What I Would Like to See Melissa McCarthy Doing

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Actress Helen Mirren Calls Out Hollywood for Penis Worship

Say what you want about Academy Award winning actress Helen Mirren, but don't ever say that she pulls her punches. In fact she landed a couple of doozies squarely on Hollywood's jaw when she received the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at The Hollywood Reporter's annual Women in Entertainment breakfast. ...more

Yup, she's very gutsy. That's also one of the reasons she's such a good ...more

Oscar Award-Winning Best Actresses from 2000 to Now

Inspired by Julie & Julia, by the end of the decade of the naughts, and by the upcoming Academy Awards show, I issued myself a challenge. The plan: to watch each Best Actress Oscar-winning performance from the last decade, and then to blog my thoughts here. I wanted to see the decade unfold through the talent of women, and to intentionally honor their important work as it can sometimes feel swallowed in the context of a still very male-dominated Hollywood. ...more

I think Julia Roberts was at her prime in her role in Erin Brockovich. It has been going down ...more

From Sophie to the "Devil" to Julia: The Memorable Meryl Streep

There's a scene in The Devil Wears Prada where Andy Sachs, played by Anne Hathaway, comes upon her boss Miranda Priestly, played by Meryl Streep. Miranda is sitting at home in a robe, lacking makeup and her usual fashion industry 'tude.  She's just discovered her marriage is over and although clearly devastated, she struggles to maintain her pride, her arrogance and her grand, Miranda Priestly-ness. ...more

Yeah, Meryl's definitely got a Nurse Ratchet in her.  Did you see her in ...more

Vanity Fair Magazine thinks Hollywood’s future is ALL-WHITE

The new IT-GIRLs? White Girls If you’re part of the white privilege world, you might not notice something strange about this photo, the cover of Vanity Fair extolling HOLLYWOOD! 2010....more

Oscars, Grammys and Golden Globes: Your 2009 Award Season Preview

Vacuum the red carpet, slip into the Armanis, strap on the Jimmy Choos, and flash the Fred Leightons, 'cause award season 2009 has arrived.  Whether it's the Oscars, the Grammys, the Golden Globes or the Screen Actors Guild Awards, BlogHer has got it covered.  I'll be doing special posts right up until the Oscars on all the happy winners, sore losers, tears, jeers and badly written thank yous.  As we speak the stars are primping, preening and preparing for what they hope will be that once in a lifetime moment in front of millions of mercilessly critical viewers just like us.   ...more

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"In Plain Sight," Colorful Casting Would Have Made It A Better Show

The lead character on "In Plain Sight" should have been a black woman.   How's that for an opening line? But I'm serious.  She should have been a black woman.  Why do I say this?  Because after watching the pilot episode of "In Plain Sight" and several episodes since, I keep thinking:  what a bland show.  It's kind of like watching a show that's set in New York but was shot on the gritty streets of Toronto:  there's nothing special about it and it's obvious to anyone who's been there, it's not New York. ...more

Hollywood's Amazing Women Of Film And TV

As part of BlogHer's focus on Women's History Month, this post is about amazing women in the history of film and television: women who inspired in front of the camera and women who crashed the Hollywood old boy network behind it. When I sat down and thought about the women I might want to write about, I was overwhelmed with names. Like my fellow Contributing Editor Maria Niles and her post on Women Who Rocked American History, I felt the only way to do the subject justice was with a list. The list I came up with was as long as my arm. By the time I'd whittled that down to something manageable, I'd immersed myself in the remarkable careers of a group of twenty-seven talented and pioneering women. They're listed alphabetically and in two categories, movies and television. ...more

I knew about Bette Davis and the Hollywood Canteen, but I didn't know about her going on tour ...more