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Gender bias

Garbage's Shirley Manson slams sexism and ageism in the music industry

Shirley Manson performing with Garbage in Italy earlier this month.

Rob Moran 11:20 AM   "When I realised that all I had to do was do good work, then no f--ks were given."

Brexit won't affect Game of Thrones says HBO

Game of Thrones.

Partly filmed in Northern Ireland, the cable channel's most-watched show will not suffer due to Britain's decision to leave the European Union.

Feminist joust

Women are joining medieval jousting competitions in England for the first time ever

Game of Thrones shero Brienne of Tarth.

Jenny Noyes   Eat your heart out, Brienne of Tarth.

Beyonce prom

You need to see this teen's epic Beyonce-inspired prom entrance

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Rob Moran   She recreated the entire 'Formation' video while her date waited downstairs.

Gender bias

No surprise: Study finds most film critics are men

Meryl Streep has previously spoken out about the "infuriating" gender imbalance among film critics.

Andrea Mandell   A new US study finds that most film critics are men - mirroring the makeup of the industry they critique.

#Scomophobia

The internet is having a field day with #Scomophobia after Scott Morrison claimed to be a victim of bigotry

Scott Morrison

Jenny Noyes   The federal Treasurer reckons he's experienced bigotry equivalent to the LGBT community because he's a Christian. The internet LOL'd.

Margaret Atwood

Sarah Polley is turning Margaret Atwood's 'Alias Grace' into a mini series for Netflix

MARGARET ATWOOD: Now in her 70s, the Canadian writer has lost none of her genius.

Rob Moran   All our fave things, together at once.

Playground Politics

You need to watch Sammy J's brilliant 'Playground Politics' take on refugees

Sammy J's latest episode of 'Playground Politics' tackles asylum seekers.

Jenny Noyes   This is just agonisingly on point.

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones women hear me roar

Justice for Sansa tasted sweet, especially for the hounds.

Lenny Ann Low   After five years and six seasons, Game of Thrones ladies are kicking ass in magnificent and major ways.

Miranda Tapsell

Love Child's Miranda Tapsell on encouraging greater diversity on our screens

Miranda Tapsell in <i>Love Child</i>.

Darren Cartwright   "I'm saying, the more encouraging I can be, the more I feel the strides forward are going to happen."

Helen Mirren signs up for Fast and Furious 8 'for the fun of it'

Helen Mirren.

Sarah Thomas   The never-ending movie franchise that is the Fast and Furious series has a very high-calibre recruit to its eighth outing. 

Gaming sexism

Nintendo producer's reason for not including a female hero in the new 'Legend Of Zelda' game is utterly ridiculous

Link in <I>The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild</i>.

Rob Moran   Oh won't somebody think about the men for a change!

Good Wife creators take on politics in new show BrainDead

Mary Elizabeth Winstead in BrainDead.

Lorena Blas   The Good Wife husband-and-wife creators Michelle and Robert King are back, this time with a political comedy.

DIY diversity

This hilarious web series is rewriting classic films so they feature more women

New, improved version of <i>There Will Be Blood</i>.

Rob Moran   'Full Movie Here' might be our new favourite thing.

Emotional Orlando speeches defy the haters

Songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda's emotional speech after accepting the Tony award for best book of a musical for ...

Ebony Bowden   Theatre's night of nights began on an emotional note on Monday with a touching tribute to the victims of the Orlando shooting.

Top of the Lake

Kidman to star in Top of the Lake: China Girl

Nicole Kidman has flown to Sydney to begin shooting Top of The Lake: China Girl with Golden Globe award winner Elisabeth ...

Staff writer   Nicole Kidman has flown to Sydney to begin shooting Top of The Lake: China Girl with Golden Globe award winner Elisabeth Moss.

Concert shooting

Ex-'Voice' contestant Christina Grimmie dies after being shot by gunman

Christina Grimmie's brother Marcus has penned a heartfelt tribute to his slain sister.

Steph Solis   The gunman who shot dead Christina Grimmie as she signed autographs had no connection to the pop star but had planned to kill her, police said.

Trolls

Here's what the Ghostbusters cast really thinks of the film's male critics

The Ghostbusters cast on the couch at Jimmy Kimmel.

Comedic actress Melissa McCarthy has poked fun at the male online trolls who have criticised the female-led cast of the new Ghostbusters film.

Gender-flipped

Mindy Kaling and Helena Bonham Carter join Sandra Bullock's 'Ocean's Eleven' reboot

Mindy Kaling has joined Sandra Bullock's <i>Ocean's Eleven</i>.

Rob Moran   This thing is rounding out very nicely.

Hollywood whitewashing

White filmmakers announce upcoming biopic on Muslim poet Rumi, want Leonardo DiCaprio to play him

13th-century Muslim poet, Jalaluddin al-Rumi..

Rob Moran   Nope, Hollywood hasn't learnt a thing.

Meryl Streep does a number on Donald Trump

Meryl Streep dons a wig and orange face paint to impersonate Donald Trump.

Melena Ryzik   At the moment that Hillary Clinton was all but clinching the Democratic nomination for president, Meryl Streep was on a stage in New York, impersonating Donald Trump.

Bloody great

Finally, here's an ad for period products that actually features blood

A still from the Bodyform ad.

Jenny Noyes   And it's actually beautiful.

Game Of Thrones

'Game Of Thrones' just introduced a new badass female character, and the internet already loves her

Bella Ramsey as Lady Lyanna Mormont.

Rob Moran   Bow down to Lady Lyanna Mormont, 10-year-old queen of our hearts.

Angry chefs

Why it’s time to end the cult of the angry chef

Hell's Kitchen - 2009...Mandatory credit: TM & copyright 20th Century Fox No Merchandising. Editorial Use Only No Book ...

Neha Kale   Let's end the cultural narrative that a certain volatile eccentricity is the marker of a talented man, writes Neha Kale.

Hot dog princess

Internet bows down to little girl who wore a hot dog suit to Princess Day

Hot Dog Princess and the other princesses.

Jenny Noyes   "In a world of princesses, be a hot dog" was the true lesson of the day as #hotdogprincess trended across multiple social media platforms.

J.K. Rowling hits out at 'racists' after Harry Potter play casts black Hermione

J.K. Rowling says people outraged over the casting of a black Hermione  are "a bunch of racists".

J.K. Rowling has slammed as a "bunch of racists" online critics who complained about the casting of a black actor to play Hermione.

'Me Before You'

'Me Before You' has a disabled main character - but activists are angry. Here's why.

Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin in <i>Me Before You</i>.

Stephanie Merry   "We've seen a galvanising effort of people saying, 'Wait a minute. We're tired of this. We've seen it all before.' "

Ocean's 11

Cate Blanchett 'in talks' to take the Brad Pitt role in the upcoming all-female 'Ocean's Eleven'

Cate Blanchett in <I>Carol</i>.

Rob Moran   This just keeps getting better and better.

Amber Heard

Amber Heard sues comedian who accused her of blackmailing Johnny Depp

Comedian Doug Stanhope.

Heard says she would donate all proceeds to a battered women's shelter in Arizona.

Brie Larson is latest Marvel superhero

Brie LArson, nominated for best actress in her rol in Room.

AAP and Ebony Bowden   Brie Larson is reportedly in early talks to star as Captain Marvel in an upcoming superhero film.

Poor taste

Channel Nine's Footy Show criticised for 'racist' joke

Beau Ryan grins after asking a woman if she was planning to eat one of her dogs.

Georgina Mitchell and Ebony Bowden   The executive producer of Nine's The Footy Show has apologised for a racist skit on Thursday night's show which he admits 'went too far'.

Fauxpology

Michael Bay kinda, sorta, not really apologised for insulting Kate Beckinsale's appearance

Michael Bay attends the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows" World Premiere at Madison Square Garden on ...

Rob Moran   It's been a big ol' week for egomaniacal male directors slagging off their leading ladies, hasn't it?

Gendered violence

Rose McGowan slams 'X-Men Apocalypse' billboard that shows Jennifer Lawrence being choked

"Offensive and frankly stupid": online commenters have slammed 20th Century Fox's billboard for <i>X-Men: Apocalypse</i>.

Rob Moran   "There is a major problem when the men and women at 20th Century Fox think casual violence against women is the way to market a film."

Dom Knight

7 new podcasts we definitely need right now

"In the spirit of podcasting, why don't you take one of my ideas and just do it?," writes Dom Knight.

Dom Knight   Because there's always room for another podcast, writes Dom Knight.

Gramma & Ginga

Watch 97 and 102-year-old sisters Gramma and Ginga review 'Game Of Thrones' for Kimmel

Gramma and Ginga, your new favourite <i>Game Of Thrones</i> recappers.

Rob Moran   Obviously, they have no idea what's going on. Not 'cause they're old - but because GoT is ridiculous.

Femmo talk

Rashida Jones gave Stephen Colbert a taste of the sexist questions female stars usually get asked

Rashida Jones teaching Stephen Colbert how to be a feminist.

Rob Moran   The 'Angie Tribeca' star gave the host a quick crash-course in feminist discourse.

G.L.O.W.

'Orange Is The New Black' creator Jenji Kohan is making a new Netflix series about '80s women's wrestling

Wreslters

Rob Moran   It's based on the 'Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling' league, which was a real-life thing in the '80s.

Biphobic rant

This commentator's take on Johnny Depp and Amber Heard may be the worst yet

Peter Ford speaks to <i>The Morning Show</i> hosts Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies.

Jenny Noyes   Peter Ford began his rant on The Morning Show with: "I probably shouldn't say this, but..." And yeah, he was right.

Ghostbusters

'I hope they find a friend': Melissa McCarthy has no time for all those 'Ghostbusters' haters

Melissa McCarthy and Kate McKinnon in the upcoming <i>Ghostbusters</i>.

Rob Moran   'You're ruining my childhood!' I mean, really," the actress said in a new interview.

'Keira's thing is to hide': Begin Again director pans Knightley's acting

Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo in <i>Begin Again</i>, which took in $87 million worldwide.

Garry Maddox   The Irish director says he will never work with a supermodel again.

Hollywood diversity

'It's not just Hollywood - every industry is so white', say Kerry Washington and Aziz Ansari

Kerry

Rob Moran   The stars talk diversity and onscreen representation for Variety's 'Actors On Actors' series.

Trump

The Weeknd and rapper Belly cancel Jimmy Kimmel over Trump appearance

CALGARY, ALBERTA - APRIL 03:  Rapper Belly and The Weeknd perform at the 2016 Juno Awards at Scotiabank Saddledome on ...

Belly says he cancelled because he didn't want to share a stage with Donald Trump.

Puppy play

This new British documentary follows 'pup players', men who live as dogs

Pup

Rob Moran   "There is an immense amount of pleasure from gambolling around, playing with squeaky toys."

Hollywood diversity

Constance Wu, Aziz Ansari, George Takei and more speak out about Hollywood's Asian representation problem

Constance Wu in <i>Fresh Off The Boat</i>.

Rob Moran   Asian actors "have to train like it's the Olympics" to get parts over whites, Wu said in the New York Times article.

25th anniversary

How 'Thelma & Louise' ushered in a new, exciting version of mainstream feminism

Susan Sarandon as Louise Sawyer and Geena Davis as Thelma Dickinson.

Natalie Reilly   "To say that Thelma & Louise broke open the cultural assumptions of the time is not an exaggeration," writes Natalie Reilly, as the iconic film celebrates its 25th anniversary.

'Junk equality'

Emilia Clarke is very happy that Game Of Thrones finally 'freed the P'

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Rob Moran   "I think they heard me. Junk equality!"

Powerpuff

Ka-pow! 'Powerpuff Girls' are back to save the world again

Powerpuff Girls Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup defend their town from villains and monsters.

Tracy Brown   The new villain Manboy is an "an old-thinking type of male character set into this modern-day world".

Gay characters

Fans urge Marvel to give Captain America a boyfriend

So who would it be? Bucky Barnes, fans say, Cap's loyal best friend who has frequently risked his life for his mate.

Amy Kaufman   Fans reckon it's a ready made love story. With who? Bucky Barnes, of course, Cap's loyal best friend who has frequently risked his life for his mate.

Pro life

Sarah Silverman is on a mission from God to save men's sperm

Sarah Silverman

Jenny Noyes   "Sperm is life. And you know what that means: We’ve gotta legislate that shit."

Clem Bastow

6 other iconic characters it's time to genderswap

Gilli

Clem Bastow   Gillian Anderson officially threw her hat in the ring to take on 007 - Clem Bastow suggests some other characters who are ripe for a re-cast.

#StarringJohnCho

John Cho is a big fan of the #StarringJohnCho meme

Cho

Rob Moran   "I felt like it was me on the poster but it wasn't really about me. I really dig it."

Nuding up

This sketch solves the mystery of why certain women get nude in the change room

There comes a time when women pass the threshold of giving f--ks about covering up.

Jenny Noyes   There comes a time when women pass the threshold of giving f--ks about covering up.

Kesha v. Dr Luke

Kesha will perform at the Billboard Awards after Dr Luke's label backed down on bid to stop her

Kesha will reportedly perform a tribute to Bob Dylan.

Kemosabe Records, a unit of Sony Music and founded by Dr. Luke, said it was concerned Kesha would "discuss the litigation" in her performance.

Wage gap

Robin Wright reveals she demanded equal pay as Kevin Spacey for 'House Of Cards'

Robin Wright says she demanded the same pay as Spacey on the series.

Rob Moran   "I was like, 'You better pay me or I’m going to go public...' And they did.”