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Evan Rachel Wood to Make Directorial Debut

22 March 2017 12:02 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Evan Rachel Wood in “Westworld

Westworld’s” Evan Rachel Wood is stepping behind the camera. After more than 20 years of acting in the business, Wood will make her directorial debut. In an interview with Vulture, Jenny Slate (“Obvious Child”) revealed that she’s been cast in the film, which co-stars Wood, Alison Pill (“The Newsroom”), and Cynthia Erivo (Broadway’s “The Color Purple”).

Little is known about the project besides the fact that it’s a road trip movie and it’s filming in Vancouver. No word on its title, who penned the script, who is producing, nor any other plot details.

Wood currently stars in HBO’s big budget science fiction Western “Westworld,” which concluded its first season in December 2016. She plays Dolores, the oldest android host working in the park. The show, created by Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan, is a ratings hit. A second season is confirmed, but no word on a premiere date.

It was a woman who directed Wood in her breakout big screen role, 2003’s “Thirteen.” The Catherine Hardwicke film centers on the dysfunctional relationship between two troubled teen girls (Wood and “Twilight’s” Nikki Reed). Wood’s other credits include “Doll & Em,” “The Ides of March,” “True Blood,” “Mildred Pierce,” “Across the Universe,” and “The Wrestler.” Wood’s most recent film credit is Patricia Rozema’s “Into the Forest,” a tale of two sisters (Wood and Ellen Page) struggling to survive the elements, intruders, and each other in the wake of a mass power outage set in the not-so-distant future.

While the specifics are admittedly scarce, it seems like Wood’s directing project will be women-centric based on the casting news. “I don’t think people have a problem [with female-led stories.] I think it’s assumed because it’s a male-driven world and lot of entertainment decisions are made mainly by men,” Wood has said in the past. “We’re getting better about it but the misconception that if it’s female-driven, you’re gonna alienate people — that does men a disservice because you’re not letting them into that world and to really see women as people,” she observed. “We just have to give people a chance and give these films a chance and let the audience decide. Stop assuming that men are things incapable of empathy. It’s almost insulting to men!”

Evan Rachel Wood to Make Directorial Debut 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: How ‘Underground’ Is Making History by Telling Harriet Tubman’s Story on Screen

8 March 2017 12:05 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

When Underground returns to Wgn America for season two on Wednesday, March 8, it’ll make history by presenting Harriet Tubman’s narrative onscreen for the first time since 1978, when Cicely Tyson played the abolitionist on the TV miniseries A Woman Called Moses. In the 39 years since, there’s been little of Tubman’s vast story -- from her escape from slavery to the Underground Railroad to her role as spy and military leader during the Civil War and, later, a suffragette -- presented, unless one counts her brief appearance on an episode of NBC's 1982 time-traveling series Voyagers! or in 2012’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which even the film’s screenwriter, Seth Grahame-Smith, admitted was “sad.”

In fact, several versions of Abraham Lincoln’s story have appeared on TV and in theaters since 1978, with Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln earning Daniel Day-Lewis the 2013 Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of the president. Even [link=nm »

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iHeartRadio Music Awards 2017: The Complete Winners List

5 March 2017 5:10 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

The 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards were held on Sunday at The Forum in Inglewood, California, featuring performances by superstars Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry and more.

Check out all the big winners below!

Pics: 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards Red Carpet Arrivals

Song of the Year:

"Can't Stop The Feeling" - Justin Timberlake *Winner*

"Cheap Thrills" - Sia featuring Sean Paul

"Closer" - The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey

"One Dance" - Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla

"Stressed Out" - twenty one pilots

Best New Artist presented by the all-new 2017 Subaru Impreza®:

The Chainsmokers *Winner*

Chance The Rapper

Bryson Tiller

Kelsea Ballerini

The Strumbellas

Joss Favela


Female Artist of the Year:

Adele *Winner*

Ariana Grande


Selena Gomez


Male Artist of the Year:


Justin Bieber *Winner*

Luke Bryan

Shawn Mendes

The Weeknd

Best Duo/Group of the Year:



Florida Georgia Line

The Chainsmokers

twenty one pilots *Winner*

Alternative Rock Song of the Year:

"Bored to Death »

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Just How Many Black Actors Have Won an Oscar? The Number Is Disturbingly Low

26 February 2017 10:15 PM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Image Source: Getty / Lee Celano The Oscars have been plagued by obvious race issues since they began in 1929, and things seemingly came to a head with the #OscarsSoWhite discussion a couple of years ago; the overwhelming lack of diversity in nominees in both 2015 and 2016 resulted in Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs taking bigger, more noticeable steps to double the number of diverse members in its voting body by 2020. Nevertheless, a black actor (the incomparable Sidney Poitier) wasn't awarded until 1964, and it was only in 2002 that Halle Berry became the first black woman to win a best actress trophy. At this year's ceremony, Mahershala Ali and Viola Davis won for their supporting roles, adding to a pretty short list. So, just how many black actors have won Oscars over the years? Sixteen. A whopping sixteen distinguished, talented people in 89 years. Scroll through to see who they are and learn about the records they've broken. »

- Brittney Stephens

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Oscar Pre-Parties 2017: Inside Alfre Woodard’s Sistahs Soiree, Chanel, Bulgari & More

25 February 2017 1:40 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There is always a lot to celebrate during Oscar week, but many of this year’s special occasions toasted to something in particular: a historical year for Oscar nominations by the Academy. Diversity and inclusion was front and center for celebrations throughout the week, from Alfre Woodard’s Sistahs Soiree, to Common’s pre-Oscar dinner (pictured above), to African-American publications Ebony and Essence toasting to black Hollywood at their respective fetes. 

Women were also a part of the conversation. While the landmark moment for people of color was applauded, the ladies in the industry were still pushing for progress at the Women in Film’s annual cocktail reception, which sprinkled in motivational speeches from Brie Larson and Meryl Streep with the hors d’oeuvres.

Take a peek inside this year’s pre-Oscar celebratory gatherings below:


The Ultimate Oscar Party Guide 2017

Oscar’s Sistahs Soiree:

Progress, not politics, was what »

- Variety Staff

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Every Book Emma Watson Has Ever Recommended

21 February 2017 2:04 PM, PST | | See recent news »

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Emma Watson loves to read.

The actress has that in common with her brainy Harry Potter character Hermione as well as bookish Belle, who she plays in the much-anticipated film Beauty and the Beast, out March 17. In addition to being a bookworm, Watson is also an outspoken feminist and as well as a Un Women Goodwill Ambassador and promoter of the organization’s HeForShe movement, which is dedicated to recruiting men into the movement for gender equality. As a response to her work with the Un, she launched the feminist »

- Madeline Raynor

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Michelle Rodriguez joins Steve McQueen’s Widows

19 February 2017 4:50 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

According to Empire, Fast & Furious star Michelle Rodriguez has joins the cast of Steve McQueen’s (12 Years a Slave) next film Widows, where she will join the previously announced Viola Davis (Fences) and Cynthia Erivo, star of Broadway’s The Color Purple musical.

Widows has been scripted by McQueen and Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl), and is based upon the British TV series created by Lynda La Plante. It follows three women who team up to complete a robbery after their husbands are killed on the job. Production is expected to get underway later this year.

Rodriguez will next be seen reprising the role of Leticia “Letty” Ortiz-Toretto in The Fate of the Furious and also lends her voice to the character of Smurfstorm in Smurfs: The Lost Village, both of which open in April. »

- Gary Collinson

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Hillary Clinton and Kate McKinnon Reportedly Spotted Having Dinner in NYC

17 February 2017 2:44 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

After laying low since November's presidential election, Hillary Clinton might be back -- in a big way.

The 69-year-old politician was seen having dinner with Saturday Night Live actress Kate McKinnon in New York City on Wednesday, Page Six reports.

Related: Alec Baldwin Talks Donald Trump Impression, Calls 2016 Election 'A Very, Very Difficult Time'

According to the outlet, Clinton and McKinnon, accompanied by SNL writer Sarah Schneider, "seemed very nice and friendly and had a quiet dinner" at Orso.

Related: Hillary Clinton Receives Standing Ovation While Attending Final Broadway Performance of 'The Color Purple'

We can't help but hope that the dinner means Clinton is returning for another SNL cameo when the show returns on March 4. McKinnon famously impersonated the former presidential candidate during the recent campaign season, and in 2015, the Hillarys came face to face for a hilarious "Bar Talk" sketch. 

Watch: Alec Baldwin & Kate McKinnon Break Character for Inspiring Message of Hope in »

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Announcing the 2017 Grammy Winners!

12 February 2017 9:00 PM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

We've known since the nominees were announced that this year's Grammy Awards wouldn't be an ordinary show. Beyoncé and Adele competed against each other in several key categories, and though Adele may have won the top honors, Beyoncé also took home important statues (and Adele's trophies, probably). Chance the Rapper, Drake, and even the late David Bowie also won big. See the full list below! Best New Artist Chance the Rapper Record Of The Year "Hello" by Adele Album Of The Year 25 by Adele Song Of The Year "Hello" by Adele Best Pop Vocal Album 25 by Adele Best Pop Solo Performance "Hello" by Adele Best Pop Duo/Group Performance "Stressed Out" by Twenty One Pilots Best Rock Song "Blackstar" by David Bowie Best Rock Album Tell Me I'm Pretty by Cage the Elephant Best Rock Performance "Blackstar" by David Bowie Best Rap Album Coloring Book by Chance the Rapper Best »

- Shannon Vestal Robson

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John Legend and Cynthia Erivo Honor Those We’ve Lost at Grammys

12 February 2017 8:20 PM, PST | | See recent news »

John Legend and Cynthia Erivo delivered a special In Memoriam performance at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, honoring the musical icons we’ve lost in the past year.

The two performed “God Only Knows,” the 1966 song written by Brian Wilson and Tony Asher for the Beach Boys.

Though last year’s Grammy Awards occurred weeks after David Bowie’s death, the 12 months since have seen many beloved performers die, including Prince, Merle Haggard, Leonard Cohen and George Michael.

Related Video: What Music’s Biggest Stars Wore to Their First Grammy Awards

Check out People’s full 2017 Grammys coverage.

Looking forward »

- Eric Renner Brown and Karen Mizoguchi

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Oscars 2017: How Does This Year’s Crop of Female Producers Fit in With the Best Picture Category’s History?

11 February 2017 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Oscar statue (Courtesy: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

There was always a chance for the best picture category at the 2017 Academy Awards to feature solid representation for female producers and, with the nominations official, the numbers are in. Turns out there are five of the nine films in this year’s top category with women behind it — but how does that stand up to the rest of Oscar history?

As mentioned above, there are five out of the total nine films in the best picture category this year that took some girl power to get made. There’s Hell or High Water (Carla Hacken and Julie Yorn), Hidden Figures (Donna Gigliotti and Jenno Topping), Lion (Angie Fielder), Manchester by the Sea (Kimberly Steward and Lauren Beck), and finally Moonlight (Adele Romanski and Dede Gardner). This leaves out Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, and La La Land as »

- Carson Blackwelder

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Elizabeth Debicki Joins Viola Davis in Steve McQueen's Heist Thriller

9 February 2017 11:30 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Thus far in her career, actress Elizabeth Debicki has stolen so many scenes – spectacularly – from such a small handful of projects that we should go ahead and award her the Crown Jewels before she sneaks in and takes them herself. Either way, her electric turns in The Great GatsbyThe Man From U.N.C.L.E., and especially her surreptitiously sharp performance at the heart of The Night Manager have already earned Elizabeth the status of a young queen on the silver and small screens - and the announcement of her most recent project promises she'll keep on stealing. Per Variety, she’s to lend her elemental femme fatale flair to Steve McQueen’s newest film Widows and join a verifiable dream team behind and in front of the camera. Before reading onward I must implore you to beware at your own pleasure.

Four years have passed since his formalist masterpiece 12 Years a »

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Roots of the problem: the controversial history of Alex Haley's book

9 February 2017 9:51 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Haley’s influential family saga about 18th century slavery is back on TV, but its literary reputation is still tarnished by questions of authenticity

This week saw both the debut on BBC4 of a star-studded mini-series based on Alex Haley’s Roots, and the 25th anniversary of Haley’s death on 10 February 1992. That the latter was not accompanied by a clutch of major reassessments testifies to his fascinatingly ambiguous status: he is the most-read African American author ever – The Autobiography of Malcolm X (which he co-authored with the black nationalist leader) sold 6m copies in its first decade, Roots sold the same number in its first year alone – yet is forever tainted by controversy and kept out of the canon.

What’s strange about the sniffiness towards Haley is that his impact was felt in literary fiction, as well as by the 130 million Americans who viewed the (much less classy »

- John Dugdale

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Tony Winner Cynthia Erivo to Star in Harriet Tubman Biopic

8 February 2017 1:32 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cynthia Erivo is set to star in an independent Harriet Tubman biopic, tentatively titled  “Harriet.”

Producers are Charles D. King’s through his Marco company, Debra Martin ChaseDaniela Taplin Lundberg, Kim Roth and Gregory Allen Howard. Macro, New Balloon and Stay Gold Features are financing.

Seith Mann is directing.

The film will the portray the life of Tubman as slave, abolitionist, Underground Railroad conductor, nurse, spy and warrior. Producers plan to begin shooting later this year.

Executive producers are Poppy Hanks, New Balloon’s Elizabeth Koch and Kristina Kendall, Nnamdi Asomugha and Bill Benenson.

Erivo won a Tony award, Drama Desk award, Theatre World award and Outer Critics Circle award for her performance in “The Color Purple” on Broadway. She’s been nominated for a 2017 Grammy and will perform at Sunday’s show.

She stars the upcoming film “Widows,” directed by Steve McQueen, co-starring opposite Viola Davis. Erivo also »

- Dave McNary

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What Movie Makes Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Nicole Kidman Cry?

8 February 2017 9:21 AM, PST | | See recent news »

From Moonlight and Lion to Manchester By the Sea, this year’s crop of Oscar films is sure to make you shed a tear.

But what movies can make even an Oscar nominee cry? Turns out, almost all of them. This week, the female nominees sat down with People for an exclusive photo portfolio and video interviews. They dished on which films give them the feels while participating in The Cagle Exercise with People and Entertainment Weekly Editorial Director Jess Cagle.

“This is tough ’cause there’s a lot,” said Nicole Kidman.

Both Naomie Harris and Emma Stone agreed, with »

- Jodi Guglielmi

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Exclusive: Making Black Life Matter on Broadway

7 February 2017 7:25 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

The sounds of bass and horns begin to fill the spaces of the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, and director Ruben Santiago-Hudson perks up. “You can hear that ‘70s funk now!”

He and actor André Holland have been on a busy schedule promoting the current Broadway production of August Wilson’s Jitney, which officially opened Jan. 19, and it’s now a couple of hours before tonight’s performance will begin. But that sound check of the original blues score by composer Bill Sims Jr. sends a jolt of energy through the air.

“We have the most diverse audience on Broadway right now,” says Santiago-Hudson with infectious enthusiasm. “It’s not just a black audience, it’s a wonderful, diverse New York City audience. That's a bold, American statement: We the people, we're saying it's time!”

More: 2017 Spring Theater Preview

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Damien Chazelle’s DGA Victory Solidifies ‘La La Land’s’ Date With Oscar

4 February 2017 11:23 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

You can count on one hand the number of filmmakers that have won the Directors Guild award for feature filmmaking, yet lost the best director Oscar when nominated: Rob Marshall (“Chicago”), Ang Lee (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”), Francis Ford Coppola (“The Godfather”), Anthony Harvey (“The Lion in Winter”) and Robert Rossen* (“All the King’s Men”).

Ben Affleck (“Argo”), Ron Howard (“Apollo 13”) and Steven Spielberg (“The Color Purple”), meanwhile, share their own bizarre place in film awards history as guild winners that didn’t even secure a nomination from the Academy. But throughout the course of 68 years, 60 DGA winners have gone on to claim the Oscar.

So that’s some solid math in “La La Land” director Damien Chazelle’s favor. Already the youngest DGA winner in the category, he’s now poised to become the youngest best director Oscar winner as well.

Why is the DGA prize such a predictive precursor? »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Why the 2017 Oscars Are the Most Diverse Ever

24 January 2017 9:50 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Ahead of the 2017 Academy Awards, which will be handed out live on ABC starting at 8:30 p.m. Et / 5:30 p.m. Pt, we’re looking back on the historic nominations, which were first announced on Jan. 24.  

After two years in which the Academy Awards failed to nominate a single black actor in any of the four acting categories, the nominees for the 2017 Oscars are notably more diverse than ever.

A black actor is nominated in every acting category -- Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress -- in the same year for the first time in Academy history. The closest to the record has been three nominations spread across three of the acting categories, which was last achieved in 2013.

This year, Denzel Washington (Fences, Actor), Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, Supporting Actor), Ruth Negga (Loving, Actress), Viola Davis (Fences, Supporting Actress), Naomie Harris (Moonlight, Supporting Actress) and Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures, Actress) were all »

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Viola Davis Makes History as First Black Actress to Earn Three Oscar Nominations

24 January 2017 9:28 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Viola Davis just earned her place in the record books.

The 51-year-old actress earned her third Academy Award nomination Tuesday when she received a Best Supporting Actress nod for her role in Fences, and in the process became the most-nominated black actress in Oscar history.

The Rhode Island native, who overcame an impoverished childhood to become one of Hollywood’s most respected stars, earned her first Best Supporting Actress nomination in 2008 for Doubt, and a Best Actress nomination in 2011 for The Help.

She has yet to bring home the coveted trophy, but is considered a frontrunner after winning a Golden »

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Star Sightings: Nicole Kidman, Simone Biles and Nadia Comaneci Celebrate Team USA

19 January 2017 6:00 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Et has details on what some of your favorite celebs have been up to recently that you might have missed.

At the Equinox Sports Club lounge in Los Angeles, hosts Nicole Kidman, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Rumer Willis joined 1976 Olympians Caitlyn Jenner and Nadia Comaneci to welcome a new generation of Team USA to Hollywood at CW3PR's 4th Gold Meets Golden event on Jan. 7. The honorees included Simone Biles, Aly Raisman and NFL pro boyfriend Colton Underwood, Conor Dwyer, Ashton Eaton and Brianne Thiesen-Eaton, Dannell Leyva and Kristi Castlin. Farrell

In New York, Gigi Hadid was ready for the winter cold, rocking a black All Saints Asher Shearling Biker jacket when she landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

All Saints

Meanwhile, country music star Jake Owen was joined on stage by PGA Tour great John Daly to sing Bob Dylan's "Knockin on Heaven's Door" at a concert for the Diamond Resorts »

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