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The Divine Secrets of Equality: Female Film Critics

Sixteen years ago, on June 2, 2002, The New York Times Editor Dana Kennedy published an article titled, “An Impatient Sisterhood.” Addressing Hollywood’s systemic exclusion of female film directors, the article highlighted the work of director Callie Khouri, an Academy Award winner for Thelma and Louise who was turned down repeatedly for 10 years before directing the soon-to-be-released The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.
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Tony Scott has “Second Thoughts” about Woody Allen

Hallelujah! After a little over a year of life in Trumpsylvania, some big dudes in the mainstream media (aka MSM) are finally beginning to recognize their own complicity in this national disaster.

First came news of Jeffrey Toobin’s mea culpa on Larry Wilmore’s podcast last Monday. “I think there was a lot of false equivalence in the 2016 campaign,” said Toobin.read more.

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Great News! Peirce & Karaszewski elected to AMPAS Board of Governors!

More great news from AMPAS! Members newly elected 2017–18 Board of Governors include Kimberly Peirce (added to the Directors Branch) and FF2 Media FOJ Larry Karaszewski (added to the Writers Branch).

When AMPAS President Cheryl Boone Isaacs issued her diversity declaration in January 2016, I was frankly skeptical.… read more.

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Ten years later, Adrienne Shelly’s ‘Waitress’ is still as sweet as the best cherry pie

Jan Here: Ten years ago on this date, I posted a review of Adrienne Shelley’s wonderful film Waitress on a site called The Digital Filmmaker (now defunct).

My review ended as follows: “For her family and friends there can be no consolation, but those of us who will only know Adrienne Shelly by her work can still hope that the story of Waitress has a suitably happy ending.”… read more.

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Robin Schiff’s ‘Romy and Michele’ marks platinum anniversary

You’re kidding me. It’s been 20 years since Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion? God, where have I been?

Whether you’re the Mary or the Rhoda, you can understand why Robin Schiff’s 1997 comedy has staying power. Based on the stage play Ladies Room, the film tells the story of dimwitted Valley girls, Romy White (Mira Sorvino) and Michele Weinberger (Lisa Kudrow) en route to their high school reunion.read more.

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Penny Marshall’s ‘A League of Their Own’ celebrates 25th anniversary

On a recent trip to the Carson Pirie Scott department store, I came across a display of (ridiculously expensive) baseball-themed purses. The designer bags were emblazoned with the logos of Major League Baseball teams, and a sign above the rack where they hung read, “Yes, girls love sports, too!” I was appalled at the fact that this was an actual marketing strategy – the implication that girls can’t show their love for sports unless it’s stitched into a cute purse.read more.

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