Mira Sorvino to be honored at Catalina Film Festival, starting today

Mira Sorvino to be honored at Catalina Film Festival, starting today

Along with working on several in-progress film projects, Sorvino has been an active part of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, speaking out against disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein and alleging that he sexually harassed her. Filmmaker Peter Jackson subsequently revealed that Weinstein told him not to consider Sorvino for a role in the blockbuster “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy because she was difficult to work with.

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Ava DuVernay, Tarana Burke to be honored at Free Expression Awards

Ava DuVernay, Tarana Burke to be honored at Free Expression Awards

The Free Expression Awards convene thought leaders, policymakers and philanthropists to recognize individuals for their courageous acts of, and contributions to, free and fearless expression. These influential supporters of the First Amendment work tirelessly to enhance free speech, freedom of the press, religious freedom and freedom in the arts and entertainment, according to a news release.

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Julia Roberts talks ‘Ben Is Back,’ ‘Homecoming,’ motherhood, #MeToo and more

Julia Roberts talks ‘Ben Is Back,’ ‘Homecoming,’ motherhood, #MeToo and more

She’s notoriously picky, generally acting in one film a year, and that’s become iffier considering, as she says, there’s “a whole lot of math” that needs to factor her kids’ school schedule and that of her husband, cinematographer Danny Moder. These days, one of the biggest movie stars in recent memory has largely withdrawn from the spotlight.

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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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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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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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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Supergirl’ to soar onto the big screen, Gal Gadot joins ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet,’ SAG-AFTRA to offer workplace sexual harassment counseling

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Supergirl’ to soar onto the big screen, Gal Gadot joins ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet,’ SAG-AFTRA to offer workplace sexual harassment counseling

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Supergirl’ to soar onto the big screen, Gal Gadot joins ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet,’ and SAG-AFTRA to offer workplace sexual harassment counseling

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘9 to 5’ sequel to reunite original trio, ‘Charlie’s Angels’ reboot in the works, ‘RGB’ and ‘Ocean’s 8’ get home-release dates

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘9 to 5’ sequel to reunite original trio, ‘Charlie’s Angels’ reboot in the works, ‘RGB’ and ‘Ocean’s 8’ get home-release dates

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ’9 to 5’ sequel to reunite original trio, ‘Charlie’s Angels’ reboot in the works, and ‘RGB’ and ‘Ocean’s 8’ get home-release dates.

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Keri Russell reportedly joining ‘Star Wars’ saga, ‘Bao’ filmmaker Domee Shi talks about her Pixar short, Netflix orders Salma Hayek-produced Mexican drama series ‘Monarca’

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Keri Russell reportedly joining ‘Star Wars’ saga, ‘Bao’ filmmaker Domee Shi talks about her Pixar short, Netflix orders Salma Hayek-produced Mexican drama series ‘Monarca’

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Keri Russell reportedly joining ‘Star Wars’ saga, ‘Bao’ filmmaker Domee Shi talks about her Pixar short, and Netflix orders Salma Hayek-produced Mexican drama series ‘Monarca.’

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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: 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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Oscars 2018 commentary: Inclusion is the theme and promise, but Frances McDormand’s call for more action steals the show

Oscars 2018 commentary: Inclusion is the theme and promise, but Frances McDormand’s call for more action steals the show

Oscars 2018 commentary: Inclusion is the theme and promise, but Frances McDormand’s call for more action – including inclusion riders and more funding for movies by and about women – steals the show.

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Oscar nominations analysis: 90th Academy Awards marking multiple milestones for women and diversity

Oscar nominations analysis: 90th Academy Awards marking multiple milestones for women and diversity

The 90th Academy Awards seem to be shaping up to be the most diverse ever. In the wake of #OscarsSoWhite, #MeToo and a cavalcade of sexual misconduct scandals brought to light after explosive investigative reports about Harvey Weinstein, the 2018 Oscar nominations marked several milestones for women, African-Americans and transgender people making movies.

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