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Michael Eisner’s “Beautiful Women Aren’t Funny” Comment Reveals the Old-Fashioned, Straightforward Nature of Hollywood Sexism

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From my position, the hardest artist to find is a beautiful, funny woman. By far. They usually — boy am I going to get in trouble, I know this goes online — but usually, unbelievably beautiful women, you being an exception, are not funny.

Thus, presciently, spoke Michael Eisner, former Disney CEO, at a panel with the stunning and hilarious Goldie Hawn, of all people. There, beside the living, breathing, contradiction to all his basic assumptions, Eisner covered his tracks by declaring her to be simply “an exception.”
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Dustin Hoffman Declares, “It’s the Worst that Film Has Ever Been”

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Dustin Hoffman has joined the increasing number of film veterans who’ve come out saying that television is currently in a far healthier — and more compelling place — than film. In an interview with The Independent, the 77-year-old actor — who’s also taken to directing in recent years — said, “I think right now television is the best that it’s ever been. And I think that it’s the worst that film has ever been – in the 50 years that I’ve been doing it, it’s the worst.”
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How ‘Jurassic World’ Became One of the Biggest Blockbusters of All Time

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The Fourth of July weekend, traditionally one of the most competitive of the movie-going year, was supposed to be a face-off between two very different franchises. In the big-budget blockbuster slot we had a new Terminator film, the fifth in the series (and the third to open on Independence Day weekend); the low-budget up-and-comer was Channing Tatum and his crew of “male entertainers” in Magic Mike XXL. But those movies didn’t end up battling it out for the top slot.
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Sexploitation Films for Female Audiences

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We’ve been talking about the female gaze again this week — a conversation sparked by the premiere of the beefcake-savvy Magic Mike XXL, which opened in theaters this weekend. Critics are applauding the movie, praising the new sexploitation classic for its sex positivity and focus on women of all shapes, sizes, and colors. If you find yourself feeling starved for cinema that offers more to women than the usual male-centric fare, try these sexploitation films — and a few that blur genres.
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Amy Winehouse Documentary Confronts the Reality of Art Spawned from Self-Destruction

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The autobiographical lyrics of Amy Winehouse’s biggest hit, “Rehab,” are downright chilling in the wake of her 2011 death by alcohol poisoning. At the time of its release in late 2006, Winehouse wasn’t a big star in America, but by vividly celebrating her vices in song, Amy quickly became one of pop’s tortured greats. The line that should make your gut churn — “And if my daddy thinks I’m fine…” — alludes to Mitch Winehouse brushing off his daughter’s condition in 2005 when then-manager Nick Shymansky and others close to Amy tried to get her into rehab. The situation invites nagging “ifs,” which sit at the center of Asif Kapadia’s unflinching documentary Amy, opening in select theaters this Friday and in wide release next week.
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