THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Carrie Fisher out of ‘Star Wars: Episode IX,’ Cate Blanchett makes history as Marvel’s first female villain, ‘Beauty and the Beast’ crosses $1 billion, Reba McEntire reveals name of her new TV show

THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Carrie Fisher out of ‘Star Wars: Episode IX,’ Cate Blanchett makes history as Marvel’s first female villain, ‘Beauty and the Beast’ crosses $1 billion, Reba McEntire reveals name of her new TV show

Carrie Fisher is out of ‘Star Wars: Episode IX,’ Cate Blanchett makes history as Marvel’s first female villain in ‘Thor: Ragnarok,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast’ crosses $1 billion, and Reba McEntire reveals name of her new TV show.

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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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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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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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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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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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Women in film and TV marked milestones in 2015, but do the milestones mark lasting change?

Women in film and TV marked milestones in 2015, but do the milestones mark lasting change?

Women in film and TV marked milestones in 2015, but do those milestones mark lasting change?

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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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Jennifer Lawrence no longer wants to be ‘adorable’ if it means unequal pay

Jennifer Lawrence no longer wants to be ‘adorable’ if it means unequal pay

Jennifer Lawrence no longer wants to be ‘adorable’ if it means unequal pay, while Daisy Ridley gets front and center in new ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ poster.

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