As we’ve already observed, it’s not a great summer for women in the movies. And now, Vulture’s Amanda Dobbins has the graphs to prove it. The percentage of movies featuring one woman in a co-starring role, more than one woman in a co-starring role, and a woman in a starring role has noticeably gone down in 2013 wide-release summer films, as compared to the last few years. Charts below.
Dobbins elaborates on her methodology and procedure for creating the graphs here.
Meanwhile, the New York Times has a profile of scribe Michelle Morgan, whose “Girl Most Likely” (originally titled “Imogen”) starring Kristen Wiig, was greenlighted as a direct result of Wiig’s 2011 breakout hit “Bridesmaids.””Girl Most Likely” hits theaters today.
“Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig and star Melissa McCarthy have another hit on their hands, buddy-cop movie “The Heat” with Sandra Bullock, which has made close to $100 million domestically. Feig and McCarthy, unlike the rest of Hollywood, apparently understand the value of women in films. (Read Bob Strauss’s story on the dearth of women in non-indie films here, and the eye-opening CinemaCon panel with Feig, Geena Davis and “Hunger Games” producer Nina Jacobson here). Feig’s currently looking for a star for his “female James Bond” project, and also has a mother-daughter comedy in the works. McCarthy is wrapping “Tammy,” a road-trip comedy she co-penned with her husband, Ben Falcone.
According to an MPAA study from 2011, women make up 51% of America’s moviegoing audience. So why are the hard numbers on these graphs so dismal? As Bilge Ebiri at Businessweek asks, how many “Bridesmaids” does Hollywood need to understand that women in movies are bankable?