Disney gender bias

Since 2004, Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis (The Accidental Tourist, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Thelma and Louise, GLOW) has been at the forefront of the conversation about representation on film. That’s when she founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, a research-based organization which aims to educate content creators, marketers, and audiences about the importance of eliminating unconscious bias in entertainment.

She and her team have developed a new digital tool which uses artificial intelligence to check scripts for gender bias, and The Walt Disney Company has agreed to use that tool to assess all of its upcoming film and TV projects. Read more about the new tool below. Read More »

glow season 3 cast

The GLOW season 3 cast just got a very welcome addition. Geena Davis will guest star in the upcoming third season of the Netflix series, and I challenge you to find a single person who isn’t happy about this news. GLOW rules. Geena Davis rules. This is a win-win scenario, people. Finally, we have something to be excited about.

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honorary oscars

With seven Academy Award nominations between them but no wins, directors David Lynch and Lina Wertmüller and actor Wes Studi are going to take home Oscars of their own after all. The Academy has announced that its Board of Governors has voted to present Lynch, Wertmüller, and Studi with Honorary Oscars, which are given “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.”

Meanwhile, actress Geena Davis is being awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Read more about all four of the new award-winners below. Read More »

Female-Led Movies

The results are in: female-led movies sell. For years, producers have assured us that female-driven films just don’t perform well at the box office. But if that was true once, times are changing. A new study finds that female-led movies outperformed male-led films at the box office between 2014 and 2017. Hopefully, the powers-that-be in Hollywood will take notice of this, and start giving the greenlight to even more female-driven flicks.

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eve cast

Eve, an action movie starring Jessica Chastain, has just added two great cast members: Geena Davis and Joan Chen. The film follows an assassin being hunted by her former employers while struggling to tell her family about her deadly job. Davis is likely playing Chastain’s mother, while Chen is playing a gangster. All of this sounds amazing, and I’d like to see this movie immediately.

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Marjorie Prime trailer

Jon Hamm as a hologram sounds like a future I want to live in. He stars alongside Lois SmithGeena Davis, and Tim Robbins in director Michael Almereyda‘s (Experimenter) science-fiction drama, Marjorie Prime. The movie was well-received at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.

Below, watch the Marjorie Prime trailer.

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A League of Their Own Reunion

There are an abundance of great baseball movies out there, from Field of Dreams to The Sandlot. But more often than not, ladies who play baseball don’t get the spotlight on the big screen. That’s what makes A League of Their Own so special, and that’s why it was previously selected for preservation  in the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress in 2012.

This past weekend, fans of A League of Their Own who happened to be attending the Bentonville Film Festival, which was co-founded by star Geena Davis, received a special treat by seeing a mini-reunion featuring some of the key players from the movie, along with a real member of the AAGPBL who played for the Rockford Peaches, the team portrayed in the film. See the A League of Their Own reunion photo after the jump. Read More »

Kingsman upgrade

Everyone wants to get in on some sequel action in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump:

  • The cast of Inside Out fields questions about a sequel
  • A Soul Food sequel is coming with the original cast
  • John Ortiz and Shea Whigham set sail for Kong: Skull Island
  • Kingsman 2 runs into a potential scheduling conflict
  • Geena Davis would like to return for Beetlejuice 2
  • Star Trek Beyond is now shooting in Dubai
  • Get a first look at Renée Zellweger in Bridget Jones’s Baby

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When Marnie Was There english cast

With a US release now set, the When Marnie Was There English cast has been revealed. The latest film from Studio Ghibli was released in Japan last summer, and hits Blu-ray and DVD in Japan this month. The US release of the film, which will be presented by GKids, is now set for May, and the tale of a young woman who makes an unusual friend while staying at a seaside home will feature Hailee Steinfeld in the lead role. Read More »

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Lake Bell In A World

From the instant In A World… premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, I remember thinking, “I can’t wait to see the trailer for that.” That day is here. Written, directed by and starring Lake Bell, In A World… is the story of young woman trying to make a living in the male-dominated field of voice over work, specifically that of movie trailers. When marketers for a new movie decide to reinstate the classic phrase “In a world” for the film’s trailer, a competition breaks out that pits the young woman against her father (Fred Melamed) and an up and comer (Ken Marino).

Featuring supporting performances by Dimitri Martin, Michaela Watkins, Rob Corddry, Nick Offerman and Geena Davis, the film won the Best Screenwriting award at Sundance. It opens on August 9. Check out meta-trailer below. Read More »