Bette Midler made waves over the weekend whilst promoting her most recent film, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore. While chatting about the new release, she offered her two cents on the state of women in film, explaining that there's a distinct lack of female comedians on the big screen, though there are plenty on TV. She said: "There are a lot of funny women out there, but they're not in the movies because there are not that many funny women in movies any more -- they're mostly carrying coffee for the Iron Man."

I'm not so sure that she meant to say that Gwyneth Paltrow (or Scarlett Johansson) was a wasted comedienne, but rather that funny women aren't really getting the prime gigs on the big screen. However, she did note: "But on TV there are a lot of funny women, tons and tons of funny women -- and all you have to do is turn on the television. So that's still fabulous." She went on to gush over the talents of Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Debra Messing, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, and Judy Gold.

It's an interesting thought. Is there's a wall up, like the now-destroyed partition in Berlin, keeping most of the women on the boob tube (pun intended) and away from the big screen?
categories Columns, Cinematical