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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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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THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Girls Trip’ breaks records, Patty Jenkins hopes ‘Wonder Woman’ leads to opportunities, Geena Davis talks acting and ageism and Women Texas Film Festival names winners

THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Girls Trip’ breaks records, Patty Jenkins hopes ‘Wonder Woman’ leads to opportunities, Geena Davis talks acting and ageism and Women Texas Film Festival names winners

THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Girls Trip’ breaks records, Patty Jenkins hopes ‘Wonder Woman’ leads to opportunities, Geena Davis talks acting and ageism, and Women Texas Film Festival names winners.

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James Cameron vs. Wonder Woman: Hollywood’s continuing desire to lock women in the ‘strong’ box

James Cameron vs. Wonder Woman: Hollywood’s continuing desire to lock women in the ‘strong’ box

James Cameron vs. Wonder Woman: The “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” director calls Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” movie “a step back,” and confirms Hollywood’s continuing desire to lock women in the “strong” box.

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: St. Vincent to direct woman-led ‘Picture of Dorian Gray,’ Reese Witherspoon talks modern-day rom-coms, filming begins on ‘Mary, Queen of Scots,’ Patty Jenkins negotiating big payday for ‘Wonder Woman 2′

THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: St. Vincent to direct woman-led ‘Picture of Dorian Gray,’ Reese Witherspoon talks modern-day rom-coms, filming begins on ‘Mary, Queen of Scots,’ Patty Jenkins negotiating big payday for ‘Wonder Woman 2′

While Patty Jenkins is reportedly in final talks to receive a historic payday for helming the “Wonder Woman” sequel, three women are making their feature film directorial debuts on widely divergent projects.

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Wonder Woman’ Oscar campaign, Jessica Chastain’s X-Men antagonist, Hedy Lamarr documentary and Alfre Woodard’s lionesque role

THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Wonder Woman’ Oscar campaign, Jessica Chastain’s X-Men antagonist, Hedy Lamarr documentary and Alfre Woodard’s lionesque role

Warner Bros. is planning a ‘Wonder Woman’ Oscar campaign, Jessica Chastain is taking on an X-Men antagonist, Hedy Lamarr documentary is coming to silver screen, and Alfre Woodard is playing a lionesque role.

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Two USC studies show numbers for women on movie screens and behind the cameras remain dismal

Two USC studies show numbers for women on movie screens and behind the cameras remain dismal

Two studies released in the past week out of the University of Southern California confirm that films remain predominantly white and male both in front of and behind the cameras – meaning that basically everyone else — from women and people of color to LGBT individuals and people with disabilities — remain woefully underrepresented.

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Are Hollywood’s sexist ways finally catching up with its box-office prospects?

Are Hollywood’s sexist ways finally catching up with its box-office prospects?

Are Hollywood’s sexist ways finally catching up with its box-office prospects? It’s been a bit of a lackluster summer at the domestic box office, and it may just be that Hollywood’s failure to adapt to the reality that women moviegoers want to see more movies starring women that has at least in part caused its summer blahs.

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Geena Davis celebrates 25th anniversary of ‘A League of Their Own,’ while Alicia Silverstone reflects on the legacy of ‘Clueless’

THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Geena Davis celebrates 25th anniversary of ‘A League of Their Own,’ while Alicia Silverstone reflects on the legacy of ‘Clueless’

Geena Davis celebrates 25th anniversary of ‘A League of Their Own,’ while Alicia Silverstone reflects on the legacy of ‘Clueless.’ Plus, Jennifer, Lawrence, Zoe Saldana, Carrie Underwood, Kirsten Dunst, Taraji P. Henson and more will get stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2018.

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Wonder Woman’ becomes top DC Extended Universe film, while ‘The Beguiled’ tests female vs. male gazes

THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Wonder Woman’ becomes top DC Extended Universe film, while ‘The Beguiled’ tests female vs. male gazes

As ‘Wonder Woman’ becomes the top DC Extended Universe film, Jennifer Lawrence, Zoe Saldana and Shonda Rhimes are among the women to earn 2018 stars on Hollywood Walk of Fame. While ‘The Beguiled’ tests the female vs. male gazes, comparing the careers of Colin Trevorrow and Mimi Leder tests the patience of female film fans.

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Patty Jenkins’ ‘Wonder Woman’ continues to break records and win battles

Patty Jenkins’ ‘Wonder Woman’ continues to break records and win battles

Patty Jenkins’ ‘Wonder Woman’ becomes highest-grossing live-action film ever directed by a woman , blasting past 2008′s “Mamma Mia!”

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Wonder Woman’ keeps winning, Gabriela Cowperthwaite on ‘Megan Leavey,’ Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey on making an effort for inclusion

THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Wonder Woman’ keeps winning, Gabriela Cowperthwaite on ‘Megan Leavey,’ Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey on making an effort for inclusion

THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Wonder Woman’ keeps winning at the box office and defying expectations, ‘Megan Leavey’ helmer Gabriela Cowperthwaite talks about the need for women to see themselves on screen, and Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey discuss making an effort for inclusion.

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Patty Jenkins’ ‘Wonder Woman’ and Sofia Coppola’s ‘The Beguiled’ make history for female filmmakers

Patty Jenkins’ ‘Wonder Woman’ and Sofia Coppola’s ‘The Beguiled’ make history for female filmmakers

Between Wonder Woman and Sofia Coppola, the past two weeks have been historic for female filmmakers – and encouraging for women who love and follow the movies.

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Filmmaker Liz W. Garcia on how to get more women behind the camera, Diane Keaton to receive AFI honor, Miranda Lambert joins comedy’s creative team

THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Filmmaker Liz W. Garcia on how to get more women behind the camera, Diane Keaton to receive AFI honor, Miranda Lambert joins comedy’s creative team

Filmmaker Liz W. Garcia talks about how to get more women behind the camera, Diane Keaton tapped for AFI honor, and Miranda Lambert joins comedy’s creative team.

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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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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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Oscar-nominated ‘Arrival’ screenwriter Eric Heisserer was offered the chance to make the movie much earlier, if he would switch the lead to a man

Oscar-nominated ‘Arrival’ screenwriter Eric Heisserer was offered the chance to make the movie much earlier, if he would switch the lead to a man

Eric Heisserer spent more than a decade trying to get Ted Chiang’s award-winning 1998 sci-fi novella “Story of Your Life” made into a movie. Last year, under the direction of “Sicario’s” Denis Villeneuve, his dream finally arrived in theaters as “Arrival.” But the Oscar-nominated screenwriter says he could have seen it hit theaters much sooner if he was willing to make one major change: Turning the lead into a man instead of a woman.

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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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THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Oscar nominations to be announced Tuesday, SAG to honor Lily Tomlin, Reese Witherspoon and Natalie Portman speak out

THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Oscar nominations to be announced Tuesday, SAG to honor Lily Tomlin, Reese Witherspoon and Natalie Portman speak out

Oscar nominations to be revealed Tuesday The nomination […]

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Number of women directors falls – and female characters have less to say in movies

Number of women directors falls – and female characters have less to say in movies

In the past week, I’ve learned that the number of […]

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