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Reese Witherspoon to Record Audiobook of Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set a Watchman’

Now that the ageist controversy over Harper Lee’s lucidity has cooled, we’re free to question other features of Go Set… Read More

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Kanye and Notorious R.B.G. Cover ‘Time 100,’ Martha Stewart Blurbs Kim Kardashian

The Time 100 is often a strange, hilarious and sometimes beautiful parade of unexpected juxtapositions of influential people, and this year is no exception.… Read More

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Is This Really a “Summer Movie Season for Women”?

If Hollywood had its way, it’d just be summer all damn year around — which is why one of the most anticipated franchise movies of the season opened on April 4, and why Vulture is doing a big “summer movie preview” this week, when it was literally snowing in their home base of New York City like a week and a half ago. Anyway, said preview includes a rather hopeful look at “a Summer Movie Season for Women,” showcasing a handful of movies made with, for, and even (in a couple of cases) by women. Is this finally the Bridesmaids revolution we were promised, um, four years ago? … Read More

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10 Great Road Movies About Women

Wild, director Jean-Marc Vallée’s film version of Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling memoir, hits DVD and Blu-ray this week, and is well worth your time — both on its own merits and as part of the fascinating and ongoing history of the female road movie. While tales of the open road often focus on male buddies (Easy Rider) or lovers on the run (Badlands, True Romance, Natural Born Killers), some of our favorite road movies track the physical and psychological journeys of women. Here are a few… Read More

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25 Women Who Drove the Culture in 2014

A thousand and one Internet blowups punctuated 2014, a long and eventful year full of triumph and tragedy for women and and trans folks in American culture. Yet before we look forward to the next frontier, we ought to celebrate the year’s many, many heroines. Whether they sent us into a collective tizzy with their scandalous album covers or had us pumping our fists in favor of their truthful testimony, these 25 women (plus a few honorable mentions at the end) were the ones who got us talking, thinking, re-thinking, and maybe, just maybe, planning a revolution of our… Read More

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“Wild” Gives the Wilderness Narrative a Much-Needed Feminist Spin

Cheryl Strayed’s memoir, Wild, the basis for the Reese Witherspoon film arriving in theaters tonight, is often pitched as a story of an arduous hike that helped Strayed move past her grief over her mother and self-destructive behavior. But as Strayed has said, it’s not just about grief. It’s a literal walk towards self-acceptance with overtly feminist themes. … Read More

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Why Was ‘Wild’ — a Story of Female Empowerment — Written and Directed by Men?

Wild is a well made and often invigorating film, yet so full of contradictions that thinking about it turns into an argument with oneself. Based on the memoir of the same name by Cheryl Strayed, it tells the story of a young woman’s physical journey of psychological self-discovery, paralleling her arduous 1100-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail with the demons she must finally face on that long, solo trek. Along the way, she encounters incidents of casual and aggressive sexism that are so of-the-moment, they seem less like drama than responsive commentary. And yet, those scenes butt up uncomfortably against a decidedly old-fashioned, sex-negative worldview, filtered through a decidedly male gaze. And it is thus worth asking: in the year 2014, why was this story of female identity and second- and third-wave feminism written and directed by men? … Read More

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Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Inherent Vice’ Is a Breezy, Bizarre Blast

Paul Thomas Anderson took five years to make his 2007 oil epic There Will Be Blood. He took another five years to make 2012’s Scientology-inspired The Master. He banged out his adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice in two, and you can feel the difference—in the best possible way. The two films that preceded it marked the filmmaker’s transition from wunderkind to Serious Artist; by turns wrenching, challenging, and borderline impenetrable, they plunged the depths of American history and the American soul. Vice, by contrast, is a slang-y, breezy lark, a picture whose two-and-a-half-hour running time, Oscar-friendly release date, and premiere as the Centerpiece selection at the New York Film Festival make it sound like a more important movie than it is—or, more importantly, than Anderson seems to think it is. After a decade spent making two films that are like pressure cookers, he was clearly ready to blow off some steam. … Read More

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At Last, Here’s Your First Trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Inherent Vice’

With its December release creeping up rapidly, movie geeks were starting to get downright impatient, what with Warner Brothers… Read More

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