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Tidal to Livestream Equal Justice Initiative's Concert for Justice and Peace in Montgomery, Al

On Friday, April 27, global music and entertainment platform, Tidal is honored to partner with the Equal Justice Initiative (Eji) to celebrate the opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Al with a livestream of the Concert for Peace and Justice.

The show will feature performances from The Roots, Usher, Common, Brittany Howard from Alabama Shakes, and Kirk Franklin, plus very special guests. Beginning at 7:30 Pm Ct audiences world-wide will be able to watch as history happens on Tidal.com/Eji. While the livestream will be available to members and non-members alike, new Tidal customers will be eligible for a free three-month trial.

“The Eji is excited to partner with Tidal to bring this event to a global audience,” said Eji Director Bryan Stevenson. “The issues America is facing today are deeply rooted in a history that is familiar to so many worldwide.
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Two Outstanding Books Explore the Progress and Pitfalls for Women in TV

Hollywood is hard on everyone involved, to be sure — but if we’ve learned anything in the last six months, it’s particularly hard on women and people of color.

As decades’ worth of statistics have shown, men of color, women of color, white women, and Lgbt individuals are regularly shunted to the margins, if not out of the industry for good. Breaking down how and why that happens — whether in writers’ rooms, on sets, or in executive suites — couldn’t be more valuable, because those tales offer clues about how to dismantle the endemic bias that still lurks in every corner of the industry.
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Guest Post: How Starting a Film Festival Helped Expand My Social Awareness

Nora Armani

Guest Post by Nora Armani

Awareness is the first step towards reclaiming our rights as women. So long as we are unaware that we are experiencing inequality, and so long as we accept the status quo as the norm, nothing will ever change.

While growing up in Egypt, I did not think I was discriminated against as a female. I did not think there was any gender disparity. I thought I was no different from the boys — not because we lived in a society where gender equality was the norm, but because where we lived the status quo was accepted without question. So long as there was no conflict or confrontation and everyone knew their place, there seemed to be no problem. Everything seemed normal.

When I first left Egypt and the comfort of my childhood home and society to go to the London School of Economics, something changed for me,
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Berlinale 2018: ‘Yours in Sisterhood’

Berlinale 2018: ‘Yours in Sisterhood’
Irene Lusztig, Director, Producer, Director of Photography, Editing.The best film I saw in the recent Berlinale Film Festival / Forum section was a Us feature documentary Yours In Sisterhood . Political, feminist, deeply personal this is literally the best and strongest political film about U.S. women and their thinking of their lives, politics, social position I have ever seen.

Amazing. See the trailer here.

In the Forum section of the program was this stunningly simple and effective feminist documentary: completely personal and political.

Yours In Sisterhood takes an idea and makes it an investigation.

Director Irene Lusztig travels to towns across the USA where at one point in the 1970s, a local woman wrote a letter to Ms. Magazine.

Ms Magazine principal then 1970s Gloria Steinem with Ms. Magazine cofounder Dorothy Pitman Hughes https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothy_Pitman_Hughes

Due to the sheer volume of
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Trailer Watch: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is a Superhero in Betsy West and Julie Cohen’s “Rbg”

Rbg

As her legendary dissents prove, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg knows how to turn a phrase. Her way with words is one of her trademarks — as is her exercise regimen — and something the upcoming documentary “Rbg” spotlights. “I ask for no favor for my sex,” Ginsburg clarifies in the trailer. “All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.”

Directed by Betsy West and Julie Cohen, “Rbg” explores Ginsburg’s career all the way from her early days as an attorney fighting gender discrimination to today, where the “Notorious Rbg” is one of the most powerful and recognizable feminist forces in politics.

When we asked West and Cohen about the best advice they’ve received in their careers, West said, “What Justice Ginsburg says her mother told her, ‘Anger is a waste of time.’ It’s not that you won’t get
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Watch Ruth Bader Ginsburg Talk Sexism, Equality in New Doc Trailer

Watch Ruth Bader Ginsburg Talk Sexism, Equality in New Doc Trailer
In the new trailer for Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary Rbg, the eminently quotable Supreme Court Justice says: "I ask no favor for my sex; all I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks." 

The film, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, chronicles Ginsburg's early quest for gender equality in the workplace following advancements of the civil rights movement.

"I became a lawyer when women were not wanted by the legal profession," she says. "I did see myself as kind of a kindergarten teacher
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‘Get Out,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Win Publicists Awards for Top Campaigns

‘Get Out,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Win Publicists Awards for Top Campaigns
Hollywood publicists have named Universal’s “Get Out” and Netflix’s second season of “Stranger Things” as the top publicity campaigns of 2017.

Get Out” won the Maxwell Weinberg Publicist Showmanship Motion Picture Award over Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” TriStar Pictures’ “Baby Driver,” Paramount’s “Daddy’s Home 2,” Fox’s “The Greatest Showman,” and Warner Bros.’ “Wonder Woman.”

The awards were presented Friday by the International Cinematographers Guild at the 55th annual Publicists Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Megan Bendis, Universal’s exec VP of domestic publicity, and Mark Markline, Universal’s senior VP of international publicity, accepted the award and noted that the studio actually ran two campaigns — one for the theatrical release a year ago, which stunned Hollywood with more than $250 million in worldwide box office; and an awards-season campaign, culminating in four Academy Award nominations.

“It’s not often that you get a chance to
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Ava DuVernay to be Honored at Ms. Foundation's Gloria Awards

Ava DuVernay to be Honored at Ms. Foundation's Gloria Awards
Ava DuVernay will be honored at the Ms. Foundation's 30th annual Gloria Awards in New York, it was announced Wednesday.

The Oscar-nominated Wrinkle in Time director will receive the Women of Vision Award, honoring feminist leaders who create positive change, at the event recognizing trailblazers for gender justice and named for Gloria Steinem.

Former Teen Vogue Editor-in-Chief Elaine Welteroth will also be honored, receiving the Marie C. Wilson Award, named after the Ms. Foundation's former president and CEO, which is designed to recognize young crusaders for gender justice.

The Ms. Foundation also will honor three leaders from grantee-partner organizations who...
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TV News Roundup: ‘Drunk History’ Renewed for Season 6 at Comedy Central

In today’s roundup, “Drunk History” has been renewed for a sixth season and BBC America releases teaser and premiere date for “Killing Eve.”

Casting

Titus Welliver has been as “Ronald Booth” on “Chicago P.D.,” to be featured on the 18th episode of season five. He will play a big-time meth dealer recently released from prison.

Renewals

Comedy Central has renewed “Drunk History” for a sixth season with 16 episodes. Executive Produced by Derek Waters, Jeremy Konner, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Owen Burke, the show is currently airing its fifth season, which premiered Jan. 23.

Dates

Fusion‘s new eight-part docuseries “Food Exposed with Nelufar Hedayat” will premiere March 27 at 8 p.m. Et/Pt. Nicole Richie, James Cromwell and Jordana Brewster are featured on the show, which will investigate the truth behind food and water around the world. Watch the trailer below.

The CW special “Tough Mudder: Tougher Together,” which focuses on three teams competing in the
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Preview: 8th Annual Athena Film Festival

Now more than ever, we’re seeing more minorities in fields that were once inaccessible – save for a select few who broke barriers. With politics, sports, education and more all changing, it only seems natural that the filmmaking industry is among the mix.

With that idea in mind, the Athena Film Festival was founded in 2010 by Kathryn Kolbert and Melissa Silverstein in the hopes of seeing more female voices in filmmaking. Finding itself housed out of all-women’s Barnard College’s Athena Center for Leadership Studies, the festival has seen a variety of fearless female filmmakers showcasing their skills to the world.

Among previous participants honored at the festival included Catherine Keener and Courtney Moorehead Balaker, the respective director and writer of Little Pink House – a film in itself featuring a strong lead woman based on the true story of Susette Kelo vs. City of New London. Gloria Steinem and
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Anne Hathaway May Star in Dee Rees’ Joan Didion Adaptation “The Last Thing He Wanted”

Hathaway in “The Intern”

Anne Hathaway may be joining Dee Rees’ upcoming Joan Didion adaptation. Variety reports that the Oscar winner is in negotiations to topline political thriller “The Last Thing He Wanted.” Published in 1996, the best-seller follows a Washington Post journalist who becomes involved in the world of arms dealing.

The pic will be produced by Elevated’s Cassian Elwes and The Fyzz Facility’s Wayne Marc Godfrey and Robert Jones, and is currently in pre-production. Marco Villalobos penned the script.

Hathaway won an Oscar for her role in “Les Misérables” and received a nom for “Rachel Getting Married.” “Colossal,” “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” and “The Intern” are among her recent credits. The actress’ upcoming projects include star-studded heist pic “Ocean’s 8,” “The Lifeboat,” the story of a shipwreck survivor from “Mustang” writer-director Deniz Gamze Ergüven, and “O2,” a thriller about a woman who wakes up in a cryogenic chamber.
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Anne Hathaway & Mudbound’s Dee Rees Team Up For Political Thriller

Anne Hathaway has entered talks to headline Mudbound director Dee Rees’ big screen adaptation of Joan Didion’s 1996 political thriller novel, The Last Thing He Wanted. Reese is currently developing the Gloria Steinem drama An Uncivil War, with Carey Mulligan attached to star and production expected to get underway next month. Last Thing He Wanted has not yet been picked up for distribution but that should be changing sooner rather than later, now that the Oscar-winner Hathaway is onboard.
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'Drunk History': Abbi Jacobson Plays Gloria Steinem, Undercover Playboy Bunny

'Drunk History': Abbi Jacobson Plays Gloria Steinem, Undercover Playboy Bunny
Abbi Jacobson is the latest celebrity tapped to act out the wildly unpredictable narration of Comedy Central's Drunk History.

In Tuesday's episode, the Broad City star and co-creator dons a pair of rabbit ears and a tail to portray a young Gloria Steinem, who famously went undercover as a cocktail waitress at a Playboy Club in Manhattan for "Bunny's Tale," a 1963 Show magazine article.

The story is narrated by ESPN host and comedian Katie Nolan, who calls the Playboy Club's policies "just gross." As per Drunk History's typical protocol,
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Trailer Watch: Carey Mulligan Tries to Solve a Murder in “Collateral”

“Collateral”

Carey Mulligan swaps period garb for a badge in “Collateral.” A trailer has dropped for the four-part crime thriller. The Oscar nominee plays Kip Glaspie, a detective determined to find answers when a pizza delivery man is gunned down in London. Written off as a random act of violence by some, the crime leaves Kip convinced that there’s something more at play: The only witness leaves a false name and address, and the victim’s last customer (Billie Piper) is the ex-wife of a well-known politician (John Simm).

Little is revealed about either the crime or Kip in the spot. “I’m trying to guess what kind of person you are,” the politician tells her. We’re also left wondering the answer to that question.

S.J. Clarkson directed every episode of the series. She’s previously directed eps of “Jessica Jones,” “Orange is the New Black,” and “Dexter,
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Athena Film Fest Adds To Its Lineup: “Mankiller,” “Battle of the Sexes,” and Stem Panel

“Mankiller”: Wilma Mankiller Foundation

The Athena Film Festival (Aff) has announced more of its 2018 lineup. Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton’s “Battle of the Sexes,” a biopic about the famous 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, will serve as the fest’s opener. King is set to participate in a post-screening conversation. Best Picture nominee “The Post” will be the closing night film. The drama follows Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham and her decision of whether or not to publish the Pentagon Papers.

Athena’s centerpiece film will be “Mankiller,” Valerie Red-Horse Mohl’s documentary about legendary activist Wilma Mankiller. The screening will be followed by a conversation between Red-Horse Mohl, exec producer Gale Anne Hurd, and Gloria Steinem. Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday will moderate.

The festival will also host a special presentation of “UnREAL’s” third season premiere. Series star Shiri Appleby, showrunner/Ep,
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Julianne Moore to Star in English-Language Remake of Susanne Bier’s “After the Wedding”

Moore in “Still Alice”

Julianne Moore is heading up another U.S. remake of a revered foreign film. She’s set to star in an English-language version of “Night Manager” helmer Susanne Bier’s “After the Wedding,” Deadline reports. The original Danish film received a foreign-language Oscar nod in 2007. Bart Freundlich (“Wolves,” “Mozart in the Jungle”), Moore’s husband, will write and direct the new pic.

Set in New York, the updated story will see two women cast as the leads: “Hannibal’s” Mads Mikkelsen and “Westworld’s” Sidse Babbett Knudsen toplined the original. The new version follows “Isabel, who runs a dilapidated orphanage outside of Calcutta, and … travels to New York to meet the New York millionaire, played by Moore, who has provided money for the orphanage,” the source summarizes. “Following the latter’s wedding, a mystery unravels.”

Paradox Studios is producing “After the Wedding,” and it’s scheduled to start filming this spring.
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Sundance ’18: ‘Rbg’

By Peter Belsito

A film about the Us Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

I went onto this one not knowing much about this woman and came out loving her.

In these times of troubled government here in the Us when the right has made inroads seemingly everywhere Rbg stands as a tiny, if powerful, beacon of hope for our society’s progress.

The film deals with her entire life as it passes through the political tide we have all lived through and attempts (successfully I think!) to define how and why she came to her current status as a progressive beacon in a troubled landscape.

As the United States Supreme Court leans increasingly to the right, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s vigorous dissenting opinions and ferocious 20-push-up workouts have earned this tiny, soft-spoken intellectual giant the status of rock star and the title “Notorious Rbg.”

What many don’t know is Ginsburg’s strategic,
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Zoey Martinson on Art, Activism, and the Power of Representation

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Now more than ever, we need uplifting stories of black joy. It seems like no matter where we turn, there's yet another story that is rooted in the pain of black women. There is a rising epidemic of black mothers dying in childbirth, due to medical racism, and black women are still being pigeonholed within dangerous tropes, especially when it comes to saving us from our own racism. Our cultural narratives are deeply connected to the oppression that black women face - but despite all of the strife we have to wade through, we continue to triumph. Despite the setbacks, we're beginning to see black women take center stage in the work that they do; they're being celebrated and making space for their own victories to be acknowledged. Writers, actors, politicians, musicians, public figures, and intellectuals are emphasizing their identities as black women and shifting the focus to the importance
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Mark Ruffalo, Amy Schumer & More Celebs Gather in N.Y.C. for Anti-State of the Union Address

Mark Ruffalo, Amy Schumer & More Celebs Gather in N.Y.C. for Anti-State of the Union Address
On the eve of Donald Trump‘s first State of the Union address, an impassioned group of celebrities and activists took to a stage in New York, where they told the sold-out crowd: “We are fired up, we are united and powerful and Donald Trump, we are not going away.”

On Monday, the night of The People’s State of the Union at The Town Hall, speaker after speaker showed what democracy looks likes, their words galvanized by the actions of Trump and his administration this last year.

In the audience was the iconic women’s rights activist Gloria Steinem,
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