"Wonder Woman" to lead

12/24/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

This year powerful women led major box office successes like "Gravity" and "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," which prove female-led features resonate with audiences and highlight the need for Hollywood to finally give Wonder Woman a chance to carry her own film, writes New York Times columnist Frank Bruni, who notes Hollywood's refusal to showcase women as lead characters highlights "superficially progressive politics mask overwhelmingly conservative business instincts." Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis, pointing to findings that show when crowds gather in the G, PG and PG-13 movies targeting children just 17% of the people in the scene are female, said, "In ratios, we haven’t gotten very far from Snow White and the seven dwarfs."

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