Joss Whedon's Dollhouse premiered last week, and The Box breathed a sigh of relief. I've been waiting so long to see Eliza Dushku kick ass and smart off in the style of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly. Unfortunately, there is not a lot of ass-kicking in the first episode. Or smarting off, for that matter. Maybe that's because Dushku's character, Echo, is without a personality for most of the time...except when she's imprinted with perfect abilities and sent on missions without her knowledge.
A series about a woman with no autonomy doesn't sound like it's going to win Joss Whedon another honor from Equality Now, right? But then again, all of his shows feature leading ladies who are good at things against their will…
Any regular follower of mine knows that I am the world's biggest fan girl for Salma Hayek. She is beautiful, she's a self-described feminist, she fights to make a place for women of color in general and Latinas specifically in the world of entertainment, AND she's an advocate of breast feeding!
Since its inception in 1995, War Child benefits children in war torn areas of the world by working with local organizations to teach skills and spread knowledge to as many people as possible in the hopes to change trends in their countries. In a "teach them to fish" fashion, War Child works in places like Uganda, Iraq and Afghanistan to bring social justice, education and basic necessities to women and children. Just like any other charity or non-profit, War Child relies on donations and fundraising to fund its programs.
Big news from the NAACP Image Awards at the end of last week: women took top honors in the film directing and writing categories.Gina Prince-Bythewood won the prize for Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture for The Secret Life of Bees, while Jenny Lumet took home honors for Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture for Rachel Getting Married. Best Picture honors also went to The Secret Life Bees. What's more, women were represented almost equally in the writing and directing categories, with Prince-Bythewood earning a nomination for writing, and Darnell Martin earning writing and directing nods for Cadillac Records.
This is great news during the awards season homestretch. While the media is busy contemplating Kate Winslet's potential acceptance speech meltdown, it's a welcome sight to see more recognition of women who are MAKING films.