“Amy Schumer is in a familiar position. Shed have every right to be fed up about being back here, but instead shes facing it with admirable open-mindedness and even some optimism. Once again, there has been histrionic reaction to one of her projects and, once again, here she is setting the record straight about any number of misconceptions.
Thats the thing when youre a cultural lightning rod. You might bear the brunt of a charged debate. But you also end up pretty electrified yourself.
When the trailer was released for Schumers new comedy I Feel Pretty, there was instant, vitriolic backlash to the perceived message of the film. I was surprised, Schumer tells us, sitting in a Manhattan hotel room in the middle of a long…”
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“It is no small legacy for an actor to become so entwined with a character in the popular imagination that no one can ever replace them. Such was the fate of Margot Kidder, who passed away in Montana on Monday at the still-too-young age of 69.
Many brilliant actors have taken on the role of Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane, whom Kidder portrayed in Superman I, II and III. Teri Hatcher played her for years in Lois and Clark; Amy Adams is the current Lois of record in DC movies.
Neither could hold a candle to Kidder, who became the essential, irreplaceable Lois just as her co-star Christopher Reeve became the archetypal Clark Kent/Superman.
Her Lois was effortlessly empowered and brooked no nonsense in or out of the newsroom. She fizzed and crackled with intelligence and energy; she was devoted to getting the story even in the midst of a date with an alien superbeing.
It’s no exaggeration to say that she inspired a generation of women and men to enter journalism as much as her real-world counterparts Woodward and Bernstein.
Even as Kidder portrayed a strong feminist icon in an otherwise…”
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“‘You and me both!’ Gabrielle Union utters this halfway through Breaking In, as shes cornered by one of the men who has broken into her house and held her family hostage, in response to him saying, I underestimated you.
The line feels incredibly meta, considering Union has also been underestimated by Hollywood. In part because Hollywood underestimates black women. Two years ago when Viola Davis won her Emmy for her role in How to Get Away with Murder, Union was one of the actresses she shouted out in her speech: The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity, Davis said. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there. So heres to all the writers, the awesome people that are Ben Sherwood, Paul Lee, Peter Nowalk, Shonda Rhimes, people who have redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be black. And to the Taraji P. Hensons, the Kerry Washingtons, the Halle Berrys, the Nicole Beharies, the Meagan Goods, to Gabrielle Union: Thank you for taking us over that line.
Two years later, Union attended the Emmys for the first time. Last September before the ceremony, she tweeted: Ive been doing TV since 1995. This will be my 1st time going to the Emmys & Im presenting an award! 22 yrs later. #OvernightSuccess. Its evidence that the Emmys never paid much attention to black actresses before Davis win, or before Kerry Washington became the first black female lead on a drama in decades with Scandal. Union starred on BETs Being Mary Jane for five years but Mara Brock Akils fantastic and critically lauded show never got the awards recognition it deserved for the barriers it broke.
So when Union demands respect from her assailants in Breaking In, shes definitely talking to Hollywood. Shes a recognizable name in the black community but why isnt she a bigger star? Perhaps because her shows have all been made by and geared toward black people. Being Mary Jane at its best was a portrayal of a black woman with a messy interior life unlike anything that had ever been…”
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