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— by Cara Buckley and Brooks Barnes: Two weeks ago, the big movie studios showcased their 2019 lineups for multiplex executives in a series of elaborate marketing presentations in Las Vegas. It’s an annual ritual: here are the potential hits we will deliver.
For the first time, the importance of onscreen diversity came across as more than lip service. Paramount presented family adventure Dora the Lost City of Gold with a predominantly Latino cast, while Warner Bros promoted a Shaft sequel starring Samuel L Jackson and Regina King. Universal touted a comedy starring black women, Little, an animated movie about a Chinese girl’s quest, Abominable, and summer musical Yesterday with an actor of Indian descent playing the lead.
But look a little closer at the movies on studio rosters – and who is directing them – and Hollywood’s inclusion narrative falls apart by one crucial measure. Even after years of being called to task for sidelining female filmmakers, studios as a whole continue to rely overwhelmingly on men to lead productions. Why the disconnect? …
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April 19, 2019