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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Movie review: A lifelong Oklahoman’s take on the Sundance documentary ‘Oklahoma City’

Movie review: A lifelong Oklahoman’s take on the Sundance documentary ‘Oklahoma City’

It may be heartrending and stomach-churning to watch, especially for Oklahoma natives and residents like me, but the new PBS documentary “Oklahoma City” is timely and vital viewing. The harrowing film, which made its world premiere last month at the Sundance Film Festival, does more than just recap the destruction wrought by Timothy McVeigh’s truck bomb.

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Brandy McDonnell is back from Maternity Leave!

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Brandy McDonnell is on Maternity Leave!

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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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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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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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More women earn Oscar nominations in 2016 – but there’s still room for improvement

More women earn Oscar nominations in 2016 – but there’s still room for improvement

More women earn Oscar nominations in 2016 – but there’s still room for improvement when it comes to achieving equality at the movies.

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‘It’s time for action’: ‘Systemic Change Project’ pushes for more women in film and TV

‘It’s time for action’: ‘Systemic Change Project’ pushes for more women in film and TV

‘It’s time for action’: The ‘Systemic Change Project,’ a joint initiative of Women in Film Los Angeles and the Sundance Institute, is pushing for more women in film and TV. Hunger Games rules box office for third week straight. Barbra Streisand set to direct new project, big award winners to date and more…in this week’s THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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RIP Betsy Drake, may she one day get an obituary all her own

RIP Betsy Drake, may she one day get an obituary all her own

RIP former actress Betsy Drake, who deserved an obituary that was more about her and less about her ex-husband Cary Grant.

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Hollywood cuts out female directors while planning ‘pink razor’ remakes

Hollywood cuts out female directors while planning ‘pink razor’ remakes

While Hollywood is busy planning “pink razor,” all-female remakes, the studios are all-too-often cutting out women directors who have already earned critical acclaim or box-office success.

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While Malala inspires at the movies, U.S. government investigates bias complaints behind the scenes

While Malala inspires at the movies, U.S. government investigates bias complaints behind the scenes

While the new documentary ‘He Named Me Malala’ inspires at the movies, the U.S. government is finally investigating bias complaints behind the scenes.

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Switching genders: ‘Our Brand Is Crisis,’ ‘Roadhouse’ reboot put women in leading roles originally written for men

Switching genders: ‘Our Brand Is Crisis,’ ‘Roadhouse’ reboot put women in leading roles originally written for men

When filmmakers start casting women in roles originally written for men, it gives real hope that Hollywood might just be changing its sexist ways.

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‘Amy’ documentary reveals sexism Amy Winehouse encountered in her short, tragic life

‘Amy’ documentary reveals sexism Amy Winehouse encountered in her short, tragic life

Asif Kapadia’s compelling new documentary “Amy” truly takes our entire culture to task, revealing inherent sexism that women face in their everyday lives, sexism that only intensifies when women dare to pursue careers as artists or become famous – even when, as seems to be the case with Amy Winehouse, they don’t really desire their celebrity status.

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Do not feed the trolls even if you have the ‘Goodfellas’ spaghetti recipe

Do not feed the trolls even if you have the ‘Goodfellas’ spaghetti recipe

A blogger’s recent comments about how women just can’t understand “Goodfellas” illustrate why the sagest of Internet tips – do not feed the trolls – is so hard to heed.

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One Army Reservist is making movies about women in combat, while Hollywood may be readying for a big battle

One Army Reservist is making movies about women in combat, while Hollywood may be readying for a big battle

Army Reserve Capt. Rebecca Murga is a filmmaker on a mission to tell the story of women in the U.S. military’s combat ranks. And Hollywood may be preparing to go into its own battle with the ACLU’s recent petition urg­ing Tinseltown to demand a government investigation into why female directors are underrepresented in film and television.

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‘Pitch Perfect 2′ hits a high note for film by and for women, but there’s a feeling of deja vu

‘Pitch Perfect 2′ hits a high note for film by and for women, but there’s a feeling of deja vu

“Pitch Perfect 2″ far surpassed industry expectations to gross an estimated $70.3 million at the domestic box office this weekend. It’s a rarity: a summer movie about women, primarily starring women and mostly made by women – and it’s time that stopped being such an oddity.

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Of Tigernado, Black Widow and movie moms

Of Tigernado, Black Widow and movie moms

What I learned from surviving Tigernado, following Black Widow in Age of Ultron and watching my favorite moms in movies this week.

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‘Madding’ lack of women in business on screen – and women directors behind the camera

‘Madding’ lack of women in business on screen – and women directors behind the camera

Brandy McDonnell looks at the ‘Madding’ lack of women business owners on the big screen – and even more maddening statistics about the dearth of women behind the camera.

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Independent Women: Sundance Studies on Women in Indie Films Show Value of Support

Independent Women: Sundance Studies on Women in Indie Films Show Value of Support

For the past three years, the Sundance Institute has looked at its own participation numbers in its annual Sundance Festival with the aim of understanding the rate of participation by female filmmakers. What they have found shows that providing support to women means real improvements when it comes to numbers of movies by them making it to screens. What is more, their upcoming study for 2015 will look at what happens to the careers of women filmmakers after they appear at Sundance.

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Women’s Week: Oscar’s Curse, Girlhood, Female Squeeze and Herzog Hits on Women

Women’s Week: Oscar’s Curse, Girlhood, Female Squeeze and Herzog Hits on Women

Does Oscar contender Boyhood unintentionally highlight a girlhood problem? Richard Linklater’s epic traces the collapse of confidence of a demoralized girl character, Samantha, while exploring the bright future of the young male protagonist Mason, her brother. Meanwhile, two new studies are further fuel for the fire that scorches ambitions of women in the film industry. But on the plus side, Werner Herzog finally gets it – he wants to make more movies with female protagonists. Read on…

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