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Quote of the Day: Natalie Portman on What the Woody Allen Conversations Are Missing

Portman in “Annihilation”: Paramount Pictures

Natalie Portman has never been one to remain silent about gender inequality in Hollywood. She’s spoken out about receiving one-third of co-star Ashton Kutcher’s pay for “No Strings Attached,” lobbied for a female director to helm the Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic she was then attached to, and has become one of the driving forces behind the Time’s Up initiative. Now, while doing press for her upcoming sci-fi flick “Annihilation,” Portman is using her platform to discuss why we shouldn’t be worrying about Woody Allen’s career prospects.

BuzzFeed broached the subject of Allen, as well as the accusations of molestation against him made by his daughter Dylan Farrow and the numerous actors who have expressed regret over working with the “Annie Hall” director. When asked if she thinks Allen is finished in Hollywood, Portman replied that the whole dialogue ought to be reframed.
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Meryl Streep in ‘Julie & Julia’: A look back at her 16th Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome

Meryl Streep in ‘Julie & Julia’: A look back at her 16th Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome
This article marks Part 16 of the 21-part Gold Derby series analyzing Meryl Streep at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at Meryl Streep’s nominations, the performances that competed with her at the Academy Awards, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the contenders.

In 1977, the year Meryl Streep made her feature film debut in “Julia,” Nora Ephron was working full-time as a columnist for Esquire, penning memorable pieces on the likes of controversial Boston University President John Silber and the series finale of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”

By the time, six years later, Ephron made her own big screen debut as screenwriter of the Streep-headlined “Silkwood” (1983), Streep had two Oscar victories under her belt. The success of “Silkwood” in 1983 set expectations supremely high for their collaboration on “Heartburn” (1986), based on the acclaimed Ephron semi-autobiographical novel – anticipation that would make that picture’s ultimate
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2018 BAFTAs: Greta Gerwig (‘Lady Bird’) would be fourth woman to win Best Original Screenplay

2018 BAFTAs: Greta Gerwig (‘Lady Bird’) would be fourth woman to win Best Original Screenplay
After her Writers Guild Awards loss, Greta Gerwig can rebound with a win at Sunday’s BAFTA Awards for her “Lady Bird” script. Should she pull through, she’d only be the fourth woman to win Best Original Screenplay in BAFTA history.

BAFTA split its Best Screenplay category into original and adapted in 1983 and since then, Shawn Slovo (“A World Apart” [1988]), Nora Ephron (“When Harry Met Sally…” [1989]) and Diablo Cody (“Juno” [2007]) are the only female writers who’ve won Best Original Screenplay. No women won BAFTA’s single screenplay category when it existed from 1968 through ’82.

See Oscars 2018: Will Greta Gerwig, Emily V. Gordon or Vanessa Taylor be the first woman in 10 years to win Best Original Screenplay?

Of those three winners, only Cody went on to win the corresponding Oscar, which is also the last time a woman has won either writing category at the Oscars. Slovo was not
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Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson to Star in Los Angeles Production of ‘Henry IV’

Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson to Star in Los Angeles Production of ‘Henry IV’
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are set to star in the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles’ production of “Henry IV.”

Hanks will play the comedic role of Sir John Falstaff. The 24 performances will run between June 5 and July 1 at the Japanese Garden on the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs campus.

Tony Award-winning Daniel Sullivan, who will combine Parts 1 and 2 of “Henry IV” into a single evening of theater, will serve as director for the show, and 2,000 tickets will be reserved for active and retired members of the military. Tom Ware is the executive producer.

The history play follows the reign of King Henry IV, with Sullivan’s edit focused on the story of Falstaff and his protege, Prince Hal, the young man who will become Henry V.

Hanks and Wilson were honored this year at the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles’s 25th Annual Simply Shakespeare benefit. Both Hanks and Wilson have been sponsors and participants of the
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Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson to Star in Los Angeles Production of ‘Henry IV’

Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson to Star in Los Angeles Production of ‘Henry IV’
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are set to star in the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles’ production of “Henry IV.”

Hanks will play the comedic role of Sir John Falstaff. The 24 performances will run between June 5 and July 1 at the Japanese Garden on the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs campus.

Tony Award-winning Daniel Sullivan, who will combine Parts 1 and 2 of “Henry IV” into a single evening of theater, will serve as director for the show, and 2,000 tickets will be reserved for active and retired members of the military. Tom Ware is the executive producer.

The history play follows the reign of King Henry IV, with Sullivan’s edit focused on the story of Falstaff and his protege, Prince Hal, the young man who will become Henry V.

Hanks and Wilson were honored this year at the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles’s 25th Annual Simply Shakespeare benefit. Both Hanks and Wilson have been sponsors and participants of the
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Meryl Streep in ‘Postcards from the Edge’: A look back at her ninth Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome

Meryl Streep in ‘Postcards from the Edge’: A look back at her ninth Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome
This article marks Part 9 of the 21-part Gold Derby series Meryl Streep at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at Meryl Streep’s nominations, the performances that competed with her at the Academy Awards, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the contenders.

By 1989, Meryl Streep had graced the silver screen in 15 motion pictures. Thirteen of these were dramas, with the exceptions being “Manhattan” (1979), in which Streep had a small supporting role, and “Heartburn” (1986), a critical and financial failure. So, it was about time that Streep at last scored a leading role in a successful comedy.

She-Devil” (1989) found Streep in the broadest, loosest form of her career. Portraying flamboyant romantic novelist Mary Fisher, opposite Roseanne Barr, Streep herself garnered positive notices but the picture flopped even harder than “Heartburn,” spending one week in the box office top 10.

Her follow-up to “She-Devil” had shades of “Heartburn” on paper.
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Meryl Streep in ‘Ironweed’: A look back at her seventh Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome

Meryl Streep in ‘Ironweed’: A look back at her seventh Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome
This article marks Part 7 of the 21-part Gold Derby series analyzing Meryl Streep at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at Meryl Streep’s nominations, the performances that competed with her, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the contenders.

On paper, “Heartburn” (1986) had the sound of a surefire smash. The picture reunited the talented trio from “Silkwood” (1983) – leading lady Meryl Streep, director Mike Nichols and screenwriter Nora Ephron. Production on the film hit a snag early on, as Nichols, seeing no magic between he and Streep, fired leading man Mandy Patinkin after mere days of shooting. Things would presumably still be A-ok, however, if not better, considering Patinkin’s replacement was none other than Jack Nicholson, hot as ever with his Academy Awards victory for “Terms of Endearment” (1983) and success the year prior with “Prizzi’s Honor” (1985).

That summer, “Heartburn” hit theaters to reviews
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Meryl Streep in ‘Silkwood’: A look back at her fifth Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome

Meryl Streep in ‘Silkwood’: A look back at her fifth Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome
This article marks Part 5 of the 21-part Gold Derby series analyzing Meryl Streep at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at Meryl Streep’s nominations, the performances that competed with her, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the contenders.

In her first eight appearances on the big screen, Meryl Streep portrayed a diverse array of characters, all fictional. In 1983, she at last took on a real-life role, that of the plutonium technician-turned-nuclear safety whistleblower Karen Silkwood in “Silkwood” and was rewarded with an Academy Awards nomination for her efforts.

The project marked Streep’s first of four collaborations with filmmaker Mike Nichols and first of three with screenwriter Nora Ephron.

No one had more riding on the success of “Silkwood” than the picture’s director. After a string of acclaimed box office hits in the late 1960s and early 1970s, including “Who’s Afraid
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The Current Debate: Character Limits in Spielberg's "The Post"

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The main selling point of The Post, Steven Spielberg’s new film about The Washington Post’s involvement in publishing the Pentagon Papers, in 1971, is its topicality: the film was green lit, produced, and released all in 2017, beginning shortly after the Trump presidency. For such a film, it holds up surprisingly well, though contrary to what you might expect, it succeeds least of all as a movie about journalism. Christian Lorentzen elaborates at The New Republic:If the story of a bullying president and an embattled press corps sounds familiar, that’s because Spielberg fast-tracked the script’s production last spring. Casting Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, who have both been vocal critics of the Trump administration, in the lead roles is more than a little on the nose. The historical allegory is neat, and obviousness isn’t a flaw in a protest movie. But as a movie about journalism, The Post substitutes righteousness for suspense,
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Rachel Israel’s Award-Winning “Keep the Change” Acquired by Kino Lorber

“Keep the Change”

Writer-director Rachel Israel’s romantic comedy “Keep the Change” made for quite the directorial debut at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival. In addition to winning Best U.S. Narrative Feature and Best New Narrative Director, the film garnered a Special Jury Mention for the Nora Ephron Prize, which is given annually to a woman writer or director. Now, North American audiences will be able to enjoy the film in various theaters thanks to Kino Lorber’s distribution acquirement.

Based on Israel’s award-winning short, “Keep the Change” follows David Cohen (Brandon Polansky), who is high-functioning autistic, as he falls in love with Sarah (Samantha Elisofon). It is, according to the official press release, a “refreshingly off-kilter story about the ups-and-downs of romantic love — and the rewards of acceptance, self-love, and mutual trust.”

As Israel told Women and Hollywood, the project was inspired by lead actor Brandon
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Tribeca Winner ‘Keep the Change’ Bought by Kino Lorber (Exclusive)

Tribeca Winner ‘Keep the Change’ Bought by Kino Lorber (Exclusive)
Kino Lorber has acquired all North American rights to the romantic comedy “Keep the Change,” written and directed by Rachel Israel, Variety has learned exclusively.

Keep the Change,” starring newcomers Brandon Polansky and Samantha Elisofon, won the Tribeca Film Festival’s awards for Best U.S. narrative feature and best new narrative director last year along with a special mention for the Nora Ephron Prize. At last summer’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, the film won the best debut and Fipresci awards.

Set in New York, the story centers on the struggles by Polansky’s character to come to terms with his own high-functioning autism, when he unexpectedly falls for a quirky and outgoing woman whose lust for life both irks and fascinates him. “Keep the Change” is based on an award-winning short film developed by Israel and Polansky that was inspired by Polansky’s experiences at Adaptations, a community for adults on the autism spectrum
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‘The Post’ at Palm Springs Film Festival 2018: Conversation with Director, Stars, Writers &…

‘The Post’ at Palm Springs Film Festival 2018: Conversation with Director, Stars, Writers &…
‘The Post’ at Palm Springs Film Festival 2018: Conversation with Director, Stars, Writers & ProducersPalm Springs International Film Festival kicks off the New Year with the most astounding stellar attendees, making their public appearances before the Academy announces its Oscar nominees.Steven Spielberg on the Red Carpet, Psiff

Opening Night film The Post included a conversation with Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, producers Amy Pascal and Kristie Macosko Krieger and screenwriters Liz Hannah and Josh Singer. It was a friendly, open and interesting discussion led by Psiff Artistic Director Michael Lerman.

Producers Amy Pascal an Kristie Macosko Krieger with Michael Lerner

How fascinating to learn that this was Liz Hannah’s first screenplay and that even though she did not have an agent, one enterprising executive at Dreamworks/ Amblin put it on the desk of Amy Pascal who read it in a day and sealed a deal to produce it by that very night.
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Mindy Kaling Shows Off Pink Nails and Jokes She’s Had a ‘Busy Week’ After Welcoming Daughter

Mindy Kaling Shows Off Pink Nails and Jokes She’s Had a ‘Busy Week’ After Welcoming Daughter
Mindy Kaling’s had a busy week — but not so busy that she doesn’t have time to crack a joke.

The Mindy Project creator and star who welcomed her first child — a girl named Katherine Swati Kaling — on Friday, downplayed her momentous week on Instagram as she explained why she couldn’t host her usual holiday dinner this year.

“I usually do a holiday dinner with the young women that work with me but I’ve had a busy week!” the 38-year-old wrote on social media, showing off her pink nails alongside a dinner menu of the Nora Ephron
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Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller Named Exec VPs of HBO Doc and Family

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Sheila Nevins is leaving HBO Documentary in good hands. A press release has announced that Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller have been promoted to executive vice presidents of HBO Documentary and Family Programming. The pair are currently senior VPs of HBO Doc and Family and oversee development, production, and acquisition content.

“With Nancy and Lisa leading a stellar team, there will be a continued commitment to the excellence that was a hallmark of Sheila’s tenure,” stated HBO programming prez Casey Bloys. “Our viewers can look forward to a compelling slate of programming.”

Abraham was hired to HBO’s documentary division in 1995 and became VP of Doc Programming in 1998. She has been a senior VP since 2009. The winner of six Emmys, Abraham has produced projects such as “The Loving Story,” “Manhunt: The Inside Story of the Hunt for Bin Laden,” and ” “Ghosts of Abu Ghraib.
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Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller Will Take Over for Sheila Nevins as HBO Documentary Co-Heads

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Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller Will Take Over for Sheila Nevins as HBO Documentary Co-Heads
When Sheila Nevins concludes her nearly four-decade HBO tenure in March, the network announced December 19 that her successors will be Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller, newly-named executive vice presidents of its Documentary and Family Programming division.

Read More:Sheila Nevins’ 5 Rules for Getting Ahead in a Man’s World

“With Nancy and Lisa leading a stellar team, there will be a continued commitment to the excellence that was a hallmark of Sheila’s tenure,” said HBO programming president Casey Bloys in a statement. Nevins — winner of a record 32 Primetime Emmys for producing more than 1,000 HBO non-fiction features — revealed her impending departure three days ago in an interview with The New York TimesMaureen Dowd.

Abraham and Heller were previously senior vice presidents of documentary programming, positions they respectively held since 2009 and 2012. Combined, they too have spent almost 40 years working for the HBO subset behind Oscar victors like “Chernobyl Heart,” “Citizenfour,” and “Saving Face.
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Meryl Streep Has the Best Comeback to Tom Hanks' "High Maintenance" Remark

Meryl Streep Has the Best Comeback to Tom Hanks'
Meryl Streep had quite the comeback for her co-star Tom Hanks. While attending The Post premiere in Washington D.C., Streep addressed the joke the actor recently made about her being "high maintenance." "Just check the amount of time he took in hair and makeup and how much I did, and you'll find out who's high maintenance," she jokingly said with a smile. The three-time Oscar winner also dropped a little trivia about the phrase and its relation to the film. "By the way, the movie is dedicated to Nora Ephron, who claims that phrase—high maintenance—as her own," she said. Ephron was a screenwriter for When Harry Met Sally…. At...
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Anne Thompson’s Top 12 Films of 2017, Including Five Directed By Women

Anne Thompson’s Top 12 Films of 2017, Including Five Directed By Women
Track my film passions of the past year and the result is this list. These are the films that wowed and moved me, that turned me into a rabid champion, that gave me hope that brilliant cinematic storytelling — and a rebel spirit — is alive and well. It turned out to be a strong year for women directors (five), romances (three), World War II dramas (two), Angelina Jolie movies (two), animation (one), and documentaries (one).

See More:The Best Movies of 2017, According to IndieWire Critic Eric Kohn 12. “The Breadwinner” (GKids)

Directed by Nora Twomey of Cartoon Saloon (“The Secret of Kells”) and executive produced by Angelina Jolie, Irish-Canadian “The Breadwinner” is based on Deborah Ellis’s Ya novel about 11-year-old Parvana (voiced by Canadian actress Saara Chaudry), a strong-willed Afghan girl who disguises herself as a boy in order to provide for her family and save her father under threat from the Taliban.
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Anne Thompson’s Top 12 Films of 2017, Including Five Directed By Women

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Anne Thompson’s Top 12 Films of 2017, Including Five Directed By Women
Track my film passions of the past year and the result is this list. These are the films that wowed and moved me, that turned me into a rabid champion, that gave me hope that brilliant cinematic storytelling — and a rebel spirit — is alive and well. It turned out to be a strong year for women directors (five), romances (three), World War II dramas (two), Angelina Jolie movies (two), animation (one), and documentaries (one).

See More:The Best Movies of 2017, According to IndieWire Critic Eric Kohn 12. “The Breadwinner” (GKids)

Directed by Nora Twomey of Cartoon Saloon (“The Secret of Kells”) and executive produced by Angelina Jolie, Irish-Canadian “The Breadwinner” is based on Deborah Ellis’s Ya novel about 11-year-old Parvana (voiced by Canadian actress Saara Chaudry), a strong-willed Afghan girl who disguises herself as a boy in order to provide for her family and save her father under threat from the Taliban.
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Oscars: Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Post’ Arrives With the Zeitgeist in Its Sights

Oscars: Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Post’ Arrives With the Zeitgeist in Its Sights
When producer Amy Pascal first acquired Liz Hannah’s spec script “The Post” she thought, “Hillary Clinton is going to win [the presidency], so this will be perfect,” the former Sony Pictures head said at the film’s first west coast screening on Sunday night. “It was the story of a woman finding her voice, and an entire country finding its voice.”

Last year’s election, of course, went in another direction, but it was still an important theme to explore, perhaps more important than ever.

Alongside members of the film’s cast and crew, Pascal was speaking to an audience of Academy, guild, and press members who filled Fox’s Darryl F. Zanuck Theater for a look at director Steven Spielberg’s latest effort, one of the awards season’s most anticipated releases. It also screened in New York on Sunday, with Spielberg and key players Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep among those in attendance.

The film, which
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Steven Spielberg’s Pentagon Papers Drama ‘The Post’ Earns Standing Ovation After First Screening

Steven Spielberg’s Pentagon Papers Drama ‘The Post’ Earns Standing Ovation After First Screening
Even Steven Spielberg can’t escape the allure of timely story. Just nine months after getting Liz Hannah’s spec script — and mere days after actually completing the final film — Spielberg’s fast-tracked Pentagon Papers drama “The Post” launched its first screening last night in New York City. The film was greeted with an extended standing ovation, one surely egged on by both admiration for the film and for the big stars on display at a post-screening panel, including Spielberg and his stars Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Bob Odenkirk, and Matthew Rhys.

The film follows Streep as Washington Post publisher Kay Graham and Hanks as editor Ben Bradlee, as the paper and its journalists attempt to declassify the so-called Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War. It’s an eerily timely story, one about the urgent need for good journalism, what happens when the government attempts to hide its misdeeds, and the ultimate value of truth.
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