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6 Summer blockbusters where women rule

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Hollywood is notoriously stingy with good roles for women, but that may finally change this summer. As you read this, the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) are helping Avengers: Age of Ultron crush it at the early summer box office, and a parade of female protagonists are set to follow in their wake. Here are a few upcoming summer releases in which the women take charge: Pitch Perfect 2 (Opening May 15) The Bellas are back, ready to sing once again, and this time they’re taking on an impossible task: winning an international singing competition that no American team has ever won. Led by an all-star cast including Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and Academy Award…

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Comic fans, welcome the rise of the superheroine

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Batman. Superman. Spiderman. There’s no denying that when we think of superheroes, our minds conjure up a vision of a man in a cape, swooping in to save his city. But what about the female heroes? From Batgirl to Wonder Woman, we know they’re out there – and it’s way past time for superheroines to get their fair share of the glory. Luckily, the rest of the world seems to agree. From television to books, it seems like superheroines have been popping up everywhere recently. Take Arrow, for example. The CW show about the classic DC Comics hero, Green Arrow, started as a crusade by one masked man. But since it first aired in 2012, the show has grown to…

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Super women take over

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I’ll be honest – the TV commercials made the new female superhero movie, Lucy, look pretty ridiculous. Every time I heard Morgan Freeman’s voiceover say, “Most people only use 10 percent of their brain,” I inwardly cringed. But then I heard the film dominated the box office last weekend, blowing the new Hercules movie out of the water. So I decided to watch the full-length trailer… …and I was blown away. This is a movie worth seeing – a strong, smart, capable heroine who uses her brain instead of her body to help save the world. It reminds me of the good old Alias days, where every week I could watch an awesome lady kick some serious ass. Jennifer Garner…

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From the sublime to the ridiculous: Super style for your next comic convention

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Superhero costumes can be awesome—but they can also be pretty over-the-top. For every iconic Superman there’s a Green Lantern lurking in the corner, all skintight neon and painted-on masks. Women seem particularly cursed with bad superhero outfits. Random cutouts, staggeringly large chests – these ladies are lucky if they get enough fabric to cover their entire stomachs. But of course not all super-heroine outfits stink; some are tasteful, functional and classic. So here are choices for the best – and the most ridiculous – female superhero looks: The Awesome: Jean Grey as the Phoenix As soon as Jean Grey turns into the Phoenix, her costume gets taken to a whole new level. In the movie she looks like she could…

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