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The Pirates of Blood River

Can a pirate be a substitute monster? Hammer Films gives yet another genre a spin with this box-office winner that launched a sideline in costume adventures. The Hammer crew makes it work: Christopher Lee, Marla Landi, Marie Devereaux, Michael Ripper, Oliver Reed and Andrew Keir, plus yank assistance from Kerwin Mathews and Glenn Corbett.

The Pirates of Blood River

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1962 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 87 min. / Street Date October 17, 2017 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store / 29.95

Starring: Kerwin Mathews, Christopher Lee, Andrew Keir, Glenn Corbett, Marla Landi, Michael Ripper, Peter Arne, Oliver Reed, Marie Devereux.

Cinematography: Arthur Grant

Production Design: Bernard Robinson

Art Direction: Don Mingaye

Film Editor: Eric Boyd-Perkins

Original Music: Gary Hughes

Written by John Hunter, John Gilling, Jimmy Sangster

Produced by Michael Carreras, Anthony Nelson-Keys

Directed by John Gilling

Hammer Films didn’t start out as a horror studio, but after their big Technicolor successes in 1957-
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Brandi Redmond Turns on Friend LeeAnne Locken in Rhod Finale: 'You Are So Delusional with Your Own Lies'

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Brandi Redmond Turns on Friend LeeAnne Locken in Rhod Finale: 'You Are So Delusional with Your Own Lies'
Brandi Redmond and LeeAnne Locken‘s unlikely friendship fell apart on Monday’s Real Housewives of Dallas season 2 finale, when Redmond accused Locken of manipulating her and trying to come between her and friends Stephanie Hollman and Cary Deuber.

“You said that you wanted nothing more than for them to be friends with me and for us to make up, when the truth be told, you told me that you did not want that for me,” Redmond snapped at Locken during a cast brunch in celebration of Locken’s engagement.

“You said that they were not my friends,” Redmond added.
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Winona Ryder Says She ‘May Have Gone Too Far’ With ‘Stranger Things’ Character, Talks ‘Overwhelming’ Response

Winona Ryder Says She ‘May Have Gone Too Far’ With ‘Stranger Things’ Character, Talks ‘Overwhelming’ Response
The Winonaissance is here! Winona Ryder opened up to Marie Claire UK about her recent return to acting after being one of the biggest stars of the ‘80s and ‘90s.

“It’s so overwhelming,” she told the magazine of the fan response to her Netflix hit, Stranger Things. “I don’t know what it’s like for really famous people… I keep hearing that people are dressing up like me [as her character Joyce]. I’m like, ‘What?’”

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Ryder said that not being a parent herself, she asked her mom for help with connecting with her character, Joyce, a single mom, frantic to find her missing son.

“I said, ‘Mom, if every bit of logic is telling you your kid is gone, would you still [refuse to believe it]?’ And she said, ‘Absolutely.’ I said, ‘What if they show you a body?’ She said, ‘If you don’t see it happen, you don’t believe it.’ It’s a weird
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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Grey's, Svu, Teen Wolf, Riverdale, Supergirl, Suits, The Flash, Once, Last Man and More

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Grey's, Svu, Teen Wolf, Riverdale, Supergirl, Suits, The Flash, Once, Last Man and More
Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Send any/all of the above to askausiello@tvline.com

Question: Scoop on Episode 300 of Grey’s Anatomy? —@ThePompeoMethod via Twitter

Ausiello: With It breaking box office records, I’m hearing rumblings that the Krista Vernoff-penned outing — which bears the Hamilton-esque title “Who Dies, Who Lives, Who Tells Your Story” — may feature a frightening, possibly dangerous clown.

Question: Will Sean Maguire be coming back to Once Upon a Time? —Sara

Ausiello: “Never say never, but… not in the immediate run of episodes,” Adam Horowitz told us when we delivered your question.
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August 2017 Film Preview

The Glass Castle

With summer drawing to a close, August brings a bevy of films by and about women that engage with quirky themes and unique perspectives. The month kicks off with “Step,” Amanda Lipitz’ documentary about a girls’ step dance team based in Baltimore. In particular, “Step” follows a group of high school seniors as they prepare to graduate and become the first in their families to head to college.

In the second week of August, we’ll see a pair of films centered on women recreating their lives. “The Glass Castle,” the film adaptation of Jeannette Walls’ bestselling memoir, follows a young woman’s struggle to break free of her dysfunctional parents. The dark comedy “Ingrid Goes West” sees a mentally unstable Aubrey Plaza travel to Los Angeles determined to build a friendship with an Instagram influencer.

August 18 brings the release of “Patti Cake$,” focused on New Jersey girl with dreams of being a hip-hop performer, and the U.S. opening of the highly-anticipated documentary “Whitney: Can I Be Me,” a portrait of the late singer Whitney Houston. Also being released are a pair of women-written horror films: “The Ice Cream Truck,” in which a woman moves to a suburban neighborhood plagued by a murderous ice cream truck driver, and “The Monster Project,” about a group of filmmakers who accidentally summon other-worldly beings.

At the end of the month, Eliza Hittman’s Sundance darling “Beach Rats” arrives, a film woven from themes like teenage rebellion, sex, and love. The long-gestating “Tulip Fever” will also open. The period romance stars Alicia Vikander as an unhappily married woman who falls for the artist (Dane DeHaan) hired to paint her portrait.

Here are all of the women-centric, women-directed, and women-written films debuting in August. All descriptions are from press materials unless otherwise noted.

August 4

Step” (Documentary) — Directed by Amanda Lipitz

Step

Baltimore is a city that is fighting to save its youth. This documentary chronicles the trials and triumphs of the Senior girls on the high school step team as they prepare to be the first in their families to go to college — and the first graduating class of The Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women. “Step” is more than just a hobby for these girls — it is the outlet that keeps them united and fighting for their goals.

Fun Mom Dinner” — Directed by Alethea Jones; Written by Julie Yaeger Rudd (Opens in Limited Release) (Also Available on VOD)

Fun Mom Dinner

Four moms (Katie Aselton, Toni Collette, Bridget Everett, and Molly Shannon), whose only connection is their kids’ preschool class, decide to get together for a harmless “fun mom dinner.” The night begins as a disaster, but the combination of alcohol, karaoke, and a cute bartender leads to an unforgettable night where these seemingly different women realize they have more in common than motherhood and men.

Kidnap

Kidnap

A typical afternoon in the park turns into a nightmare for single mom Karla Dyson (Halle Berry) when her son suddenly disappears. Without a cell phone and knowing she has no time to wait for the police, Karla jumps in her own car and sets off in pursuit of the kidnappers. A relentless, edge-of-your seat chase ensues, where Karla must risk everything to not lose sight of her son.

“This Time Tomorrow” — Written and Directed by Lina Rodriguez (One Week Only in NY)

“This Time Tomorrow”

“This Time Tomorrow,” a quietly wrenching family drama set in Bogotá, is about 17-year-old Adelaida (Laura Osma), a gorgeous, rebellious force of nature, and her loving parents, Lena (Maruia Shelton) and Francisco (Francisco Zaldua), with whom she lives. One day, unexpected tragedy strikes and the family must confront their biggest struggle yet.

August 9

“After Love” — Co-Written by Fanny Burdino and Mazarine Pingeot (Opens in NY)

“After Love”

Boris (Cédric Kahn) and Marie (Bérénice Bejo) have decided to separate after 15 years together. They have two girls that they adore. However, cash-strapped Boris is still living in the family home. When all is said and done, neither of the two is willing to give up — and now the apartment is a war zone and their situation a nightmare.

August 11

The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle

Chronicling the adventures of an eccentric, resilient, and tight-knit family, “The Glass Castle” is a remarkable story of unconditional love. Oscar-winner Brie Larson brings Jeannette Walls’ best-selling memoir to life as a young woman who, influenced by the joyfully wild nature of her deeply dysfunctional father (Woody Harrelson), found the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.

Ingrid Goes West

Ingrid Goes West

Ingrid Thorburn (Aubrey Plaza) is an unhinged social media stalker with a history of confusing “likes” for meaningful relationships. Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen) is an Instagram-famous “influencer” whose perfectly curated, boho-chic lifestyle becomes Ingrid’s latest obsession. When Ingrid moves to La and manages to insinuate herself into the social media star’s life, their relationship quickly goes from #Bff to #Wtf. “Ingrid Goes West” is a savagely hilarious dark comedy that satirizes the modern world of social media and proves that being #perfect isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

“Whose Streets?” (Documentary) — Co-Directed by Sabaah Folayan (Opens in Limited Release)

“Whose Streets?”: Autumn Lin

Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, “Whose Streets?” is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis, Missouri. Grief, long-standing racial tensions, and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. Empowered parents, artists, and teachers from around the country come together as freedom fighters. As the national guard descends on Ferguson with military grade weaponry, these young community members become the torchbearers of a new resistance.

Annabelle: Creation

Annabelle: Creation”: Warner Bros.

Several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, who soon become the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

Planetarium” — Co-Written and Directed by Rebecca Zlotowski

Planetarium

Sisters with the ability to communicate telepathically with ghosts (played by Natalie Portman and Lily-Rose Depp) meet an influential film producer (Emmanuel Salinger) after traveling to France for a performance.

In This Corner of the World” — Co-Written by Chie Uratani (Opens in Limited Release)

In This Corner of the World

Set in Hiroshima during World War II, 18-year-old girl Suzu (voiced by Rena Nounen) gets married and has to find a way to feed her family despite the rationing and lack of supplies. As she struggles with the daily loss of life’s amenities, Suzu must force herself to maintain the will to live.

“Once Upon a Time”

“Once Upon a Time”

Based on the best-selling fantasy novel “Three Lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms,” “Once Upon a Time” is a story of epic battles, deep passion, and the powerful forces that drive mortals and gods alike toward revenge, loyalty, and eternal love. Bai Qian (Yifei Liu), a goddess and monarch from the Heavenly Realms, is sent to the mortal world to undergo a trial to become a High Goddess. There, she meets Ye Hua (Yang Yang), with whom she falls in love and marries. When an old enemy reappears in her life, everything Bai Qian holds dear is threatened.

August 18

“Patti Cake$”

“Patti Cake$”

In a coming-of-age story straight out of Jersey, an unlikely rapper (Danielle Macdonald) finds her voice as a one-of-a-kind hip-hop legend in the making in “Patti Cake$,” the first feature film from music video director Geremy Jasper. Set in gritty strip-mall suburbia, “Patti Cake$” chronicles an underdog’s quest for fame and glory with humor, raw energy, and some unforgettable beats.

Marjorie Prime

Marjorie Prime

Eighty-six-year-old Marjorie (Lois Smith) spends her final, ailing days with a computerized version of her deceased husband (Jon Hamm). With the intent to recount their life together, Marjorie’s “Prime” relies on the information from her and her kin to develop a more complex understanding of his history. As their interactions deepen, the family begins to develop ever diverging recounts of their lives, drawn into the chance to reconstruct the often painful past. “Marjorie Prime” shines a light on an often-obscured corner in the world of artificial intelligence and its interactions with mortality, and forces us to ask, “If we had the opportunity, how would we choose to rebuild the past, and what would we decide to forget?”

“What Happened to Monday” — Co-Written by Kerry Williamson (Available on Netflix)

“What Happened to Monday”

In a not so distant future, where overpopulation and famine have forced governments to undertake a drastic “One Child Policy,” seven identical sisters live a hide-and-seek existence pursued by the Child Allocation Bureau. The Bureau, directed by the fierce Nicolette Cayman (Glenn Close), enforces a strict family-planning agenda that the sisters outwit by taking turns assuming the identity of one person: Karen Settman (Noomi Rapace). Taught by their grandfather (Willem Dafoe), who raised and named them — Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday — each can go outside once a week as their common identity, but are only free to be themselves in the prison of their own apartment. That is until, one day, Monday does not come home…

Lemon” — Co-Written and Directed by Janicza Bravo (Opens in Limited Release) (Also Available on VOD)

Lemon

Isaac Lachmann (Brett Gelman) has seen better days. His acting career is tanking, while his colleagues succeed; his blind girlfriend of 10 years plans to leave him; and his own family singles him out as a constant disappointment at their latest reunion. Even as he takes a chance on a new romance, Isaac struggles to define his place in a world that has seemingly turned against him.

Logan Lucky” — Written by Rebecca Blunt

Logan Lucky

Trying to reverse a family curse, brothers Jimmy (Channing Tatum) and Clyde Logan (Adam Driver) set out to execute an elaborate robbery during the legendary Coca-Cola 600 race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Whitney: Can I Be Me” (Documentary) (U.S. Release) (Available on Showtime August 25)

Whitney: Can I Be Me

Six-time Grammy winner Whitney Houston was one of the most successful female recording artists of all time, but after a troubled marriage to singer Bobby Brown and many years of struggling with addiction, she died suddenly and tragically at age 48. With never-before-seen footage, candid interviews, and gripping performance highlights of many of Houston’s greatest hits, “Whitney: Can I Be Me” will offer a raw and uncensored look at Houston, exploring the impact her life and death had on the people around her and the world of music.

The Ice Cream Truck” — Written and Directed by Megan Freels Johnston (Also Available on VOD)

The Ice Cream Truck

Mary’s husband gets relocated for work which allows her to move back to her suburban hometown. As her family ties up loose ends back home, Mary (Deanna Russo) moves into their new house all alone and… waits. Yet in this idealistic world, something seems very odd. The Ice Cream Man, a symbol of youth and good times, starts killing some of her neighbors and Mary soon learns that the suburbs are scarier in more ways than she ever imagined.

The Monster Project” — Co-Written by Shariya Lynn

A man joins a documentary film crew to interview real-life monsters, but when the group underestimates the powers they’ve summoned, they must find a way to escape the evil they’ve unleashed.

August 25

Beach Rats” — Written and Directed by Eliza Hittman

Beach Rats

On the outskirts of Brooklyn, Frankie (Harris Dickinson), an aimless teenager, suffocates under the oppressive glare cast by his family and a toxic group of delinquent friends. Struggling with his own identity, Frankie begins to scour hookup sites for older men. When his chatting and webcamming intensify, he begins meeting men at a nearby cruising beach while simultaneously entering into a cautious relationship with a young woman. As Frankie struggles to reconcile his competing desires, his decisions leave him hurtling toward irreparable consequences.

Tulip Fever

Tulip Fever

In 17th century Amsterdam, an orphaned girl (Alicia Vikander) is forcibly married to a rich and powerful merchant (Christoph Waltz) — an unhappy “arrangement” that saves her from poverty. After her husband commissions a portrait, she begins a passionate affair with the painter (Dane DeHaan), a struggling young artist. Seeking to escape the merchant’s ever-reaching grasp, the lovers risk everything and enter the frenzied tulip bulb market, with the hope that the right bulb will make a fortune and buy their freedom.

“Polina” — Written and Co-Directed by Valerie Muller

“Polina”

Trained from an early age by rigorous, perfectionist Professor Bojinski (Aleksey Guskov), Polina (Anastasia Shevtsova) is a promising classic dancer. She is just about to join the prestigious Bolchoï Ballet when she discovers contemporary dance. That throws everything into question on a profound level. Polina leaves it all behind and moves to France to work with famous choreographer Liria Elsaj (Juliette Binoche). Despite her determination and hard work to the point of obsession, Polina just can’t seem to break through. So she moves to Anvers in search of work — and a new life.

Unleashed” (Also Available on VOD)

Unleashed

Emma (Kate Micucci), a brilliant but awkward app designer, moves to San Francisco after a massive betrayal by her boyfriend with only her beloved pets in tow. One night, drawn by the light of a Supermoon, Emma’s pets escape into the night and are transformed into full-grown men (played by Justin Chatwin, Steve Howey, and Sean Astin), forcing Emma to reconsider her outlook on dating and hilariously work out her trust issues.

Polaroid” — Written by Blair Butler

High school loner Bird Fitcher (Kathryn Prescott) has no idea what dark secrets are tied to the mysterious Polaroid vintage camera she stumbles upon, but it doesn’t take long to discover that those who have their picture taken meet a tragic end.

“Leap!” — Co-Written by Carol Noble (U.S. Release)

“Leap!”

Paris, 1884. An orphaned girl arrives in Paris from Brittany. Félicie Milliner (Elle Fanning) is 11 and has no money but one big, passionate dream: to become a dancer. With nothing left to lose, Félicie takes a big risk: she “borrows” a spoiled brat’s identity and enters the Opera Ballet School. But how long can she be someone else? Mentored by the tough and mysterious cleaner, Odette (Carly Rae Jepsen), Félicie learns that talent is not enough — it takes hard work to be better than her ruthless, conniving fellow students. That and friendship. Felicie’s creative, exhausting, and charismatic best friend Victor (Dane DeHaan) also has a dream: to become a famous inventor. Together, they both encourage each other to reach for the stars.

August 2017 Film Preview 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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Everything We Know About Victoria's Secret Model Camille Rowe – the Latest Lady Linked to Harry Styles

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Everything We Know About Victoria's Secret Model Camille Rowe – the Latest Lady Linked to Harry Styles
It seems like there might be a new angel in Harry Styles‘ life.

The former One Direction singer, 23, is rumored to be dating Victoria’s Secret model Camille Rowe, 27, according to reports by The Sun which also claim that the pair were seen spending time together over the weekend in New York City.

So, naturally, interest into who Rowe is and what she does has spiked as of late, particularly amongst Styles’ diehard boy band fans.

While Styles was recently ranked as having the world’s most handsome eyes and chin, he still hasn’t been able to make a
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Jenny Mollen Hoping for a 'Miracle' After Brother's Hospitalization: 'As Far as Answers Go, We Have None'

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Jenny Mollen Hoping for a 'Miracle' After Brother's Hospitalization: 'As Far as Answers Go, We Have None'
Jenny Mollen‘s brother has been hospitalized, the actress revealed in a lengthy personal essay published by Marie Claire on Monday.

“This was a very hard piece to write but a story I wanted to share,” she prefaced on Instagram. “A little over a month ago, my family suffered a devastating blow when my older brother landed in the hospital. It’s my hope that this piece serve not just as an account of what transpired but also an explanation to all our friends who have questions and concerns. If you know any of the people involved, please respect the
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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’: Here’s a Guide to the Stellar Supporting Cast

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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’: Here’s a Guide to the Stellar Supporting Cast
The cast of “Spider-Man: Homecoming” includes no shortage of famous faces, including two Oscar nominees and two full-on Oscar winners. But anyone paying close attention while watching this weekend’s box office winner might have noticed a number of other familiar faces. In fact, director Jon Watts has packed nearly every small supporting role he could with a niche comedian or former child star on the verge of adulthood.

Read More: How ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Star Jacob Batalon Went From College Dropout to Blockbuster Star

So below is our guide to the various notable characters that Peter Parker (Tom Holland) encounters over the course of the film, and where else you have seen them before.

Donald Glover

Spider-Man: Homecoming” Role: Aaron Davis, a local criminal who, it’s been said, is canonically the uncle of Miles Morales, who in the comics eventually becomes Spider-Man. (This is a nice nod to a
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Die-Hard Green Bay Fan Marries Woman Named Marie Packer in Themed Wedding — and Is Taking Her Name!

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Die-Hard Green Bay Fan Marries Woman Named Marie Packer in Themed Wedding — and Is Taking Her Name!
It’s green and gold all the way for Ryan Holtan-Murphy and Marie Packer.

The Chicago couple tied the knot at the famed Willis Tower last Saturday, and their wedding was totally decked out in Green Bay Packers decorations, signs and even a surprise green suit worn by the groom.

And to top it all off? The bride’s last name is — drumroll — Packer.

“Life couldn’t be more perfect right now!” Holtan-Murphy, 41, tells People. “I married my best friend and now my name is Packer.”

Although his name isn’t changed legally just quite yet, Holtan-Murphy can’t wait until the paperwork comes through.
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“Criminal Minds’” Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook Succeed in Fight for Pay Parity

A.J. Cook and Kirsten Vangsness in “Criminal Minds

Criminal Minds” actresses Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook’s recent push for pay parity has been resolved. According to Deadline, the duo have signed new deals and received raises “that put them essentially on par” with co-star Matthew Gray Gubler. This news comes after last month’s reports of an “impasse” in contract negotiations between the actresses and CBS. Vangsness and Cook had been holding out for the same pay as Gubler and Joe Mantegna.

Deadline doesn’t provide an update on whether the actresses are receiving the same salary as Mantegna. But judging from past reports, it seems that he and Gubler are of a similar pay grade, so presumably all four leads are being paid approximately the same now.

Vangsness and Cook, who respectively portray Penelope and J.J. on CBS’ long-running procedural, were in a similar position in 2013. They were earning less than half of co-stars Gubler and Shemar Moore’s paychecks and insisted on better agreements with ABC Studios, CBS TV Studios, and CBS.

Both actresses have appeared on “Criminal Minds” since its first season in 2005. Cook has been a series regular during its entire run, with the exception of Season 6. That was the year CBS dropped Cook and co-star Paget Brewster, leaving Vangsness as the only regular female character. Vangsness started as a recurring character in Season 1 and became a series regular soon after.

We’re thrilled that Vangsness and Cook’s push for equal pay was ultimately successful. However, pay parity is anything but a given for most women in Hollywood. In March “The Big Bang Theory’s” Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch held out for equal pay before re-upping their contracts. The actresses were earning about $200,000 per episode on the sitcom, as compared to the $1 million their co-stars were making. Natalie Portman told Marie Claire UK that she made a third of Ashton Kutcher’s pay on “No Strings Attached.” Emmy Rossum, who plays the main character on “Shameless,” demanded a raise in December. She and the rest of the cast had been paid less than co-star William H. Macy from the get-go.

In Hollywood women are often hesitant to go forward when they are paid less than men. In an industry this sexist, actresses may develop a bad reputation simply for demanding what they are entitled to. Plus, they are already making more money than some people will ever see in a lifetime, so actresses may fear that their concerns won’t be taken seriously, or they’ll be dismissed as being overpaid in the first place. But this isn’t about a certain profession’s pay grade; it’s about gender equality within the profession. As Jessica Chastain recently told Variety, “What I do now, when I’m taking on a film, I always ask about the fairness of the pay. I ask what they’re offering me in comparison to the guy. I don’t care about how much I get paid; I’m in an industry where we’re overcompensated for the work we do.” The “Zookeeper’s Wife” star added, “But I don’t want to be on a set where I’m doing the same work as someone else and they’re getting five times what I’m getting.”

Season 13 of “Criminal Minds” will air Wednesdays this fall on CBS.

Criminal Minds’” Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook Succeed in Fight for Pay Parity 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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“Criminal Minds” Actresses Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook Push for Equal Pay

Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook in “Criminal Minds”: CBS

Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook of Criminal Minds” are fighting for equal pay. The duo are seeking parity with co-stars Joe Mantegna and Matthew Gray Gubler for the CBS procedural’s 13th season and are currently at an “impasse” in contract negotiations. Deadline broke the story.

The source reports that the actresses are “willing to walk” if they do not receive the pay they deserve. This is completely understandable, especially since this is not the first time the duo have had this battle. Vangsness and Cook were in a similar situation in 2013. They were earning less than half of co-stars Gubler and Shemar Moore’s paychecks and held out for better agreements with ABC Studios, CBS TV Studios, and CBS.

It’s only right that Vangsness and Cook fight for what they deserve, but it’s sickening that this is the second time in four years they’ve had to do so. Also, CBS just went through a similar situation with Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch, who were earning significantly less than their co-stars on “The Big Bang Theory.”

Vangsness and Cook have appeared on “Criminal Minds” since its first season in 2005. Cook has been a series regular during its entire run, with the exception of Season 6. That was the year CBS dropped Cook and co-star Paget Brewster, leaving Vangsness as the only regular female character. Vangsness started as a recurring character in Season 1 and became a series regular soon after.

Unfortunately, pay parity is anything but a given for actresses. The aforementioned “Big Bang Theory” situation saw stars Bialik and Rauch hold out for equal pay before re-upping their contracts for two more seasons. The actresses were earning about $200,000 per episode, as compared to the $1 million their co-stars were making. Natalie Portman told Marie Claire UK that she made a third of Ashton Kutcher’s pay on “No Strings Attached.” Emmy Rossum, the main character of “Shameless,” demanded a raise in December. She and the rest of the cast had been paid less than co-star William H. Macy from the get-go. In May 2016 Robin Wright revealed her fight for better pay on “House of Cards.” “Claire Underwood’s character was more popular than [Frank’s] for a period of time,” she said. “So I capitalized on it. I was like, ‘You better pay me or I’m going to go public.’ And they did.”

In Hollywood women are often hesitant to go forward when they are paid less than men. In an industry this sexist, actresses may develop a bad reputation simply for demanding what they are entitled to. Plus, they are already making more money than some people will ever see in a lifetime, so actresses may fear that their concerns won’t be taken seriously, or they’ll be dismissed as being overpaid in the first place. But this isn’t about a certain profession’s pay grade; it’s about gender equality within the profession. As Jessica Chastain recently told Variety, “What I do now, when I’m taking on a film, I always ask about the fairness of the pay. I ask what they’re offering me in comparison to the guy. I don’t care about how much I get paid; I’m in an industry where we’re overcompensated for the work we do.” The “Zookeeper’s Wife” star added, “But I don’t want to be on a set where I’m doing the same work as someone else and they’re getting five times what I’m getting.”

Criminal Minds” Actresses Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook Push for Equal Pay 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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Louis Vuitton Loaners and a Much Younger Man: What You Need to Know About France’s New First Lady

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Louis Vuitton Loaners and a Much Younger Man: What You Need to Know About France’s New First Lady
France has never had a first lady like this before.

Brigitte Macron will be the nation’s first premiere dame in nearly five years following her husband Emmanuel Macron’s election, stepping into the international spotlight last captivated by Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.

Macron – the school teacher who took up with a student, the glamorous mother of three and grandmother to seven – is an atypical first lady, to say the least. Here’s everything you need to know about her.

1. She has chocolate in her blood

Brigitte Marie-Claude Trogneux Auzière Macron is the youngest of six children and the only girl.
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Cannes Film Market Adds Haf, Vilnius, New Horizons, Thessaloniki to Pix-in-Post Showcases

Cannes Film Market Adds Haf, Vilnius, New Horizons, Thessaloniki to Pix-in-Post Showcases
The Cannes Film Market, the world’s biggest – and still growing – film industry meet, is raising the bar once more in industry initiatives, adding four new events to its 5th Goes to Cannes works-in-progress brand: FilMart’s Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum (Haf), Lithuania’s Vilnius Intl. Film Festival, New Horizon Polish Days and Greece’s Thessaloniki Intl. Film Festival.

The Marché du Film also added four more festival showcases last year to the Goes To series. In all, in the space of four years, from 2013’s inaugural single-event Bal Goes to Cannes, this year 10 festivals will showcase key movies at rough-cut, nearly always screened for the first time outside their own pix-in-post strands.

Haf also marks Goes to Cannes’ first Asian fest partner. As in 2016, the new additions target some of the world’s fastest growing regions, such as, undoubtedly, Asia (Haf), as well as buzzed-up national cinemas (Nhpd,
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10 Iconic Women Who Changed Cinema

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10 Iconic Women Who Changed Cinema
Editor’s Note: This article is presented in partnership with FilmStruck. Developed and managed by Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in collaboration with the Criterion Collection. FilmStruck features the largest streaming library of contemporary and classic arthouse, indie, foreign and cult films as well as extensive bonus content, filmmaker interviews and rare footage. Learn more here. Agnes Varda

At age 88, the indomitable and highly influential Varda shows zero sign of slowing down when it comes to churning out art told through continually experimental means (she’s also remained committed to supporting her work in person, recently popping up at both the French Institute Alliance Française for a career-spanning chat and this year’s Rendezvous With French Cinema series with a brand new exhibit; we should all be so lucky to be as vital and involved when we’re half Varda’s age). Varda’s contributions to cinema and feminism have been
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Coachella 2017: Inside the Hottest Parties

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Coachella 2017: Inside the Hottest Parties
It’s that time again!

Hollywood’s biggest stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry descended on the California desert this weekend to kick off the first weekend for Coachella. While the event is a multi-day music festival, it is also a huge draw for the many private parties and events and, of course, People was behind the scenes with the stars.

Read on for the best moments from the parties.

Thursday, April 13

Alessandra Ambrosio sure knows how to get the party started! The model kicked off Coachella weekend and #REVOLVEFestival with a poolside dinner in celebration of
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‘American Horror Story’: Sarah Paulson Reveals Which Characters She’d Resurrect — Paleyfest 2017

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‘American Horror Story’: Sarah Paulson Reveals Which Characters She’d Resurrect — Paleyfest 2017
During the final night of PaleyFest La, the always intense “American Horror Story” fanbase zeroed in on fan favorite Sarah Paulson, to the point that Kathy Bates took great pleasure in dubbing Paulson “the People’s Princess.” It was all in good fun, though, as the cast goofily bantered back and forth — and, in the case of Cuba Gooding Jr., twerked.

Read More: ‘American Horror Story’ Renewed for Two More Seasons at FX

Unfortunately, executive producers Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear spent the night relatively secretive about the upcoming Season 7 of American Horror Story — all we know, so far, is that Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters will definitely be returning as leads, and that the season would have something to do with the 2016 election. Falchuk did say, though, that any fan of the series should “set your TiVo.” ‘

The cast was still happy to share details from this past season,
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‘American Horror Story’: Sarah Paulson Reveals Which Characters She’d Resurrect — Paleyfest 2017

‘American Horror Story’: Sarah Paulson Reveals Which Characters She’d Resurrect — Paleyfest 2017
During the final night of PaleyFest La, the always intense “American Horror Story” fanbase zeroed in on fan favorite Sarah Paulson, to the point that Kathy Bates took great pleasure in dubbing Paulson “the People’s Princess.” It was all in good fun, though, as the cast goofily bantered back and forth — and, in the case of Cuba Gooding Jr., twerked.

Read More: ‘American Horror Story’ Renewed for Two More Seasons at FX

Unfortunately, executive producers Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear spent the night relatively secretive about the upcoming Season 7 of American Horror Story — all we know, so far, is that Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters will definitely be returning as leads, and that the season would have something to do with the 2016 election. Falchuk did say, though, that any fan of the series should “set your TiVo.” ‘

The cast was still happy to share details from this past season,
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Classic French Film Festival Continues This Weekend – Cleo From 5 To 7, 35mm Prints of Last Year At Marienbad and Au Hazard Balthasar

The Ninth Annual Robert Classic French Film Festival — co-presented by Cinema St. Louis and the Webster University Film Series started last Friday and continues the next two weekends — The Classic French Film Festival celebrates St. Louis’ Gallic heritage and France’s cinematic legacy. The featured films span the decades from the 1920s through the mid-1990s, offering a revealing overview of French cinema.

All films are screened at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood).

The fest is annually highlighted by significant restorations, which this year includes films by two New Wave masters: Jacques Rivette’s first feature, “Paris Belongs to Us,” and François Truffaut’s cinephilic love letter, “Day for Night.” The fest also provides one of the few opportunities available in St. Louis to see films projected the old-school, time-honored way, with both Alain Resnais’ “Last Year at Marienbad” and Robert Bresson’s “Au hasard Balthazar” screening from 35mm prints.
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Andy Cohen Names the 5 Housewives He’d Invite to His Dream Dinner Party

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Andy Cohen Names the 5 Housewives He’d Invite to His Dream Dinner Party
In the world of the Real Housewives, the dinner party rivals only the vacation as the crucial anchor around which most important plot points are centered. Call your recent acquaintance’s boyfriend’s doctor to confirm that he is faking cancer? Hash out the situation at a dinner party. Want to have a psychic read the group to find out whose husband’s been cheating on them? Dinner party. These are real life situations that the series’ creator Andy Cohen knows all too well.

People caught up with the Watch What Happens Live host—who has teamed up with N.
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'Little Rascals' Star Bug Hall Marries Jill Marie DeGroff -- See the Pics!

'Little Rascals' Star Bug Hall Marries Jill Marie DeGroff -- See the Pics!
Alfalfa tied the knot!

Bug Hall, who played the adorable suspender-wearing character in the 1994 film, The Little Rascals, married his fiancee, Jill Marie DeGroff, in Encino, California, on Saturday.

Related: Alfalfa From 'The Little Rascals' Is Almost Unrecognizable Now!

The 32-year-old actor took to Instagram on Wednesday and shared a split shot of the couple's gorgeous wedding ceremony with the caption, "I will."

The romantic before-and-after snap features Hall and his new wife standing at the altar before happily walking down the church steps as husband and wife.

Hall's groomsmen included his Little Rascals co-star, Zachary Mabry (aka Porky), and Wizards of Waverly Place star David Henrie.

"Getting ready to take off with my love! @bug_hall here we come!" Henrie captioned a car selfie with his fiancee, Maria Cahill, taken a day before the wedding.

More: 'The Little Rascals' 20th Anniversary Photo Shoot

DeGroff hasn't shared any wedding snapshots, though she did
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