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Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton’s “Battle of the Sexes” Set as American Express Gala at BFI…

15 August 2017 8:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton’s “Battle of the Sexes” Set as American Express Gala at BFI London Film Fest“Battle of the Sexes”: Melinda Sue Gordon/Fox Searchlight

The BFI London Film Festival will be hosting the “Battle of the Sexes.” Deadline confirms that Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton’s biopic about the famous Billie Jean King v. Bobby Riggs tennis match will make its European premiere as the fest’s American Express Gala on October 7. The directors, stars Emma Stone, Andrea Riseborough, and Elisabeth Shue, and Billie Jean King herself are expected to attend the event at London’s Odeon Leicester Square.

Battle of the Sexes” presents the historic 1973 tennis match between upcoming star King (Stone) and self-proclaimed sexist Riggs (Steve Carell) — a much-hyped game that would be nicknamed the “the Battle of the Sexes.” The 29-year-old King handily defeated the 55-year-old Riggs in one of the most-watched sports events of all time. King v. Riggs would become a cultural shorthand for women’s rights, especially as they pertain to sports.

In a recent interview with Marie Claire, Stone described playing King as a “game changer.” The Oscar-winning “La La Land” star explained, “I am very nervous to communicate my opinions a lot of the time, especially publicly…[Billie] is so direct and confident in the way that she communicates what she believes is right.” Stone observed, “To be able to step into that was a pretty powerful experience. It’s something that I still don’t feel entirely comfortable with, but it was also one of the great parts about playing her.”

Battle of the Sexes” opens September 22 in the U.S. and November 24 in the UK. The BFI London Film Festival will be held October 4–15.

Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton’s “Battle of the Sexes” Set as American Express Gala at BFI… 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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Quote of the Day: Playing Billie Jean King Was a “Game Changer” for Emma Stone

9 August 2017 11:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Emma Stone as Billie Jean King in “Battle of the Sexes”

Representation matters, and not just for audiences. Emma Stone described playing tennis pro Billie Jean King as a “game changer” in a new interview with Marie Claire. She portrays the trailblazing athlete and outspoken advocate of gender equality in Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton’s upcoming “Battle of the Sexes.”

The Oscar-winning “La La Land” star explained, “I am very nervous to communicate my opinions a lot of the time, especially publicly…[Billie] is so direct and confident in the way that she communicates what she believes is right,” she observed. “To be able to step into that was a pretty powerful experience. It’s something that I still don’t feel entirely comfortable with, but it was also one of the great parts about playing her.”

As important as it is for audiences to see nuanced, empowered women onscreen, Stone’s admission illustrates how much of an impact these characters can make on the women who play them.

The “Birdman” actress recently spoke out about the importance of male allies in the fight for equal pay — and it’s possible she was confident enough to do so because of the lessons she learned from portraying King. “In my career so far, I’ve needed my male co-stars to take a pay cut so that I may have parity with them. And that’s something they do for me because they feel it’s what’s right and fair,” she revealed. “That’s something that’s also not discussed, necessarily — that our getting equal pay is going to require people to selflessly say, ‘That’s what’s fair.’ If my male co-star, who has a higher quote than me but believes we are equal, takes a pay cut so that I can match him, that changes my quote in the future and changes my life.”

“Battle of the Sexes” is based on the true story of King v. Bobby Riggs, the much-hyped 1973 tennis match — also known as “the Battle of the Sexes” — that became a cultural shorthand for women’s rights, especially as they pertain to sports. The comedy bows September 22.

Quote of the Day: Playing Billie Jean King Was a “Game Changer” for Emma Stone 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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Quote of the Day: Emma Stone on the Importance of Male Allies in Fighting the Pay Gap

7 July 2017 8:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Emma Stone in “La La Land

Something that’s often missing from conversations about feminism and pay parity for women is, well, guys. While men should definitely not dictate the gender pay gap dialogue, their support is needed if we’re ever going to attain true equality. Oscar winner Emma Stone seems to agree with that: She recently spoke to Out Magazine about her own experiences with Hollywood’s pay gap and how male co-stars have supported her in her fight for parity.

“In my career so far, I’ve needed my male co-stars to take a pay cut so that I may have parity with them. And that’s something they do for me because they feel it’s what’s right and fair,” the “La La Land” actress revealed. “That’s something that’s also not discussed, necessarily — that our getting equal pay is going to require people to selflessly say, ‘That’s what’s fair.’ If my male co-star, who has a higher quote than me but believes we are equal, takes a pay cut so that I can match him, that changes my quote in the future and changes my life.”

Stone is right: This is definitely not something we hear about too often. Most dudes are against sexism in theory — some even call themselves feminists. But not many are willing to actually sacrifice a portion of their paycheck to ensure women are being treated fairly.

“[Feminism is] not about, ‘Women are this and men are that,’” Stone continued. “It is, ‘We are all the same, we are all equal, we all deserve the same respect and the same rights.’ And that’s really what I’ve been so grateful for with male co-stars — when I’ve been in a similar-size role in films, and it’s been multiple people who have been really incredible and said, ‘That’s what I want to do. That’s what’s fair and what’s right.’”

Stone won an Academy Award this year for playing struggling actress Mia in the musical “La La Land.” As she accepted the honor, she paid tribute to her fellow nominees. “To the women in this category — Natalie [Portman], Isabelle [Huppert], Meryl [Streep], Ruth [Negga] — you are all so extraordinary, and I look up to you, and I admire you more than I can put into words,” she said. “It has been the greatest honor just to stand alongside you: that is the greatest honor of all.”

You can catch Stone next as pro tennis player and women’s rights icon Billie Jean King in Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton’s “Battle of the Sexes.” The biopic tells the story of the historic tennis match between King and Bobby Riggs. It hits theaters September 22.

Head over to Out to read the rest of Stone’s interview. She joins her “Battle of the Sexes” co-star Andrea Riseborough and the real-life Billie Jean King to discuss the film, feminism, and the parallels between King v. Riggs and Clinton v. Trump.

Quote of the Day: Emma Stone on the Importance of Male Allies in Fighting the Pay Gap 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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Trailer Watch: Emma Stone Tackles Sexism on the Tennis Court in “Battle of the Sexes”

16 May 2017 12:01 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Battle of the Sexes

“I had a great idea,” Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) tells Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) over the phone in the new trailer for “Battle of the Sexes.” “‘Male Chauvinist Pig versus Hairy-Legged Feminist.’ You’re still a feminist, right?” Completely over it, Billie Jean replies, “I’m a tennis player who happens to be a woman.”

“By the way, I shave my legs,” she informs the self-proclaimed sexist before hanging up on him.

Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton’s (“Little Miss Sunshine”) upcoming comedy is based on the true story of King v. Riggs, the much-hyped 1973 tennis match — also known as “the Battle of the Sexes” — that became a cultural shorthand for women’s rights, especially as they pertain to sports.

The footage gives us glimpses of Riggs’ obnoxious behavior, Billie Jean’s burgeoning romance with Marilyn Barnett (Andrea Riseborough, “Birdman”), and some good old-fashioned shit-talking between the opponents. “Keep talking, Bobby,” Billie Jean laughs during a press conference. “The more nonsense you spout, the worse it’s gonna be when you lose.”

Written by Simon Beaufoy (“127 Hours”) and co-starring Sarah Silverman, Elisabeth Shue, and Alan Cumming, “Battle of the Sexes” hits theaters September 22. Check out its trailer and poster below.

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Trailer Watch: Emma Stone Tackles Sexism on the Tennis Court in “Battle of the Sexes” 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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