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Allison Janney Named Honorary Chair of 2018 Women’s Voices Theater Festival

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Allison Janney is adding another gig to her jam-packed résumé. The multiple Emmy award-winning actress will serve as the Honorary Chair of the 2018 Women’s Voices Theater Festival. According to a press release from the fest, Janney’s “continued engagement [in American theater] demonstrates a deep and genuine commitment to creating a space in the theater community where the vital contributions of women are recognized and celebrated.”

The Women’s Voices Theater Festival is a collaboration among 26 theaters in and around Washington, D.C. with a mission to “highlight the scope of plays being written by women and the range of professional theater being produced in the nation’s capital region.” The event features world, national, and regional premieres of women-penned plays. Janney previously served on the Festival’s Honorary Committee in 2015.

Actress Danai Gurira (“The Walking Dead,” “Black Panther”), playwright Sarah DeLappe (“The Wolves
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Amy Adams Talks ‘Justice League,’ American Cinematheque Award

Amy Adams Talks ‘Justice League,’ American Cinematheque Award
Amy Adams can rise to any challenge: sparkle as a princess, brawl like a Boston barmaid, dance with Muppets, kiss Superman, earn five Oscar nominations and hold her own against Meryl Streep — twice. Still, on Nov. 10, the deeply private, craft-driven actress will face a new test when Tom Hanks, Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Kristen Stewart, Chris Messina and Denis Villeneuve take the stage of the Beverly Hilton Hotel to praise her talents as the 31st recipient of the American Cinematheque Award.

Being lauded for her entire body of work is “a little overwhelming,” says Adams. “I tend to look at things piece by piece.”

As for the prospect of watching a montage of her entire filmography, Adams falls silent. “Yup,” she eventually says with the well-mannered equanimity of an actress who spent years doing dinner theater in Minnesota. Then she giggle-exhales.

“I wasn’t even comfortable at my wedding having my family say things that were nice
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Universal Head Donna Langley to Receive Producers Guild’s 2018 Milestone Award

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Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley will be recognized by the Producers Guild of America (PGA) this winter. Deadline confirms that Langley is the 2018 recipient of the Milestone Award, the PGA’s most distinguished award. She’ll take home the prize January 20 at the 29th annual PGA Awards in Beverly Hills.

The Milestone Award celebrates those who have made landmark contributions in entertainment. Sherry Lansing is a previous honoree.

“The Producers Guild of America champions what is lifeblood to so many of us — visionary storytelling, fearless creativity, and global filmmaking,” Langley said. “On behalf of the brilliant team at Universal, I want to thank its members for recognizing our work with this prestigious honor.”

Langley has been at Universal since 2001 and was named chairman in 2013. As a studio head, she has pushed to greenlight films “she herself would want to watch.”

“In 2017, she helped lead Universal to its best first quarter in history with five releases within six weeks including ‘Fifty Shades Darker,’ ‘Get Out,’ and ‘Split,’” Deadline details. “In 2015, spurred by the studio’s ‘Furious 7,’ ‘Jurassic World,’ and ‘Minions,’ Universal crossed the $1 billion mark in worldwide box office — a first for any studio.”

Langley’s other box office success include the Amy Schumer vehicle “Trainwreck,” which grossed over $140 million worldwide on a budget of $35 million, and the Sam Taylor-Johnson-helmed “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which netted $571 million worldwide after being made for $40 million.

Drop Dead Gorgeous” and “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” are among Langley’s pre-Universal producing credits.

Donna Langley is essentially the epitome of a 21st century studio executive,” stated PGA Awards chairs Amy Pascal and Donald De Line. “Not only has she built Universal into a powerhouse through her stewardship of tentpole event films, she’s built her studio into a home for smart, talented, passionate filmmakers — especially for those who color outside the lines or don’t fit into Hollywood’s usual boxes. Donna has redefined the job for a rising generation of creative execs, and we’re privileged to honor her.”

Universal Head Donna Langley to Receive Producers Guild’s 2018 Milestone Award 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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Together Again: Sofia Coppola followed Kirsten Dunst from girlhood to womanhood

With Together Again, Jesse Hassenger looks at actors and directors who have worked together on at least three films, analyzing the nature of their collaborations.

For a long time, it seemed as if Kirsten Dunst might be hell-bent on becoming America’s sweetheart at any applicable age. In her younger days, she appeared as the girl hero of two different movies, Jumanji and Small Soldiers, that were essentially about toys coming to life and wreaking adorable havoc on picturesque towns. She has also played bubbly teenagers (Bring It On, Dick, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Get Over It), the beloved crush of Spider-Man, and the original Manic Pixie Dream Girl, among others, usually falling somewhere on a spectrum between cheerleader type and girl next door.

Yet there has long been a river of melancholy rushing below Dunst’s shiny, oft-blond exterior—an unarticulated sadness that creeps in past her warm, sometimes heavy-lidded
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Debby Ryan Beauty Pageant Dramedy “Insatiable” Lands at Netflix

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If you loved “Drop Dead Gorgeous” you’ll want to listen up. The 1999 Kirsten Dunst-led cult comedy isn’t getting rebooted, but Netflix does have another beauty pageant-centric project in the works. The Hollywood Reporter writes that the streaming giant has ordered Debby Ryan-starrer “Insatiable” to series. Lauren Gussis (“Dexter”) penned the script.

The dramedy follows a “disgraced, dissatisfied civil lawyer turned beauty-pageant coach (Dallas Roberts) who takes on a vengeful, bullied teenager (Disney Channel alum Ryan) as his client,” THR writes. The supporting cast includes Alyssa Milano (“Charmed”), Kimmy Shields (“Big Little Lies”), Erinn Westbroo (“Awkward.”), and Sarah Colonna (“Parker’s Anchor”).

You may have previously heard word of “Insatiable” in connection to The CW. Just weeks ago the network passed on the show’s pilot, though according to THR it was simply a matter of The CW having “no shelf space” left to air the program. It “remained high on ‘Insatiable,’” but ultimately had to let the show go. Fortunately Netflix also recognized the show’s potential — and handed out a 13-episode order.

Ryan’s credits include “Sing It!” “Jessie,” and “The Suite Life on Deck.” She’ll appear in “Life of the Party,” an upcoming college-set comedy toplined by Melissa McCarthy and “Love’s” Gillian Jacobs.

Debby Ryan Beauty Pageant Dramedy “Insatiable” Lands at Netflix 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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Adam West, TV’s Batman, Dead at 88 After Battle with Leukemia

Adam West, TV’s Batman, Dead at 88 After Battle with Leukemia
Adam West, the actor known for playing the title role in the 1960s television series Batman, died Friday after a short battle with leukemia, his family confirmed to Variety, the Hollywood Reporter and the BBC. He was 88.

“Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans’ lives. He was and always will be our hero,” his family said in a statement.

The actor is best remembered for his turn as Gotham’s Caped Crusader — though his career spanned six decades of film, stage and voice work.

Born William West Anderson on Sept.
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Exclusive: Director Richard Kelly and Jake Gyllenhaal on Why ‘Donnie Darko’ Still Resonates Today

Exclusive: Director Richard Kelly and Jake Gyllenhaal on Why ‘Donnie Darko’ Still Resonates Today
On Oct. 26, 2001, Donnie Darko, director Richard Kelly’s sci-fi film about a despondent teenager (Jake Gyllenhaal in his second major film role) who befriends a giant bunny named Frank (James Duval), was released in theaters. The film told a cryptic narrative of a high schooler who is sent on an existential journey after he escapes death from a falling jet engine and learns that the world has just over 28 days before it ends. In that time, Donnie fends off the torments of being a teen -- a testy older sister (Gyllenhaal’s real-life older sister, Maggie), concerned parents (Mary McDonnell and Holmes Osborne), overbearing teachers (Beth Grant), mild flirtations with a new female student (Jena Malone) -- while trying to figure out, in some ways, how to save the world.

“That was a movie that was more about the psychological journey of adolescence and the confusion of it all,” Gyllenhaal tells Et. And while it
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Denise Richards Documents Her Attempt at Building a Toy Stable: There Needs to Be a Rent a Husband App

Denise Richards Documents Her Attempt at Building a Toy Stable: There Needs to Be a Rent a Husband App
Denise Richards is calling in backup for single moms who need help building their kids’ Christmas toys!

The actress and former reality star, 45, recently shared a series of photos on Instagram showing the process in which she helped 5½-year-old daughter Eloise Joni build a toy stable.

“Sorry Eloise I’ll have this put together by the time your bday is here #May #whycanttoyscomeassembled,” she wrote next to a photo of the stable pieces spread out over the carpet.

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Feel the burn: match the insult to the movie – quiz

In this week’s lurid horror The Neon Demon, Elle Fanning has a sharp-edged introduction to the fashion industry. But how well do you know other bitchy cinematic quips?

"You are physically repulsive, intellectually retarded, you're morally reprehensible, vulgar, insensitive, selfish, stupid, you have no taste, a lousy sense of humour and you smell"

A Fish Called Wanda

9 to 5

The Witches of Eastwick

The War of the Roses

"He's not ugly. He's completely unattractive"

Mean Girls

Young Adult

Margot at the Wedding

10 Things I Hate About You

"There are really only two things I dislike about you. Your face"

All About Eve

The Mirror Crack'd

The Devil Wears Prada

Drop Dead Gorgeous

"You're not worth the trouble it would take to hit you! You're not worth the powder it would take to blow you up"

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

The Hangover

Revolutionary Road

Blue Valentine

"Everything that comes out
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Kirstie Alley Is a Grandma, Son William Stevenson Welcomes First Child

Kirstie Alley Is a Grandma, Son William Stevenson Welcomes First Child
Congratulations are in order! Kirstie Alley is officially a grandma. The actress' son, 23-year-old William True Stevenson, welcomed his first child, a son named Waylon Tripp Parker. The Drop Dead Gorgeous star shared the adorable first photos of her grandson on Twitter, where she gushed about the arrival of her family's newest member. "When your son has a son...bliss...yes this is my secret happy news as promised ...Welcome Waylon Tripp Parker," she tweeted alongside a piture of her son holding his newborn. Unable to contain her excitement about her grandson, Alley tweeted, "Just Gotta send one more..proud Gammy," and included another photo of Waylon smiling while taking a...
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Tears and Tiaras: How Drop Dead Gorgeous went from a Hollywood flop to a teen triumph

Described by critics as “crude and witless”, “numbingly unfunny” and “relentlessly defective”, scraping a meagre taking at the box office, Drop Dead Gorgeous was upon its release in 1999 a failure. The story of a beauty pageant gone wrong in a God fearing pocket of Minnesota, spun from the real-life experiences of writer Lona Williams,

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Kirsten Dunst "InStyle"

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Take a look @ new images of actress Kirsten Dunst (forever known as 'Mary Jane Watson' in director Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" Trilogy) featured in the March 2016 issue of "InStyle" magazine:

"I live in pieces that make me feel good," said the former child actress (Interview With The Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles"), pictured wearing Dior, Céline and Jil Sander.

At the age of twelve, Dunst gained widespread recognition as vampire 'Claudia' in 'Interview with the Vampire' (1994), a role for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. She appeared in "Little Women" the same year and in "Jumanji" the following year.

After a recurring role in the NBC medical drama "ER" (1996–97) as 'Charlie Chemingo' and co-starring in films such as "Wag the Dog" (1997), "Small Soldiers" (1998) and "The Virgin Suicides" (1999), Dunst transitioned into romantic comedies and comedy-dramas, starring in "Drop Dead Gorgeous" (1999), "Bring It On" (2000), "Get Over It
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Denise Richards Slams Charlie Sheen in Court Documents, Claims He Threatened Her and Their Children

Denise Richards Slams Charlie Sheen in Court Documents, Claims He Threatened Her and Their Children
Charlie Sheen's troubles continue. His ex-wife, Denise Richards, has filed court documents that claim her ex-husband isn't following through with the terms of a trust he set up for his children. In the documents Richards claims Sheen told her if she and the kids moved into the house next door to him they wouldn't be evicted. Taking into consideration his HIV-positive diagnosis and his desire to "repair his relationship with his children," Richards agreed. But over the past few years, Sheen became hostile and aggressive, according to Richards. The Drop Dead Gorgeous star claims shortly before Christmas 2013 the Anger Management star threatened to take away his kids' presents, allegedly saying,...
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‘Fargo’ Season 2: Kirsten Dunst Talks Going From Film to TV

‘Fargo’ Season 2: Kirsten Dunst Talks Going From Film to TV
Kirsten Dunst has only dabbled in TV in the past. There was a recurring role on “ER” here, a TV movie like “The Devil’s Arithmetic” there; but nothing on the scope of committing to a starring role in a 10-episode limited series like FX’s “Fargo.”

So what drew the star of movies ranging from “Spider-Man” to “Melancholia” to the small screen? The vision of showrunner Noah Hawley, whose Emmy-winning first season proved that the idea of using the Coen brothers’ celebrated 1996 movie “Fargo” as inspiration for an anthology drama wasn’t as crazy as it sounded.

The new season is a prequel to the first and set in 1979. Dunst plays Peggy Blomquist, a small town hairdresser in the Midwest with Hollywood dreams, opposite an all-new cast including Patrick Wilson, Ted Danson, Jean Smart and Jesse Plemons. Variety spoke with Dunst about what drew her to the series, the
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Allison Janney says Loretta from 'Drop Dead Gorgeous' deserves her own show

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Allison Janney says Loretta from 'Drop Dead Gorgeous' deserves her own show
It's easy to appreciate the work of Allison Janney because Allison Janney is in, um, basically everything. The "West Wing" alum won two Emmys this year: one for her supporting turn as the titular matriarch on CBS' "Mom" and another for the Showtime drama "Masters of Sex." She also appeared in the Melissa McCarthy espionage comedy "Spy" and the high school satire "The Duff." Now, to add to an already full plate of 2015 kookiness, she provides a voice in the new animated movie "Minions." She might not get to be as ridiculous as Jon Hamm, but she's lovable and quaint as Madge Nelson. We quizzed Janney on her favorite actors, her love of "Groundhog Day," and the potential for a "Drop Dead Gorgeous" TV reboot.  "Minions" hits theaters today. 
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The petition we need: Allison Janney for 'SNL' host

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The petition we need: Allison Janney for 'SNL' host
Thanks to a simple tweet from Allison Janney herself, we just realized something: The Emmy-winning actress has never hosted "SNL" before -- and it's an excellent fit for her. We need to get Allison to Studio 8H, pronto. Twitter agrees. Starting the campaign for Allison Janney to host SNL right now. Bc this is a travesty. https://t.co/V8Pkj1SZCG — Danielle Nussbaum (@daniellenuss) June 1, 2015 Fans are in agreement. I felt this suggestion was particularly trenchant. @AllisonBJanney @Apprile74 that would be great! And they should give u a musical number to show off your pipes, like in 9 to 5 — Natro (@LycoPsycho) June 1, 2015 She's proven her comic mettle on "Mom," which earned her an Emmy last year. But she's got the thespian chops to make the toughest sketches work too. Let's not forget her comic roles in movies like "Juno" where she's funny thanks to a brilliantly realized character. And finally:
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Time Machine: Drop Dead Dazzling Adams 'Always the Bridesmaid Never the Bride' on the Oscars' Red Carpet

Amy Adams drop dead gorgeous on Oscars' Red Carpet Amy Adams at the 83rd Academy Awards Looking drop dead gorgeous, Amy Adams is pictured above donning a scintillating blue dress while arriving at the 2011 Oscar ceremony, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in the fast-thumping heart of Hollywood. Adams was – for the third time in six years (more info below) – a Best Supporting Actress nominee. This time around, she was shortlisted for her performance in David O. Russell's The Fighter, a generally well-regarded and surprisingly successful (in the U.S.) boxing drama that earned fellow supporting actress Melissa Leo the evening's Oscar. Another The Fighter actor, Christian Bale (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight), took home the Best Supporting Actor Oscar statuette. In fact, the film's only major cast member left without an Oscar nomination in the acting categories was lead Mark Wahlberg (pictured with wife) – though he did
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After 2 Decades in Hollywood, Kirsten Dunst Still Brings It

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After 2 Decades in Hollywood, Kirsten Dunst Still Brings It
Kirsten Dunst is celebrating her 33rd birthday on Thursday, and we're marking the occasion with a look back at her stunning Hollywood evolution. Kirsten got her start at just 12 years old when she starred as Claudia in Interview With the Vampire - the role nabbed her a Golden Globe nomination as well as her first kiss, which she shared with (the much older) Brad Pitt and later recounted as "disgusting." From there, she gave us memorable performances in The Virgin Suicides, Bring It On, Drop Dead Gorgeous, and the Spider-Man trilogy, and off screen, Kirsten has remained vocal about her struggles with depression, proving herself as an inspiring example to former child stars and fans alike. In honor of Kirsten's big day, we've rounded up photos documenting her two decades in Hollywood. Keep reading to see them all now.
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Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon Will Feature Cannibalistic Supermodels

Given his track record, Nicolas Winding Refn honestly has my money as soon as he announces a new project. With gripping character study Bronson, stylish modern classic Drive (possibly my favorite movie of all-time) and the hypnotic Only God Forgives under his belt, the filmmaker is one of the most unique voices working in cinema today. And judging by new tidbits about his upcoming horror movie The Neon Demon, that’s not about to change anytime soon.

While being interviewed by Dazed and Confused last month about her documentary My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn, the filmmaker’s wife, Liv Corfixen, let slip some fascinating details about The Neon Demon‘s inspirations – including that the film is inspired by Countess Elizabeth Báthory, a notoriously cruel 16th-century countess who was rumored to bathe in the blood of local virgins. Báthory tortured these young girls and murdered them in hopes of
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Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Neon Demon' is Inspired by Countess Bathory

The only official information we have on Nicolas Winding Refn's next film, The Neon Demon, is that it's a horror tale with a young female driven cast, written by Refn and Mary Laws. That's not much to go on, but now Dazed Digital and What Culture (via The Playlist) reveal some new information after speaking with Refn's wife and director of My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn, Liv Corfixen. First we learn the story was inspired by the tale of Countess Bathory, who inspired many a vampire myth with sadistic rituals that included bathing in the blood of virgins. The Los Angeles-set movie is said to be a bit like the survival thriller Alive (1993) meets Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999). Corfixen isn't entirely sure what it's about, at least thematically, adding, "I don't know yet. Maybe it's about spirituality but I'm not sure," while revealing he's been purchasing Christian movies of late.
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