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It seems whenever a female character needs a juicy arc or humanizing touch, writers fall back on the easy, awful crime of rape.

Hey TV: Stop raping women.

According to the Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film’s Celluloid Ceiling report, 2013 marked a dismal year for women in behind-the-scenes jobs on the top 250 grossing movies. Filmmakers with XX chromosomes accounted for only 16 percent of the directors, writers, ­executive producers, producers, editors, and ­cinematographers on those films — a drop of 1 percent from 1998. And only 6 percent of the top films last year were helmed by women, down from 9 percent. Other than Kathryn Bigelow, still the only woman to win an Oscar for directing (The Hurt Locker), no female directors come close to the name recognition of Spielberg or Scorsese. The question is: Why?

We may not have all the answers — but it’s just as important to keep asking the question.

I literally was spacing out because I’m in such a rage spiral about that guy. I was just looking at him and going into this rage [over] this idea that you would talk to a woman like that, and accuse a woman of showing her body too much. The idea it just makes me sort of sick.

Yeah, things got real at the Girls TCA panel.

I love you in a way that is just shy of creepy.

Tina Fey celebrates Carol Burnett, neatly sums up how we feel about Liz Lemon.

This week in EW: Lena Dunham’s the cover star of our Women Who Run TV issue, which celebrates the on- and off-screen talent creating the smartest female-driven comedies and dramas on TV right now.

Other highlights: We eavesdrop on a conversation between Scandal’s show runner Shonda Rhimes and star Kerry Washington, get Amy Poehler’s advice for making it in show business, and chat with Mindy Kaling about the perks of being a boss lady.

It’s not about romance or anything. I wanted it to be kind of groundbreaking in that way because I feel like so much stuff for women always has to have, “Okay, we have to have some nod to the ladies.” Nah, nobody is desperately trying to find a boyfriend, or is upset about this or that. It’s cool to play two women characters who are just great at what they do; them being women doesn’t affect anything really other than that these are two funny women.

Director Paul Feig on his new Melissa McCarthy/Sandra Bullock buddy cop comedy. (Yes, please.) Here’s the trailer.

Hello Giggles, why are you always yelling at us?

Megan developed this Spice Girl strength, this woman-empowerment [stuff] that made her feel awkward about her involvement with Michael, who some people think is a very lascivious filmmaker, the way he films women. Mike films women in a way that appeals to a 16-year-old sexuality. It’s summer. It’s Michael’s style. And I think [Fox] never got comfortable with it. This is a girl who was taken from complete obscurity and placed in a sex-driven role in front of the whole world and told she was the sexiest woman in America. And she had a hard time accepting it. When Mike would ask her to do specific things, there was no time for fluffy talk. We’re on the run. And the one thing Mike lacks is tact. There’s no time for [LaBeouf assumes a gentle voice] ‘I would like you to just arch your back 70 degrees.’

Shia LaBeouf, explaining why Megan Fox and Michael Bay apparently didn’t get along. Um… are we supposed to side with Bay, here?

Chances are you’ve never heard of Madelyn Pugh Davis, who died yesterday at the age of 90—but you should know who she is. This amazing lady was a comedy pioneer who co-wrote the pilot of I Love Lucy and went on to pen over 125 episodes of the sitcom during its first four seasons. She continued writing for the show through the rest of its six-year run, then contributed to Lucille Ball’s next projects: The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here’s Lucy, and the comedian’s last series, Life With Lucy. All told, Davis and Ball worked together for four decades.

Davis was nominated for two Emmys for the original Lucy, but she didn’t win either one. Here’s hoping the awards commemorate her somehow at this year’s show.

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