WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Natalie Portman wins Israel’s Genesis Prize, Iran makes first Academy Award submission directed by a woman, Sundance Selects acquiring Rachel Dretzin’s documentary ‘Far from the Tree’

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Natalie Portman wins Israel’s Genesis Prize, Iran makes first Academy Award submission directed by a woman, Sundance Selects acquiring Rachel Dretzin’s documentary ‘Far from the Tree’

Natalie Portman wins Israel’s Genesis Prize, Iran makes first Academy Award submission directed by a woman, Sundance Selects acquires Rachel Dretzin’s documentary ‘Far from the Tree,’ and Kathryn Bigelow, Kate Winslet and more are honored by SAG-AFTRA Foundation.

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Agnes Varda receives honorary Oscar, Women in Film launching sexual harassment help line, Kate Nowlin talks playing a woman veteran in ‘Blood Stripe’

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Agnes Varda receives honorary Oscar, Women in Film launching sexual harassment help line, Kate Nowlin talks playing a woman veteran in ‘Blood Stripe’

Agnes Varda receives honorary Oscar, Women in Film launching sexual harassment help line, Kate Nowlin talks playing a woman veteran in ‘Blood Stripe,’ and Lily Tomlin honored at Voice Arts Awards.

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Angelina Jolie and Loung Ung receive Hollywood Film Award for ‘First They Killed My Father,’ ‘Wonder Woman’ becomes top-grossing superhero origin film, The Guardian proposes new cinematic canon chosen by women

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Angelina Jolie and Loung Ung receive Hollywood Film Award for ‘First They Killed My Father,’ ‘Wonder Woman’ becomes top-grossing superhero origin film, The Guardian proposes new cinematic canon chosen by women

Angelina Jolie and Loung Ung receive Hollywood Film Award for ‘First They Killed My Father,’ ‘Wonder Woman’ becomes top-grossing superhero origin film, The Guardian proposes new cinematic canon chosen by women

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WEEK IN WOMEN Halloween news roundup: Get the creeps with horror movies directed by women, weigh in on what age children should see horror movies and find out the scary new project for ‘Girls Trip’ co-writer Tracy Oliver

WEEK IN WOMEN Halloween news roundup: Get the creeps with horror movies directed by women, weigh in on what age children should see horror movies and find out the scary new project for ‘Girls Trip’ co-writer Tracy Oliver

In honor of Halloween get the creeps with horror movies directed by women, weigh in on what age children should see horror movies and find out the scary new project for ‘Girls Trip’ co-writer Tracy Oliver

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Ashley Judd and Helen Mirren receive honors, The Academy expels Harvey Weinstein, Kristin Chenoweth picked as ‘The Real Fairy Godmother’

THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Ashley Judd and Helen Mirren receive honors, The Academy expels Harvey Weinstein, Kristin Chenoweth picked as ‘The Real Fairy Godmother’

Ashley Judd to receive the Women’s Media Center honor, Motion Picture Academy ousts Harvey Weinstein, Helen Mirren to garner Chaplin Award, and Kristin Chenoweth picked as ‘The Real Fairy Godmother.’

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Julie Taymor to direct Gloria Steinem biopic, Harvey Weinstein fired in wake of sexual abuse allegations, James Cameron still doesn’t get ‘Wonder Woman’

THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Julie Taymor to direct Gloria Steinem biopic, Harvey Weinstein fired in wake of sexual abuse allegations, James Cameron still doesn’t get ‘Wonder Woman’

THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Julie Taymor to direct Gloria Steinem biopic, Harvey Weinstein fired in wake of sexual abuse allegations, and James Cameron still doesn’t get ‘Wonder Woman.’

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Interviews: New feature film ‘Te Ata’ tells the story of trailblazing Native American woman storyteller

Interviews: New feature film ‘Te Ata’ tells the story of trailblazing Native American woman storyteller

Produced by the Oklahoma-based Chickasaw Nation, the feature film ‘Te Ata’ tells the story of a trailblazing Native American woman storyteller.

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Judi Dench to receive Kirk Douglas Award, Diane Kruger to produce and star in Hedy Lamarr miniseries, Linda Hamilton to return to ‘Terminator’ franchise

THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Judi Dench to receive Kirk Douglas Award, Diane Kruger to produce and star in Hedy Lamarr miniseries, Linda Hamilton to return to ‘Terminator’ franchise

Judi Dench to receive Kirk Douglas Award, Diane Kruger to produce and star in Hedy Lamarr miniseries, and Linda Hamilton to return to ‘Terminator’ franchise.

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Rose McGowan to get Tallgrass festival honor, ‘Lady Bird’ added to Austin Film Festival, Patty Jenkins seals historic ‘Wonder Woman 2′ deal as superhero hit powers onto Blu-ray, Jamie Lee Curtis returns to ‘Halloween’

THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Rose McGowan to get Tallgrass festival honor, ‘Lady Bird’ added to Austin Film Festival, Patty Jenkins seals historic ‘Wonder Woman 2′ deal as superhero hit powers onto Blu-ray, Jamie Lee Curtis returns to ‘Halloween’

Rose McGowan will receive a big honor from Kansas’ Tallgrass International Film Festival, Greta Gerwig’s ‘Lady Bird’ has been added to Texas’ Austin Film Festival, Patty Jenkins seals historic ‘Wonder Woman 2′ deal as superhero hit powers onto Blu-ray, and Jamie Lee Curtis returns to the ‘Halloween’ franchise.

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Diana Huey’s ‘Little Mermaid’ reminds us why diverse casting matters

Diana Huey’s ‘Little Mermaid’ reminds us why diverse casting matters

Diana Huey, the Japanese-American actor who plays Ariel in the current national touring production of the stage version of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” said she has seen negative feedback on social media throughout her run playing Ariel, who is depicted as a pale redhead in the beloved 1989 animated movie. It’s a formidable illustration of the power of cinematic images: What the beloved film shows is by many people considered the only “correct” way to depict the perennially popular Disney Princess. As more and more films are being adapted for the stage as well as for television, that means the way Hollywood chooses to depict characters also influences what we see on stage and on TV.

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