Hollywood

27 Female Directors of Color You Should Watch

Where are the black female directors?

When the Oscars snubbed 'Selma' director Ava DuVernay, it left many with a bigger question about the absence of black female directors in Hollywood. In this Oscar season episode, Cristen and Caroline search behind the camera for women of color.

The Real "Badass" Ladies of 1928

Who were the real "badass" ladies of 1928 whose Photoshopped image is now Internet famous?

Hollywood's Brotastic Face of Tech

When I saw the trailer for Mike Judge's new Silicon Valley sitcom, aptly named "Silicon Valley," I first thought, "Oh hey, it's T.J. Miller, Zach Woods and Martin Starr. Those are funny guys who consistently make me laugh!" And then I went and rained on my own giggle parade by following that joyous thought up with, "Oh hey, it's another TV show/movie about the tech industry exclusively featuring dudes. Great." To be fair, there was one woman in the "Silicon Valley" trailer. She plays a stripper. And I get it: the tech industry (and the film industry) is persistently male-lopsided to the extent that the term "brogrammer" (as in, a bro who programs) actually exists. In the United States, women comprised only 18 percent of computer science degree recipients and 25 percent of the computing workforce. The boards of the biggest tech companies like Facebook and Twitter are woefully devoid of women, and start-up culture and venture capital circles aren't exactly gender-equal, either. All that said, women aren't absent from the tech scene. There's Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook), Marissa Mayer (Yahoo), Julie Larson-Green (Microsoft Xbox), Angela Ahrendts (Apple) and the hoards of young women coding their way into a brighter tech future for women. And it's high time to retire the hackneyed Hollywood portrayal of the computer geeks who are inheriting the earth as solely men with occasion sexy lady sidekicks whose tech know-how probably doesn't extend beyond Candy Crush. At this point, it's so predictable, unfunny and frankly untrue.

How to Become a Stuntwoman

Before studying up for our Stuff Mom Never Told You episode, "Hollywood Stuntwomen," I didn't know too much about what it takes to become a butt-kicking, fast-driving, fire-walking stunt double on the big screen aside from possessing inborn fearlessness and a passion for exercise. Nor did it occur to me how the being a woman stunt double comes with unique challenges that arguably makes their jobs more challenging than that of stunt performing men...

Hollywood Stuntwomen

Who are the pioneering stuntwomen who opened up this niche Hollywood industry to women? Caroline and Cristen take a look at women and stunt work then and now.

Hollywood's First Haircut Heard 'Round the World

If you're a leading actress in need of a publicity jolt, here's a surefire strategy: chop off your hair.

Hollywood's First Magical Makeover Movie

As a kid, I watched a ton of AMC, back in the pre-"Mad Men" and -"Walking Dead" days when the channel only played old movies, and was commercial-free to boot. And, oh, how I hated Bette Davis because whenever one of her movies was on, that meant it was probably a drama about dramatic adult things, and all my 10-year-old self wanted was some Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis slapstick or a happy-go-lucky Technicolor musical. However, my kid self likely would've been into Davis' "Now, Voyager"because I was and still am a sucker for a magical makeover movie...

Failing the Bechdel Test: Women on Screen Don't Have Much to Say

If you went to see a movie this weekend at your local cineplex (as opposed to the art house cinema), there's a good chance that the leading actor on screen was a man. Don't buy that assumption? Take a moment and consider the Bechdel Test, a three-question quiz on gender representation in film:

Long Before Bragelina, There Was Dickenliz

But before there was Bragelina, TomKat and the rest, there was Dickenliz. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were such a captivating celebrity couple that they earned a nickname before all the others.