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Modesty Blaise: Clever, Cunning, Daring and Kick-Ass

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Modesty Blaise was first introduced as a comic-strip in the middle of the 1960s by author Peter O’Donnell. Not only was she beautiful, she was clever, cunning, daring and she knew how to kick ass. For me, she was the heroine I wanted to be. For those who don’t know who Modesty Blaise is, please allow me to introduce you: Modesty Blaise is the anti-James Bond James Bond. That is, yes, she occasionally went on missions for the British Secret Intelligence Service, but that was only after she retired from being the head of The Network, her own international criminal organization. Along with her sidekick, second-in-command and trusted friend Garvin (they debuted in 1963 and still never really got together, by…

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Jon’s Picks: ‘Proud Mary’ and the Strongest, Kick Ass Women in Film and Pop Culture

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Today, Proud Mary, starring Taraji P. Henson (Empire, Hidden Figures) opens in theaters across America.  Henson plays an assassin for the Boston mafia ordered to kill the parents of a young boy. This latest assignment prompts Mary to want to protect him instead and leave the belly of the underworld as well as her past misdeeds behind; however, the mob bosses have other ideas and put a hit out on Mary.  There are few reviews for this film thus far as Screen Gems, whose parent company is Sony Pictures, opted to not do a pre-screening for the press, but according to the Chicago Tribune, “Taraji P. Henson [is] leading the charge of strong women in 2018 with Proud Mary.” We agree!…

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Girls Trip and 6 Female Authors With Record Breakers at the Box Office

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Now that the summer movie season is officially over, it’s time to take stock. Overall, it hasn’t been the strongest year, with reboots bombing left and right, and even well-established franchises like Pirates of the Caribbean failing to find an audience. But not every movie tanked. There were a few standouts, and many of them happened to be directed or written by women. Two of the biggest record smashers of the summer were the Patty Jenkins directed Wonder Woman, and Girls Trip, which was written by two women, Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver. Girls Trip recently made headlines for breaking the $100 million mark, making it the first film to make over $100 million that was written, directed, and produced by…

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The Magnificant Seven: Pop Culture’s Strongest Women

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The success of Wonder Woman has set off a feeding frenzy of sorts in New York and Hollywood for strongest women heroes. Well, way back in 2008 I conceived Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong, hero of soon-to-be nine thrillers with the publication of Strong to the Bone this December, as a female action hero adept at handling a role almost invariably given to men. Kind of like a female Jack Reacher, Lee Child’s wondrously iconic series stalwart. With all respect to Wonder Woman, though, strong women are actually nothing new. Caitlin, in fact, comes from a pop culture tradition of similarly able females, either with their fists, their guns, their wits, and often all three. Let’s look at a few other…

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Wonder Woman Kicks Ass for a New Generation

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The new Wonder Woman movie is out today and we are jazzed. There’s nothing like watching a strong, inspirational woman kick ass on-screen, especially when she’s wielding a pretty awesome sword and even more awesome moves. From stopping bullets with her golden bracelets to repeatedly saving the world from danger, this is the kind of female-driven superhero story we can get behind. Wonder Woman was originally created in 1941 by psychologist William Moulton Martson and his wife. Martson modeled the female superhero after many famous feminists of the time, particularly Margaret Sanger. We’re definitely not surprised. Other than a very brief hiatus in the 1980s, Wonder Woman has always been a prominent figure in the DC Comics world, including the…

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From Captain America to Batman v. Superman: Superheroes Are Taking Over

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Forget about Hillary vs. Bernie. Never mind Trump vs. Carson. The real action online is in a slew of geek-tastic movie trailers that are dropping faster than late-Autumn leaves. Last week saw the release of the latest trailer for Captain America: Civil War, a movie that may as well be titled Avengers 3. As with most trailers, the cuts are quick, the action is lightning-fast, and you are compelled to watch it over and over and over again (Holy crap—it’s Black Panther! No! What happened to War Machine? And just what the heck is up with that crazy shield duet that Cap and Bucky are playing on Iron Man’s noggin?).     And then, just as our hearts were starting…

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Before You Plug into Netflix, We’ve Got Your Jessica Jones Cheat Sheet

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I’ve been waiting months for the premiere of Marvel’s Jessica Jones on Netflix and the debut of our first female comic-book anti-hero. As much as I dig Agent Carter, Supergirl, Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel, their heroics lean towards the squeaky-clean. Jessica Jones will be our first female hero with some grit under her nails, dirty laundry lying around the apartment, and the smell of alcohol on her breath. Up until now, flawed heroes were limited to men—Wolverine and Iron Man, to name a couple. Jessica will be our first 3-dimensional female superhero. And it’s not just because of the conventional noir trappings of too much hard living and hard drinking; it’s the character herself. She’s deeply damaged and powerfully conflicted.…

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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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Marvel’s Agent Carter joins the sisterhood of kickass heroines

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As we look ahead at all the wonderfulness that our favorite geeky TV shows will to bring us this spring, fans of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will get a look at the early days of their favorite clandestine organization with the new series Agent Carter. Starring British actress Hayley Atwell, the show follows the adventures of Captain America’s best gal, Peggy Carter, as she overcomes both danger and 1940s male chauvinism in her never-ending battle against the forces of evil.   The journey to the small screen was a unique one for Agent Carter. Originally created as a love interest in the film Captain America: The First Avenger, Carter later appeared in her own “one-shot” short film that was included…

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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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