Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson talk ‘Late Night,’ funny women and the patriarchy

Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson talk ‘Late Night,’ funny women and the patriarchy

“I loved shining a light on a world that has historically not employed women. It was very easy to research because almost all of my friends have been fired from a late night talk show. There are so many great disgruntled stories of impossible hosts and mean bosses.”

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Mary J. Blige to receive lifetime achievement award during 2019 BET Awards

Mary J. Blige to receive lifetime achievement award during 2019 BET Awards

The New York native is also an established actress who has garnered two Golden Globe Award nominations and one Screen Actors Guild Award nod. She also made history in 2018 when she became the first double nominee in the best supporting actress and best song categories at the Academy Awards for her work on “Mudbound.”

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Female film critics still outnumbered by male critics almost 2 to 1

Female film critics still outnumbered by male critics almost 2 to 1

“Male film critics outnumber female critics by almost 2 to 1, and continue to dominate the conversation about film across every type of media outlet and about every film genre,” Lauzen said in the study. “In this gender myopic movie world, not only do men comprise the majority of our filmmakers, they are also more likely to have the last word on the quality of our films.”

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge talks about her work on script of ‘Bond 25’ to ensure it will ‘treat women properly’

Phoebe Waller-Bridge talks about her work on script of ‘Bond 25’ to ensure it will ‘treat women properly’

An Emmy Award nominee for her writing on the first season of “Killing Eve,” Waller-Bridge becomes only the second woman in Bond history to be credited on a script after Johanna Hardwood, who wrote on 1962’s “Dr. No” and 1963’s “From Russia With Love.”

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Rita Moreno becomes first Latina PEGOT winner

Rita Moreno becomes first Latina PEGOT winner

“I am keenly aware of the high value Peabody places on storytelling and I am humbled that you consider the story of my life and career worthy,” Moreno said in her acceptance speech at the event, where she garnered a standing ovation.

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Carla Gugino joins assassin thriller ‘Gunpowder Milkshake’

Carla Gugino joins assassin thriller ‘Gunpowder Milkshake’

Gugino joins a star-studded cast including Karen Gillan (“Avengers: Endgame”), Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”), Michelle Yeoh (“Crazy Rich Asians”), Angela Bassett (“Black Panther”) and Paul Giamatti (“Billions”).

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Jane Campion to direct ‘The Power of the Dog,’ starring Elisabeth Moss and Benedict Cumberbatch

Jane Campion to direct ‘The Power of the Dog,’ starring Elisabeth Moss and Benedict Cumberbatch

Campion won the Academy Award for screenplay for “The Piano,” for which she also became the first, and to date only, female director to be awarded the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or. Her limited television series “Top of the Lake” won the 2013 Emmy for cinematography for a miniseries or movie, as well as the 2014 Golden Globe for an actress in a miniseries or movie for Moss.

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Julianne Moore advocates for quotas for reaching gender parity at Cannes Film Festival

Julianne Moore advocates for quotas for reaching gender parity at Cannes Film Festival

“We will have to make major changes to reach parity. That’s just a fact. So, I do believe in quotas. I really do,” added Moore. “I believe in trying to level the playing field for everybody regardless of their gender or their culture or ethnicity. You have to open doors.”

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Michelle Yeoh joins mother-daughter assassin thriller ‘Gunpowder Milkshake’

Michelle Yeoh joins mother-daughter assassin thriller ‘Gunpowder Milkshake’

“Star Trek: Discovery” and “Crazy Rich Asians” star Michelle Yeoh has joined the powerhouse cast of “Gunpowder Milkshake,” an action thriller from StudioCanal and The Picture Company. Navot Papushado, half of the duo behind the dark Israeli breakout “Big Bad Wolves,” is directing the project, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Yeoh joins a cast that […]

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Anne Hathaway talks women directors, ‘The Hustle’ and her new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Anne Hathaway talks women directors, ‘The Hustle’ and her new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hathaway has been working steadily since breaking through as a teenager in 2001’s “The Princess Diaries,” and she was working with the likes of Meryl Streep and Ang Lee before the age of 25. She has taken roles both for the screen – where she’s arguably best known for “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Les Miserables,” “Brokeback Mountain” and “Ocean’s Eight – and for the stage, including the one-woman show “Grounded,” where she played a fighter pilot turned drone pilot.

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Lupita Nyong’o to produce and star in sci-fi comedy

Lupita Nyong’o to produce and star in sci-fi comedy

Already an Academy Award winner for her breakout turn in director Steve McQueen’s “12 Years A Slave,” Nyong’o has boosted her star power recently with powerhouse performances in Jordan Peele’s “Us” for Universal, and Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther” for Marvel.

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Amy Poehler, Issa Ray, Elizabeth Debicki and Cathy Schulman to be honored at the 2019 Women In Film Annual Gala

Amy Poehler, Issa Ray, Elizabeth Debicki and Cathy Schulman to be honored at the 2019 Women In Film Annual Gala

Women In Film, Los Angeles has announced the honorees for the 2019 Women In Film Annual Gala set for June 12 at The Beverly Hilton. Formerly named the Crystal + Lucy Awards, the annual benefit supports Women In Film, Los Angeles’ educational and philanthropic programs and its advocacy for gender parity for women throughout the […]

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Regina King signs first-look, multi-year deal with Netflix

Regina King signs first-look, multi-year deal with Netflix

Named one of Time Magazine’s most influential people of 2019, director, producer and actor King most recently won an Academy Award for best supporting actress for her role as Sharon Rivers in “If Beale Street Could Talk” as well as her third Emmy Award for her role as Latrice Butler in “Seven Seconds.”

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‘Black Panther’ star Letitia Wright added to cast of Agatha Christie adaptation ‘Death on the Nile’

‘Black Panther’ star Letitia Wright added to cast of Agatha Christie adaptation ‘Death on the Nile’

Wright is set to star alongside Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer and Kenneth Branagh, who again will direct following 2018’s “Murder on the Orient Express” while also reprising his role as the memorably mustachioed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot.

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‘American Horror Story’ star Jamie Brewer to receive the ‘See It, Be It’ Award from Bentonville Film Festival

‘American Horror Story’ star Jamie Brewer to receive the ‘See It, Be It’ Award from Bentonville Film Festival

In 2015, Brewer became the first woman with Down Syndrome to walk the runway at New York Fashion Week, and two years later, she was asked by Miley Cyrus to introduce the singer/actor at the Variety Power of Women event, underscoring the position she has already achieved as an influential figure in popular culture.

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Queen Latifah using new initiative The Queen Collective Shorts to build up women filmmakers

Queen Latifah using new initiative The Queen Collective Shorts to build up women filmmakers

Latifah personally mentored both of the winning directors for the collective’s initial year, Haley Anderson and Brittany Fennell. Anderson directed “If There Is Light,” a look at one family’s move out of the shelter system, while Fennell helmed “Ballet After Dark,” which trails a black Baltimore woman who survived abuse and now using ballet as therapy.

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Theater helmer Adrienne Campbell-Holt to make feature film directing debut with ‘Contested’

Theater helmer Adrienne Campbell-Holt to make feature film directing debut with ‘Contested’

“Contested,” written by former political operative Lynn Reed, is a timely political drama that examines political polarization through the lens of family rift. Kate Adams is the top adviser to the woman who would be the first female president of the United States, while her brother Mark serves in a similar capacity for the opponent.

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Linda Cardellini finally gets a starring role in ‘The Curse of La Llorona’

Linda Cardellini finally gets a starring role in ‘The Curse of La Llorona’

A supernatural thriller aimed at Latino audiences, “The Curse of La Llorona” also is standalone entry in “The Conjuring” horror universe. Set in 1970s Los Angeles — with Tony Amendola in a cameo as his priest character from “Annabelle” — Cardellini stars as Anna Garcia, a widowed social worker raising two children, Chris (Roman Christou) and Samantha (Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen).

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Mary Pickford biopic to open Hollywood Women’s Film Festival

Mary Pickford biopic to open Hollywood Women’s Film Festival

Founded by filmmaker J.R. Niles, the Hollywood Women’s Film institute is a nonprofit feminist organization created to support and facilitate programs and opportunities for women filmmakers and student filmmakers in film, TV and media.

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As ‘Captain Marvel’ passes $1 billion worldwide, its screenwriters form production company

As ‘Captain Marvel’ passes $1 billion worldwide, its screenwriters form production company

The groundbreaking success is busting down doors for the team that created “Captain Marvel,” and they’re joining forces to ensure that Carol Danvers isn’t the only woman’s story to fly higher, further and faster in the typically male-dictated world of action and genre stories, according to Vanity Fair.

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Lucy Liu developing anthology series ‘Unsung Heroes’ to shine spotlight on overlooked women

Lucy Liu developing anthology series ‘Unsung Heroes’ to shine spotlight on overlooked women

“Unsung Heroes” will profile women who were highly accomplished in their fields but did not receive acknowledgment for their achievements and how their stories have affected history. The first episode will focus on Hollywood’s silent era star Anna May Wong.

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Gurinder Chadha to direct animated musical adaptation of graphic novel ‘Pashmina’ for Netflix

Gurinder Chadha to direct animated musical adaptation of graphic novel ‘Pashmina’ for Netflix

“Gurinder, Paul and Ashok together form a cinematic dream team and we’re beyond thrilled to work with them to bring to life the beautiful story of ‘Pashmina’ – with its universal themes of family, female empowerment, and identity,” said Melissa Cobb, vice president of kids & family at Netflix.

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Julie Andrews to receive lifetime achievement award from Venice International Film Festival

Julie Andrews to receive lifetime achievement award from Venice International Film Festival

Andrews won the Academy Award for her 1964 feature film debut in Disney’s “Mary Poppins” and was also nominated for playing Maria von Trapp in the hit 1965 film adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music.” She is a three-time Tony nominee for creating the roles of Eliza Doolittle in “My Fair Lady” (1956), Guenevere in “Camelot” (1960), and Victoria Grant in “Victor/Victoria” (1995), re-creating her Oscar-nominated performance from the 1982 film, according to Playbill.

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Paramount Pictures nabs Kay Oyegun’s comedic script ‘Assisted Living’

Paramount Pictures nabs Kay Oyegun’s comedic script ‘Assisted Living’

The script, which also had Sony, Endeavor Content and Netflix vying for it, was being likened to “Sister Act” meets “Mrs. Doubtfire,” with the tale of a thief on the run from her old crew who holes up in a retirement home. The film will be produced by Temple Hill, along with Stephen Love.

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Octavia Spencer, Gabrielle Union to produce, star in Deborah Riley Draper’s adaptation of ‘Coffee Will Make You Black’

Octavia Spencer, Gabrielle Union to produce, star in Deborah Riley Draper’s adaptation of ‘Coffee Will Make You Black’

“There are so many unheard stories and voices in the African American community that speak to universal themes and the humanity in all of us.  I wanted to use my platform to create more opportunities for directors and writers of color to tell these stories. This project has women of color in lead roles in front of and behind the camera,” Octavia Spencer said in a statement.

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