Meryl Streep

Are Outspoken Feminist Movie Stars Actually Working With Female Directors?

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Last month, Flavorwire interviewed director Allison Anders, and at the end of the chat she threw down a challenge for big-name Hollywood actresses who complain about the dearth of female directors and other women behind the scenes: “I hear a lot of actresses these days lamenting about roles for women and saying that more women should be behind the camera,” she said. “But when big stars say that and they haven’t worked with women directors, I wonder why they don’t demand a woman director…
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‘Suffragette’ Is Less Courageous than Its Brick-Throwing Subjects

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Towards the end of Sarah Gavron’s feminist drama Suffragette, a group of feminist activists — who have all been radicalized enough to plant bombs in mailboxes throughout the city of London — stand in a city park, debating whether to similarly bomb the empty country estate of a prominent politician. They’ve been tipped off about the estate by one of their own (Romola Garai) who happens to be married to a government minister. Some think it’s going too far; others (led by Helena Bonham Carter as a militant chemist) think they have no choice but to act in this way, because their cause is being ignored otherwise.
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Christina Applegate Attempts Meryl Streep’s Most Challenging Roles

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Meryl Streep may be able to play anyone, but can anyone play Meryl Streep? Such is the question a new Lifetime movie about the actress’ turbulent life might raise, if such a movie were to exist, and if such a life were to be turbulent. Fortunately, Streep’s life and reputation both seem exceedingly solid, and unfortunately, this movie does not exist, but a Funny or Die parody of said hypothetical film does. 
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The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘Unfriended,’ ‘Welcome to Me’

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This week’s biggest new disc release is the Reese Witherspoon-Sofia Vergara vehicle Hot Pursuit (I know, I know), and the rest of the slate is looking similarly dire. But we do have a new Criterion release that’s worth a look, as well as an undeniably effective low-budget horror flick, plus the usual assortment of Netflix recommendations to take up the slack.
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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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