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    Watch: "Women in Refrigerators" Supercut: Female Characters Killed to Give Male Characters Depth

    "Women in refrigerators" is "shorthand for female characters forced to suffer through rape, torture, and even murder to give their male counterparts convincing motivation and/or emotional depth." A new video is an infuriating reminder of how female characters are (under)utilized and (under)valued on...

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    Heroines of Cinema: These 10 Female Filmmakers Prove Why Hollywood Studios Should Change Their Tune

    One thing that shocks me more than anything about the sexism of the film industry is the inability of the Hollywood studios to hire female directors. The statistics speak for themselves — last year, the only woman to solely direct a film released on more than 2000 screens was Kimberley Peirce with "...

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    Quote of the Day: Elle Fanning on Female Characters

    "We don't always need a love interest."

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    Guest Post: For Female Indie Filmmakers, The Woman-Child Wins: Obvious Child and Zero Motivation

    Though the man-child has been plastered on the big screen, the woman-child rarely makes it up there. Generally peered at through the almighty male gaze, she is either secluded onto an easily toppled romantic pedestal or tossed aside into the supporting category of awkward unsexual female friends.

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    Hunger Games: Catching Fire Will Be Top Grossing Movie of 2013, Frozen Surges to #4

    Variety predicts that "Catching Fire," which has thus far grossed $407.5 million domestically, will soon overtake Iron Man 3 as 2013's top-earning movie later this week.

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    Make Her as Likeable as Possible and Other Advice Filmmakers Should Ignore

    "Soften her." "Tone her down." "She is so shrill."

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    Weekly Update April 12: Women-Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

    Weekly Update April 12: Women-Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

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    Watch This: Ellen Announces Finding Dory

    A couple days ago, Ellen announced the long awaited sequel to 2003's Finding Nemo. The sequel, Finding Dory, will focus heavily on Ellen's character Dory from the first film.

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    Danny Boyle Talks About the Need for Better Female Characters

    Recently, Jessica Chastain talked about how she feels that roles for women have taken a step back, and it looks as if Oscar winning director Danny Boyle agrees with her. Boyle, known for his films Trainspotting and and Slumdog Millionaire, discussed the subject of female characters in reagards to hi...

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    Cross Post: Chastain, "Roles for Women Have Taken a Step Back"

    It's refreshing to read a quote from an actress working today willing to criticize the kinds of roles offered to women now in Hollywood. Sure, it's easy to get attention if you put on a bikini or a talk about sex. But women as actual people in film now? RARE. Said Chastain:

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