Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Does H'wood excuse violence against women?

...Though one in four women has experienced domestic violence, and one in six will be sexually assaulted in their lifetimes, Hollywood is teaching us that violence against women isn't very important in the scheme of things. Of course, there's no evil group of cinematic warlords pushing this agenda, and most people who perpetuate it probably don't mean to... Nevertheless, this blase indifference exists towards women-centric violence, giving a blinding green light to such actions. We already see how image affects girls nation-wide, but think about what this indifference says to those women who are sexually assaulted or beaten across the world. If we don't show that we care -- that it's a very important issue -- these women will suffer in silence, never coming forward because the environment is overrun with hostility and a desire to ignore or downplay the problem.
Also:
- The producer of the Ryan Gosling/Michelle Williams romantic drama Blue Valentine says they won't change a thing about it, despite the NC-17 rating. (Cinematical)
- GLAAD defends their position against the gay joke in The Dilemma. (The Big Picture)
- Valerie Plame, the CIA agent outed by the Bush administration, talks about her biopic Fair Game. (Vanity Fair)
- On the future of Netflix with regard to streaming movies online. (Slate)
- Blind Side 2? Jets linebacker Bart Scott is next to get the Hollywood treatment. (Cinema Blend)
- A first look at the movie version of the best-selling novel The Help. (Awards Daily)
- Singer-actress Doris Day looks back on her long career. (WNYC)

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