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Older people underrepresented in film, new survey finds

Older people are significantly underrepresented in movies and often are the butt of ageist jokes, an analysis of top films has found.

The study, being released Tuesday by the Media, Diversity and Social Change Initiative at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, found just 11 percent of some 4,066 speaking characters in the 100 top U.S. films of 2015 were 60 or older. Only 10 roles considered leads or co-leads were held by actors 60 or older at the time of the film's release, the study found.

"We see not just a skewing but an erasure of these really vibrant communities in the United States," said Stacy Smith,...

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