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Tinder Date Coming Up? Here’s What to Talk About

19 May 2017 9:30 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

This is the right way to do Emmy campaigning. In a historic move, CBS’ “Mom” is foregoing an Emmy campaign this year and is instead donating it’s $250,000 to Planned Parenthood. Let’s hope other shows follow suit as the organization needs support now more than ever. (Hollywood Reporter) Joss Whedon continues his tour of wokeness. Speaking of Planned Parenthood, the director teamed up with the organization to produce a short film about what happens when Pp is shut down. You would think that with all the high-profile pro-Planned Parenthood campaigning taking place, the current administration would take a hint and realize what a huge mistake defunding it would be. (EW)  Kirsten Dunst on Hollywood: 'It's always harder for women.'In conversation with director Sophia Coppola to promote their new film “The Beguiled,” the actress got candid about how the industry changes as women age and her difficulty finding funding for “The Bell Jar, »

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Sofia Coppola Has No Interest in Making a Blockbuster or a Sequel

16 May 2017 7:44 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

There are a few things filmmaker Sofia Coppola hasn’t done yet: she hasn’t made a sequel (to her own films or anyone else’s), she hasn’t jumped into the blockbuster pool, and she hasn’t gone the superhero route. And the way she tells it, she’s probably not going to. Ever. In a revealing new Variety cover story with Coppola and her frequent star Kirsten Dunst, the Oscar-winning filmmaker gets honest about what kind of films she wants to make.

Or, perhaps more directly, the kind of films she doesn’t want to make.

When asked by the outlet about making a sequel, “The Beguiled” helmer responded, “I can’t imagine.” (Admittedly, however, it’s kind of tempting to fantasize about a followup to “Lost in Translation,” though we’ll keep that opinion mum in the face of Coppola.)

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Kirsten Dunst and Sofia Coppola on Hollywood Sexism, Their Feminist ‘Beguiled’ Remake

16 May 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sofia Coppola met her muse Kirsten Dunst in 1998. The actress was just 16 at the time, and the 27-year-old daughter of Francis Ford Coppola was about to make her directorial debut with “The Virgin Suicides,” based on a novel that she loved. Dunst was so innocent, she brought her mom along to chaperone their initial conversation. “I was a little nervous,” she says. “It was my first adult role!”

So much of Hollywood is filtered through the male gaze. But Coppola, who tells stories from the perspectives of her heroines, immediately put Dunst at ease. “She was always a good influence on me as a young woman,” Dunst says, recalling a compliment that Coppola once paid her that she never forgot. “She said to me, ‘I love your teeth; don’t ever fix your teeth.’ I remember doing a ‘Spider-Man’ movie later, and one of the producers was like, ‘I need »

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Trailer Watch: Kirsten Dunst Loses Touch with Reality in “Woodshock”

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


“Remember when we used to play in the woods together? I got lost that one summer. When I turned around, you were gone,” Theresa (Kirsten Dunst) recalls in the newly released trailer for “Woodshock.” We don’t know who Theresa is talking to, if anyone — that seems to be the entire point of this largely atmospheric, moody clip.

Written and directed by newcomers Kate Mulleavy and Laura Mulleavy, “Woodshock” looks like it was filmed on a Super 8 camera. Its hazy cinematography is reminiscent of home movies or half-forgotten memories. This makes sense, as the film follows Theresa as she self-medicates with a cannabinoid drug to cope with intense grief. Since the trailer is from Theresa’s perspective, we’re not sure if any the action is real, hallucinated, remembered, or all of the above.

Next, you can catch Dunst in Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled,” out June 23. The drama sees Dunst playing a teacher at a Confederate girls school that’s turned upside down when a wounded Union soldier (Colin Farrell) arrives to convalesce. The film also stars Nicole Kidman and Elle Fanning.

Dunst will make her feature directorial debut with an adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s “The Bell Jar,” starring Dakota Fanning. The film is expected to open sometime in 2018.

Woodshock” hits theaters September 15. Check out the new trailer and poster below.

Trailer Watch: Kirsten Dunst Loses Touch with Reality in “Woodshock” 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: Kirsten Dunst on Filming Sex Scenes with Women Directors

11 April 2017 7:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Kirsten Dunst in “The Beguiled

Like most actors, Kirsten Dunst is not a fan of filming sex scenes. “I don’t like it, I don’t like it,” the “Hidden Figures” actress told E! News at CinemaCon while promoting Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled.” She explained, “To be honest, I’m like, ‘Let’s get this over with as fast as possible.” Dunst went on to say that her experiences filming sex scenes varied according to who was behind the camera.

While male directors want “to shoot it from every angle,” longtime collaborator Coppola has a starkly different approach. “At least Sofia’s like, ‘We’re going to get this done quick, we’re just gonna shoot it here, we’ll do three takes, be done,’” she revealed.

There are many horror stories about male directors (and actors) exploiting their power over young stars in the vulnerable position of acting out sex, oftentimes in various states of undress — accounts from the actresses of Cannes winner “Blue Is the Warmest Color” come to mind. But we’re betting that most times, actresses don’t speak out for fear of being labelled too sensitive or difficult.

It doesn’t at all sound as though Dunst was vilifying male directors, and she didn’t go into further detail about the subject, so it’d be presumptuous to assume that she was preyed upon. It seems moreso like she was pointing to the value of working for a filmmaker who understands a woman’s perspective, and can relate on a personal level.

“I am on the floor and my clothes are being ripped,” Dunst said of her sex scene in “The Beguiled.” No wonder she was happy to be working for someone who realized that shooting this from every angle would make the actors deeply uncomfortable — someone who wasn’t oblivious to how much they were asking of those in front of the camera.

Dunst previously worked with Coppola in 1999’s “The Virgin Suicides” and 2006’s “Marie Antoinette.” The “Fargo” actress also made a cameo in 2013’s “The Bling Ring.” Dunst is set to make her feature directorial debut with a big screen adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s “The Bell Jar.”

Set during the Civil War, “The Beguiled” centers on a Confederate girls’ boarding school that is thrown into chaos after taking in an injured Union soldier to convalesce. Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, and Colin Farrell co-star. The drama opens June 23, but we’re hoping to see the film make its world premiere at Cannes in May.

Quote of the Day: Kirsten Dunst on Filming Sex Scenes with Women Directors was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Laura Berger

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Exclusive: Author Alana Massey on Beyonce's Twins and How 'Befriending' Famous Women Helped Her Forgive Herself

7 February 2017 1:30 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

"I go really theological really fast and I'm like, 'Oh, they're going to be the ones that save us. They're, like, our Romulus and Remus who will re-found the country and build us an empire worth fighting for.'"

When I speak with Alana Massey, not even 24 hours have passed since Beyoncé announced she is expecting twins. The 30-year-old author, a graduate of Yale Divinity, quickly proclaims the future Carter-Knowles offspring our saviors when I broach the subject during our phone chat, then at an equally dizzying clip, transitions in earnest to examining how we collectively digested the news.

"I was thinking about how it was such a nice reprieve from, 'Donald Trump Is Burning Down the World.' 'They're Shutting Down Nasa and We're Burning Down Yosemite,' and then whatever the hell else is happening politically," Massey rattles off. "Having that be, at least for a while, the thing that took everyone's focus and attention »

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