The need for women behind the camera isn’t mere tokenism; the sex of the director makes a difference in who is shown on camera and how. According to one study, only 28 percent of speaking characters were female in films with exclusively male directors and writers. The presence of at least one female director and/or writer made that figure jump to 37 percent. The numbers are even starker when it comes to the sex of protagonists. Of movies with a female director or writer, 39 percent of the protagonists were female. When the director and writers were exclusively male, just 4 percent of protagonists were women.
—  Melissa Silverstein in her op-ed for The Washington Post 

Women are shut out of directing roles, and it’s hurting movies

A.C.L.U., Citing Bias Against Women, Wants Inquiry Into Hollywood’s Hiring Practices

Grumblings that Hollywood is a man’s world have percolated for decades and are borne out in studies that show how few women are hired to direct top-grossing films: only 4 percent over the last dozen years. Now this apparent truism is being challenged as a violation of civil rights.

On Tuesday the American Civil Liberties Union will ask state and federal agencies to investigate the hiring practices of Hollywood’s major studios, networks and talent agencies, and possibly bring charges against them, for what the organization described as rampant and intentional gender discrimination in recruiting and hiring female directors.

Pitch Perfect 2 directed by Elizabeth Banks joins the elite list of films directed by women to have a #1 opening weekend. The last film to hold that distinction was 50 Shades of Grey in February. Before that you have to look all the way back to 2008, when Catherine Hardwicke’s Twilight topped the box office, for a film directed by a woman that opened at #1.

Incidentally if estimates hold Banks will also hold the record as the woman with the second highest box office opening weekend narrowly beating out Catherine Hardwicke for Twilight.

Xavi Hernandez is officially the most successful Spanish club footballer of all time, winning 24 trophies in total with FC Barcelona 

  • 8 League titles 
  • 3 Copa del Reys
  • 6 Supercopa de Españas
  • 3 Champions Leagues (can be 4 next Saturday)
  • 2 European Super Cups
  • 2 World Cups for clubs

Season 14/15: Player Statistics | Marco Reus
Bundesliga: 20 games played, 7 goals scored, assists, 223 minute per goal, 50% shot accuracy, 49 chances created
Champions League: 4 games played, 3 goals scored, 1 assist, 113 minute per goal, 57% shot accuracy, 4 chances created
DFB-Pokal: 4 games played, goal scored, 263 minute per goal
Total: 28 games played, 11 goals scored, 6 assists, 197 minute per goal.

Xavi (899) is one game away from his 900th official game at senior level for club & country

900th game against Juventus in the Champions League Final fighting for the Treble. It can’t get any better than that!