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.
And the aforementioned Allred response:
UPDATE: Noted women's rights attorney Gloria Allred just gave me this statement in response to what I've posted above: "If that's what he said, when movies with men as the lead fail, no one says we'll stop making movies with men in the lead. This is an insult to all moviegoers and particularly women. It is truly unfortunate that women get blamed for decisions which are made by men. Instead of taking responsibility for their own lack of judgment about which scripts to make, directors to hire and budgets to OK, some men in the movie industry find it easier to place blame for their lack of success on women leads and to exclude talented female actors from the top employment opportunities in Hollywood in favor of macho males. If that studio confirms that their policy is to now exclude women as leads, then my policy would be to boycott films made by Warner Bros."
If this is all true, then this is a completely and utterly insane stance from the WB. At best, this is a knee-jerk reaction to certain films performing below expectations. At worst, this is sexist and a PR nightmare.
If these allegations are NOT true, then I expect libel lawsuits to start flying, because that's a damaging claim to be making.
EDIT: CHUD also chimes in on this posting, while simultaneously expressing some doubts as to the story's legitimacy. Stay tuned, because this could get interesting.