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“Hollywood should stop pretending it’s hard to make a female superhero movie” — Lara Croft would definitely agree with this piece from Monika Bartyzel at The Week where she contrasts the standard excuse of “waiting for the right story” with the highly active development of male superhero counterparts. Talk is cheap, and a lot of eyes are on Marvel, et al, to see if they’ll put their money where their cameras are with a female superhero movie.
“The Homily From Roger Ebert’s Funeral” — A year after his death, the website that bears his name has been celebrating the preeminent film critic of our time, sharing this gorgeous liturgical remembrance as well as this heartbreaking piece from Chaz Ebert on her year without her husband.
“Sony Demands Removal of Open-Source Indie Short Sintel From YouTube” — Amid Amidi at Carton Brew shares a startling story of a studio successfully getting a video with none of their content dropped with a DMCA challenge. If it’s baseless, how did it get through? Automation. This is truly the age of false copyright claims.
“From ‘It’ to ‘She’: How Scarlett Johansson Owns Her Movie Sexuality” — To bookend things, here’s Kyle Buchanan at Vulture discussing an actor who is thoroughly objectified in public life (just read any headline featuring her name, just about anywhere) taking control of that image within her most recent movies.