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‘Orange is the New Black’ Star Danielle Brooks on Taystee’s Failures, the Cliffhanger, and Those False Rumors of Her Exit

21 June 2017 3:22 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Spoiler Alert: Do not read until you’ve watched season five of “Orange is the New Black.”

Poussey’s tragic, senseless death at the end of season four of “Orange is the New Black” proved a galvanizing event for the series — it shaped the course of season five, which played out over the course of just three days, as the inmates of Litchfield took over the prison in protest. But while all the characters grappled with the fallout from her death in their own ways, it was Danielle Brooks’ Taystee who stepped up. Deep in mourning, she channeled her fury »

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Why Elizabeth Banks's Inaccurate Comment About Steven Spielberg Majorly Backfired

16 June 2017 11:22 AM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

What was supposed to be an empowering speech about women in film ended up majorly backfiring for Elizabeth Banks. The Pitch Perfect 2 director was the recipient of the Excellence in Film Award at the annual Crystal + Lucy Awards in La on Tuesday, where she used her moment in the spotlight to discuss gender equality in Hollywood and criticize Steven Spielberg for always casting men as the leads in his films. "We can't do it by ourselves. We need dudes. We need the guys," she said. "It's our responsibility to bring the men along. I went to Indiana Jones and Jaws and every movie Steven Spielberg ever made, and by the way, he's never made a movie with a female lead. Sorry, Steven. I don't mean to call your ass out, but it's true." Immediately actress Shari Belafonte, who was sitting in the audience, yelled out "The Color Purple!" Banks »

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Elizabeth Banks apologises for criticising Steven Spielberg over lack of female leads

16 June 2017 3:23 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The actor says sorry for failing to acknowledge several Spielberg films, including The Color Purple, in her speech at an awards ceremony this week

Elizabeth Banks has apologised to Steven Spielberg after she publicly criticised the director for not casting female leads in his films.

The actor and director had made her remarks during an acceptance speech on Wednesday at the Women in Film’s Crystal + Lucy awards, during which she criticised the lack of female representation in Hollywood.

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Newswire: Elizabeth Banks apologizes for inaccuracies in her Steven Spielberg comments

15 June 2017 6:45 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Earlier this week, actress and director Elizabeth Banks took an opportunity to call out Steven Spielberg for his lack of women-led movies, blasting the prolific director from the podium at the Women in Film’s Crystal + Lucy Awards. “And by the way, he’s never made a movie with a female lead,” Banks said at the time. “Sorry, Steven. I don’t mean to call your ass out, but it’s true.” Now, she’s apologized for part of that statement, although her mea culpa isn’t aimed at Spielberg, so much as at an inaccuracy in her assertions about his film-making record.

At the time that Banks was making her remarks, actress Shari Belafonte brought up Spielberg’s 1985 movie The Color Purple, pointing out that the distinctly female-focused movie starred Whoopi Goldberg. Banks apparently breezed past Belafonte’s comments at the time, but she’s since apologized to ...

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Elizabeth Banks Apologizes for Criticism of Steven Spielberg: ‘I Messed Up’

15 June 2017 4:38 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Elizabeth Banks has apologized for her earlier comments about Steven Spielberg, writing on Twitter that “I want to be clear from the start I take full responsibility for what I said and I’m sorry.” Banks, who criticized the filmmaker for the lack of of female protagonists in his films, says she was corrected by Shari Belafonte.

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- Michael Nordine

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Et’s Gender Debated After Elizabeth Banks’ Steven Spielberg Criticism

15 June 2017 4:25 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The internet is suddenly pondering the gender of classic movie alien E.T. after Elizabeth Banks knocked Steven Spielberg for a lack women leads in his movies. At an awards show this week, Banks said the director had never made a film with a female protagonist. She was quickly reminded on the spot (and vehemently on Twitter) of Spielberg’s seminal film “The Color Purple” — and apologized for her omission on Thursday. But the comments also inspired some levity on social media, as film fans debated if other famous Spielberg characters were male or female. Among those whose gender identities are »

- Matt Donnelly

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Wif Crystal Award Winner Elizabeth Banks Apologizes For Calling Out Steven Spielberg Over Lack Of Female Leads

15 June 2017 4:15 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Updated, Thursday, 4:15 Pm: Elizabeth Banks, who called the legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg out on Tuesday night before 900 people attending the Women in Film Crystal Awards for not directing films with female leads (he has with such films as The Color Purple and The Sugarland Express), has tweeted out an apology for her remarks this afternoon, saying she was wrong and she was sorry for the error. Deadline was first to report the remarks she made while accepting the… »

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Elizabeth Banks Apologizes for Forgetting ‘The Color Purple’ in Steven Spielberg Comments

15 June 2017 4:10 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Elizabeth Banks took at aim at Steven Spielberg earlier this week during a speech at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards, calling out the famous filmmaker for failing to direct movies with female leads… but she omitted one important work.

She came under fire for forgetting about his 1985 film “The Color Purple,” which starred Whoopi Goldberg in her breakout role and earned 10 Oscar nominations, including one for best picture. On Thursday, she issued an apology after the backlash mounted via social media.

“I messed up,” she wrote on Twitter. “When referring to Steven Spielberg at the Women in Film awards, I framed my comments about his films inaccurately. I want to be clear from the start that I take full responsibility for what I said and I’m sorry. When I made the comments, I was thinking of recent films Steven directed, it was not my intention to dismiss »

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Elizabeth Banks Apologizes to Steven Spielberg After Claiming He Never Made a Film With a Female Lead

15 June 2017 4:08 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Elizabeth Banks is acknowledging her mistake.

The 43-year-old actress issued an apology to Steven Spielberg on Thursday after she incorrectly stated that the director has "never made a movie with a female lead" during the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards on Tuesday.

Related: Exclusive: Elizabeth Banks Talks 'Charlie's Angels' Reboot and Reveals If She'll Play an Angel

When Banks was accepting her Crystal Award, she expressed her frustration with the lack of female stories on the big screen, specifically calling out the Oscar-winning director.

"I went to Indiana Jones and Jaws and every movie Steven Spielberg ever made, and by the way, he's never made a movie with a female lead," Banks said onstage. "Sorry, Steven. I don't mean to call your a** out, but it's true."

However, her comments received backlash after many pointed out that Spielberg directed the 1985 film The Color Purple, starring Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey.

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Elizabeth Banks Apologizes for Steven Spielberg ‘Color Purple’ Flub

15 June 2017 3:58 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Elizabeth Banks has apologized for her criticism of director Steven Spielberg, saying he’s never made a film with a female protagonist despite having directed the iconic film “The Color Purple.” “When referring to Steven Spielberg at the Women in Film Awards, I framed my comments about his films inaccurately. I want to be clear from the start I take full responsibility for what I said and I’m sorry,” Banks said in a Twitter post Thursday. At the Tuesday ceremony she mentioned, Banks said the famed director had “never made a movie with a female lead.” The remark instantly prompted criticism as Spielberg helmed. »

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‘The Color Purple’ Passes The Bechdel Test, But How Many Other Steven Spielberg Movies Do?

15 June 2017 12:12 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Steven Spielberg is the most famous filmmaker in the world, so it was only a matter of time before his lengthy filmography was scrutinized by 21st century standards. The Bechdel test was going to find him eventually.

The Bechdel test — coined by graphic novelist Alison Bechdel, it calls for a movie to have at least two named woman characters, who speak to each other about something other than a man — has its flaws, but it’s a simple, quantifiable way to measure whether a movie’s portrayal of women is credible. It’s not an issue that would have come up for Spielberg when he launched his career nearly 50 years ago, but times have changed.

Read More: Lgbt Superheroes: Why ‘Wonder Woman’ Could Never Have Been The Lesbian Avenger We Still Need

At a Women In Film luncheon held on Tuesday, the actress and director Elizabeth Banks said Spielberg “never »

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Elizabeth Banks Puts Steven Spielberg On Blast For Lack of Female Lead Characters

15 June 2017 7:06 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Elizabeth Banks was in Hollywood last night at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards to receive an honor for excellence in feature directing, and she used her time on stage to put none other than Steven Spielberg on blast.

Criticizing the director for his lack of female characters in lead roles, Banks said, “I went to ‘Indiana Jones’ and ‘Jaws’ and every movie Steven Spielberg ever made…he’s never made a movie with a female lead. Sorry, Steven. I don’t mean to call your ass out, but it’s true.”

Read More: Steven Spielberg Does What He Wants: 6 Things Every Fan Must Know About Hollywood’s Biggest Director

It’s important to note that Banks’ statement isn’t completely true. Spielberg’s theatrical feature debut “The Sugarland Express” features Goldie Hawn in the lead role, while other efforts like “The Color Purple” and “The Bfg” were also centered around lead actresses. »

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Newswire: Elizabeth Banks calls out Steven Spielberg for lack of female leads

14 June 2017 8:22 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Elizabeth Banks called out one of Hollywood’s most beloved directors by name last night, putting Steven Spielberg on blast for making movies that almost overwhelmingly focus on men. “I went to Indiana Jones and Jaws and every movie Steven Spielberg ever made,” Banks said last night at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards, where she was receiving an honor for excellence in feature directing. “And by the way, he’s never made a movie with a female lead. Sorry, Steven. I don’t mean to call your ass out, but it’s true.”

As people have pointed out, Banks’ comment wasn’t 100 percent accurate; Goldie Hawn had top-billing on 1974’s Sugarland Express, young Ruby Barnhill was technically the lead on last year’s The Bfg, and Whoopi Goldberg is inarguably the star of The Color Purple. But that’s still only three films across Spielberg’s ...

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Exclusive: Danielle Brooks Credits Broadway, Black Lives Matter Movement for 'Oitnb' Performance

14 June 2017 2:50 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Warning! This article contains spoilers for season five of Oitnb. Do not proceed if you haven't watched the first five episodes from the new season.

Danielle Brooks has been a fan favorite on Orange Is the New Black since the beginning, but season five is her season.

Still mourning the tragic death of inmate Poussey Washington (Samira Wiley) -- who was accidentally murdered by correctional officer Baxter Bayley (Alan Aisenberg) last season -- Brooks' character, Tasha "Taystee" Jefferson, is desperate to give her best friend proper justice. A riot breaks out at Litchfield Penitentiary and the tables are turned when the inmates take over. Demanding that changes be made, Taystee becomes the movement's leader.

"I appreciate the writers and [creator] Jenji Kohan for trusting me with the material that they gave me this season," Brooks, 27, tells Et, thrilled that the show's large ensemble of women each get a chance to tell their story. And for Taystee »

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‘Shut That Crap Off’: Bette Midler Fights Back After Being Played Off at the Tonys

11 June 2017 8:07 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Broadway has crowned its new queen!

Bette Midler won the 2017 Tony Award for best actress in a musical Sunday night for her spectacular performance in Hello, Dolly! The win came in the midst of a stiffly competitive category featuring veterans and newcomers alike — and a few legendary faces.

“I’m so privileged, I’m s0 honored,” the legendary performer said in her speech, which marked her first-ever non-special Tony win. “I hope I don’t cry. Thank you to the Tony voters, many of whom I’ve actually dated…I’m so grateful for the outpouring of love and affection »

- Ale Russian

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‘Dark Matter’ Crew Begins the Hunt for One of Their Own — TV Highlights for This Weekend, June 9-11

9 June 2017 3:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Welcome to PeekTV, your daily look at the best that television has to offer. In each installment, we make three picks for the best shows to watch and…toss in a little extra. 

The Weekend of June 9-11

Dark Matter”  (Friday – Syfy, 8:00 p.m.) – In the Season 3 premiere, the scattered survivors of Eos-7 battle to regroup amidst the backdrop of corporate war. Ryo Ishida, now emperor of Zairon, makes an enemy of his former allies, while the past comes back to haunt the crew of the Raza.

Season 2 of this Syfy show ended with a twist most fans didn’t see coming. Now, with the foundation of the show shaken, it’s a perfect time to jump into the mysteries of the Raza crew.

Idiotsitter” (Saturday – Comedy Central, 8:00 p.m.) – In the Season 2 premiere, Billie and Gene find themselves sharing a college campus, where Billie yearns to become »

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‘Dark Matter’ Crew Begins the Hunt for One of Their Own — TV Highlights for This Weekend, June 9-11

9 June 2017 3:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Welcome to PeekTV, your daily look at the best that television has to offer. In each installment, we make three picks for the best shows to watch and…toss in a little extra. 

The Weekend of June 9-11

Dark Matter”  (Friday – Syfy, 8:00 p.m.) – In the Season 3 premiere, the scattered survivors of Eos-7 battle to regroup amidst the backdrop of corporate war. Ryo Ishida, now emperor of Zairon, makes an enemy of his former allies, while the past comes back to haunt the crew of the Raza.

Season 2 of this Syfy show ended with a twist most fans didn’t see coming. Now, with the foundation of the show shaken, it’s a perfect time to jump into the mysteries of the Raza crew.

Idiotsitter” (Saturday – Comedy Central, 8:00 p.m.) – In the Season 2 premiere, Billie and Gene find themselves sharing a college campus, where Billie yearns to become »

- Steve Greene

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks review – Oprah is extraordinary

8 June 2017 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

There are odd moments, inexplicable pivots and it fails to do justice to its eponymous hero, but none of that matters when Winfrey is on screen. Plus, a maelstrom of madness in the Paula finale

It is easy to forget, amid everything else she has achieved, that Oprah Winfrey is an Oscar-nominated actor (in 1985, for her role as Sofia in The Color Purple). In The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Sky Atlantic), an adaptation of the book of the same title by Rebecca Skloot that remained on bestseller lists for six years, she reminds us why. It is her film from beginning to end. She plays Deborah, the emotionally and physically unstable daughter of Henrietta Lacks, who suffers the torments of growing up not just motherless, but abused by family members and tortured by the knowledge that her mother was – and still is – being exploited for other peoples’ gain.

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- Lucy Mangan

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All-Star Supporting Players Cast in Steven Spielberg's 'The Papers'

7 June 2017 6:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

  Over the course of his sterling career, Steven Spielberg has become known as a purveyor of blockbuster properties but he's also gained a reputation for his savvy casting choices. That includes giving important early lead roles to the likes of Whoopi Goldberg (The Color Purple) and Christian Bale (Empire of the Sun) and recognizing rising stars like Vince Vaughn (The Lost World: Jurassic Park) and Vin Diesel (Saving Private Ryan) by casting them in key supporting roles.  More than a dozen actors have earned Academy Award nominations for their performances in Steven Spielberg's movies, including Oscar winners Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) and Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies). Given Spielberg's reputation and the announcement in March that Tom Hanks and Meryl...

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All-Star Supporting Players Cast in Steven Spielberg's 'The Papers'

7 June 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

  Over the course of his sterling career, Steven Spielberg has become known as a purveyor of blockbuster properties but he's also gained a reputation for his savvy casting choices. That includes giving important early lead roles to the likes of Whoopi Goldberg (The Color Purple) and Christian Bale (Empire of the Sun) and recognizing rising stars like Vince Vaughn (The Lost World: Jurassic Park) and Vin Diesel (Saving Private Ryan) by casting them in key supporting roles. ...

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