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2016’s Feminist Features: 6 Ways Women Dominated the Best Movies of the Year

8 December 2016 8:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

No year is a “bad year” for movies, but some years aren’t exactly too kind to certain subjects, genres, concepts and people. 2016, for all of its many negatives, has been a good year for film – and for its women, both behind the camera and squarely in front of it.

While female filmmakers are still struggling to be recognized in the same way as their male counterparts, the women who have broken through – from reliable auteurs like Andrea Arnold, Rebecca Miller, Kelly Reichardt and Anne Fontaine to rising stars like Maren Ade, Sophia Takal and Clea Duvall – did so in a very big way this year, thanks to films that spoke to their own talents and visions. Actresses also shown bright in 2016, from awards favorites like Natalie Portman, Annette Bening and Octavia Spencer to fresh faces like Kate Lyn Sheil, Ruth Negga and Sasha Lane.

There’s still a ways to go, »

- Kate Erbland

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2017 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Brian Shoaf’s Aardvark

23 November 2016 6:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Shot in NYC exactly one year to date, for his directorial debut, actor, playwright and now filmmaker Brian Shoaf landed Zachary Quinto, Jenny Slate and Jon Hamm while teaming with Sundance behind the scene technicians in cinematographer Eric Lin (I Smile Back, Equity) and Heather McIntosh (Z for Zachariah) for a drama that’ll likely be compared to Lars and the Real Girl or The Beaver for it’s more subversive make-believe elements.

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- Eric Lavallee

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Equity: ABC Adapting Wall Street Drama as TV Series

27 October 2016 6:35 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

ABC is taking on Wall Street. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network is adapting the 2016 film Equity as a TV series.From Regina Corrado and Amy Pascal, the drama "centers on a Wall Street banker (played by Anna Gunn in the film) who has to navigate a world of money and power where women still haven’t broken the glass ceiling."Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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‘Equity’: ABC Plans Series Based on Female-Driven Wall Street Movie

19 October 2016 11:53 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The Anna Gunn-starring film “Equity” is getting the TV treatment at ABC. Deadline reports that the female-led Wall Street thriller is being adapted for the network, which handed out a script commitment plus penalty.

The drama, written by “The Strain” producer Regina Corrado, is set in the world of cutthroat investment banking and centers on Naomi Bishop, a Wall Street banker, played by Gunn in the film, who is navigating a world where big money and high-power reign, and women have yet to break the glass ceiling. It is unknown if any of the film’s actresses will be part of the series.

The adaptation hails from Corrado and Pascal PicturesAmy Pascal, with Sony TV’s TriStar Television as the studio. Corrado and Pascal will executive produce with Rachel O’Connor and the movie’s producers Alysia Reiner and Sarah Megan Thomas.

Read More: ‘Equity’: Why It »

- Liz Calvario

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‘Equity’: ABC Plans Series Based on Female-Driven Wall Street Movie

19 October 2016 11:53 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Anna Gunn-starring film “Equity” is getting the TV treatment at ABC. Deadline reports that the female-led Wall Street thriller is being adapted for the network, which handed out a script commitment plus penalty.

The drama, written by “The Strain” producer Regina Corrado, is set in the world of cutthroat investment banking and centers on Naomi Bishop, a Wall Street banker, played by Gunn in the film, who is navigating a world where big money and high-power reign, and women have yet to break the glass ceiling. It is unknown if any of the film’s actresses will be part of the series.

The adaptation hails from Corrado and Pascal PicturesAmy Pascal, with Sony TV’s TriStar Television as the studio. Corrado and Pascal will executive produce with Rachel O’Connor and the movie’s producers Alysia Reiner and Sarah Megan Thomas.

Read More: ‘Equity’: Why It »

- Liz Calvario

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ABC to Adapt Wall Street Drama 'Equity' From Amy Pascal Into TV Show

18 October 2016 5:28 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

ABC is planning to tackle Wall Street. The network is adapting the 2016 financial thriller Equity starring Anna Gunn into a television series. ABC has handed out a script commitment plus penalty. From The Strain producer Regina Corrado and ex-Sony head Amy Pascal, the drama hails from Sony TV’s TriStar Television. Set in the world of cutthroat investment banking, the drama written by Corrado centers on a Wall Street banker (played by Gunn in the film) who has to navigate a world of money and power, where women still haven’t broken the glass ceiling.  Corrado will serve as

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- Bryn Elise Sandberg

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ABC Sets ‘Equity’ Female Wall Street Drama Based On Movie From Regina Corrado & Amy Pascal

18 October 2016 4:28 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: The 2016 financial thriller feature Equity is headed to the small screen as a drama series, which has landed at ABC with a script commitment plus penalty. The adaptation hails from The Strain executive producer Regina Corrado and film and TV producer Amy Pascal. Sony TV’s TriStar Television is the studio. Written by Corrado, Equity is set in the cutthroat world of investment banking. It centers on Naomi Bishop — played in the movie by Anna Gunn — a Wall Street… »

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Why Sony Pictures Classics Thinks Backing Female Directors Is Good for Business and Art

8 September 2016 10:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When Tom Bernard and Michael Barker saw “Equity” at last winter’s Sundance Film Festival, they knew immediately that the thriller about women breaking Wall Street’s glass ceiling would tap into the zeitgeist — before reviews even hit, the Sony Pictures Classics co-presidents snapped up the movie and gamed out a release plan that saw the studio debuting the picture the same week that Hillary Clinton claimed the Democratic Party’s nomination for president.

“They instantly understood that the movie was an opportunity to have a conversation about women in business,” says Meera Menon, the film’s director. So Bernard and Barker worked with Menon and producers Alysia Reiner and Sarah Megan Thomas to set up screenings with women’s groups all over the country, organizing discussions about gender discrimination around the film.

“It’s a thriller and a Wall Street drama, but it’s also an issues movie,” says Bernard. »

- Brent Lang

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Equity Review

2 September 2016 1:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Equity is a film directed, written, produced and financed by women, and the fact that this is so rare it becomes a selling point is a sorry indictment on the state of the industry, so it’s hard to begrudge writer Amy Fox and director Meera Menon for sticking it to the men on camera. Almost […]

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- Andy Psyllides

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Film Review: Equity

31 August 2016 11:39 PM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆ Equity claims to be the first film about Wall Street from a female perspective, and it certainly delivers on that promise by putting women - and the specific challenges they face in finance - front and centre. These include answering business calls while undergoing ultrasound, fending off the sexual advances of a wealthy client without wrecking a lucrative deal, and the stress of reconciling pregnancy with ambitious career goals. Anna Gunn (of Breaking Bad fame) plays Naomi Bishop, a steely, kickboxing investment banker renowned for her deal-sealing prowess.

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- CineVue

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Equity movie review: a disappointing return on investment

30 August 2016 4:14 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

We’ve never seen this before, multiple female characters open about ambition, power, and money. But representation alone does not make for a gripping tale. I’m “biast” (pro): desperate for stories about women

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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

To say that Wall Street shenanigans are well storied onscreen is both an understatement and a misdirection. Sure, there have been lots of movies (and documentaries) set in the world of high finance… and as with nearly ever other human endeavor that gets depicted in film, most of them are about men. Even in movies about Big Money based on real-life events in which women played significant roles, women’s contributions tend to get glossed over or eliminated entirely; see The Big Short. We may think we’ve got a good grip on how Wall Street operates based on the movies we’ve seen, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Equity – Review

25 August 2016 5:02 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Equity is a film about Wall Street but not the usual kind. For one thing, it is about women working on Wall Street. The film is also not about the economic meltdown or other famous scandal, but instead is just about an investment banker, Naomi Bishop (Anna Gunn), who has risen to the top, playing the investment game with the big boys, in what is predominately a man’s business world. The title refers more to the kind of equity one means when you say “pay equity.”

This is a remarkable film for what it is not – the usual financial drama with men in the lead roles. Not only is the main character a woman but all the major characters are women. In this financial drama, all the really central roles filled by women, and men are in the supporting and romantic interest parts, the movie roles to which women are too often consigned. »

- Cate Marquis

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Girl Trouble: When Women Watch Movies

23 August 2016 11:47 PM, PDT | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

The Intervention's appealing ensemble. (Courtesy Paramount)

It's no secret that women are still mostly used as beards in studio bromances or scenery in tentpole actioners. But even smaller character-driven films can’t always be counted on to provide satisfaction for those of us yearning to recognize some aspect of ourselves on screen. Faced with intimate stories that fail to bring female characters into focus or ambitious tales that mirror but don’t alleviate the special joys of being a girl (worldwide), female audiences are mostly left to get enlightenment or escape by dreaming ourselves into male characters and stories.

Men rule in the sinister Equity, a sleek woman-powered drama that compels attention from start to finish but occasionally thwarts our need for clarity. Three women’s fates intertwine in what is essentially a horror movie about the perils of being female in the high-stakes world of finance (and elsewhere »

- Helen Eisenbach

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Film Review: ‘Equity’ Tells a Story of Women in High Finance

14 August 2016 9:29 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The key moment in “Equity” is early in the film. The main character was asked at a seminar why she got into high level finance. She paused for a second, and said “money.” The gals can be just as greedy as the guys, and their stakes in that greed can be just as exploitable.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

But this isn’t about greed as much as the madness of financial pursuit. It is portrayed as an addictive high, hard to let go of no matter how much has been added to the bank account. And there are always rivals, and at that level they’ll stop at nothing to get advantage. This is a human story created by women, and not so much a cautionary tale but a lesson in the status quo. The pacing of this story is deliberate, to a fault, yet the humanity is true. There is no evolution in competition, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Q&A: ‘Equity’ Star Anna Gunn Isn’t Afraid to Play Complex Women

11 August 2016 3:57 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Anna Gunn has played her share of powerful women, be it on stage or screen. Now the two-time Emmy winner is headlining “Equity,” a film about a steely Wall Street investment banker trying to manage an Ipo while unsure who around her she can trust. Gunn isn’t afraid to tackle complex women; she famously penned a piece for the NY Times about the response to her “Breaking Bad” character, Skyler White.

The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, has a team of strong women behind the camera as well. Actors Alysia Reiner and Sarah Megan Thomas produced the film and worked on the story with screenwriter Amy Fox. And it’s directed by Meera Menon, whose feature debut “Farah Goes Bang” earned her the Nora Ephron Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Equity” is playing in limited release in Los Angeles and will be expanding »

- Jenelle Riley

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Equity Movie Review

2 August 2016 9:05 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Equity Sony Pictures Classics/Broad Street Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director: Meera Menon Written by: Amy Fox, story by Sarah Megan Thomas, Alysia Reiner, Amy Fox Cast: Anna Gunn, James Purefoy, Sarah Megan Thomas, Alysia Reiner Screened at: Sony, NYC, 6/29/16 Opens: July 29, 2016 When a woman congratulates a business associate on the latter’s pregnancy, she may be stabbing her in the back (to avoid hurting the fetus, presumably).  This is the case when Samantha (Alysia Reiner) wants nobody in her firm to know her condition, since people on the fast track could transfer quickly to the mommy track if the boss finds out—which is exactly  [ Read More ]

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- Harvey Karten

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Arthouse Audit: ‘Indigination’ Leads Strong Openers

31 July 2016 10:36 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Three Sundance premieres are boosting the late summer specialty box office as “Indignation” (Roadside Attractions), “Equity” (Sony Pictures Classics) and “Gleason” (Amazon/Open Road) lead openers. Several more including Woody Allen’s “Café Society” (Amazon/Lionsgate) are holding well with positive results beyond just initial dates.

Several documentaries getting play continue to impress, and two more beyond “Gleason” scored initial New York attention: “Hieronymus Bosch: Touched by the Devil” (Kino Lorber) and “Miss Sharon Jones!” (Starz).

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Indignation” (Roadside Attractions) – Metacritic: 83; Festivals include: Sundance, Berlin, San Francisco, Seattle 2016

$89,072 in 4 theaters; PTA: $22,268

After a long career as a producer-screenwriter (Ang Lee’s”Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “Brokeback Mountain”) and distributor (Focus Features before Universal revamped the company), James Schamus directed his adaptation of Philip Roth’s early 1950s Oberlin-set story of a Jewish working class kid trying to adapt. After his earlier run of success, the reaction to his debut is gratifying. »

- Tom Brueggemann

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‘Equity’ Movie Review: A Female-Driven Film That Melds Ambition, Betrayal And The Thrill of the Game

29 July 2016 3:27 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

At an alumni event for working women in New York City, Naomi Bishop, played with calculating precision by Anna Gunn, bluntly declares that she likes making money. Seated next to her old college friend, justice department prosecutor Samantha Ryan, played by Alysia Reiner, she acknowledges the negative associations tied to the word money, especially when […]

The post ‘Equity’ Movie Review: A Female-Driven Film That Melds Ambition, Betrayal And The Thrill of the Game appeared first on uInterview. »

- Travis Jeffrey Gonzalez

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‘Equity’ Review: Feminism Comes To Wall Street In This Uneven Financial Thriller

29 July 2016 2:31 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Here’s the thing: The idea of a “strong female character” is not a moral determination. Katniss Everdeen, protagonist of the “Hunger Games” saga, may be a strong female character, but that’s not because she’s a hero — it’s not because she’s possessed with an infallible sense of virtue and a Christ-like selflessness that defies any reasonable human standard. By the same token, slathering Scarlett Johansson in spandex and having her fight alongside Iron Man doesn’t make Black Widow a strong female character either, no matter how many asses she kicks.

The strength of a role has nothing to do with decency, and everything to do with depth.

What makes “Equity” such a vital feminist film, even when its other qualities are often few and far between, is how defiantly it internalizes that idea. At a time when someone can be a mother and a professional (or, »

- David Ehrlich

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‘Equity’ Review: Anna Gunn Is a She-Wolf of Wall Street in Overdone Drama

29 July 2016 1:12 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Equity,” for the most part, may be a refreshing story about female investment bankers — and coders and investigators — who can behave just as ferociously as men in their respective careers. But whereas Meera Menon’s film portrays the pitfalls that often await women who work in a predominantly male business, it’s also overcharged with so much grrrl power that it could blackout an entire Wall Street block. “Diamonds,” says our heroine, Naomi (Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”), when her longtime boyfriend, hedge-funder Michael (James Purefoy), asks why they never got married. She then relates the anecdote about how they met, »

- Tricia Olszewski

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