Interview: ‘Wildlife’ screenwriter Zoe Kazan talks making a female character ‘feel like a whole person’

Interview: ‘Wildlife’ screenwriter Zoe Kazan talks making a female character ‘feel like a whole person’

“I think some of the criticism about ‘Oh, is she unlikable? Is she unsympathetic?’ feels really misplaced to me. It feels like it has more to do with the way we as a society think about who and what a mother should be and what a wife should be than it is really about this character,” screenwriter Zoe Kazan said of the main female character in “Wildlife.”

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Good news and bad news for women with the 2019 Golden Globes nominations

Good news and bad news for women with the 2019 Golden Globes nominations

There is good news and bad news for women with the nominations for the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards. Once again, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has shut out female directors. No female helmers are nominated for best director for the 2019 Golden Globes. There’s a little bit of good news as far as a couple of historic nominations for women.

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Melissa V. Murray to make directorial debut with ‘We Real Cool,’ from producer Effie T. Brown

Melissa V. Murray to make directorial debut with ‘We Real Cool,’ from producer Effie T. Brown

Stuart Ford’s AGC Studios has given the green light to “We Real Cool,” an urban action comedy from “Dear White People” producer Effie T. Brown, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “We Real Cool” will mark the feature debut of Melissa V. Murray, a graduate of the Ghetto Film School and a Sundance Ignite Fellow alumnus, who will direct from her own script.

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ star Michelle Yeoh might make Oscar history, but she’s definitely going into producing

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ star Michelle Yeoh might make Oscar history, but she’s definitely going into producing

Among the story lines as we await the 2019 Academy Awrd nominations: Will the blockbuster romantic comedy “Crazy Rich Asians” give Michelle Yeoh (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”) her long-awaited shot at an Academy Award? If Yeoh gets a supporting actress nod this year, she will be only the sixth actress of Asian descent ever to be nominated in the history of the Academy, according to Deadline Hollywood.

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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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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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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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‘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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‘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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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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Olivia Munn speaks out against casting of registered sex offender in PREDATOR reboot.

Olivia Munn speaks out against casting of registered sex offender in PREDATOR reboot.

Excerpt: Olivia Munn has again weathered the storm of speaking out against sexual misconduct. It’s been a whirlwind week or so for the actor after she went public about her choice to speak out when she learned that an actor with a small role on her new film “The Predator” is a registered sex offender.

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New Study Finds Overwhelming Majority of Film Critics are Male and White

New Study Finds Overwhelming Majority of Film Critics are Male and White

Stacy L. Smith and the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative have again found that film reviewers on Rotten Tomatoes are overwhelmingly white and male. Their new study shows that 67.1 of the critics were male, 32.9 percent were female, and that of critics with an “ascertainable” race or ethnicity, 23.2 percent were from minority groups while 76.8 percent were white,.

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WarnerMedia Launches Company-wide Inclusion Initiative

WarnerMedia Launches Company-wide Inclusion Initiative

Six months after best actress winner Frances McDormand delivered a figurative mic drop at the Oscars by championing the idea of inclusion riders, WarnerMedia – including Warner Bros., HBO and Turner — has announced a company-wide policy outlining its commitment to diversity and inclusion in front of and behind the camera.

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Cicely Tyson and Kathleen Kennedy to Receive Honorary Oscars

Cicely Tyson and Kathleen Kennedy to Receive Honorary Oscars

Actor Cicely Tyson and producer Kathleen Kennedy will make overdue history when they receive their Honorary Oscars this fall at the Academy’s 10th Annual Governors Awards on Sunday, November 18, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles. Tyson will make history at the Governors Awards as the first black woman to receive an Honorary Oscar.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Sexual Misconduct Allegations at CBS, Les Moonves is Out

WEEK IN WOMEN: Sexual Misconduct Allegations at CBS, Les Moonves is Out

Six additional women accused Moonves of sexual harassment or assault in incidents that took place between the 1980s and the early 2000s. They include claims that Moonves forced them to perform oral sex on him, that he exposed himself to them without their consent, that he used physical violence or intimidation against them and that he retaliated and damaged their careers if they tried to turn away his unwanted advances.

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Glenn Close will be honored by the Museum of the Moving Image, Venice Film Festival criticized for failing to include female filmmakers, femme-centric coming-of-age drama ‘To the Stars’ wraps production in Oklahoma

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Glenn Close will be honored by the Museum of the Moving Image, Venice Film Festival criticized for failing to include female filmmakers, femme-centric coming-of-age drama ‘To the Stars’ wraps production in Oklahoma

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Glenn Close will be honored by the Museum of the Moving Image, open letter criticizes Venice Film Festival for failing to include female filmmakers, and Martha Stephens’ femme-centric coming-of-age drama ‘To the Stars’ recently wrapped production in Oklahoma.

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WEEK IN WOMEN News Roundup: Mold-breaking superhero ‘Faith’ soaring onto the big screen, Krysten Ritter making her directorial debut on ‘Jessica Jones,’ Academy adding record number of members – and boosting percentage of women members

WEEK IN WOMEN News Roundup: Mold-breaking superhero ‘Faith’ soaring onto the big screen, Krysten Ritter making her directorial debut on ‘Jessica Jones,’ Academy adding record number of members – and boosting percentage of women members

WEEK IN WOMEN News Roundup: Mold-breaking superhero ‘Faith’ soaring onto the big screen, Krysten Ritter making her directorial debut on ‘Jessica Jones,’ and Academy adding record number of members – and boosting percentage of women members

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Directors Guild study confirms that women helmers remain rare, Ry Russo-Young’s ‘The Sun Is Also a Star’ begins production, Baltimore filmmaker’s project taps into #MeToo zeitgeist

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Directors Guild study confirms that women helmers remain rare, Ry Russo-Young’s ‘The Sun Is Also a Star’ begins production, Baltimore filmmaker’s project taps into #MeToo zeitgeist

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Directors Guild study confirms that women helmers remain rare, Ry Russo-Young’s ‘The Sun Is Also a Star’ begins production, and Baltimore filmmaker’s project taps into #MeToo zeitgeist

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Interview: Amy Scott talks about her Hal Ashby documentary ‘Hal’ and improved opportunities for women filmmakers at Oklahoma City’s deadCenter Film Featival

Interview: Amy Scott talks about her Hal Ashby documentary ‘Hal’ and improved opportunities for women filmmakers at Oklahoma City’s deadCenter Film Featival

Interview: Amy Scott talks about her Hal Ashby documentary ‘Hal’ and improved opportunities for women filmmakers at Oklahoma City’s deadCenter Film Featival

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Interview: Olivia Munn talks equal pay, #MeToo, the roles she wants to play and more while receiving the inaugural Voice for Justice Award at her Oklahoma alma mater

Interview: Olivia Munn talks equal pay, #MeToo, the roles she wants to play and more while receiving the inaugural Voice for Justice Award at her Oklahoma alma mater

Olivia Munn talks equal pay, #MeToo, the roles she wants to play and more while receiving the inaugural Voice for Justice Award at her alma mater, the University of Oklahoma.

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Women protest on the red carpet at Cannes, Jessica Chastain-led spy thriller ‘355’ makes a big deal, Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine helps launch female filmmaker program for teen girls

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Women protest on the red carpet at Cannes, Jessica Chastain-led spy thriller ‘355’ makes a big deal, Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine helps launch female filmmaker program for teen girls

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: 82 women – a significant number in more ways than one, protest on the red carpet at Cannes, Jessica Chastain-led spy thriller ‘355’ makes a big deal in the Cannes market, and Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine helps launch female filmmaker program for teen girls.

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ star Karen Gillan premieres feature film directorial debut, Tribeca Film Festival showcases and awards films by and about women, and Cannes festival to boast female-majority jury

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ star Karen Gillan premieres feature film directorial debut, Tribeca Film Festival showcases and awards films by and about women, and Cannes festival to boast female-majority jury

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ star Karen Gillan premieres her feature film directorial debut at the Tribeca Film Festival, which this year showcased and awarded films by and about women. In other festival news, this year’s Cannes will boast a female-majority jury.

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