THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Jessica Chastain stands firm on equal pay, Uma Thurman to lead Cannes’ Un Certain Regard jury, Amy Adams to receive American Cinematheque Award, ‘Captain Marvel’ gets directing team

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Jessica Chastain appears in "The Martian." 20th Century Fox photo

Jessica Chastain appears in “The Martian.” 20th Century Fox photo

“I’m not taking jobs anymore where I’m getting paid a quarter of what the male co-star is being paid. I’m not allowing that in my life” Jessica Chastain revealed to Variety in an inspiring new feature.

The two-time Oscar nominee (“The Help,” “Zero Dark Thirty”) said that she was motivated after hearing Amy Pascal speak following the Sony hack.

“She said part of the reason women don’t get paid equal to men is they don’t ask for more; actresses need to stop being so grateful. That really hit me. At first, I was really pissed off. And then I thought, ‘She’s touching on something here.’ Women need to step forward and demand they’re fairly compensated for their work,” Chastain said.

“You have a scale to measure it by, because the big agencies know what the male actors are getting paid. So when they’re negotiating, they should feel empowered. They can come forward and say, ‘This is 2017. We’re not doing this anymore.’”

The star of the current release “The Zookeeper’s Wife” added, “What I do now, when I’m taking on a film, I always ask about the fairness of the pay. I ask what they’re offering me in comparison to the guy. I don’t care about how much I get paid; I’m in an industry where we’re overcompensated for the work we do. But I don’t want to be on a set where I’m doing the same work as someone else and they’re getting five times what I’m getting.”

Chastain told Variety she used to accept movie offers even if filmmakers wouldn’t want me to finalize my deal until they cast the male actor, basically basing her worth on what was left over. But she said she doesn’t do that anymore and recently turned down “something huge” over the “old-fashioned problem of the wage gap.”

“I remember afterwards I was like, ‘What did I do? Maybe it was a mistake.’ But it wasn’t, because everyone in the studio system heard what I did. … Even though I lost that film, I’ve created a boundary. I drew a line in the sand,” she said.

“The power of “no” means you’re educating people in how to treat you.”

Kudos to her.

Uma Thurman to lead Cannes’ Un Certain Regard jury

Uma Thurman will lead the 2017 Un Certain Regard jury, after serving on the main competition jury headed up by Robert De Niro in 2011.

According to Deadline, Un Certain Regard showcases works that offer a unique perspective and aesthetic. Last year’s top winner was Juho Kuosmanen’s black-and-white boxer story “The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki,” while Matt Ross won best director for his family drama “Captain Fantastic,” which went on to earn an Oscar nomination.

The 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival takes place May 17-18, according to Deadline, and prizes for this year’s Un Certain Regard will be revealed on May 27.

Amy Adams stars in "Arrival." Paramount Pictures photo

Amy Adams stars in “Arrival.” Paramount Pictures photo

Amy Adams to receive American Cinematheque Award

The American Cinematheque, an independent, nonprofit cultural organization in Los Angeles dedicated exclusively to the public presentation of motion pictures, has named five-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams the winner of this year’s American Cinematheque Award.

According to Variety, Adams (“American Hustle,” “Arrival”), the unanimous choice of the Cinematheque Board of Directors selection committee, will receive the honor Nov. 10 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel.

“The American Cinematheque is extremely pleased to honor Amy Adams as the 31st recipient of the American Cinematheque award at our celebration this year,” said Rick Nicita, American Cinematheque Chairman. “Amy Adams is one of the most beloved, admired, and respected actresses in movies today.”

She joins previous American Cinematheque Award honorees: Eddie Murphy (1986); Bette Midler (1987); Robin Williams (1988); Steven Spielberg (1989); Ron Howard (1990); Martin Scorsese (1991); Sean Connery (1992); Michael Douglas (1993); Rob Reiner (1994); Mel Gibson (1995); Tom Cruise (1996); John Travolta (1997); Arnold Schwarzenegger (1998); Jodie Foster (1999); Bruce Willis (2000); Nicolas Cage (2001); Denzel Washington (2002); Nicole Kidman (2003); Steve Martin (2004); Al Pacino (2005); George Clooney (2006); Julia Roberts (2007); Samuel L. Jackson (2008); Matt Damon (2010); Robert Downey Jr. (2011); Ben Stiller (2012); Jerry Bruckheimer (2013); Matthew McConaughey (2014); Reese Witherspoon (2015); and Ridley Scott (2016).

Twitter user launches game to recast classic films

If you can handle the proliferation of trolls and general bad behavior, Twitter is often good for a lark, and kudos to Twitter user Brian J. White @talkwordy for recently introducing a fun game:

“This is fun. Guys, recast your favorite movies/shows with the following rules: no straight white men. Genderflipping is encouraged,” he tweeted on April 15.

As the A.V. Club notes, he got many interesting and entertaining responses – including several involving Kate McKinnon, Kristen Stewart, Janelle Monáe, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac – on Twitter, once you filtered out the panicked cries of the enraged trolls. The A.V. Club users also got pretty creative with the concept in the comments.

As the A.V. Club reports, the University Of Southern California last year conducted a study that found only one-third of speaking characters were female and just 28.3 percent were portrayed by performers of color in mainstream Hollywood movies. Only 7 percent of films had a cast that accurately reflected the gender and racial makeup of the U.S.

So, it’s not just a fun game: it’s one that gives us hope that certain cinematic discrepancies can eventually be corrected.

‘Half Nelson’ directing team tapped for ‘Captain Marvel’

As long as Marvel has kept its fans waiting on its first female-led installment in its increasingly humungous cinematic universe, at least the studio seems to be putting some real thought into its 2019 project “Captain Marvel.”

Variety reports that Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck – best known for helming character-driven dramas like Ryan Gosling’s “Half Nelson” and Ryan Reynolds’ “Mississippi Grind” – have been tapped to direct “Captain Marvel,” which will star Oscar winner Brie Larson (“Room,” “Kong: Skull Island”) as the titular hero.

On TV, Boden and Fleck also have directed episodes of Showtime’s “The Affair” and “Billions.”

Meg LeFauve (“Inside Out”) and Nicole Perlman (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) are currently writing the script, which follows U.S. Air Force pilot Carol Danvers, whose DNA is fused with that of an alien, giving her superpowers of strength, energy projection and flight.

“Captain Marvel” is due in theaters March 8, 2019, but we’re supposed to meet Carol Danvers on May 4, 2018, when “Avengers: Infinity War” blasts onto cinema screens.

-BAM

 

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