Mira Sorvino talks #MeToo, #TimesUp and ‘StartUp’

Mira Sorvino talks #MeToo, #TimesUp and ‘StartUp’

The Oscar winner (“Mighty Aphrodite”) was one of the first to come forward with allegations of abuse against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, and her resilience has not wavered. She said she wants to work with students — from grade school to high school — to make them understand consent and their physical rights.

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Viola Davis to receive Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at The Hollywood Reporter’s annual breakfast

Viola Davis to receive Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at The Hollywood Reporter’s annual breakfast

Oscar, Emmy and Tony-winning actor and producer Viola Davis will be honored at The Hollywood Reporter’s 2018 Women in Entertainment breakfast. The annual star-studded gala, which recognizes women pioneers and industry leaders, will take place Dec. 5 in Los Angeles. Davis will be honored with the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award, given annually to a woman who has been a trailblazer and philanthropic leader in her industry.

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BBC examines why women are left out of cinema history

BBC examines why women are left out of cinema history

According to the BBC, 209 critics sent in their 10 greatest foreign-language films for the poll. Of these respondents, 94 were women – 45 percent –yet there are only four female directors of titles in the top 100: Chantal Akerman (“Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels”), Claire Denis (“Beau Travail”), Agnès Varda (“Cleo from 5 to 7”), and Katia Lund (co-director of “City of God”).

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Gia Coppola plans sophomore directorial project with ‘Mainstream’

Gia Coppola plans sophomore directorial project with ‘Mainstream’

Excerpt: Andrew Garfield, Maya Hawke, Nat Wolff and Gia Coppola’s cousin Jason Schwartzman are set to star in the drama. Coppola penned the script with Tom Stuart, and filming on the drama is set to get started by year’s end. Automatik’s Fred Berger (“La La Land” and “Destroyer”) is producing, according to Deadline. Robert Schwartzman, Holly Wiersma, and American Zoetrope will serve as executive producers on the film.

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Naomi Watts to star in HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel

Naomi Watts to star in HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel

Naomi Watts is the first performer who has been cast in the as-yet-untitled prequel to the HBO smash “Game of Thrones.” The two-time Oscar nominee, whose film credits include “The Impossible,” “21 Grams,” “King Kong,” “Birdman” and “Mulholland Drive” actress will play a character described as “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret.”

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Asian women finding quality film roles behind and in front of the camera following the success of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

Asian women finding quality film roles behind and in front of the camera following the success of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

Following the blockbuster success of the romantic comedy “Crazy Rich Asians” – it surpassed its $30 million budget on its opening weekend and has far made more than $226 million at the worldwide box office so far – Asian women finally are getting quality film roles both in front of and behind the camera.

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Emma Thompson to star as celebrity-turned-politician in HBO and BBC series ‘Years & Years’

Emma Thompson to star as celebrity-turned-politician in HBO and BBC series ‘Years & Years’

Two-time Academy Award winner Emma Thompson (“Saving Mr. Banks”) will play Vivienne Rook, an outspoken celebrity-turned-politician, whose controversial opinions divide the nation. Rory Kinnear (“Peterloo”) has been cast as Stephen Lyons, a financial adviser and the family’s peacekeeper, who is married to Celeste, played by T’Nia Miller (“Marcella”), an ambitious accountant.

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‘Power’ creator Courtney Kemp inks wide-ranging new deal with Lionsgate

‘Power’ creator Courtney Kemp inks wide-ranging new deal with Lionsgate

The deal has been deemed as “one-of-a-kind” agreement by Lionsgate. The development and production deal offers Kemp and her End of Episode shingle the opportunity to expand the “Power” franchise with potential spinoffs among a number of commitments by Starz. Additionally, the deal encompasses other projects for Lionsgate to take to market for Kemp on a multitude of platforms.

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Hannah Marks to direct the high school comedy ‘The Swimsuit Issue’

Hannah Marks to direct the high school comedy ‘The Swimsuit Issue’

The script, which made 2014’s Black List, centers on a nerdy high schooler who considers himself an amateur photographer and attempts to create a “Swimsuit Issue” featuring his classmates in the hopes of raising money for summer camp. Randall Green (“The Stand-In,” “Billions”) penned the script.

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Judy Blume’s ‘Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret’ to be made into a film from writer/director Kelly Fremon Craig

Judy Blume’s ‘Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret’ to be made into a film from writer/director Kelly Fremon Craig

After turning down many offers over the years, Deadline Hollywood reports that the Library of Congress Living Legend has granted the film rights to producer James L. Brooks’ Gracie Films and writer/director Kelly Fremon Craig. They collaborated on “The Edge of Seventeen,” starring Hailee Steinfeld, Blake Jenner and Kyra Sedgwick.

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