Martin Scorsese has rejected a suggestion that his films lack significant female characters. Speaking today during a press conference at the Rome Film Fest, the director shut down a question from an Italian journalist about a lack of front-and-center roles for women in films including The Irishman, which screens at the festival this week. “That’s not even a valid point,” Scorsese responded. “It’s a question I’ve had for so many years. It is a waste of everybody’s time.” The director’s regular producer Emma Tillinger Koskoff, also on stage in Rome, threw out examples of Scorsese films with significant roles including Alice Doesn’t Love Here Anymore, The Age Of Innocence, and Casino. Related Story Netflix CEO Reed Hastings Weighs In On Streaming Rivals, 'Patriot Act' Edits, Movie Theater Windows, And More “They don’t count [those movies],” Scorsese said of naysayers, adding that his films … [Read more...] about Martin Scorsese Rejects Question Over Lack Of Female Characters, Talks Netflix & ‘Theme Park’ Movies – Rome Film Festival
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Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the Recording Academy, the organization that oversees the Grammy Awards, announced that he will step down at the end of his contract next summer. Portnow did not give a specific reason for stepping down. In a statement released by the organization, the executive, who has led the group for 16 years, said, “When I had the honor of being selected to lead this great organization in 2002, I vowed that on my watch, for the first time in our history, we would have a thoughtful, well-planned and collegial transition. With a little more than a year remaining on my current contract, I’ve decided that this is an appropriate time to deliver on that promise.” Portnow, who is the longest-serving president in the Recording Academy’s 60-year history, weathered heavy criticism from the music industry earlier this year when he said women should “step up” if they want to be better represented in the business. He made … [Read more...] about Recording Academy President Neil Portnow Will Step Down
While much of the chatter surrounding Sunday’s Grammy ceremony centered on Kesha, Janelle Monáe and other women who raised their voices (and wore white roses) in support of #MeToo and Time’s Up, the night’s winners list told a different story. Of the eight awards presented during the telecast, only one – Best New Artist – was given to a woman, Alessia Cara; the full list of 84 categories, which included solo artists and bands, songwriting committees and liner-notes scribes, didn’t fare much better, percentage-wise. The disconnect between the message of female empowerment and the reality of male dominance made for a jarring viewing experience, even with the full awareness that this was, after all, the Grammys, with their innate, bordering-on-absurd conservatism that, more often than not, seems like a core feature instead of a bug – from Bruno Mars’ 24-karat retro-R&B sweep over more political offerings like Kendrick … [Read more...] about What Do the Grammys Have Against Women?
Twenty years ago this month, Sarah McLachlan and a rotating cast of fellow artists embarked on the women-centric traveling fest known as Lilith Fair. While the nostalgic view of the Nineties paints it as a decade where not just female-fronted, but female-populated acts surged on the pop and rock charts, Lilith’s presence bucked music-industry norms that were still, quietly but firmly, directing radio playlists and tour routing. The venture was also a smashing success, becoming the top-grossing festival of 1997. The musicians who appeared at Lilith – including Paula Cole, Lisa Loeb, Natalie Merchant and the Indigo Girls – were used to being in the minority. “I started at Berklee College of Music, where the ratio of men to women was about 13 to one,” recalls Cole. “And that was pretty much a fair indication of what it would be like going forward. … And then we noticed that the record company [was] primarily male, and then the more success we had, … [Read more...] about Lilith Fair at 20: The Legacy of a Tour That Put Women First
Ever since the Carter Family promoted their concerts with posters that read, “the program is morally good,” country music – with its songs about family, faith and idyllic small towns – has thrived on a reputation as the more wholesome of musical genres and communities. But when it comes to what goes on behind the scenes in country radio, that isn’t always the case. Over the course of four months, Rolling Stone Country spoke with more than 30 sources, including artists, managers and radio reps, who confirmed a climate of harassment and misconduct in the world of country radio. They reveal an environment where artists and other music professionals – especially women – are expected to be overly accessible and use sexuality as currency when visiting stations and meeting with certain program directors, or attending industry events, in the hope of having their song added into rotation. But unlike in Hollywood, where the #MeToo movement quickly … [Read more...] about Inside Country Radio’s Dark, Secret History of Sexual Harassment and Misconduct