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What Can The X-Men Teach Us About All Kinds of Stereotypes?

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By Melanie T This [month] marked the opening of X-Men: First Class, prequel to (and assumed reboot of) the wildly successful X-Men movie franchise. For those who are unfamiliar with the X-Men series, the stories revolve around groups of ‘mutants,’ super-powered beings who supposedly represent the next stage in human evolution and whose powers run

Film Review: Girls On Top

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The back cover of this film promises, “[a]n exploration of what it means to be a ‘top girl’- what it means to succeed- in theatre and in life…” The documentary chronicled a production of “Top Girls”, a famous play about women and power in 1980′s England. More than an exploration of those themes, though, I

Can Hollywood Be Feminist?

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Hollywood is the land of archetypes. Everyone in the entertainment business fits inside a box and those celebrities have been looked at as role models for years. Because we live in a system where the highest form of success is getting a lot of money, it’s only natural we’d strive to be like them.

Glowing in the Dark

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I’d rather talk about what happens when six feminists walk into a movie theater or any other space that would render us silent.  We laugh. We pass popcorn. We call “bullshit” when appropriate. We notice similarities to relatives and point them out to our neighbors. We drink smuggled wine. We talk too loud. We fume. We remind ourselves and those listening that we are absent from/ offended by this film. We have side conversations about which child star has grown into his face, about which male lead may or may not have dentures. We resist. We glow in the dark.

Beowulf Borrit on “The Scottsboro Boys,” Theatre, and Process

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On Dec. 12, after 29 previews and 49 regular performances, The Scottsboro Boys closed its Broadway run.  Ironically, the production is being recognized, six months later, with twelve Tony Awards.  When I originally wrote about the play, I opened with a reference to the stage set as underscoring “the many questions about how to frame history, artistic vision, and the truth.” Beowulf Boritt received recognition for “Best Scenic Design of a Musical” for work that used minimal elements to convey both symbolism and depth.

Horror Innovator Innovates Horror

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So, friend. Let us say that you are a director. A director of films! Films for entertainment purposes! But, sadly, no-one is paying enough attention to your films, for the public, they are crude and tasteless. What do you do? How do you handle yourself? How do you advance your art? plate THAT, if you dare.

Dark Girls Documentary – What Do You Think?

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I'm still processing this, but since I went to see Chris Rock's "Good Hair," I'll head out to see this one if it comes to town.  My new motto is "Who Benefits?" I forget which Black woman blogger started forcing their readers to answer that question. I'm not saying I know the answer, I just have started asking the question.

‘Bridesmaids’ Feminist Milestone

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The new movie proves women are not only funny, but viable in a notoriously sexist industry. Here’s one feminist’s review: You know what I think is the most radical thing about the movie ‘Bridesmaids’? That we know the names of the writers. (Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, if you somehow missed it.)

Poster Watch: Sarah’s Key starring Kristen Scott Thomas

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I loved this book and I cannot wait for the film. It opens here on July 22.

Bridesmaids Box Office Stay Strong

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Just a little bit of news on the box office for Bridesmaids. Variety has reported that it beat Thor at the box office on Monday and Tuesday. As of yesterday, the gross was over $32 million which means it has made back its production cost in the first week. And in other Bridesmaids news, Annie Mumolo is the "it" the writer of the moment. She scored a deal with ABC yesterday to develop a show and this is on top of the pitch she and Melissa McCarthy sold to Paramount. Score one in the good gals column for once. Bridesmaids'

2011 Hollywood Writers Report – Women Make Up 24% of All Writers

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The 2011 Hollywood Writers Report published by the Writers Guild of America, West was released yesterday, and the report, entitled Recession and Regression shows little progress for female writers. Here's the overview from the report The present report underscores just how precarious gains on the diversity front have been in the Hollywood industry. As the nation grappled with the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, the few hopeful signs for women and minority writers discussed in the previous report either disappeared or seemed considerably less encouraging by 2009. For women writers, this meant a decline in overall employment share

Making the Movies Jealous, Real Love Means More

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From the Royal Wedding to movies like Bridesmaids and Something Borrowed and back to classics like My Best Friend’s Wedding and The Runaway Bride, we have been shown what true love and marriage are supposed to look like since the dawn of the movies. But they will never come close to the real thing.

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