The Women’s March, Solange, and the dictionary are now Webby Awards winners

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In a very 2017 twist, Merriam-Webster is receiving the internet’s highest honor this year. 

The Webby Awards announced their winners Tuesday morning for the 21st annual ceremony, which will take place May 16.

Solange, Gillian Anderson, and Steve Buscemi are among the winners who will be giving short and sweet five word speeches at the ceremony this year. 

The judging panel this year included Jimmy Kimmel, Making a Murderer’s Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, TED Radio Hour HostGuy Raz, Instagram’s Eva Chen, Questlove, Internet inventor Vint Cerf, Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian, and Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Opal Tometi.  Read more…

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10 Female-Directed Films You Can Watch on International Women’s Day

Drama, comedy, horror, thriller—we’ve got you covered.

In honor of International Women’s Day, we’ve put together a list of recent releases directed by women that you can watch now in theaters as well as streaming on various platforms. There’s something for everybody in this list.

Now in theaters

Sundance breakout Before I Fall, directed by Ry Russo-Young, follows Samantha Kingston as she relives the last day of her life over and over again after a tragic accident to discover if she can make meaningful changes in the lives of those around her in just one day. Catch Before I Fall in theatres now, and be sure to check out our Sundance interview with Russo-Young about making the film look amazing on an indie budget.

Also in theaters is A United Kingdom, directed by Amma Asante, which tells the true story of Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana, heir to his country’s throne, who creates international upheaval when he marries Ruth Williams, a white woman from London.

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J.K. Rowling slams International Women’s Day trolls in 1 perfect tweet

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J.K. Rowling is getting out there ahead of the trolls on International Women’s Day.

On Wednesday morning, the author took to Twitter to share the following message.

Happy #InternationalWomensDay

or, as it’s often called on here, #WhyIsn‘tThereAnInternationalMensDay

(There is: November 19th)

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) March 8, 2017

As someone who’s been a big voice on Twitter for a while now, Rowling clearly anticipated the annual parade of angry trolls and decided to shut them down before they even had a chance to get started. Read more…

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Women’s March organizers plan a ‘day without women’

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The organizers of the Women’s March are planning an encore. 

Just more than two weeks after organizing a massive march on Washington, D.C. that generated solidarity marches around the world, the person manning the Women’s March Twitter account tweeted about an upcoming “general strike.” 

The details for the strike are not yet clear, with the tweet simply noting “a day without women.” 

The will of the people will standpic.twitter.com/SKJCRLhRKn

— Women’s March (@womensmarch) February 6, 2017

Women initially marched on Jan. 21 in response to to the inauguration of President Donald Trump just two days before. The (arguably) most infamous moment of the president’s campaign centered around a tape published by The Washington Post in which Trump said he could grab women “by the pussy.”  Read more…

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7 Feminist Films To Keep The Women’s March Going

People voted, then people rallied, and people voted, and people expressed their anger and their wish to live dignified lives, no matter what those in power are expressing and enforcing.

While there is a great and necessary history of protests to maintain in the troubled and troubling times that we are going through, this momentum needs to be maintained. As artists, filmmakers have a privileged position to make those voices heard through their stories. As creators of the medium that is one of the most easily consumed cultural goods in the world; filmmakers have an urgent burden to make bring those stories into the world.

There is also a great history of films that push the boundaries of what can be done in film and what can be shown. Make new films. In the meantime: here are a few films from the past to give you inspiration and keep the flame strong.

Thelma & Louise

This landmark film is one of the earliest ones to pass Allison Bechdel’s test. It’s the story of two women who kill a rapist and flee the police in their ’66 Thunderbird. It came as a shock because it showed profound female bonding and actually was a buddy movie like so many Hollywood had produced except for the fact that it had two female protagonists. It also subtly subverted the codes of the road trip, buddy movie. This project was once supposed to star Meryl Streep and Cher, the two former co-stars from Silkwood. Streep turned down the role due to her pregnancy, and Cher consequently left the project. (If a remake is in the works, someone should think about contacting those two first.) We need more movies that will subvert traditional codes and represent women as complex characters. (Apparently a novel idea.)

Nine to Five

The mother of all “woman in the workplace” movies, long before Erin Brockovich or The Devil Wears Prada: it starred the incredible trio of Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. Faced with sexist attitudes, which range from inadvertent to blatant, from their boss, three employees decide to fight back and get revenge on him. Even though it was made in 1980, the office dynamics (unfortunately) don’t really feel dated. While it is not encouraged to lasso your boss and tie him up, you can take to heart the advice that union is strength.

 

The Color Purple

After a string of hit films, such as JawsClose Encounters of the Third KindRaiders of the Lost Ark and E.T. in the previous decade and inventing the modern blockbuster in the process (with pal George Lucas), Steven Spielberg turned his attention to adapting The Color Purple to the screen. The story of several women fighting back against men’s oppression in the segregated South, it deftly tackles the themes of sexism and racism (as well as their intersection) and female solidarity. It gave Whoopi Goldberg a star-making debut and quickly became a classic.

 

Todo Sobre Mi Madre

Pedro Almodovar has been one of the most singular filmmakers working in world cinema, ever since his beginnings in the post-Franco “Movida” in the 80’s. His 1999 film Todo Sobre Mi Madre, has garnered him laurels all over the world. It’s the story of a young man, Esteban, who wants to discover the identity of his father, carefully hidden by his mother. It turns out that his father is a transgender woman. With a variety of women in this film (as well as throughout his filmography), Almodovar gives a dignified representation of women with different backgrounds, while exploring the roles that they have in society, the ones that are assigned, and the ones that they carve out for themselves.

 

Grandma

A.k.a. Lily Tomlin’s abortion road movie. Made on a small budget of $ 600,000 and shot in only 19 days, the film follows a teenager faced with an unwanted pregnancy who gets help from her second-wave feminist, lesbian poet grandmother to gather the money for an abortion. Exploring feminism through different generations and being completely unapologetically feminist, it’s also a very touching study of three generations of women who try to connect. The main characters are surrounded by a fantastic supporting cast that includes John Cho, Sam Elliott (in a moving turn) and Laverne Cox. A small film that puts its story where its heart and values are in a bold, unapologetic way.

 

Suffragette

Now is as good a time as any to remember that democratic rights and human rights are not guaranteed, and they were acquired through arduous fights. Following several women in the suffragette movement, in early 20th century United Kingdom, this film is as timely a reminder as any that acquiring women’s rights was/is a violent and profound battle. This moving British film illustrates the women on who’s shoulder the protesters of the women’s march now sit, and reminds us of our history.

Legally Blonde

Is it a good film? I think so, but many people will argue against that because of its feel-good vibe and its guilty pleasure quality. Maybe because it was marketed as a film about a dumb blonde. But just like Reese Witherspoon’s iconic character Elle Woods, there’s more to this movie than the first impression. Behind the lightness and all the pink, there is actually a woman who is smart, strong and hard-working, and will make her case (and win her case) in an unexpected, and unexpectedly smart way. Isn’t seeing that empowering?

What next?

There’s probably many more films that deserve to be on that list (Barbra Streisand’s Yentl, Sally Potter’s Orlando, Jane Campion’s The Piano come to mind), and there are probably much more waiting to be made. Now it’s your turn.

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Emma Watson hugging her mom at the Women’s March is total sweetness

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LONDON — Women in 60 countries and on seven different continents mobilised Saturday to fight for their rights after Donald Trump’s inauguration. 

Anywhere between 3.6 million to 4.8 million people marched at Women’s March events around the world. 

And, among them, was none other than Harry Potter star and UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson and her mum.

Watson and her mum, Jacqueline Luesby, attended the Women’s March on Washington. 

emma watson and her mom at the women’s march this is so beautiful ♥♥♥ pic.twitter.com/6IyrFAsNfz

— emma watson (@eddiredmayne) January 22, 2017 Read more…

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‘Do Not Despair—Resist!’ Sundance Filmmakers Join Thousands for Women’s March

Aisha Tyler, Jessica Williams, Chelsea Handler led the march through the middle of Sundance—and filmmakers’ response is only beginning.

At the opening press conference of Sundance 2017, Founder Robert Redford insisted that the film festival is not a political event. But the thousands of festival-goers and filmmakers who joined Park City’s spin-off of the Washington, DC Women’s March yesterday might beg to differ. The march, called March on Main after the town and festival’s central street, had about 4,000 RSVPs on its Facebook invitation. According to local police estimates, over 8,000 showed up, despite an early morning snowstorm.

Marchers included a wide range of filmmakers and film industry folk from all over the world. Celebrities such as John Legend, Jessica Williams (who stars in the Sundance film The Incredible Jessica James), Aisha Tyler, and Chelsea Handler each offered words of inspiration at a rally following the march. Unity was a common theme, with Williams urging an ebullient crowd, “I march for you, and I pray to G-d that you march for me!”

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Hey Trump, check out these YUGE Women’s March crowds across America

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The Women’s March on Washington has taken solidarity to a whole other level.

On Saturday, the peaceful protest, which took place in Washington D.C. one day after Donald Trump became the country’s 45th President, inspired a global movement, leading to marches in 160 cities across 60 countries. 

All across the world, people stood in unity for a chance to have their voices heard; to fight for their beliefs, values and equality; and to give a big old “screw you” to President Trump.

With the United States at the heart of it all, an overwhelming number of Americans flooded the streets, taking over their cities and making a powerful statement. Read more…

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Sir Ian McKellen’s Women’s March sign is a top-notch friendship troll

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While they are important showings of solidarity in retaliation to the threat of oppression, today’s Women’s Marches held in cities around the world have also been possibly the greatest display of sign-making skills and cheeky wit in recent memory. 

It should come as no surprise, then, that one of the world’s most treasured actors, Sir Ian McKellen, showed up to London’s event with an absolutely top-notch sign that both extolled the fed up message of the day and trolled his good friend, Sir Patrick Stewart.

McKellen was spotted by a fan, who snapped a pic of him and posted it to Twitter.  Read more…

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