Women’s Week news roundup: ‘La La Land’ and Meryl Streep dominate Golden Globes, Wonder Woman makes it to the movies, women and space win at the box office

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Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling appear in a scene from "La La Land." Lionsgate photo

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling appear in a scene from “La La Land.” Lionsgate photo

‘La La Land’ sets a Golden record

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association hosted its 74th annual Golden Globe Awards tonight, with La La Land and Meryl Streep stealing the first big awards show of the season.

La La Land won all seven awards it was nominated for, with the retro musical earning Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy; Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy for Emma Stone; Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy for Ryan Gosling; Best Director, Motion Picture, and Best Screenplay, Motion Picture, for Damien Chazelle; Best Original Score, Motion Picture for Justin Hurwitz; and Best Original Song, Motion Picture for Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s “City of Stars.”

With its seven wins, La La Land surpassed the record of six awards held by One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) and Midnight Express (1978), according to the Los Angeles Times.

As predicted in my Golden Globes preview, La La Land and Moonlight split the best motion picture honors, with the latter winning Best Motion Picture, Drama. Surprisingly, though, that was the only Globe for Moonlight.

Other surprises in the movie contests: Aaron Taylor-Johnson snagged best supporting actor for his part in Tom Ford’s noirish thriller Nocturnal Animals; Moonlight’s Mahershala Ali has been the clear favorite in the category among the critics groups. And Frenchwoman Isabelle Huppert bested the likes of Amy Adams, Natalie Portman and Jessica Chastain to win best actress in a drama for Paul Verhoeven’s French revenge thriller Elle, which also snared the Globe for best foreign language film.

To see the full list of winners, click here.

Meryl Streep takes on Donald Trump

Honored with the Cecil B. DeMille  Award for lifetime achievement at tonight’s Golden Globes, Meryl Streep slammed President-elect Donald Trump for mocking a disabled reporter during his campaign. She also called on the press to keep the powerful in check and for the Hollywood community to join her in supporting the Committee to Protect Journalists. She pointed out that most of the actors on hand for tonight’s awards came from other cities, states and countries and had been brought together to create art.

“An actor’s only job is to enter the lives of people who are different from us and let you feel what that feels like. And there were many, many, many powerful performances this year that did exactly that, breathtaking, compassionate work,” she said, adding, “We have to remind each other of the privilege and the responsibility of the act of empathy. We should be very proud of the work Hollywood honors here tonight.”

She ended her speech by quoting the late Carrie Fisher, aka Princess Leia: “Take your broken heart, make it into art.”

To read the transcript and watch the video of Streep’s forceful speech, click here.

Globes honor Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

Although the Golden Globes don’t typically include an in memoriam segment, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association paid tribute to mother-and-daughter acting duo Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher tonight, less than two weeks after their deaths a day apart.

Fisher, 60, died Dec. 27 after suffering a massive heart attack just five days before. Reynolds, 84, died the following day after being briefly hospitalized. The mother and daughter will be buried together at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills on Friday, according to Billboard.

Watch the 50-second video tribute here.

Gal Gadot plays the titular hero in the upcoming film "Wonder Woman." Warner Bros. photo

Gal Gadot plays the titular hero in the upcoming film “Wonder Woman.” Warner Bros. photo

Wonder Woman finally fighting her way to the silver screen

Seventy-five years after her comic-book debut, Wonder Woman is finally fighting her way to the silver screen. Director Patty Jenkins’ (Monster) cinematic treatment of the DC Comics’ hero’s journey stars real-life wonder Gal Gadot, Robin Wright and Chris Pine, opens June 2 in theaters and is one of the most anticipated movies of 2017.

In Time magazine, Eliana Dockterman chronicles Wonder Woman’s history as a suffragist, a soldier, a sex symbol and, most recently, as a controversial United Nations ambassador. The must-read feature goes back to the beginning, noting that the Lasso of Truth-wielding Amazon warrior was created in 1941 by William Moulton Marston, who was a feminist, a psychologist and the inventor of the lie-detector test.

In her big-screen debut, Wonder Woman will be portrayed by Israeli actor Gadot, who has both competed in the Miss Universe pageant and served in the Israeli military as part of the country’s mandatory conscription.

“When people argue that Wonder Woman should ‘cover up,’ I don’t quite get it,” Gadot says in the Time feature. “They say, ‘If she’s smart and strong, she can’t also be sexy.’ That’s not fair. Why can’t she be all of the above?”

An excellent question, one that it just might take a superhero with a Lasso of Truth to get answered. To read the story, click here.

‘Hidden Figures,’ ‘Rogue One’ win at the box office

Women and space were a winning combo at the movies this weekend, with Theodore Melfi’s fact-based drama Hidden Figures and the blockbuster prequel Rogue One: A Star Wars Story finishing in a virtual tie for first at the domestic box office.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hidden Figures grossed an estimated $21.8 million from 2,471 theaters, while Rogue One hauled in another approximately $22 million from 4,157 locations. The official outcome won’t be settled until Monday.

Starring Felicity Jones as the leader of a ragtag group of rebels that steals the plans for the original Death Star, Rogue One has orbited No. 1 since its Dec. 16 launch. The trade publication reports that the first stand-alone Star Wars adventure has now earned an incredible $477.3 million domestically and is virtually a lock to surpass the $500 million mark. It easily won the foreign box office this weekend with $56.6 million, including a debut in China of $31 million, for a global cumulative of a whopping $914.4 million.

Finally brought into the light and into wide release, Hidden Figures proved a hit. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae, the excellent period film reveals the untold story of the African-American mathematicians, engineers and computer-programming pioneers who helped NASA launch the first men into space while enduring the indignities of racial segregation and misogynistic disregard. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hidden Figures not only earned an A+ CinemaScore from filmgoers but also drew a diverse audience.  Forty-three percent of ticket buyers were Caucasian, and 37 percent African-American. Females made up 64 percent of the film’s audience, while 56 percent of were 35 or older.

And those weren’t even the only films with female leads in the top 5 of this weekend’s domestic box office: Underworld: Blood Wars, the fifth installment in the vampire hunter series starring Kate Beckinsale, opened at No. 4 with $13.1 million from 3,070 theaters. Directed by Anna Foerster, the film got off to an underwhelming start, but earned a B+ CinemaScore.

It also is doing better overseas than at home, earning $45 million to date with several major foreign markets still to open, according to The Hollywood Reporter. And it only cost a net $35 million to make.

Look at those dollar signs. Looks like a good reason for Hollywood to make more movies starring and directed by women to me.

-BAM

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