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Cannes “Shoegate” sparks tradition vs. sexism debates

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It began with a Screen Daily report that subsequently raised plenty of eyebrows. Now, everyone can’t stop talking about “Shoegate,” which, if you’re unfamiliar: The Issue: The Cannes Film Festival has come under intense scrutiny after it was reported that women were barred from entering a premiere for not wearing high heels. It seems some women wearing flats were turned away from a screening of Carol. As another example, Amy director Asif Kapadia said his wife was turned away from the screening for wearing flat shoes, but she was eventually allowed entry. The Defense: Although it isn’t explicitly worded, Cannes attendees are expected to be “smartly dressed” (via the Guardian). Now, the rules for men are pretty clear; they have to wear black tie…

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Marvel’s courtship of Ava DuVernay: Is Hollywood finally waking up?

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The American Civil Liberties Union isn’t happy with Hollywood right now. The ACLU has called for an investigation into the “systematic failure” of the film industry to hire female directors. In response to this, The Directors Guild of America blamed networks and studios for the “deplorable” lack of women directors in Hollywood. But of course, actions speak louder than words. In a positive step for women in film, Marvel is courting Selma director Ava DuVernay; according to the report, she will either helm Captain Marvel or Black Panther. The former picture is Marvel’s first solo female superhero film, and The Black Panther is the first movie that boasts a hero of color in the leading role. If one considers DuVernay’s work in Selma, one could hazard a…

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