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Angelina Jolie, Patty Jenkins, and Greta Gerwig Participate in THR’s Director Roundtable

Gerwig: THR

It’s frustratingly common to see director roundtables and panels with zero women participants — discussions where female filmmakers literally don’t have a voice. Fortunately that’s not the case for The Hollywood Reporter’s recent Director Roundtable. THR assembled six awards contenders, and three of them are women: Angelina Jolie, Patty Jenkins, and Greta Gerwig.

Jolie is repping “First They Killed My Father,” her adaptation of Cambodian human rights activist Loung Ung’s book, Jenkins is there for “Wonder Woman,” which tells the origin story of the iconic super hero, and Gerwig is present on account of “Lady Bird,” her coming-of-age story about a Sacramento teen desperate to attend college in New York City.

We’ve assembled some of the highlights from the roundtable below. To watch clips of the discussion, head over to THR.

Gerwig on what she would shoot if she could put a camera anywhere,
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Christina Ricci & Judith Light to Star in Lifetime Film About First Undercover Female Journalist

Christina Ricci & Judith Light to Star in Lifetime Film About First Undercover Female Journalist
Ricci in “Z: The Beginning of Everything

Another project about Nellie Bly is in the works. Back in September we wrote that “Megan Leavey” actress Kate Mara is toplining a series in development about Bly, who is considered the first-ever female undercover journalist. Now Deadline reports that Lifetime has given the green light to a psychological thriller based on the trailblazer. Christina Ricci (“Monster”) and Judith Life (“Transparent”) are starring in the film, which is written by Helen Childress (“Reality Bites”). Karen Moncrieff (“The Keeping Hours”) is directing.

Scheduled for a 2018 premiere on Lifetime, the project’s working title is “Nellie Bly.” Ricci will portray Bly, an investigative reporter who’s “on a mission to expose the deplorable conditions and mistreatment of patients at the notorious Women’s Lunatic Asylum, and feigns mental illness in order to be institutionalized to report from the inside,” the source details. “The movie is
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Christina Ricci & Judith Light To Star In ‘Nellie Bly’ Movie In Works At Lifetime

Christina Ricci & Judith Light To Star In ‘Nellie Bly’ Movie In Works At Lifetime
Lifetime has given the green light to Nellie Bly (working title), a psychological thriller inspired by the groundbreaking 19th century journalist, with Christina Ricci (Monster), Judith Light (Transparent) and Josh Bowman (Revenge) attached to star. The film is in production for 2018 premiere on Lifetime. Ricci plays investigative reporter Nellie Bly, who’s on a mission to expose the deplorable conditions and mistreatment of patients at the notorious Women's Lunatic…
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Margot Robbie Is Ready for Her Close-Up

Margot Robbie Is Ready for Her Close-Up
There are a few tried-and-true techniques in the movie industry that can all but guarantee an actor starts down the road to award season. One could embody a real life character, preferably one who is tormented or a the very least suffered some sort of tragedy, like Natalie Portman in Jackie.  They could learn an impressive new skill that proves their dedication like Miles Teller's drums in Whiplash or Emma Stone's tap-dancing in La La Land. You could undergo a dramatic and very unflattering transformation on par with Charlize Theron in Monster.  You could be Meryl Streep in literally anything Meryl Street has done.  This...
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Spotted: Your Favorite '90s Star in Stranger Things Season 2

Image Source: Netflix You may have noticed that a couple of stars from the '80s and '90s joined Stranger Things season two. First there's Sean Astin, of The Goonies and Rudy fame, as Bob the Brain. The second is Will's doctor at the Department of Energy. Dr. Owens is played by prolific comedian Paul Reiser. This 60-year-old New Yorker got his big break in entertainment in the 1982 Barry Levinson film Diner, which costars Kevin Bacon, Tim Daly, Steve Guttenberg, Mickey Rourke, and Daniel Stern. (It's worth a watch if you ever get a chance.) RelatedHas Stranger Things Already Started Planning Season 3? Here's What We Know After appearing in the first two Beverly Hills Cop films, Reiser landed one of the starring roles on the NBC sitcom My Two Dads opposite Greg Evigan and Staci Keanan. If you're the right age (like I am), you were a huge fan
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General Mills Characters Celebrate Halloween on Fright Rags’ New Monster Cereals Mash T-Shirt

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For generations who got up early on Saturday mornings to watch as many cartoons as possible before lunchtime, the characters on the boxes of cereal were just as popular as those on screen. Perhaps most iconic of all were the faces that graced the General Mills cereals, and Fright Rags pays tribute to this lively bunch in their new Monster Cererals Mash T-shirt.

Featuring Frankenberry, that energetic Trix Bunny, Sonny the Cuckoo Bird, and more familiar faces from your childhood, Fright Rags' new Monster Cereals Mash T-shirt is priced at $27. To learn more, visit Fright Rags online and check out the new design below.

From Fright Rags: "Now Available! Officially Licensed General Mills Monster Cereal Mash t-shirt! Featuring all of our favorite General Mills characters, dressed in their favorite Cereal Monster costumes for Halloween! Frankenberry as Boo Berry! The Trix Bunny as Count Chocula! The Doughboy as Frankenberry! The gang's all here!
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Wonder Woman featurette explores the making of the Origins of the Amazons sequence

Platige Image has released a making of video for the impressive Origin of the Amazons sequence in Patty Jenkin’s blockbuster solo movie Wonder Woman, which shows how the visual effects studio brought a painting to life in order to tell the story of Ares’ betrayal and downfall; take a look below…

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.

Wonder Woman sees Patty Jenkins (Monster) directing a cast that includes Gal Gadot (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Chris Pine (Star Trek), Connie Nielsen
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Stranger Things Review: Season 2 Doubles Down on Monsters, Adds Heart But Plays Risky Waiting Game

Stranger Things Review: Season 2 Doubles Down on Monsters, Adds Heart But Plays Risky Waiting Game
In the parlance of Mike Wheeler and friends, Stranger Things Season 2 is the Empire Strikes Back to the first season’s Star Wars, in that it’s a highly anticipated follow-up where the stakes are higher for a band of unlikely heroes. But also because just as Luke Skywalker spent much of that sequel on his own journey, so does Eleven here — which is perhaps the otherwise engaging sophomore season’s only shortcoming.

RelatedStranger Things Season 3 Already in the Works — And Season 4, Too?

Releasing all nine episodes this Friday, Oct. 27, Season 2 of Netflix’s sleeper hit picks up in
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Warner Bros. launches its Wonder Woman Oscar campaign

20th Century Fox wasted little time in pushing Logan to the Oscar voters, and now Warner Bros. has kicked off its own Academy Award campaign for this year’s acclaimed DC blockbuster Wonder Woman by launching a For Your Consideration page. The studio has put the film forward for fifteen categories, including Best Picture, Best Director (Patty Jenkins) and Best Actress (Gal Gadot).

Best Picture

Charles Roven, p.g.a.

Deborah Snyder, p.g.a.

Zack Snyder, p.g.a.

Richard Suckle, p.g.a.

Best Director

Patty Jenkins

Best Adapted Screenplay

Allan Heinberg

Story by

Zack Snyder

& Allan Heinberg

and Jason Fuchs

Best Actress

Gal Gadot

Best Supporting Actress

Robin Wright

Connie Nielsen

Elena Anaya

Best Supporting Actor

Chris Pine

David Thewlis

Danny Huston

Ewen Bremner

Best Cinematography

Matthew Jensen, Asc

Best Production Design

Production Designer

Aline Bonetto

Set Decorator

Anna Lynch-robinson

Best Film Editing

Martin Walsh, Ace

Best
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‘The Alienist’ Trailer: TNT’s 19th Century Serial Killer Show Looks Like a Gorgeous ‘CSI: Gilded Age’

‘The Alienist’ Trailer: TNT’s 19th Century Serial Killer Show Looks Like a Gorgeous ‘CSI: Gilded Age’
After a weekend when “Mindhunter” was the buzz of TV fandom, TNT is throwing its hat into the serial killer drama ring with “The Alienist.” The network has released their latest look at their newest series (well, as long as you’re not counting the promos during the weekend’s baseball playoff games) and it seems as sumptuous as it is unsettling.

Daniel Bruhl, Dakota Fanning, and Luke Evans star in the 1890s-set New York story about the fledgling work of criminal psychology in the big city. Bruhl stars as Laszlo Kreizler, a psychologist, who teams with a local newspaper employee (Evans) and a police secretary (Fanning) who begin to conduct some covert operations to catch the perpetrator behind a series of grisly killings. (And remember, the important question isn’t “what” or “who,” but “Why.”)

Read More:Patty Jenkins Will Direct New TNT Drama ‘One Day She’ll Darken,
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‘The Alienist’ Trailer: TNT’s 19th Century Serial Killer Show Looks Like a Gorgeous ‘CSI: Gilded Age’

‘The Alienist’ Trailer: TNT’s 19th Century Serial Killer Show Looks Like a Gorgeous ‘CSI: Gilded Age’
After a weekend when “Mindhunter” was the buzz of TV fandom, TNT is throwing its hat into the serial killer drama ring with “The Alienist.” The network has released their latest look at their newest series (well, as long as you’re not counting the promos during the weekend’s baseball playoff games) and it seems as sumptuous as it is unsettling.

Daniel Bruhl, Dakota Fanning, and Luke Evans star in the 1890s-set New York story about the fledgling work of criminal psychology in the big city. Bruhl stars as Laszlo Kreizler, a psychologist, who teams with a local newspaper employee (Evans) and a police secretary (Fanning) who begin to conduct some covert operations to catch the perpetrator behind a series of grisly killings. (And remember, the important question isn’t “what” or “who,” but “Why.”)

Read More:Patty Jenkins Will Direct New TNT Drama ‘One Day She’ll Darken,
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Wonder Woman 2 production start date revealed, Cold War setting possibly confirmed

With Patty Jenkins signing a bumper deal to return to the director’s chair and Warner Bros. setting a December 2019 release date for the film, it now seems we have word on when Wonder Woman 2 will enter production.

According to a listing on My Entertainment World (via Omega Underground), filming on the Wonder Woman sequel will begin in June 2018, with the production listing stating that “the sequel will be a pariod piece, with Princess Diana facing off against the Soviet Union during the 1980s”.

This would seem to confirm previous rumours, although it’s possible that the production listing has simply taken said rumours as fact until more information betcomes available.

See Also: Wonder Woman 2 will feature a “grand and now full-blown Wonder Woman

Before we get to Wonder Woman 2, Warner Bros. will kick off production on its Shazam movie, which is slated to begin filming in
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Quote of the Day: Patty Jenkins on Her Duty to Fight for Equal Pay on “Wonder Woman 2”

Jenkins on “Conan

Wonder Woman” helmer and record-smasher extraordinaire Patty Jenkins made headlines last month when, after a long negotiation process, she officially signed on to helm the superheroine sequel and became history’s highest-paid female filmmaker. Now, in the cover story for Variety’s “Power of Women La” issue, Jenkins has revealed that she felt a sense of feminist responsibility as she negotiated her “Wonder Woman 2” deal.

“You’re of course aware of the money,” Jenkins said of her salary talks. “But I’ve never been more aware of a duty than I was in this deal. I was extremely aware that I had to make sure I was being paid what the male equivalent would be.”

Not only is pay parity something Diana Prince would expect and demand, it’s a perennial issue for women in Hollywood. Megastars like Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, and Jennifer Lawrence have spoken publicly about the pay gap, while TV actresses like Emmy Rossum and the women of “Big Bang Theory” and “Criminal Minds” have had to fight to be paid the same as their male co-stars.

Jenkins was aware of those women’s stories — and the countless other stories like them — and knew she was in an advantageous position after the success of “Wonder Woman.” “Women who have not been in a system that allows them to build up the same level of pay as men are not able to be paid the same as men forever if that’s the way it continues,” she observed. “You have to ask for it to happen, and you have to ask when you’re the appropriate person. I knew when Charlize [Theron] had to do it on ‘Snow White and the Huntsman,’ and I felt that it was my job to do it here.” She directed Theron in her Oscar-winning role as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in “Monster.”

According to Variety, “Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot supported Jenkins all the way. “She is definitely paving the way for so many other female directors,” the actress commented. “I think it was very important that she fought to get the best deal. You got to walk the walk and talk the talk.”

The Killing,” “Arrested Development,” and “Five” are among Jenkins’ other credits. Next, she’s directing the pilot episode of TNT’s “One Day She’ll Darken.” The series follows a young woman who, while trying to learn about her past, crosses paths with Dr. George Hodel, a suspect of the Black Dahlia murder. Jenkins is also exec producing. She was recently announced as a keynote speaker at the third annual Women in Entertainment Summit and as one of Women and Hollywood’s 10th Anniversary Trailblazer Award winners.

Wonder Woman 2” is scheduled to hit theaters December 13, 2019.

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Women and Hollywood Announces 10th Anniversary Trailblazer Award Winners

Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot on the set “Wonder Woman”: Warner Bros. Entertainment and THR

Women and Hollywood is honored to share the recipients of the Trailblazer Awards, which will be given out during our upcoming 10th Anniversary events in New York and Los Angeles.

The New York Trailblazer Awardees are directors Amma Asante (“Belle,” “Where Hands Touch”), Julie Dash (“Daughters of the Dust,” “Queen Sugar”), and Julie Taymor (“The Lion King,” “Frida”) as well as producer and GameChanger Films president Mynette Louie and HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins. They will be honored October 17 at the Time Warner Center in NYC.

Our Los Angeles Trailblazers include directors Patty Jenkins (“Wonder Woman,” “Monster”), Haifaa al-Mansour (“Wadjda,” “Mary Shelley”), and Angela Robinson (“Professor Marston and the Wonder Women,” “D.E.B.S.”). Director Leah Meyerhoff (“I Believe in Unicorns”) is being honored for founding Film Fatales. Other honorees include the Aclu; Melissa Goodman, Audrey Irmas director of the Lgbtq, Gender and Reproductive Justice Project at Aclu of SoCal, and ​Lenora Lapidus, Director of the Women’s Rights Project at the Aclu, will be accepting. And the founder of the Media, Diversity, & Social Change Initiative, Dr. Stacy L. Smith, will also be recognized. They will receive their awards on October 25 at the ArcLight Theatre in Hollywood.

These are women who through their work, their voice, and/or their activism have been a part of raising the level of conversation on gender equality, stepping up the advocacy drumbeat, and paving the way for their female peers and colleagues.

To find out more about the Trailblazers, check out their bios below. And, remember, tickets are still available for our anniversary events in NY on October 17 and in La on October 25.

Amma Asante

Amma Asante, MBE is a multi-award winning writer and director who won a BAFTA for her first film, A Way of Life. This made Asante the first Black female director to win a BAFTA Film Award for writing and directing a film. Her next film, Belle, drew widespread critical acclaim, and saw Asante named one of CNN’s Leading Women of 2014, as well as being named by Variety as one of their 10 Directors to watch. In 2016, her film A United Kingdom was released and its European Premiere saw Asante celebrated as the first Black female director to open the BFI London Film Festival in its 60-year history. This year Asante was named an MBE by Queen Elizabeth on the 2017 Birthday Honour’s list, for services to film as a writer and director. Asante is currently in post-production on her next film, Where Hands Touch. The film, inspired by historical events, is set in 1944 Germany and follows the plight of a young girl of color attempting to survive under Nazi rule.

Julie Dash

Twenty-six years ago, filmmaker Julie Dash broke through racial and gender boundaries with her Sundance award-winning film (Best Cinematography) Daughters of the Dust, and she became the first African American woman to have a wide theatrical release of her feature film. In 2004, The Library of Congress placed Daughters of the Dust in the National Film Registry where it joins a select group of American films preserved and protected as national treasures by the Librarian of Congress. Dash is the only African American woman with a feature film that has been inducted into the National Film Registry. She is the recent recipient of the New York Film Critics Special Award, the 2017 Robert Smalls Merit and Achievement Award, and the Visionary Award from Women in Film, Washington, D.C. Dash is currently a Distinguished Professor of Art at Spelman College. She recently directed multiple episodes of the award-winning dramatic series, Queen Sugar, Season 2, created and produced by Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey, for Own Television.

Mynette Louie

Mynette Louie is a New York-based film producer and the president of Gamechanger Films, the first equity fund to exclusively finance narrative features directed by women. Gamechanger’s films include Natalia Garagiola’s Hunting Season (Venice Critics’ Week 2017), Lauren Wolkstein & Christopher Radcliff’s The Strange Ones (SXSW 2017), Sarah Adina Smith’s Buster’s Mal Heart (Tiff 2016), and So Yong Kim’s Lovesong (Sundance 2016, 2017 Independent Spirit Award nominee), among others. Louie won the 2013 Independent Spirit Piaget Producers Award and was named one of Ted Hope’s “21 Brave Thinkers of Truly Free Film” and one of Indiewire’s “100 Filmmakers to Follow on Twitter.” She is on the Board of Directors of Film Independent and serves as an advisor to the Sundance Institute, SXSW, Ifp, and A3 Asian American Artists Foundation.

Sheila Nevins

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Sheila Nevins is president, HBO Documentary Films, responsible for overseeing the development and production of all documentaries for HBO, HBO2, and Cinemax. As an executive producer or producer, she has received 32 Primetime Emmy Awards, 34 News and Documentary Emmys, and 42 George Foster Peabody Awards. During her tenure, HBO’s critically acclaimed documentaries have gone on to win 26 Academy Awards, the most recent of which was A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness in 2016. Nevins has been honored with several prestigious career achievement awards including, most recently, the 2009 Governors Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. She has supervised the production of more than 1,000 documentary programs for HBO. Nevins is the bestselling author of You Don’t Look Your Age… and Other Fairy Tales, published by Flatiron Books.

Julie Taymor

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Julie Taymor became the first woman to win the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical, and won a Tony for Best Costumes, for her landmark production of The Lion King. The Lion King has gone on to become the most successful stage musical of all time: 24 global productions have been seen by more than 90 million people. Her credits also include Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, The Green Bird, and Juan Darien: A Carnival Mass (five Tony nominations). She directed the play Grounded, and completed a cinematic version of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, filmed during the production at Theatre for a New Audience in Brooklyn. Film credits include Titus, Frida, Across the Universe, and The Tempest. Operas include Oedipus Rex, The Flying Dutchman, Salome, The Magic Flute, and Grendel, composed by Elliot Goldenthal. Taymor is a recipient of the 1991 MacArthur Genius Award and a 2015 inductee into the Theater Hall of Fame for Lifetime Achievement. She is currently in rehearsals for a revival of M Butterfly starring Clive Owen on Broadway.

Melissa Goodman

Melissa Goodman conducts legal and policy advocacy concerning Lgbtq rights, reproductive rights, gender equality, and the rights of people with HIV. Goodman leads the Aclu SoCal’s advocacy to end discrimination against women directors and increase inclusive hiring in Hollywood, to protect the rights of transgender students and adults, to expand access to quality and confidential reproductive healthcare, to increase protections for working parents, to end bias and over-policing and over-incarceration of Lgbtq people, and to improve healthcare for incarcerated women.

​Lenora Lapidus

Lenora Lapidus litigates gender discrimination cases in courts throughout the country, engages in public policy advocacy, and speaks on gender equity issues in the media and to the public. Her work focuses on economic justice, educational equity, ending gender-based violence, and women in the criminal justice system. Along with Melissa Goodman of the Aclu of Southern CA, she urged the Eeoc to investigate the low number of women hired by studios to be directors for film and television. Lapidus has received several fellowships and awards, including 21 Leaders for the 21st Century from Women’s eNews and the Wasserstein Fellowship for outstanding public interest lawyers from Harvard Law School.

Patty Jenkins

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Patty Jenkins is a writer and director best known for directing Warner Bros. and DC ComicsWonder Woman, her debut feature Monster, based on the life of convicted serial killer Aileen Wuornos, and helming the pilot episode of AMC’s hit show The Killing. Monster was named by AFI as one of its Ten Best Films of the Year. Jenkins garnered a number of awards and nominations, including winning Best First Feature at the 2004 Independent Spirit Awards. She went on to direct many commercials and TV programs including the pilot and finale episode for AMC’s The Killing, for which she received an Emmy nomination, and won the DGA award for best dramatic directing. Jenkins directed several other pilots and episodes including Fox’s Arrested Development and HBO’s Entourage. She was nominated for an Emmy for a segment of Lifetime’s Five, an anthology about breast cancer.

In 2017, Jenkins broke the record for biggest grossing live-action film directed by a woman, domestic and worldwide, with Wonder Woman. The film simultaneously smashed box office records and received critical acclaim and it has grossed a worldwide total of more than $820 million to date. ​

Haifaa al-Mansour

Haifaa al-Mansour is the first female filmmaker in Saudi Arabia and is regarded as one of its most significant cinematic figures. She studied comparative literature at the American University in Cairo and completed a Master’s degree in Film Studies from the University of Sydney. The success of her 2005 documentary Women Without Shadows influenced a new wave of Saudi filmmakers and made the issue of opening cinemas in the Kingdom front-page news. At home, her work is both praised and vilified for encouraging discussion on taboo issues and for penetrating the wall of silence surrounding the sequestered lives of Saudi women. Wadjda, al-Mansour’s feature debut, is the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and the first by a female director. The film received wide critical acclaim after its premiere at the 2012 Venice Film Festival and established al-Mansour as an important talent emerging from the Arab World. She recently published a novelization of the film titled The Green Bicycle for Penguin publishing group. Her latest film, Mary Shelley, starring Elle Fanning and based on the life of Frankenstein author Mary Shelley, recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Leah Meyerhoff

Leah Meyerhoff is an award-winning filmmaker whose debut narrative feature film I Believe in Unicorns was released theatrically in 2015 after premiering at SXSW, winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Atlanta Film Festival and additional awards from Woodstock Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, First Time Fest, Tribeca Film Institute, Ifp, Nyu, and the Adrienne Shelly Foundation. Meyerhoff is also the founder of Film Fatales, a female filmmaker organization based in New York with dozens of local chapters around the world. Film Fatales is a global community of women feature film and television directors who meet regularly to mentor each other, share resources, collaborate on projects, and build a supportive environment in which to get their films made and seen. Founded in 2013, Film Fatales actively supports over 500 women directors in New York and Los Angeles, and hundreds more in a dozen sister cities across Europe, North America, Australia, and Africa.

Angela Robinson

Angela Robinson is a filmmaker who explores and exposes the breadth and complexity of humanity in an extensive body of work across both film and television. Filtering her storytelling through the multi-faceted prism of identity, Robinson uses the power of her unique voice to intelligently and empathetically bring compelling, intersectional stories — specifically those of women, people of color, and Lgbtq individuals — to the mainstream in a way that is entertaining, emotional, and thought-provoking. Most recently, Robinson wrote and directed Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, the origin story behind one of the world’s most famous superheroes, Wonder Woman.

Moving fluidly between film and television, Robinson has an overall deal with ABC Television Studios and recently served as a Consulting Producer on ABC’s hit series “How to Get Away with Murder.” She is in development on a series exploring the intersecting lives of Golden Age stars Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich.

Stacy L. Smith, Ph.D.

Stacy L. Smith is the Founder and Director of the Media, Diversity, & Social Change Initiative, the leading think tank globally studying issues of inequality in entertainment. Mdsc research focuses on inclusion in film, television, and digital media and all facets of the music industry. Dr. Smith has written over 100 journal articles, book chapters, and reports on media content patterns and effects. She was the principal investigator of the Card report, examining Hollywood’s hiring practices on screen, behind the camera, and in the executive ranks across the major media companies and digital distribution platforms. Dr. Smith speaks routinely on issues of inequality. She has given a Ted Talk and spoken at the United Nations, the White House, Sundance Film Festival, Promax, and Lunafest. Dr. Smith’s work was the basis for the EPiX docuseries, 4%: Film’s Gender Problem.

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Harvey Weinstein: Charlize Theron Says Men In Power “Have Gotten Away With It For Far Too Long”

Harvey Weinstein: Charlize Theron Says Men In Power “Have Gotten Away With It For Far Too Long”
Updated: 4:25 Pm: Charlize Theron, the actress who took on the strong female roles in Atomic Blonde, Mad Max: Fury Road and Monster, has just weighed on her Instagram account about Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct and rape allegations, calling the women who have come forward “brave” and underscoring the importance of giving women a support system when they are just starting out in their careers when they are vulnerable. She said that powerful men have gotten away with…
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Patty Jenkins and Geena Davis Named Keynoters at Women in Entertainment Summit

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Two Wonder Women are set to deliver keynotes at the the upcoming third annual Women in Entertainment Summit: record-breaking “Wonder Woman” helmer herself, Patty Jenkins, and Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis, the founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. Deadline reports that the Summit will take place in La November 2 and “gathers women and men who are dedicated to celebrating the empowerment of women in all areas of the entertainment industry.” The event sees those working across film, television, and sports coming together for keynotes, panel discussions, and Q&A chats working towards gender equality across media.

“The summit is designed to address a range of issues that affect women; topics include the rise of women’s leadership, how storytelling can impact social change, and empowering the next generation of women creatives,” the source writes.

Jenkins made box office history with “Wonder Woman.” The Gal Gadot-led superhero film has grossed over $821 million worldwide, making it the highest grossing live-action film ever directed by a woman. Jenkins has signed on to co-write and direct the sequel, currently dated for December 13, 2019. Her deal to continue Diana Prince’s story, said to be in the high seven figures, somewhere in the $7 million to $9 million range with considerable backend of revenue, makes her the highest-paid female filmmaker ever. Her other credits include “Monster” and episodes of “Arrested Development” and “The Killing.”

Davis won an Oscar in 1989 for “The Accidental Tourist” and received a nod in 1992 for “Thelma & Louise,” the latter of which is widely recognized as a game-changing film for its depiction of female characters. She founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media in 2004 “to engage, educate, and influence content creators, marketers, and audiences about the importance of eliminating unconditional bias, highlighting gender balance, challenging stereotypes, creating role models, and scripting a wide variety of strong female characters in entertainment and media that targets and influences children ages 11 and under,” according to the non-profit’s website.

Other attendees at this year’s summit include “13th” director Ava DuVernay, “Lady Bird” writer-director Greta Gerwig, “Mudbound” co-writer-director Dee Rees, and DreamWorks Animation head of Television Margie Cohn.

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Patty Jenkins Funnels Ideas of Female Empowerment Into Anti-Recidivism Efforts

Patty Jenkins Funnels Ideas of Female Empowerment Into Anti-Recidivism Efforts
After making the 2003 independent film “Monster,” about serial killer Aileen Wuornos, director Patty Jenkins started to correspond with prisoners around the country. “I became educated in how incredibly difficult it can be for people to get out of prison — even when they are innocent, even when they are reformed,” she says. “The world brands a person a prisoner forever.”

While doing research for another project, she connected with producer Scott Budnick, who experienced a similar epiphany when he volunteered to teach creative writing to incarcerated juveniles in Los Angeles. In 2013, Budnick officially started the nonprofit Anti-Recidivism Coalition to help men and women leaving prison navigate ways to reenter society.

Arc offers counseling, mentoring services, education and assistance with housing. It also has partnered with chains like Starbucks, Home Depot and The Cheesecake Factory to facilitate job placement. Budnick uses his connections to the movie industry when he can. “I had a few folks straight out of prison
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‘Wonder Woman’ Director Patty Jenkins on Equal Pay, Hollywood Sexism and James Cameron’s Nasty Words

‘Wonder Woman’ Director Patty Jenkins on Equal Pay, Hollywood Sexism and James Cameron’s Nasty Words
Much like a certain Amazon goddess with a lasso, there are no heights that director Patty Jenkins can’t scale. Her blockbuster “Wonder Woman,” which has grossed a staggering $821 million worldwide since it opened in the summer, has become a rallying call for women everywhere and a beacon of empowerment in a Donald Trump-led world. Beyond all the Instagram posts of little girls decked out in “Ww” regalia while seeing the film and an endorsement from Hillary Clinton, Jenkins recently cracked another glass ceiling. She’ll be directing “Wonder Woman 2” for a reported $7 million to $9 million, a record salary for a female filmmaker.

As she negotiated the terms of her contract with Warner Bros. over several months, Jenkins was conscious of what earning a big paycheck would mean. “You’re of course aware of the money,” says Jenkins on a sunny afternoon in Los Angeles. “But I’ve never been more aware of a duty
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Wonder Woman gets a series of Cosbaby collectible figures from Hot Toys

Hot Toys has unveiled a batch of promotional images for its upcoming Cosbaby series for Wonder Woman which includes three different variations of Diana based on her various appearances in this year’s smash-hit DC blockbuster from Warner Bros.; take a look at the collectible figures here…

Being of the most iconic female characters in DC Extended Universe, Wonder Woman has gained considerably huge amount of popularity from this year DC’s blockbuster Wonder Woman! Hot Toys is excited to officially announce the newest additions – Wonder Woman Cosbaby (S) series as the first Wonder Woman collection!

Standing about 5-10.5 cm tall, the Wonder Woman Cosbaby (S) series features a rotating head. There are three styles of Wonder Woman in this series and all of these stylish Cosbabies are holding an engraved sword.

The first one is dressing in her classic red and blue armor, it also comes with her black
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