Zoe, you don't need the approval of teenage boys

In an interview with /Film about Marvel’s next MCU franchise, Guardians of the Galaxy, Zoe Saldana – who plays leading lady Gamora in the film – said the following about the design of her character:
[And] what I was thinking was, “She just needs to be pretty.” And that’s usually a thing that I don’t think about with other characters that I play but for some reason because I was going to be green and I was going to be the lead girl, I just wanted teenage boys to find me attractive.
Now, this isn’t some anti-Zoe/feminist ‘crusade’ or whatever. The surprise here is that she became a famous Hollywood actress by playing women that aren’t totally reliant on their ‘attractiveness’. Not just that, but in sci-fi and action films too, which, unfortunately, is rare. She’s echoing the consensus of comic reading and comic movie watching fans that we’ve all heard before – that the sole demographic are teenage boys.

How Did We End Up Here: Our childhood in movies

A contribution to a group post on Screenqueens. Art by Sarah K
I was that kid, the one whose parents let them watch anything without restrictions. My mum introduced me to Midnight CowboyAmerican History X, and my favourite film, Akira, at the age of ten. My dad showed me The Warriors around the same time, which has become the quotable film in our household and one of my fondest movie-watching memories. The Muppets and Disney were part of my film vocabulary, too.
When my love for film began to grow organically and outside of our family unit, the Criterion collection became my cinephile bible. Dad already had a decent collection of Criterion’s and it wasn’t long before I used them as a source to find weird, obscure movies or watch ’50s film noir.
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The Straight Outta Compton casting call is the reality of the film industry

Straight Outta Compton, the biopic about legendary super rap group N.W.A, hasn't had an easy production ride and its recent casting controversy certainly isn't helping.

Sande Alessi Casting agency, who have provided extras for Argo, The Lone Ranger and The Social Network, put out a call on Facebook for featured extras for the film which read:

She's All That: Kim Kelly

Kim Kelly was, in the words of Sam Weir, “a psycho” at the start of Freaks and GeeksShe was rude, kind of repulsive, and worst of all, a bully. Then, something changed.

In Kim Kelly Is My Friend, the fourth episode of the show, we had an insight into Kim’s life outside of school. All of her ‘shortcomings’ somehow made sense – the way she talked down to people, how she saw others, and her reaction to Lindsay becoming part of her clique the ‘freak’ crowd. People aren’t born as bullies, they’re made into them.

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