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17 Highest-Grossing Movies Directed by Women, From ‘Mamma Mia!’ to ‘Wonder Woman’ (Photos)

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17 Highest-Grossing Movies Directed by Women, From ‘Mamma Mia!’ to ‘Wonder Woman’ (Photos)
Take a look at which films directed by women are on this list, unadjusted for inflation. 1. “Frozen” (2013) Directors: Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck Domestic gross: $400.7 million 2. “Wonder Woman” (2017) Director: Patty Jenkins Domestic gross: $285.3 million 3. “Shrek” (2001) Directors: Vicky Jenson, Andrew Adamson Domestic gross: $267.7 million 4. Brave” (2012”) Directors: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman Domestic gross: $237.3 million 5. “Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” (2009) Director: Betty Thomas Domestic gross: $219.6 million 6. “Twilight” (2008) Director: Catherine Hardwicke Domestic gross: $192.8 million 7. “Pitch Perfect 2” (2015) Director: Elizabeth Banks Domestic gross: $183.8 million 8. “What Women Want” (2000) Director: Nancy Meyers Domestic gross: $182.8 million 9. “Fifty Shades of Grey” (2015) Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson Domestic gross: $166.1 million 10. “Kung...
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Honoring Military Heroes and Those Who Play Them

Honoring Military Heroes and Those Who Play Them
Anne Heche & Hadi Tabbal

The Brave

Ex-Navy Seal Mikal Vega has turned his military life into an entertainment career, working as a technical consultant on NBC’s hit drama “The Brave.” Co-starring Salute to Service honorees Anne Heche, who plays Deputy Director Patricia Campbell, and Hadi Tabbal (Amir Al-Raisani), the series centers on the dangerous exploits of America’s elite undercover military operators, with the special ops narratives consistently rubbing up against current headlines.

Vega, who will present Heche and Tabbal, with their award at the Jan. 11 event, says, “when Dean Georgaris pitched it, I became interested because he wanted to do something that was realistic. Creative license is taken with certain aspects, but the plot-lines are real-world relevant, and there’s a level of honesty in the show’s depiction of the men and women who serve our country.”

Heche and Tabbal, along with other “Brave” cast members, have become active in the Horses for Heroes
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Teaser Watch: Rose McGowan Faces Her Fears & Speaks Her Truth in “Citizen Rose”

“Citizen Rose”

“I knew others were out there. And I knew it was a lot of us,” says Rose McGowan in the first look at her new E! series, “Citizen Rose.” The actress and activist was among the first women to come forward with her story about disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Millions have applauded the “Charmed” alumna’s bravery — and the title of her upcoming memoir is titled “Brave” — but as she acknowledges in the spot, “Being brave doesn’t mean that your ankles don’t shake or you’re not scared.” It means you face those fears.

The teaser includes footage of the “Dawn” director’s empowering speech at the Women’s Convention in Detroit.

“Citizen Rose” will premiere January 30. “Brave” hits bookshelves the same day.

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Teaser Watch: Rose McGowan Faces Her Fears & Speaks Her Truth
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Winter 2018 TV Preview: Shows Created By & About Women to Mark on Your Calendar

“2 Dope Queens”: HBO

Looking for a way to avoid the post-holidays winter doldrums? You’ve come to the right place. There are a bunch of women-centric and created shows premiering or returning in the next couple months — and they’re the perfect escape from blizzards and bomb cyclones. We’ve collected some of the most promising titles here.

Lena Waithe, Emmy-winning “Master of None” writer, created the much-anticipated Showtime series “The Chi,” a sprawling ensemble about life in southside Chicago. Another new series is “Good Girls,” Jenna BansNBC dramedy about three suburban mothers who rob a grocery store to solve their financial woes.

The recently announced “Citizen Rose” will chronicle actress and activist Rose McGowan’s life as she prepares to release her book, “Brave.” It will also offer new insight into one of the most outspoken and ballsy women currently working in show business.

In addition to new original series,
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Rose McGowan Getting Her Own Sexual Harassment E! Docu Series

Rose McGowan is now getting her own E! docu-series that will showcase her fight against sexual harassment. This seems like a very positive step forward for women since McGowan was one of the many to step forward just last year when it came to telling the truth about what was happening Hollywood. This documentary series will be in real time and will show McGowan not only promoting her book, Brave, but be detailing just how she gained the courage to come forward about her own abuse and encourage other women to start stepping up. At the risk of being insulting,

Rose McGowan Getting Her Own Sexual Harassment E! Docu Series
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Enchanted at 10: revisiting the film with director Kevin Lima

Simon Brew Dec 18, 2017

With new exclusive behind the scenes pictures, director Kevin Lima takes us through Enchanted, as it hits its 10th birthday.

It’s been ten years since the terrific Enchanted arrived in UK cinemas, just under two months after it premiered at the London Film Festival. The film made a star of Amy Adams, brought back 2D animation from Disney to the big screen, and has a songbook that sits happily alongside the top end of Disney work. Plus, the film remains a flat out family treat.

“It has been a long time” Lima chuckled, apologising in advance if he couldn’t recall all the answers I was after. Turns out he didn’t do too badly. He spared me some time to look back over the film, the challenges of making it, and what happened next…

I’ve only just discovered that Enchanted actually had its premiere in the UK!
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John Lasseter’s Legacy: Why the Tarnished CG Animation Pioneer May Be Irreplaceable For Disney and Pixar

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John Lasseter’s Legacy: Why the Tarnished CG Animation Pioneer May Be Irreplaceable For Disney and Pixar
At last week’s “Coco” premiere at the El Capitan in Hollywood, John Lasseter had a look of sadness in his eyes. The usual gregarious charm didn’t come as easily. Maybe he was tired: he’d been running both Pixar and Disney Animation as chief creative officer for the last 11 years.

That was the explanation when Lasseter first stepped down as director of “Toy Story 4” earlier this year. Then came Tuesday’s shocking revelation of alleged unwanted advances, forcing the animation mogul — who was known for his warm hugs — to take a six-month leave of absence from the studios, apologizing for “missteps” in a memo to his Disney/Pixar staff.

Lasseter, by far the most powerful and influential figure in contemporary animation, joins a growing list of big-name players in Hollywood, the media, and politics accused of sexual misconduct (including Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and Charlie Rose). This
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Pixar’s John Lasseter Was the Subject of a ‘Whisper Network’ for More Than Two Decades

Pixar’s John Lasseter Was the Subject of a ‘Whisper Network’ for More Than Two Decades
For more than 20 years, young women at Pixar Animation Studios have been warned about the behavior of John Lasseter, who just disclosed that he is taking a leave due to inappropriate conduct with women. The company’s co-founder is known as a hugger. Around Pixar’s Emeryville, Calif., offices, a hug from Lasseter is seen as a mark of approval.

But among female employees, there has long been widespread discomfort about Lasseter’s hugs and about the other ways he showers attention on young women. On Tuesday, that history caught up with him, as Lasseter became the latest prominent person to be accused of inappropriate behavior. This comes in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse and harassment scandal that brought down the movie mogul and has also tarnished other powerful men such as Charlie Rose, Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K., and Amazon’s Roy Price.

In a memo to Pixar employees, Lasseter apologized
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The 7 Best Pixar Movies — IndieWire Critics Survey

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The 7 Best Pixar Movies — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: “Coco” arrives in theaters on November 22nd. With that in mind, we asked our panel of critics to name their favorite Pixar movie. In a testament to the studio’s work, all seven of the critics who participated in this survey highlighted different films.

Read More:‘Coco’ Review: Pixar’s Latest Proves That the Studio Still Has Some Life in its Bones Christy Lemire, @christylemire, RogerEbert.com/What the Flick?!

For a long time I would have said “Wall-e,” just because it’s so audacious: It’s about a lonely garbage collector in space, and the first 15 minutes of it are wordless. The fact that
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American Film Market: Hudson Boards Fun Academy’s ‘Sgt. Stubby – An American Hero’ (Exclusive)

U.S.-based sales agent Paul Hudson is handling world sales on CGI feature “Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero,” inspired by the true story of an Wwi American soldier’s bonding with a stray dog that became a war hero.

Budgeted at $25 million, animated by Technicolor’s Mikros Animation in Montreal and the official movie of the 2018 Wwi Centennial Commission, “Sgt. Stubby” marks the maiden feature from Georgia-based Fun Academy Motion Pictures.

Fun Academy will release “Sgt. Stubby” in April on 3,000 screens, said Fun Academy CEO Richard Lanni, also the film’s writer-director.

Bibo Bergeron (“Shark Tale”) serves as head of story, while Patrick Doyle (“Brave”) is the film’s composer.

Hudson, who also runs L.A distribution-sales house Outsider Pictures, is introducing “Sgt. Stubby” to buyers at this week’s American Film Market. He is in negotiations to sell rights for Poland, Hungary, Latin America, China and the Middle East and has closed South Korea.

“Sgt
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‘Breadwinner,’ ‘Big Bad Fox’ Take Top Prizes at Animation Is Film Festival

‘Breadwinner,’ ‘Big Bad Fox’ Take Top Prizes at Animation Is Film Festival
The Breadwinner” has been selected as the grand prize winner at the inaugural Animation Is Film Festival, held last weekend at the Tcl Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

The Breadwinner,” directed by Nora Twomey of Ireland animation studio Cartoon Saloon, also took home the audience award. The film tells the story of a young girl who disguises herself as a boy to help feed her family during Taliban rule in Afghanistan.

“‘The Breadwinner’ is not just an incredibly important film, but one that reminds us of the power of animation to communicate serious issues in the world. Transforming hardship into a warm and moving story, the movie represents a triumph by its director, Nora Twomey, in terms of script, voice acting, design, music, and editing,” said jury chairman and Variety chief film critic Peter Debruge. “The films in competition this year illustrated the many techniques and possibilities of animation, but ‘The Breadwinner’ was a clear favorite among our jury
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Red Dwarf – The Top 5 Special Guest Stars from the Show’s Smegging History

With Red Dwarf Xii starting tonight on Dave at 9pm, Villordsutch takes a look back through the near 30 years of Red Dwarf history, to bring you the Top 5 special guest stars that have appeared in this smegging brilliant show.

5. Jenny Agutter, OBE (Psirens – Series 6, Episode 1)

So many people are smiling back right now.

Star of The Railway Children, Walkabout, Logan’s Run and An American Werewolf in London. Jenny Agutter appeared as Kryten’s creator Professor Mamet, though in truth she was a shape-shifting Gelf (Genetically Engineered Life-Form) with a hankering for brains.

Jenny Agutter is to this day, even with her numerous acting achievements under her belt, still seen as a figure of lust. Though it is completely wrong to view any actor in this way, it doesn’t remove the memory of watching this episode – on its original airing – with my dad sat on the settee, suddenly barking,
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Andy Signore Suspended by ScreenJunkies Following Sexual Misconduct Accusations

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Andy Signore Suspended by ScreenJunkies Following Sexual Misconduct Accusations
After being accused of sexual misconduct by several women who came forward with their stories on Twitter, Andy Signore has been suspended by ScreenJunkies. Signore, who created the popular Honest Trailers series, is one of several men in the film industry to face such allegations in recent weeks.

Read More:Weinstein and Drafthouse Scandals: By Speaking Out, Brave Victims Become Heroes

Defy Media, which owns ScreenJunkies, released the following statement:

“We have been conducting a thorough investigation into allegations made against Andy Signore and are preparing to respond to those allegations and take appropriate action. Given the additional statements that were made today, we feel it is necessary to suspend Andy’s employment while we continue our investigation. We will take all necessary action once the investigation is fully complete.”

Read More:Steven Spielberg Refuses to Talk About Harvey Weinstein at ‘Spielberg’ Premiere

Honest Trailers, which has twice been nominated for
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Animation Is Film Festival Unveils Full Slate and Jury

Animation Is Film Festival Unveils Full Slate and Jury
The first Animation Is Film Festival has announced its full slate of films and events, and has finalized its competition jury.

Added to the previously announced selection of films in competition are the North American premiere of “Fireworks, Should We See It From the Side or the Bottom” by Nobuyuki Takeuchi and Akiyuki Shinbo, which will screen on opening night, Friday, Oct. 20; the West Coast premiere of “Mutafukaz” by Guillaume Renard and Shoujirou Nishimi; the U.S. premiere of “Night Is Short, Walk on Girl,” by Masaaki Yuasa; and the world premiere of “Tropical Virus,” which will screen on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A with director Santiago Caicedo.

Previously announced competition films are “The Breadwinner,” directed by Nora Twomey, one of Variety’s 2017 10 Animators to Watch; “The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales” by Patrick Imbert and Benjamin Renner; “Big Fish and Begonia” by Liang Xua and Zhang Chun; “Birdboy: The Forgotten Children” by
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A New Animation Festival Launches, With Plans To Impact the Oscar Race

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A New Animation Festival Launches, With Plans To Impact the Oscar Race
Aiming to make an impact this Oscar season, the inaugural Animation Is Film Festival from GKids, the Annecy International Animation Festival, Variety, and Acifa-Hollywood launches October 20-22 at the Tcl Chinese 6 Theater.

The festival will present a selection of new animated feature films from Asia, Europe, South America, and North America, with juried and audience prizes and filmmakers attending most screenings. Additionally, the festival will feature studio events, special screenings, short film programs, and a Vr lounge.

Aif seems well timed: The Academy now allows all members to vote for animated features, using preferential voting. However, it remains to be seen what the dynamic will be in terms of mainstream versus indie nominees.

GKids, which has nine Oscar nominations (including this year’s “My Life as a Zucchini”), has seven movies in contention this season; four showcase in competition at Aif. The highlight is “The Breadwinner” (October 20), a coproduction of Ireland,
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Fall TV First Impression: The Gifted

Fall TV First Impression: The Gifted
The broadcast networks have nearly 20 shows debuting this fall, including ABC’s Ten Days with Kyra Sedgwick, NBC’s look at Brave heroes and CBS’ chronicles of a Young Sheldon. To help you prep for it all, TVLine is offering First Impressions of the not-for-review pilots.

Next up on our list….

The Show | The Gifted (Mondays at 9/8c, premiering Oct. 2)

The Competition | ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, NBC’s The Voice, CBS’ Kevin Can Wait/Me, Myself & I/Superior Donuts and The CW’s Valor

Related Read Our First Impressions of ABC’s Ten Days in the Valley, CBS’ S.
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Disney Princesses Unite! The Voices of Ariel, Belle, Moana and More Come Together for Magical Photo

Disney Princesses Unite! The Voices of Ariel, Belle, Moana and More Come Together for Magical Photo
Dreams do come true!

On Friday, the voices behind ten of Disney’s biggest princesses came together for one magical photo op.

Paige O’Hara (Belle from Beauty and the Beast), Irene Bedard (Pocahontas), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel in Tangled), Auli’i Cravalho (Moana), Sarah Silverman (Vanellope von Schweetz, Wreck-It-Ralph), Kristen Bell (Anna in Frozen), Kelly Macdonald (Merida in Brave), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana in The Princess and the Frog), Linda Larkin (Jasmine in Aladdin) and Jodi Benson (Ariel in The Little Mermaid) all united on the stage of Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, California.

The ladies were there to
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Original Disney Princesses Reunite At D23 Expo For First Look At 'Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 Cameo

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At the D23 Expo Friday, Disney reunited actress' who have voiced Disney princesss throughout the years. Jodie Benson (Ariel in “The Little Mermaid”), Auli‘i Cravalho (“Moana”), Kristen Bell (Anna in “Frozen”), Kelly MacDonald (Merida in “Brave”), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel in “Tangled”), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana in “The Princess and the Frog”), Irene Bedard (“Pocahontas”), Linda Larkin (Jasmine in “Aladdin”) and Paige O’Hara (Belle in “Beauty and the Beast”). The actresses graced the stage together for a first look at "Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2" where the Disney princesses make a cameo.

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D23: Pixar Announces Untitled Quest Movie Set in ‘Suburban Fantasy World’

D23: Pixar Announces Untitled Quest Movie Set in ‘Suburban Fantasy World’
Disney is making additions to the House of Mouse to include yet another new movie from Pixar. The currently untitled film was just one of many announcements at the D23 Expo on Friday.

Pixar Cco John Lasseter introduced the pic, telling the crowd, “We love taking audiences to new worlds they’ve never seen before.” A screen saying “The untitled Pixar film that takes you to a suburban fantasy world” promptly appeared behind him.

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Dan Scanlon has been attached as director, and he took the stage to present the project following Lasseter’s introduction. “This movie is a mixture of the fantastic and everyday,” noted Scanlon.

Based on quick clips shown to the audience, the untitled Pixar project will follow two characters who must go on a quest to track down their lost father, a man they known nothing about. Additionally,
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