Posts Tagged women in movies

Captain Phasma

The internet got a Star Wars character turned into a woman

When the first cast photo from Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released, many people unsurprisingly raised concerns that there was only one woman among the new cast members, adding to the gender imbalance of a franchise that had only featured one prominent female character in the original trilogy (the Expanded Universe, may it rest in peace, is another story).

When the first cast photo from Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released, many people unsurprisingly raised concerns that there was only one woman among the new cast members, adding to the gender imbalance of a franchise ...

movies

Feministing picks for the Chicago International Film Festival

The Chicago International Film Festival, the longest running competitive film festival in North America, kicked off yesterday downtown. The festival is the longest running competitive film festival in North America. Among the ranks of the its Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are Steven Spielberg, Jodie Foster, Clint Eastwood, and Robin Williams. In other words, this is a big frickin’ deal for film nerds and enthusiasts. Tickets to see just 20 of the over 130 films offered will cost you $250 if you aren’t a member of the festival.

The Chicago International Film Festival, the longest running competitive film festival in North America, kicked off yesterday downtown. The festival is the longest running competitive film festival in North America. Among the ranks ...

Finally! A fitting portrayal of Nina Simone

Zoe Saldana received a lot of backlash for her role as Nina Simone in an upcoming biopic. While it’s not as much Saldana’s fault as it is casting manager’s, the criticism of the casting is well-deserved in wake of her comments about race and gender. Nina Simone’s legacy and story are rooted in her dark complexion and non-traditional beauty. Zoe Saldana, while amazingly talented and beautiful in her own right, doesn’t necessarily embody that. Instead of seeking an equally talented actress to play Simone, they’re slapping some black face on Saldana and calling it a day. Needless to say I’m less than enthused about the flick.

However I was overjoyed to hear that Issa Rae, creator of the hilarious ...

Zoe Saldana received a lot of backlash for her role as Nina Simone in an upcoming biopic. While it’s not as much Saldana’s fault as it is casting manager’s, the criticism of the casting is well-deserved in ...