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Film Review: ‘Shot’

22 September 2017 12:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jeremy Kagan’s gun-control drama “Shot” opens with a bullet piercing a man’s back. There’s a problem. The bang should be louder. So sound mixer Mark (Noah Wyle) hits rewind, and as the squib rushes back inside the actor’s cowboy costume, he cranks up the bass. That’s how ammo blasts, thinks Mark. But in a few hours, a stray shot will teach him that real-life gunfire is nothing like the movies. (For one, the pop! sounds more hollow.)

Kagan’s intimate, split-screen study of the after effects of violence tracks both the victim and the shooter, a guilt-ridden teen named Miguel (Jorge Lendeborg Jr.). The kid’s story is too clichéd to let “Shot” sell itself as emotional realism, but 2nd Amendment advocates arming themselves against a Hollywood screed will be relieved that the film avoids political activism to focus on trauma and recovery.

The split-screen starts when Miguel, a »

- Amy Nicholson

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'Shot': Film Review

21 September 2017 3:44 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Noah Wyle finds himself back in an ER — only as a patient, not a doctor — in Jeremy Kagan’s drama illustrating that getting shot really, really hurts. Terrifically effective when vividly illustrating the emergency medical procedures necessary to keep a gun victim alive, Shot falls short in terms of narrative. But it will certainly resonate for anyone who’s ever been rushed to a hospital.  

The heavy-handedness of Anneke Campbell and Will Lamborn’s screenplay is evidenced by the opening scene, in which the film’s central character, Mark (Wyle), is shown to be a sound mixer adjusting the volume on »

- Frank Scheck

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Split 2 Brings Back More Unbreakable Stars

21 September 2017 2:16 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

We have known for quite some time that M. Night Shyamalan's Split 2, which is currently going under the title Glass, will bring back Unbreakable stars Bruce Willis as David Dunn and Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price. Today we have word that two more Unbreakable stars will return. Spencer Treat Clark and Charlayne Woodard will reprise their roles as David Dunn's son Joseph and Elijah's mother, who will both join Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Split stars James McAvoy as Kevin Wendell Crumb and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, and Sarah Paulson in an unspecified role. This may be the first of many casting announcements, since production is expected to begin quite soon.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news today, although it isn't clear if any other characters from Unbreakable are being brought back as well. The original movie also starred Robin Wright as Audrey Dunn, David's estranged wife and Joseph's mother, »

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Emmys 2017: “Big Little Lies,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and Lena Waithe Win Big

18 September 2017 10:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Kidman won best lead actress in a limited series for “Big Little Lies”: CBS/YouTube

The 2017 Emmy Awards were a great night for women in television. Not only did the two biggest awards go to women-centric series — “The Handmaid’s Tale” took home the best drama series statuette and “Veep” was named best comedy — the ceremony marked several Emmys firsts for women. “Master of None’s” Lena Waithe is now the first black woman to win an Emmy for best comedy writing, for example. What’s more, winners like Waithe, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, and Elisabeth Moss used their speeches to honor women’s stories and the social issues women face every day.

Here are some of the highlights from last night’s ceremony:

Nicole Kidman Shines a Light on Domestic Abuse

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Kidman, who won best lead actress in a limited series for portraying “Big Little Lies’” Celeste, a woman caught in an abusive marriage, took a moment from her speech to acknowledge the pervasiveness of domestic abuse in the real world. “Sometimes when you’re acting you get a chance to bring a bigger message,” the Oscar-winning actress observed. “We shine a light on domestic abuse [in “Bll”]. It is a complicated, insidious disease. It exists far more than we allow ourselves to know. It is filled with shame, secrecy, and by you acknowledging me with this award it shines a light on it even more.”

Lena Waithe Thanks Her Lgbtqia Family

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Waithe and Aziz Ansari shared an Emmy for writing “Thanksgiving,” an episode of “Master of None” that traces the years-long coming out story of Waithe’s character, Denise. Waithe used her time at the podium to recognize her “Lgbtqia family.” “I see each and every one of you,” she gushed. “The things that make us different — those are superpowers. Every day when you walk out the door and put on your imaginary cape and go out there an conquer the world, because the world would not be as beautiful as it is if we weren’t in it.”

Waithe, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Reed Morano Blaze Some Trails

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As mentioned, last night’s ceremony saw many firsts for women in TV. Louis-Dreyfus became the first performer to win six consecutive Emmys for the same role. Until this year’s Emmy Awards, Louis-Dreyfus had been sharing the record with “Murphy Brown’s” Candice Bergen.

Perhaps most exciting is Reed Morano’s outstanding directing for a drama series victory for “The Handmaid’s Tale.” The “Meadowland” helmer is the first woman in 22 years to take home the honor. The last time a woman was recognized in the category was in 1995, when Mimi Leder won an Emmy for directing an episode of “ER.” This honor couldn’t be more well-deserved, but damn, 22 years is a depressing amount of time to go without a woman winning this award, so as sweet as this victory is, it’s a powerful reminder of how little recognition women directors have received.

Women-Centric Series Dominate the Night

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All three of the “best series” prizes went to women-driven shows: “The Handmaid’s Tale” won outstanding drama series, “Veep” outstanding comedy series, and “Big Little Lies” outstanding limited series. If that wasn’t exciting enough, “Handmaid’s Tale” also saw wins for Morano and stars Elisabeth Moss and Ann Dowd. Adding to “Bll’s” success was Kidman’s win and Laura Dern’s for best supporting actress in a limited series or movie.

When “Bll” was named best limited series, stars Kidman and Reese Witherspoon both called for more stories about women on the small screen. “Bring women to the front of their own stories, make them the hero of their own stories,” Witherspoon emphasized. Kidman added that her creative partnership with Witherspoon on “Bll” came from “a frustration because we weren’t getting great roles. So, now, more great roles for women, please.” (It must be noted, however, that “Bll” was written and directed by men. As important as it is for women to get great roles, we also need to ensure they get great roles behind-the-scenes too.)

During her speech Moss specifically thanked Margaret Atwood, who wrote “The Handmaid’s Tale” novel. “Thank you for you did in 1985 and thank you for what you continue to do for all of us,” Moss said. The author appeared onstage — and received a huge reaction from attendees — when “The Handmaid’s Tale” was named outstanding drama series. She’s credited as a supervising producer on the dystopian drama.

“Well, one take-away would be ‘never believe it can never happen here,’” Atwood herself told the La Times about the underlying message of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” About the series’ Emmy win, she said: “In a way, you can say the handmaids have escaped. They’re out there, and they’re coming to you again in Season 2!”

All of the female winners at the 2017 Emmy Awards are below. List adapted from CNN.

Outstanding drama series

“The Handmaid’s Tale”

Outstanding comedy series

Veep

Outstanding lead actress in a drama series

Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Outstanding supporting actress in a drama series

Ann Dowd, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Outstanding lead actress in a comedy series

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep

Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series

Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live

Outstanding limited series

Big Little Lies

Outstanding lead actress in a limited series

Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies

Outstanding supporting actress in a limited series or movie

Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies

Outstanding writing for a comedy series

Lena Waithe, “Master of None” (with Aziz Ansari)

Outstanding directing for a drama series

Reed Morano, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Emmys 2017: “Big Little Lies,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and Lena Waithe Win Big 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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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Breaks the Emmy Awards Streaming Barrier, One of Several Records Shattered This Year

17 September 2017 8:34 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The streaming TV biz passed the ultimate Emmy threshold on Sunday night, as Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” made history.

“Handmaid’s Tale” picked up the win for outstanding drama series, which represents the first time a streaming service had one won of the top Emmy series prizes. It was just four years ago, in 2013, that Netflix became the first streaming platform to win an Emmy, as “House of Cards” picked up a handful of victories.

“Streaming has arrived, and we’re here to say what a wonderful journey,” said “Handmaid’s Tale” executive producer Warren Littlefield. Added exec producer Bruce Miller: “The way Hulu handled our show, they were bold and behind us and committed to making something interesting.”

The fact that Hulu was the first to land a top Emmy series prize, rather than Netflix, is a bit surprising, as Netflix came into this year’s »

- Michael Schneider

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‘Handmaids Tale’s’ Reed Morano Is First Woman to Win Drama Directing Emmy in 22 Years

17 September 2017 7:11 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Reed Morano is not only a rising-star director — she’s the first woman to win the Emmy for drama series directing in 22 years.

Morano directed the first three episodes of “Handmaid’s Tale,” setting the tone and the look for the Hulu show that has drawn critical raves. Morano had experience as a cinematographer but had never directed a pilot prior to “Handmaid’s.” The decision by MGM Television and Hulu to give her not one but three episodes was a major gamble, but one that paid off.

In accepting the award, for the first installment of the 10-episode first season, Morano hailed “Handmaid’s” star Elisabeth Moss for her fearless performance in the adaptation of the Margaret Atwood dystopian novel.

“Lizzie is my ultimate inspiration,” Morano said. “This is as much her as it is me.”

The last female helmer to take the drama series directing Emmy was Mimi Leder in 1995 for the “ER” episode “Love »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Quote of the Day: Lesli Linka Glatter Says the Pool of Female Directors Is “Wide and Deep”

15 September 2017 11:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

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“There aren’t enough qualified female directors.” This excuse is all too common in conversations about the lack of films and series directed by women, and suggests that the problem isn’t related to sexism or unconscious bias, it’s the fact that there aren’t enough experienced women ready to step behind the camera and take these jobs. Emmy and Oscar-nominated director Lesli Linka Glatter is calling bullshit on this ill-informed argument.

In a new interview with Variety, the “Homeland” helmer was asked about the lack of parity among female directors working in TV. “The excuse often heard from male showrunners is that there aren’t enough qualified female directors,” interviewer Debra Birnbaum observed. “I hear that all the time and I don’t understand that,” Glatter said. “There are many. The pool is wide and deep.”

Glatter recognized the importance of initiatives offering novice female filmmakers opportunities, but emphasized that a talent pool does already exist. “It’s great to nourish new talent and new directors, but there’s a whole level of midcareer directors we don’t want to forget about either,” she explained. “I have to say, I think it’s an excuse. I think if you are only looking at a handful of directors who work all the time, you’re not looking deep enough. Especially now when you can pick up a camera and make a movie.”

In the 2016–17 TV season women accounted for just 17 percent of directors.

As for who gets the chance to break into the industry and get their first TV directing credit, we can turn to research conducted by the DGA. In the 2015–16 season “153 directors who had never worked in episodic television were hired by employers (studios, networks, and executive producers) — 15 percent were ethnic minorities, and 23 percent were women.” The rest were white men. If hiring a first-time episodic director to helm an episode of your show is a risk, these stats paint a picture of who studios, networks, and EPs have the most faith in.

Eighty-five percent of shows in the 2016–17 season had no women directors. It’s likely that, if questioned about this fact, higher-ups working on these series would offer the “not enough qualified female directors” line. And yet shows like “Jessica Jones,” “Queen Sugar,” and “Harlots” have managed to produce entire seasons of television directed exclusively by women. And Ryan Murphy has ensured that at least half of all director gigs on his shows, which include “American Horror Story” and “American Crime Story,” go to either women or minority candidates, which he defines as people of color or members of the Lgbtq community.

There are also resources, such as The Director List, that can serve as a reference to those looking to make their sets more female-friendly.

Last year Glatter was honored by the Crystal + Lucy Awards and the American Film Institute. Her many credits include episodes of “Mad Men,” “The Walking Dead,” “Nashville,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Freaks and Geeks,” “The Good Wife,” “House,” “ER,” “The West Wing,” and “Twin Peaks,” and the feature “Now and Then.”

Quote of the Day: Lesli Linka Glatter Says the Pool of Female Directors Is “Wide and Deep” 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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Rumorville: Daniel Dae Kim in Talks to Join the ‘Hellboy’ Reboot

14 September 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Welcome to Rumorville! Here you can find out about casting news that’s about to break in Hollywood. These speculations might be only rumors, but that doesn’t mean you can’t follow the trail all the way to the audition room. Despite a whitewashing scandal, the “Hellboy” reboot is still a go at Lionsgate, and they might be a step closer to a new star. In August, Ed Skrein had been cast as Major Ben Daimio, a Japanese-American character from the “Hellboy” comics. After social media backlash over casting a white actor in an Asian-American role, Skrein stepped away from the film, and rumors are circulating that Daniel Dae Kim will take the now vacant spot. Kim recently left CBS’s "Hawaii Five-0,” and he’s also known for his work on "ER,” "Angel,” and "Lost.” No announcements have been made to confirm his part in "Hellboy, but Lionsgate »

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ABC Developing Drama Inspired by Life of ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Star Kyle Richards

12 September 2017 1:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

ABC is developing a drama series inspired by the life of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Kyle Richards, Variety has learned.

Titled “Glass Houses,” the potential series would follow the financially overextended Anisa Shattenkirk-Glass as she launches her own company to challenge her former employer and mother-in-law Dahlia for control of the L.A. real estate market, all while trying to court and please L.A.’s most lucrative and elite clients.

Universal Television will produce in association with NBCUniversal International Studios and Working Title. “The Good Wife” writer and executive producer Leonard Dick will write and executive produce “Glass Houses.” Richards will also executive produce along with Working Title’s Andrew Stearn, Tim Bevan, and Eric Fellner.

Richards and Working Title are repped by UTA. Dick is repped by Wme.

Richards has been a main cast member on “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” since its first season along with her sister, Kim »

- Joe Otterson

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Glenn Geller Developing James Patterson Drama ‘Innocent’ at CBS With ‘Blue Bloods’ Ep

12 September 2017 12:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Former CBS Entertainment head Glenn Geller has set up another drama project at CBS, Variety has learned.

The potential drama series is currently titled “Innocent” and is based on a soon-to-be-published book by James Patterson. It follows three siblings – an NYPD Detective, an ER resident, and an Assistant District Attorney – try to navigate a new family dynamic when their estranged father is released from prison after serving 18 years for a murder he didn’t commit.

Siobhan Byrne O’Connor, an executive producer and writer on the CBS series “Blue Bloods,” will write and executive produce “Innocent.” Geller will executive produce along with Patterson, Bill Robinson, and Leopoldo Gout. CBS Television Studios will produce. Robinson and Gout are the co-presidents of James Patterson Entertainment, with both serving as executive producers on the CBS’ summer drama “Zoo,” which is also based on a Patterson book. They will also executive produce the upcoming Patterson CBS drama “Instinct.”

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- Joe Otterson

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George Clooney Admits Amal Watches Old ‘ER’ Episodes

11 September 2017 1:45 PM, PDT | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

During his short stop in Toronto to premiere his latest directorial project “Suburbicon” at Tiff, George Clooney confessed to Vanity Fair magazine that wife Amal still watches “ER” reruns starring her husband. Clooney played Dr. Doug Ross on the ’90s TV drama, which sprang the Oscar winner into mega-stardom. Related: George Clooney On Raising His Kids: […] »

- Aynslee Darmon

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Mindy Newell: Days Of Yore

11 September 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Presenting two real-life stories from my days of yore, although names have been changed to protect both the innocent and the guilty.

Story The First:

I knew a girl in high school – I wouldn’t say we were friends, but she was someone who had never participated in the Piggy horrors. Sally was an A+ student, on the track to an Ivy League school. Pretty (but not gorgeous) and popular (but quiet about it), she came to me one day and said that she needed to talk to me privately. I was surprised… and a bit suspicious. What did she want? But because Sally had never been overtly mean to me, even though she was part of the clique that instigated most of the callous cruelties upon me, and because I still hoped to be “accepted,” and I wanted to believe for some reason she was about to warn me »

- Mindy Newell

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Don Ohlmeyer, Producer and Executive Who Helped Revive NBC in 1990s, Dies at 72

10 September 2017 8:09 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Don Ohlmeyer, a longtime producer and executive who helped lead NBC’s “Must-See TV” revival in the 1990s, died Sunday at his home in Palm Desert, Calif. He was 72.

Ohlmeyer’s death was announced by his longtime friend Al Michaels during the “Sunday Night Football” telecast on NBC. “He was truly special and one of a kind,” said Michaels. Ohlmeyer had a long run as a sports producer at ABC and NBC in the 1970s and ’80s before he moved to NBC as West Coast president in 1993.

Ohlmeyer was a famously tough boss but he brought a spirit of competitiveness to NBC in the early 1990s when the network was in the ratings basement. On his watch, NBC thrived with a fresh slate of hits that included “Friends,” “ER,” “Frasier,” “Mad About You,” “Seinfeld,” “Law & Order,” “Just Shoot Me” and “Will & Grace.”

Warren Littlefield, who served as entertainment president under Ohlmeyer, recalled »

- Cynthia Littleton

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George Clooney Photobombs Matt Damon While Out to Dinner in Venice — See the Pic!

3 September 2017 9:51 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

George Clooney photobombed longtime pal Matt Damon, 46, as the actor posed with a waiter in a Venetian restaurant. As Damon smiles and points to the waiter, Clooney can been seen ducking into the shot with a playful smile.

The two were in Venice for the 74th Venice Film Festival, to premiere Suburbicon — which Clooney directed and co-wrote. Damon, who stars in the film, recently sat down for an Entertainment Tonight interview with Clooney to promote the dark comedy. During that interview, Clooney opened up about his twins  — Ella and Alexander, both 3 months — and their developing personalities.

“He’s a moose! »

- Yvonne Juris

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Matt Damon on His Lasting Friendship with George Clooney: 'He's Got a Huge Heart'

1 September 2017 8:12 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Matt Damon and George Clooney have been friends for almost 20 years. And in that time, Damon has seen a lot change for his bestie.

Not only has Clooney gone from TV star to Oscar-winning actor and producer, but the new father of twins has also built a career for himself as a director — on films like Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), The Monuments Men (2014) and Damon’s new film Suburbicon.

And while some things about Clooney are different, Damon sees him as very much the same person.

“Sure, he’s changed. He’s evolved, but »

- Dave Quinn

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10 Best Movies to See in September: 'It,' Jennifer Lawrence and Lego Ninjas

30 August 2017 7:42 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

It's September: The young 'uns are back in school, going outside doesn't mean you'll automatically sweat through half your clothes and the movies bounce back from the annual August lull. Translation: Darren Aronofsky and Jennifer Lawrence invite you to a casual gathering from hell; a gruesome Stephen King adaptation gets served up; the kids get a new Lego movie (this time it's Ninjago!); and Jake Gyllenhaal plays a real-life hero and does a Boston accent, which must mean the awards-circuit season is starting up. Here are your 10 best reasons to »

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The Great British Bake Off 2017, episode one – as it happened

29 August 2017 1:22 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Did Bake Off burn its bottom with the move to Channel 4, or did it rise like a phoenix?

9.22pm BST

So what do we think? It’s long, and adverts are...wearing. But Sandi and Noel could work well if they relax, and the bakers themselves impressed. There are a few artists in there. I’d say that last round alone warranted another week’s watching.

I also imagine GeneralMittens is bang on the money with what happens next, but I can’t print that up here. Shame on you. Er, General.

9.14pm BST

Is it dark because they make them stay in the grounds until they cry on camera?

Next week is biscuits. I do want to see if Sandi and Noel relax, plus I’m contractually obliged. But I’d love to see you all again!

9.12pm BST

A worthy win for Steven. And Peter is sent home. »

- Rhik Samadder

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Reed Morano (‘The Handmaid’s Tale’) poised to make Emmy history as 2nd woman to win Best Drama Directing

29 August 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

In 62 years, only one woman has won Best Drama Directing at the Emmys: Mimi Leder for the landmark “ER” episode “Love’s Labor Lost” back in 1995. This year, one of the three women nominated in that category —  Reed Morano for the first episode  of “The Handmaid’s Tale” (“Offred”) — is overwhelmingly favored to […] »

- Marcus James Dixon

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William H. Macy Is All For Female-led Films and TV Shows: ‘Let’s Let the Women Take Over for a While’

27 August 2017 1:07 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

William H. Macy is all about girl power — and girls in power!

The Shameless actor believes that while Hollywood hasn’t done a complete 180 when it comes to diversity and including more women onscreen, it’s well on its way.

“I have a great industry. When something is wrong, they’ll fix it,” he told reporters before attending the Floyd Mayweather/Conor McGregor fight in Las Vegas on Saturday.

“I think what’s fueling it is women are half the population, and if we’re going to make money in movies, the movies have to look like the people who are watching them, »

- Mark Gray

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How 8 Emmys Categories Are Celebrating Women Behind the Scenes on ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘Stranger Things’ and More

24 August 2017 12:46 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When it comes to the Emmys, gender representation has always been a bit of a struggle behind the scenes. In non-acting categories, especially when it comes to technical awards, there’s a lack of female representation that’s persisted throughout the industry. But this year, there are bright spots to be found.

This is not a complete representation of all of the year’s nominees — there were many other female nominees whose work was noteworthy — but here is a selection of the strides women made in 2017, often in categories largely dominated by men.

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance

BoJack Horseman” (Netflix): Kristen Schaal as Sarah Lynn in “That’s Too Much, Man!” “F Is For Family” (Netflix): Mo Collins as Ginny, Jimmy Fitzsimmons, Lex, Ben, and Cutie Pie in the episode “Pray Away” “The Simpsons” (Fox): Nancy Cartwright as Bart Simpson in “Looking for Mr. Goodbart”

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- Liz Shannon Miller

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