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Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 11:36PM EDT
Is Joss Whedon's new HBO series The Nevers a bad idea?
"It’s hard to describe the emotions Whedon evokes in geek culture," Kate Gardner says of HBO announcing Whedon's sci-fi series on Victorian women with superpowers. "On the one hand, he created Buffy, Angel, Firefly, and directed The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron. On the other … Well, the less said about him the better. There’s an argument to be made about how terrible, allegedly abusive men continuously get second chances, and Whedon is the perfect example of that. But also, he’s not even that good of a writer any longer. He relies on the same storytelling devices over and over and his concept of 'feminism' is incredibly dated compared to how far we’ve come in terms of representation. Buffy was groundbreaking for the quick wit, the female and LGBT representation, and how shocking it could be with characters getting killed off left and right. But the problem is that these are the only tropes Whedon knows how to use."
Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 11:58PM EDT
The Secret World of Alex Mack's Larisa Oleynik is starring in a new comedy series backed by New York City
Half Life is part of the city's Greenlight Her initiative, which aims to improve the representation of women behind the camera. The comedy will air on the New York City channel NYC Life.
Posted Saturday 7/07/18 at 10:36AM EDT
HBO programming chief Casey Bloys wants to make sure female storytellers are "well represented"
That was his goal with prestige female-centered series like Sharp Objects and Big Little Lies. “I think the power of female friendships is timeless so there is just an appeal to the storytelling,” says Bloys. “So it may seem on the outside like we are going to have all female stories all the time, and while I am proud of that, they have to be interesting stories and have something to say about how we live. We are not picking these shows just because they are female point of view, but we are doing them because they are interesting and compelling.”
Posted Saturday 7/07/18 at 10:36AM EDT
Sharp Objects represents a new benchmark for TV about women -- and a rejoinder to True Detective's inherent misogyny
On most male-focused crime shows like True Detective, the most important women are the dead ones, says Willa Paskin. But HBO's Sharp Objects, based on Gillian Flynn's first novel, is a reminder that women can do anything. "This is an overdue development, spurred, perhaps, by recent events finally revealing to male executives just how dark the female experience has always been," says Paskin. "It seems to me to be a necessary next step, advancing the parameters of 'prestige' to include female creators—not just female characters—who are permitted to be as dark and serious as men, with the full and robust backing of a major network and its marketing department. But Sharp Objects also seems to me to be utterly burdened by the clichés of prestige TV—if very likely to reap all of that format’s awards."
- Sharp Objects turns out to be something much darker and more ambitious than your average whodunit
- It's reminiscent of Season 2 of Westworld, except it offers more immediate gratification
- Sharp Objects is an experimental viewing experience, slowly burning its way to a climax rather than throwing all the detective work in your face
- Sharp Objects proves that a two-hour movie just can’t compete with an eight-hour series for creating a layered, complicated world
- Sharp Objects is the scuzziest, sweatiest, booziest drama of the summer -- but suffers from "a getting-the-hell-to-the-point problem"
- Labeling Sharp Objects a small-town mystery or a crime thriller feels a bit like false advertising
- Amy Adams is tremendous in her role -- your attention never wavers from her
- Adams says it was necessary to have a TV drama that delved into women's rage
- Gillian Flynn worried that a film adaptation of her novel would lose the character study: "To me, Sharp Objects was a character study hidden inside of a mystery. It was as much of a who-is-she as a whodunit."
Posted Monday 7/02/18 at 9:21AM EDT
Anna Gunn says the backlash over her Breaking Bad Skyler character was "bizarre," "very tough" and "it shook me"
"It was very bizarre and confusing to us all,” she says in EW's Breaking Bad reunion issue. “It was a combination of sexism, ideas about gender roles, and then honestly, it was the brilliance of the construct of the show. People did find a hero in Walt, but they wanted so much to connect with him so viscerally that to see the person who often was his antagonist — therefore the show’s antagonist in a way — they felt like she was in the way of him doing whatever he wanted to do, and that he should be allowed to do what he wanted to do.”
Posted Friday 6/29/18 at 10:56PM EDT
The Handmaid's Tale director says too many childbirth scenes are "sanitized" because they are filmed by men
That's why director Daina Reid says more women should be behind the lens. “We can portray an experience like that in a much more visceral, experiential way, as opposed to an idea of what it would be,” she says. “I think it’s important to have a visceral, realized version of all female experiences, because I think often we do not get that... Women are starved of watching the world through their own lens, across the board.”
Posted Thursday 6/14/18 at 1:46PM EDT
19 female TV executive produces showed up for "An Evening with Female Showrunners"
The Post screenwriter Liz Hannah quickly assembled last night's event in a matter of days in response to the backlash over Variety's TV writers' panel that initially featured only one woman and 11 men (which Variety later rectified). The female showrunners discussed everything from inclusion to mentors to sexual harassment. According to Deadline's David Robb, "there were so many female executive producers gathered at Twitter’s offices in Santa Monica last night that they had to be arrayed in rows in two back-to-back hourlong panels, and there was a fair amount of networking and drinking during a brief intermission in between."
Posted Tuesday 6/12/18 at 6:33PM EDT
"It's just demoralizing": Fear the Walking Dead is the latest example of Hollywood ageism
"It's the same old story," Maureen Ryan says of Sunday's episode of the AMC series. "I'm tired," she adds. "Like a character on a zombie show, I'm exhausted from fighting the same battles over and over again." Ryan says Sunday's death "is infuriating for a lot of reasons," adding: "The decision to kill off one of TV's — and cable's — rare mature female leads is baffling. The simple truth is: Shows aimed at the mainstream, not to mention programs with a genre premise, rarely cast women over 40 in the most important role. Ignoring this context and history, just to give viewers another tiresome 'major death,' represents a massive lapse in judgment. The fact that this decision comes from The Walking Dead franchise, which has come under fire for its treatment of women and people of color in the past, is even more depressing."
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 2:37PM EDT
Debra Messing: I had to wear fake breasts on my first sitcom
The Will & Grace star, in an Actors on Actors conversation with Sharon Stone, said of being handed cutlets to enhance her breast size for her first regular sitcom role: “‘I look stupid.’ I was like, ‘I’m not going to wear these,’ to which they responded, ‘The president of the network called and said he wants you to wear those.'”
Posted Wednesday 6/06/18 at 6:44PM EDT
Sex and the City would not be Sex and the City if it premiered today, says creator Darren Star
In honor of Sex and the City launching 20 years ago today, on June 6, 1998, Star was asked how he'd redo the show if it premiered in 2018. "There would probably be a gay character and it would probably be more diverse, but at the same time, this is what that show was about," he says. "It was about those four women, and I think Sex and the City can only be conceived in the context of the time that it was done, and any show that is done now would not be Sex and the City; it would be something else because it’s 20 years later. I think its an apples and oranges type of question. Sex and the City would obviously be a completely different show today, in terms of how it would be conceived from the very beginning. You might even have a gender-fluid character on the show. From the ground up, we would just be thinking of it differently 20 years later."
- Sarah Jessica Parker reflects on iconic Carrie Bradshaw: "It's deeply surprising to experience a new generation of viewers"
- Cynthia Nixon pens an essay on Miranda: "While I admired Miranda, I didn't exactly identify with her — at least not at first"
- In praise of the steadfast independence of Kim Cattrall's Samantha Jones
- Kristin Davis marks the anniversary by posting an emotional pic of one of the last days on set
- Sex and the City didn't care about respectability politics for women -- it allowed its characters to be complex and imperfect
- Who would be cast on a 2018 reboot of Sex and the City?
- Here are all the worst ways men covered Sex and the City, with disdain
- Read an oral history of late 1990s New York City, Candace Bushnell and the birth of Sex and the City
- Here's a rundown of every non-white Sex and the City character with a speaking role
- Desus and Mero's Desus Nice became a Sex and the City superfan because its New York was different from his New York
- 15 female writers share their most memorable SATC moments
- John McCain was a stealth Sex and the City superfan
- Meet the women who molded Sex and the City's first season
- Confessions of a wannabe recovering Carrie Bradshaw
- Sex and the City and Us author Jennifer Keishin Armstrong says "no one wanted to be a Miranda -- she's the boring successful woman"
- How Sex and the City still influences New York City food trends
- Matthew McConaughey ended up appearing on SATC because Warren Beatty turned the role down
- 13 things you probably didn't know about SATC
- Seven trends Carrie made famous
- SATC designer Patricia Field is still popular in New York City
- How did SATC portray the LGBTQ community?
- Sex and the City's Manhattan is long gone, but did it ever exist?
- The SATC bus tour is like traveling through time
- Ranking all 39 Sex and the City boyfriends -- Steve was the hottest one
- Ranking Carrie Bradshaw's boyfriends
- Why Sex and the City still resonates, despite looking dated
- Check out Sex and the City cast at their 1998 premiere event
Posted Wednesday 6/06/18 at 6:44PM EDT
Variety apologizes over a TV writers panel that includes 11 men and just one woman
Variety's announcement was met with backlash from showrunners such as Grey's Anatomy's Krista Vernoff and TV stars like Busy Philipps, who named a bunch of female writers who could've participated. "We hear you loud and clear, and are currently working on rectifying our mistake," Variety tweeted. Meanwhile, The Post wrter Liz Hannah scheduled a female showrunner panel in response to Variety's panel. "I'm glad Variety apologized," tweeted Better Call Saul writer Gennifer Hutchison. "It's interesting though, from the lists folks are generating of female showrunners and upper level female writers, to see just how big of an 'oversight' this was. This is what we mean when we talk inherent bias. They didn't even think about it."
Posted Tuesday 6/05/18 at 1:02PM EDT
Miss America drops swimsuit competition: "We are no longer a pageant"
“We are a competition," explained Gretchen Carlson in announcing that Miss America will no longer judge based on physical appearances. Carlson, the former Miss America who was named chair of the Miss America Organization board of trustees after the pageant's CEO resigned in scandal last December, revealed the news on Good Morning America this morning. She had promised a "tsunami" of changes at the Miss America Organization. Carlson says the swimsuit competition will be replaced by a live interactive session with the judges. “We’ve heard from a lot of young women who say, ‘We’d love to be a part of your program but we don’t want to be out there in high heels and a swimsuit,’ so guess what, you don’t have to do that anymore,” said Carlson.
Posted Thursday 5/31/18 at 9:13PM EDT
Atlanta's only female writer describes her situation as "a really bittersweet thing"
“It’s a bummer,” says Stefani Robinson. “It’s a really bittersweet thing, I think. I’m so happy to be the woman in the space, because I think that it’s so rare in Hollywood for a woman, especially a woman of color, to exist in these spaces. So on the one hand, I’m grateful and I think it’s so important and I feel so blessed. But on the other hand, you always wish there was more than one.”
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 9:55PM EDT
Arrow reveals a Season 7 writing room that's almost entirely female
The CW Arrowverse drama has struggled with inconsistent writing of female characters. Will having a staff made of up almost entirely of women help in Season 7?
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 5:47PM EDT
Carol Burnett recalls being told "variety is a man's game" when trying to launch her legendary variety show
Burnett tells Conan O'Brien if it weren't for a CBS contract requiring 30 episodes to be filmed, The Carol Burnett Show might not have happened.