The Women of ‘Star Wars.’ (It’s Not Who You Think.)

Jyn Erso is not a princess or a Jedi. She is, however, the second female character with a lead role in a “Star Wars” movie in the last two years. It’s a statistic that would have been unthinkable 40 years ago, when Princess Leia reigned alone in a galaxy of men and her dialogue was less than half that of the golden droid C-3PO in “A New Hope.” But even with the advent of back-to-back female protagonists, the women onscreen are only now catching up with those working behind the scenes at Industrial Light & Magic, the special-effects studio founded by George Lucas. Continue reading The Women of ‘Star Wars.’ (It’s Not Who You Think.)

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‘Hidden Figures’ Proves Again That Films About Women Are Not And Never Were Box Office Poison

There are a million reasons to celebrate the breakout success of Fox 2000’s Hidden Figures. The crowd-pleasing dramedy, about the under-heralded female African-American NASA mathematicians who helped put Americans into space, has earned $60 million in just 10 days of wide release and has topped the weekend box office charts two weeks in a row. It received strong reviews, excellent word of mouth and Oscar buzz. The only question is how far it will go. Continue reading ‘Hidden Figures’ Proves Again That Films About Women Are Not And Never Were Box Office Poison

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Tracee Ellis Ross Is the First Black Woman to Win Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Comedy In 35 Years

The 44-year-old actress took home the trophy for her acclaimed role as Dr. Rainbow “Bow” Johnson in the ABC sitcom Black-ish. Debbie Allen was the last black woman to receive the honor for the 1982 NBC series Fame at the 1983 Globes. Ellis Ross is also the first black nominee in the category since Gimme a Break‘s Allen and Nell Carter were nominated in 1984. Continue reading Tracee Ellis Ross Is the First Black Woman to Win Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Comedy In 35 Years

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