Monday, October 08, 2007

Does Warner Bros. hate women?

Gloria Allred is already calling for a boycott of Warner Bros. films if Warner president of production Jeff Robinov makes good on his idiotic decree that “we are no longer doing movies with women in the lead.” Robinov made this statement after Jodie Foster’s The Brave One and Nicole Kidman’s The Invasion tanked at the box office. (See full story here.)

I’m not a particular fan of Allred, but I gotta agree with her assessment of Robinov’s nonsense. “Instead of taking responsibility for their own lack of judgment about which scripts to make, directors to hire and budgets to OK,” Allred says, “some men in the movie industry find it easier to place blame for their lack of success on women leads and to exclude talented female actors from the top employment opportunities in Hollywood in favor of macho males.”

Incidentally, Resident Evil 3: Extinction, starring Milla Jovovich, my favorite “macho” female actor, stayed in the Top 5 this weekend after three weeks of release, grossing $43.5 million so far. You rock, Milla!

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At 2:24 PM, Blogger Michael Jarrell said...

Maybe Jodi's film would have done better if she'd managed to keep her mouth shut. Her comments about firearms drove gunowners away from what could have been a pro gun movie. Instead she bad mouthed guns and blathered on about gun control. She rove an entire audience away. Hotness only goes so far. Mila, OTOH never makes that mistake and she gets the gun crowd. Go figure.

At 9:34 PM, Blogger David Houser said...

The Brave One also probably suffered by looking like a Death Wish ripoff/re-make released at the same time as another one (forget the name, but it had Kevin Bacon).

Milla, though, is just a flawless creature... probably one of the greatest humans to ever live as far as I'm concerned. I even made it through that Joan of Arc movie!

At 11:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

While Warner Bros may indeed hate women this is the latest example of a chronic form of Hollywood buttheadedness. For example, the new film The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising apparently tanked big time this last weekend, so rumors now fly that the studios are shying away from young-adult oriented fantasy films (that don't have the name "Harry Potter" appended to them.)

This notwithstanding that by most accounts I've heard or seen, The Seeker sucks big wind.

They always do this. We saw the same game last year when the execs trundled out all manner of sociological explanations for declining box office receipts.

They refuse to face the Big Truth: moviegoers will generally stay away from movies that suck.

So a couple of lame, derivative movies dive-bombed at the box? Has to be the females leads. Can't be our fault.

As for Ms. Milla, I've been a fan since The Fifth Element. I have to admit to being more a Kate Beckinsale guy, myself. Well, and Michelle Yeoh. And Zhang Ziyi.

At 8:05 AM, Blogger Wally Conger said...

Milla fans interested in checking out the non-action Jovovich should stray over to Netflix and check out something called You Stupid Man. It's a mediocre 2002 romantic comedy that manages to delight only because its star -- Milla -- is so delightful.

At 8:40 AM, Blogger B.W. Richardson said...

[Homer Simpson-like "beer" moan]
Michelle Yeoh ...
Zhang Ziyi ...
[/Homer Simpson-like "beer" moan]

Everyone here has nailed it - they have to stop thinking that we consumers respond to genres and figure out that we respond to quality movies. "Lord of the Rings" - Yowzer. "Eragon" and all the other LOTR ripoffs - Yawn.

At 9:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I worked for WB and they not only dislike women but they also dislike anyone with a formal education. I witnessed three women in different types of management positions receiving demotions; one woman was demoted twice. Demotions are labeled as "restructuring" and layoffs are considered "right sizing" instead of downsizing.


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