THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: 25 movies coming soon by female directors, Blake Lively speaks out on equality, Nicole Kidman pulls off career renaissance, Margot Robbie to portray Queen Elizabeth I

THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: 25 movies coming soon by female directors, Blake Lively speaks out on equality, Nicole Kidman pulls off career renaissance, Margot Robbie to portray Queen Elizabeth I

25 movies coming soon by female directors, Blake Lively speaks out on equality, Nicole Kidman pulls off career renaissance, and Margot Robbie to portray Queen Elizabeth I.

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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

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

Jessica Chastain stands firm on equal pay, Uma Thurman to lead Cannes’ Un Certain Regard jury, Amy Adams to receive American Cinematheque Award, and ‘Captain Marvel’ gets directing team.

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Zookeeper’s Wife’ director Niki Caro and star Jessica Chastain challenge the status quo, Margot Robbie picked for revisionist Robin Hood tale, Ivy Film Festival showcasing women composers

THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Zookeeper’s Wife’ director Niki Caro and star Jessica Chastain challenge the status quo, Margot Robbie picked for revisionist Robin Hood tale, Ivy Film Festival showcasing women composers

‘Zookeeper’s Wife’ director Niki Caro and star Jessica Chastain are challenging the status quo, Margot Robbie has been tapped for a revisionist Robin Hood tale, and Gwendoline Christie is working on a return to sci-fi with “Darkest Minds.”

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ continues box-office dominance, Goldie Hawn to be named Cinema Icon at CinemaCon, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds remembered

THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ continues box-office dominance, Goldie Hawn to be named Cinema Icon at CinemaCon, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds remembered

Disney’s live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast” again dances to the top of the domestic box office, while Goldie Hawn will be named a Cinema Icon at this week’s CinemaCon in Las Vegas.

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Brie Larson and ‘Kong: Skull Island’ give King Kong’s leading lady a much-needed upgrade

Brie Larson and ‘Kong: Skull Island’ give King Kong’s leading lady a much-needed upgrade

The “King Kong” reimagining “Kong: Skull Island” gives the main female character – played by Oscar winner Brie Larson – an overhaul nearly as dramatic as the supersizing of the gigantic gorilla.

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: EEOC seeking settlement with Hollywood studios over discrimination charges, while Ellen Burstyn and St. Vincent make directorial debuts

THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: EEOC seeking settlement with Hollywood studios over discrimination charges, while Ellen Burstyn and St. Vincent make directorial debuts

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is in settlement talks with the major Hollywood studios to resolve charges that they systemically discriminated against female directors, according to Deadline, while Oscar-winning actress Ellen Burstyn and Grammy-winning rocker St. Vincent join the ranks of women directing for the first time.

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ begins production, while Jessica Chastain, Annette Bening and Nicole Kidman get new gigs

THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ begins production, while Jessica Chastain, Annette Bening and Nicole Kidman get new gigs

One of my favorite female film characters of all time gets closer to her comeback as ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ begins production, while Jessica Chastain, Annette Bening and Nicole Kidman get new gigs on the small screen.

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: RIP Mary Tyler Moore; Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis and Lily Tomlin honored; Kristin Chenoweth praises ‘Lion’

THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: RIP Mary Tyler Moore; Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis and Lily Tomlin honored; Kristin Chenoweth praises ‘Lion’

The WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Remember Mary Tyler Moore, Octavia Spencer and Lily Tomlin receive honors, Kristin Chenoweth praises ‘Lion’ for its treatment of adoption, and Kerry Washington urges courage at Sundance.

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Once the feel-good film of awards season, ‘Hidden Figures’ is now a big winner and a big moneymaker

Once the feel-good film of awards season, ‘Hidden Figures’ is now a big winner and a big moneymaker

Throughout this film awards cycle, “Hidden Figures” has been the crowd-pleasing, uplifting fan favorite. This weekend, the fact-based period drama about the African-American women who worked behind the scenes at NASA during the space race won the top prize at the SAG Awards and crossed the $100 million mark at the domestic box office.

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The Force is strong with this one: Princess Leia lives on even after Carrie Fisher’s death

The Force is strong with this one: Princess Leia lives on even after Carrie Fisher’s death

When my sister and I were kids during the 80s, it was ALWAYS a good time to play Star Wars. There was only one problem: There was only one heroine in that whole entire far away galaxy, So, when it came time to play Stars Wars, tough decisions had to be made. Would one of us play one of the boys, Han Solo or Luke Skywalker? That was no good: We were tomboys, not boys. To my memory, sometimes we were both Princess Leia, and sometimes we created our own female Star Wars characters — because there was only one woman who got to be a hero. And while that may have been severely limiting, at least Star Wars had one.

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Brandy McDonnell is on Maternity Leave!

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Geena Davis: Hollywood is at a turning point for gender equality

Geena Davis: Hollywood is at a turning point for gender equality

After more than a decade of commissioning research and advocating for change through her Institute on Gender and Media, Geena Davis says that she believes Hollywood may be at a “turning point” regarding gender equality.

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Women’s Week news roundup: ‘Zootopia’ comes home, Paul Feig responds to ‘Ghostbusters’ backlash, ‘Mary Poppins’ returns in sequel and more

Women’s Week news roundup: ‘Zootopia’ comes home, Paul Feig responds to ‘Ghostbusters’ backlash, ‘Mary Poppins’ returns in sequel and more

Women’s Week news roundup: ‘Zootopia’ comes home, Paul Feig responds to ‘Ghostbusters’ backlash, ‘Mary Poppins’ returns in sequel, Elizabeth Banks exits “Pitch Perfect 3.”

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‘E.T.’ editor Carol Littleton talks about working in a man’s world, learning new tricks and more

‘E.T.’ editor Carol Littleton talks about working in a man’s world, learning new tricks and more

‘E.T.’ editor Carol Littleton talks about working in a man’s world, learning new tricks in the digital age and more.

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Women-led summer blockbusters get off to stormy start with ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’

Women-led summer blockbusters get off to stormy start with ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’

It already promised to be a tough summer season for women-led films, with only three of the bevy of planned blockbusters featuring female protagonists. But it got off to an especially stormy start Memorial Day weekend with the uninspiring sequel “Alice Through the Looking Glass.”

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The diva label: Jennifer Lopez on how much nicer women have to be than men

The diva label: Jennifer Lopez on how much nicer women have to be than men

Jennifer Lopez fights the diva label and ponders “I’ve always been fascinated by how much more well-behaved we have to be than men” in actress roundtable.

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Cannes Film Festival showcases Women in Motion

Cannes Film Festival showcases Women in Motion

Cannes Film Festival is showcasing Women in Motion at its 69th edition, continuing through May 22.

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Where Are the Women? project finds movies that represent women well are just as likely to be profitable as those that don’t

Where Are the Women? project finds movies that represent women well are just as likely to be profitable as those that don’t

It costs Hollywood nothing to make movies that treat women well, and in fact, those films are less risky business. That’s one of the many interesting conclusions Alliance of Women Film Journalists member MaryAnn Johanson came to after spending 16 months crunching the numbers for her Where Are the Women? project.

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Interview: Amy Schumer talks about having a healthy body image, criticizing Glamour and making people happy

Interview: Amy Schumer talks about having a healthy body image, criticizing Glamour and making people happy

In a new interview with The Week in Women’s Brandy McDonnell, Amy Schumer talks about having a healthy body image, criticizing Glamour and making people.

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Analysis of 2,000 scripts confirms Hollywood’s sexism issues

Analysis of 2,000 scripts confirms Hollywood’s sexism issues

The folks at Polygraph released Friday an impressive analysis of about 2,000 film scripts broken down by gender and age, and the results put data behind the anecdotal evidence of Hollywood’s sexism issues.

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Almost a decade later, ‘Penelope’ still inspires, marks the start of Reese Witherspoon’s producing career

Almost a decade later, ‘Penelope’ still inspires, marks the start of Reese Witherspoon’s producing career

Almost 10 years after its Toronto Film Festival debut, the modern-day fable Penelope seems largely forgotten, but its message continues to resonate; in fact, it feels more relevant than ever. Plus, the movie marks the beginning of Reece Witherspoon’s influential producing career.

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Disney takes a leap with a non-princess female lead with smash ‘Zootopia’

Disney takes a leap with a non-princess female lead with smash ‘Zootopia’

Disney Animation’s bold new adventure “Zootopia” is continuing to set records and dominate the box office. But the success of Zootopia is about so much more than the impressive numbers. The film represents a victory in a number of ways, not the least of which in proving that both adults and children will flock to a Disney animated movie starring a female character who is not a princess.

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Examining Hollywood’s diversity issues: The Oscars, ‘Ghostbusters’ – and why women in film and on TV matters

Examining Hollywood’s diversity issues: The Oscars, ‘Ghostbusters’ – and why women in film and on TV matters

Geena Davis reminds us why women getting equal representation in movies and television is important, plus the Oscars and ‘Ghostbusters’ offer opportunities for real talk about diversity.

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Producer’s new Twitter feed calls out sexist screenwriting, while Disney anniversary celebration is cause to get talking, even if you aren’t a princess

Producer’s new Twitter feed calls out sexist screenwriting, while Disney anniversary celebration is cause to get talking, even if you aren’t a princess

If awareness is key to bringing about change, then producer Ross Putman deserves kudos for his new Twitter account @femscriptintros. And with Disney’s “The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60″ Anniversary special broadcast, it’s a good time to look at new research about the amount of time Disney princesses get to talk in their own films.

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The good news and bad news of the latest statistics on women speaking characters in movies

The good news and bad news of the latest statistics on women speaking characters in movies

After Hollywood’s sexism was continually in the news of 2015, the number of women speaking characters in the movies increased, although they continue to lag, according to a new study.

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