Women & Hollywood has been in the news twice this weekend. Thought I’d share:
From Ann Hornaday at the Washington Post:
Women & Film: With female characters, why does Hollywood fear that the stronger they are, the harder they fail?
This state of affairs distresses Melissa Silverstein, who tracks women’s issues in the entertainment industry on her Web site Women & Hollywood. “One of the things making me nervous this fall is the box office of movies like ‘Jennifer’s Body’ and ‘Whip It,’ ” says Silverstein. “I call them ‘girl-power’ movies. They’re the movies I dream about for my feminist future. And the fact that people didn’t go to see those movies makes me want to weep.
“Figuring out how to reach women and young women is the challenge for this business. They don’t know how to do it well. Car companies have figured it out, yet Hollywood has not figured it out.”
The BBC World Service News Hour commenting on the lack of strong women leads (the segment starts at 36:40)