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The Power of Reese Compels You in "Home Again"

Home Again is out on DVD and Blu-Ray. Here's Spencer Coile... 

Home Again is not a particularly good movie. The film debut of Nancy Meyers' daughter, Hallie Meyers-Shyer, follows Reese Witherspoon as she deals with motherhood, a recent separation... and the three young filmmakers she agrees to let stay with her for an extended period of time. Standard fare, right? And it is, despite that third curve. The writing is a little too on-the-nose, characters do not feel fully fleshed out, and the editing implies serious cuts were made. Still, though, it is hard not to be won over due heavily to Witherspoon herself... 
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Inside Diane Keaton's New 8,000-Square-Foot, Industrial 'Dream Home' in L.A.

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Inside Diane Keaton's New 8,000-Square-Foot, Industrial 'Dream Home' in L.A.
Diane Keaton is a prodigious house flipper — buying, renovating, living in, then selling numerous properties in Los Angeles over the last 15 years.

But at 71, she’s finally found a place that’s not going anywhere, or so she recounts in Wine Spectator, where her latest real estate conquest is featured this month.

Related: All the Celebs Who Are Low-Key House Flippers: Beck, Ellen DeGeneres, Diane Keaton and More

The actress shares her current home, an 8,000-square-foot converted industrial building in L.A.’s Sullivan Canyon, with her daughter, Dexter, 22, son Duke, 16, and the family’s golden retriever, Emma.

Keaton documents
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Taraji P. Henson to star in What Women Want remake What Men Want

Deadline is reporting that Empire star Taraji P. Henson is set to star in a gender-swapped remake of the 2000 romantic comedy What Women Want for Paramount Players.

Entitled What Men Want, the new film is being fast-tracked towards production and will follow “a female sports agent (Henson) who has been constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. When she gains the power to hear men’s thoughts, she is able to shift the paradigm to her advantage as she races to sign the NBA’s next superstar.”

What Women Want was directed by Nancy Meyers, and starred Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt. It was a huge success at the box office, grossing almost $375 million worldwide.

Henson was last seen in Hidden Figures and will next appear in the action thriller Proud Mary, which opens in North America in January. Watch the trailer here.

The post Taraji P. Henson to star
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Taraji P. Henson Is Remaking Mel Gibson's What Women Want

Taraji P. Henson Is Remaking Mel Gibson's What Women Want
Paramount Players, the new Paramount Pictures division aimed at developing movies based on properties owned by parent company Viacom, is putting together What Men Want, a gender-swapped remake of What Women Want, the 2000 romantic comedy starring Mel Gibson, with Taraji P. Henson set to star. While it doesn't seem that there is a writer or director on board at this stage, Paramount is already putting this project on the fast track, setting a January 11, 2019 release date. The original movie starred Mel Gibson as a chauvinistic man who begins to hear what women are really thinking about, which will be turned on its ear in this remake.

The story centers on Taraji P. Henson's character, a female sports agent who is always getting bested by her male colleagues. After she gains the power to hear what men are really thinking about, she uses this unique ability to her advantage, as
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Taraji P. Henson to Topline “What Men Want”

Henson on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: YouTube

Another gender-bending twist on a classic is headed our way. Female-led reboots of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and “Ocean’s Eleven” are in the works, and now comes word that “Empire” star Taraji P. Henson will star in “What Men Want,” a remake of 2000 Mel Gibson-starrer “What Women Want.” Variety reports that Paramount Players is looking to fast track the project.

The original comedy followed a chauvinist ad exec (Gibson) who suddenly gains the ability to read women’s minds after a freak accident. The Nancy Meyers-directed comedy grossed more than $374 million worldwide.

This new version sees Henson playing “a female sports agent who has been constantly boxed out by her male colleagues,” the source details. “When she gains the power to hear men’s thoughts, she is able to shift the paradigm to her advantage as she races
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Mel Gibson Comedy ‘What Women Want’ Is Getting A Remake, Kinda

Remember the 2000 Mel Gibson-led comedy What Women Want, the film that saw his character get into an accident which led him to be able to read women’s minds? Well, it’s getting a remake. Kind of. Deadline is reporting that the ‘What Women Want remake’ will debut in cinemas in 2019, and will see Taraji P. Henson (Empire) lead the cast. The title? What Men Want, of course.

What Women Want Remake Lands Taraji P. Henson

Deadline reports that the new comedy follows a female sports agent (Henson) who has been constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. When she gains the power to hear men’s thoughts, she is able to shift the paradigm to her advantage as she races to sign the NBA’s next superstar.

Related: Hidden Figures review

It’s quite different to the original Mel Gibson version, which also starred Helen Hunt and was directed by Nancy Meyers.
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What Women Want is getting a sort-of remake

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A gender-reversed take on the 2000 hit What Women Want is arriving in 2019...

Mel Gibson was at the height of his matinee box office powers when the middling rom-com What Women Want became a huge hit back in 2000. Directed by Nancy Meyers, this was the movie that saw Mel Gibson as an advertising executive who – courtesy of some electricity and a bath – became able to hear the inner thoughts of women. Helen Hunt co-starred in the movie, that went on to gross nearly $400m worldwide. Back when that was considered a lot of money.

Paramount, however, is now fast-tracking a remake of sorts, that’s going to gender flip the central idea. Now going by the name What Men Want, this time the film will be headlined by Empire and Hidden Figures star Taraji P Henson. Will Packer and James Lopez are set to produce, and Henson is executive producing.
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Taraji P. Henson to star in updated version of What Women Want

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After a fluke accident left chauvinist advertising executive Nick Marshall (Mel Gibson) with the ability to hear what women are really thinking, he uses it to his advantage when a woman (Helen Hunt) got a promotion over him, but, romantic comedy drum-roll, he later winds up falling in love with her instead. Nancy Meyers' What Women Want was a huge hit back in 2000, and Deadline reports that an... Read More...
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Taraji P. Henson to Star in 'What Men Want' at Paramount

Taraji P. Henson to Star in 'What Men Want' at Paramount
Taraji P. Henson will star in comedy What Men Want, a gender-swapped version of the 2000 Nancy Meyers-directed feature What Women Want, that starred Mel Gibson, THR has learned.

Henson will play a female sports agent who has been constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. When she gains the power to hear men's thought, she is able to shift the paradigm to her advantage as she races to sign the NBA’s next superstar.

Paramount Players, the upstart studio label run by AwesomenessTV grad Brian Robbins, will produce along with Girls Trip filmmaker Will Packer and James Lopez. Henson will exec produce.

The...
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Taraji P Henson to Take Mel Gibson Role in Updated Version of ‘What Women Want’

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Taraji P Henson to Take Mel Gibson Role in Updated Version of ‘What Women Want’
Taraji P. Henson will executive produce and star in the Paramount comedy “What Men Want,” which the studio has set for release on January 11, 2019. The film, inspired by Nancy Meyers’ 2000 romantic comedy “What Women Want,” follows a female sports agent (Henson) who has been constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. When she gains the power to hear men’s thoughts, she is able to shift the paradigm to her advantage as she races to sign the NBA’s next superstar. Also Read: Taraji P. Henson Joins 'Ralph Breaks The Internet': D23 Expo The new film be produced by Will Packer and James.
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Taraji P. Henson to Star in ‘What Men Want’ for Paramount Players

Taraji P. Henson to Star in ‘What Men Want’ for Paramount Players
Paramount Players is looking to fast track “What Men Want,” a remake of the Paramount comedy “What Women Want,” and giving it a gender-bending twist by having this film star “Empire’s” Taraji P. Henson as its main character.

The original pic was directed by Nancy Meyers and starred Mel Gibson as a New York ad exec who, after a freak accident, is able to read women’s minds and uses the new ability to move ahead both professionally and personally.

In this version, Henson would play a female sports agent who has been constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. When she gains the power to hear men’s thoughts, she is able to shift the paradigm to her advantage as she races to sign the NBA’s next superstar.

Will Packer, who previously worked with Henson on “No Good Deed,” and James Lopez will produce the film, while Henson will serve as executive producer. [link
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Paramount Players Plots ‘What Men Want’; ‘Empire’s Taraji P. Henson To Star

Paramount Players Plots ‘What Men Want’; ‘Empire’s Taraji P. Henson To Star
Exclusive: Here’s a smart way to remake a hit comedy. Paramount Players has signed Empire‘s Taraji P. Henson to star in What Men Want, a comedy inspired by the 2000 Nancy Meyers hit romantic comedy What Women Want. The studio is fast tracking the film, and has set it for release January 11, 2019. The original starred Mel Gibson as a confident chauvinistic male who suddenly acquires the ability to hear what the women around him are really thinking. The new version follows…
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Napa Valley Film Festival Awards Go to ‘Stuck,’ ‘Skid Row Marathon’

Napa Valley Film Festival Awards Go to ‘Stuck,’ ‘Skid Row Marathon’
The Napa Valley Film Festival has awarded “Stuck” with the narrative feature prize, which included a cash prize of $10,000 presented by Meadowood Napa Valley, while “Skid Row Marathon” took the doc award with a $10,000 prize.

Giancarlo Esposito and Amy Madigan star in “Stuck,” a musical about strangers stuck on a N.Y. subway train. “Skid Row” marathon is about a Los Angeles judge who starts a running club for the homeless population.

Though the area was ravaged by massive wildfires just a few weeks ago, festival organizers made the difficult decision to continue and make donations to those affected by the fire.

Festival co-founder and artistic director Marc Lhormer said: “It has been a tough road getting to this year’s festival, but what a perfect way to celebrate great storytelling in all its forms and to showcase the strength and resilience of our Napa Valley community.”

In all 128 films unspooled at various venues in the Napa
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Napa Valley Film Festival Honoree Nancy Meyers Lauds Women for Speaking Out

Napa Valley Film Festival Honoree Nancy Meyers Lauds Women for Speaking Out
Director/writer Nancy Meyers discussed the revelations of sexual assault coming almost daily out of Hollywood during a celebrity tribute to her at the Napa Valley Film Festival on Thursday.

“My mind is blown, I didn’t know,” Meyers said. “I really feel for these women and they are doing something amazing for all of us.”

She received the Charles Krug Legendary Filmmaker Award. Others honored were Michael Shannon with the Trailblazer Award, Spotlight honoree Michael Stuhlbarg, Ian Somerhalder & Nikki Reed, who are receiving the Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch Humanitarian Tribute, and Tessa Thompson, who will be honored with the Jcb Collection Trailblazer Tribute.

Hollywood is filled with people who say women got ahead because “she slept with someone, she’s his girlfriend,” Meyers said. The main reason she was left alone to direct was because of her former partner and husband Charles Shyer.

Meyers, who has helmed top comedies from “Private Benjamin” to “Something’s Gotta
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Napa Valley Film Festival Rises After Fires Devastate Region

Napa Valley Film Festival Rises After Fires Devastate Region
Watching as Northern California’s wine country became engulfed by flames that scorched 220,000 acres and claimed the lives of 42 people, Napa Valley Film Festival co-founders and directors Marc and Brenda Lhormer teetered on the brink of canceling this year’s fete.

“During the first days, we only were hearing and fearing the worst,” says Marc Lhormer of unfounded rumors that partner wineries and hotels had been destroyed. “Brenda and I actually left our home and, living out of a suitcase for nine nights, kept moving things forward.”

He adds that two days after the fires erupted, the couple gathered their team. “We went around the room asking if everyone, and their families and loved ones, was Ok, and we discussed how we could help each other. Then, we had to determine if we were all mentally and physically up for putting on the show, a show everyone had worked so hard on, full time, all
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Tessa Thompson to Receive Tribute at Napa Valley Film Festival

Thompson in “Thor: Ragnarok

Tessa Thompson dominated the weekend box office with “Thor: Ragnarok,” and now comes word that the rising star will be honored at the Napa Valley Film Festival. A press release announced that she’ll receive the Jcb Collection Trailblazer Tribute at this year’s Celebrity Tributes presentation. Set to take place November 9, the event’s other honorees include “The Intern” director Nancy Meyers and “Twilight” actress Nikki Reed.

Before she made the leap to Asgardian warrior in the Marvel universe, Thompson was best known for her roles in “Dear White People” and “Creed.” Her other credits include “Westworld,” “Selma,” and “Veronica Mars.”

“Tessa is an actress who has demonstrated in her career the ability to take on unique, dynamic roles that demonstrate her remarkable range and ability to bring her humanity to each performance,” said Marc Lhormer, co-founder of the Napa Valley Film Festival. “As a ‘trailblazer,’ she is the embodiment of someone who is undaunted by taking risks and in doing so, achieves great success.”

“Valkyrie in the comics is … blonde and doesn’t look like me,” Thompson has said of her “Ragnarok” character. “But when a lot of these comics were written, it was in a time before we had conversation about being inclusive. (I like to avoid the word ‘diversity,’ because it annoys me.) It was a time when it made sense to have these women that were fighting and so strong wear these American Apparel bathing suits — which is so funny. My costume design was based on stuff that we see in the comics now — like the traditional sort of Valkyrie armor that I get reunited with in the second half of the film,” she explained. “That appears in the comics and looks very, very similar. But I felt very strongly that we wanted the costume to have some bulk.”

The physical reference for the character was Sarah Connor in the second “Terminator” movie, “which is incredible because she’s in the best shape ever and is just, like, all muscle,” Thompson said. The goal was “to create a character that was not conventionally beautiful. Just sort of messy — the idea was that she just never washes her face, you know? There’s nothing pristine about this woman.”

Thompson’s upcoming roles include sci-fi flick “Annihilation,” which sees her heading on a mysterious expedition, and Nia DaCosta’s “Little Woods,” a modern Western about two sisters co-starring “Cinderella’s” Lily James.

Tessa Thompson to Receive Tribute at Napa Valley Film Festival 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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As Warner Bros. Cuts Ties With Brett Ratner, Here’s What’s at Stake for RatPac

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As Warner Bros. Cuts Ties With Brett Ratner, Here’s What’s at Stake for RatPac
Monday’s Brett Ratner investigation in the The Los Angeles Times, with testimonials from a half-dozen women accusing him of sexual harassment, continued what’s become a familiar pattern. First-hand accounts. Apologies and/or denials. And now, the career blowback begins.

Depending on who you ask, Warner Bros. cut ties with Ratner late this afternoon — or to hear Ratner tell it, he made the decision. Ratner said in a statement, “In light of the allegations being made, I am choosing to personally step away from all Warner Bros.-related activities. I don’t want to have any possible negative impact to the studio until these personal issues are resolved.”

The news came after Ratner lost his biopic on former Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner. “We are putting all further development of our projects with RatPac Entertainment on hold until we are able to review the situation further,” a Playboy Enterprises spokesman told The Wrap today.
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7 Essential Debut Films Directed By Female Filmmakers, From ‘Ratcatcher’ to ‘The Virgin Suicides’

7 Essential Debut Films Directed By Female Filmmakers, From ‘Ratcatcher’ to ‘The Virgin Suicides’
When Greta Gerwig’s already-lauded “Lady Bird” hits limited release later this week, the actress-writer-director will join a long line of other female filmmakers who used their directorial debut (this one is Gerwig’s solo directorial debut, just for clarity’s sake) to not only launch their careers, but make a huge mark while doing it. Gerwig’s Saoirse Ronan-starring coming-of-age tale is an instant classic, and one that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone who has enjoyed Gerwig’s charming work as a screenwriter in recent years, bolstered by her ear for dialogue and her love of complicated and complex leading ladies.

While Hollywood still lags when it comes to offering up opportunities to its most talented female filmmakers, many of them have overcome the dismal stats to deliver compelling, interesting, and unique first features. In short, they’re good filmmakers who made good movies,
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Napa Valley Film Festival to Proceed as Planned in Aftermath of Fires

The Napa Valley Film Festival has announced that it will proceed with next month’s festival and donate 10% of the proceeds to the Napa Valley Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund.

The region has been hit hard by aggressive wildfires that began on Oct. 8 and killed at least 41 people in Napa, Sonoma, Yuba, and Mendocino counties in the deadliest week of fires in California history. The fires have destroyed at least 5,700 homes. Firefighters have been gaining control over the blazes this week.

“Our hearts and thoughts continue to be with all of our Napa and Sonoma County families, friends, colleagues, neighbors, and partners during this difficult time,” said Nvff co-founders/directors Marc and Brenda Lhormer.

“Our intention is to put on the most memorable and meaningful film festival to date,” the duo added. “Our partners and venues are eager to share this festival with those who love and need great stories, conversation, and bonding experiences.
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Ian Somerhalder And Nikki Reed To Receive Humanitarian Award At Napa Valley Film Festival

The Napa Valley Film Festival (Nvff) is pleased to announce its collaboration with Napa based non-profit, Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch (Jarr), a new partner of the upcoming 7th annual event, taking place November 8-12.

Jarr is giving the Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch Humanitarian Award to Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed at the Celebrity Tributes on Thursday, November 9, at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville.

The Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch Humanitarian Award celebrates those individuals who have shown outstanding compassion, advocacy and dedication to animal protection issues. The recipients, actors Ian Somerhalder (Vampire Diaries, Lost) and Nikki Reed (The Twilight Saga, Twilight, Thirteen), exemplify Jarr’s mission to show compassion to all animals in need and by using their unique platform to bring a spotlight to animal welfare issues help further the work to end animal cruelty in all it’s forms.

“I am delighted to dedicate the 2017 Jarr Humanitarian Award to
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