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Official Trailer for 'On the Basis of Sex' Starring Felicity Jones as Rbg

"Her story made history." Focus Features has debuted the first trailer for On the Basis of Sex, a new dramatic film about the early days of iconic Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Felicity Jones plays Rbg, and Armie Hammer plays her husband Marty, in a new film by director Mimi Leder. The title is a reference to a line from one of (or many of) Rbg's speeches, in which she explained: "the U.S. Constitution is nearly 220 years old and contains no express provision opposing discrimination on the basis of gender." This film is a compliment to the documentary about her, titled simply Rbg now playing in theaters. And it will premiere later this year in line with Justice Ginsburg’s 25th anniversary on the Supreme Court. The cast includes Justin Theroux, Cailee Spaeny, Kathy Bates, Stephen Root, Jack Reynor, Sam Waterston, and Francis X. McCarthy. Take a look.
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Felicity Jones is Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the First Trailer for ‘On the Basis of Sex’

At the age of 85, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, has one of the most impactful, inspiring political careers in history. When it comes to Hollywood, however, it seems as though she’s just now getting her due. Following the massive success of the documentary Rbg ($12 million at the box office and counting), one of the most iconic moments in her career will get the dramatic treatment this fall.

Directed by Mimi Leder and scripted by Daniel Stiepleman, On the Basis of Sex follows Ruth (Felicity Jones) and her husband Marty (Armie Hammer) as they fight to overturn gender discrimination in court. Hitting the nerve of issues that are unfortunately still timely today, it looks to be a strong showcase for Jones.

Also starring Justin Theroux, Kathy Bates, Sam Waterston, Jack Reynor, and Cailee Spaeny, see the trailer below.

The film tells an
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It’s Time for Action, Not Promises, to Get More Women in Filmmaking (Guest Column)

  • Variety
In recent months, media accounts of sexual harassment scandals and eye-popping pay disparities have given way to stories about “tectonic” shifts in the film industry. The sheer volume and often contradictory nature of the coverage on the issue of women working in film have created the simultaneous feelings that everything has changed and nothing has changed.

An ad campaign for Rolex watches touts Kathryn Bigelow as one of the “masters of cinema,” yet she is the only woman to have ever won a director Oscar. A help line now exists for those who have been sexually harassed, yet the fate of many high-profile offenders remains undecided. Representatives of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission — which has issued charges of gender discrimination against the big studios — continue to negotiate with executives, but there is no (public) word of a resolution.

In the midst of this uncertainty, one reality remains clear. The percentages
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Is it time to erase Kevin Spacey from history?

Anghus Houvouras on whether it is time to erase Kevin Spacey from history…

It’s rare that you get to see a snowball rolling down a hill. The popular metaphor about momentum has always struck me as odd for a few reasons. First, how often does someone roll a snowball down a hill, much less successfully have a hand-sized ball of snow transform into a gigantic ice-cold flattening orb? Second, even if this was physically probable it’s doubtful that you were there to witness it. More than likely, you’re seeing the thing just moments before it mows you down like a Looney Tunes character.

The last few weeks has been the first time that the snowball metaphor has felt apt. I watched, as so many did, as accusations rolled out against small type perps like Devin Faraci, Harry Knowles and their enablers like the head of Alamo Drafthouse
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Sterling K. Brown On Reuniting With Sarah Paulson in Next ‘American Crime Story’: ‘That Needs to Happen’ — Watch

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Sterling K. Brown On Reuniting With Sarah Paulson in Next ‘American Crime Story’: ‘That Needs to Happen’ — Watch
After two Emmys and two hit shows, “This Is Us” star Sterling K. Brown has reached the point in his career where he gets to be selective in the projects he joins. And if he has his way, a reunion between Brown and his fellow “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” star Sarah Paulson appears inevitable.

Speaking beforehand at the IndieWire Honors event last week, Brown said he’s been talking to “American Crime Story” executive producer Ryan Murphy about potentially joining the anthology series’ third chapter, “Katrina.” Paulson is already on board.

“That needs to happen,” said Brown, who played Christopher Darden opposite Paulson’s Marcia Clark in “People v. O.J.,” which earned him his first Emmy in 2016. “I’m going to be reading the book that story is based off of [“Five Days at Memorial” by Sheri Fink] and offer whatever input I can to as to where I can fit in.
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Ryan Murphy on Sterling K. Brown: ‘This Guy Is, Like, Marlon Brando Good’

  • Indiewire
Ryan Murphy on Sterling K. Brown: ‘This Guy Is, Like, Marlon Brando Good’
Sterling K. Brown graduated to superstar status after his Emmy-winning turn as Christopher Darden on “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” Executive producer and director Ryan Murphy remains tight with the star, who has even been advising him recently on how to live a vegan lifestyle.

Brown is busy starring in “This Is Us,” but the two are already discussing ways to work together again. “We’ve talked a lot about it,” Murphy said. “I’m trying to figure out a way to give America what they want, and reunite Sterling and Sarah Paulson. I would love for him to be a part of ‘Five Days at Memorial’ [the Hurricane Katrina-themed “American Crime Story” installment] that we’re doing. I always want to work with Sterling. I’m a busy guy, but he’s just as busy as hell. How are we gonna make it work? We will. We had a really great director/actor
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Diane Kruger Is a Serious Actress Finally Getting the Respect She Deserves, Says Director Fatih Akin

  • Indiewire
Diane Kruger Is a Serious Actress Finally Getting the Respect She Deserves, Says Director Fatih Akin
Diane Kruger is one of the six names in entertainment being celebrated at the inaugural IndieWire Honors on Nov. 2. Kruger won the best actress prize at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival for her starring role in Fatih Akin’s “In the Fade,” in which she plays a woman whose husband and son are killed in a terrorist attack. Read more about Kruger’s experiences with the project here.

Akin shared these thoughts about how his collaboration with Kruger came together:

I first noticed Diane Kruger as an actress in “National Treasure,” but I was definitely not the audience for a film like that. It didn’t hook me. A couple of years later, I saw “Inglorious Basterds” in a movie theater in Germany. I liked the whole film, especially her small role. In 2007, I won the screenplay at Cannes for my film “The Edge of Heaven” and she was the mistress of ceremonies.
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Mary J. Blige Is Happy People Don’t Recognize Her in ‘Mudbound’

Mary J. Blige Is Happy People Don’t Recognize Her in ‘Mudbound’
Mary J. Blige is one of the six names in entertainment being celebrated at the inaugural IndieWire Honors on Nov. 2. Her leading role in Dee Rees’ “Mudbound” was a breakout at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, and shows that the singer has successfully transitioned into a serious acting career. She will receive the IndieWire Honor for Breakthrough Performance (Film).

In “Mudbound,” Florence Jackson is a character who sees everything, but says very little. Yet behind the quiet strength of the wife and mother of a family of sharecroppers – refusing to lose their dreams or dignity in the face of the South’s insurmountable racism – Mary J. Blige delivers a performance in which we see precisely what Florence is feeling and thinking.

“Mary’s able to affect this reserved exterior, but have this very empathetic, alive interior,” said “Mudbound” writer-director Dee Rees in an interview with IndieWire. “Her eyes always are thinking,
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Red Bandanna Hero Award Honors Everyday Heroes: 'In Moments of Tragedy, You See the Best People Have to Offer'

Twenty-four-year-old Welles Crowther died saving lives during the 9/11 terrorist attacks – and his legacy lives on in the winners of the annual Red Bandanna Hero Award.

In April, People teamed up with the American Heroes Channel (Ahc) and the Welles Remy Crowther Charitable Trust to honor Welles and celebrate everyday heroes.

On Oct. 28 at 10/9c, Ahc will air a television special produced by Time Inc. Productions, 9/11 Hero: The Red Bandanna Legacy, which will feature three Red Bandanna Heroes who have made an extraordinary difference in people’s lives, just as Crowther did when he helped people escape one of the burning World Trade Center towers.
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Newswire: Felicity Jones to play galactic hero Ruth Bader Ginsburg

According to Deadline, Rogue One star Felicity Jones has signed on to play Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Mimi Leder’s On The Basis Of Sex. The movie sounds like a biopic about Ginsburg and the sexism she has faced in her career, with the Deadline story saying it focuses on the “numerous obstacles to her fight for equal rights.” Mimi Leder was the director behind Pay It Forward and Deep Impact, but in recent years she’s focused more on TV, working on The Leftovers—which she also produced—and Shameless.

As for the real Ginsburg, she was the second woman appointed to the Supreme Court, and her judicial career has largely been about fighting for the advancement of women’s rights. Basically, she wasn’t as instrumental in blowing up the Death Star as Jones’ Jyn Erso was, but she’s no less of a badass.
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Exclusive Portrait, Audio: Kevin Spacey, Recipient of Gene Siskel Center Renaissance Award

Chicago – There is no better “renaissance man” as an actor and performer than Oscar Winner Kevin Spacey. He was the recipient the Gene Siskel Center “Renaissance Award” on May 13th, 2017.

As a triple threat performer – actor, impressionist and singer – he has been an exceptional representative both in his many roles and as an advocate for actors everywhere.

Each year, the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago celebrates the art of film by honoring a filmmaker who advances that art form. Kevin Spacey joined past Renaissance Award honorees, including some of the most respected actors and directors working in the film industry today, such as William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman, Michael Mann, Nicole Kidman, George Lucas, Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx, Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman, Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johansson.

Kevin Spacey, Recipient of the Gene Siskel Center Renaissance Award

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Survivor’s Michael Skupin Sentenced to Prison on Child Pornography Charges

Survivor’s Michael Skupin Sentenced to Prison on Child Pornography Charges
Two-time Survivor contestant Michael Skupin was sentenced Tuesday morning in Michigan to one to four years in prison for child pornography and larceny, People confirms.

Skupin, 54, bowed his head and blinked back tears as Judge Kelley Kostin handed down the sentence in the Oakland County Courthouse near Detroit.

“I think he is a threat,” the prosecutor said in court before the sentencing. “We are asking for the maximum sentence.”

In addition to the prison time, Kostin ordered that Skupin serve four years of probation on the theft charge. He has also been ordered to pay $31,800 in restitution, plus several thousands in court costs.
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Scully & Mfr Assign Directors For Man Of Steel 2, The Flash, & Captain Marvel!

  • LRM Online
Welcome back to another edition of Fantasy Fridays, where two lifelong fanboys and real-life best friends take a peak ahead at upcoming geek properties and "hire" the talent for them. Last week, we kicked this feature off with our fantasy picks for Ben Affleck's The Batman. You can check last week's out by clicking below:

Scully & Mfr Cast The Batman

This week? We set our sights on upcoming flicks that have been announced, yet don't have directors officially attached to them.

First up:

Man Of Steel 2 Mfr's Pick: Brad Bird

"Bird, who comes from Pixar- which has always had a great reputation for balancing heart, humor, and spectacle- first caught my eye with The Incredibles. I loved the retro feel, the adventurous tone, and the way it had fun with superhero conventions while still having a lot of genuine emotion at its core. For a while, though, thought of him as a 'cartoon guy,
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Survivor’s Michael Skupin Found Guilty on Child Pornography Charges

  • PEOPLE.com
Survivor’s Michael Skupin Found Guilty on Child Pornography Charges
Michael Skupin was found guilty Friday of four of six counts of child pornography after a one-day trial, a spokesperson from Michigan Oakland County Clerk confirms to People.

The two-time Survivor contestant, 54, had pleaded not guilty to 11 charges of child pornography and racketeering stemming from an investigation by the Michigan attorney general.

According to the clerk’s spokesperson, the pornography and financial charges were split and Skupin will be tried separately for the racketeering charges beginning next week, after which his sentence will be handed down.

Skupin, who was arrested in February, had been out on bond during his trial
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Child Porn and Racketeering Trial Begins for Survivor’s Michael Skupin: ‘I’m About to Fight For My Life’

Child Porn and Racketeering Trial Begins for Survivor’s Michael Skupin: ‘I’m About to Fight For My Life’
Michael Skupin is finally getting his day in court after his February arrest on child pornography and racketeering charges.

The two-time Survivor contestant reported to court on Thursday morning for his criminal trial, in which he faces 11 criminal charges stemming from an investigation by the Michigan attorney general.

According to the attorney general, the investigation began when people came forward alleging they were victims of a Ponzi scheme. The alleged victims say they made $10,000 investments to a gifting scheme called Pay It Forward, in which their donations cycled through a chart of investors, until they were paid by new investors’ money.
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91-Year-Old Woman Who Skipped Cancer Treatment to Go RVing Across the Country Dies After Year-Long Adventure

  • PEOPLE.com
91-Year-Old Woman Who Skipped Cancer Treatment to Go RVing Across the Country Dies After Year-Long Adventure
When faced with a cancer diagnosis at age 90, Norma Jean Bauerschmidt chose the open road over the hospital. Rather than undergoing months of painful treatments, Bauerschmidt embarked on the adventure of a lifetime - touring the United States in a motor home captained by her son Tim and his wife Ramie. As Ramie explained to People last year, when Norma's doctor reviewed all the possible treatments for her stage 4 uterine cancer, the World War II veteran simply said no. "I'm 90 years old," Norma said. "I'm not interested in going through that. I'm hitting the road." With the support of her children,
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91-Year-Old Woman Who Skipped Cancer Treatment to Go RVing Across the Country Dies After Year-Long Adventure

  • PEOPLE.com
91-Year-Old Woman Who Skipped Cancer Treatment to Go RVing Across the Country Dies After Year-Long Adventure
When faced with a cancer diagnosis at age 90, Norma Jean Bauerschmidt chose the open road over the hospital. Rather than undergoing months of painful treatments, Bauerschmidt embarked on the adventure of a lifetime - touring the United States in a motor home captained by her son Tim and his wife Ramie. As Ramie explained to People last year, when Norma's doctor reviewed all the possible treatments for her stage 4 uterine cancer, the World War II veteran simply said no. "I'm 90 years old," Norma said. "I'm not interested in going through that. I'm hitting the road." With the support of her children,
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Dragon Con 2016 Attracts Record Crowd

  • LRM Online
Organizers Call 30th Anniversary Dragon Con a Spectacular Success

Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy, and sci-fi convention, announced a record attendance of more than 77,000 people for its 30th Anniversary celebration.

Fans came from around the world and all 50 states, with this year’s convention attracting people from as far away as Japan, New Zealand, and Fiji. Anime director Shinji Aramaki, one of some 400 actors, artists, authors and other creators, also travelled from Japan to be a part of the celebration.

“Our 30th Anniversary convention was a spectacular success,” convention co-chair Rachael Reeves said. “We notched a number of firsts, and were able to offer our fans an experience that was worthy of this special anniversary.”

As part of its 30th anniversary celebration, the convention, for the first time, offered substantial programming on Thursday and launched a new, fan-driven awards program, the Dragon Awards, to recognize the
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Netflix comings and goings: Donald Trump parody in, 'Tmnt' out

  • Hitfix
Netflix comings and goings: Donald Trump parody in, 'Tmnt' out
Summer is coming to an end and the 2016-17 TV season is just around the corner (not to mention football and more football). So it’s a good time to cram in a whole collection of shows and movies on Netflix before your schedule gets so full you won’t know what to do with yourself. Some exciting additions are a couple Fast and Furious movies, No Country for Old Men and Funny Or Die Presents: Donald Trump’s Art of the Deal: The Movie, which stars Jonny Depp as Trump. Check out the list. Find a comfortable spot and begin watching. New to Netflix August 1 The American Side An Inconvenient Truth Apex: The Story of the Hypercar Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure Big Daddy Black Widow Critical Condition Deadfall Destination: Team USA Funny Or Die Presents: Donald Trump’s Art of the Deal: The Movie The Family Man The Fast and the Furious
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Top Women Cinematographers Reveal 7 Best Tips for Career Success

Top Women Cinematographers Reveal 7 Best Tips for Career Success
What does it take to succeed in a man’s world? A Los Angeles Film Festival panel of women cinematographers ivealed what it took to make it to the top of a competitive industry.

1. A shot of LSD. Cinema verite shooter Joan Churchill (“Last Days in Vietnam”) started out by recovering from an eight-hour acid trip, she admitted, to shoot some of the most iconic images from the Rolling Stones Altamont doc, “Gimme Shelter.” That led to the assignment of shooting the Louds in PBS’s “An American Family.” A documentary cameraperson, often working with a hand-held camera and natural light, has to have “people skills,” she said. “You have to be interested in your subjects.” When she moved to London, she couldn’t get work until she joined the Asc—and became its first woman member. Her membership card read: “Lady Cameraman.”

2. Read and reread the script. French-born Maryse Alberti
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