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Listen: Podcast with “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” Executive Producer Lydia Dean Pilcher

21 April 2017 10:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”

“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” uncovers important history that’s gone largely unwritten. We should all know the name Henrietta Lacks. The African-American tobacco farmer’s cells helped the medical community advance research in cloning, chemotherapy, and in vitro fertilization — but her cells were used without her consent. Told from the perspective of Deborah Lacks (Oprah Winfrey), Henrietta’s daughter, the HBO film explores the story of how Henrietta (Renée Elise Goldsberry, “Hamilton”) changed the world — and the fact that her own family wasn’t even aware of her contributions.

I talked to Lydia Dean Pilcher, who served as executive producer on the project. We discussed why she’s so dedicated to getting female stories out in the world, the effect of The Ms. Factor toolkit, a collaboration between the PGA Women’s Impact Network and Women and Hollywood that makes the case for female-driven content, and her involvement in ReFrame, an initiative from a group of Hollywood powerhouses dedicated to achieving gender parity in the entertainment industry.

“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” premieres on HBO this Saturday, April 22. The film is based on Rebecca Skloot’s 2010 book of the same name.

Listen below via SoundCloud. You can also listen on iTunes here. Please be sure to rate and review the podcast on iTunes.

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Listen: Podcast with “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” Executive Producer Lydia Dean Pilcher 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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George C. Wolfe Hails ‘Brilliant’ Oprah Winfrey at ‘Henrietta Lacks’ Premiere

19 April 2017 6:47 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

At Tuesday premiere of HBO’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” Oprah Winfrey’s cast mates could not say enough about the work experience on the movie and the multi-faceted talents of its star and producer.

“Henrietta Lacks” comes as Winfrey has already stepped up her acting work — in addition to running a cable channel, a magazine and sundry other ventures — with a role in Own’s “Greenleaf” and movies including the upcoming “A Wrinkle in Time” directed by Ava DuVernay.

“Henrietta Lacks” director George C. Wolfe said Winfrey needs to make time for more thespian work. “She needs to do more and more and more and more. She’s brilliant,” Wolfe told Variety before the premiere screening at Manhattan’s Sva Theater.

“Henrietta Lacks” tells the story of an African-American woman who died young and had her cells harvested for years for research that led to astounding breakthroughs in medical science — unbeknownst to her family »

- Cynthia Littleton

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‘Fargo’ and ‘Veep’ are Back, Plus More TV You Must See This Week

16 April 2017 10:16 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Ewan McGregor in ‘Fargo

Two of the best series on television return this week as HBO brings back Veep and FX debuts another season of Fargo. Additionally, there are anticipated fiction and nonfiction shows as well as a new HBO biopic we’re excited about, at the same time we’re set to say goodbye to other favorites, either for the year or forever. To help you keep track of the most important programs over the next seven days, here’s our guide to everything worth watching, whether it’s on broadcast, cable, or streaming for April 16–22:

(All listed times are Eastern)

SUNDAYVeep (HBO, 10:30pm)

This show is back for the first time since the election, and fans are surely wondering how the political humor will reflect the new administration. Probably not at all, considering it was never a reaction to current events before. Instead, the focus on the first episode of season six, “Omaha »

- Christopher Campbell

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Billy Porter and Pentatonix Breathe New Life Into ‘Oh, What a Beautiful Morning’

13 April 2017 8:03 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Grammy and Tony winner Billy Porter is infusing his soulful style into the songbook of one of America’s most iconic composers — and he’s invited some very special friends along for the journey.

The 47-year-old singer and actor, known for his award-winning role in Broadway’s Kinky Boots, is teaming up with greats like India.Arie, Deborah Cox, Todrick Hall and more on his fourth studio album — Billy Porter Presents the Soul of Richard Rodgers (out Friday).

People’s got the exclusive first listen of Porter’s collaboration with a cappella supergroup Pentatonix, as they tackle Rodgers’ 1943 tune “Oh, »

- Dave Quinn

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First Look: See the Powerful Character Posters for HBO’s Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Starring Oprah Winfrey

24 March 2017 7:11 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The fascinating story of Henrietta Lacks‘ life and legacy is less than a month away from making its small-screen debut.

Ahead of the HBO biopic’s premiere, People can exclusively reveal a First Look at the powerful character posters for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, an adaption of Rebecca Skloot’s 2010 critically acclaimed book of the same name.

The film tells the true story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cervical cancer cells were used without her consent to create the first immortal human cell line, HeLa, in 1951.

Oprah Winfrey plays protagonist Deborah Lacks, Henrietta’s daughter. (Winfrey, »

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’The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ Trailer: Oprah Goes Looking for Truth in HBO Genetics Drama

16 March 2017 10:49 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Truth is stranger than fiction in HBO’s upcoming drama, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”

Oprah Winfrey teamed up with “True Blood’s” Alan Ball to executive produce the adaptation of journalist Rebecca Skloot’s bestselling nonfiction book of the same name. The novel tracks the titular Henrietta Lacks, an African American woman who is the progenitor of the HeLa immortal cell line. Even though she died in 1951, the cells from her cervical cancer were harvested without her knowledge or consent and have been used and replicated since then in biomedical research.

Read More: Oprah Winfrey in Talks to Star in ‘Terms of Endearment’ Remake

Lacks (“Hamilton” alum Renee Elise Goldsberry) had just given birth to her fifth child when she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Winfrey plays Deborah Lacks, the second-to-last child born to Henrietta, who was only 2-years-old when her mother died and, as an adult, learned »

- Hanh Nguyen

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’The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ Trailer: Oprah Goes Looking for Truth in HBO Genetics Drama

16 March 2017 10:49 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Truth is stranger than fiction in HBO’s upcoming drama, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”

Oprah Winfrey teamed up with “True Blood’s” Alan Ball to executive produce the adaptation of journalist Rebecca Skloot’s bestselling nonfiction book of the same name. The novel tracks the titular Henrietta Lacks, an African American woman who is the progenitor of the HeLa immortal cell line. Even though she died in 1951, the cells from her cervical cancer were harvested without her knowledge or consent and have been used and replicated since then in biomedical research.

Read More: Oprah Winfrey in Talks to Star in ‘Terms of Endearment’ Remake

Lacks (“Hamilton” alum Renee Elise Goldsberry) had just given birth to her fifth child when she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Winfrey plays Deborah Lacks, the second-to-last child born to Henrietta, who was only 2-years-old when her mother died and, as an adult, learned »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Official Trailer for HBO's 'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks' Movie

16 March 2017 9:30 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"Science took her cells. Her family reclaimed her story." HBO has unveiled an official trailer for a film titled The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, adapted from the book of the same name, telling the story of Henrietta Lacks. Lacks died of cervical cancer in 1951, but her cells were taken without her permission for medical research, and they eventually became the first "immortal" human cells. Renée Elise Goldsberry plays Henrietta. The movie follows two timelines, the second involving her ancestors fighting to reclaim her name in medical history. Oprah Winfrey stars as Lacks' daughter, with a cast including Rose Byrne, Courtney B. Vance, Lisa Arrindell, and Reed Birney. This is technically a "made-for-tv" movie, but we're making an exception because this is an HBO production, and they're at the top of their game recently. Here's the official trailer for George C. Wolfe's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, from »

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Trailer Watch: Oprah Demands Justice in “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”

16 March 2017 8:02 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

“What you don’t understand is, we didn’t know nothin’ about nothin,” Deborah Lacks (Oprah Winfrey, “Lee DanielsThe Butler”) says in a new trailer for “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” Her mother’s cells helped the medical community advance research in cloning, chemotherapy, and in vitro fertilization — but the African-American tobacco farmer’s cells were used without her consent. Henrietta Lacks (Renée Elise Goldsberry, “Hamilton”) changed history, yet as Deborah says, her own family wasn’t even aware of the story behind the legendary “HeLa” cells.

“Scientists had been trying to get cells to grow outside of the human body but they would always die — until Henrietta’s cells came along,” Skloot, played by Rose Byrne (“Spy”), explains in the spot. But the trailer is less concerned with the medical side of Henrietta’s story than its emotional impact on Deborah and the rest of her family. Based on Rebecca Skloot’s book of the same name, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” is told from the perspective of Deborah.“I know I’m a part of you, and you’re a part of me,” she says in the trailer, seemingly speaking to her late mother.

Deborah agrees to cooperate with Skloot, who is writing a book on Henrietta, because she’s determined to “learn about the mother she never knew and to understand how the unauthorized harvesting of Lacks’ cancerous cells in 1951 led to unprecedented medical breakthroughs, changing countless lives and the face of medicine forever,” HBO’s official synopsis for the film details. “It’s a story of medical arrogance and triumph, race, poverty, and deep friendship between the unlikeliest of people.”

Directed by George C. Wolfe (“You’re Not You”), “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” premieres on HBO April 22

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See Oprah Seek Justice in 'Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks' Trailer

15 March 2017 7:04 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

In HBO's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Oprah Winfrey stars as Deborah Lacks, the daughter of Henrietta Lacks, a woman whose cell line (called HeLa) has benefited science, leading to medical breakthroughs in the development of the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization and much more. The problem is, Henrietta's cells were taken without her permission.

Based on Rebecca Skloot's narrative nonfiction book of the same name, the George C. Wolfe-directed film stars Winfrey, Renée Elise Goldsberry as Henrietta and Rose Byrne as Skloot.

The moving trailer weaves between generations, »

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TV News Roundup: ‘My Little Pony’ and ‘Master of None’ Get Premiere Dates

15 March 2017 3:35 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In today’s TV News Roundup, “My Little Pony” and Aziz Ansari’s “Master of None” get premiere dates for their upcoming seasons, Hailey Baldwin and Method Man get a hosting gig on James Corden’s celebrity rap battle show, Disney Junior renews “The Lion Guard,” and more.

Dates

Thanks to Aziz Ansari‘s Instagram and Twitter, fans know to save the date for the May 12 Season 2 premiere of his Emmy-winning Netflix original series “Master of None.” Ansari created the show with Alan Yang, and the two serve as executive producers alongside Michael Schur, Dave Becky, David Miner and Igor Srubshchik. Universal Television produces. Watch a teaser for the new season of “Master of None” below:

 

Everyone’s favorite magical horses are back April 15 at 11:30 a/10:30c as “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” returns to Discovery Family. The premiere will consist of two back-to-back episodes, titled “Celestial Advice” and “All Bottled Up,” launching »

- Dani Levy

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The Lion Guard: Disney Junior Orders Season Three of Lion King Spinoff

15 March 2017 3:27 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Roar! Disney Junior has renewed The Lion Guard TV show for a third season. Season two of the series will premiere in the summer.The Lion Guard voice cast includes: Rob Lowe, Gabrielle Union, Max Charles, Joshua Rush, Atticus Shaffer, Diamond White, and Dusan Brown. Expect Renée Elise Goldsberry and Kristofer Hivju to guest star in season two.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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How Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Oscar-Nominated Moana Track Evolved into Disney’s Most Unique Ballad

24 February 2017 10:13 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

In musical theater, it’s called the “I Want” song.

Typically a ballad found within a musical’s first few scenes, the tune is an opportunity for composers to put into words the leading character’s desires and motivations so that the audience can have a clear sense of where the story is going.

Lin-Manuel Miranda is well-versed in the phrase, having written the scores to In the Heights, Hamilton and Disney’s Oscar-nominated animated musical Moana — for which its “I Want” song, “How Far I’ll Go,” is nominated for Best Original Song.

Disney has a long cannon of »

- Dave Quinn

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Exclusive: ‘Blindspot’ Gets a ‘Hamilton’ Boost With Javier Muñoz -- Watch the Clip!

22 February 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Blindspot is about to get a little Hamilton boost when Javier Muñoz joins the NBC drama.

Setting aside his historic onstage role as Alexander Hamilton, Muñoz plays Marc Gelman, an eccentric home décor shop owner who’s traded ascots for an orange jumpsuit while serving time for involuntary manslaughter. On the all-new episode of Blindspot, airing tonight at 8 p.m. Et/Pt, Gelman is brought into the FBI where he’s questioned on an unrelated charge before soon learning that his girlfriend, Marjorie, who’s been left in charge of the store, has a shocking secret of her own. In Et’s first look at the episode, Muñoz is questioned by our favorite Jane Doe (Jaimie Alexander) and Natasha Zapata (Audrey Esparza).

The Hamilton star is not the only star power Blindspot has added to its cast in season two. Things kicked off with former Good Wife star Archie Panjabi joining as Nsa operative Naz Kamal followed »

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Oprah Brings the HBO Actressing for "Henrietta Lacks"

21 February 2017 5:00 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Chris here. If you thought this week's debut of HBO's Big Little Lies was our sole oasis for actresses acting on the channel, they'll be following its seven episodes with another treat: the adaptation of nonfiction bestseller The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. In fact, it has its own big little trifecta: a major role for the acting-shy Oprah, a dramatic role for Tfe favorite Rose Byrne, and Renée Elise Goldsberry's follow-up to her Tony-winning Hamilton run.

Directed by theatre genius George C. Wolfe, Lacks's story is one of family, race, and class, providing a human backdrop for for how her cancer provided important discoveries on how the disease is treated. Come Emmy time, HBO is seeking full actress prize domination with this year's slate - but do we think this could get Oprah the acting honors that often eluded her? From the looks of the first trailer, she »

- Chris Feil

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Harvey Weinstein, Katie Holmes and More Flock to East Hampton's Palm Restaurant for Jason Weinberg’s 50th Celebration

20 February 2017 4:04 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Manager and producer Jason Weinberg did what few have ever done — closed down The Palm restaurant in East Hampton, N.Y., over a holiday weekend. The occasion was his 50th birthday, prompting a heavy list of longtime friends and clients to gather for a steak and lobster feast and the lawn to be strewn with candles, spelling out 49 + 1.

Heartfelt speeches were delivered by Naomi Watts, Uma Thurman and Weinberg’s husband Merritt Johnson, while Jerry Lewis and Weinberg’s first boss, pr man Bobby Zarem, sent video tributes.

Hamilton Tony winner Renee Elise Goldsberry belted out “Happy Birthday’’ to »

- Beth Landman

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Watch Oprah Winfrey in First Teaser for HBO's 'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks'

18 February 2017 6:30 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Oprah Winfrey is paying tribute to an important piece of history in her latest role.

HBO has released the first teaser for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, which features the media mogul in a powerful role as Lack's daughter, Deborah.

Watch: Oprah Winfrey Celebrates 63rd Birthday With Friends, Pasta and Play-Doh

The new film, based on Rebecca Skloot's 2010 book of the same name, explores the story of Henrietta Lacks and the immortal cell line that is derived from samples taken from her without her knowledge.

In 1951, Lacks had a biopsy taken from her cervix after giving birth. Doctors took two samples while treating a malignant epidermoid carcinoma, one of cancerous cells and one healthy. The cancerous cells became the base of an immortal cell line known as HeLa, which has been used across the world for medical research.

Lacks died at age 31 the same year, but it wasn't until decades later that her daughter, Deborah »

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‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ Teaser Trailer: Oprah Winfrey Searches for the Truth in HBO’s Medical Drama

17 February 2017 12:57 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Oprah Winfrey looks to be an early Emmy contender, if the snippets of her bold performance from the newest “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” teaser trailer are any indication.

The film follows the decades-long saga of Henrietta Lacks, a woman whose cervical cancer cells were used anonymously to change the course of cancer treatment. Winfrey stars as Lacks’ daughter Deborah, who wrestles with the medical ethics surrounding this case.

Read More: Oprah Winfrey in Talks to Star in Lee Daniels’ ‘Terms of Endearment’ Remake

George C. Wolfe wrote and directed the project, and Winfrey is on board as an executive producer, alongside “True Blood” mastermind Alan Ball. The film also stars Rose Byrne, Courtney B. Vance and “Hamilton” alum Renée Elise Goldsberry. The movie is based on Rebecca Skloot’s 2010 best-selling nonfiction book of the same name.

“The book connects the epic with the intimate, and that’s the movie’s ambition, »

- William Earl

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‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ Teaser Trailer: Oprah Winfrey Searches for the Truth in HBO’s Medical Drama

17 February 2017 12:57 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Oprah Winfrey looks to be an early Emmy contender, if the snippets of her bold performance from the newest “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” teaser trailer are any indication.

The film follows the decades-long saga of Henrietta Lacks, a woman whose cervical cancer cells were used anonymously to change the course of cancer treatment. Winfrey stars as Lacks’ daughter Deborah, who wrestles with the medical ethics surrounding this case.

Read More: Oprah Winfrey in Talks to Star in Lee Daniels’ ‘Terms of Endearment’ Remake

George C. Wolfe wrote and directed the project, and Winfrey is on board as an executive producer, alongside “True Blood” mastermind Alan Ball. The film also stars Rose Byrne, Courtney B. Vance and “Hamilton” alum Renée Elise Goldsberry. The movie is based on Rebecca Skloot’s 2010 best-selling nonfiction book of the same name.

“The book connects the epic with the intimate, and that’s the movie’s ambition, »

- William Earl

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Exclusive: Phillipa Soo Embraces Amélie’s Freedom and Whimsy in New Broadway Adaptation

8 February 2017 9:17 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

“We can’t get rid of each other,” Phillipa Soo says fondly of her former Hamilton co-stars. After a year playing Eliza Schuyler Hamilton in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit Broadway musical, the Tony-nominated actress -- like most of the core original cast members -- left the show last summer to focus on the next step of her career, which will see her playing Amélie in the Broadway musical adaptation of the 2001 French romantic comedy starring Audrey Tautou. “You have a little bit of sadness, because you’re like, ‘Oh, this means it’s the end of something,’” Soo said last year, just before departing. “But it’s the beginning of something else.”

In the months since leaving Hamilton, she joined Moana, providing the voice for one of the villagers in the Disney animated film for which Miranda composed original music. And most recently, the Schuyler sisters -- Soo, Renee Elise Goldsberry and Jasmine Chephas Jones -- reunited »

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