L.A. Weekly columnist and blogger Nikki Finke claims that she has received, from three different sources, copies of an internal Warner Brothers memo from president of production Jeff Robinov. In it, Robinov claims "we are no longer doing movies with women in the lead." From a historical standpoint, it's bad; this was the studio that the films of Bette Davis (above) helped establish. From the standpoint of a civil rights issue, it's worse, The memo, Finke says, is a response to a pair of fiscal disappointments: the Jodie Foster vengeance opus The Brave One, and The Invasion, the most recent (and worst) version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers with Nicole Kidman in the lead: "as if three different directors didn't have something to do with the awfulness of the gross receipts," Finke suggests.
"But now the official policy as expressly articulated by Robinov is that a male has to be the lead of every pic made." Finke concludes by noting that famed anti-discrimination attorney Gloria Allred has been appraised of the situation. You don't have to be Finke to note that women's pictures are recent underperformers, compared to 2007's hit bromance movies about the love between men (300 to Superbad to 3:10 to Yuma). In Finke's column, Allred suggests a boycott of WB might be the answer. What do you think? However this comes down, there'll be plenty of actresses who'll be grimly satisfied to see in print what they might have suspected already.