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2014: A Year Looking For Representation in Cinema

11 December 2014 9:41 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

It started with an infographic. Then more infographics. And some think pieces. And some brief TwitterRage. Over the last year and a half, women’s role in cinema, specifically Hollywood cinema, has become a lightning rod for discussion and debate, and more so than any time in the past, people are approaching film a little more critically in regards to how women are portrayed. The statistics are mind-numbingly bleak, with women representing a fraction of the work force behind the camera, from director to CEO to the best boy. Women in front of the camera rarely fair much better, with roles such as “beautiful and always understanding girlfriend/wife to the hilarious schlub” and “girl with cleavage that shoots guns in tight clothes”.

Last week I happened across a piece about the Best Actress race for the upcoming Academy Award Ceremony and the author talked about how the Actress race »

- Jae K. Renfrow

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The Fathergamer Podcast Episode - 40 Part One

21 October 2014 1:04 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

After a hiatus, The Fathergamer Podcast is back and better than ever with new faces, new topics, but still discussing all the things you care about. This week, we're introducing the new crew and talking about Bungie's Destiny. 

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Tfgp Is More Than Just A Podcast!

It’s a celebration of all things Geek, Nerd, Otaku and everything that falls in the cracks between.  We honor creativity and the science of storytelling.

We interview everyone from Icons in the industry to awesome cosplayers We cover the latest comics and interview their artists, writers and visionaries We discuss the latest blurays and DVD's, and of course we talk about videogames We interview veterans of the industry as well up and coming indie developers.

We know games. I’m pretty sure we bleed in pixels.  We might be a bit crude as well as not very politically correct, but our hearts are in the right place. »

- (Eric Gibbs)

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Stephen Colbert's ‘Word’ on Global Warming: ‘F— It’ (Video)

15 May 2014 9:55 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Stephen Colbert's super-conservative Comedy Central character is finally copping to the existence of global warming. His reaction, however, stayed pretty true to form: “Fuck it,” Colbert declared on Wednesday night's “The Word” segment. Global warming is bad, but doing something about it is hard. That's a sucky conundrum, Colbert said. It's also a scary future: ”It's so terrifying, that it left a carbon footprint in my pants,” Colbert quipped. See video: Colbert on #BringBackOurGirls: ‘Refreshing to See a Hashtag Campaign That Has Nothing to Do With Firing Me’ So the comedian finally began doing something about it: conserving energy, »

- Tony Maglio

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A working-class hero is something to be … but not in Britain's posh culture

25 January 2014 5:30 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

British culture was once open to 'messy kids' from secondary moderns. But if you want to make it in 21st century Britain, you'd best have a cut-glass accent and public school pedigree

Last week the actor Stephen McGann spoke out about how difficult it is for young people from working-class backgrounds to enter his profession. "Opportunities are closing down," he said in an interview with the Independent. "If you're a messy kid from a council estate today, I think the chances of you making it as a successful actor are a lot worse than they were."

McGann, 50, youngest of the family of acting brothers, grew up on the edge of Toxteth in Liverpool and was educated at a Catholic grammar school. "What counted for me and my brothers – and for mates of ours like David Morrissey and Ian Hart, all growing up in Dingle and Toxteth – was the real change in education, »

- Sean O'Hagan

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