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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Awards season update: ‘La La Land’ keeps dancing, ‘Moonlight’ still shining, ‘Kubo’ makes history

Awards season update: ‘La La Land’ keeps dancing, ‘Moonlight’ still shining, ‘Kubo’ makes history

Last weekend’s Golden Globes established La La Land as a clear front-runner — closely followed by Moonlight — in upcoming races for the prestigious awards doled out by the DGA, PGA, BAFTA and, ultimately, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Nominations have been announced by all but the Academy. To see how they compare, read on…

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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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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

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

‘La La Land’ sets a Golden record The Hollywood Foreign […]

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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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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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THE WEEK IN WOMEN: Hypersexualized Men, Tessa Thompson Joins Marvel Pantheon, SAG-AFTRA Picks Gabrielle Carteris

THE WEEK IN WOMEN: Hypersexualized Men, Tessa Thompson Joins Marvel Pantheon, SAG-AFTRA Picks Gabrielle Carteris

New research indicates that men are expected to show more skin in movies – but they still get to not take it off more often than their female counterparts. Plus Marvel finds a new superhero in Tessa Thompson and SAG-AFTRA has a new female prez…

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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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88th Academy Awards preview: Examining Oscars’ gender imbalance and another good reason Hollywood should embrace diversity

88th Academy Awards preview: Examining Oscars’ gender imbalance and another good reason Hollywood should embrace diversity

The 88th Academy Awards are Sunday, and Hollywood’s lack of diversity and gender balance are taking a bit of the shine off.

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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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Academy changes its rules to diversify, plans to double the number of women and minority members by 2020

Academy changes its rules to diversify, plans to double the number of women and minority members by 2020

The Academy has announced “a sweeping series of substantive changes” to boost diversity, including a commitment to to doubling the number of women and diverse members of the Academy by 2020, but can the Oscars truly change unless Hollywood changes, too?

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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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