Women at the Box Office


Run, Don’t Walk, to See Hidden Figures
16 Jan 2017

Run, Don’t Walk, to See Hidden Figures

I will do my best not to foolishly inquire why it took so long to bring the achievements of these three amazing women of color to the screen, but you owe yourself a treat by seeing Hidden Figures. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe, Hidden Figures shocks as it uplifts, placing you squarely in an America of the early sixties and letting...

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Matt Damon Shuts Down a Female Producer Calling for Diversity
16 Sep 2015

Matt Damon Shuts Down a Female Producer Calling for Diversity

Matt Damon got himself in hot water in the fourth season of his reality show, Project Greenlight. Damon and his male judges were discussing a contestant’s script when the panel’s sole female judge, noted producer, Effie Brown, a woman of color, voiced concern that the only black character in the film was “a prostitute getting beaten by her white pimp.” US Magazine reports “Ms. Brown...

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05 Jul 2015

Hey Michael Eisner: Women Are Beautiful AND Funny

When former Disney CEO Michael Eisner made the comment that “beautiful, funny women are impossible to find,” women took to Facebook to list any number of actresses who meet that criteria.  He claimed that the Lucille Balls of this world basically don’t exist.  At the Aspen Ideas Festival, on stage with Goldie Hawn, Eisner said “I know women who have been told they’re beautiful, they...

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22 May 2015

How Can Maggie Gyllenhaal, 37, Be “Too Old” to Play 55-Year-Old Man’s Love Interest?

Maggie Gyllenhaal revealed that she lost out on a movie role because she was told she was “too old” to play a 55-year-old man’s love interest on-screen. “There are things that are really disappointing about being an actress in Hollywood that surprise me all the time,” she told The Wrap. “I’m 37 and I was told recently I was too old to play the lover of...

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Despite Inequality, Women Refuse To Be Frozen Out At Box Office
09 May 2015

Despite Inequality, Women Refuse To Be Frozen Out At Box Office

  The smaller presence of women on the big screen reflects society at large.  Often, women are still relegated to a lesser seat at the big table.  Shocking when you consider author and commentator Anita Finlay’s comments that “Women are driving 60% of ticket sales today, yet it’s still tough to find story lines where we’re not window dressing.  Clearly we’re going out to see...

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16 Apr 2015

Do TV Stereotypes Hurt Women?

In her latest column, The New York Times’ Maureen Dowd wrote: “Good Riddance Carrie Jamieson,” bidding a snarky farewell to Claire Danes’ character on the popular Showtime series “Homeland.” She’s not leaving the show – just the CIA. Notes Dowd, the CIA sisterhood is celebrating this since they are offended by her somewhat off-the-wall behavior. As author and actress Anita Finlay stated, “No woman who...

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23 Feb 2015

Patricia Arquette Roars for Women’s Equality at Oscars

Patricia Arquette brought excitement to an otherwise lackluster Oscar telecast with her impassioned speech on behalf of women’s equality.  Upon accepting the award for Best Supporting Actress, she stood before a worldwide audience of 1 billion and declared: “To every woman who gave birth to every taxpayer and every citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to...

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12 Feb 2015

TRAILER: Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow Team Up for “Trainwreck”

From writer/actress Amy Schumer and director Judd Apatow, their new film Trainwreck turns the tables on the story of the guy who can’t commit by making the hero a young woman who thinks romance and marriage are her worst nightmare.  As with any comedy of this ilk, she falls for a nice guy and has to wrestle with every rule she’s every made for herself...

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Golden Globes Find Their Humanity
13 Jan 2015

Golden Globes Find Their Humanity

Forget the glitz of the Golden Globes. What emerged from Sunday’s telecast were some moving moments dedicated to diversity, community and unity. Led by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, this was not business as usual. Jerry Doyle and I discuss a few of the best moments, where those winning awards offered reminders that acceptance of those different than ourselves matters. As an aside, it was...

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12 Jan 2015

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Kick Ass at the Golden Globes

    Tina Fey and Amy Poehler skewered power players and stereotypes alike in their swan song as Golden Globe hosts Sunday evening.  They killed in their opening monologue, a biting soufflé that was as droll as it was unsparing. They ripped SONY: Fey: “Tonight we celebrate all the television shows we know and love …and all the movies that North Korea was okay with.”...

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