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Supergirl Season 2 Soars into Homes August 22

14 hours ago | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Burbank, CA (May 24, 2017) – Just in time for the third season on The CW, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment brings you all-new Super-Villains and more family drama with the release of Supergirl: The Complete Second Season on Blu-rayTM and DVD on August 22, 2017. Delivering 4.2 million Total Viewers weekly, Supergirl is the #2 series on The CW, just after The Flash for Live+7.⃰ Fans can purchase the set which, in addition to all 22 super-powered episodes, contains an exclusive commentary with Andrew Kreisberg and Kevin Smith, the show’s 2016 Comic-Con panel, featurettes, and more! Supergirl: The Complete Second Season is priced to own at $49.99 Srp for the DVD and $54.97 Srp for the Blu-ray which includes a Digital Copy. Supergirl: The Complete Second Season is also available to own on Digital HD via purchase from digital retailers.

*Source: Nielsen National TV View  L+7 Us AA%; excluding repeats, specials, sports, and <5 TCs; Season To-Date = 10/10/16- »

- ComicMix Staff

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Trial & Error Renewed for Season 2

20 May 2017 12:07 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Court will return to session at NBC: The Peacock Net announced Saturday that it has renewed Trial & Error for Season 2.

Related2017 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?

Season 1 of the midseason comedy introduced viewers to Josh Segal (Gotham‘s Nicholas D’Agosto), a bright-eyed New York lawyer who relocated to a tiny Southern town for his first big case. His mission? To defend an eccentric, “rollercizing” poetry professor (3rd Rock From the Sun‘s John Lithgow) accused of the bizarre murder of his beloved wife. Jayma Mays (Glee), Sherri Shepherd (30 Rock »

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Exclusive: Katharine McPhee and David Foster 'Nothing More Than Friends'

16 May 2017 3:14 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Katharine McPhee is not dating David Foster.

In response to a recent report that the Scorpion star had begun seeing the ex-husband of Yolanda Hadid, McPhee's rep, Leslie Sloane, tells Et, "Katharine and David have known each other for over 11 years. They are nothing more than friends."

Both celebs have been in high-profile splits over the past few years. Foster separated from his Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star ex in 2015 following four years of marriage. McPhee, divorced husband Nick Cokas in 2016, after a 2014 photo leaked of the actress kissing her Smash director, Michael Morris.

After her divorce, McPhee went on to date her Scorpion co-star, Elyes Gabel, for nearly two years, before the pair split last July.

Meanwhile, last year, Foster was linked to supermodel Christie Brinkley.

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Quantico Season 2 Finale: Ep Talks Alternate Ending, Skipped Kiss, Nixed Cameo by Supergirl Star and More

15 May 2017 8:00 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Weeks ago, Quantico creator Joshua Safran told TVLine that the ABC spy drama had shot an ending that he’d cut if word of the show’s renewal hit before the finale aired.

As it turned out, though, the scene was gone long before news of the Season 3 pickup — and Safran’s stepping down as showrunner — broke Monday evening.

RelatedFall TV Schedule 2017: What’s on When? And Versus What?

The final moments that aired found Alex going on the FBI/CIA-sanctioned lam after breaking the law in order to bring crooked President Roarke’s collaborator scheme to light. As »

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Jennifer Hudson to Join 'The Voice' as a Coach

10 May 2017 5:52 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Jennifer Hudson has signed on to be a coach for NBC's The Voice. The former American Idol contestant will join Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Miley Cyrus, who will return for her second season as a coach, The Hollywood Reporter reports. Cyrus served as a coach last fall.

The singer-actress is well suited for the position as she will be able to relate and empathize with the season's winning and losing contestants (Hudson came in seventh place during her American Idol Season 3 run) and sets a strong example with her successful career that followed, »

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Jennifer Hudson Joins ‘The Voice’ Season 13 as Coach

10 May 2017 3:07 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Jennifer Hudson has a new gig on NBC.

The Oscar-winner is on board to join Season 13 of “The Voice” as a coach. She’ll be joining Miley Cyrus and regulars Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. Hudson earlier this year served as a winning coach on the U.K. edition of “The Voice.”

“Jennifer is an extraordinary vocal talent and one of the premier voices of our time. She embodies the experience, expertise, positivity and sheer talent that “The Voice” stands for,” said Paul Telegdy, NBC’s president of NBC’s alternative and reality group. “Her exceptional skills as a singer and actress have extended to film, television and Broadway, which makes her an incredible addition and a natural fit for our show.”

Hudson made a splash on NBC in December with her show-stopping performance in the “Hairspray Live” musical. She’s also just coming off a stint on Broadway in the musical “The Color Purple.” And »

- Alex Stedman

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American Idol Auditions

9 May 2017 12:12 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

American Idol lives! ABC has officially confirmed that it’s rebooting the reality competition series following its 2016 cancellation.

While we patiently wait for the show’s new network to announce a premiere date, judges and hosts, we’re looking back at where it all began for the biggest stars to come out of the show’s first 15 seasons.

Carrie Underwood

Underwood claimed the Idol crown in season 4. When we first made her acquaintance, she was an Oklahoma farm girl who had never even been on a plane, but her rendition of “I Can’t Make You Love Me” proved she was destined for bigger things. »

- Lydia Price

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Stranger Things Season 2: Nashville Vet Will Chase Joins Cast as [Spoiler]

3 May 2017 11:49 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Nashville and Smash vet Will Chase will soon be belting out a chorus of “Wtf?!”

The actor-singer has joined Stranger Things‘ anticipated second season in a pivotal recurring role, TVLine has learned exclusively. He will play Neil Mayfield, the father of a family of recent transplants to Hawkins Indiana from California. Our guess? He’s the dad of the two new kids in town, played by American Odyssey‘s Sadie Sink and Power RangersDacre Montgomery.

VideosStranger Things Season 2: Watch the First Trailer

Much of Season 2 has been shrouded in secrecy, although a few details have trickled out. »

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Dirty Dancing Review: You Won't Have the Time of Your Life With ABC Remake

30 April 2017 9:01 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The original Dirty Dancing was no paragon of cinematic excellence, but boy, does it look like Swan Lake next to The Hokey Pokey that is ABC’s remake of the 1987 film.

If you never saw the Patrick Swayze-Jennifer Grey version, you might like this made-for-tv movie. If you tend to enjoy watching minor characters in dramas get far more screen time than they deserve, you’ll probably be enthralled. And if you’ve ever watched Dancing With the Stars and thought, “You know, the best part about this show is how the dancers mouth the words to the songs during the numbers, »

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Poster and Trailer Unveiled for Lawrie Brewster's Gothic Noir 'The Black Gloves'

27 April 2017 6:48 PM, PDT | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

By Depressed Satan,

MoreHorror.com

Director Lawrie Brewster and writer Sarah Daly are back with Gothic noir The Black Gloves, a 1940s-set chiller featuring the Owlman, the iconic villain and viral sensation from their acclaimed debut feature Lord of Tears.

The Black Gloves tells the story of a psychologist obsessed with the disappearance of his young patient, and the menacing owl-headed figure that plagued her nightmares. His investigations lead him to a reclusive ballerina who, just like his patient, is convinced that she is about to die at the hands of this disturbing entity. In the bleak Scottish highlands, Finn counsels his new patient, under the watchful eye of her sinister ballet teacher. He soon finds himself entangled in a ballet of paranoia, dark agendas and a maze of deadly twists and turns, as the legend of the Owlman becomes a terrifying reality.

The film stars Spanish horror icon Macarena Gomez, »

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Anjelica Huston to Be Honored at Seattle Film Fest

25 April 2017 12:01 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

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Anjelica Huston is set to add another trophy to her mantle. The Seattle International Film Festival (Siff) has announced that the Oscar winner has been chosen as the 2017 recipient of their Career Achievement in Acting Award. The 43rd installment of the fest will also host the world premiere of Huston’s latest film, “Trouble,” written and directed by Theresa Rebeck.

Spanning over 50 years, Huston’s career includes three Academy Award nominations and one win. She received nods for “The Grifters,” “Enemies: A Love Story,” and “Prizzi’s Honor,” and won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for the latter. “Transparent” and “Smash” are among her recent credits.

“It is an honor to welcome such a talented, exquisite, and tenacious actress to this year’s festival,” said Sarah Wilke, Siff’s Executive Director. “Anjelica Huston has graced the theater screen for many years and we at Siff are elated to celebrate her success as an artist with our Career Achievement in Acting Award.”

Trouble” reunites Huston with “Smash” creator Rebeck. Huston and Bill Pullman play a feuding brother and sister whose bad blood affects an old friend.

Huston will receive her award at a tribute event June 7. The evening will kick off with an on-stage interview with Huston, followed by a screening of “Trouble.” Prior to the tribute, two of Huston’s other films will play at the fest: “The Grifters” and “The Witches.”

Siff runs from May 18-June 11. Up next for Huston is “Watcher in the Woods,” an upcoming original Lifetime movie directed by “Sabrina the Teenage Witch’s” Melissa Joan Hart. The re-imagining of the 1980 cult classic horror film sees Huston playing the mother a girl who disappeared in the English countryside.

Anjelica Huston to Be Honored at Seattle Film Fest was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Laura Berger

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Seattle festival to honour Anjelica Huston

25 April 2017 11:58 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

June 7 event features on-stage interview, screening of new film, Trouble.

The Seattle International Film Festival (Siff) will honour Anjelica Huston with the Career Achievement In Acting Award at this year’s 43rd edition.

The event will take place on June 7 at the Siff Cinema Egyptian and begin with an on-stage interview with Huston, followed by be the world premiere of her new film Trouble.

Huston reunites with director Theresa Rebeck after they collaborated on the 2012 NBC series Smash.

Trouble also stars Bill Pullman and tells of a feuding brother and sister whose differences entangle the fate of an old friend, played by David Morse. Julia Stiles, Jim Parrack, Brian d’Arcy James, and Victor Williams also star.

Huston serves as executive producer and Rebeck, Rachel Dengiz, Julie Buck, and Jaclyn Bashoff are producers. Wme Global represents North American rights while Gpm handles international rights.

In addition to the tribute event and screening, Siff will present »

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Film Acquisition Rundown: Gravitas Ventures Picks Up ‘Elian,’ Magnolia Buys ‘Leaning Into the Wind’ and More

14 April 2017 6:35 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

Gravitas Ventures has acquired the U.S. theatrical, digital and video rights to “Elián,” the story of Elián González, a five-year-old Cuban boy plucked from the Florida Straits on Thanksgiving Day in 1999, and how the fight over his future sparked a flashpoint for U.S. and Cuban tensions. Directed by Ross McDonnell and Tim Golden, the film is executive produced by Alex Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions.

Read More: Film Acquisition Rundown: Fox Searchlight Picks Up ‘The Spy With No Name,’ FilmRise Buys ‘Marjorie Prime’ and More

Elián” is slated for a platform theatrical release beginning in New York and Los Angeles on May 19. The film will also be premiering at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival on »

- Graham Winfrey

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Weekly Update for April 7: Women Centric, Directed, and Written Films Playing Near You

7 April 2017 12:04 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Films About Women Opening This Week“Their Finest

Their Finest — Directed by Lone Scherfig; Written by Gaby Chiappe

Their Finest” sees Gemma Arterton as Catrin, a young woman hired to write lines for women in British war propaganda movies. It’s a movie within a movie dealing with gender roles in the ’40s that at times feels all-too-relevant. Catrin’s paid less, she’s treated like a second class citizen, yet she endears herself to the operation which is vital to the morale of the British citizens during the war. Arterton, one of the finest young actresses working, infuses Catrin with some serious spunk in her endeavor to be taken seriously. (Melissa Silverstein)

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Lone Scherfig.

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Gemma Arterton.

Find tickets and screening info here.

Colossal

Colossal

Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is a mess. She gets kicked out of the apartment she shares with her boyfriend (Dan Stevens) — which served as a way station for her partying friends — and she winds up on the floor of her childhood house in the town everyone tries to escape from. She re-meets a childhood friend (Jason Sudeikis), starts to work in his bar, and then discovers that she is fueling a Godzilla-like monster wreaking havoc on Seoul, South Korea. The premise is crazy, but the movie works. There is a twist, which I won’t reveal, that illuminates a great gender discussion and sets Gloria on the path to taking her life back. (Melissa Silverstein)

Find screening info here.

Queen of the Desert (Opens in NY and La) (Available on VOD April 14)

Queen of the Desert

Gertrude Bell (Nicole Kidman) chafes against the stifling rigidity of life in turn-of-the-century England, leaving it behind for a chance to travel to Tehran. So begins her lifelong adventure across the Arab world, a journey marked by danger, a passionate affair with a British officer (James Franco), and an encounter with the legendary T.E. Lawrence (Robert Pattinson). Stunningly shot on location in Morocco and Jordan, “Queen of the Desert” reveals how an ahead-of-her-time woman shaped the course of history. (Press materials)

Bethany (Also Available on VOD)

Claire (Stefanie Estes) and her husband (Zack Ward) find themselves moving back into Claire’s childhood home only to have the abusive and traumatic memories of her mother come back to haunt her. As her husband starts to get more work, Claire finds herself mixed up in a fog of past and present with a mysterious figure haunting her memories. What is this small figure that is trying to reach out to her, and what does it want? (Press materials)

The Assignment (Also Available on VOD)

Hitman Frank Kitchen (Michelle Rodriguez) is given a lethal assignment, but after being double-crossed, he discovers he’s not the man he thought he was — he’s been surgically altered and now has the body of a woman. Seeking vengeance, Frank heads for a showdown with the person (Sigourney Weaver) who transformed him, a brilliant surgeon with a chilling agenda of her own. (Press materials)

Find tickets and screening info here.

Films About Women Currently Playing“The Zookeeper’s Wife”

The Zookeeper’s Wife — Directed by Niki Caro; Written by Angela Workman (Opens in Wide Release)

Carrie Pilby — Directed by Susan Johnson; Written by Kara Holden (Also Available on VOD)

Ghost in the Shell

The Blackcoat’s Daughter (Also Available on DirecTV)

Despite the Falling Show — Written and Directed by Shamin Sarif (Also Available on VOD)

All This Panic (Documentary) — Directed by Jenny Gage

Girl Unbound (Documentary) — Directed by Erin Heidenreich

Here Alone (Also Available on VOD)

God Knows Where I Am (Documentary)

Naam Shabana

The Levelling — Written and Directed by Hope Dickson Leach

Dig Two Graves (Also Available on VOD)

Beauty and the Beast

A Woman, a Part — Written and Directed by Elisabeth Subrin

Personal Shopper

Raw — Written and Directed by Julia Ducournau

The Women’s Balcony — Written by Shlomit Nechama

Before I Fall — Directed by Ry-Russo Young; Written by Maria Maggenti

The Last Word

Table 19

Sophie and the Rising Sun — Written and Directed by Maggie Greenwald (Also Available on VOD)

Lovesong — Co-Written and Directed by So Yong Kim

The Lure — Directed by Agnieszka Smoczynska

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

20th Century Women

Hidden Figures — Co-Written by Allison Schroeder

Toni Erdmann — Written and Directed by Maren Ade

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Julieta

Jackie

Moana — Co-Written by Pamela Ribon

Elle

The Eagle Huntress

Films Directed by Women Opening This Week“Alive and Kicking

Alive and Kicking (Documentary) — Directed by Susan Glatzer; Written by Susan Glatzer and Heidi Zimmerman (Also Available on VOD)

Alive and Kicking” is a feature-length documentary that takes an inside look into the culture of Swing dancing and the characters who make it special. It explores the culture surrounding Swing dance from the emergence of the Lindy Hop to the modern day international phenomenon. The film follows the growth of Swing dance from its purely American roots as an art form, to countries all over the world. “Alive and Kicking” looks at the lives of the Swing dancers themselves to find their personal stories and why this dance fills them with joy. (Press materials)

Find tickets and screening info here.

i hate myself :) (Documentary) — Directed by Joanna Arnow (Opens in NY) (Available on VOD April 11)

Nebbishy filmmaker Joanna Arnow documents her yearlong relationship with racially charged poet-provocateur James Kepple. What starts out as an uncomfortably intimate portrait of a dysfunctional relationship and protracted mid-twenties adolescence quickly turns into a complex commentary on societal repression, sexuality, and self-confrontation through art. (Press materials)

Find screening info here.

Glory — Co-Written and Co-Directed by Kristina Grozeva (Opens April 12)

“Glory”

Tsanko Petrov (Stefan Denolyubov), a railroad worker, finds millions of leva on the train tracks. He decides to turn the money over to the police, for which the state rewards him with a new wristwatch that soon stops working. Meanwhile, Julia Staikova (Margita Gosheva), head of the PR department of the Ministry of Transport, loses Petrov’s old watch, a family relic. Here starts his desperate struggle to recover both his old watch and his dignity. (Press materials)

Films Directed by Women Currently Playing“David Lynch: The Art Life”

David Lynch: The Art Life (Documentary) — Co-Directed by Olivia Neergaard-Holm

For Here or to Go? — Directed by Rucha Humnabadkar

The Prison — Written and Directed by Na Hyun

Cezanne and I — Written and Directed by Danièle Thompson

Karl Marx City (Documentary) — Co-Directed by Petra Epperlein

Bluebeard — Written and Directed by Soo-youn Lee

Tickling Giants (Documentary) — Directed by Sara Taksler

Viceroy’s House — Directed by Gurinder Chadha; Co-Written by Moira Buffini (UK)

Jasper Jones — Directed by Rachel Perkins (Australia)

The Last Laugh (Documentary) — Directed by Ferne Pearlstein

A United Kingdom — Directed by Amma Asante

Films Written by Women Opening This Week“Smurfs: The Lost Village

Smurfs: The Lost Village — Written by Stacey Harman and Pamela Ribon

In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette (Demi Lovato) and her friends Brainy (Danny Pudi), Clumsy (Jack McBrayer), and Hefty (Joe Manganiello) on an exciting race through the Forbidden Forest leading to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history. (Press materials)

Find tickets and screening info here.

The Ticket — Co-Written by Sharon Mashihi (Also Available on VOD)

After James (Dan Stevens), a blind man, inexplicably regains his vision, he becomes possessed by a drive to make a better life for himself. However, his new improvements — a nicer home, a higher paying job, tailored suits, luxury car — leave little room for the people who were part of his old, simpler life: his wife (Malin Akerman) and close friend (Oliver Platt). As his relationships buckle under the strain of his snowballing ambition, it becomes uncertain if James can ever return from darkness. (Press materials)

Find screening info here.

Films Written by Women Currently Playing

Phillauri — Written by Anvita Dutt

A Dog’s Purpose — Written by Cathryn Michon

The Red Turtle — Co-written by Pascale Ferran

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — Written by J.K. Rowling

TV Premieres This Week

Casey Anthony: An American Murder Mystery (Miniseries) (Premieres April 9 on ID)

Lies, betrayal, and murder. What happened to Caylee Anthony? This three-part special looks inside one of the most controversial murder cases in American history. Explore the captivating investigation with interviews from the family at the center of it all. (Press materials)

The Great War (Documentary Miniseries) — Co-Directed and Co-Produced by Amanda Pollak (Premieres April 10 on PBS)

Drawing on unpublished diaries, memoirs, and letters, “The Great War” tells the rich and complex story of World War I through the voices of nurses, journalists, aviators, and the American troops who came to be known as “doughboys.” The series explores the experiences of African-American and Latino soldiers, suffragists, Native American “code talkers,” and others whose participation in the war to “make the world safe for democracy” has been largely forgotten. It is a story of heroism and sacrifice that would ultimately claim 15 million lives and profoundly change the world forever. (Press materials)

Hollywood Darlings — Executive Produced by Layla Smith (Premieres April 12 on Pop)

Pop’s new original comedy series turns the camera on real-life friends who are bonded by a sisterhood only they can share as former child stars who grew up in the ’90s limelight: Jodie Sweetin (“Full House,” “Fuller House”), Christine Lakin (“Step By Step”), and Beverley Mitchell (“7th Heaven”). In this improvised comedy, the three actresses play exaggerated versions of themselves in their current Hollywood lives. With the support of one another, this girl squad can take on anything when it comes to parenting, marriage, friendship, and revived careers in Hollywood. (Press materials)

VOD/DVD Releasing This Week“Toni Erdmann

3 Hikers (Documentary) — Written and Directed by Natalie Avital (VOD, Available Now)

Running Wild — Co-Written by Christina Moore (DVD, Available Now)

Silver Skies — Written and Directed by Rosemary Rodriguez (VOD/DVD, Available Now)

National Bird — Directed by Sonia Kennebeck (DVD, April 8)

Brimstone (DVD, April 11)

The Bye Bye Man — Directed by Stacy Title (VOD/DVD, April 11)

Hidden Figures (VOD/DVD, April 11)

Ovum — Written by Sonja O’Hara (VOD/DVD, April 11)

Toni Erdmann — Written and Directed by Maren Ade (VOD/DVD April 11)

Picks of the Week from Women and Hollywood

Finding the Balance: Crowdfunding Picks

Gemma Arterton Talks Sexism and Likability in “Their Finest

Guest Post: How One Non-Profit Changed The Game For Parents At SXSW

April 2017 Film Preview

On Women and Hollywood This WeekIronheart aka Riri Williams: Marvel

Their Finest” Director Lone Scherfig on Making Meaningful Films

Melissa Stack to Make Directorial Debut with Vacation Comedy

Quote of the Day: “Good Girls Revolt’s” Genevieve Angelson on Equal Pay

Actor Asia Kate Dillon Questions Emmys’ Gender Binary Acting Categories

Pussy Riot Documentary “Act & Punishment” Gets U.S. Release

Finding the Balance: Crowdfunding Picks

Shonda Rhimes’ MasterClass on Writing for Television Is Now Available

Iliza Shlesinger’s Late-Night Show “Truth & Iliza” Gets Premiere Date

“That’s So Raven” Spinoff Ordered to Series

Gemma Arterton Talks Sexism and Likability in “Their Finest

Catherine Hardwicke Set to Direct “Miss Bala” Remake for Sony

Trailer Watch: “Anne” Can Do Anything a Boy Can Do and More

Trailer Watch: Niecy Nash is a Badass Salon Owner in “Claws

Bette Midler to Be Honored by Drama League, Keeps Breaking Broadway Records

Trailer Watch: Chelsea Handler Is Back and Brasher than Ever in Season 2 of “Chelsea”

Wtf of the Day: Marvel Exec Thinks Female & Diverse Characters Are Ruining Sales

Tallgrass Film Festival to Launch Female-Helmed Doc Competition

Trailer Watch: “Wynonna Earp” Is on the Fury Road Express in Season 2

Character First: April VOD and Web Series Picks

Teaser Watch: Aubrey Plaza Is an Instagram Stalker in “Ingrid Goes West

Gurinder Chadha Moves to TV with FremantleMedia-Backed Bend It TV

Theresa Rebeck Opens Up About Being Fired from “Smash

Trailer Watch: Britt Robertson Starts a Fashion Empire in Netflix’s “Girlboss

Kelly Ripa Developing “Geek Girl Rising” as Scripted TV Series for ABC

Guest Post: What Inspired Me to Make a Film About Retirees

Lifetime and National Women’s Soccer League Announce 2017 Game of the Week Schedule

Quote of the Day: Ellen Pompeo Praises Shonda Rhimes’ Leadership

Guest Post: How One Non-Profit Changed The Game For Parents At SXSW

Sony Buys Rights to Emil Ferris’ Graphic Novel “My Favorite Thing Is Monsters”

Women Execs Appointed at British Film Institute, Creative BC, and Annapurna

HBO Announces TV Adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s “My Brilliant Friend”

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs Accepts CinemaCon Pioneer of the Year Award

Weekly Reads from Around the Internet

The Women of “Iron Fist”: Marvel Continues to Struggle in Developing Their Woman Characters by Victoria Goff (Bitch Media)

How Feud Recreates the World of 1963 Hollywood, According to its Production Designer by Caroline Framke (Vox)

Female-Written ‘Daria’ Was Groundbreaking and Would Still Be an Exception Today by Carey Purcell (Mic)

Justice League Action’s” Rachel Kimsey Talked to Us About Wonder Woman’s Strengths, Her Flaws, and Fan Fantasies by Teresa Jusino (The Mary Sue)

Follow Women and Hollywood on Twitter @WomenaHollywood and Melissa Silverstein @melsil.

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Weekly Update for April 7: Women Centric, Directed, and Written Films Playing Near You was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Rachel Montpelier

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Theresa Rebeck Opens Up About Being Fired from “Smash”

3 April 2017 10:02 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Theresa Rebeck: theresarebeck.com

“The misogyny is beyond anything that people believe,” “Smash” creator and former showrunner Theresa Rebeck writes in an essay entitled “What Came Next.” “On my first job in television, when I was in my twenties, I would sit, dazed, while a roomful of men sat around and told fist-up-the-ass jokes, roaring with laughter. In another room, the guys would sit around and pitch stories, and then write everything down in great detail on little white cards. Whenever a scene with female characters showed up they would write a card that said, ‘girl scene here.’ Then they would look at me and say, ‘You’re a woman, you write this.’”

“What Came Next” is part of the upcoming anthology of essays “Double Bind: Women on Ambition,” edited by Robin Romm. Featuring essays from Rebeck, Roxane Gay, Molly Ringwald, and Sarah Ruhl, the book discusses how feminism and ambition affect professional women. Entertainment Weekly published an excerpt of Rebeck’s story, in which the playwright, novelist, and TV writer reveals the infuriating treatment she endured during and after her short-lived tenure on the NBC musical drama.

First, Rebeck recalls that she was approached by Steven Spielberg to head “Smash.” The Oscar-winning director decided Rebeck was the best fit for the job after reading her plays and becoming “infatuated” with her writing.

“So I took the job, I wrote the pilot, I created all the characters, I nurtured it through a transition from Showtime to NBC, I produced the pilot, and the show got picked up for an order of seventeen episodes,” Rebeck details. “I was the showrunner of the first season, which got terrific numbers and established itself immediately as an international sensation.”

And everything was great until it wasn’t. “At the end of the first season, I was fired without cause,” she explains. Rebeck learned that the men in upper management had deemed her difficult, hard to work with, not a team player. The president of NBC had, to put it in corporate terms, a “comfort level” problem with Rebeck. “Comfort level,” she says, “is Hollywood code for men who don’t want to work with women.”

The reason male execs were uncomfortable with Rebeck? She unapologetically acted like a leader, like a boss. Like a showrunner.

“In corporate culture, ‘play well with others’ has come to mean absolutely agreeing to everything that gets thrown at you,” she observes. “It is a given: You have to say yes to your boss all the time. And that means all the time, and cheerfully — that, I’m not as good at.”

“The boys didn’t want me running that show,” Rebeck continues, “There was also an architectural problem in the power structure above me. How to ‘manage up’ [collaborate with her superiors] was never very clear. Mr. Spielberg is an enormous force and a great storyteller. He and the head of the network both believed that they were in charge. There was a strange dysplasia. They seemed to think that I was some kind of factotum, or typewriter even. No matter how polite I was, it rocked everyone to the core when the typewriter talked back.”

So Rebeck was punished for speaking up and forced out of the show she groomed for success. But she couldn’t really move on: Her reputation as a TV exec had been tarnished and she was unable to find work for three years. Meanwhile, the people who had been hired to run “Smash” after her departure weren’t quite living up to NBC’s expectations. The show lasted one season without Rebeck before it was cancelled.

“And, of course, as soon as I was fired, all the men who had conspired to have me removed from my post realized that the show wasn’t going to survive without me and so they slunk away and went off to do other things,” Rebeck points out.

Rebeck has no doubts — and neither do we — that her treatment on “Smash” was “gender-based.” “The power structure included 10 men and one woman,” she recalls. “In spite of all their second-guessing and wrangling, the show was terrific until they fired the woman in charge. I was explicitly told, during my firing, that the show was ‘too important to the network,’ and so they were taking it out of my hands.”

Adding insult to injury, the network went the route of “Nasty Women” and “Cruella” and handed the reins to an inexperienced male exec. He “had virtually no credentials and no experience in the theater,” Rebeck writes. “His television credits were nowhere near as comprehensive as mine. The show died under his watch. Two years later, another network gave him another show to run. Meanwhile, I was still being told that I was unemployable because everyone knew that I was a lunatic.”

Fortunately, Rebeck hasn’t let this experience hinder her voice or her ambition. “Women should be telling stories,” she concludes. “And the earth will not survive without women claiming their voices and their partnership for its people.” She adds, “So yes, I am ambitious. And while I do believe in playing well with others, I ultimately don’t know how to keep my mouth shut. What storyteller does?”

We’re pleased to say that Rebeck hasn’t kept her mouth shut and will work in TV again. Her next project sees her teaming up with super producer Gail Berman for Lifetime’s “Love and Murder in the Hamptons.” The series is about “a young man from a poor upbringing [who] finds himself caught in a love triangle between a woman from a similar background and a woman from one of the richest families in the Hamptons.” Rebeck is writing, and Berman will serve as an executive producer.

Head over to EW to read the entire excerpt of “What Came Next.” “Double Bind” will be published April 11.

Theresa Rebeck Opens Up About Being Fired from “Smash” 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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‘Smash’ Creator Says Misogyny in TV Writers’ Rooms Is ‘Beyond Anything that People Believe’

31 March 2017 11:13 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Rampant misogyny runs through many of television’s writers’ room where your favorite shows are created, according to “Smash” creator Theresa Rebeck. The creator detailed how she got fired from the show (which she created, wrote and ran the room for in Season 1) in a new book “Double Bind,” as excerpted by EW. In the personal essay, Rebeck got candid about her firing, saying male writers on “Smash” “conspired” to have her fired, and replaced her with someone far less qualified. Also Read: NBC's 'Smash' Musical 'Bombshell' Poised for Full Stage Adaptation “The person they gave it to had virtually no credentials and. »

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13 Reasons Why Ep Selena Gomez and Stars Talk Netflix's 'Honest' High School Suicide Mystery

30 March 2017 6:06 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

If you’re ever waxing nostalgic and wishing you could revisit high school, please allow the characters of 13 Reasons Why to remind you of why that’s a terrible idea — at least in this day and age.

The Netflix series based on Jay Asher’s 2007 young adult novel, which begins streaming Friday, chronicles the events that lead a vibrant girl to commit suicide… then to send her classmates audiocassettes in which she narrates exactly what part her peers played in her death.

RelatedSanta Clarita Diet Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix — Watch Tasty Teaser

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Lost in Space Remake Adds Raza Jaffrey

30 March 2017 3:00 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Code Black and Smash alum Raza Jaffrey has boarded Netflix’s Lost in Space remake.

RelatedLost In Space: Toby Stephens to Star as John Robinson in Netflix Reboot

The Legendary TV-produced drama, which was ordered to series last June and is set to premiere in 2018, will take its cues from the original ’60s series and follow the Robinson clan as they are forced to come together in a time of crisis, stranded light years from their intended destination.

Toby Stephens (Black Sails) and Molly Parker (Deadwood) play parents/scientists John and Maureen Robinson, while Taylor Russell (Falling Skies »

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How 13 Reasons Why's Kate Walsh Got Into the Mindset of a Grieving Mother

30 March 2017 9:30 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

13 Reasons Why is not your typical teen drama. And Kate Walsh is not your typical mom in the atypical 13 Reasons Why. Netflix's latest offering follows the tale of Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), a high schooler who kills herself with no explanation, devastating her parents (played by Walsh and Smash's Brian D'Arcy James). But, naturally there's a twist, and Hannah left 13 reasons why she killed herself on 13 tapes for her peers in high school to discover. Each episode of the series is a tape explaining how the other students and their actions affected Hannah. To get into the role of grieving mother, Walsh dove right in. "I spoke to two parents that had a child that died by suicide and I spoke »

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Women-Directed Features “Polina” and “The Drowning” Acquired

29 March 2017 12:32 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

The Drowning”: Paladin

Two new women-directed films have found homes. Deadline reports that Oscilloscope Laboratories snagged the North American rights to Valérie Müller and Angelin Preljocaj’s “Polina,” a ballet drama starring Juliette Binoche (“The Clouds of Sils Maria”), and Paladin and Electric Entertainment have acquired the rights to Bette Gordon’s psychological thriller “The Drowning,” led by Julia Stiles (“Bourne” franchise) and Josh Charles (“The Good Wife”).

“Polina” made its world premiere at the 2016 Venice Film Festival. Penned by Müller (“Le monde de Fred”), the French film “centers on Polina (Anastasia Shevtsova), a promising classical ballet dancer who is just about to join the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet when she discovers contemporary dance, a revelation that throws everything into question,” Deadline writes. After moving to France to work with a famous choreographer Liria Elsaj (Binoche), Polina is confronted by the fact that “determination and hard work don’t always lead to success.” The co-director of the film, Preljocaj, is a dancer and choreographer herself. Everybody’s on Deck’s Gaëlle Bayssière and Didier Creste produced the project.

Binoche has signed on to writer-director Mia Hansen-Løve’s follow-up to “Things to Come,” “Maya.” The film centers on a French war reporter (Roman Kolinka, “Eden”) dealing with the trauma of having been taken hostage in Syria. The Oscar winner’s next feature, “Ghost in the Shell,” hits theaters March 31. Scarlett Johansson stars as a cyborg in the big-budget sci-fi story.

The Drowning” debuted at the 2016 Warsaw Film Festival and opened the Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival earlier this month. The film follows “a forensic psychologist (Charles) who is haunted by his expert witness testimony that sent a young boy to prison for a chilling murder. When the boy later reappears in his life, he is drawn into a destructive, soul-searching reinvestigation of the case,” the source summarizes. “Elizabeth Kling, Subi Liang, Ho-Cheung Pang exec produced and Radium Cheung, Daniel L. Blanc, Jamin O’Brien are producers.”

Gordon’s directing credits include “Handsome Harry,” “Luminous Motion,” and “Variety.” Next up for Stiles is “Smash” creator Theresa Rebeck’s “Trouble,” an indie comedy about feuding siblings played by Anjelica Huston and Bill Pullman.

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- Laura Berger

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