Perhaps if I were less cynical, I would applaud Disney's "I Am a Princess" TV spot as a new direction for Disney maybe even suggesting that it’s the influence of Pixar, the makers of the Toy Story movies, which in an odd David and Goliath moment took over the larger studio a few years ago. But I am a cynic, and this is not a PSA, it’s an advertisement.
A new infographic from designer Briana Higgins looks at casting practices in Hollywood, particularly with regard to gender and race. Using data from Gwen Sharp at Sociological Images, the graphic shows that nearly 70 percent of casting calls show preference for white actors, while more than two-thirds of leading roles go to men (men also dominate second- and third-billed roles).
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Golden Globe winner Tina Fey (30 Rock) and Golden Globe nominee Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) will host the 70th Annual Golden Glo
The web series "Broad City," created by comedians Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, has been tapped by Comedy Central for a pilot. The pilot will be executive produced in part by Amy Poehler, who, like Jacobson and Glazer, is tied to the Upright Citizens Brigade. Described in the WSJ as "sneak-attack feminism," the show "follows two girls, played by Jacobson and Glazer, throughout their daily lives in New York City, making the smallest and mundane events hysterical and disturbing to watch all at the same time," according to a release. Watch the show's teaser after the jump.
Monday morning, T Magazine editor Deborah Needleman tweeted about an upcoming Katie Roiphe event at the New York Public Library, describing Roiphe, who frequently butts heads with feminist writers, as "sexy (sorry, feminists), smart, and sassy." That qualifier quickly became a meme when Jezebel founding editor Anna Holmes and Salon reporter Irin Carmon started tweeting with the hashtag #sorryfeminists. Soon it felt like every woman on Twitter, plus a few men, were tweeting #sorryfeminists entries.