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the problem with Hollywood? women, says Warner Bros. exec

Nikki Finke posted this atrocious news at her Deadline Hollywood Daily on Friday:

This comes to me from three different producers, so I know it’s real: Warner Bros president of production Jeff Robinov has made a new decree that “We are no longer doing movies with women in the lead”. This Neanderthal thinking comes after both Jodie Foster’s The Brave One (even though she’s had big recent hits with Flightplan and Panic Room) and Nicole Kidman’s The Invasion (as if three different directors didn’t have something to do with the awfulness of the gross receipts) under-performed at the box office recently.

Of course, we must be fair. After last summer, a season that Robinov was responsible for, when Warner Bros. had major flops in Lady in the Water, Poseidon, and Superman Returns, Robinov did indeed decree “no more movies written and directed by men,” “no more comic book movies,” and “no movies with male leads.”

I expect that any day now, he will come to the realization that, in fact, the problem is himself, and will hence decree “no more movies the production of which is headed up by an idiot who clearly doesn’t know what audiences want and who indulges other idiots like M. Night Shyamalan and who then finds powerless scapegoats to blame for his own incompetence instead of admitting that the movie biz is a crapshoot at the best of times.”

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