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Emma Watson: In Persepolis you show the relative freedom that women experienced in Iran in the 1970s compared to the strict laws that governed their behavior after the revolution. Do you think life is any easier for women now than it was when you were a child?

Marjane Satrapi: According to the law, we had much more freedom because women could, for example, ask for a divorce. But when a woman is uneducated and is not actually economically independent, you can have all the rights to divorce that you want and it doesn’t make a huge difference. At the end of the day, you know, if you have three kids, no education, no job—what do you do? You don’t divorce; you have to stay with the same asshole all your life!

Today the thing is that the laws are much more anti-women. However, at the same time, it seems that repeating over and over to women “you’re worth half of men, you’re worth half of men” has meant all these women actually go and study much more. So that today two-thirds—70 percent!—of students in Iran are girls.

And so they’re playing a role in all of these domains. In the end, this means that when these girls and women marry, they will be more educated than their own father, their own husband, their own brother—and then they cannot give them shit! They can no longer tell them “You’re worth half of men,” you know?

So if women have the possibility of working for a living, they could actually manage to get a divorce. First you have to have economic independence of women, and then we can talk about the freedom of women. If women are educated, they will be economically independent and they will just accept less shit. That is the first step toward democracy.

The enemy of democracy isn’t one person. The enemy of democracy is patriarchal culture. As with the family, where the father of the family decides and has the last word, so a dictator is the father of the nation.

If we have more educated women, then we have more educated societies. This is without any “feminist prejudice”—it’s fact.

I have to tell you that when I was a child, my mum used to tell me all the time: “Oh, you should never count on your face; count on your intelligence. I don’t care if you get married or not. I want you to study and to be economically independent.”

Now, as a child I thought she was actually telling me: “You are extremely ugly, you are never going to make it. You shouldn’t even try to be cute . . . the cause is lost and no matter what, nobody is going to marry you so at least try to be bright!”

EW: That’s how you interpreted it?!

MS: Yes, absolutely. I talked to her about it when I was 28 and she, of course, told me I was very stupid to think like that.

 

You can read rest of the interview here.

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EuropaCorp has landed domestic distribution rights to James Ponsoldt’s “The Circle,” which is easily one of the most anticipated titles of the year currently in production. The movie’s ensemble cast features Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, John Boyega, Patton Oswalt and Ellar Coltrane. Variety first reported the deal.

Based on the bestselling novel by Dave Eggers, “The Circle” stars Watson as a new employee at a dominant Internet company whose life begins to fall apart as she rises in the ranks. Filming started on the project back in September, meaning we could see EuropaCorp release the film this fall in an awards-ready release. No release information has been set.

“We are thrilled to welcome such an innovative and talented writer and director as James Ponsoldt into the EuropaCorp family,” said EuropaCorp’s CEO Christophe Lambert in a statement. “We have been very passionate about this project since the first time we read it and are very pleased that ‘The Circle’ has found a home at EuropaCorp.”

The film represents the most ambitious project yet for Ponsoldt, whose small-scale and intimate relationship dramas “Smashed,” “The Spectacular Now” and last year’s “The End of the Tour” have garnered him widespread acclaim. Hanks and Boyega are also coming off two widely beloved performances in “Bridge of Spies” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” respectively.

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[…] As is typical, an American and English film presence was prevalent. Noteworthy films included All I See Is You (Blake Lively), American Pastoral (Jennifer Connelly, Dakota Fanning, Ewan McGregor), Barton & Charlie (Emily Blunt), Colonia (Emma Watson, Daniel Bruhl), Nocturnal Animals (Amy Adams, Jack Gyllenhaal), and Denial (Hilary Swank). […]

Source: francetoday.com

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Emma Watson’s alter ego Hermione Granger would doubtless approve of her HeForShe campaign and its gutsy, smart take on feminism.

It’s especially refreshing to see men invited to join the fight for gender equality, as Watson pointedly did in launching the U.N. effort last fall, telling the men that it’s “your issue too.”

It’s also refreshing to see her vigorous embrace of feminism, which Watson defines as “the theory of political, economic and social equality of the sexes.” And apparently she lives by it. Although she is one of the world’s highest-paid actresses, she has spoken out about the paucity of female directors in Hollywood.

Watson was only 9 when she auditioned for the part of Hermione, and she appeared in every Harry Potter film to the end. She followed Hogwarts with a degree in English literature from Brown University.

Her HeForShe speech at Davos was an Internet sensation, but unsurprisingly, it drew the typical antifeminist rants and even some threats. Watson chose to highlight the moving letters she has received from fathers who tell her they are investing new hope in the future for their daughters. But she was also frank about the bullying tactics of her detractors and one site that made an empty threat to release nude photos. Her confident and cool reaction: “If they were trying to put me off, they did the opposite.”

Source: time.com

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Whoever is casting Disney’s live-action musical Beauty and the Beast knows exactly what he or she is doing. Variety reports that Sir Ian McKellen is the latest big name to to join the cast. That’s right, in a fever dream only Disney could concoct, one of England’s most legendary thespians will be playing the fussy butler turned clock, Cogsworth.

McKellen will join Emma Watson as Belle, Luke Evans as Gaston, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Audra McDonald as the wardrobe, Josh Gad as Le Fou, and Kevin Kline as Belle’s father, Maurice. As for Cogsworth’s partner in crime, the dashing Lumière, we can only assume our first choice, Jean Dujardin, is stuck in negotiations. Go ahead and tell me there’s a better option out there.

The more Disney’s lucrative live-action trend grows, the more talent we can expect to see attached to these projects. It’s much easier to convince a McKellen or an Emma Thompson to play part of the décor when you can point to Cate Blanchett as a cat-toting evil step-mother, Helena Bonham Carter as a fairy godmother, and Angelina Jolie as Maleficent.

We’ve yet to see how, exactly, the live-action aspect will affect characters like Cogsworth and Mrs. Potts. We’re pretty confident that, unlike in the stage play, the actors playing members of the Beast’s enchanted household will not be forced into clock or tea-pot costumes. So will the likes of McKellen and Thompson only be providing their voices to the film? How will director Bill Condon capture their extremely expressive faces? I suppose we can chalk all that up to the magic of Disney in the digital age. Production on Beauty and the Beast will begin later this year and the film is scheduled to open on March 17, 2017.

Source: vanityfair.com

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Emma Watson gave us some real talk during her He For She Facebook chat.

Feminism is not just a trend for Emma Watson. As a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, one of Emma’s biggest projects is working toward gender equality. She currently represents the UN HeForShe campaign, a solidarity movement of gender equality that wants men and boys to come together to help end inequalities toward women and girls.

After a speech she gave for a special event for the campaign went viral, Emma became a new face for the global push for feminism. Earlier today, she participated in a chat at the Facebook offices to answer fan questions about feminism and talk about how the movement influenced her. Here are 10 choice quotes from Emma’s chat.

1. “I think it starts young, I think it starts really young with girls and boys being told what they can be.”
Emma said societal gender inequality starts young. In order to combat inequality, we need to raise the next generation to be more open, welcoming, and equal to each other.

2. “For women, it’s about feeling comfortable about admitting that there’s a problem.”
Despite our beliefs that women treat all other women fairly, that is not always the case. Some of the hardest criticism Emma has heard came from other women. “We need to understand that we are complicit,” she said.

3. “If you believe in equality, you’re a feminist. Sorry to tell you.”
Many people try to make feminism more complicated than what it is. Believe in equality among the genders? You’re a feminist! It’s as simple as that.

4. “We don’t acknowledge how much pressure we put on men to conform.”
Feminism is not just an issue that women face. Gender equality gives women more opportunities and it also disrupts our limited ideas of masculinity.

5. On her fake nude photo scandal, Emma said, “If anything, it made me so much more determined. I was raging.”
After her inspirational UN speech, a website was created claiming they would release nude photos of Emma if she didn’t back down on her stance toward equality. Although the situation was downright horrifying, Emma also said it “was a wake up shock” for the men around her who were more neutral about feminism.

6. “We need yin and yang. We need that balance. We need female representation. We need female leadership.”
There’s a big problem of female access in the film industry and Emma knows it. That access is just as profound as it is in any other field. Gender equality affects us all and goes all the way up to the wealthiest and glamourous fields we know.

7. “Chivalry should be consensual. Both parties should be comfortable with that.”
She shared a cute anecdote about taking a man out on a date and how it was initially awkward. However, they were soon able to make the situation easier to digest by talking it through. Emma still appreciates chivalry, but doesn’t think it should remain a one-sided action. Why can’t everyone just be kind to each other all of the time?

8. “Oppressions are interlocking and intersectionality is a really important word here.”
Emma heard the initial criticisms about He For She and its limited point of view and she agrees with them. He For She can be a movement for everyone, not just straight men.

9. “It’s not about men saving women.”
He For She is “not a men’s club,” Emma said. “It’s an equality club for both genders.” We can all come together to support each other, regardless of your gender identification.

10. “If you’ve got a beating heart and you care about things, that’s so great.”
Expressing your emotions should not be left to one gender. In fact, it’s part of our nature. “I’m really disturbed by this idea that men can’t cry,” Emma said. “It’s crazy. It’s what makes you human, how you feel, how you express yourself.”/blockquote>
Source: mtv.com

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Beauty and the Beast has found its leading beast man.

Dan Stevens will take the role of the gentle prince/monster in the upcoming live-action Disney update, which stars Emma Watson as Belle, the beauty.

Watson tweeted her happiness about the casting today.

Stevens, 32, is known for his Downton Abbey role as Matthew Crawley. He looks like he’s getting into character already.

Watson, 24, is known for Harry Potter and a ton of other things, of course.

Think they will make a good couple?

In other casting news for the film, Luke Evans from The Hobbit trilogy has been cast as the ego-tripping Gaston. Watson seems happy about this news, too.

Disney is busy with several classic updated on the horizon, including Cinderella, starring Lily James, also of Downton.

Source: usatoday.com

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