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What Happened to the Female Directors of Hollywood? (Part 5)

The final article in the series offers some closely guarded data about audience gender breakdowns, and insights from filmmakers Mira Nair (shown left), Ava DuVernay (shown right), Nancy Meyers and Stacy Title. 

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What Happened to the Female Directors of Hollywood? (Part 4)

The ’80s and ’90s brought welcome advances for female filmmakers. But would the bias that produced the term “chick flick” remain? (Shown: A screen shot from Mira Nair’s 1991 film “Mississippi Masala.”)

Posted on Mar 17, 2017 READ MORE



What Happened to the Female Directors of Hollywood? (Part 3)

Those who emerged between 1966 and 1983 challenged the prevailing image of the central hero and marginal heroine by creating a “countercinema.”

Posted on Mar 10, 2017 READ MORE



Donald Trump’s Greatest Allies Are the Liberal Elites

The moral bankruptcy of the liberal class, which despite the staggering election defeat is unable or unwilling to engage in genuine self-reflection, ensures the steady march toward an American fascism.

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What Happened to the Female Directors of Hollywood?

Dorothy Arzner and Ida Lupino were two exceptions to the women who found it increasingly difficult to launch film projects in the 20th century. (This is the second installment of a five-part series.)

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The Other 43 Percent

Hollywood’s gender gap is most apparent with regard to female filmmakers, but their prospects weren’t always as bad as they are today. (Part 1 of our five-part series.) 

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Why Meryl Streep’s Golden Globe Speech Is So Important in the Trump Era

In moments of national crisis, some stars feel a need to speak out.

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Hollywood Gets a Clue About Inclusion, Meryl Streep Gets Political at 2017 Golden Globes (Video)

This year’s Golden Globes outperforms recent Academy Awards in terms of minority representation, and Globes honoree Meryl Streep denounces Donald Trump’s campaign-trail “performance.”

Posted on Jan 8, 2017 READ MORE



Ooh, ‘La La Land’

Director Damien Chazelle captures the dreamy side of Los Angeles in a buoyant, candy-colored musical romance. (Not keen on musicals? Give this one a chance.)

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Rose McGowan Goes Public With Claim That Studio Boss Raped Her

The national conversation about sexual assault that was reignited a week ago in relation to GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s personal history has spread into cultural zones beyond politics, as the actress’ tweets show.

Posted on Oct 14, 2016 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton Powers Through Bizarre Interview With Zach Galifianakis

The Democratic presidential nominee follows in the footsteps of President Obama, who appeared on “Between Two Ferns” in 2014.

Posted on Sep 22, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



A Racist Mecca, a Black Architect and Odious Politics That Refuse to Die

“Blueprint for Paradise,” in its world premiere in Los Angeles, is powered by an odd, real-life California tale of a pre-war Nazi center and its acclaimed designer, Paul Williams. Sadly, the political rot explored by the play survives: Check out the 2016 presidential campaign.

Posted on Aug 7, 2016 READ MORE



The Democratic Party Is Once Again a ‘Plaything of the Super-Rich’ With Clinton at the Helm

With “cash machine” Tim Kaine at her side, big money is pouring into the Clinton campaign after back-to-back fundraisers with the Hollywood elite and the fossil fuel industry.

Posted on Aug 4, 2016 READ MORE



Elijah Wood: Hollywood Is Rife With Organized Child Abuse

The “Lord of the Rings” star and former child actor draws parallels between the U.S. entertainment scene and attacks attributed to the late British TV star Jimmy Savile.

Posted on May 23, 2016 READ MORE



The Big Issue Californians Are Not Hearing About This Election Year

While most voters’ attention is on the presidential primary and national-level races, it’s the legislative election that matters to the most powerful political force in the Golden State—big business.

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Across Los Angeles, Hope Remains for a Big Upset in the California Primary

Their names don’t make headlines in the national media, but the idealists volunteering for the Bernie Sanders campaign are the future of the Democratic Party and of progressives who believe in the electoral process.

Posted on May 6, 2016 READ MORE



Friends of Abe, Hollywood Conservatives’ Secret Society, Is Calling It Quits (Exclusive)

Here’s a bit of breaking news that may have an impact on this election cycle: Friends of Abe, a secret organization made up of some 1,500 right-leaning members of the Hollywood community, is dissolving.

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Actor Danny DeVito Endorses Bernie Sanders in the U.S. and Jeremy Corbyn in the U.K. (Videos)

The Hollywood star weighed in on politics recently in a clip that went viral and even prompted Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn to pitch a film idea.

Posted on Apr 11, 2016 READ MORE



The Academy Voters Have Long Lacked Logic

Is the “best picture” always the best picture? Not if history is any guide. And some observers will argue that a similar lack of logic is apparent in the shortage of minority representation in the major Oscar nominations.

Posted on Feb 28, 2016 READ MORE



Honoring Marion Dougherty, Who Made Movie Stars but Often Got No Credit

The casting director, who died in 2011, discovered or jump-started the careers of many of today’s biggest Hollywood names, and she was known for placing African-Americans in parts intended for white actors. Yet her own name is missing from many of her most famous projects.

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VIDEO: Movie Roles for Non-White Actors Sometimes Still Get Played by White People

“Last Week Tonight” gets to the bottom of Hollywood whitewashing and asks viewers, “How is this still a thing?”

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 READ MORE



Is Trump the Sequel to Schwarzenegger?

The parallels between the two are striking: Both capitalized on celebrity worship and voter discontent, neither had previous political experience and each is renowned for using sheer muscle—of one sort or another—to make their way in the world.

Posted on Feb 23, 2016 READ MORE



Damning Study Finds a ‘Whitewashed’ Hollywood

A new study finds that films and TV shows from major media companies are “whitewashed” in what researchers call an “epidemic of invisibility” that runs through the industry for women, minorities and LGBT people.

Posted on Feb 22, 2016 READ MORE



To Make the Oscars More Diverse, Let’s Adopt Football’s Rooney Rule

Voluntary steps to include more people of color and women should be a priority throughout the entire Hollywood system of moviemaking, from studios’ executive ranks to casting.

Posted on Jan 29, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Oscar Nominee Mark Ruffalo Decries U.S.’ ‘White Privilege Racism’

Backing calls for more diversity in Academy Awards nominations, Ruffalo last week joined other Hollywood figures in criticizing the overseers of the Oscars after no black actors were nominated for the second year straight.

Posted on Jan 25, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Golden Globes: A Contender for Best Comedy

The scandal-plagued awards show gets a nod for spotting groundbreakers, but the back-scratching nature of the ceremony makes it a little hard to swallow.

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Sean Penn and Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán: Hollywood Came Calling, Then the Authorities Followed

In Sean Penn’s star-powered, 10,000-word, gigante get for Rolling Stone about his clandestine huddle with Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, we learn that, with startling predictability, Guzmán was yielding to Hollywood’s siren call. And that receptivity didn’t just consist of his willingness to be interviewed by actor and activist Penn, either.

Posted on Jan 10, 2016 READ MORE



VIDEO: Head of NYPD Union Calls for Boycott of Quentin Tarantino’s Films

The president of a union representing New York City police officers slammed the director for remarks he made Saturday at a rally against police brutality. “I’m a human being with a conscience,” said Tarantino. “And if you believe there’s murder going on, then you need to rise up and stand up against it. I’m here to say I’m on the side of the murdered.”

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 READ MORE



Michael Moore Calls Lack of Female Directors in Hollywood ‘a Form of Apartheid’

The documentary filmmaker pointed to one of Hollywood’s persistent gender issues in a panel discussion at the New York Film Festival on Sunday, once again drawing attention to the vast gap between the number of female and male directors in the industry and dropping the word “apartheid” while he was at it.

Posted on Oct 4, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Why Viola Davis’ Emmy Speech Is So Darn Important

On Sunday, she became the first black woman ever to win an Emmy Award for best actress in a drama series, and she used her time onstage to make a powerful political statement about what it’s like to be black and female in Hollywood and the U.S.

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 READ MORE



Clint Eastwood at the 2012 Republican Convention

This exclusive excerpt from the political biography “Clint: The Life and Legend” sheds light on the star’s eccentric performance at the Republican National Convention in 2012.

Posted on Jul 31, 2015 READ MORE



Hollywood Has Lost the Plot

In a rush for profits, the movie industry has succumbed to a formula of “ridiculously over-complicated plotting” and the domination of a handful of increasingly artless franchises.

Posted on Jul 31, 2015 READ MORE



Omar Sharif Never Had to Play a Terrorist (Video)

What now seems remarkable is the acceptance the late Omar Sharif gained and the range of roles he was offered by Hollywood in his era of fame.

Posted on Jul 13, 2015 READ MORE



Actor Mark Ruffalo’s Sharp, Smart Response to ‘Ignorant’ Non-Feminists

The “Avengers” actor hits back at what he calls the “‘I am not a feminist’ Internet phenomenon.”

Posted on Jun 2, 2015 READ MORE


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The Church of Scientology’s Vitriolic Reaction to ‘Going Clear’

The organization has hit back furiously at filmmaker Alex Gibney’s exposé “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” which aired Sunday night on HBO.

Posted on Mar 30, 2015 READ MORE



Victory in D.C.: FCC Votes in Favor of New Net Neutrality Rules (Video)

Score one for net neutrality advocates, and strike one for big telecom and cable companies—not to mention a good many Republicans.

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 READ MORE



Our Anti-Immigrant Racism Is Rooted in History

The political and cultural marginalization of immigrants, particularly those from Latin America, has a long and lurid background in the United States.

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 READ MORE



Hollywood Heroism: From ‘Citizenfour’ and ‘Selma’ to ‘American Sniper’

Within the last few months, three films appeared that offer role models, however flawed, to young people while legitimating particular notions of civic courage, patriotism and a broader understanding of injustice.

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 READ MORE



In the New Gilded Age, Social Protest Dominates Academy Awards Ceremony

The committed artists honored at the 87th Academy Awards took advantage of their bully pulpits to make an amazing series of eloquent statements on behalf of minorities and the discriminated against.

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 READ MORE



Watching the Same Movie About American War for 75 Years

“American Sniper,” which started out with the celebratory tagline “the most lethal sniper in U.S. history” and now has the tagline “the most successful war movie of all time,” is just the latest in a long line of films that have kept Americans on their war game.

Posted on Feb 20, 2015 READ MORE



Oscar Nominations Give Props to Quirky ‘Birdman,’ ‘Budapest,’ Stir Up ‘Selma’ Controversy

The 2015 Academy Award nominations are now official, and for those willing to entertain this brand of Hollywood pageantry as a passably noteworthy indicator of sociocultural ... whatever, here’s the lineup for this year’s Oscars.

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 READ MORE



Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s Feminist Joke About Amal Clooney’s Achievements Was Hilarious and Spot-On

As writer and transgender activist Janet Mock eloquently put it, the comedians’ presentation of George Clooney’s lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes ceremony Sunday night was pure “feminist genius.”

Posted on Jan 12, 2015 READ MORE


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The Sony Hack Revealed How Hollywood Fails Us All

Whether or not North Korea was really behind the devastating Sony hack, and whether or not the U.S. government orchestrated North Korea’s Internet outage in retaliation, one thing is clear: The incident has exposed Hollywood’s serious race problem yet again.

Posted on Dec 25, 2014 READ MORE



Sony Hackers Warn of 9/11-Style Attack on Theaters That Show ‘The Interview’

Whoever is actually behind the devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment knows how to play to the public’s imagination on the same super-sized scale as their targets in the film industry do for a living.

Posted on Dec 16, 2014 READ MORE



Beyond the Spectacle of Neoliberal Violence in the Age of Terrorism

When our inner worlds work under the death-haunted dictates of casino capitalism, the Apocalypse is embraced as if it functioned exclusively as a form of entertainment, rather than providing a warning about the rise of militarism, the killing of civilians, and religious and political fundamentalisms.

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 READ MORE



Calif. Governor, L.A. Mayor Push Plans to Boost Entertainment Tax Credit, Minimum Wage

On Wednesday, California Gov. Jerry Brown and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti were inching closer to resolution on two big economic goals for the state and city, respectively.

Posted on Aug 27, 2014 READ MORE



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Ranting About Robin Williams, Limbaugh Exposes a Hole in His Own Soul

Having infuriated millions of Robin Williams fans with insensitive remarks on the late actor’s suicide, Rush Limbaugh now blames the “liberal media” and “despicable leftists” for distorting his innocent message.

Posted on Aug 15, 2014 READ MORE



Rupert Murdoch Wants to Buy the Company That Owns HBO and CNN

It’s merger mania, with AT&T going after DirecTV and Comcast looking to gobble up Time Warner Cable—not to be confused with Time Warner Inc., another cable company that is now the object of Rupert Murdoch’s appetite.

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 READ MORE


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