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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Scarlett Johansson reportedly scores $15 million payday for Black Widow movie

Scarlett Johansson reportedly scores $15 million payday for Black Widow movie

After punching, kicking and flipping through six movies as Black Widow, Scarlett Johansson is finally getting a $15 million payday for her upcoming stand-alone film centered on the Marvel superheroine, according to The Hollywood Reporter. That salary is what Chris Evans as Captain America and Chris Hemsworth as Thor got for “Captain America: Civil War” and “Thor: Ragnarok,” respectively.

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‘Ink & Paint’ documentary series about Disney’s women animators set to stream in 2019

‘Ink & Paint’ documentary series about Disney’s women animators set to stream in 2019

ABC Studios is producing a new documentary series titled “Ink & Paint” that will sketch out an often-overlooked chapter in the history of Disney’s animation empire: the vital role that the Mouse House’s workforce of women played in creating its classic films. The goal is for “Ink & Paint” to be ready for Disney’s own streaming platform launch in late 2019.

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Lena Waithe says women ‘won’t be treated like second class citizens’

Lena Waithe says women ‘won’t be treated like second class citizens’

“We decided to rise up and scream at the top of our lungs and become a chorus of rebels that won’t be treated like second class citizens,” Lena Waithe said at Variety’s Power of Women, presented by Lifetime on Friday. “We can’t afford to go back.”

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‘Twilight’ helmer Catherine Hardwicke says ‘there’s still a lot of work to do’ to bring gender parity to Hollywood

‘Twilight’ helmer Catherine Hardwicke says ‘there’s still a lot of work to do’ to bring gender parity to Hollywood

A decade after Catherine Hardwicke shattered records for female directors with the global success of the fantasy franchise-launching romantic drama “Twilight,” the director says there’s still not enough women working behind the camera. “There’s still a lot of work to do because we’ve got to get to both sides of the camera; we’ve got to […]

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Nicole Kidman, Rachel Weisz and Timothée Chalamet to be honored at Hollywood Film Awards

Nicole Kidman, Rachel Weisz and Timothée Chalamet to be honored at Hollywood Film Awards

Nicole Kidman, Rachel Weisz and Timothée Chalamet will be honored next month at the Hollywood Film Awards. Kidman, a multi-award-winning actress known for her fearlessness and intelligence, will receive the Hollywood Career Achievement Award during the ceremony. Weisz and Chalamet will receive the Hollywood Supporting Actress Award and Hollywood Supporting Actor Award, respectively.

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Alexandra Shipp, Kelli O’Hara added to Netflix’s adaptation of ‘All the Bright Places’

Alexandra Shipp, Kelli O’Hara added to Netflix’s adaptation of ‘All the Bright Places’

Elle Fanning (“Maleficent”) and Justice Smith (“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”) will star in as two teenagers struggling with mental illness whose paths cross. Filming is underway in Cleveland, Ohio. “Runaways” actor Virginia Gardner, CBS’ “Happy Together” star Felix Mallard, “The Hate U Give” actor Lamar Johnson and “Bad Samaritan” performer Sofia Hasmik also have been cast.

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‘The Good Place’s’ Tiya Sircar to star in the upcoming Netflix feature ‘Good Sam’

‘The Good Place’s’ Tiya Sircar to star in the upcoming Netflix feature ‘Good Sam’

The film follows TV news reporter Kate Bradley, who is assigned to uncover the identity of a mysterious Good Samaritan – aka Good Sam – who has been anonymously leaving $100,000 cash gifts on the doorsteps of seemingly random New Yorkers. As interest in the incredible presents builds nationwide, the journalist seeks to unravel the identity of Good Sam and the reasons behind the enigmatic gifts.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal to make directorial debut adapting Elena Ferrante novel ‘The Lost Daughter’

Maggie Gyllenhaal to make directorial debut adapting Elena Ferrante novel ‘The Lost Daughter’

Oscar-nominated actor Maggie Gyllenhaal (“Crazy Heart,” “The Dark Knight,” HBO’s “The Deuce”) will make her directorial debut with a film adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s 2006 novel “The Lost Daughter.” Under her Pilot Productions banner, Gyllenhaal also will develop the script for and produce alongside Pie Films’ Talia Kleinhendler and Osnat Handelsman-Keren.

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Gale Anne Hurd to be honored with Career Achievement Award at Screamfest

Gale Anne Hurd to be honored with Career Achievement Award at Screamfest

Gale Anne Hurd started her career working with legendary director and producer Roger Corman at New World Pictures. She then launched her career when she produced and co-wrote (with director James Cameron) her first feature film, “The Terminator,” which was a box office and critical success. She quickly followed that success with “Aliens,” which received seven Oscar nominations and won two Academy Awards.

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Femme-focused, woman-directed films ‘On the Basis of Sex’ and ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ to open and close AFI Film Festival

Femme-focused, woman-directed films ‘On the Basis of Sex’ and ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ to open and close AFI Film Festival

Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones — and change the course of history. “Mary Queen of Scots” is due in theaters Dec. 7.

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Olivia Munn, Yara Shahidi and Chrissy Metz to be lauded at Girl Up’s first annual #GirlHero Awards

Olivia Munn, Yara Shahidi and Chrissy Metz to be lauded at Girl Up’s first annual #GirlHero Awards

Olivia Munn, Yara Shahidi and Chrissy Metz will be honored at Girl Up’s first annual #GirlHero Awards, hosted by Kristen Bell, Scarlett Johansson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Gabrielle Union, Katy Perry, Renee Zellweger and Tony Goldwyn. The awards luncheon will celebrate those advocating for gender equality and is set for Oct. 14 at the SLS Hotel in Los Angeles.

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IFC Midnight acquires U.S. rights to femme-focused thriller ‘Rust Creek’

IFC Midnight acquires U.S. rights to femme-focused thriller ‘Rust Creek’

Jen McGowan directed from a script by Julie Lipson, based on a story by Lunacy Productions’ Stu Pollard, who also produced the thriller, according to Variety. The film stars British actress Hermione Corfield (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”) in her first leading role. “Rust Creek” co-stars Jay Paulson, Sean O’Bryan, John Marshall Jones, Micah Hauptman, Daniel R. Hill and Jeremy Glazer.

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Halle Berry to make her directorial debut and star in mixed martial arts drama ‘Bruised’

Halle Berry to make her directorial debut and star in mixed martial arts drama ‘Bruised’

Oscar winner Halle Berry plans to make her directorial debut with a mixed martial arts action drama titled “Bruised,” in which she will also star. Berry, currently in production on “John Wick 3: Parabellum” opposite Keanu Reeves, will reteam with John Wick producer Basil Iwanyk of Thunder Road Pictures, who is also producing “Bruised” along with Entertainment 360 and Linda Gottlieb.

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‘Captain Marvel’ trailer earns 109 million global views in 24 hours

‘Captain Marvel’ trailer earns 109 million global views in 24 hours

Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (“Half Nelson”), “Captain Marvel” is the 21st movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the first to have a woman in the director’s chair (or at least half of the team). The movie chronicles how Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.

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Chloe Zhao to direct Marvel’s ‘The Eternals’

Chloe Zhao to direct Marvel’s ‘The Eternals’

Chloe Zhao will direct Marvel’s next potential franchise, the “The Eternals,” about a race of immortal beings who lived on Earth and shaped its history and civilizations. Jack Kirby created “The Eternals” in 1976 during his cosmic hero phase and was influenced by such works as Erich von Däniken’ 1968 book “Chariots of the Gods,” which explored the notion of ancient gods as aliens.

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