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SAG Awards Will Be Presented Entirely by Women, Kristen Bell to Host

First-ever SAG Awards host Kristen Bell in “The Good Place”: NBC/Justin Lubin

The Screen Actors Guild will stand with women at its 24th annual awards ceremony. According to The Hollywood Reporter, women will present each statuette at the January 21 event. This gesture is SAG’s way of supporting women in the wake of the myriad sexual harassment and assault stories that have come out of Hollywood in the past couple months. “The Good Place’s” Kristen Bell will also serve as the SAG Awards’ first-ever host.

“Beginning with the Women’s March in January, it’s been the year of the woman,” SAG Awards Ep Kathy Connell explained. “This is a unifying salute to women who have been very brave and speaking up.”

Of course, men will not be entirely absent from the ceremony. The male SAG winners will take the stage to accept their honors and it
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2017’s Best Films By and About Women

Girls Trip”: Michele K. Short/Universal Pictures

The big screen had a lot to offer in 2017: Amazonian warriors kicking ass (and breaking box office records), tennis stars smashing misogyny, a wildly inventive and Nsfw use of a grapefruit, and so much more. We’ve collected some of our favorite films by and about women this year, and they include biopics about athletes, war movies, and a game-changing super hero film. That’s part of what stands out about this year — the fact that women finally had the opportunity to shine in different genres, both on-screen and behind the scenes. This year’s Best Actress frontrunners aren’t playing the wives of powerful men — they are at the center of their own stories. Finally.

Here are some the year’s best films directed by women and/or about female protagonists, according to us:

Girls Trip” — Co-Written by Tracy Oliver
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Black List 2017 Features Record Number of Scripts By and About Women

Christy Hall’s “Daddio” made the list: Hall’s official site

If the 2017 Black List is any indication — and hopefully it is — we’re going to see more films written by women going into production soon. And more female-led stories, too. Compiled by tallying the votes of over 275 film executives, the famous list recognizes the best film scripts that haven’t begun principal photography during this year. “The big takeaway from this year’s list is that women are more present on the list then ever, both in the stories that are being told and the screenwriters who are telling them,” TheWrap writes.

More specifically, 25 of the 76 works featured this year are written or co-written by women, and 34 scripts center on female protagonists. According to the source, that’s “a record for both categories.”

Each Hollywood exec who participated in the Black List contributed the names of up to 10 favorite scripts.
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Golden Globe Nominations Are In, and Once Again Women Directors Are Shut Out

Lady Bird capturing our feelings well (“Lady Bird”)

Lady Bird” is officially the best-reviewed film ever on Rotten Tomatoes. The coming-of-age dramedy has been scoring award after award, giving many hope that writer-director Greta Gerwig would be a shoo-in come Golden Globe and Oscar time. Well, Golden Globe nominations are in, and Gerwig scored a nod for Best Screenplay and “Lady Bird” is up for Best Picture — Comedy or Musical, but once again the Best Director category is composed entirely of men. No Gerwig. No Dee Rees for “Mudbound.” No Patty Jenkins for “Wonder Woman.”

Fortunately, female filmmakers fared better in the Best Animated Film category, which is noteworthy because women are especially underrepresented in that field. Two of five films in the running are women-directed or co-directed: Nora Twomey’s “The Breadwinner,” the story of a girl who cuts her hair and disguises herself as a boy so she
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My Top Ten Oscar® Submissions for Best Foreign Language Film includes Darkest Horse: from Slovakia…

My Top Ten Oscar® Submissions for Best Foreign Language Film includes Darkest Horse: from Slovakia…
My Top Ten Oscar® Submissions for Best Foreign Language Film includes Darkest Horse: from Slovakia, ‘The Line’You know how, when you finally see a movie you really love, all things seem possible? How a great movie transports you to a new reality? Without that experience, normal life seems drab and dreary unless you use other means of transcendance, like hope, art, music, dancing, religion or drugs.

Have I yet raved about any of the 25 foreign language submissions?

Yes, but it was a long time ago when it won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, that I was so enamoured Hungarian director Ildikó Enyedi’s Of Body and Soul (as I was with her previous film, the 1989 Cannes Film Festival Camera d’or winner, My Twentieth Century, which was seen by about a .02% of the population). But that was way back in February.

I would put my body
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Sally Field Memoir on the Way

Field on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

They like her. They really like her. Grand Central Publishing (Gcp) has snagged the North American rights to Sally Field’s upcoming memoir, Deadline reports. Described as the two-time Oscar winner’s “first extensive discussion of her private life and childhood,” “In Pieces” is scheduled for publication in fall of 2018.

The book is “about the little girl that I was, about the teenager who backed into becoming a celebrity, and about the craft that taught me to stand on my feet, a craft that helped me find my way out of a complicated childhood,” Field said. The “Amazing Spider-Man 2” actress has spent five years writing the memoir.

“I have been a lifelong fan of Sally Field’s work on the stage and screen, and it was a thrill to discover that her talents extend deep into the craft of writing, as well,
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Rashida Jones and Kerry Washington Join Forces for “Goldie Vance” Adaptation

Jones in “Angie Tribeca

Angie Tribeca and Olivia Pope are teaming up. Rashida Jones and Kerry Washington are set to collaborate on an adaptation of “Goldie Vance” for 20th Century Fox, Variety reports. The former will write and direct the pic and the latter will produce.

Created by Hope Larson and artist Brittney Williams, the graphic novel series follows Goldie Vance, a precocious 16-year-old “who has ambitions of becoming a historic Miami hotel’s in-house detective,” the source writes. “She gets embroiled in uncovering an international crime ring that challenges her in ways she never imagined.”

According to Variety, the film will be “in the vein of ‘Nancy Drew’ and ‘Eloise.’”

“Goldie is exactly the kind of fearless, curious, and funny heroine we need right now,” Jones said in a statement.

Washington added, “Goldie Vance will steal your heart. She’s already stolen mine!”

Both women acknowledged how excited they
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Biopic About Oscar-Winning Actress Who Fought Sexual Harassment in the Works

Judy Holliday in “It Should Happen to You

With stories about workplace harassers breaking every day, it’s important to remember the women who helped pave the way to this current moment by standing up to sexist, entitled bullies. Oscar-winning actress Judy Holliday is one of them. And, according to The Hollywood Reporter, a biopic about Holliday and the abuse she withstood from mega-producer Darryl F. Zanuck (“All About Eve”) is in the works. The film is entitled “Smart Blonde,” a reference to Holliday’s Iq of 172.

According to the project’s screenwriter Willy Holtzman, Holliday refused Zanuck’s “aggressive sexual overtures” when she was 22. “Her agent scheduled her for the notorious ‘4 o’clock meeting’ and ordered her to stuff her bra,” Holtzman said. When they met, Zanuck locked the door, unzipped his pants, and forced Holliday on the couch. “He said, ‘You belong to me.’ Judy reached into her blouse,
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‘Moonlighting’ Creator Glenn Gordon Caron Has Big Ideas For A Reboot, But Isn’t Sure That He Should — Turn It On Podcast

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‘Moonlighting’ Creator Glenn Gordon Caron Has Big Ideas For A Reboot, But Isn’t Sure That He Should — Turn It On Podcast
Glenn Gordon Caron is almost midway through his first season as showrunner of “Bull,” CBS’ Michael Weatherly drama about a high-powered trial consultant loosely based on the real-life work of Dr. Phil McGraw. But, of course, it’s hard not to first ask him about “Moonlighting,” the legendary romantic comedy starring Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd, which broke every television rule back in the 1980s.

And indeed, in this era of remakes and reboots, Caron told IndieWire that he’s often approached about putting “Moonlighting” back on television. He’s torn on whether to do it — but has some great ideas should it go.

“Maybe you do it with Channing Tatum and Emma Stone? Or for a moment I had this idea of doing it [again] with Bruce and Cybill. I can’t tell you all the ideas I’ve had. But at the same time there’s a voice in my head that goes,
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Video Game Review – Oh My Godheads

Emma Withington reviews Oh My Godheads…

Last time we saw Oh My Godheads, we were amidst the bustling crowds and positively charged atmosphere of Egx. It was time to take the Godheads home and see how they fared in the relative calm of the couch realm.

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Reunited with my aristocratic penguin, Sir Fishelsworth, it was time to don the monocle and start whacking my companions with a cane…in the game, obviously. The first thing that strikes you, before my cane, is the vibrant lowpoly 3D design and the toe-tapping music; each stage is based upon the same riff, but the subtle nuances tailored to the various locales keep it fresh and prevents irritation or a feel of repetition – something that can often become brain-burning in multiplayer brawlers. So, the eyes and ears are satisfied – what of the game itself?
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Nancy Malone’s Estate Donates $500K to AFI in Support of Women Filmmakers

Malone in “The Andy Griffith Show

The estate of the late actor, director, producer, and philanthropist Nancy Malone has gifted $500,000 to the American Film Institute (AFI) with the goal of advancing female filmmakers. The donation will go towards supporting women from the AFI Conservatory and the AFI Directing Workshop for Women (Dww) as well as setting up the new Nancy Malone Initiatives for Women Filmmakers, a press release has announced.

The donation will establish the Nancy Malone Symposium, a coalition for the advancement of female filmmakers which will be held yearly at AFI Fest beginning in 2018.

“It was Nancy’s lifelong wish that women storytellers be heard,” explained Linda Hope of the Nancy Malone estate. “The Nancy Malone Initiatives for Women Filmmakers ensure that her wish is realized.”

Nancy Malone remains an enduring inspiration at the American Film Institute,” added Bob Gazzale, AFI President & CEO. “This peerless gift in support
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Quote of the Day: Jane Campion on Why the Post-Weinstein World Is a “Fairytale” for Women

Campion: cinematographos/YouTube

As accounts of sexual harassment and abuse continue to come out of Hollywood (and elsewhere), terms like “reckoning” and “long time coming” are being thrown around. And now, according to Jane Campion, we can add “fairytale” to the list of phrases.

Per Newshub, the writer-director described the post-Harvey Weinstein world as a “fairytale time” for women in the film industry. Speaking at a Spada industry conference, the Palme d’Or winner observed, “Women are being believed and the men fired. This is breathtaking. I have never seen anything like this solidarity and call to action in my life.” She added, “The more we speak out [about sexual harassment and abuse], the less it will happen.”

We absolutely agree with Campion that this is a watershed moment for women in show business and we, of course, support any woman who decides to come forward with her story. However, to quote Ava DuVernay,
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Round-Up: Updates on Sexual Misconduct In and Out of Hollywood

Rashida Jones in “Angie Tribeca.” Jones spoke out about Pixar’s discrimination against women and Poc in the wake of the John Lasseter revelations.

The avalanche of stories about predatory behavior in Hollywood and beyond continues. In the past few days alone reports have come to light about news anchor Charlie Rose, Disney head and Pixar co-founder John Lasseter, and Congressman John Conyers. They, of course, join the dozens of other celebrities and public figures who have been publicly accused of sexual harassment or misconduct in recent weeks.

As more accounts of harassment and abuse surface, individuals and organizations are fighting back against rape culture, Fox VP Claire Schmidt, The Swedish Film Institute, Women In Animation, and Raising Films among them.

We’ve compiled some of the latest stories on sexual abuse in and out of show business. Keep in mind that this list is far from comprehensive — there are
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Female-Led WWII Spy Thriller from Lydia Dean Pilcher and Sarah Megan Thomas in Development

Vera Atkins:

Another female-led spy thriller is on the way, this one based on a true story. Set in WWII, the pic tells the story of spy recruiter Vera Atkins. The as-yet untitled project will be written by Sarah Megan Thomas (“Equity”) and directed by Lydia Dean Pilcher (“Radium Girls”), The Hollywood Reporter confirms. Both will produce.

Set to begin shooting this spring, the film is currently being cast. Atkins is “known for recruiting, training, and supervising the British secret agents who parachuted into France to sabotage the Nazis during World War II,” the source details. “She was widely believed to have inspired the James Bond character of Miss Moneypenny.” The story follows Atkins as “she selects two of the first women of the Special Operations Executive, also known as Winston Churchill’s ‘secret army’ — a pacifist of Indian descent and a daring American who is challenged, but undaunted,
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Liz Hannah and Amy Pascal Developing Female Astronaut Miniseries for Amazon

Mercury Astronaut Program pilot Jerrie Cobb: Nasa/WikiMedia Commons

Liz Hannah and Amy Pascal are teaming up again. The respective co-writer and producer of “The Post” are adapting Martha Ackmann’s non-fiction book “The Mercury 13: The Untold Story of Thirteen American Women and the Dream of Space Flight” as a miniseries, Deadline reports. Amazon has already put the project into development.

Entitled “Mercury 13,” the miniseries will be set in 1961, “just as Nasa launched its first man into space.” It will center on “a group of women [who] underwent secret testing in the hope of becoming America’s first female astronauts,” the source details. “They passed the same battery of tests at the legendary Lovelace Foundation as did the Mercury 7 astronauts, but they summarily were dismissed by the boys club at Nasa and on Capitol Hill. The Ussr sent its first woman into space in 1963; the United States did not follow suit for another 20 years.
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Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, & More Talk Equal Pay and Abuse in THR Roundtable

Lawrence: THR

“I hope the entertainment industry will never be the same,” Jessica Chastain responded when asked about the current watershed moment in Hollywood during a roundtable hosted by The Hollywood Reporter. New reports about harassment and abuse are emerging on a daily basis. But as the two-time Oscar nominee pointed out, there’s an extensive “history of abuse against women in our industry, and it’s never been addressed.” She explained, “I’m devastated by all the stories that have come out because it’s heartbreaking, but at the same time I feel hopeful because we’re not ignoring it anymore.”

Chastain (“Molly’s Game”) and the other actresses assembled — Jennifer Lawrence (“mother!”), Emma Stone (“Battle of the Sexes”), Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”), Mary J. Blige (“Mudbound”), and Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”) — certainly didn’t ignore the evolving climate during the candid conversation, which touched on everything from equal
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‘The Mindy Project’ Finale Proves Mindy Kaling Is Ready for Her ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ Gig

‘The Mindy Project’ Finale Proves Mindy Kaling Is Ready for Her ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ Gig
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “The Mindy Project” series finale, “It Had to Be You.”]

The Mindy Project” came to an end on Tuesday with its series finale, and every major character finds love or fulfillment in some form. Everything comes full circle with Dr. Mindy Lahiri (creator and star Mindy Kaling) fleeing from a wedding on a bicycle while wearing a sequined dress. But what a difference six seasons and countless boyfriends make. In the pilot, Mindy’s bike escape is sparked by going on a drunken rant at her ex’s wedding. In the finale, she’s peddling away from her good friend’s wedding into the arms of the man she loves.

Over the course of five years and two networks, Kaling refined her romantic comedy style, which ranged from irreverent and goofy to idealistic and contemplative. It hasn’t always been the most consistent, though, and season-to-season has ranged wildly in tone and execution. This was partially due to the network switch,
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20th Century Fox VP Is Leaving the Studio to Launch a Startup Combating Sexual Assault

20th Century Fox VP Is Leaving the Studio to Launch a Startup Combating Sexual Assault
As Hollywood reels from the deluge of sexual assault allegations, one studio executive may be a sign of change to come. Claire Schmidt is leaving her position 20th Century Fox to launch AllVoices, which will allow victims to anonymously report incidents of sexual assault, discrimination, and bias witnessed in the workplace. Schmidt, who joined the studio just eight months ago as VP of technology and innovation, is also a survivor of sexual assault. “[W]ith all of these stories coming to the forefront, I realized I had to do more,” she wrote on Medium, announcing the new venture.

“The recent onslaught of courageous women and men coming forward to tell their stories about assault and harassment has been incredibly inspiring to me,” wrote Schmidt. “But…as I read news article after news article, I kept thinking: Have we done enough? Have I done enough?”

Read More:Feuding Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Company
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Fan Turns Halloween Into a Trent Reznor Scored David Fincher Movie

Fan Turns Halloween Into a Trent Reznor Scored David Fincher Movie
While the fall holiday has already come and gone, it's never too early (or late) to celebrate John Carpenter's 1978 horror classic Halloween. Two filmmakers known collectively as "Jack and Justin," a.k.a. Justin Nijm and Jack Bishop, have taken footage from the original Halloween movie, and re-edited it to make it look like a movie from director David Fincher. This news comes just as a new Halloween movie is being put together, which brings back Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode. Here's what the filmmakers had to say on their Vimeo page about this fan edit.

"What John Carpenter's Halloween (1978) might look like if directed by David Fincher. Contains footage from Halloween (1978) directed by John Carpenter, re-edited, stabilized and color corrected to emulate the look and feel of a David Fincher film. Title sequence consists of various stock footage intercut with effects elements, photographs of Michael Myers and animated text.
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The Loft Film Festival 2017

The Loft Film Festival 2017
Better than ever, now in its seventh year, the spectacular program with its filmmaking guests and a committed community of dedicated and intellectually alive filmgoers invigorates the mind and activist tendencies already in play.

Take for instance, University of Arizona Professor Noam Chomsky, one of the most influential public intellectuals in the world, speaking with Regents’ Professor Toni Massaro about social justice and the environment. Here he is, in person, being honored as every word he speaks is treated as a jewel. Considered the founder of modern linguistics, Chomsky has written more than 100 books, his most recent being Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power. An ardent free speech advocate, Chomsky has published and lectured widely on U.S. foreign policy, Mideast politics, terrorism, democratic society and war. Chomsky, who joined the UA faculty this fall, is a laureate professor in the Department of
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