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Words of Wisdom From Oprah Winfrey, Backstage at Golden Globes

Words of Wisdom From Oprah Winfrey, Backstage at Golden Globes
Oprah Winfrey had plenty of wisdom to dispense when she came backstage Sunday night at the Golden Globes after receiving the Cecil B. DeMille award for life achievement from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Here are five things Winfrey said while reflecting on her historic recognition as the first African-American woman to be handed the DeMille kudo.

1. Oprah’s greatest lesson came from her friend and mentor Maya Angelou. “She said ‘Baby you need to know when people show you who they are that you believe them the first time.”

2. She had a tip for how to make it in showbiz, or any vocation, for that matter. “Do the work that comes straight from the soul of you,” she said. For those in the business of storytelling, that means taking on “the stories that you not just yearn to tell, but if you don’t tell them, they don’t get told.”

3. Moreover, “the key
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Catt Sadler Says She Doesn't Blame Co-Host Jason Kennedy Amid E! News Earnings Dispute

Upon learning that she was being paid half of what her E! News co-host Jason Kennedy earns, Catt Sadler was heartbroken.

“It was a shock. And it’s almost insulting because you know you work really hard. I’m a single mom of two kids, I’ve given my all to this network, I’ve sacrificed time away from my family and I have dedicated my entire career to this network,” Sadler, 43, tells People. “And when you learn something like that, it makes you feel very small and underappreciated and undervalued. It’s heartbreaking.”

This year, Sadler’s contract was
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Jennifer Lawrence Supports Catt Sadler's Decision to Part Ways with E! News Over Gender Pay Gap

Jennifer Lawrence Supports Catt Sadler's Decision to Part Ways with E! News Over Gender Pay Gap
Jennifer Lawrence is defending Catt Sadler’s decision to leave E! News after she found out her male co-host Jason Kennedy was making “double” her salary.

The Oscar-winning actress took to Facebook on Wednesday to repost Sadler’s statement in full, praising the single mother of two for making the difficult choice.

“Thank you Catt for sharing your story,” wrote Lawrence, 27, who admitted during an interview in September that she gets “a little nervous” when she sees Sadler because she watches her “so much” on E!

After almost 12 years at the network, the longtime host said farewell to E! on
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Jessica Chastain Supports Catt Sadler for Leaving E! News Over Pay Inequality

Jessica Chastain Supports Catt Sadler for Leaving E! News Over Pay Inequality
Jessica Chastain is standing by former E! News host Catt Sadler, who told People exclusively on Tuesday she had left the network after learning that her male co-host Jason Kennedy earned “double” her salary and had been “for several years.”

“It’s almost insulting because you know you work really hard,” Sadler, 43, said of the decision to leave her job of nearly 12 years. “I’m a single mom of two kids . I’ve given my all to this network. I’ve sacrificed time away from my family and I have dedicated my entire career to this network. And when you learn something like that,
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Catt Sadler Leaves E! News After Learning Co-Host Jason Kennedy Earns 'Double' Her Salary

Catt Sadler Leaves E! News After Learning Co-Host Jason Kennedy Earns 'Double' Her Salary
After almost 12 years at the network, longtime host Catt Sadler has said goodbye to her “dream job” at E! News — a decision that she says “required a lot of soul-searching.”

“Up until this point, I mean it really has been a dream job. Literally a dream job. I’m from Indiana, born and raised, and I had my sights set on E! and I’ve seen the world. I’ve had the best experiences. I’ve gotten incredibly close with all of my coworkers. It’s like a family here and it’s been beautiful for the majority of my run.
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Film Review: ‘Love Beats Rhymes’

Film Review: ‘Love Beats Rhymes’
Pop star Azealia Banks enters the ring in the rap battle romance “Love Beats Rhymes” veiled in black with a microphone, a dead rose and a coffin. Her character Coco Ford, a struggling New York singer, looks like a witch, and Banks’ fans might shiver remembering that the singer-turned-actress actually is one (last year, she posted a Snapchat video of the bloody closet where she sacrifices chickens). That first image of Banks haunts the film long after director RZA, the head of the Wu-Tang Clan, attempts to exorcise it with an inspirational drama about Coco’s summer-semester poetry class. With a plot as predictable as a haiku, RZA and screenwriter Nicole Jefferson Asher would have done better to embrace the strangeness.

Coco is at a crossroads. Her four-person freestyle group wants a record deal, but the three dudes in the band don’t want to write down lyrics — especially her flaky crush Mahlik (John David Washington of “Ballers
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Michael Buble Announces First Concerts Since Son Noah's Cancer Diagnosis

Michael Buble Announces First Concerts Since Son Noah's Cancer Diagnosis
Michael Bublé is back!

The 42-year-old singer is planning his return to the stage after announcing last November that he was taking a break from music to be there for his 4-year-old son, Noah, who was battling cancer.

Months after Bublé's wife, Lusiana Lopilato, shared at a press conference in Argentina that Noah was doing "well" and that his cancer was in remission, the Grammy winner took to Facebook to notify fans of his upcoming concerts.

Photos: Michael Bublé's Son Noah Celebrates 4th Birthday With Awesome Spider-Man Party

"Excited to announce that Michael will be headlining London’s British Summer Time at Hyde Park BST Hyde Park on [Friday, July 13]," read the announcement. "This will be Michael’s only U.K. show in 2018, so you won't want to miss it."

Michael Buble Hyde Park 7.13.18

Excited to announce that Michael will be headlining London’s British Summer Time at Hyde Park BST Hyde Park on Friday 13th July. This will
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'Supergirl' Star Melissa Benoist Speaks Out Following Ep's Suspension Due to Allegations of Sexual Harassment

'Supergirl' Star Melissa Benoist Speaks Out Following Ep's Suspension Due to Allegations of Sexual Harassment
Supergirl star Melissa Benoist is addressing the ongoing sexual harassment scandals rocking Hollywood, following the recent suspension of Andrew Kreisberg -- executive producer of Supergirl as well as its fellow CW/DC Comics shows Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow -- over multiple reports of sexual harassment and other forms of workplace misconduct.

“I am a woman who leads a show that supports equality and feminism, empowerment, and fighting for what is right," Benoist wrote in a powerful statement she shared to social media on Sunday.

"Sadly, the show and my career are a part of an industry that doesn’t always mirror these sentiments. This is heartbreaking, and at times makes me feel helpless," she continued. "I know I’m not the only one who feels this way."

The actress went on to share that she remains "an optimist," and believes "lasting change is possible."
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Supergirl, Arrow Stars Speak Out in Wake of Exec Producer's Suspension: Victims 'Should Always Be Heard'

Supergirl, Arrow Stars Speak Out in Wake of Exec Producer's Suspension: Victims 'Should Always Be Heard'
Supergirl‘s Melissa Benoist and Chyler Leigh, as well as Arrow‘s Emily Bett Rickards and Legends of Tomorrow‘s Caity Lotz, have spoken out in favor of “changing the norm” that has allowed sexual misconduct to exist unchecked in Hollywood, following allegations against Arrow-verse exec producer Andrew Kreisberg.

RelatedArrow-verse Ep Andrew Kreisberg Suspended by Warner Bros. TV Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

Warner Bros. TV on Friday suspended Kreisberg — who serves as a co-showrunner on Supergirl and The Flash, but also holds an Ep title on Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow — as the studio investigated numerous allegations
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New Awards Season Trailer for Kathryn Bigelow's 'Detroit' Released

"You can shoot me with your words... But just like life, I rise." Annapurna has debuted an extra trailer for Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit, which already opened in theaters in August just a few months ago. The young studio is planning a re-release and strong awards season push, which is why this trailer is arriving now. The film will be back in theaters in 10 cities starting on December 1st. In the meantime, this trailer shows us another side of Detroit that wasn't in the first batch of trailers. The huge cast includes John Boyega, Jack Reynor, Will Poulter, Ben O'Toole, Hannah Murray, Anthony Mackie, Jacob Latimore, Algee Smith, Joseph David-Jones, Kaitlyn Dever, Jason Mitchell, John Krasinski, plus Laz Alonso. The film received great reviews at release, and it's definitely worth catching (if you haven't already seen it). Here's the newest "Still I Rise" trailer for Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit, direct
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Harvard Rescinds Harvey Weinstein's Du Bois Medal

Harvard Rescinds Harvey Weinstein's Du Bois Medal
Harvard University is rescinding a 2014 medal it awarded to Harvey Weinstein for his contributions to African American culture.

The school's Hutchins Center for African and African American Research decided to revoke the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal on Tuesday in light of allegations of sexual abuse against the movie mogul.

Weinstein was given the award in 2014 along with seven others, including Oprah Winfrey and Maya Angelou. It's considered Harvard's highest honor in the field of African and African American Studies.

The center's leaders said they stand with "the women who have courageously come forward" to fight for...
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Troy Gentry’s Helicopter Called for Help After Experiencing Mechanical Problems Prior to Crash

Troy Gentry’s Helicopter Called for Help After Experiencing Mechanical Problems Prior to Crash
The helicopter that crashed in Medford, New Jersey, killing country music star Troy Gentry and the vehicle’s pilot, James Evan Robinson, called for help after experiencing mechanical problems on Friday.

In emergency dispatch audio obtained by TMZ, responders said the the aircraft had been hovering for several minutes waiting for the fire department to arrive before attempting an emergency landing.

The helicopter crashed before responders arrived.

The 50-year-old country star was scheduled to perform with bandmate Eddie Montgomery at the Flying W Airport and Resort in Medford on Friday evening, and the concert was canceled immediately.

“It is with
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Airport Officials Detail Moments Before Troy Gentry’s Death: ‘The Day Started with Such Excitement’

Airport Officials Detail Moments Before Troy Gentry’s Death: ‘The Day Started with Such Excitement’
The airport and concert venue where Montgomery Gentry’s Troy Gentry was killed in a helicopter crash on Friday afternoon is speaking out about the tragedy.

The 50-year-old country star was scheduled to perform with bandmate Eddie Montgomery at the Flying W Airport and Resort in Medford on Friday evening, and the concert was canceled immediately.

“The day started with such excitement as the Montgomery Gentry bus rolled through our gates. The nicest people got off the bus and joined us on the ramp for what we hoped would be the best concert we have ever had. Sadly this was not to be,
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Troy Gentry Was Life of the Party Onstage Days Before Death: ‘Whatever Adventure, He Was Up for It,’ Says Friend

As tributes pour in for Troy Gentry following his tragic death in a helicopter crash, one friend is remembering the Montgomery Gentry singer’s powerful presence both on and off the stage.

“Nobody loved life more than Troy Gentry,” music journalist and author Holly Gleason tells People exclusively. “Whatever adventure, all night party or hardcore hillbilly song, he was up for it.”

Gleason, who did publicity for Gentry and bandmate Eddie Montgomery in the early 2000s, last saw her friend Sunday during the band’s set at the Tequila Bay Country Music Festival in Miami.

“He was on that stage,
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Apply Now for AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women

Dww Faculty Member Patty Jenkins on the set of “Wonder Woman:” Jenkins’ Twitter account

The continuous lack of female directors in Hollywood should come as no surprise. The numbers have, more or less, remained the same over the past 10 years. Slowly but surely, AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women (Dww) is trying to change that. Per its website, Dww is committed to “educating and mentoring female filmmakers to increase the number of [female] directors and showrunners.” This 43-year-old program is now on the lookout for its next class of upcoming women directors.

This year-long intensive program offers guided instruction on a short film or new media project. Dww is open to women with a minimum of three years’ experience, and up to eight projects are accepted each year. The program is tuition-free, but each participant must raise their own project funds.

Participants will receive roughly four months of mentorship with some of Dww’s distinguished faculty. Its list of mentors include, but is not limited to, Patty Jenkins (“Wonder Woman”), Kimberly Peirce (“Boys Don’t Cry”), Jill Soloway (“Transparent”), and Issa Rae (“Insecure”).

The workshop guides participants through the entire filmmaking process, from production to picture-lock to post-production. Projects then are screened in an annual Showcase attended by agents, managers, producers, and executives.

Dww alumnae include Maya Angelou, Anne Bancroft, and Ellen Burstyn.

Applications cost $125 and will be accepted until August 31. Visit AFI’s Dww page to apply for the workshop or to find out more.

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'Whose Streets?' Review: Portrait of Ferguson May Be the Doc of the Year

'Whose Streets?' Review: Portrait of Ferguson May Be the Doc of the Year
You might think for a nanosecond that, after seeing footage of the protests and push-back in Ferguson, Missouri, played in TV-news loops during the back half of 2014, those images might have lost the ability to shock or stun you. And then you bear witness to the scenes of cacophony and chaos in Whose Streets?, the extraordinary documentary by Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis – the tear gas and the tanks and bodies being slammed down on the ground – and your rage starts to play catch-up to the rage emanating from behind the camera.
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J.K. Rowling Apologizes After Wrongfully Accusing Donald Trump Of Ignoring Boy In Wheelchair

It’s no secret that J.K. Rowling doesn’t like U.S. President Donald Trump, and the “Harry Potter” author has taken to Twitter once again to express her disgust. After sharing a video of Trump appearing to ignore a little boy in a wheelchair, Rowling wrote a quote from Maya Angelou, “When someone shows you who they […]
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Interview, Audio: Cindy Caponera, TV Writer for ‘I’m Dying Up Here’

Chicago – One of the great new premium channel TV series, which piggybacked on the “Twin Peaks” return on the Showtime Network, is “I’m Dying Up Here.” Set in the 1970s, it tells the stories of fictional stand up comedians in Los Angeles, and one of the Consulting Producers and series writers is Cindy Caponera.

Ari Graynor as Cassie in ‘I’m Dying Up Here’

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Caponera wrote the latest episode, “Girls Are Funny, Too,” which focused on Cassie (Ari Graynor), as she tries to break new ground in an era where women in comedy had even more obstacles in a man’s show business world. The episode was loose, poignant and funny, and highlighted the excellent cast, which includes Oscar winner Melissa Leo as Goldie, the owner of the club that the stand up comics perform in. Add in Jake Lacy, Al Madrigal, Andrew Santino, Erik Griffin and Rj Cyler,
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Biopic About Civil Rights Activist Fannie Lou Hamer Is in the Works

Fannie Lou Hamer at the 1964 Democratic National Convention: Library of Congress/Warren K. Leffler/Wikimedia Commons

Black women were and are a major force in the fight for civil rights, but it is still so rare for the Hollywood biopic machine to greenlight projects about activists like Anne Moody, Maya Angelou, Amelia Boynton, and Rosa Parks. “Remember the Titans” writer Gregory Allen Howard and the folks at 1492 Pictures have apparently been thinking the same thing themselves since, per Variety, they have put a film about civil rights pioneer Fannie Lou Hamer into development.

Born and raised in Mississippi, Hamer came from a family of sharecroppers. She began helping her family in the fields at age six and left school after the sixth grade to work full-time. As an adult, Hamer helped spearhead the 1962 Freedom Summer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. She was arrested on trumped up charges in 1963 and put in jail, where she was badly beaten and incurred permanent kidney damage.

Hamer made headlines when she spoke as the representative of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party at the 1964 Democratic National Convention. Arguing that the Democrats should recognize her party instead of Mississippi’s segregated Democratic party, Hamer recounted the acts of violence she witnessed while participating in the Civil Rights Movement.

“All of this [violence] is on account of we want to register, to become first-class citizens,” Hamer said. “And if the Freedom Democratic Party is not seated now, I question America. Is this America, the land of the free and the home of the brave, where we have to sleep with our telephones off the hooks because our lives be threatened daily, because we want to live as decent human beings, in America?”

Hamer died of breast cancer in 1977 at age 59.

1492’s Chris Columbus is producing the as-yet untitled Hamer biopic. He is joined by Howard, Jenny Blum, Michael Barnathan, and Mark Radcliffe. No word on the director or cast yet.

Howard also penned the script for the upcoming Harriet Tubman biopic, which he is producing as well. “Harriet” will see Broadway star and Tony winner Cynthia Erivo (“The Color Purple”) play the abolitionist and Underground Railroad conductor. Production on “Harriet” is expected to begin later this year.

Biopic About Civil Rights Activist Fannie Lou Hamer Is in the Works 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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Michael Buble Makes Emotional First Public Appearance Since Son Noah's Cancer Diagnosis

Michael Buble Makes Emotional First Public Appearance Since Son Noah's Cancer Diagnosis
Michael Bublé is thankful for his family every day.

The 41-year-old singer accepted the National Arts Centre Award in Ottawa from the Governor General of Canada on Wednesday, his first public appearance since his 3-year-old son, Noah, was diagnosed with cancer last November. In his heartfelt speech, Bublé thanked his family, and got emotional when describing what they've been through these past few months.

"My entire life has been inspired by how my family has made me feel -- my wife, my children, my parents, my sisters," he said, after reading the Maya Angelou quote, "People will never forget how you made them feel." "There are no words to describe how I feel about you. Sometimes 'I love you' just isn't enough."

Watch: Michael Buble Says Son Noah is 'Progressing Well' During Cancer Treatment in Emotional Message to Fans

The National Arts Centre Award is presented each year "in recognition of recent exceptional work by a performing
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