Movies, like many other things in life, are marked by their firsts – the first full-3D movie, the first movie to make S$1 billion ... you get the picture. And while the stars and directors of the upcoming Captain Marvel appreciate the buzz generated by the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s (MCU) first solo female-led superhero film, they hope the film industry will dispel the remarkability of these taglines in time to come.Here's what Brie Larson, Gemma Chan, Samuel L Jackson as well as directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck told CNA Lifestyle a day after the cast kick-started their global press tour with a fan event held at Sands Expo And Convention Centre on Feb 14.BRIE LARSON: POWER IS FEMALE REPRESENTATION AND COMPLEXITY“I’ve enjoyed so much playing this character and it’s moments like last night that remind me … that representation matters and female complexity matters, and that’s powerful,” said Larson, who … [Read more...] about Women empowerment: What Captain Marvel means to Brie Larson, cast and directors
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By Glenn Whipp Los Angeles Times Thu., Nov. 22, 2018 The February weekend that Black Panther opened and rewrote box office history, writer-director Ryan Coogler and the man who hired him, Marvel executive Nate Moore, pingponged text messages to each other. They shared images of moviegoers dressed in dashikis, pounding drums, dancing in the lobbies, celebrating a deeply-felt connection to a movie many had been waiting their whole lives to see. At the same time in Los Angeles, actors Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan, rivals in the film, celebrated by sitting courtside at the Staples Center for the NBA All-Star game, enjoying the moment — and feeling completely floored that players kept approaching them, wanting to talk about Black Panther. “Magic Johnson’s standing on the court being honoured and he looks over at me and Michael, and says, ‘I’m proud of y’all,’” Boseman remembers. “That … that’s … [Read more...] about Black Panther redefined superhero movies. Can it do the same thing for the Oscars?
By Brendan Kennedy Investigative Reporter Sun., Sept. 16, 2018 Katie Pringle knew long before she got into the cannabis industry herself that its culture did not cater particularly well to women. But as she prepared to conduct focus groups last year ahead of launching her own female-focused cannabis company, even she was surprised by how poorly women were served in the market. She went to a head shop — a store that sells pipes, bongs and other paraphernalia related to marijuana use — and asked the clerk for their “most beautiful” smell-free jar, something the 34-year-old communications and marketing professional wouldn’t mind displaying in her home. “He brought me a Budweiser stash can,” she said, laughing. That is, a storage container intentionally made to look like a beer can. “There wasn’t much out there that was really catered towards women, or even men who were interested in more elegant … [Read more...] about Women carving out their own space in the cannabis conversation
By Victoria Ahearn The Canadian Press Wed., Aug. 29, 2018 Canadian actress Evangeline Lilly is enjoying a sense of female empowerment these days, in her career and beyond. For starters, the Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., native stars in the summer superhero hit Ant-Man and The Wasp, which is the first film in the Marvel cinematic universe with a female character in its title. “It’s very exciting for me, because suddenly I have a huge uptick in the number of fans who are female,” the 39-year-old, who plays Hope van Dyne/Wasp in the film, said in a recent phone interview from her home in Hawaii to promote her appearance at Fan Expo Canada this weekend. “It’s great. Historically, I’ve had a more predominantly male fanbase and I’ve always thought, ‘How do I get women? I want the women!’” she said with a laugh. “God bless the men, but you get tired of making pictures where you’re attractive and you want to … [Read more...] about Evangeline Lilly talks female empowerment and Fan Expo Canada
By Becky Bohrer The Associated Press Tues., May 22, 2018 JUNEAU, ALA.—When Danielle Schumacher attended her first convention of marijuana activists about 15 years ago, she could count on one hand all the women in a room of older men. The lack of diversity struck the then-college student, who remembers feeling out of place but also determined to make her mark. “That feeling just really stuck with me that this isn’t going to last. This is going to shift in my lifetime, and I want to be part of that,” said the San Francisco-based Schumacher, who in 2014 co-founded THC Staffing Group, a recruitment firm that encourages a more diverse cannabis industry workforce. Read more: Path to legalization has Edmonton cannabis expo attendees buzzed Article Continued Below Alterna CEO embraced weed business when nobody else would Canada’s marijuana millionaires surprised by stock surge As marijuana has become more mainstream, Schumacher … [Read more...] about Women cite ‘grass ceiling’ in male-dominated weed industry