'The Early Show' Attacks Hollywood for Shying Away from Female Leads
It takes a lot to defend
According to an article by Nikki Finke on LA Weeklyâs Deadline Hollywood Web site, Warner Bros. (held by parent company Time Warner, NYSE:TWX) President of Production Jeff Robinov made the decree âWe are no longer doing movies with women in the lead.â Finke called Robinovâs comment âNeanderthal thinking.â
Reportedly Robinov made the statement after poor box office numbers from Jodie Foster's âThe Brave Oneâ (grossing $34,380,387 domestically â ranked 49th for 2007) and Nicole Kidman's âThe Invasionâ (grossing $15,071,514 domestically â ranked 86th for 2007).
CBS Entertainment Contributor Jess Cagle blamed it on
âThere is a tremendous amount of sexism in
Although Warner Bros. denied Robinov made such an edict, CBS âThe Early Showâ National Correspondent Hattie Kauffman made a poor argument to refute the alleged social injustice.
âIn fact, if you look at the biggest moneymakers over the last year, three of them were driven by women,â Kauffman said on the October 9 âThe Early Show.â ââThe Devil Wears Pradaâ took in $124 million in the
However, those movies werenât exactly blockbusters. Kauffman had to look pretty far down the list to defend movies with women in the lead. âThe Devil Wears Pradaâ was 17th out of the top 100 domestic grosses for 2006. âDreamgirlsâ came in 19th and âThe Queenâ was 57th. âThe Queenâ barely broke the top 20 (19th) in the 2006 gross box office rankings that include