"Reese Witherspoon is the patron saint of middle-aged actresses"

This piece offers a short answer to a question I've had. There have been an increasing number of complaints about the status of women in Hollywood: there aren't enough good roles for women, there aren't enough female-directed movies, there aren't enough female-written projects, women don't have enough lines in the top grossing films, etc. Etc. 

My question is this: if the problem is that Hollywood is run by direly misogynist men, why don't some women start their own studios or otherwise bring their own projects to market? Compared to 50 years ago, or even 20 years ago, there are now a number of women in entertainment who are supposedly quite, quite wealthy. Couldn't they do it themselves and let the market work its magic?

Well, Ms. Witherspoon seems to be doing it. If she continues to succeed, she'll attract imitators and the issue will tend to evaporate. If she doesn't, we'll need either a new crisis to worry about or a new explanation. (I strongly suspect the latter would occur: I'd bet it would turn out to be  the direly misogynist audience that needs fixing. Sigh.)


"Dear Amazon, We Picked Your New Headquarters for You"

Three New York Times reporters analyze what the winning city should be.

BTW isn't Amazon sorta genius at getting tons of free publicity? By cutting a couple dozen prices in Whole Foods, they fostered a zillion articles. (Not to mention that no article I saw did the legwork to find out whether the cuts were made throughout the whole chain. The stories I saw mentioned just New York City.) Now it is generating zillions of stories about where the new HQ will be. Three examples:

"There's a new twist in the $5 billion bidding war for Amazon's new HQ".

"Texas Seems Primed to Land Amazon’s Second Headquarters".

"'Holy Toledo!' Officials, execs talk N.C.'s chances of landing Amazon HQ2".


"Israel Has a Playbook for Dealing With North Korea"

Trust 'em.

Begin had no military expertise. But his family had been wiped out in the Holocaust. He looked at Saddam, who was openly threating Israel, and saw Hitler. To Begin, sitting around hoping for the best was not a strategy; it was an invitation to aggression. If there was going to be a cost -- political, diplomatic, military -- better to pay before, not after, the Iraqis had the bomb.