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What Scares David Fincher Most About Directing a Star Wars Movie?

5 hours ago | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Can you imagine what a David Fincher Star Wars movie would look like? It turns out, Lucasfilm wanted to know, but it's never going to happen. That's right, David Fincher did indeed meet with Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy at one point about directing a Star Wars movie, but he passed on the opportunity because it scared him. Here's what he had to say about it.

"No, I talked to [producer Kathleen Kennedy] about that and look, it's a plum assignment. I don't know what's worse: being George Lucas on the set of the first one where everyone's going, 'Alderaan? What the hell is this?' Where everyone's making fun, but I can't imagine the kind of intestinal fortitude one has to have following up the success of these last two. That's a whole other level. One is that you have to endure the withering abuse of Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, and the »

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David Fincher Discusses The High Expectations Of Directing A ‘Star Wars’ Movie

10 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Before Kathleen Kennedy and co. hired J.J. Abrams to direct “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the movie was one of the hottest gigs in town. Many names circled and were rumored for the job, and David Fincher was among those tossed into the mix. Going to a galaxy far, far away wasn’t a stretch for the filmmaker, who in 1983, was hired by Industrial Light & Magic as an assistant cameraman and matte photographer, and worked on a little movie called “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi.” Obviously, Fincher didn’t direct ‘The Force Awakens,’ but he’s got a fascinating perspective on what it means for a filmmaker to step into that world.

Continue reading David Fincher Discusses The High Expectations Of Directing A ‘Star Wars’ Movie at The Playlist. »

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Laura Dern Reveals She Was Sexually Harassed at Age 14

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Laura Dern has come forward with her own story of sexual harassment.

During an appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show on Wednesday, the Big Little Lies actress explained that her mother, actress Diane Ladd, helped her realize she had experienced sexual harassment and assault when she was just 14.

Dern, who had just attended Elle’s Women in Hollywood Awards — where both Jennifer Lawrence and Reese Witherspoon told powerful stories of their own experiences with sexual harassment throughout their careers — said that “a very interesting thing happened this morning, which was I woke up and I realized that in that space, »

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Laura Dern Reveals Her Sexual Harassment Experience in Hollywood: I Thought I Was 'One of the Lucky Ones'

18 October 2017 5:05 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Laura Dern says she thought she was "one of the lucky ones." 

During a Wednesday appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the 50-year-old actress opened up about being honored at Elle's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration, and the important conversation about sexual harassment that occurred at the event. 

"A very interesting thing happened this morning, which was I woke up and I realized that in that space, I talked about how I was one of the lucky ones because I was raised by actors who told me their stories and told me what to look out for, and I realized that I was still justifying behavior," Dern told DeGeneres. "It was my mom who said, 'No, no, no, Laura. That was sexual assault. That was harassment, that was assault. No, you were 14 then.'"

"You realize how, in our culture, we have justifying and therefore even condoned behavior as though it's the norm," she continued. "And I »

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Quote of the Day: Ava DuVernay Urges Intersectional Approach to Protecting Women in Hollywood

18 October 2017 1:01 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

DuVernay: Democracy Now!/YouTube

Like Kathleen Kennedy and Reese Witherspoon, Ava DuVernay used her appearance at Elle’s recent Women in Hollywood Event to discuss Hollywood’s misogyny in light of the revelations about serial predator Harvey Weinstein. As she introduced event honoree Tessa Thompson (“Selma,” “Westworld”), DuVernay took a moment to stress that all women need to be protected from the sexual harassment and abuse that runs rampant in the industry — including women of color and those who identify as Lgbtq.

“I bring up color in regards to Tessa because it is important. Her identity in this industry isn’t only woman, it is one of color,” DuVernay observed in her speech. “This invites a particular gaze, a particular way of being seen, a particular way of seeing yourself.”

As DuVernay pointed out, non-white and queer women in Hollywood face that ever-present double bind: their race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation makes them a target, as does their gender. “For…women like me and many others, that protection of our womenhood isn’t enough, because we’re not only women. We’re black. We’re brown. We are native. We are Asian. We are Muslim. We are queer. We are many things that deserve safe spaces and protection,” she explained.

If Hollywood will ever truly change its treatment of women, it will need a united, intersectional push. “We can take this moment and enter in with focus. Harvey, sexual harassment, all of that’s deserving of our focus and attention,” DuVernay said. “But, we come in here with focus and ferocity and fever, with an intention that says, until all women are safe, until we take an intersectional approach to safeguard within this industry, that we are not truly living up to the movement.”

Finally, DuVernay warned of prioritizing any “-ism” over another in the fight to reform the film industry. “We don’t have time to work on these -isms one by one,” she condluded. “Triggered by trauma and outrage, we should be outraged by all of it all of the time. Until we are all safe, no one is safe.”

DuVernay is a writer, director, producer, the founder of film collective Array, and the first woman of color to helm a $100 million feature. The Oscar-nominated doc “13th,” “Selma,” “Middle of Nowhere,” “I Will Follow,” “Scandal,” and the highly-anticipated “A Wrinkle in Time” are among her directing credits. DuVernay created the Own family drama “Queen Sugar” with Oprah Winfrey. It is currently in its second season. She’s also working on a Netflix miniseries about the Central Park Five and a TV adaptation of Octavia Butler’s “Dawn.”

You can read DuVernay’s entire Women in Hollywood Event speech over at Elle.

Quote of the Day: Ava DuVernay Urges Intersectional Approach to Protecting Women in Hollywood was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

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‘Star Wars’ Han Solo Movie Title Announced

17 October 2017 9:23 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The “Star Wars” Han Solo spinoff has finally been titled: “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”

Director Ron Howard announced the news in a video on Twitter on Tuesday morning. Howard also revealed that they just wrapped production on the movie.

“Hey #Twitterville, we just wrapped production so here’s a special message #StarWars,” he wrote.

Hey #Twitterville we just wrapped production so here's a special message #StarWars pic.twitter.com/8QJqN5BGxr

Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) October 17, 2017

The film follows the young Han Solo — a 20-something version of Harrison Ford’s character — and Chewbacca’s adventures before joining the Rebellion, including their encounters with Lando Calrissian.

Howard took over as director in August after the movie’s original helmers, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, were fired, after clashing with Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy and co-writer/executive producer Lawrence Kasdan.

“It was a culture clash from day one,” a source told Variety at the time. “She didn’t »

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Kathleen Kennedy Calls for Zero Tolerance Policy in Response to Weinstein Abuse Allegations

17 October 2017 8:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Kennedy: lucasfilm.com

Lucasfilm prez and producer Kathleen Kennedy delivered the keynote speech at Elle’s Women in Hollywood Event last night and used her platform to acknowledge — and condemn — the elephant in the room. “A demand is growing for action to prevent further civil and human rights abuses in the future,” she observed, per The Hollywood Reporter. Kennedy added that “increased awareness of the belittlement, objectification, and predation long-endured by women who work in film will certainly be one result of the exposure of what Harvey Weinstein did.”

In addition to voicing her support for the women who have come forward and shared their stories about Weinstein, Kennedy stressed that “predators must come to feel they can’t count on power or wealth or fame to shield them.”

The “Star Wars” producer outlined several tactics Hollywood should adopt to combat its culture of abuse. She recommended “zero tolerance policies for abusive behavior, and a secure, reliable, unimpeachable system in which victims of abuse can report what’s happened to them with a confident expectation that action will be taken, without placing their employment, reputations, and careers at risk.”

Kennedy also suggested that individuals from all professional walks of life come together to create a commission “charged with the task of developing new, industry-wide protections against sexual harassment and abuse.” Her vision would see feminist activists, labor and management representatives, law experts, activists, sociologists, psychologists, and film and TV execs join forces to overhaul Hollywood’s current system of addressing misogyny — which usually involves turning a blind eye.

“The commission should be fully funded by our industry in order to address the task at hand in a thoroughgoing, comprehensive fashion,” Kennedy continued. “The goal of this commission would be to transform our industry in regards to sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace.”

In her own speech, Women in Hollywood honoree Jennifer Lawrence endorsed Kennedy’s idea. “If we build this commission, this community of support where anyone can come to us and ask questions, I will give my all to it,” the Oscar winner stated.

Kennedy has received eight Academy Award nominations throughout her career, and has produced over 90 projects, including “Persepolis,” “Jurassic Park,” “Back to the Future,” and “Schindler’s List.” One of Kennedy’s upcoming credits is the much-anticipated follow-up to 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “The Last Jedi.” The Daisy Ridley-led sequel hits theaters December 15.

You can read Kennedy’s entire Women in Hollywood speech over at THR.

Kathleen Kennedy Calls for Zero Tolerance Policy in Response to Weinstein Abuse Allegations was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

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‘Star Wars’ Producer Proposes Hollywood Commission, ‘Zero Tolerance’ for Harassment

17 October 2017 6:18 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

In the wake of mounting accusations against disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, “Star Wars” producer Kathleen Kennedy has called for the creation of a movie-industry commission to create “protections against sexual harassment and abuse.” The Lucasfilm president shared her idea Monday night during Elle’s Women in Hollywood event. Kennedy, a member of the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, said she had asked the Oscar-giving organization “to take the first steps toward creating” an industry-wide commission to establish and enforce new rules of behavior. “I reject the idea that misogyny is the true heart of this. »

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See All the Stars Arriving to the 2017 Elle Women in Hollywood Awards

16 October 2017 7:25 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Girl power is alive and well!  Elle magazine hosts it annual Women in Hollywood Awards tonight, where some of the biggest names in the biz have gathered to raise a toast to female achievement in entertainment.  Earlier this month, Elle introduced the 2017 honorees with eight separate editions of the Women in Hollywood issue. Jennifer Lawrence, Margot Robbie, Laura Dern, Tessa Thompson, Jessica Chastain, Cicely Tyson, Riley Keough and Kathleen Kennedy posed for their individual covers, inside addressing issues such as gender inequality, media representation and career development.  As Chastain put it, "For me, it's for finding and creating opportunities for women and »

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John Oliver Criticizes Academy for Keeping Bill Cosby, Roman Polanski After Expelling Harvey Weinstein

15 October 2017 9:54 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

John Oliver says it's not enough for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to expel Harvey Weinstein from its ranks.

The Academy's 54-member board of governors — which includes such Hollywood luminaries as Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg and Kathleen Kennedy — held an emergency meeting Saturday at the organization's Beverly Hills headquarters and voted to strip away Weinstein’s lifetime membership.

Following the meeting, the Academy issued a statement saying the board had voted "to immediately expel him from the Academy. We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect »

- Kimberly Nordyke

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John Oliver Criticizes Academy for Keeping Bill Cosby, Roman Polanski After Expelling Harvey Weinstein

15 October 2017 9:54 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

John Oliver says it's not enough for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to expel Harvey Weinstein from its ranks.

The Academy's 54-member board of governors — which includes such Hollywood luminaries as Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg and Kathleen Kennedy — held an emergency meeting Saturday at the organization's Beverly Hills headquarters and voted to strip away Weinstein’s lifetime membership.

Following the meeting, the Academy issued a statement saying the board had voted "to immediately expel him from the Academy. We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect »

- Kimberly Nordyke

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Harvey Weinstein Expelled From Motion Picture Academy

14 October 2017 2:28 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Harvey Weinstein has been expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 

During an emergency meeting on Saturday, the Academy's Board of Governors decided to remove him from the Academy, explaining in a statement to Et that Weinstein "does not merit the respect of his colleagues" after the claims of sexual harassment and assault leveled against him in the past week.

"The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors met today to discuss the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, and has voted well in excess of the required two-thirds majority to immediately expel him from the Academy. We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over," the statement read. "What’s at issue »

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Harvey Weinstein Kicked Out of Academy Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

14 October 2017 2:04 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

The board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has voted to strip Harvey Weinstein of his lifetime membership amid recent sexual assault and harassment allegations against him. The disgraced producer, who had won an Oscar for Best Picture for producing Shakespeare in Love in 1999, has not commented on the decision. The 54-member board, which includes the likes of Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg and producer Kathleen Kennedy, had held their vote during an emergency meeting on Saturday. The decision to revoke Weinstein's membership was made later that day. "The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors met »

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The Academy Expels Harvey Weinstein, Breaking with Tradition

14 October 2017 1:18 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences met Saturday morning for more than two hours to determine whether or not Harvey Weinstein should remain a member of the Tiffany organization that exists to promote the art of motion pictures. This breaks with tradition, as in 90 years the Academy has only revoked membership once, for a movie pirate who broke its rules.

Here’s their statement on expelling Weinstein forthwith:

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors met today to discuss the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, and has voted well in excess of the required two-thirds majority to immediately expel him from the Academy. We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory »

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The Academy Expels Harvey Weinstein, Breaking with Tradition

14 October 2017 1:18 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences met Saturday morning for more than two hours to determine whether or not Harvey Weinstein should remain a member of the Tiffany organization that exists to promote the art of motion pictures. This breaks with tradition, as in 90 years the Academy has only revoked membership once, for a movie pirate who broke its rules.

Here’s their statement on expelling Weinstein forthwith:

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors met today to discuss the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, and has voted well in excess of the required two-thirds majority to immediately expel him from the Academy. We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory »

- Anne Thompson

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As the Academy Debates Harvey Weinstein, Much Rides in the Balance

14 October 2017 11:51 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences called an urgent board of governors meeting Saturday to decide what to do about one of their most storied members, Harvey Weinstein, who perhaps more than anyone in Hollywood today is identified with the Oscars.

This week the Weinstein Company’s ousted co-owner landed on the cover of Time Magazine after revelations in the New York Times, The New Yorker and beyond about his 30-odd years of bad behavior as an alleged sexual predator, abuser, harasser and rapist. His own brother Bob has gone on the record calling him “sick and depraved.” 

While the London and New York police departments have opened up cases on Harvey Weinstein, he has yet to be arrested, charged, or indicted. The Producers Guild of America postponed a recent meeting to give them privacy in their deliberations over his ongoing membership. BAFTA suspended him. UK politicians urged »

- Anne Thompson

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As the Academy Debates Harvey Weinstein, Much Rides in the Balance

14 October 2017 11:51 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences called an urgent board of governors meeting Saturday to decide what to do about one of their most storied members, Harvey Weinstein, who perhaps more than anyone in Hollywood today is identified with the Oscars.

This week the Weinstein Company’s ousted co-owner landed on the cover of Time Magazine after revelations in the New York Times, The New Yorker and beyond about his 30-odd years of bad behavior as an alleged sexual predator, abuser, harasser and rapist. His own brother Bob has gone on the record calling him “sick and depraved.” 

While the London and New York police departments have opened up cases on Harvey Weinstein, he has yet to be arrested, charged, or indicted. The Producers Guild of America postponed a recent meeting to give them privacy in their deliberations over his ongoing membership. BAFTA suspended him. UK politicians urged »

- Anne Thompson

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Is Rey a Palpatine or Kenobi in The Last Jedi?

14 October 2017 10:42 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The final trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi sent the internet into a bonafide tizzy. Fans were apoplectic at the scene where Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), flying his bad-assed Tie Interceptor, seems to target his mother, Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) on her ship. Then at the trailer's culmination, the idea that Rey (Daisy Ridley), in a quest to find her place in the madness, would entertain following Kylo Ren. These are all misdirects meant to whip up fan fervor. It's obvious from the quick cut edit that the last scene takes place in two different settings. Lucasfilm is all about clever marketing. Just as in the trailer for The Force Awakens, nothing from the actual film was given away. Besides, Star Wars fans would march on Lucasfilm with sharpened plastic lightsabers if Kylo Ren killed Han Solo and Princess Leia. He may have targeted her, but there isn't a »

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Academy Expels Harvey Weinstein

14 October 2017 10:11 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has expelled disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein from its ranks.

The Academy’s 54-member board of governors — which includes such Hollywood luminaries as Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg and Kathleen Kennedy — held an emergency meeting at the organization’s Beverly Hills headquarters today and voted to strip away Weinstein’s lifetime membership.

Following the meeting, the Academy issued a statement saying the board had voted "to immediately expel him from the Academy. We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also »

- Gregg Kilday

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"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" - More New Footage

12 October 2017 10:03 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek more new footage, plus images from director Rian Johnson's "Star Wars: The Last Jedi", the sequel to "Star Wars: The Force Awakens":

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" aka "Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi"...

...is the second film in Disney's "Star Wars" sequel trilogy...

...following "Star Wars: The Force Awakens "(2015). 

The film is produced by Lucasfilm...

...and will be distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" was announced after Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm, October 2012...

...arranged by Ram Bergman and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.

John Williams, composer for the previous seven films, returns to compose the score. 

Cast includes Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley...

...John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson...

...Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis...

...Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern and Kelly Marie Tran.

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi", opens December 15, 2017.

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- Michael Stevens

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