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Stunt Driver Prestin Persson Pranks Men in Ford Commercial

Source:  YouTube, Drive.com.au 

Professional stunt driver Prestin Persson made a viral Ford spot with Ford’s agency Team Detroit and the Detroit production company The Work. In Dallas, Texas, men were told they were being considered for a dating reality show, so they needed to test their chemistry  with the show’s lead.

She offers them a ride in her spiffy 2015 Mustang GT and starts playing into stereotypes, the ditzy blonde in way over her head with this sporty car, doesn’t know how to drive a shift, etc. The men fall into their own stereotypes, until she gets ‘lost’ and turns into a vast empty parking lot where she shows her true talents.

Gina Carano’s Action Movie ‘Momentum’

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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Gina Carano Joins Ryan Reynolds in Fox’s ‘Deadpool’ 

Gina Carano has closed a deal to join Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool, Fox’s action movie based on the wisecracking mercenary Marvel character…

Before she tackles Deadpool, however, Carano will star opposite Bruce Willis in Extraction, an action movie from Emmett-Furla and Aperture Entertainment…

The back-to-back shoots continue Carano’s nonstop movie momentum. She recently wrapped production on Bus 657 opposite Robert DeNiro, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kate Bosworth as well as Kickboxer, the reboot of the early 1990s action franchise that also stars Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Dave Bautista…  (Complete article at the source.)

Björk At Her Most Vulnerable

Source: Pitchfork

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The Invisible Woman: A Conversation with Björk

With each album she makes, Björk immerses us in a fantastical universe of her own design. Now, on Vulnicura, she’s letting us in to her world—though it is not necessarily one of her own choosing. The album outlines the dissolution of Björk’s relationship with her longtime partner, the artist Matthew Barney. She confesses the devastation with candor…

Vulnicura may be the most tender-hearted work Björk has ever issued, but it also finds her most sure of her power as a woman, a producer, and an artist; all of her invisible work made clear…

Pitchfork: When it was originally misreported that Vulnicura was produced by Arca, instead of co-produced by you and Arca, it reminded me of the Joni Mitchell quote from the height of her fame about how whichever man was in the room with her got credit for her genius.

Björk: Yeah, I didn’t want to talk about that kind of thing for 10 years, but then I thought, “You’re a coward if you don’t stand up. Not for you, but for women. Say something.” So around 2006, I put something on my website where I cleared something up, because it’d been online so many times that it was becoming a fact. It wasn’t just one journalist getting it wrong, everybody was getting it wrong. I’ve done music for, what, 30 years? I’ve been in the studio since I was 11; Alejandro had never done an album when I worked with him. He wanted to put something on his own Twitter, just to say it’s co-produced. I said, “No, we’re never going to win this battle. Let’s just leave it.” But he insisted

Pitchfork: The world has a difficult time with the female auteur.

Björk: … If whatever I’m saying to you now helps women, I’m up for saying it. For example, I did 80% of the beats on Vespertine and it took me three years to work on that album, because it was all microbeats—it was like doing a huge embroidery piece. Matmos came in the last two weeks and added percussion on top of the songs, but they didn’t do any of the main parts, and they are credited everywhere as having done the whole album. [Matmos’] Drew [Daniel] is a close friend of mine, and in every single interview he did, he corrected it. And they don’t even listen to him. It really is strange.

Pitchfork: How does it make you feel when this happens now?

Björk: I have to say—I got a feeling I am going to win in the long run, but I want to be part of the zeitgeist, too. I want to support young girls who are in their 20s now and tell them: You’re not just imagining things. It’s tough. Everything that a guy says once, you have to say five times…   (Complete article at the source.)

Randall Park’s First Late Night Interview

Source: YouTube

Randall Park, actor, writer and director, has been in a number of movies and television shows. Most recently, he plays Kim Jong-Un in The Interview, and the patriarch of a Taiwanese family on the sitcom Fresh Off the Boat.

Standing Room Only in Times Square For ‘Fresh Off The Boat’

Source: Vulture

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Watching Fresh Off the Boat With 999 Asian-Americans

Circle, a nightclub in Times Square better known as the epicenter of Korean nightlife in New York City, hit its 1000-person capacity on a Wednesday night. Some people had been waiting in line since 6 p.m., and the bouncers turned away latecomers at the door. Inside, those with the best view of the giant projection were a fleet of well-heeled women parked in the lounge area whom a publicist told me were “community influencers.” Hip-hop-heads clustered around the mezzanine near the bar, and a group of kids peered down from the railings on the opposite side. On the dance floor, it was standing-room only: Hundreds of people, most of them young and Asian-American, stared up at the screen, waiting. They were here for a “live community viewing” of restaurateur Eddie Huang’s memoir turned sitcom, Fresh Off the Boat, the first show about an Asian-American family to air on broadcast television in over 20 years. They were here to cheer on their own and to commune with one another. They were here to represent…  (Complete article at the source.)

Hot Pursuit Trailer

Source: YouTube

Hot Pursuit is the third film from Reese Witherspoon’s Pacific Standard production company after Wild and Gone GirlAnne Fletcher directs.

Eye Roll, Facepalm

Source: Hollywood Reporter, YouTube

Amy Pascal Speaks Out About Getting “Fired” From Sony

Pascal, who is stepping down as Sony’s co-chairman following the devastating hack on the studio, spoke to journalist Tina Brown at the Women in the World conference Wednesday in San Francisco, where she said she wasn’t sure she belonged at the event

…Brown asked about the revelation from leaked Sony documents that female stars such as Jennifer Lawrence earned less from the studio than their male counterparts. “I’ve paid [Jennifer Lawrence] a lot more money since then, I promise you,” said Pascal. “Here’s the problem: I run a business. People want to work for less money, I pay them less money… Women shouldn’t work for less money. They should know what they’re worth. Women shouldn’t take less. ‘Stop, you don’t need the job that bad.’ ” … (Complete article at the source.)

“There is no stable future for a world in which crimes committed against women go unpunished”

Source: London Evening Standard (photo from UK Guardian)

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Angelina Jolie Pitt: ‘Crimes against women must be punished’

Angelina Jolie Pitt today said “there is no stable future for a world in which crimes committed against women go unpunished” as she opened a trailblazing centre in London for ending war rape…

Jolie Pitt called on LSE students to find answers to problems previous generations have brushed off as too difficult or not important.

She said: “There is no stable future for a world in which crimes committed against women go unpunished: a world in which young girls are unable to reach their potential; where children see their mothers disrespected, violated and murdered; where it is considered acceptable for a husband to reject his wife and the mother of his children because she was raped, or normal  for a woman to be forced to marry  her rapist.”…

At the centre scholars, activists and policy makers will study the best ways to successfully prosecute people who carry out sexual atrocities, and how to keep women safe after conflicts.

Crucially the centre will make sure women have a say in rebuilding their communities after they have been devastated by violence, and ensure they are involved in signing peace treaties.  (Complete article at the source.)

More on the UK Centre : ‘The empowerment of women to be the highest priority’

Source: UK Guardian

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Angelina Jolie opens UK centre to fight warzone violence against women

Hollywood star says centre at LSE aims to put the empowerment of women at the top of the agenda of the ‘finest minds, in the best academic institutions’

Europe’s first academic centre to combat the brutality faced by women in warzones has been opened in London by Angelina Jolie, who called for “the empowerment of women to be the highest priority for the finest minds, in the best academic institutions”.

Jolie, a special envoy for the UN high commissioner for refugees (UNHCR), has just returned from northern Iraq, where she met some of the millions of refugees forced to flee from their homes due to Islamic State (Isis) violence. She said students of the centre on women, peace and security at the London School of Economics (LSE) had the chance to change the world.

“If you were to ask me who I think this centre is for, I picture someone who is not in this room today,” Jolie said. “I think of a girl I met in Iraq three weeks ago. She is 13 years old, but instead of going to school, she sits on the floor in a makeshift tent.”

The girl was captured by Isis as a sex slave, and repeatedly raped, Jolie said. “Now she may never be able to complete her education, or get married or have a family, because in her society victims of rape are shunned, and considered shameful. To my mind, what we have begun today at LSE is for that Iraqi girl and others like her.”

The Hollywood actor, director and international women’s rights campaigner was joined at LSE by the former UK foreign secretary William Hague. The pair have worked together for three years on an initiative to prevent sexual violence in conflict.  (Continued at the source.)

Angelina Jolie Opens UK Centre to Fight War Violence Against Women

Source: London School of Economics & Political Science

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New Centre for Women, Peace and Security launched at LSE by William Hague and Angelina Jolie Pitt

LSE today hosted First Secretary of State William Hague and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt to launch the UK’s first academic Centre on Women, Peace and Security, to be based at the School.

Mr Hague and Ms Jolie Pitt announced the establishment of the ground-breaking initiative to students and academic colleagues with LSE Director Professor Craig Calhoun and Professor Christine Chinkin, who will lead the new centre. It will focus on the participation of women in conflict-related processes and on enhancing accountability and ending impunity for rape and sexual violence in war.

The Centre marks a collaboration between LSE, Mr Hague, Ms Jolie Pitt and the UK Government.  It will support the aims of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI), co-founded in 2012 by Mr Hague and Ms Jolie Pitt, by bringing academic expertise to bear on preventing crimes of sexual violence, holding perpetrators to account and protecting the rights of survivors. From 2016 the Centre will provide a post-graduate teaching programme in Women, Peace and Security, leading to an MSc degree.

LSE has recently announced the creation of a new Institute of Global Affairs which will host the Centre on Women, Peace and Security. The choice of LSE as host university for the Centre reflects both its international reach and its focus on issues of global concern.   Continue reading

Angelina Jolie: ‘We cannot insulate ourselves against this crisis’

Source: New York Times  Op Ed by Angelina Jolie

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A New Level of Refugee Suffering

Angelina Jolie on the Syrians and Iraqis Who Can’t Go Home

KHANKE, Iraq — I HAVE visited Iraq five times since 2007, and I have seen nothing like the suffering I’m witnessing now.

I came to visit the camps and informal settlements where displaced Iraqis and Syrian refugees are desperately seeking shelter from the fighting that has convulsed their region.

In almost four years of war, nearly half of Syria’s population of 23 million people has been uprooted. Within Iraq itself, more than two million people have fled conflict and the terror unleashed by extremist groups. These refugees and displaced people have witnessed unspeakable brutality. Their children are out of school, they are struggling to survive, and they are surrounded on all sides by violence.

For many years I have visited camps, and every time, I sit in a tent and hear stories. I try my best to give support. To say something that will show solidarity and give some kind of thoughtful guidance. On this trip I was speechless.

What do you say to a mother with tears streaming down her face who says her daughter is in the hands of the Islamic State, or ISIS, and that she wishes she were there, too? Even if she had to be raped and tortured, she says, it would be better than not being with her daughter.

What do you say to the 13-year-old girl who describes the warehouses where she and the others lived and would be pulled out, three at a time, to be raped by the men? When her brother found out, he killed himself.   Continue reading

Ukrainian Ballet Dancer Sergei Polunin Interprets ‘Take Me to Church’

Source: YouTube

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Source: NY Magazine, YouTube

In September [2014], Irish songwriter Hozier released the video for his gospel-inspired epic, “Take Me to Church,” a cavernous song that uses love and ecstasy as a religious metaphor. The video depicts two men’s gentle intimacy, followed by brutal gay-bashing at the hands of masked vigilantes…

…The song serves simultaneously as a message about human rights, a commentary about Hozier’s upbringing in what he calls a “cultural landscape that is blatantly homophobic,” and a strong statement about the institutional homophobia in Putin’s Russia…

Does the church proliferate institutional homophobia in Ireland?
Not so much from the church still, but there is that kind of public relations, tactical retreat of saying, “We love the sinner, but we hate the sin.” It’s a backhanded way of telling someone to be ashamed of who they are and what they do…

Is there a personal reason that you are outspoken about homophobia?
“No, and I don’t think there needs to be. To me, it’s not even a gay issue or a civil rights issue, it’s a human rights issue, and it should offend us all. It’s just simple. Either somebody has equal rights, or they don’t. And certainly in the Irish constitution, marriage is genderless. There’s no mention of a man and a woman. I didn’t even have that many close LGBT friends or anything like that, but I suppose it was growing up and becoming aware of how you are of a cultural landscape that is blatantly homophobic. I’m sure it’s the same over here. Where you turn around and say, Why did I grow up in a homophobic place? Why did I grow up in a misogynistic placeYou grow up and recognize that in any educated secular society, there’s no excuse for ignorance. You have to recognize in yourself, and challenge yourself, that if you see racism or homophobia or misogyny in a secular society, as a member of that society, you should challenge it. You owe it to the betterment of society.”  (Full article at the source.)

Inimitable Joni

Source: New York Magazine

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Joni Mitchell, the Original Folk-Goddess Muse, in the Season Seemingly Inspired by Her

“All my battles were with male egos,” she says. “I’m just looking for equality, not to dominate. But I want to be able to control my vision.”  Joni Mitchell
(Full article at the source.)

Desert Dancer

Source: YouTube

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Source: SNL Twitter, Hollywood Reporter

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Joss Whedon

Source: BuzzFeed
His response to earlier article here

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[Excerpts]

BuzzFeed: Whedon still very much stands by the sentiment that there need to be more women at the forefront of Hollywood’s superhero movies — a feeling he’s expressed before, and often…

Joss Whedon: …Honestly, you know, Guardians [of the Galaxy] might have helped it, just because that was outside what was considered to be their box and did so well that— Well, let’s put it this way: If a raccoon can carry a movie, then they believe maybe even a woman can…

I will say that when I was thinking about, Well, if I wasn’t going to do Avengers 2, what would I want to do? — of course the first thing I thought of was “turn-of-the-century female Batman.” Not Batman actually. But, you know, something cool…

…It’s a struggle. You’ll always be able to rattle off the names of the female-driven genre films, and the rest are all male, and generally white men. I think the success of the young-adult trilogies that are usually not only female-driven but have a romantic bent — and are not necessarily about the spectacle of action but contain it — is great. Because, you know me, I love a bouillabaisse of genres. I like to throw everything in the stew. The superhero story — and I do consider [the YA adaptations] to be superhero stories — it doesn’t have to be about one tortured billionaire. It can be a girl and her community, her crushes, her fears. We can evolve that genre more quickly if we come at it from different ways. It both makes sense commercially and artistically. Not all the movies are going to be good. That never happens. But it’s going to open up the avenues.  Continue reading

Vanity Fair Takes A Giant Step Backwards

Source: Vanity Fair

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2014 Hollywood Cover

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Mindy Kaling Superbowl Commercial

Source: YouTube

Always’ ‘Like a Girl’ Superbowl Campaign

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The original ad in 2014 showed that to act ‘like a girl’ was considered an insult to males and older women. An uplifting ending showed young girls were not yet indoctrinated with this negative perception. It highlighted results from a study showing girls’ self-confidence drops around puberty. This was the SuperBowl version:

In the next ad, 15-year old quarterback Karlie Harmon interviewed Seahawks and Patriots players on the sideline:

Then Karlie interviewed female sports reporters:

Meet the director, Lauren Greenfield: