Helen Mirren’s ‘Eye in the Sky’: Difficult Questions and No Easy Answers

April 26, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Not only is it encouraging to see women in so many roles in ‘Eye in the Sky’ that are not gender traditional (mission commander, co-pilot, Undersecretary of State, identity analyst), but motives and feelings aren’t distributed along expected lines either. There are equal parts compassion and determination displayed by men and women alike.

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New Fashion Films for Your Must-Watch List

April 22, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

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‘The First Monday in May’ (released April 15 and in theaters now ) takes a candid look at the the MET Costume Institute’s preparations for last year’s ambitious exhibition ‘China: Though the Looking Glass’ and its gala.

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Crossing the Hollywood Gender Divide

April 20, 2016 by Paige Morrow Kimball

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By Paige Morrow Kimball

“Women in the middle are often discarded,” Alexander Janko says, “just when they’re hitting their prime—both in their life roles as well as in entertainment. I fervently believe the world’s a better place when we’re in touch with our feminine energy.”

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On the Bright Side: Sisterly Love — ‘Jane Wants a Boyfriend’

April 18, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

The film straddles the difficult line between taking its characters seriously and keeping the action lighthearted enough to be entertaining and engaging. The theme is love between people of differing abilities, but the central “love story” is really about the two sisters.

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How Karen Allen Has Lived Her Life on Her Own Terms

April 13, 2016 by Paige Morrow Kimball

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By Paige Morrow Kimball

At 64 Karen Allen plays the lead role in the new film “Year by the Sea,” and later this year she will direct her first film—a project she’s wanted to do for more than 40 years.

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‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2:’ The Sequel We Didn’t Know We Were Waiting For

March 29, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Virtually every single character from ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ is back. And the familiar cast appears to be having a wonderful time.

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Sally Field, Still Surprising at 69 in ‘Hello, My Name is Doris’

March 24, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

You could call it a “coming of age” story, complete with a mentor (the 13-year-old Vivian) and several wrong turns. But like all good coming of age stories, the heroine’s challenges are key to her ability to change. And this delightful film shows that we are never too old for what comes next.

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Movie Review: Tina Fey Is a Woman on a Mission in ‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’

March 22, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

‘Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot’ is an engaging, entertaining movie. And Tina Fey is wonderful in it. (One begins to wonder if there’s anything this brilliant writer, producer, actor can’t do.) But, it could have been much more.

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The 2016 Oscars: Controversy, Conversation and . . . Cookies

March 1, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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Opportunities have to come before recognition. A more diverse, inclusive group of young filmmakers, actors and writers need to have an equal chance to hone their craft — from education to entry-level jobs, financial backing and colorblind casting. Then we’ll really have an Oscars worth celebrating.

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Oscar Central: Women’s Voices’ Live Blog of the 2016 Academy Awards

February 28, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

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Join us right here during the Oscars anytime you feel the urge to opine.

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Live-Blogging the Oscars! Join Us Tomorrow!

February 27, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

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It’s time for THE red carpet of the award season, competing predictions, and some good laughter. We’ve made a tradition, at WVFC, of live-blogging the awards ceremonies as they happen, to cheer on our favorites and dish about the absurdities.

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Filming the Mind: Mental Illness in the Movies

February 25, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

On the whole, however, mental states are very difficult to put on film for obvious reasons, and it takes very good writing and even better acting to do it well. Furthermore, it’s hard to understand mental illness from the outside and Hollywood’s need to oversimplify things for dramatic reasons can have negative consequences.

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Film Festival Director Tara Johnson-Medinger—a Woman Who Is Making a Difference

February 25, 2016 by Paige Morrow Kimball

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By Paige Morrow Kimball

A producer/director herself, Tara Johnson-Medinger has experienced the glass ceiling firsthand. She works tirelessly to foster change by giving women directors a chance to shine and giving young girls a creative, empowering experience.

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The Economic Upside of Oscar

February 23, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Some high-profile celebrities are actually paid to wear certain gowns and jewels. Two years ago, there was a bidding war between two labels for Jennifer Lawrence’s dress. Gwyneth Paltrow allegedly earned $1 million for wearing a diamond cuff by Anna Hu. And, in 2011, when Anne Hathaway co-hosted the Oscars, she reportedly received $750,000 to wear jewelry from Tiffany & Co. (Someone should really let Tiffany’s know that I’d wear them for free.)

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Live-Blogging the Oscars! Join Us!

February 23, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

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It’s time for THE red carpet of the award season, competing predictions, and some good laughter. We’ve made a tradition, at WVFC, of live-blogging the awards ceremonies as they happen, to cheer on our favorites and dish about the absurdities.

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