Like, you know, whatever.
"There’s a conventional wisdom that female-led movies don’t open or play well. That’s dead. And then there’s a conventional wisdom that there’s only so much of an audience for female-led movies. That was killed good this weekend; there’s $200 million worth of an audience. Of course Hollywood always takes the wrong lessons from things, and the next time a female-led movie doesn’t do well everybody in power will point to that as if it means something (it probably means the film wasn’t good. Besides being female-led, Catching Fire and Frozen are both very good movies), but in the meantime this is something that will be noted in boardrooms across Los Angeles this week."
"If a woman can do the work as well, she is worth as much as a man,” Disney said, according to studio archives. “The girl artists have the right to expect the same chances for advancement as men, and I honestly believe they may eventually contribute something to this business that men never would or could."
Hard-hitting images of violence committed against women in El Salvador and Guatemala.
"Our instructor, he told us all it takes is everything you got, and it’s true… Once you are committed to a goal, you can make it if you put everything into it."
Pfc. Cristina Fuentes Montenegro, First female Marines to graduate infantry training: ‘It takes everything you got’ | Marine Corps Times | marinecorpstimes.com
Charli XCX: I’ve experienced more the side of things where people think I don’t write my own songs because I’m a girl. You co-write, and that’s a problem because you are a girl. Tons of credible, Pitchfork-friendly bands co-write and don’t get shit, but because I’m a woman.
Interviewer: Or people assume that because you are a girl, the co-writer does more than on a boy’s record.
Charli XCX: Yeah. I just wrote one of the biggest songs in the world. So, fuck you.
Photo by Philip Cosores
These are the first four women to complete a 59-day grueling infantry training course for the U.S. Marines. Fifteen women began the course; these four completed it, but only three will graduate since the fourth woman was too injured to complete the combat fitness course.
CNN reported that the women won’t join infantry forces and instead will be assigned to non-combat roles.
This is a really good article by NPR on the BS we’ve all read this weekend on numerous sites of everyone being “stunned” and “shocked” over the success of The Best Man Holiday.
“Furthermore, yes, it’s a big jump over the original The Best Man in 1999, but why on earth would a $30 million opening for an ensemble romantic comedy with a largely African-American cast that includes some very well-liked, telegenic actors be beyond fantasy when Think Like A Man, an ensemble romantic comedy with a largely African-American cast that included some very well-liked, telegenic actors, opened at over $33 million in April of last year?
…it would probably be a good idea to watch out for “tops all expectations” and similar language. Why? Because it enables the fluke-ifying of every success by a black filmmaker, or female filmmaker, or filmmaker who makes a movie about women or people of color.
There’s really no such thing, after all, as a film “overperforming.” The film makes what the film makes; that is a tangible thing that exists in reality, and it happens, and then you measure it. The film opened bigger, at fewer theaters, than Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips (which cost $55 million to make). It opened bigger, at fewer theaters, than Jesse Eisenberg in Now You See Me. It opened bigger, at fewer theaters, than the Nicholas Sparks romance Safe Haven. There’s already so much weird language surrounding movies about anything other than tank-topped white dudes (USA Today stepped in it this weekend by calling Best Man Holiday “race-themed,” which … why, exactly?) that it might be smart to, when comparing a film to “expectations,” make sure we’ve at least pondered where those expectations came from and what they were based on.