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Hillary Clinton Says Wonder Woman 'Right Up My Alley'

| by Alex Scarr

Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton likened her attempted path to the White House to the Warner Brothers' film "Wonder Woman."

In a taped address to the audience at the Women in Film's Crystal + Lucy Awards in Beverly Hills, California, on June 14, Clinton said she had not seen "Wonder Woman" yet but felt the plot and character to be quite relatable, according to Variety.

"Now I haven’t seen ‘Wonder Woman’ yet, but I’m going to, in part because it’s directed by the fabulous Patty Jenkins," Clinton said in her address, both praising the film's director and taking aim at President Donald Trump. "But something tells me that a movie about a strong, powerful woman fighting to save the world from a massive international disaster is right up my alley."

"Wonder Woman" has grossed more than $438 million since opening on June 2, making it the best box office debut by a film with a female director, according to Forbes. Women make up only 4 percent of all directors, making Jenkins part of a select group.

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Movie studios, Jenkins says, are becoming more aware of the need to target more demographics.

"There was such an obsession in the industry that teenage boys were the primary target box office," Jenkins told Forbes. "That actually changed quite a while ago and the bottom fell out of that because of piracy. But the industry has had a hard time shifting to acknowledging that they need to hit a more diverse audience."

Jenkins also said females in general need more of a platform in Hollywood to spread their voice. Currently, female characters account for only 28.7 percent of all speaking roles in films.

"The world is changing and if you want to get rich, pay attention," said Jenkins.

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For Clinton, the purpose of her address at the Crystal + Lucy Awards was to present actress Elizabeth Banks with the Crystal Award, reports HuffPost. Banks stumped for Clinton at the Democratic National Convention in 2016, according to Breitbart.

"She is such a special person, again, on screen and off,” Clinton said of Banks. "You’re not only a creative force in front of the camera and behind it, you are a passionate advocate for women’s equality and opportunity; I can vouch for that."

Taped addresses to the audience also came from former first lady Michelle Obama and Democratic Sen.  Kamala Harris of California, according to Variety.

"If you support a woman to run the country, you should support women to run your film,” said Sony Pictures executive Tom Bernard. "Whether it’s riding a bike [a reference to the plot in the 2012 film ‘Wadjda’] or running your studio, give women a chance."

Sources: Variety, HuffPost, Forbes, Breitbart / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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