As the Golden Globes showed us now that awards season is underway, it is notable that female-driven comedies on the silver screen and TV are conspicuously outstanding. Hollywood mainstays like Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie & Grandma), Meryl Streep (Ricky and the Flash) Julia Lo
According to the Geena Davis Institute on Gender In Media, only 31% of speaking roles are given to women. The problem is even worse when you look beyond roles given to young, predominantly white, women in their twenties. It is hard for women to get meaningful roles and remain consistently working in the entertainment industry, and that goes for behind the scenes as well.
One of these years we're going to see a turning point in the sausage-fest that is Hollywood, right? We'll see women's lives reflected to us in movie and television roles that are just as rich, diverse and powerful as those featuring men. Equality is just a matter of time.In the mean time we settle for small gains, and this year we got one. According to Hollywood, 2012 was the year of young women coming of age. Image Courtesy of Lions Gate...more
Amongst the buzz of must-see TV this fall is FOX’s half-hour comedy New Girl, starring Zooey Deschanel. I saw the pilot a few days ago and really liked it. Which is always promising as pilots can be hit or miss. Sometimes you need a few episodes before the cast really gels, but this one seemed at ease. New Girl doesn’t premiere until September 20th, but you don’t need a studio screener to see it early. FOX is making everyone an insider....more