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20 Hollywood Women Tell Their Tales of Sexual Harassment (Exclusive)

20 Hollywood Women Tell Their Tales of Sexual Harassment (Exclusive)
While a tsunami of women in Hollywood tweeted #metoo, the powerful hashtag didn’t give most the opportunity to tell their sexual harassment stories. Many women still fear that naming names will bring about career repercussions and potential legal action. With this piece, we decided to empower women to come forward only by identifying themselves and revealing their long-held secrets. Many of these stories took place when these women were starting their careers — young, naive, and powerless, they didn’t know who to tell. They didn’t want to lose their jobs. And while no one equated their harassment story with those who had been raped or assaulted, these incidents left their mark, and changed how these women function in an industry where sexual harassment is systemic.

Here are their stories:

Nancy Klopper, casting director

While casting a film for an award-winning director, I was treated very well, except for when he used the bathroom adjoining his office
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For Hollywood, It’s Mueller Time (Guest Column)

For Hollywood, It’s Mueller Time (Guest Column)
There is currently a showrunner on a popular TV series who uses his power to humiliate and harass female writers. These women rarely last more than a season or two. Those who are fired get badmouthed. Those who quit get badmouthed, too.

Happily, I can write this without fearing charges of libel. Unhappily, that’s because this description could apply to any one of many men. Still, I’m thinking of one showrunner in particular who made anti-Semitic remarks to my face and openly sexually harassed a lower-level female writer. And if you don’t believe me, ask other women who’ve worked with him. No, really, ask them.

Studios and networks need to start actively rooting out sexual harassment and misogyny in the TV and movie industry. Waiting for a whistleblower in a business where retaliation is well-documented places an unfair burden on the vulnerable. So let’s stop waiting for a victim — or fifty — to come
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Did Melania Trump Plagiarize Michelle Obama's Convention Speech?

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Did Melania Trump Plagiarize Michelle Obama's Convention Speech?
Melania Trump delivered a rare speech on Monday at the Republican National Convention, but not everyone was a fan. Some critics were quick to point out similarities between Melania's speech and Michelle Obama's 2008 speech at the Democratic National Convention. "From a young age my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise; that you treat people with respect," Melania said on Monday. "They taught and showed me values and morals in their daily life." She
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Did Melania Trump Plagiarize Michelle Obama's Convention Speech?

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Did Melania Trump Plagiarize Michelle Obama's Convention Speech?
Melania Trump delivered a rare speech on Monday at the Republican National Convention, but not everyone was a fan. Some critics were quick to point out similarities between Melania's speech and Michelle Obama's 2008 speech at the Democratic National Convention. "From a young age my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise; that you treat people with respect," Melania said on Monday. "They taught and showed me values and morals in their daily life." She
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Did Melania Trump Plagiarize Michelle Obama's Convention Speech?

  • PEOPLE.com
Did Melania Trump Plagiarize Michelle Obama's Convention Speech?
Melania Trump delivered a rare speech on Monday at the Republican National Convention, but not everyone was a fan. Some critics were quick to point out similarities between Melania's speech and Michelle Obama's 2008 speech at the Democratic National Convention. "From a young age my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise; that you treat people with respect," Melania said on Monday. "They taught and showed me values and morals in their daily life." She
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Writers Guild Of America awards nominees revealed

The 2016 Writers Guild of America awards winners have been announced. In the original screenplay category Steven Spielberg’s Bridge Of Spies will be going up against the likes of Sicario, Spotlight, Straight Outta Compton and Trainwreck, while the adapted screenplay sees The Big Short compete against Carol, The Martian, Steve Jobs and Trumbo.

The awards also take in documentary material, and television productions. You can see the rest of the nominations below.

Screenplay Nominations

Original Screenplay

Bridge of Spies, Written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen; DreamWorks Pictures

Sicario, Written by Taylor Sheridan; Lionsgate

Spotlight, Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy; Open Road Films

Straight Outta Compton, Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff; Universal Pictures

Trainwreck, Written by Amy Schumer; Universal Pictures

Adapted Screenplay

The Big Short, Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay; Based on the
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Nominations For The 68th Annual Writers Guild Of America Awards

The Writers Guild of America has just announced the nominations for their annual awards for Best Screenplays (by writers who are guild signatories). That’s right, before you get nervous thinking that your favorite may have been left off the list, you must remember that the WGA is the group that is not all-inclusive and leaves out several of the top contenders each year due to them not being part of the guild or not following their very specific rules. For this reason, you won’t see Inside Out, The Hateful Eight, and Ex Machina in the Original Screenplay category or Room, Brooklyn, or Anomalisa in the Adapted screenplay category.

Taking a look at what’s left over for the nominations, we find many that were expected to make a showing, including Spotlight and Bridge of Spies for Original Screenplay, though they apparently had to sink to really low depths
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'MST3K' Reboot Breaks New Kickstarter Record with $5.7M

'MST3K' Reboot Breaks New Kickstarter Record with $5.7M
One month after the Kickstarter campaign first launched for the Mystery Science Theater 3000 reboot, the show is now fully funded, earning $5.76 million. This tally just barely surpassed the Veronica Mars movie's $5.702 million total to become the most-funded video project in Kickstarter history. The show also raised an additional $600,000 through the sale of merchandise from the campaign's Add-On Store, bringing the total to more than $6.3 million.

The MST3K campaign started in mid-November, with a goal of $5.5 million to produce a full season of 12 episodes. The $6.3 million fundraising total brings the episode count for this new season up to 14, one of which will be a holiday special. It isn't clear when production will begin, but the new episodes will arrive sometime next year. Series creator Joel Hodgson also held a live telethon on Friday night, as the crowd-funding campaign was winding down.

Comedian Jonah Ray will serve as the new host of Mystery Science Theater 3000,
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Mystery Science Theater 3000 Breaks Veronica Mars's Crowdfunding Record and Will Have 14 New Episodes

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Mystery Science Theater 3000 Breaks Veronica Mars's Crowdfunding Record and Will Have 14 New Episodes
Holy Crow, the Kickstarter campaign for the Mystery Science Theater 3000 revival just blasted away Veronica Mars and set a new record with $5.9 million raised, plus an additional $300,000 from online merchandise sales. National treasure and MST3K progenitor Joel Hodgson has promised fans two more episodes on top of the 12 originally planned, including a holiday special. Hodgson orchestrated a live online telethon at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles, which included appearances by Patton Oswalt and Felicia Day, both of whom will appear on the new season. Pretty much everyone on planet Earth is psyched for the new episodes — celebrities ranging from Jerry Seinfeld to Joel McHale and Mark Hamil will have cameos, while ace comedic writers Dan Harmon (Community), Justin Roiland (Rick & Morty), Rob Schrab (The Lego Movie Sequel), Nell Scovell (The Muppet Show), Ernie Cline (Ready Player One), Pat Rothfuss (The Name of Wind), and
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Dan Harmon to Write for ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ Reboot

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Dan Harmon to Write for ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ Reboot
Dan Harmon, the creator of “Community” and co-creator of “Rick & Morty,” has joined the reboot of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” as a guest writer, “MST3K” creator Joel Hodgson announced Wednesday. Harmon is one of several guest writers joining the Kickstarter-funded revival of the cult TV series. Others include Justin Roiland (“Rick & Morty”); Rob Schrab (“The Lego Movie Sequel”); Nell Scovell (“The Muppet Show”); Ernie Cline (“Ready Player One”); Pat Rothfuss (“The Name of Wind”); musical act Paul & Storm; comedian Dana Gould and Egot winner Robert Lopez (“Book of Mormon,” “Frozen”). In addition, veteran “MST3K” staffers will also return, including composer Charlie.
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Awkward., Ep 4.05: “Overnight” has Jenna looking forward to college

Beau Mirchoff, Molly Tarlov

Awkward., Season 4, Episode 05: “Overnight”

Written by Leila Cohan-Miccio

Directed by Nell Scovell

Airs Tuesdays at 10 Pm on MTV

One of the looming aspects of senior year has been the imminent arrival of college, a prospect that has affected Jenna and Tamara in different ways. With the latter’s carefully laid out senior year plan going awry, the former has struggled to figure out who she is in the absence of an unwanted limelight. This week’s episode sees the duo take their first foray into college, in an enjoyable outing that sees Matty finally find solace with an old friend.

Jenna’s experience at college this week points to a potentially fascinating path for the character. Despite finally getting a level of anonymity in her senior year, it’s been clear that Jenna’s time at high school is not stellar. Furthermore, particularly with the
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Facebook director Sheryl Sandberg's book Lean In for film adaptation

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, the bestselling book by Facebook's chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, is to be adapted for the big screen.

Sony Pictures Entertainment has reportedly acquired the rights to the project, with Nell Scovell (who worked with Sandberg on the book) on board to write the script.

According to Deadline, the film's plot will follow a fictional narrative that focuses on themes raised by the book.

Sandberg is said to be planning to donate her proceeds from the project to her Lean In foundation.

Sony also produced Academy Award-nominated The Social Network - based on the Ben Mezrich book The Accidental Billionaires - which told the story of founder Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook's creation.

Watch a trailer for The Social Network below:
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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s Book ‘Lean In’ Gets Movie Deal

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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s Book ‘Lean In’ Gets Movie Deal
Sony Pictures has made a preemptive deal to acquire feature film rights to Sheryl Sandberg’s bestselling book “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead,” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Sandberg is the COO of Facebook and will donate her proceeds from the project to her foundation. Also Read: Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg: The Social Network Is a Force for Good Veteran TV writer/director Nell Scovell will adapt the book, which she co-wrote with Sandberg. The movie is not designed as a Sandberg biopic, though it will explore themes featured in the book,
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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's 'Lean In' Scores Movie Deal

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's 'Lean In' Scores Movie Deal
Sony Pictures has made a preemptive acquisition for the film rights to Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, the 2013 best-seller by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Nell Scovell will write the script based on the book, which explores gender inequality in the workplace. The film will not be a narrative of Sandberg's life, but rather a story based on the book's themes. Photos: THR's Social Media Poll: How Facebook and Twitter Impact the Entertainment Industry The nonfiction book Lean In hit stores in March 2013. Sandberg, who became Facebook's COO in

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Sony Will Adapt Sheryl Sandberg’s Bestseller ‘Lean In’

Sony Will Adapt Sheryl Sandberg’s Bestseller ‘Lean In’
Sony Pictures has made a preemptive acquisition of the film rights to “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” penned by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.

Sabrina the Teenage Witch” creator Nell Scovell will adapt the book as a fictional story based on the book’s themes. No producers are set at this time.

The nonfiction bestseller covers the inequities between how women and men are treated in the work environment and in leadership positions.

Though the film is not specifically about the social site, “Lean In” is Sony’s second Facebook-related project after David Fincher pic “The Social Network.”

Deadline Hollywood first broke the news.
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Sony Pictures, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg Make Movie Deal For ‘Lean In’

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Exclusive: In a deal spearheaded by Sony Pictures production president Hannah Minghella, the studio has made a preemptive acquisition of film rights to Lean In: Women, Work, And The Will to Lead, the 2013 book written by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. The studio has set Nell Scovell, the veteran TV writer/director, to write the script. Scovell helped Sandberg write the book. The film is not a biography of Sandberg; rather, Scovell will hatch a narrative film from the themes contained within the book. Sandberg will donate her proceeds from the project to her foundation. While there are some high-risers like Sandberg, the book covered the inequities between how women and men are treated in the workplace and in leadership positions. After analyzing the root causes, Sandberg offered theories and solutions on how women can shed these timeworn shackles and become better empowered in the workplace. It’s the second major
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Politics, Hollywood Mix at Wrap Power Women Breakfast with Kamala D. Harris (video)

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Politics, Hollywood Mix at Wrap Power Women Breakfast with Kamala D. Harris (video)
Top women executives in Hollywood gathered on Thursday for TheWrap's annual Power Women breakfast, where keynote speaker California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris discussed the importance of women seeking elected office, while sharing her own journey in public life. A panel discussion followed with Wendy Greuel, L.A. city controller and candidate for mayor; Cathy Schulman, president of Women in Film and Mandalay Entertainment; screenwriter and journalist Nell Scovell; Anne Globe, chief marketing officer for DreamWorks Animation; and Sharon Waxman, editor-in-chief of TheWrap. Here's the full Wrap coverage, and watch video of the
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Your Sunday Long Reads: Martin Short and London’s Most Whimsical Concert Venue

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Your Sunday Long Reads: Martin Short and London’s Most Whimsical Concert Venue
It's Sunday afternoon — your last chance to read all that stuff you meant to read last week before Monday brings a new deluge of things you will want to read. Below, some of our recommendations: "The Cat's Meow" by David Kamp (Vanity Fair): Exploring the enduring greatness — and possibly genuine niceness — of Martin Short. "Twelve Gigs on a Boat" by Laura Barton (Intelligent Life): For the last year, a boat balanced on top of a building has been one of London's premier concert venues, because who wouldn't want to perform on a boat balanced on top of a building? "Inside the Greatest Writers Room You've Never Heard Of" by Nell Scovell (Splitsider): Recalling shortest-lived late-night network show of all time: The Wilton North Report. "A Soap Opera on the High Seas" by Charles Homans (New York Times Magazine): On the reality TV empire of Thom Beers,
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Women In Film Adds 11 New Members to Board of Directors

Women In Film Adds 11 New Members to Board of Directors
Women In Film, Los Angeles, adds 11 new members to its Board of Directors. Orly Adelson, Adriana Alberghetti, Stephanie Allain, Darla K. Anderson, Holly Bario, Janet Daily, Sue Naegle, Keri Putnam, Michelle Raimo Kouyate, Nell Scovell and Winnie Wong join the non-profit, led by its returning second term president, producer Cathy Schulman ("Crash"). The group is "an enormously impressive group of the best and brightest people in Hollywood devoted to making positive change for both men and women working in the media business,” says Schulman. “These industry experts will be invaluable in guiding Wif's continuing commitment to next generation thinking, strategic...
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Writers Guild West Candidates For 2011 Officers And Board Of Directors Election

Los Angeles – The Writers Guild of America, West’s nominating committees have announced the initial list of candidates for the 2011 Wgaw Officers and Board of Directors election. The officer candidates are as follows: President – Patric M. Verrone, Christopher Keyser; Vice President – Howard A. Rodman, John Aboud; Secretary-Treasurer – David N. Weiss (inc.), Carl Gottlieb. There are 17 candidates nominated to run for eight open seats on the Wgaw’s Board of Directors as follows: Anthony Sparks, Dan Wilcox (inc.), Michael Oates Palmer, Thania St. John, Ari B. Rubin, Nelson Soler, Billy Ray (inc.), Linda Burstyn (inc.), Mark Alton Brown, David S. Goyer, Barbara E. Nance, Alfredo Barrios, Jr., John Brancato, Ian Deitchman (inc.), Nell Scovell, Jay Kogen, Carleton Eastlake (inc.). Note to editors: Wgaw internal rules require candidates to be announced in an order determined by lot; (inc.) denotes an incumbent candidate. In addition to the candidates selected by the nominating committees,
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