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A Film Producer Is Tweeting Awfully Sexist Descriptions for Female Characters

| Thu Feb. 11, 2016 10:37 AM EST

Meet Jane! She's lithe, leggy, and spirited—attractive, but too much of a professional to show she cares. Most days she wears jeans, and she makes them look good. She was a model once, but living an actual life has taken its toll.

If that sounds like a garbage way to introduce a woman, well that's exactly the way that Ross Putman—a cinematographer and producer of such gems as Trigger Finger and First Girl I Loved—says female characters are routinely described in the movie scripts he's read. He's taken to social media to publicize them. According to Putman's Twitter bio, the characters' names have been swapped for Jane; otherwise the descriptions are word for word from the scripts.

While it's not surprising to see Hollywood treating female leads as sexual objects, this series of verbatim descriptions illustrate just how bad the situation is. Here's hoping Jane gets to play the role of a fully realized woman soon.

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The Daily News Just Expertly Called Out Donald Trump's "Brain Dead" New Hampshire Supporters

| Wed Feb. 10, 2016 8:06 AM EST

As expected, Donald Trump won the New Hampshire Republican primary on Tuesday with 35 percent of the vote. His double-digit victory, while unsurprising, did finally prove Trump could turn his high polling numbers into real votes.

The Daily News had plenty to say about Trump's resounding win and the "brain dead" New Hampshire voters who catapulted him to victory:

Tell us how you really feel, Daily News.

The James Hunter Six Throws a Party You Don't Want to Miss

| Mon Feb. 8, 2016 6:00 AM EST

The James Hunter Six
Hold On!
Daptone Records

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Britain's James Hunter makes tough old-school R&B with a bracing modern-day kick, so it makes sense for him to gravitate to Brooklyn's Daptone Records, where the likes of Sharon Jones and Charles Bradley have been doing the same thing for years.

Dispatching 10 songs in a brisk 30 minutes, Hunter's debut for the label—recorded in mono, of course!—creates the sensation of dropping in on a spirited late-night set in a smoky, crowded club, with Hunter playing the fiery soul shouter to perfection. (No wonder Van Morrison stepped in as an early mentor.) Featuring a pair of sizzling saxes, Hunter's ultra-tight band cooks with authority, but his swaggering, good-humored vocals and snappy tunes are the main attraction. From the stomping "Free Your Mind (While You Still Got Time)" to the lilting, Sam Cooke-inspired "This Is Where We Came In," Hold On! is a party not to be missed.

The New Jason Bourne Trailer Just Premiered During the Super Bowl. Here It Is.

| Sun Feb. 7, 2016 7:35 PM EST

The new Jason Bourne movie stars Matt Damon again. Will Hunting took a break from the series a few years ago and the last one starred Jeremy Renner, but he's back now because money can be exchanged for goods and services. This one looks pretty good! It comes out this summer.

Bernie Sanders and Larry David Appeared on "SNL" Together and It was Magical

| Sun Feb. 7, 2016 9:09 AM EST

As expected, Bernie Sanders stopped by "Saturday Night Live" last night for a much-anticipated cameo alongside everyone's favorite impersonator of the Vermont senator, Larry David. The brilliant sketch featured David as the captain of a sinking ship, who attempts to get onto a lifeboat based on his one percent status. That's when Bernie Sanderswitzky steps in to put an end to preferential treatment and save the middle class.

"Sounds like socialism to me!" David's character says, to which Sanderswitzky clarifies, "Democratic socialism."

Watch the sketch below:

Adele: Donald Trump Has "No Permission" to Use My Songs

| Mon Feb. 1, 2016 1:40 PM EST

After several accounts surfaced of Donald Trump playing Adele's music at campaign events around the country, the pop megastar has finally stepped in to tell the world she never gave the GOP frontunner permission.

"Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning," her spokesman told the Independent on Monday, effectively asking the presidential hopeful to stop blasting her smash hits "Rolling in the Deep" and "Skyfall" to fire up crowds. 

This isn't the first time musicians have expressed disapproval of Trump for using their music. Back in June, when Trump first told the world he was running for president, Neil Young slammed him for playing "Rockin' in the Free World" for the announcement. Trump responded with characteristic Trumpiness:

(For the record, Neil Young "feels the Bern.")

But Trump might be a bit more disappointed by Adele's brush-off. The real estate mogul is a noted fan of the British singer: he even paused campaigning last November to attend the singer's one-night-only show in New York. According to several reports, Trump reportedly cut the line to get into the exclusive show.

As for Adele, this isn't the first time she has found herself tangled up in Republican politics. Just last week, Mike Huckabee released a head-scratching parody of "Hello." (Due to a copyright claim, the audio for the post was muted on YouTube, then un-muted.) She also credits former GOP vice presidential nominee and governor of Alaska Sarah Palin with launching her career in America, back in 2008.

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The Oscars Just Announced Major Changes to Finally Start Promoting Diversity

| Fri Jan. 22, 2016 4:19 PM EST

On Friday, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced sweeping changes to its structural and voting process aimed at promoting diversity within the Academy and its governing entities—changes the Academy promises will double the number of women and "diverse members" by 2020.

"The Academy is going to lead and not wait for the industry to catch up," Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in a statement. "These new measures regarding governance and voting will have an immediate impact and begin the process of significantly changing our membership composition."

The announcement comes amid ongoing outrage sparked by this year's Oscar nominations, which failed to include a single person of color in its Best Film, Best Director, or its four major acting categories. The response quickly resulted in the social media campaign #OscarsSoWhite to call attention to the industry's diversity issues.

 

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Shortly after the nominations were unveiled, Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith, and Spike Lee announced they were not going to attend this year's awards ceremony.

"The Academy reflects the industry, reflects Hollywood, and the industry reflects America, reflects a series of challenges that we're having in our country at the moment," Smith said. "There's a regressive slide towards separatism, toward racial and religious disharmony, and that's not the Hollywood I want to leave behind, that's not the industry, that's not the America I want to leave behind."

Read the Academy's full announcement here:

100 Women All Over the Country Just Shared Their Abortion Stories

| Wed Jan. 20, 2016 11:57 AM EST

On Tuesday, 100 women of all ages from around the country participated in a six-hour livestream to tell personal abortion stories and provide a voice for women advocating reproductive rights. The live stream was hosted by the 1 in 3 campaign, a movement aimed at reducing the stigma around abortion. The organization's name comes from the fact that 1 in 3 women have had or will have an abortion at some point in their lives.

Former Texas Sen. Wendy Davis and Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards were among the women of all different backgrounds and ethnicities who spoke about the difficulty of making the decision, their access to care, and their feelings about their choice.

This is the second time 1 in 3 has hosted such an event. But Tuesday's live stream comes at a time when reproductive rights activists have been under fire in continued attacks against Planned Parenthood and its centers around the country following the release of deceptively edited and widely discredited videos that appeared to depict the organization selling fetal tissue—a practice that is illegal.

The live stream also focused on Whole Woman's Health v. Cole, an important abortion case that will be decided by the Supreme Court this year. For more on the monumental case, check out our explainer here.

The Daily News Just Perfectly Slammed Sarah Palin's "Stupid" Donald Trump Endorsement

| Wed Jan. 20, 2016 8:28 AM EST

Fresh off her word salad endorsement of Donald Trump yesterday, fellow reality star Sarah Palin on Wednesday found herself landing the cover page of one of New York's largest tabloids, the Daily News.

Her front-cover treatment was paired with the following headline:

It's great! Until you learn that Trump—still the Republican front-runner by a large margin—is now telling people that he is certain there "would be a role somewhere in the administration" for the former Alaskan governor if he were to win the White House come 2016. Watch that below:

Alan Rickman Dies at 69

| Thu Jan. 14, 2016 8:23 AM EST

Alan Rickman, the British film and theater actor known for his roles in movies such as Harry Potter and Die Hard, has died at age 69.

The Guardian reported that he had been suffering from cancer. Rickman's family confirmed the news and said he died in London "surrounded by family and friends."

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling reacted to news of Rickman's death on social media:

Actor Daniel Radcliffe, who played the lead role in the Harry Potter film series, also posted the following tribute: