Female Protagonists in Hollywood – Thoughts on a recent study

Deadline Hollywood published an article focusing on the lack of female protagonists in Hollywood films. Dr. Martha Lauzen is the Executive Director of San Diego State’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film and she recently conducted a study, inspiring Deadline’s article.

While studies or reports like this are important, it is no secret that Hollywood has struggled with providing strong female protagonists on the big and small screens alike. This leads us to ask the question: Was this study really needed to prove the lack of female voices in Hollywood?

Jennifer Lawrence in Mockingjay - Part 1 (photo via IMDb)
Jennifer Lawrence in Mockingjay – Part 1 (photo via IMDb)

According to Dr. Lauzen’s study, females made up only 12% of protagonists represented in the 100 highest-grossing films of last year. Additionally, only 29% of the major characters and 30% of all speaking roles were portrayed by females. Dr. Lauzen also found that films with a female director or screenwriter had over three times the amount of female protagonists when compared to films written and directed by men.

This study highlights the inherent issue of representation within Hollywood, but does not seem to reveal any new information surrounding the issue. If anything, Dr. Lauzen only further reveals the unfortunate misogynistic nature of the business and the amount of underrepresentation present. Whether it is gender or race, Hollywood still has a long way to go in terms of diverse representation in film and television.

As previously stated, it is no secret that Hollywood struggles with representation so Dr. Lauzen’s study was not really an eye-opening revelation. However, the study was useful in proving it is still an issue and things have not improved in modern society.

What are your thoughts on this issue? Do you think this study was necessary?

Source: Deadline Hollywood

Screen Actors Guild Awards – Complete Winners List

Award season is in full swing and we are on the road to the Oscars! Movie and television buffs have been watching nominations closely as it has been another incredible year in the movie and TV world. The Golden Globes saw some surprise winners so it will be interesting to follow the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award results tonight.

SAG Awards

Follow along with us live:

Theatrical Motion Pictures

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Steve Carell – Foxcatcher (Sony Pictures Classics)
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game (The Weinstein Company)
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler (Open Road Films)
Michael Keaton – Birdman (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything (Focus Features) *WINNER*

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Jennifer Aniston – Cake (Cinelou Films)
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything (Focus Features)
Julianne Moore – Still Alice (Sony Pictures Classics) *WINNER*
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl (20th Century Fox)
Reesa Witherspoon – Wild (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Robert Duvall – The Judge (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood (IFC Films)
Edward Norton – Birdman (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher (Sony Pictures Classics)
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash (Sony Pictures Classics) *WINNER*

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Patrica Arquette – Boyhood (IFC Films) *WINNER*
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game (The Weinstein Company)
Emma Stone – Birdman (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Naomi Watts – St. Vincent (The Weinstein Company)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Birdman *WINNER*
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Television Programs

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Adrien Brody – Houdini (History)
Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock: His Last Vow (PBS)
Richard Jenkins – Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
Mark Ruffalo – The Normal Heart (HBO) *WINNER*
Billy Bob Thornton – Fargo (FX)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Ellen Burstyn – Flowers in the Attic (Lifetime)
Maggie Gyllenhaal – The Honorable Woman (SundanceTV)
Frances McDormand – Olive Kitteridge (HBO) *WINNER*
Julia Roberts – The Normal Heart (HBO)
Cicley Tyson – The Trip to Bountiful (Lifetime)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Steve Buscemi – Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones (HBO)
Woody Harrelson – True Detective (HBO)
Matthew McConaughey – True Detective (HBO)
Kevin Spacey – House of Cards (Netflix) *WINNER*

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (6 nominees)
Claire Danes – Homeland (Showtime)
Viola Davis – How to Get Away With Murder (ABC) *WINNER*
Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife (CBS)
Tatiana Maslany – Orphan Black (BBC America)
Maggie Smith – Downton Abbey (PBS)
Robin Wright – House of Cards (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Ty Burrell – Modern Family (ABC)
Louis C.K. – Louie (FX)
William H. Macy – Shameless (Showtime) *WINNER*
Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Eric Stonestreet – Modern Family (ABC)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Uzo Aduba – Orange is The New Black (Netflix) *WINNER*
Julie Bowen – Modern Family (ABC)
Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep (HBO)
Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation (NBC)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Downton Abbey (PBS) *WINNER*
Game of Thrones (HBO)
Homeland (Showtime)
House of Cards (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX)
Modern Family (ABC)
Orange is the New Black (Netflix) *WINNER*
Veep (HBO)

(photo via The Hollywood Reporter)
(photo via The Hollywood Reporter)

SAG AWARDS® HONORS FOR STUNT ENSEMBLES

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Fury (Columbia Pictures)
Get On Up (Universal Pictures)
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Unbroken (Universal Pictures) *WINNER*
X-Men: Days of Future Past (20th Century Fox)

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
24: Live Another Day (FOX)
Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Game of Thrones (HBO) *WINNER*
Homeland (Showtime)
Sons of Anarchy (FX)
The Walking Dead (AMC)

Life Achievement Award
Screen Actors Guild 51st Annual Life Achievement Award
Debbie Reynolds

BBC Announces “Doctor Who” Season 8 Premiere Date; Releases New Teaser Trailer

Looks like the Doctor and Clara will be back on your TV starting August 23Doctor Who returns this summer with Peter Capaldi taking over for Matt Smith as the Doctor, and Jenna Coleman returning to play Clara. Samuel Anderson has also been added to the cast as Danny Pink, a school teacher alongside Clara at Coal Hill School.

The new teaser trailer hints that the first, feature-length episode, entitled “Deep Breath”, is not all sunshine and roses (“Rose”s?) for the Doctor and Clara. The teaser opens with the Doctor silhouetted against the inside of the TARDIS with fire all around, and then… well, it’s easier to just show you.

Here’s an awesome graphic courtesy of the Doctor Who Facebook page!

Doctor Who s8Are you excited to see Coleman and Capaldi work their magic when the show returns on August 23?

Casting News: Three New Villains Cast in Disney’s “Descendants”

Disney recently cast Broadway superstar Kristin Chenoweth as Maleficent in their upcoming TV movie Descendants, and has just added three more actors to the roster.

Jafar will be played by comedian Maz Jobrani, whose son Jay is played by X-Men alum Booboo Stewart; Kathy Najimy has been cast as The Evil Queen with Sofia Carson playing daughter Evie; and, lastly, Cruella De Vil will be portrayed by Wendy Raquel Robinson. Cruella has a son named Carlos, who will be played by Cameron Boyce.

The film, directed by High School Musical‘s Kenny Ortega, is expected to air on Disney Channel in 2015. Here’s the original press release that gives a detailed explanation of what we can expect from the film:

“In a present day idyllic kingdom, the benevolent teenaged son of the King and Queen (Beast and Belle from Disney’s iconic Beauty and the Beast) is poised to take the throne. His first proclamation: offer a chance at redemption to the trouble-making offspring of Cruella De Vil, Maleficent, the Evil Queen and Jafar who have been imprisoned on a forbidden island with all the other villains, sidekicks, evil step-mothers and step-sisters. These villainous descendants (Carlos, Mal, Evvie and Jay, respectively) are allowed into the kingdom to attend prep school alongside the offspring of iconic Disney heroes including Fairy Godmother, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel and Mulan. However, the evil teens face a dilemma. Should they follow in their nefarious parents’ footsteps and help all the villains regain power or embrace their innate goodness and save the kingdom?

Kenny Ortega, the Emmy Award-winning director and choreographer of Disney’s record-setting High School Musical TV movies and feature film, returns to Disney Channel to direct Descendants.

The script was written by Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriott (creators and Emmy Award and WGA Award nominees for their writing on The Starter Wife, also writers of Runaway Bride and on Desperate Housewives). The production design will be by Mark Hofeling (Teen Beach Movie, High School Musical). The wardrobe design will be by Kara Saun (Project Runway, America’s Best Dance Crew).

Casting is underway for Disney’s Descendants, a contemporary live-action adventure-comedy that taps into Disney’s heritage characters—notably its most evil villains–to introduce their progeny, a modern day generation of teenagers who ultimately question the evil that’s always been in their hearts. Disney’s Descendants is scheduled to begin production next spring for a 2015 premiere on Disney Channel. The casting directors are Natalie Hart and Jason La Padura, C.S.A. (High School Musical TV movies and film, Camp Rock).

Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide, said, “We mined Disney’s treasure trove of stories and developed a new, comedic approach to the fabled characters everyone knows and loves. The result is a modern and unexpected re-interpretation of classic heritage characters utilizing contemporary, relatable settings and themes.”

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Are you excited to see what these actors will bring to the iconic roles?

Televison – Watch the Official Opening Credits for “Girl Meets World”

The official opening credit sequence for Disney’s spin-off Girl Meets World has been released! Of course, we get an introduction to the cast and a glimpse at the show. We also get to hear the show’s theme song for the first time!

Actresses Rowan Blanchard and Sabrina Carpenter, who play Riley Matthews and Maya Hart respectively, provided the vocals for the theme song entitled “Take On the World.”

Girl Meets World will be premiering June 27 at 9:45 p.m. ET on the Disney Channel. For those who may be interested, the first couple of episodes are now available on Disney Channel’s streaming platform!

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Sources: Entertainment Weekly and YouTube

Television – Six New Images from Disney’s “Girl Meets World”

Just Jared Jr. recently shared some exclusive new images from Disney’s upcoming spin-off series, Girl Meets World. In these new images, we get a closer look at the relationship between Cory (Ben Savage) and his daughter Riley (Rowan Blanchard).

There are also some images featuring the new Matthews family and Riley with her best friend Maya (Sabrina Carpenter). Plus, there are new stills that introduce us to the love interest, Lucas Friar (Peyton Meyer), and the oddball Shamus Farkle (Corey Fogelmanis).

PEYTON MEYER, BEN SAVAGE

What do you think of these new images? Will you be watching Girl Meets World when it premieres on June 27?

Television – New Sneak Peek Preview for “Girl Meets World”

An exclusive new sneak peek preview for Disney’s Girl Meets World has been released! In this new preview, we get a look at some new footage from the show and an introduction to the friendship between Riley (Rowan Blanchard) and Maya (Sabrina Carpenter):

Girl Meets World will be premiering on the Disney Channel on Friday, June 27 at 9:45 p.m. after the premiere of the Disney Channel Original Movie Zapped! Then there will be a week long hiatus and cast members will be hosting a special event as the show takes over it’s official time slot of Fridays at 8:30 p.m. on July 11.

What do you think of this new preview? We are hoping Girl Meets World will have the success that it’s predecessor Boy Meets World and by the looks of this preview it may have a great first season!

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