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Infographic: Diversity in Hollywood

Or lack thereof, really.

Thanks to Brianna Higgins of BAH Studios Doodles for this nice infographic of casting practices in Hollywood, based on race. Culled from research by Sociological Images, we see only 11.1 percent of leading actor roles go to African Americans, only 1.2 percent to Latinos and only 1.8 percent to Asian Americans. So much for the beigeing and browning of America.

I do like that pale mauve shade that Brianna gives to “white,” though.

See more of her work here.

Or lack thereof, really.

Thanks to Brianna Higgins of BAH Studios Doodles for this nice infographic of casting practices in Hollywood, based on race. Culled from research ...

“It’s hard to find female leads that are flawed and interesting and dynamic”

So Rashida Jones wrote one for herself. Jones co-wrote and stars in Celeste and Jesse Forever, which comes out in New York and LA tomorrow, and she gave a really interesting interview to Women and Hollywood, in which she reflected on how feminism has changed women’s lives in America, and how Hollywood is reflecting that change back to us in the media we consume. Jones said that she wanted to play a role that wasn’t “just someone’s girlfriend or wife. I wanted to go on that journey.”

When Melissa at WiH asked why it’s been so hard for women to go on that journey, Jones gave the kind of answer that makes a feminist blogger want to yell, “preeeeach!”

So Rashida Jones wrote one for herself. Jones co-wrote and stars in Celeste and Jesse Forever, which comes out in New York and LA tomorrow, and she gave a really interesting interview to Women and Hollywood, ...

The Hunger Games: A story for women and girls that everyone can love

The only thing that could have made me more excited about The Hunger Games is if the trailer was put to Rihanna…Oh look!

In case you didn’t notice (ha!), last night The Hunger Games premiered at midnight across the country. The highly-hyped movie sold more advance tickets on Fandago than any other non-sequel film ever and brought in an estimated $19.7 million last night. Its expected box office numbers for opening weekend–between $115 and $120 million–could break records.

I haven’t seen the movie yet, but we wrote about the books last year, and I’m excited about its success for many reasons. It’s a story about class and inequality and power that resonates deeply in these times. And ...

The only thing that could have made me more excited about The Hunger Games is if the trailer was put to Rihanna…Oh look!

In case you didn’t notice (ha!), last night The Hunger Games premiered at midnight across ...

Quick hit: Why are all those movie trailers voiced by men?

The New York Times ran an article last weekend about why so few movie trailer voiceovers are performed by women. The article discussed the perception that women’s voices aren’t strong enough to cut through the noise of a movie trailer, and suggested that even if they can, many of us trust men’s voices more than women’s:

Do moviegoers want to hear female voices? Research indicates that our brains are wired to prefer theirs to male ones; that’s the reason robotic voices, like those in GPS devices, tend to be female. (This probably has an evolutionary explanation: fetuses in the womb, identifying with their caretaker, can distinguish their mother’s voice from others, a study published in the journal Psychological Science found.) When ...

The New York Times ran an article last weekend about why so few movie trailer voiceovers are performed by women. The article discussed the perception that women’s voices aren’t strong enough to cut through the noise of ...

In case you missed it: Viola Davis’s SAG Awards speech

When “The Help” hit theaters last year, there was an enormous amount of discussion about it in the feminist and progressive blogosphere. It was harshly criticized for its ahistorical depiction of the Jim Crow South, and for its implication that racism is a thing of the past (and that it is over largely thanks to the efforts of white people).

People were divided about whether or not to see it, and those who did see it were divided about whether or not Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer were to be commended for inarguably great performances or critiqued for taking roles as maids.

At the Screen Actors’ Guild Awards on Sunday night, “The Help” won Best Ensemble, and Viola Davis ...

When “The Help” hit theaters last year, there was an enormous amount of discussion about it in the feminist and progressive blogosphere. It was harshly criticized for its ahistorical depiction of the Jim Crow South, and ...

Lily Tomlin on being out in Hollywood

There’s been a good deal of discussion, in the last few months, about the experience of queer actors in Hollywood. Should they come out? Will it damage their careers? What responsibility do queer actors have to rest of the queer community?

Now, Lily Tomlin has weighed in, observing that while things have improved for queer actors, coming out in Hollywood is still a big risk. “There’s still a tremendous emphasis by studios and producers; they will be worried if an actor isn’t bona fide straight in their estimation, then the audience won’t believe them in a straight – a romantic – role,” the actress and comedienne said this week. Tomlin is currently in Sydney as part of the ...

There’s been a good deal of discussion, in the last few months, about the experience of queer actors in Hollywood. Should they come out? Will it damage their careers? What responsibility do queer actors have ...

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