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Who is Clara Royer?

JAN RANTS: Can anyone tell me who Clara Royer is & why her name might be important this year? Can anyone tell me who Rebecca Lenkiewicz is & why her name might have been important last year? Just a few … Continue reading

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THE BECHDEL TEST FEST: 2015

Founder of The Bechdel Test Fest, Corrina Antrobus, was dismayed at the poor representation of women in film. In 2013, only 15% of the top 100 films released had a female protagonist. By June 2014, less than half of cinematic … Continue reading

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TRAINWRECK: Amy Schumer’s Summer

A Message from Managing Editor Jan Lisa Huttner This morning, Amy Schumer received a coveted Emmy nomination in the highly competitive "Best Comedy Actress" category alongside some of the most beloved female stars--Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Edie Falco, Lisa Kudrow, Amy Poeler, … Continue reading

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Hooray for GLAMOUR (6/15)

Peek Inside the June '15 Issue of Glamour Magazine Page 36: Interview with actress Judy Greer “Why should a man make more than me?” Page 38: Sidebar “Pop Quiz = Who Earned More?” Page 130: Chat with filmmaker Jennifer Siebel … Continue reading

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HRWFF ’15

I saw four films in this year's Human Rights Watch Film Festival...

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Hooray for FUN HOME

To Alison Bechdel: "Your swagger and your bearing and the just right clothes you're wearing... We know you!" Today's Aphorism is "Never make the perfect the enemy of the good." Or in words attributed to Confucius: "Better a diamond with … Continue reading

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MEANT TO BE BROKEN

SUNDAY 6/7/15 UPDATE: I was hoping for a miracle tonight. I was hoping that when the moment came to name 2015's Best Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role in a Musical, the Tony Award would go to "Alison" … Continue reading

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‘Fifty Shades’ Passes $500 Million Mark

By Associate Editor Brigid K. Presecky As Fifty Shades of Grey passes the $500,000 mark at the box office, audiences continue to flood the theaters despite the 25% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Why? For many, curiosity is key and … Continue reading

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Oscar 2015: Moving On…

Since moving to Brooklyn in late 2012, I have made a personal commitment to see EVERY film opening in NYC that was either written &/or directed by a woman filmmaker. In fact, the number is enormous either written &/or directed … Continue reading

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Bravo Richard Brody!

“Today’s leading independent visionaries are tomorrow’s acknowledged auteurs; rather than merely waving at independent filmmakers en route to the shining studio cities, it would be worth calling attention to [women] artists of today who have made superb films and ought … Continue reading

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