THE WEEK IN WOMEN: Varda and Tomlin Honored, Nowlin Plays PTSD Woman Vet, Sexual Harassment Help Line Set

Legendary French filmmaker Agnes Varda, now age 89, receives an honorary Oscar in Hollywood, while The Society of Voice Arts & Sciences has bestowed upon Lily Tomlin the Voice Arts Icon Award, presented at New York’s Lincoln Center. Actress Kate Nowlin weighs in on what it’s like to play a war veteran suffering from PTSD in Blood Stripe, which she also co-scripted. The tsunami of stories out sexual harassment continues to sweep through the entertainment industry and Women in Film Los Angeles is launching a sexual harassment hot line to help those who have suffered unwanted sexual attention for decades to overcome the trauma. Read details on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN: RIP Mary Tyler Moore, plus news on Octavia Spencer, Lily Tomlin, Kristen Chenoweth and more — by Brandy McDonnell

In this THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup.we remember the wonderful Mary Tyler Moore, report on honors for Octavia Spencer and Lily Tomlin, follow Kristin Chenoweth’s praise for Lion for its treatment of adoption, and praise Kerry Washington as she urges courage at Sundance. Read more on THE WEEK IN WOMEN

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN: News wrap around Oscars, SAGs, Lily Tomlin Honored and More — Brandy McDonnell reports

lily tomlin headshotThe Academy will forego a live audience for the nomination announcements, instead livestreaming them at Oscars.org, which has caused quite a flap among publicists and members of the press. But everyone’s delighted that Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton will present SAGs Life Achievement Award to brilliant, all-round entertainment maverick Lily Tomlin during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. And more coursgeous female stars are speaking out to spark change in Hollywood. Read more on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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2015 AWFJ EDA Award: Lily Tomlin Defies Age and Ageism

AWFJ President Jennifer Merin presents Lily Tomlin with the AWFJ EDA Award for Actress Defying age and Ageism

AWFJ President Jennifer Merin presents Lily Tomlin with the AWFJ EDA Award for Actress Defying age and Ageism

To see the full list of 2015 AWFJ EDA Awards, click here. For more 2015 EDA Award photos, click here.

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GRANDMA – Review by Michelle McCue

grandma poster artAs we head into the final months of 2015, the theaters are beginning to fill with films that are destined for awards season consideration. This year, we look forward to a sampling of some mighty powerful female driven movies, each of which features an A-list cast and an exceptionally strong performance by the leading actress(es). Include the yet to be released (in September and October) About Ray, Suffragette and Freeheld among them. However, the true standout is writer/director Paul Weitz’s superb new film, Grandma, starring Lily Tomlin — who is always brilliant and has never been better — as Elle Reid, a matriarch who suddenly finds herself with a mission. Read on…

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LEANING TO DRIVE, GRANDMA, AFTER WORDS and Other August 17 Openers – Reviews by Jennifer Merin

learning to drive posterThree must sees open this week. Learning to Drive is a metaphor for learning to live in filmmaker Isabel Coixet’s absolutely delightful and smart take on how a modern woman (Patricia Clarkson) survives her mid-life crisis. Grandma puts Lily Tomlin, a feisty matriarch, in the driver’s seat on a laugh-laden road trip that leads to mother-daughter reconciliations. After Words stars Marcia Gay Harden as a lonely librarian whose life shatters when she loses her job — but escapes to Costa Rica. Plus Slow Learners, Hitman: Agent 47, The Curse of Downers Grove, In the Pines and House on Rodeo Gulch. Read the reviews..

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AWARDS INTELLIGENCER: Top Ten Road Movies, Hers vs His

amber heard award drive angrySummer is when a lot of us hit the highway, so rounding up best road movies is timely fuel for fun. But how does you the road trip genre fare in terms of gender equality? Most frequently the highway has been presented as men’s terrain, with buddy buddy bonding mapped out within thriller, comedy, sci-fi, horror and other story lines. But we’ve found some fabulous women-driven road movies. Let’s compare lists…

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2015 Films Gave Actresses Vehicles for Greatness — Jennifer Merin comments

Merin-Top-RoleLooking back over this past year, 2015 saw a bounty of fabulous women illuminating big screens. Think about it. There were a greater-then-usual number of complex female characters who sprang to life on the screen from real life herstory or from fiction, giving brilliantly talented actresses of all ages and all phases in their careers to excel. Additionally, several superb documentaries focused on the life and times of iconic women who’ve shaped and are shaping our popular culture. Here’s my overview of fifteen of the year’s key female characters and performances, and women in documentaries. See as many of these standouts from the year as you can. Read more>>

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