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Grey’s Anatomy Ellen Pompeo Made A Pretty Startling And Intense Confession

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Hey, "Grey's Anatomy" fans. We just found a new report from the folks over at USA Today which reveals that our main star Ellen Pompeo aka Meredith Grey (above) told them about a not-so-pleasant experience she had earlier in her career. This experience sounds pretty shocking and intense because it has to do with director James Toback. Toback is the same guy that Ellen's castmate Caterina Scorsone aka Amelia Shepherd accused of serious sexual harassment advances. Additionally, Toback has been accused of sexual harassment by more than 30 women. Ellen revealed that she's been more fortunate than these other poor ladies, but she did admit to having her own unpleasant run-in with Toback. Apparently, her encounter with him got to the point where she felt the need to tell him to go f@#ck himself! She stated, "I actually did have a situation with James Toback where I kind of told
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Grey’s Anatomy Season 14 Just Received Extra Great News From ABC

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Hey, "Grey's Anatomy" fans. We've got some extra great news for you guys that we think you'll certainly enjoy hearing. Recently, the folks over at Deadline recently put out a report revealing that ABC is so pleased with the way the current season 14 is going that they decided to extend it! That's right. Apparently, ABC only originally ordered 22 episodes for this season, but now they've bumped that number up to a full 24. That means you guys can expect to get an additional two more episodes before this season is over. How do you guys feel about that? We're sure most of you are ecstatic about it. In addition to ABC extending out Grey's Anatomy's 14th season, Deadline also reported that ABC gave their hit comedy series "Black-ish" another two episodes, and they gave their show American Housewife another two episodes. That gave both of those series a total 24 episodes each.
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Logan Lucky movie review: a waste of a heist

MaryAnn’s quick take… Fun enough and diverting enough while you’re in the middle of it, but hints of something much richer and more satisfying dangle just out of its reach. I’m “biast” (pro): mostly like Steven Soderbergh’s films; love Adam Driver

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Well, it’s no Ocean’s Eleven. But it does include a joke about how it’s no Ocean’s Eleven, so that makes it okay, I guess?

I confess that my disappointment over Logan Lucky might be bigger than the movie deserves. It’s fun enough and diverting enough while you’re in the middle of it, as long as you don’t think about it too much. I will probably never watch it again and not be sorry about that, but that is also true of many other movies,
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“Finding Dory” Co-Writer Victoria Strouse to Adapt Book About Female Aviators

Hilary Swank in “Amelia,” Mira Nair’s 2009 biopic about aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart

Victoria Strouse is shifting her focus from under the sea to the skies above. The “Finding Dory” co-writer has been hired by Fox 2000 to adapt Katherine Sharp Landdeck’s upcoming nonfiction book “The Women With Silver Wings,” Deadline reports. Described as a “‘Hidden Figures’-like drama,” the project will recount the story of the first women to ever fly for the U.S. military.

The trailblazing women of WWII’s Women Airforce Service Pilots (Wasp) “broke social norms while bravely serving their country. After the war, the U.S. government refused to officially recognize the WASPs, denying them veteran benefits and burying their legacies,” Deadline summarizes. “Only in 2009, after a decades-long battle, are the women’s WWII contributions finally honored, when they are granted the Congressional Gold Medal and officially recognized as military veterans. Their Veteran status was finally, fully recognized when in 2017 they restored their right to be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.”

“The WASPs flew the heaviest bombers, fastest pursuit planes, and lightest trainers during World War II,” Landdeck wrote in The Atlantic last year. “They ferried planes across the U.S. and flew Army chaplains from base to base for services on Sunday. They test-flew planes that had been repaired to make certain they were safe for the male cadets who would learn to fly and fight in them. They trained gunners on the ground and in B-17s, towing targets behind their own planes while the men fired live ammunition at them. Of the 1,102 who earned their Silver Wings, 38 died during the war.”

Landdeck’s manuscript is being published by Penguin Random House’s Crown imprint.

“Hamilton” director Thomas Kail is signed on to helm the feature.

Ashley Zalta of Anonymous Content and Kate Sullivan of Old 320 Sycamore are among the project’s executive producers.

Strouse penned Disney’s upcoming live-action “Tinker Bell” starring Reese Witherspoon.

Hidden Figures” recently shone a long-overdue spotlight on women who played an instrumental role in the space race: Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe). The Oscar-nominated drama has grossed over $230 million worldwide and was made for $25 million.

Finding Dory” Co-Writer Victoria Strouse to Adapt Book About Female Aviators 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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Crystal + Lucy Awards to Honor Elizabeth Banks, Tracee Ellis Ross, Mira Nair, & More

Tracee Ellis Ross on “Black-ish”: Eric McCandless

Former “Daily Show” correspondent Jessica Williams is set to host the 2017 Crystal + Lucy Awards. Elizabeth Banks, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Mira Nair are among the women being honored at the event, a press release from Women in Film, Los Angeles (Wif La) has announced.

Set for June 13 in Beverly Hills, this year’s fundraising dinner, themed “Evolve,” will be in support of Wif La’s educational and philanthropic programs and its work advocating for gender equality in the entertainment industry.

Pitch Perfect 2” director and actress Banks will receive the The Crystal Award for Excellence in Film, which honors “outstanding women who, through their endurance and the excellence of their work, have helped to expand the role of women within the entertainment industry.” The three-time Emmy nominated actress is set to direct two high-profile female-led films: a “Charlie’s Angels” reboot and an adaptation of Victoria Aveyard’s Ya dystopian fantasy “Red Queen.” In 2016 Banks founded WhoHaha, a digital comedy platform for women.

The Lucy Award for Excellence in Television will be given to “Black-ish” star Ross. Named after Lucille Ball, the award recognizes “women and men and their creative works that exemplify the extraordinary accomplishments she embodied; whose excellence and innovation have enhanced the perception of women through the medium of television.” Ross’ role on “Black-ish” has earned her a Golden Globe and the 2015 and 2016 NAACP Image Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. In her Globes acceptance speech, Ellis said, “This is for all of the women of color and colorful people whose stories, ideas and thoughts are not always considered worthy and valid and important. I want you to know that I see you and we see you.” Her other credits include “Girlfriends,” “Reed Between the Lines,” and “CSI.”

Queen of Katwe” helmer Nair will receive The BMW Dorothy Arzner Directors Award, “established to recognize the important role women directors play in the film and television industries.” Nair’s feature debut, “Salaam Bombay!” scored an Oscar nod in 1989. Her other credits include “The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” “Amelia,” and “Monsoon Wedding.”

Rising star Zoey Deutch snagged The Women In Film Max Mara Face of the Future Award, “given to an actress who is experiencing a turning point in her career through her work in the film and television industries, through her contributions to the community at large, in recognition of her outstanding achievements, and her embodiment of style and grace.” “Before I Fall,” “Why Him?” and “Everybody Wants Some!!” are among her recent credits.

The Norma Zarky Humanitarian Award will go to former “CBS Evening News” anchor Dan Rather. Named after the first woman President of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, this honor is presented “to individuals who, like Ms. Zarky herself, have demonstrated enlightened support for the advancement of equal opportunity and devotion to the improvement of the human condition.”

Co-Presidents and Co-Founders of Sony Pictures Classics Michael Barker and Tom Bernard will receive The Women In Film Beacon Award, “presented to an entertainment industry professional for outstanding leadership in the advancement of gender equity, signaling and celebrating unbiased decision making in media.” Barker and Bernard have worked with directors such as Nicole Holofcener, Agnes Varda, Sally Potter, Lisa Cholodenko, Marielle Heller, Maren Ade, Meera Menon, and Marjane Satrapi. They “will be given the inaugural award for their unmatched support of female filmmakers consistently and throughout the entire history of their careers,” the press release states.

Crystal + Lucy Awards to Honor Elizabeth Banks, Tracee Ellis Ross, Mira Nair, & More 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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Doctor Who: the behind-the-scenes causes of regeneration

Mark Harrison May 10, 2017

Over Doctor Who's long history, what prompted the decision to leave for those in the lead role?

All sorts of things have killed off the Doctor. In the last half century, Doctor Who's unique approach to recasting the lead character has seen him fettled by old age, as punishment, by radiation poisoning, falls big and small, dodgy operations and time itself. There are plenty of in-universe reasons for why the Doctor regenerates, and the outgoing Time Lord Peter Capaldi promises that his upcoming demise will be suitably timey-wimey, but what of the behind-the-scenes reasons that the Doctor has to go?

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“While you're enjoying it,
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Mindy Newell: Jumping In On Doctor Who

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The Doctor: “Time is a structure relative to ourselves. Time is the space made by our lives, where we stand together forever. Time and relative dimension in space. It means life… This is the gateway to everything that ever was and ever can be.

Bill: …Can I use the toilet?

“The Pilot,” Doctor Who, Second Series 10, Episode 1

My daughter Alixandra has wanted to watch Doctor Who but she’s been intimidated by the idea of catching up with 50 years of the show’s history. Hey, who wouldn’t be? I told her to start with “new Who,” with Christopher Eccleston’s as the 9th Doctor, which was “only” 12 years ago (is it really over a decade already?) and that “Rose,” the first episode, would do a great job of hooking her into the basics – although she already sorta knows them, as she remembers me watching the Tom Baker years
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Mindy Newell: Jumping In On Doctor Who

  • Comicmix
The Doctor: “Time is a structure relative to ourselves. Time is the space made by our lives, where we stand together forever. Time and relative dimension in space. It means life… This is the gateway to everything that ever was and ever can be.

Bill: …Can I use the toilet?

“The Pilot,” Doctor Who, Second Series 10, Episode 1

My daughter Alixandra has wanted to watch Doctor Who but she’s been intimidated by the idea of catching up with 50 years of the show’s history. Hey, who wouldn’t be? I told her to start with “new Who,” with Christopher Eccleston’s as the 9th Doctor, which was “only” 12 years ago (is it really over a decade already?) and that “Rose,” the first episode, would do a great job of hooking her into the basics – although she already sorta knows them, as she remembers me watching the Tom Baker years
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White Collar Vet Tim DeKay Joins American Crime Season 3

White Collar Vet Tim DeKay Joins American Crime Season 3
White Collar alum Tim DeKay has joined Season 3 of ABC’s American Crime in a recurring role.

RelatedAmerican Crime Adds 24 Vet to Season 3 Cast

Previously announced new faces for the anthology series include Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy), Janel Moloney (The West Wing) and Cherry Jones (24), the latter of whom is playing the matriarch of a family-owned agricultural company based out of North Carolina. DeKay will play a relatives of Jones’ character, our sister site Deadline reports.

RelatedGrey’s Alum Sandra Oh Joins American Crime Season 3

American Crime “repertory” members returning for the third cycle — which will focus on “labor issues,
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The Weekend Warrior 9/30/2016: Deepwater Horizon, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Masterminds

  • LRM Online
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.

This Past Weekend:

While the new movies reigned at the box office this past weekend, both Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven (Sony) and the animated Storks (Warner Bros.) didn’t fare nearly as well as our projections, both falling short by about $10 million. The Magnificent Seven, starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, fared decently with $34.7million, which is about the average for Washington’s films, but the fourth highest opening for a Western after last year’s The Revenant, the animated Rango, and Cowboys and Aliens. Storks’ $21.3 million opening wasn’t great compared to other animated September releases with Sony still holding the September opening record with Hotel Transylvania 2, but it should continue to do well with no other animated movies opening for another month.
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‘Queen of Katwe’: How Mira Nair Merged a Gritty African Slum Story with a Disney Movie

‘Queen of Katwe’: How Mira Nair Merged a Gritty African Slum Story with a Disney Movie
We all know what a heartwarming Disney sports drama feels like. Glossy, sentimental, going for rousing win moments. When Ugandan-Belizean Disney executive VP production Tendo Nagenda read Tim Crothers’ 2013 Espn magazine feature about Phiona Mutesi, a chess master who rose up from selling corn in the Kampala, Uganda slum of Katwe, he knew he’d found the right story. But he knew that if it was going to resonate, this couldn’t be soft-focus or glib. He had to find a director with the sensibility to keep it real.

For that, he approached veteran New York filmmaker Mira Nair, who has also lived in the Ugandan capital of Kampala for 27 years. He invited himself to tea, and she jumped on board.

They developed “Queen of Katwe” (September 23) with writer William Wheeler. Nair finally met Mutesi when she was in New York to play against Kasperov, she told me in our interview.
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‘Queen of Katwe’: How Mira Nair Merged a Gritty African Slum Story with a Disney Movie

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‘Queen of Katwe’: How Mira Nair Merged a Gritty African Slum Story with a Disney Movie
We all know what a heartwarming Disney sports drama feels like. Glossy, sentimental, going for rousing win moments. When Ugandan-Belizean Disney executive VP production Tendo Nagenda read Tim Crothers’ 2013 Espn magazine feature about Phiona Mutesi, a chess master who rose up from selling corn in the Kampala, Uganda slum of Katwe, he knew he’d found the right story. But he knew that if it was going to resonate, this couldn’t be soft-focus or glib. He had to find a director with the sensibility to keep it real.

For that, he approached veteran New York filmmaker Mira Nair, who has also lived in the Ugandan capital of Kampala for 27 years. He invited himself to tea, and she jumped on board.

They developed “Queen of Katwe” (September 23) with writer William Wheeler. Nair finally met Mutesi when she was in New York to play against Kasperov, she told me in our interview.
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The Weekend Warrior 9/23/16: The Magnificent Seven, Storks

  • LRM Online
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.

This Past Weekend:

Yikes. What a terrible weekend we just had, not only for the new movies released but also for the Weekend Warrior’s predictions. Clint Eastwood and Tom HanksSully won its second weekend in a row with just under $22 million, but as far as the new movies, neither Lionsgate’s Blair Witch nor Universal’s Bridget Jones’s Baby did very well, putting the last nail in the coffin (hopefully) for sequels/remakes trying to play upon nostalgia that just isn’t there. (Good luck to the Rings movie opening next month!) Blair Witch ended up with $9.6 million to take second place and both Bridget Jones’s Baby and Oliver Stone’s Snowden ended up with around $8 million, so
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Toronto Film Review: ‘Queen of Katwe’

Toronto Film Review: ‘Queen of Katwe’
Queen of Katwe” doesn’t veer from the family-friendly inspirational sports movie playbook — there’s a plucky protagonist looking for a way out, a hardworking single mom concerned about false hopes, a committed coach seeking personal redemption. But the Disney release from veteran helmer Mira Nair is quietly radical in enough ways to make you cheer despite the cliches.

In telling the true story of a preteen girl in Uganda who becomes an unlikely chess prodigy, “Katwe” is the rare Hollywood film that never sets foot in the U.S. and doesn’t focus on a white hero to make that point of view more “universal.” It respects its characters’ Christian faith, without emphasizing religion in an attempt to rope in “faith-based” ticket buyers. And it’s a film about real people facing real problems, not pre-sold brands battling it out amid CGI-enhanced spectacle.

What that means for the box
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2016 Fall Movie Preview: 11 New Movies From Female Directors and Filmmakers to See

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2016 Fall Movie Preview: 11 New Movies From Female Directors and Filmmakers to See
All this week, IndieWire will be rolling out our annual Fall Preview, including offerings that span genres, a close examination of some of the year’s biggest breakouts, all the awards contenders you need to know about now and special attention to all the new movies you need to get through a jam-packed fall movie-going season. Check back every day for a new look at the best the season has to offer, and clear your schedule, because we’re going to fill it right up.

White Girl,” September 2

Writer-director Elizabeth Wood exploded onto the filmmaking scene when her controversial debut “White Girl” shocked audiences at the Sundance Film Festival. A fearless portrait of young female sexuality, the film stars “Homeland’s” Morgan Saylor as Leah, a college student who becomes involved with a young drug dealer during the last two weeks of summer in New York City. When the cops
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Is Pippa Middleton Taking Her Style Cues from Rihanna and Gigi Hadid?

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Is Pippa Middleton Taking Her Style Cues from Rihanna and Gigi Hadid?
Pippa Middleton's jewelry box just gained a major addition in the form of a jaw-dropping diamond engagement ring, but another much-loved item worn frequently by the royal sibling is becoming a must-have jewelry accessory. • Want to keep up with the latest royals coverage? Click here to subscribe to the Royals Newsletter.The gold and diamond alphabet pendant from British jeweler, Annoushka, is loved by Pippa so much, she often buys it as gifts for friends. And she's in good company, as the piece has also been spotted gracing the décolletage of Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Kristen Stewart and Gigi Hadid,
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Hilary Swank Joins The Gang In Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Logan Lucky’

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Hilary Swank Joins The Gang In Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Logan Lucky’
Things have been pretty quiet lately for two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank. The actress hit a particularly bad streak of movies a few years back — “Amelia,” “Conviction,” “The Resident,” “New Year’s Eve,” “Mary and Martha” — which either didn’t connect with critics or audiences or both. And when she did find great material, like […]

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Mira Nair Tapped for San Francisco Film Festival Award

Mira Nair Tapped for San Francisco Film Festival Award
The San Francisco Film Society has named filmmaker Mira Nair the recipient of the Irving M. Levin Directing Award.

She will be presented the award at the April 25 awards ceremonies at the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival at the Fort Mason Center’s Herbst Pavilion. The award is given each year in memory of the festival’s founder Irving M. Levin.

Nair will also be honored at “An Afternoon With Mira Nair” at the Castro Theatre on April 24 with an onstage conversation followed by a screening of “Monsoon Wedding,” which won the Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion in 2001. The presentation will also include an exclusive first look at special footage from Nair’s next project “Queen of Katwe,” about a rural Ugandan girl with an aptitude for chess, starring Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo.

Mira Nair has brilliantly bridged American and South Asian film traditions for more than 30 years,
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Interview: The Discipline and Humanity of "Bridge of Spies" Costume Design

Mark Rylance and Spielberg on the set of "Bridge of Spies"Costume Designers are among the great unsung heroes of the cinema, regularly helping actors to define their characters and directors to create those images audiences get lost in. The latter achievement comes in tandem with the other creatives most connected to the mise-en-scène, the cinematographers and the production designers. It's perhaps not surprising that when you sit down with the behind-the-scenes professional they are often disarmingly modest, used to serving and enhancing the vision of the director. General moviegoers might not know their names but cinephiles, critics, and industry professionals are wise to learn and love them for the unique contributions they make to fine movies. 

I recently had the opportunity to speak with the Polish designer Kasia Walicka-Maimone, who designed two high profile projects this year: Scott Cooper's gangster drama Black Mass and Steven Spielberg's cold war drama Bridge of Spies.
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Wamg Interview: Elizabeth Shepherd – Co-starred with Vincent Price in Tomb Of Ligeia

British actress Elizabeth Shepherd is best known for her dual performance as the strong-willed Lady Rowena and the ghostly Lady Ligeia opposite Vincent Price in director Roger Corman’s The Tomb Of Ligeia in 1965. Ms Shepherd has enjoyed a long career in movies and in British television since 1959 and her most recent big screen role was as Hillary Swank’s mother-in-law in the 2008 Amelia Earhart biography Amelia. However, it’s the stage is where she most loves to perform and that’s where we caught up with her for this interview as she was preparing for her role in an upcoming production of the play Pygmalion in Houston. We had invited Ms Shepherd to be a guest of honor at Vincentennial, the Vincent Price 100th Birthday Celebration in May of 2011 here in Price’s hometown of St. Louis, but she had committed to the play and was unable to accept our invitation.
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