Cannes: Jane Campion addresses sexism in film

All you privileged men who just don’t get this. At one time you wouldn’t give us the vote. Forget about working or an Olympic sport. Women just can’t play tennis so they don’t deserve the same pay as men. Women are stupid and don’t have the same brain capacity as men. Women should not be doing any job which is traditionally held by men. Women are the weaker sex. They can’t manage the same job as men. Women won’t be hired because one day they will get married and have children. Hollywood is perhaps one of the most old fashioned industries in the world. It does not reflect the lives of women. Stories about men, by men, fantasies by men of women who are beautiful, just wives or girlfriends and certainly not doing the same job as men. Hollywood promotes fantasy while living in a fantasy world where women are second. And Hollywood, time and time again, promotes the lie that no one is interested in a female POV. Men – you don’t know how privileged you are. I hear of so many amazing stories about strong women over the past decades – true stories about real girls and women – the courage, the tenacity, the power – yet these stories don’t get made because you carry on the propaganda that says that men are the heroes – Batman, Superman, Spiderman – and girls and women are the pretty, plain, mother or whore. Look around where you work and where you live. Do you see weak women? Are your sisters, mothers, girlfriends, wives, women friends – all just weak little sexual things who just want to get married and can’t do anything without a man? We fight, we are heroes, we travel the world, we create – we are real. We want our stories. We want them, not for selfish Hollywood reason to make $$$$, but to show girls and women out there that life doesn’t belong to men. Men are part of it and are amazing, no one is disputing that, what we are fighting for is our stories to be told. How can 52% of the population be treated like 3% of the population? The reason why black actors and filmmakers couldn’t get on the industry was because of racism. Everyone agrees with that. Now men don’t see that with women that the only reason we don’t have more than two female directors at Cannes is down to sexism and not, as is often stated by idiot men, that we just aren’t good enough – we don’t have the balls to be a director. There was a time when women were not allowed to run a marathon. 2014 – and nothing has changed.

 

Ginger Liu

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Star Wars new casting mistake

The new Star Wars filmmakers announced their casting yesterday and it’s perhaps no surprise, with J.J. Abrams at the helm, that there is just one female actress and six males. Why does Hollywood not want 100% of the population’s money? Why do they just want 48% – the males? It just doesn’t make any business sense.

We girls loved the original Star Wars film back in the 1970’s – but now we are in 2014. Have a few more women in this movie and then it opens out with media coverage to women’s media, publications, blogs, girl fans. Women blogs are the biggest in the world, bigger than men. That’s twice the publicity, twice the ticket sales. It’s just bad business sense – again. So the only reasons I can think of for their decision is plain old fashioned sexism or Star Wars is a gay movie. Which is it?

Why alienate 52% of the population? Why not make a film that sells tickets to everyone? Why is Harry Potter such a big franchise? Girls love the female lead. I loved Star Wars because I could dream of being a Princess in outer space. Time and time again, Hollywood producers shut out half the population. Oh sure, the new Star Wars will do well. It would do twice as well if young girls could watch it too.

This is plain old fashioned sexism. What other reason could there be to not want to market to an additional 52% of the population?

I feel let down again by Hollywood. I have to pinch myself every time this happens. Am I really living in the 21st century or is it thirty years ago when I was first getting into contemporary films and feeling starved of female protagonists? What’s changed?

Don’t bother to argue with me if you’re a white male and you can’t see what the fuss is all about. Lucky for you to be born at the top of the pyramid. May I remind you that women are not a minority. Why treat us this way in Hollywood? Don’t you think that little girls and grown up women want to see ourselves having an adventure in space, just like the boys? We are not sex objects, or just the girlfriend, the wife, mother or whore.

Girls just wanna have fun.

Better rewrite that script!

Ginger Liu

Ellen to host 2014 Oscars

“Television icon Ellen DeGeneres will return to host the Oscars® for a second time, producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Academy Awards® will be broadcast live on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, on the ABC Television Network.

“We are thrilled to have Ellen DeGeneres host the Oscars,” said Zadan and Meron. “As a longtime friend, we had always hoped to find a project for us to do together and nothing could be more exciting than teaming up to do the Oscars. There are few stars today who have Ellen’s gift for comedy, with her great warmth and humanity. She is beloved everywhere and we expect that the audience at the Dolby Theatre, and in homes around the globe, will be as excited by this news as we are.”

“I am so excited to be hosting the Oscars for the second time. You know what they say – the third time’s the charm,” said DeGeneres.

“I agreed with Craig and Neil immediately that Ellen is the ideal host for this year’s show,” said Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Academy President. “We’re looking forward to an entertaining, engaging and fun show.”

“Ellen is talented, wonderfully spontaneous, and knows how to entertain a worldwide audience,” said Dawn Hudson, Academy CEO. “She’s a big fan of the Oscars; we’re huge fans of hers. It’s a perfect match.”

“It is an honor to welcome back Ellen DeGeneres as the host of the biggest entertainment celebration of the year,” said Paul Lee, president, ABC Entertainment Group. “She is the consummate entertainer, equally beloved by her peers in the industry, movie fans and television viewers. We very much look forward to having her back on ABC for Oscar Sunday.”

DeGeneres hosted the 79th Academy Awards in 2007, for which she received a Primetime Emmy® nomination for “Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program.”

DeGeneres has made a home for herself in daytime with her hit syndicated talk show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which has earned a total of 45 Daytime Emmys during its 10 seasons.

DeGeneres’ began her career as an emcee at a local comedy club in her hometown of New Orleans. Her acting career in television included roles in several successful sitcoms before being offered a part on “These Friends of Mine” by ABC. After the first season, the show was renamed “Ellen.” Running from 1994 to 1998, the show garnered record ratings, with DeGeneres receiving Emmy nominations each season in the Best Actress category. In 1997, DeGeneres was the recipient of the coveted Peabody Award as well as earning an Emmy for writing the critically acclaimed “Puppy Episode” when her character came out as a gay woman to a record 46 million viewers.

DeGeneres has also been successful in her feature film work. DeGeneres scored unprecedented popular and critical response to her character, Dory, the fish with extreme short-term memory, in the blockbuster Pixar animated feature “Finding Nemo.” DeGeneres recently announced the highly anticipated sequel to “Finding Nemo,” Disney-Pixar’s “Finding Dory,” currently scheduled to be released in November 2015.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar® Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.”

http://www.oscars.com

Sexism on Twitter

But why are boys and men (who are naturally misoginists and not real lovely and amazing boys and men) allowed to threaten women with rape? Why? Death. Rape. Posting addresses of women to rape. Why are they getting away with this? This is not free speech. This is hate speech and violence which is illegal in the “real” world. This must stop. And the social media bullshit about free speech and letting hate speech go on is nonsense because it is not men on the whole who get this abuse. And I’m sick of the posts from misogninists – (I won’t ever call them men from now on because they are not, they are misoginisists) who still go on about how much they hate women, feminism, etc. Why do you hate us so much? You accuse feminists of hating men. By definition we don’t hate men. Why do you hate us so much? You are missing out on great friendships, mothers, sisters, daughters. You hate us so much, why? This is 2013 in the west. And I have to pinch myself that I’m not a teenager in the 80’s and being upset by how I’ve been treated by some men at work and at play. But of Hollywood can’t get into the 21st century when it comes to women then how can you expect these misgoninists who are masturbating at home in front of a Hollywood film or a magazine that treats women as tits and ass, wife, girlfriend, prostitute, lover, mother?

Princesses go head to head for Oscar race

Naomi Watts_Diana_Indiewire

Another major contender for next years Oscar race was confirmed today with Diana, starring Naomi Watts in the title role, being picked up for U.S. distribution by Entertainment One (Deadline). This puts the film in contention at the 87th Academy Awards in 2014 and will peg Watts for the best actress gong against best pal Nicole Kidman for her role as Grace of Monaco.

Diana tells the story of Princess Diana’s love affair with Dr. Hasnat Khan, whom she met before Dodi Fayed, and is directed byDownfall’s Oliver Hirschbiegal. Khan, played by ABC’s Lost star Naveen Andrews, has to try and cope with dating the most famous woman in the world.

Grace of Monaco was not in competition at Cannes but never-the-less was scooped up by The Weinstein Co. who will heavily promote the film throughout the awards season later this year. Grace is directed by La Vie en Rose helmer, Olivier Dahan.

Dates announced for 2014 and 2015 Oscars

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the ABC Television Network today announced the dates for the 86th and 87th Oscar® presentations. The 86th and 87th Academy Awards® will air live on ABC on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, and February 22, 2015, respectively.

Key dates for the Awards season are:

Saturday, November 16, 2013: The Governors Awards
Monday, December 2, 2013: Official Screen Credits due
Friday, December 27, 2013: Nominations voting begins
Wednesday, January 8, 2014: Nominations voting ends 5 p.m. PT
Thursday, January 16, 2014: Oscar nominations announced
Monday, February 10, 2014: Nominees Luncheon
Friday, February 14, 2014: Final voting begins
Saturday, February 15, 2014: Scientific and Technical Awards
Tuesday, February 25, 2014: Final voting ends 5 p.m. PT
Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014: 86th Academy Awards
Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015: 87th Academy Awards

 

The 86th and 87th Academy Awards ceremonies will be held at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network.

2013 Cannes Film Festival unveils new festival poster

Poster for Cannes Film Festival 2013

 

The poster for the 66th Cannes Film Festival features Hollywood couple Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward from Melville Shavelson’s 1963 film ” A New Kind of Love.”

 

 

The festival runs from 15th to 26th May.

 

Festival de Cannes