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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‘Beauty and the Beast’ sets record for biggest debut of all time for a female-fueled film

‘Beauty and the Beast’ sets record for biggest debut of all time for a female-fueled film

Disney’s live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast” proved magical, setting several box-office records over the weekend. The lavish movie-musical version of the fairytale story conjured up an incredible $170 million in North America and $350 million globally. Along the way, it became the biggest debut of all time for a female-fueled film.

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BAM’s top 10 movies of 2016: ‘Kubo and the Two Strings,’ ‘Arrival,’ ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ and ‘Hidden Figures’ top the list

BAM’s top 10 movies of 2016: ‘Kubo and the Two Strings,’ ‘Arrival,’ ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ and ‘Hidden Figures’ top the list

Half of the movies on my favorite films list for 2016 b […]

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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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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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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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Alliance of Women Film Journalists members celebrate big achievements in 2015 – if only there were more women film critics to celebrate

Alliance of Women Film Journalists members celebrate big achievements in 2015 – if only there were more women film critics to celebrate

Alliance of Women Film Journalists members celebrate big achievements in 2015 – if only there were more women film critics to celebrate. The ongoing discussion about the need to level the playing ground for women working in Hollywood is expanding to include those working in the documentary arena, and in film criticism. Looking ahead to 2016, the fight for equality in the film industry continues.

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