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Teen sexualisation made Natalie Portman rethink film roles

Natalie Portman says male sexualisation as a teenager made her rethink which films to work on. The actress spoke at the Women’s March in LA on Saturday about how her first fan letter at 13 was a “rape fantasy”. She also said a local radio station counted down to her 18th birthday – the date she would become “legal to sleep with”. “I felt the need to cover my body and to inhibit my expression and my work,” she recalled. “The response to my expression – from small comments about…

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A Prison Film Made in Prison

When Theothus Carter was eleven, he and some friends stole a car, just for kicks. This led to his first arrest. It was the early nineties, in the Haughville section of Indianapolis. His older sister, who liked to watch reruns of “The Andy Griffith Show,” often called him Oppie, for Opie Taylor, the cute kid played by Ron Howard, but Haughville wasn’t Mayberry. By the time Carter was twelve, Oppie had come to denote his alter ego, who began each morning by smoking a blunt and was often drunk by…

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The Bollywood film breaking the taboo around periods

The world’s first feature film on periods is set to be released in the UK. Can a comedy help break the taboo of female menstruation? It’s a scene that captures the 20-year struggle by a poor school drop-out from southern India to buy sanitary pads for his wife – and ended up changing the lives of millions of women around the world. Arunachalam Muruganantham – played by Bollywood star Akshay Kumar – cycles through his local village waving cheerfully. Unbeknown to his neighbours, he is testing the effectiveness of his…

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Carey Mulligan: No strong film roles for women

Carey Mulligan has hit out at what she says is a lack of leading film roles for women. The 32-year-old star of Suffragette and The Great Gatsby said she’s “fed up” of playing wives or girlfriends. The Oscar-nominated actress is due to appear in a new BBC television series called Collateral. Criticising the movie world she said opting for the small screen gave her the chance to play a “fully rounded, flawed, interesting person”. “I think for the most of female actresses I know it’s just about going where the…

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Carey Mulligan: No strong film roles for women

Carey Mulligan has hit out at what she says is a lack of leading film roles for women. The 32-year-old star of Suffragette and The Great Gatsby said she’s “fed up” of playing wives or girlfriends. The Oscar-nominated actress is due to appear in a new BBC television series called Collateral. Criticising the movie world she said opting for the small screen gave her the chance to play a “fully rounded, flawed, interesting person”. “I think for the most of female actresses I know it’s just about going where the…

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