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Liz Hannah and Amy Pascal Developing Female Astronaut Miniseries for Amazon

Mercury Astronaut Program pilot Jerrie Cobb: Nasa/WikiMedia Commons

Liz Hannah and Amy Pascal are teaming up again. The respective co-writer and producer of “The Post” are adapting Martha Ackmann’s non-fiction book “The Mercury 13: The Untold Story of Thirteen American Women and the Dream of Space Flight” as a miniseries, Deadline reports. Amazon has already put the project into development.

Entitled “Mercury 13,” the miniseries will be set in 1961, “just as Nasa launched its first man into space.” It will center on “a group of women [who] underwent secret testing in the hope of becoming America’s first female astronauts,” the source details. “They passed the same battery of tests at the legendary Lovelace Foundation as did the Mercury 7 astronauts, but they summarily were dismissed by the boys club at Nasa and on Capitol Hill. The Ussr sent its first woman into space in 1963; the United States did not follow suit for another 20 years.
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Hidden Figures/Modern Figures: A Journey Of Breakthroughs In Cinema And Space Travel At The Academy On November 29

Hidden Figures is the incredible untold story of brilliant African-American women working at Nasa, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big. Photo Credit: Hopper Stone.

The Academy Science and Technology Council will present “Hidden Figures/Modern Figures: A Journey of Breakthroughs in Cinema and Space Travel,” in collaboration with Nasa, on Wednesday, November 29, at 7:30pm at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The evening will feature a panel discussion with Nasa scientists and “Hidden Figures” filmmakers for an examination of the past, present and future in space math, diversity and the movies.

Hidden Figures opened in cinemas on January 6, 2017.

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“Hidden Figures” Writer Allison Schroeder to Pen Drama About Uber Sexual Harassment

Fowler: Shalon Van Tine/susanjfowler.com

Susan Fowler’s story is headed for the big screen. The woman behind the headline-making “Reflecting On One Very, Very Strange Year At Uber” blog post is joining forces with “Hidden Figures” scribe Allison Schroeder and production company Good Universe for a feature film. The untitled project will present Fowler’s experiences with Uber’s sexist, sexual harassment-filled culture. It is described as “‘Erin Brockovich’ meets ‘The Social Network.’”

Schroeder will pen the film, and former Disney exec Kristin Burr (“Freaky Friday”) will produce, The Hollywood Reporter confirms. No word on a director yet.

Fowler’s Uber blog post recounted the widespread misogyny at the ride share company, “which has been described as indicative of the overall sexist Silicon Valley culture,” THR adds. Her story led to an investigation and, ultimately, CEO Travis Kalanick’s resignation in June.

“When I joined Uber, the organization I was part of was over 25 percent women. By the time I was trying to transfer to another eng [engineering] organization, this number had dropped down to less than six percent,” Fowler’s post reveals. “Women were transferring out of the organization, and those who couldn’t transfer were quitting or preparing to quit. There were two major reasons for this: there was the organizational chaos, and there was also the sexism within the organization. When I asked our director at an org all-hands about what was being done about the dwindling numbers of women in the org compared to the rest of the company, his reply was, in a nutshell, that the women of Uber just needed to step up and be better engineers.”

Fowler currently works as the Editor in Chief at Increment, a print and digital publication that offers guidance on how to build and operate software as part of a team. She’s also an author.

Schroeder wrote “Hidden Figures” with the film’s director, Theodore Melfi. The film is based on the true story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe), brilliant African-American women who played an instrumental role in the space race. She sold a scripted drama about an aspiring songwriter to E! earlier this year. She’s also doing additional writing for Marc Forster’s “Christopher Robin,” a feature that sees the grown A.A. Milne character reuniting with his beloved childhood friend, Winnie-the-Pooh.

Hidden Figures” Writer Allison Schroeder to Pen Drama About Uber Sexual Harassment 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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Diane Kruger to Topline and Produce Miniseries About Hedy Lamarr

Kruger in “In the Fade”

Coming off of the North American premiere of her upcoming drama “In the Fade” at Tiff, Diane Kruger has just signed on to topline another project. Per The Hollywood Reporter, the “Inglourious Basterds” actress will portray iconic actress and accomplished inventor Hedy Lamarr in a miniseries from Straight Up Films. Kruger is also set to produce the project, which will be adapted from Richard Rhodes’ book “Hedy’s Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, The Most Beautiful Woman in the World.”

The miniseries will focus especially on Lamarr’s development of a frequency-hopping radio signal. She invented the technology with a friend during WWII and “approached the military, who at the time turned them away,” THR writes. “It was only a generation later that the military began looking at it and using it. The technology, called Spread Spectrum Technology, now underpins Bluetooth and WiFi use.”

The Austrian-born Lamarr starred in Hollywood films including “Comrade X,” “Tortilla Flat,” and “Samson & Deiliah” in the 1930s and 40s. Her first husband — an Austrian munitions manufacturer connected to the regimes of Nazi Germany and Mussolini’s Italy — “ruled their marriage with an iron fist,” THR notes, but introduced Lamarr to military scientists, which sparked her interest in inventing and technology.

Lamarr died in 2000 from cardiac issues. She was posthumously inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014.

“I am fascinated by Hedy Lamarr,” Kruger commented. “She was a smart, witty, visionary inventor, way ahead of her time, who also happened to be a major movie star. I cannot wait to tell her story to make sure her legacy will live on forever and inspire others.”

Joining Kruger as producers on the miniseries are Straight Up’s Marisa Polvino, Kate Cohen, and Sandra Condito, and Untitled Entertainment’s Abi Harris and Jason Weinberg. Rose Ganguzza, Gene Kelly, Rhodes, and philanthropic organization Alfred P. Sloan Foundation are collaborating to exec produce the project. The Sloan Foundation, which supports developments in science and technology, is also bestowing Kruger with a screenwriting development grant for the project.

Alexandra Dean’s documentary “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” debuted at the Tribeca Film Fest earlier this year. The majority of the doc’s funding came from the Sloan Foundation. “I spent years profiling inventors and innovators for Bloomberg Television and Businessweek, but I never heard a life story that came close to Hedy’s,” Dean told us in an interview. “I suppose it also particularly resonated for me because as a short, quiet woman who always wanted to be a director, I know a little about what it’s like to want to do something that no one expects you to do.”

Another story about women’s previously-unrecognized contributions to science recently rocked the box office. “Hidden Figures” grossed over $230 million worldwide. The Oscar-nominated drama shone a spotlight on Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe), brilliant women of color who played an instrumental role in the space race while working at Nasa.

“In the Fade,” in which Kruger portrays bereaved wife and mother seeking revenge, will open in Germany November 23. The drama was recently acquired by Magnolia Pictures with a planned awards-qualifying run for this fall, but no U.S. release date has been announced. Kruger won the Best Actress award at Cannes this year for the film.

Diane Kruger to Topline and Produce Miniseries About Hedy Lamarr 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: Taraji P. Henson Wants to Inspire Little Black Girls

Henson in “Hidden Figures

Taraji P. Henson knows the legacy she’d like to leave behind. “I love black people. I love telling stories,” the “Empire” star said in a new interview with Marie Claire. “I want these little girls to study me like I studied Meryl and Bette Davis and Carol Burnett. I want them to study my work, because I put a lot of work in, a lot of blood, sweat, and tears.”

The trailblazing Oscar nominee wants to serve as an example and provide inspiration, and she’s always approached her career accordingly. Following her breakout role in 2001’s “Baby Boy,” Henson said, “I just knew [I’d be typecast]. They are going to think this is all I can do,” she recalled. “So I was like, ‘Never again a ghetto role. I’m not saying I can’t do it later, but right now, I have something to prove.” Henson explained, “My mission became showing that I’m a character actress. I can give them as many different performances as Meryl Streep — who is the one they look up to? Meryl Streep. Watch this. You think black women can’t do it? I’m trained just like she is.”

The “Person of Interest” alumna also emphasized how invested she is in supporting other women in the industry. “How can we get ahead if we’re feuding and hating on each other all the time?” she asked. “I made a pact years ago that I would never hate on another female, ever, especially in this industry.”

Henson was most recently seen on the big screen in box office hit “Hidden Figures.” Inspired by a true story, the drama shines a well-deserved and long-overdue spotlight on Katherine G. Johnson (Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe), brilliant black women who played an instrumental role in the space race while working at Nasa. The film, which has grossed more than $231 million worldwide and received three Oscar nominations, has already inspired a number of initiatives recognizing girls and women in Stem.

Quote of the Day: Taraji P. Henson Wants to Inspire Little Black Girls 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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Eva Green to Star in Alice Winocour Astronaut Drama

Eva Green in “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”

Eva Green is heading to space. The “Penny Dreadful” alumna has signed on to star in Alice Winocour’s next feature, a bilingual action-drama that centers on an astronaut. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the French writer-director is currently prepping the project.

Tentatively titled “Proxima,” the film will see Green playing an astronaut “with the European Space Agency (Esa) that is preparing to go on a one-year mission to the International Space Station (Iss), but must first face intense training as well as the impending separation from her seven-year-old daughter,” THR summarizes. Winocour described “Proxima” as being “about how you put your fears and pain into something bigger than your life.”

“The idea is also to have an astronaut that can be a superheroine and at the same time a mother, because I think in movies mothers are always very weak characters,” the “Augustine” helmer and writer observed. “It’s time that women should assume that you can be an astronaut and a mother too.”

Dharamsala is producing and Pathe will distribute “Proxima.” The space project follows on the heels of the success of “Hidden Figures.” The critically acclaimed story — which has grossed over $230 million worldwide — shines a spotlight on Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe), brilliant women of color who played an instrumental role in the space race while working at Nasa.

Winocour won a César award last year for co-writing “Mustang” with its director, Deniz Gamze Ergüven. The Oscar-nominated coming-of-age story follows repressed sisters living in Turkey. She most recently directed “Disorder,” a home-invasion thriller. “In making the film I wanted to explore the category of genre films, which is generally reserved for male directors. In fact, I used aspects of genre film to create a variation on genre. I also included many of my own personal feelings and experiences,” Winocour told us. “I wanted to show that there are no boundaries for women directors and prove that women are legitimate choices to direct all kinds of films, including war films or thrillers. There should be no boundaries for women directors.”

Green’s credits include “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” “300: Rise of an Empire,” and “Casino Royale.” She stars alongside Alicia Vikander in Lisa Langseth’s “Euphoria,” a drama about sisters currently screening at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Eva Green to Star in Alice Winocour Astronaut Drama 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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“Hidden Figures” Inspires #HiddenNoMore Educational Exchange Program

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures” is truly the gift that keeps on giving. The Oscar-nominated film, based on the true story of the African American women who played a crucial role in the space race, continues to prove its influence — so much so that it’s officially caught the eye of the U.S. State Department.

21st Century Fox told The Hollywood Reporter that the State Department has received numerous requests for the film from embassies around the world. In April and May alone, over 80 locations watched the story of Nasa women Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) come alive on the screen. This inspired the State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (Ivlp) to establish a #HiddenNoMore program.

In October participants — which include 50 women working in Stem fields from Africa, Europe, Asia, and Latin America — will first travel to Washington for a screening of “Hidden Figures” at National Geographic. They will then spend three weeks meeting with various groups that promote Stem for women and girls. The program will conclude in Los Angeles with a two-day event at.

Although #HiddenNoMore is “the first time that the State Department has utilized a Hollywood movie for a publicly funded exchange program,” this is not the first time that “Hidden Figures” itself has inspired off-screen action.

As we previously reported, 20th Century Fox and Black Girls Code have partnered to create FutureKatherineJohnsons.com. This site aims to “build a tech future for young women of color across the country.” In January, “The Search for Hidden Figures” scholarship contest awarded two grand prize winners with “resources, financial support, and Stem experiences” that will give them a professional head-start. In total, the contest received close to 7,300 submissions.

Since its Christmas release, “Hidden Figures” has grossed more than $230.5 million worldwide. Thus far, Fox has spent close to $400,000 on various “Hidden Figures” educational initiatives and screenings.

Hidden Figures” Inspires #HiddenNoMore Educational Exchange Program 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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“Finding Dory” Co-Writer Victoria Strouse to Adapt Book About Female Aviators

Hilary Swank in “Amelia,” Mira Nair’s 2009 biopic about aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart

Victoria Strouse is shifting her focus from under the sea to the skies above. The “Finding Dory” co-writer has been hired by Fox 2000 to adapt Katherine Sharp Landdeck’s upcoming nonfiction book “The Women With Silver Wings,” Deadline reports. Described as a “‘Hidden Figures’-like drama,” the project will recount the story of the first women to ever fly for the U.S. military.

The trailblazing women of WWII’s Women Airforce Service Pilots (Wasp) “broke social norms while bravely serving their country. After the war, the U.S. government refused to officially recognize the WASPs, denying them veteran benefits and burying their legacies,” Deadline summarizes. “Only in 2009, after a decades-long battle, are the women’s WWII contributions finally honored, when they are granted the Congressional Gold Medal and officially recognized as military veterans. Their Veteran status was finally, fully recognized when in 2017 they restored their right to be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.”

“The WASPs flew the heaviest bombers, fastest pursuit planes, and lightest trainers during World War II,” Landdeck wrote in The Atlantic last year. “They ferried planes across the U.S. and flew Army chaplains from base to base for services on Sunday. They test-flew planes that had been repaired to make certain they were safe for the male cadets who would learn to fly and fight in them. They trained gunners on the ground and in B-17s, towing targets behind their own planes while the men fired live ammunition at them. Of the 1,102 who earned their Silver Wings, 38 died during the war.”

Landdeck’s manuscript is being published by Penguin Random House’s Crown imprint.

“Hamilton” director Thomas Kail is signed on to helm the feature.

Ashley Zalta of Anonymous Content and Kate Sullivan of Old 320 Sycamore are among the project’s executive producers.

Strouse penned Disney’s upcoming live-action “Tinker Bell” starring Reese Witherspoon.

Hidden Figures” recently shone a long-overdue spotlight on women who played an instrumental role in the space race: Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe). The Oscar-nominated drama has grossed over $230 million worldwide and was made for $25 million.

Finding Dory” Co-Writer Victoria Strouse to Adapt Book About Female Aviators 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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How ‘Hidden Figures’ Is Continuing to Inspire the Next Generation of Female Leaders

How ‘Hidden Figures’ Is Continuing to Inspire the Next Generation of Female Leaders
Hidden Figures” may no longer be in theaters, but the year’s most inspiring feature is continuing to impact change on the audiences that loved it best: the next generation of female leaders.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that “for the first time in the history of the U.S. State Department, a Hollywood movie has inspired a publicly funded exchange program, #HiddenNoMore, that will bring 50 women working in science, technology, engineering, and math in 50 countries in Africa, Europe, Asia and Latin America to the United States.”

Read More:Why ‘Hidden Figures’ Is the Inspiring Awards Season Contender We Need Now — Consider This

While the State’s International Visitor Leadership Program has existed for decades, THR reports that the attention heaped on the Ted Melfi film bolstered its appeal and notoriety. Set in the early sixties at the height of the Space Race, the feature follows the true stories of a trio
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Win Hidden Figures on Blu-ray

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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment celebrates the incredible untold true story of three brilliant African-American women working at Nasa, with the home entertainment release of Hidden Figures arriving on Digital Download 19th June 2017, and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD on 3rd July 2017. To celebrate, we’re giving away 2 Blu-ray copies!

Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. This stunning achievement restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race between Russia and the U.S.A., and galvanised the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.

Check out this great featurette from the Blu-ray™ and DVD extras featuring Theodore Melfi and Octavia Spencer talking about the legacy of Dorothy Vaughn.
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Win Hidden Figures on Blu-ray

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment celebrates the incredible untold true story of three brilliant African-American women working at Nasa, with the home entertainment release of Hidden Figures arriving on Digital Download 19th June 2017, and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD on 3rd July 2017. To celebrate, we’re giving away 2x Blu-rays!

Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. This stunning achievement restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race between Russia and the U.S.A., and galvanised the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.

Directed by Theodore Melfi (St. Vincent), and written by Allison Schroeder (Pineapple Express), Hidden Figures was nominated for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best
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Win tickets to Hidden Figures screening

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To mark the release of Hidden figures on 3rd July, we’ve been given 2 pairs of tickets to an exclusive screening of the film at a central London location on 19th June.

Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. This stunning achievement restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race between Russia and the U.S.A., and galvanised the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.

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Open to UK residents only The competition will close 13th June 2017 at 23.59 GMT The winner will be picked at random from entries received No cash alternative is
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A Brief History of Casting Talent Over Resemblance for Biopics

How important is resemblance, really?

As we mentioned in our newsletter yesterday, Christian Bale is reportedly in talks to star as former vice president Dick Cheney in an Adam McKay helmed biopic, alongside Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney and Steve Carrell as Donald Rumsfeld. The news, broken by Variety, has lead to a host of reactions across the internet, including a number of Dark Knight and American Psycho related jokes because, you know, duh. Front and center in many of these reactions is speculation (though in some cases, anticipatory salivation might be more accurate) over how Bale will transform for the role.

After all, Christian Bale is known for physical metamorphoses that rank just below those of caterpillars on an impressiveness scale; he famously lost 60 pounds for his role in The Machinist (bringing the 6' actor to a skeletal 120-ish pounds), and afterwards went directly to Batman Begins, eating and weight-lifting his way to 220 pounds, which
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Janelle Monae on Getting Back to Music After Acting: ‘This Year Has Been Surreal’

Janelle Monae on Getting Back to Music After Acting: ‘This Year Has Been Surreal’
It had been over a year since Janelle Monáe had performed on stage, but fans couldn’t tell as the petite powerhouse rocked the mic during the grand opening of Lord & Taylor’s new 5th Avenue shop The Dress Address last Thursday.

“It was so electrifying,” Monáe told People just after her set. “I miss the people, the stage, performing my songs.” The Grammy-nominated singer had taken time off to try her hand at acting, which proved a very good bet: She starred in both the Oscar-nominated historical hit Hidden Figures and the Oscar-winning indie film Moonlight.

“This year has been surreal,
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‘Hidden Figures’: Oscar-Nominated Octavia Spencer Takes Center Stage in Exclusive Home Video Featurette

‘Hidden Figures’: Oscar-Nominated Octavia Spencer Takes Center Stage in Exclusive Home Video Featurette
Hidden Figures” tells the story of three strong women of color overcoming both white male and white female prejudice and discrimination in their personal and professional lives, all while sending the first man into space. Based on the true story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, these women demonstrate tenacity, intelligence, and authority in the white-dominated Nasa program of 1961.

Read More: ‘Hidden Figures’ and ‘black-ish’ Win Big at 48th NAACP Image Awards

Hidden Figures” was nominated for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay at this year’s 89th Academy Awards. At the ceremony, the real-life Katherine Johnson was brought on stage in front of the Academy and guests by the cast of “Hidden FiguresTaraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae, where she received a standing ovation.

Read More: ‘Hidden Figures’ Trailer: Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer Star in the Untold Story of Women
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Newswire: Hidden Figures hero Katherine Johnson now has her own Lego figure

During the Oscars Sunday, the stars of Hidden Figures paid tribute to Katherine Johnson, one of the women who inspired the nominated film. Johnson, a renowned Nasa mathematician, came out on stage with Taraji P. Henson, who portrayed her onscreen, Janelle Monáe, and Octavia Spencer. Hidden Figures, a box office hit, has helped raise the profiles of Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughan, but now Johnson is being immortalized in another fashion: blocks. According to the Associated Press, Johnson is one of the people featured in Lego’s new “Women of Nasa“ set. The other scientists turned into toys include Margaret Hamilton, Sally Ride, Nancy Grace Roman, and Mae Jemison. Stem-lovers and admirers of awesome ladies will have to wait a while before they can purchase the collection; it won’t be available until either late 2017 or early 2018, the AP noted.
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‘Hidden Figures’ 4K, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Release Dates and Details

The Academy Award-nominated historical film Hidden Figures starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae has been cleared for a March 28th landing on Digital HD followed by 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD appearances on April 11th.

Hidden Figures is the true story of Nasa engineers Katherine Johnson (Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Monae), African American women who were at the center of launching John Glenn into orbit at a time of deep racial segregation.

Though Hidden Figures did not win any Academy Awards, it was nominated for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress (Spencer) and Best Adapted Screenplay. More impressive is that the modestly budgeted film of $25 million has crossed $182 million at the worldwide box office and continues to attract audiences.

The high-def versions of Hidden Figures will include 7.1 DTS-hd Master Audio and the following extras:

It All Adds Up – The Making of Hidden Figures

No Limits
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‘Hero’ Katherine Johnson – the Inspiration for Hidden Figures – Joins Film’s Stars on Oscars Stage

‘Hero’ Katherine Johnson – the Inspiration for Hidden Figures – Joins Film’s Stars on Oscars Stage
Retired mathematician Katherine Johnson — whose pioneering work partially inspired Hidden Figures — appeared at Sunday night’s Academy Awards, where she was hailed as “a true Nasa and American hero” by Taraji P. Henson, the woman who plays her onscreen.

Johnson, 98, appeared onstage alongside Henson and Figures‘ two other lead actresses, Janelle Monáe and Octavia Spencer, as they announced the winner for Best Documentary Feature.

In their introductory remarks before handing out the prize, the film’s stars focused on the importance of unearthing history’s hidden stories, such as the life and career of Johnson and her fellow black Nasa
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Taraji P. Henson Pays Tribute to Hidden Figures ‘Selfless Heroes’ at Oscars: ‘These Women Changed the Course of History’

Taraji P. Henson Pays Tribute to Hidden Figures ‘Selfless Heroes’ at Oscars: ‘These Women Changed the Course of History’
Taraji P. Henson didn’t have to think twice about signing on to star in Hidden Figures.

The actress opened up about working on the Oscar-nominated film while walking the red carpet at the Academy Awards on Sunday.

“It became a passion project,” she said. “I said, ‘I dont even care how much I’m getting paid.’ I signed on right away. Projects like this don’t come along often.”

Henson said she was immediately touched by the three real-life women that the film was based on, calling Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson “selfless heroes.”

“We know the
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Ranking All the Best Picture Nominees — By How Hard They’ll Make You Cry

Ranking All the Best Picture Nominees — By How Hard They’ll Make You Cry
When it comes to the Oscar-nominated films that make up the ceremony’s Best Picture category, it’s more than likely every contender will fit at least one of these four groups: Biopics, devastating true life stories of people overcoming adversity, soaring movie-musicals, and the type of film with one scene that will leave you shamelessly ugly-crying in the theater.

Of course, not all of this year’s Best Picture nominees are guaranteed to make you sob in public (and if you do, we’re not judging) but if you’ve got a limited amount of tissues at your disposal,
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