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You’re put out to pasture, and then you can come back when you’re Betty White.” Jenica feels so much pressure to “hit it,” in fact, that she delayed becoming pregnant with her second baby for several years. She and her husband, chef Josh Jackson, also have a 9-year-old daughter. “I have been told throughout my career, by various representatives, that there is a window,” says Jenica. “That as you age, there are fewer opportunities and pretty soon your window shuts.” Part of the problem is that few leading roles are written for women over 40, especially in film. Typically, in movies, women in their 40s and up are someone’s mom or somebody’s wife in the background. Factor that in with committing the unthinkable sin of aging, and you have the perfect formula for actresses’ aging out of a very fickle and youth-obsessed business. Risa Bramon Garcia, a director, casting director, and teacher, says, “The problem happens when writers and producers don’t see women as being sexual after 40 — by sexual I mean complex human beings who are attractive and appealing, vital and powerful, in their 40s and 50s and beyond.” As a society, aging in general makes us uncomfortable. The camera magnifies our wrinkles and imperfections, and audiences don’t necessarily want the reminder of their aging selves reflected on the faces of their movie idols. Many actresses turn to plastic surgery or to hiding their age. In 2011, then 40-year-old actress Junie Hoang filed a $1 million lawsuit against the Internet movie database IMDb for revealing her age. Hoang argued that she looked much younger than her years, and that IMDb’s posting her age would result in her losing film and TV jobs.

Aging Out: Hollywood’s Problem With Women Over 40

Whites insecurity drove his choices to take out anyone who got in his way, often ruthlessly, whether they were competitors or innocent bystanders or his own DEA agent brother-in-law Hank (Dean Norris). Even in the penultimate episode, Walt just couldnt leave well enough alone. He was going to turn himself in as his cancer returned and his options became fewer and fewer. But when he saw former colleagues painting him as less than smart, his ego took for one last time. Hed show them. Hed show them all. And indeed he did. Ultimately, White achieved exactly what he set out to do. He provided that nest egg for his family after his death. But he wasnt redeemed as a hero. He was a bad guy who took out some other bad guys. He was just better at being bad than they were. And he knew it. And reveled in it.

Scoring a film by the legendary director would help cement Paes’ vision for the city: to turn Rio into a cinema hub, the Los Angeles of South America. While Hollywood needn’t watch its back just yet, there’s no doubt that Brazil’s film industry is booming. The country is on track to make 100 feature films this year, up from 30 in 2003, and it’s increasingly sought out by foreign productions cashing in on the government’s generous subsidies and incentives. New studio complexes are in the works, and cinemas are mushrooming across Brazil to keep pace with ever-growing numbers of movie-goers, many of them new members of the middle class who were pulled out of poverty by a decade of booming economic growth. “The big shift is that now many more people have disposable income,” said Adrien Muselet, chief operating officer of RioFilme, the city government’s film finance company. “Once you’ve covered your basic necessities, bought your fridge and your washing machine, what do you want next? Fun. And for many people, that means the movies.” The new viewers have helped push Brazil’s box office gross from $327 million in 2008 to $737 million last year, according to the trade publication Filme B. That puts Brazil among the top 10 movie consuming countries in the world, said Muselet, and the industry is taking note. With its population of 204 million, this South American giant is increasingly factoring into the major United States studios’ strategic calculations. “When you take an American blockbuster and you set it here in Brazil, even for just a couple of scenes, it just explodes in the box office here,” said Muselet, pointing to “Breaking Dawn,” part of the “Twilight” series of teen vampire movies, which was filmed partially on location in Rio and the coastal colonial city of Paraty. Brazilians flocked to the movie, and the country ended up being the film’s second biggest market. Other big Hollywood productions such as “Fast Five” of the “Fast and Furious” franchise and the Sylvester Stallone vehicle “The Expendables” were also partially shot here in recent years. “Billy Elliot” director Stephen Daldry’s “Trash” is currently rolling.