penned with her husband, Ben Falcone. 

According to an MPAA study from 2011, women make up 51% of America's moviegoing audience. So why are the hard numbers on these graphs so dismal? As Bilge Ebiri at Businessweek asks, how many "Bridesmaids" does Hollywood need to understand that women in movies are bankable?

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Women in Movies chart
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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.