What is the lure of the awful female lead role to an excellent actress? Why, that it is a female lead role.
The latest report from the Geena Davis Institute is the very detailed “Gender Roles & Occupations: A Look at Character Attributes and Job-Related Aspirations in Film and Television”. Most people are aware that women and girls are underrepresented as speaking characters in film and television, but you may still be shocked by how much.
Coming downstairs to find the sprogs watching the Star Trek reboot movie for the umpteenth time, and having my head in fanspace after reading 15 Reasons Rebooting Spider-Man Is A Really Bad Idea yesterday, this is the thought that crossed my mind (and it may have already been discussed in fandom, but I am so not googling it):
Items of interest found recently in my RSS feed. What did I miss? Please share what you've been reading (and writing!) in the comments. (Bit of a big one, so links are behind the cut! Related posts: The 75th Down Under Feminists Carnival is up! The 68th Down Under Feminists Carnival is up! Femmostroppo Reader – February 2, 2010 The… Read more →
If I can tell what role someone is going to play in a plot by their race or gender, you f**d up as a filmmaker.
Stilgherrian writes at Crikey: iiTrial: ISPs not responsible for users’ copyright infringement Film industry claims that iiNet, Australia’s third-largest internet service provider, was responsible for its users’ illegal file sharing were dismissed. […] “I understand this is the first Australian trial to be twittered or tweeted,” Justice Cowdroy said. “It seems rather fitting for a copyright trial involving the internet.”… Read more →
Hollywood heroines are being increasingly portrayed as neurotic, idiotic and obsessed by men, weight and weddings, a professor at Oxford University has claimed.
Dr Diane Purkiss, who is a fellow at Keble College, argued that over the past five decades the film industry has made its female characters “dumber and dumber”. The latest slew of chick-flicks, including He’s Just Not That Into You and Confessions of a Shopaholic, fall prey to the “worst kind of regressive, pre-feminist stereotype of misogynistic cliche,” she added.
[Left to right: Drew Barrymore, Tyra Banks, and Sara Ramirez.]
After airing those Douchebag oTY contestants, here are some mad props – to an unlikely sort of crowd, the commentariat at Spike TV.
Image Source: Simon & Shuster Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward with a small dog, 1958 Paul Newman (born 1925) and Joanne Woodward (born 1930) were photographed here, soon after their marriage in 1958, with an unidentified little dog, obviously a treasured pet. Woodward, an intelligent and gifted actress, had a love of horses and dogs, and the previous year the… Read more →
Commentor caffeine over at Shapely Prose, in response to Kate’s post about a study claiming that the 30% of Caucasians with a genetic propensity to become fat can avoid putting on weight if they “just get three to four hours of moderate activity a day”. That’s freaking insane. If I work 8 hours, and sleep 8 hours, and exercise for… Read more →
Movie: ice and snow everywhere. Two men in front of bookshelves, one throwing all the books out. Second man objects – “these aren’t just books, they’re art!” First man (striking stoic squarejawed three-quarter turned pose) – “no they’re not, they’re fuel” Cut to flames in fireplace, burning book (obviously never a Boy Scout, had not pulled pages out and crumpled… Read more →
I’m not planning to blog as much Big Brother 10 from the USA as much as I do the Australian and UK versions, I swear. For a start, the USAn version is populated much more by fifth-rate Hollywood wannabes. In some ways, it’s more fake – the soap-opera set, the dreadful narration and commentary. In other ways, it’s more real…. Read more →