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8 Lgbt Filmmakers Who Are Having a Great Year

8 Lgbt Filmmakers Who Are Having a Great Year
As we gear up for an awards season ripe with many quality queer films, it’s important to remember smaller successes who may get lost in the shuffle. Lgbt-themed film festivals Outfest and Frameline kicked off the summer, while New York’s own NewFest wrapped up last week. It’s always thrilling to see a gay film get awards attention, like the kind lavished on Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name” and foreign language contender “Bpm (Beats Per Minute).” But it’s been a banner year for nuanced queer films across the board, and especially ones from queer-identified filmmakers.

From up-and-comers making splashy debuts, to longtime favorites who have stepped up their game, the filmmakers on this list represent a varied swath of not only the Lgbt spectrum, but vastly different artistic styles. That means they have the potential to reach different audiences — and open up perspectives across demographics.
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'Professor Marston and the Wonder Women‎' Director on the Superhero's Kinky Origin Story (Exclusive)

'Professor Marston and the Wonder Women‎' Director on the Superhero's Kinky Origin Story (Exclusive)
If you saw Wonder Woman this summer -- and the record-setting $800 million worldwide box office indicates a lot of people saw Wonder Woman this summer -- then you know the story of how Diana, Princess of Themyscira, became the superhero Wonder Woman, protector of mankind. How Wonder Woman ended up on the pages of comic books in the first place is a story unto itself however, told in Professor Marston and the Wonder Women: In 1941, Dr. William Moulton Marston (played by Luke Evans), his wife, Elizabeth (Rebecca Hall), and their lover, Olive Byrne (Bella Heathcote), created the character to save the world...through psychology. Director Angela Robinson (D.E.B.S.) could never have predicted, though, that her Wonder Woman indie would arrive in theaters mere months after one of the biggest movies of the year.

"I'm getting a lot of credit for having the foresight to know that in the summer of 2017, the 75-years-in-the-making, long-gestating Wonder Woman movie would
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‘Marshall’ Origin Myth Leads Weak Biopics at Specialty Box Office

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‘Marshall’ Origin Myth Leads Weak Biopics at Specialty Box Office
Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected),” which debuted in competition in Cannes and scored fresh acclaim at the New York Film Festival, is a day-and-date Netflix release, so no numbers are reported. It’s likely that the family comedy starring Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller and Dustin Hoffman, who all did substantial press, played well enough at high-end theaters in New York and L.A. to take a bite out of its competitors.

Despite the lack of reported numbers, a glance at the pre-buy seating chart for the Landmark theater in West Los Angeles for Sunday shows in a theater with over 100 seats that are close to sellouts hours ahead of time suggests a weekend total that might be roughly $20,000 (roughly).That’s impressive for a film that any Netflix subscriber can see at home.

Other openers continued the string of movies about real people that are dominating the specialized release schedule.
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‘Wonder Woman’ Wouldn’t Exist Without A Polyamorous Relationship, and ‘Professor Marston’ Opens the Bedroom Door

‘Wonder Woman’ Wouldn’t Exist Without A Polyamorous Relationship, and ‘Professor Marston’ Opens the Bedroom Door
Wonder Woman” might be the year’s most outwardly feminist blockbuster, but another of this year’s most outwardly feminist biopic chronicles her creation. Kinky and conventional in equal measure, “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women” follows the unlikely (and mostly true) creation of Wonder Woman, born out of both forward-thinking theory and a polyamorous relationship that endured for decades. Robinson’s film follows Professor William Moulton Marston (Luke Evans), his wife Elizabeth (Rebecca Hall), and their one-time student and eventual lover Olive Byrne (Bella Heathcote) as they try to navigate a complex three-way relationship while also dealing with intense public scrutiny.

Cleverly packaged as a straightforward drama about personal desires and professional accomplishments, “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women” is a hugely satisfying alternative to often cheap excuses for feminist movies in Hollywood. If there’s one thing the film doesn’t skimp on, it’s the purposely feminist
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Women and Hollywood Announces 10th Anniversary Trailblazer Award Winners

Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot on the set “Wonder Woman”: Warner Bros. Entertainment and THR

Women and Hollywood is honored to share the recipients of the Trailblazer Awards, which will be given out during our upcoming 10th Anniversary events in New York and Los Angeles.

The New York Trailblazer Awardees are directors Amma Asante (“Belle,” “Where Hands Touch”), Julie Dash (“Daughters of the Dust,” “Queen Sugar”), and Julie Taymor (“The Lion King,” “Frida”) as well as producer and GameChanger Films president Mynette Louie and HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins. They will be honored October 17 at the Time Warner Center in NYC.

Our Los Angeles Trailblazers include directors Patty Jenkins (“Wonder Woman,” “Monster”), Haifaa al-Mansour (“Wadjda,” “Mary Shelley”), and Angela Robinson (“Professor Marston and the Wonder Women,” “D.E.B.S.”). Director Leah Meyerhoff (“I Believe in Unicorns”) is being honored for founding Film Fatales. Other honorees include the Aclu; Melissa Goodman, Audrey Irmas director of the Lgbtq, Gender and Reproductive Justice Project at Aclu of SoCal, and ​Lenora Lapidus, Director of the Women’s Rights Project at the Aclu, will be accepting. And the founder of the Media, Diversity, & Social Change Initiative, Dr. Stacy L. Smith, will also be recognized. They will receive their awards on October 25 at the ArcLight Theatre in Hollywood.

These are women who through their work, their voice, and/or their activism have been a part of raising the level of conversation on gender equality, stepping up the advocacy drumbeat, and paving the way for their female peers and colleagues.

To find out more about the Trailblazers, check out their bios below. And, remember, tickets are still available for our anniversary events in NY on October 17 and in La on October 25.

Amma Asante

Amma Asante, MBE is a multi-award winning writer and director who won a BAFTA for her first film, A Way of Life. This made Asante the first Black female director to win a BAFTA Film Award for writing and directing a film. Her next film, Belle, drew widespread critical acclaim, and saw Asante named one of CNN’s Leading Women of 2014, as well as being named by Variety as one of their 10 Directors to watch. In 2016, her film A United Kingdom was released and its European Premiere saw Asante celebrated as the first Black female director to open the BFI London Film Festival in its 60-year history. This year Asante was named an MBE by Queen Elizabeth on the 2017 Birthday Honour’s list, for services to film as a writer and director. Asante is currently in post-production on her next film, Where Hands Touch. The film, inspired by historical events, is set in 1944 Germany and follows the plight of a young girl of color attempting to survive under Nazi rule.

Julie Dash

Twenty-six years ago, filmmaker Julie Dash broke through racial and gender boundaries with her Sundance award-winning film (Best Cinematography) Daughters of the Dust, and she became the first African American woman to have a wide theatrical release of her feature film. In 2004, The Library of Congress placed Daughters of the Dust in the National Film Registry where it joins a select group of American films preserved and protected as national treasures by the Librarian of Congress. Dash is the only African American woman with a feature film that has been inducted into the National Film Registry. She is the recent recipient of the New York Film Critics Special Award, the 2017 Robert Smalls Merit and Achievement Award, and the Visionary Award from Women in Film, Washington, D.C. Dash is currently a Distinguished Professor of Art at Spelman College. She recently directed multiple episodes of the award-winning dramatic series, Queen Sugar, Season 2, created and produced by Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey, for Own Television.

Mynette Louie

Mynette Louie is a New York-based film producer and the president of Gamechanger Films, the first equity fund to exclusively finance narrative features directed by women. Gamechanger’s films include Natalia Garagiola’s Hunting Season (Venice Critics’ Week 2017), Lauren Wolkstein & Christopher Radcliff’s The Strange Ones (SXSW 2017), Sarah Adina Smith’s Buster’s Mal Heart (Tiff 2016), and So Yong Kim’s Lovesong (Sundance 2016, 2017 Independent Spirit Award nominee), among others. Louie won the 2013 Independent Spirit Piaget Producers Award and was named one of Ted Hope’s “21 Brave Thinkers of Truly Free Film” and one of Indiewire’s “100 Filmmakers to Follow on Twitter.” She is on the Board of Directors of Film Independent and serves as an advisor to the Sundance Institute, SXSW, Ifp, and A3 Asian American Artists Foundation.

Sheila Nevins

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Sheila Nevins is president, HBO Documentary Films, responsible for overseeing the development and production of all documentaries for HBO, HBO2, and Cinemax. As an executive producer or producer, she has received 32 Primetime Emmy Awards, 34 News and Documentary Emmys, and 42 George Foster Peabody Awards. During her tenure, HBO’s critically acclaimed documentaries have gone on to win 26 Academy Awards, the most recent of which was A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness in 2016. Nevins has been honored with several prestigious career achievement awards including, most recently, the 2009 Governors Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. She has supervised the production of more than 1,000 documentary programs for HBO. Nevins is the bestselling author of You Don’t Look Your Age… and Other Fairy Tales, published by Flatiron Books.

Julie Taymor

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Julie Taymor became the first woman to win the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical, and won a Tony for Best Costumes, for her landmark production of The Lion King. The Lion King has gone on to become the most successful stage musical of all time: 24 global productions have been seen by more than 90 million people. Her credits also include Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, The Green Bird, and Juan Darien: A Carnival Mass (five Tony nominations). She directed the play Grounded, and completed a cinematic version of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, filmed during the production at Theatre for a New Audience in Brooklyn. Film credits include Titus, Frida, Across the Universe, and The Tempest. Operas include Oedipus Rex, The Flying Dutchman, Salome, The Magic Flute, and Grendel, composed by Elliot Goldenthal. Taymor is a recipient of the 1991 MacArthur Genius Award and a 2015 inductee into the Theater Hall of Fame for Lifetime Achievement. She is currently in rehearsals for a revival of M Butterfly starring Clive Owen on Broadway.

Melissa Goodman

Melissa Goodman conducts legal and policy advocacy concerning Lgbtq rights, reproductive rights, gender equality, and the rights of people with HIV. Goodman leads the Aclu SoCal’s advocacy to end discrimination against women directors and increase inclusive hiring in Hollywood, to protect the rights of transgender students and adults, to expand access to quality and confidential reproductive healthcare, to increase protections for working parents, to end bias and over-policing and over-incarceration of Lgbtq people, and to improve healthcare for incarcerated women.

​Lenora Lapidus

Lenora Lapidus litigates gender discrimination cases in courts throughout the country, engages in public policy advocacy, and speaks on gender equity issues in the media and to the public. Her work focuses on economic justice, educational equity, ending gender-based violence, and women in the criminal justice system. Along with Melissa Goodman of the Aclu of Southern CA, she urged the Eeoc to investigate the low number of women hired by studios to be directors for film and television. Lapidus has received several fellowships and awards, including 21 Leaders for the 21st Century from Women’s eNews and the Wasserstein Fellowship for outstanding public interest lawyers from Harvard Law School.

Patty Jenkins

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Patty Jenkins is a writer and director best known for directing Warner Bros. and DC ComicsWonder Woman, her debut feature Monster, based on the life of convicted serial killer Aileen Wuornos, and helming the pilot episode of AMC’s hit show The Killing. Monster was named by AFI as one of its Ten Best Films of the Year. Jenkins garnered a number of awards and nominations, including winning Best First Feature at the 2004 Independent Spirit Awards. She went on to direct many commercials and TV programs including the pilot and finale episode for AMC’s The Killing, for which she received an Emmy nomination, and won the DGA award for best dramatic directing. Jenkins directed several other pilots and episodes including Fox’s Arrested Development and HBO’s Entourage. She was nominated for an Emmy for a segment of Lifetime’s Five, an anthology about breast cancer.

In 2017, Jenkins broke the record for biggest grossing live-action film directed by a woman, domestic and worldwide, with Wonder Woman. The film simultaneously smashed box office records and received critical acclaim and it has grossed a worldwide total of more than $820 million to date. ​

Haifaa al-Mansour

Haifaa al-Mansour is the first female filmmaker in Saudi Arabia and is regarded as one of its most significant cinematic figures. She studied comparative literature at the American University in Cairo and completed a Master’s degree in Film Studies from the University of Sydney. The success of her 2005 documentary Women Without Shadows influenced a new wave of Saudi filmmakers and made the issue of opening cinemas in the Kingdom front-page news. At home, her work is both praised and vilified for encouraging discussion on taboo issues and for penetrating the wall of silence surrounding the sequestered lives of Saudi women. Wadjda, al-Mansour’s feature debut, is the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and the first by a female director. The film received wide critical acclaim after its premiere at the 2012 Venice Film Festival and established al-Mansour as an important talent emerging from the Arab World. She recently published a novelization of the film titled The Green Bicycle for Penguin publishing group. Her latest film, Mary Shelley, starring Elle Fanning and based on the life of Frankenstein author Mary Shelley, recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Leah Meyerhoff

Leah Meyerhoff is an award-winning filmmaker whose debut narrative feature film I Believe in Unicorns was released theatrically in 2015 after premiering at SXSW, winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Atlanta Film Festival and additional awards from Woodstock Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, First Time Fest, Tribeca Film Institute, Ifp, Nyu, and the Adrienne Shelly Foundation. Meyerhoff is also the founder of Film Fatales, a female filmmaker organization based in New York with dozens of local chapters around the world. Film Fatales is a global community of women feature film and television directors who meet regularly to mentor each other, share resources, collaborate on projects, and build a supportive environment in which to get their films made and seen. Founded in 2013, Film Fatales actively supports over 500 women directors in New York and Los Angeles, and hundreds more in a dozen sister cities across Europe, North America, Australia, and Africa.

Angela Robinson

Angela Robinson is a filmmaker who explores and exposes the breadth and complexity of humanity in an extensive body of work across both film and television. Filtering her storytelling through the multi-faceted prism of identity, Robinson uses the power of her unique voice to intelligently and empathetically bring compelling, intersectional stories — specifically those of women, people of color, and Lgbtq individuals — to the mainstream in a way that is entertaining, emotional, and thought-provoking. Most recently, Robinson wrote and directed Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, the origin story behind one of the world’s most famous superheroes, Wonder Woman.

Moving fluidly between film and television, Robinson has an overall deal with ABC Television Studios and recently served as a Consulting Producer on ABC’s hit series “How to Get Away with Murder.” She is in development on a series exploring the intersecting lives of Golden Age stars Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich.

Stacy L. Smith, Ph.D.

Stacy L. Smith is the Founder and Director of the Media, Diversity, & Social Change Initiative, the leading think tank globally studying issues of inequality in entertainment. Mdsc research focuses on inclusion in film, television, and digital media and all facets of the music industry. Dr. Smith has written over 100 journal articles, book chapters, and reports on media content patterns and effects. She was the principal investigator of the Card report, examining Hollywood’s hiring practices on screen, behind the camera, and in the executive ranks across the major media companies and digital distribution platforms. Dr. Smith speaks routinely on issues of inequality. She has given a Ted Talk and spoken at the United Nations, the White House, Sundance Film Festival, Promax, and Lunafest. Dr. Smith’s work was the basis for the EPiX docuseries, 4%: Film’s Gender Problem.

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Lff 2017: ‘Professor Marston and the Wonder Women’ Review: Dir. Angela Robinson (2017)

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women review: Think you know the story of the creation of Wonder Woman? Think again, as this engrossing tale will lasso you in, rivet and surprise you, right up until to the final frames.

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women review by Paul Heath.

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women review

Angela Robinson writes and directs this entertaining, engrossing and strangely eye-opening film, based on true events, surrounding the life of the man behind the creator of Wonder Woman, and his remarkable life in post-World War II America.

The ‘Professor Marston’ of the title is Luke EvansWilliam Moulton Marston, a university professor from Massachusetts, who works alongside his wife Elizabeth Holloway Marston (Rebecca Hall) at the highly prestigious Radcliffe College. It is here where they both meet young student Olive Byrne (Bella Heathcote), who would soon become their personal assistant and someone that the
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Trailer Watch: A Throuple Makes Comic Book History in “Professor Marston & The Wonder Women”

“Professor Marston & the Wonder Women

“I’m going to inject my ideas right into the thumping heart of America,” announces esteemed psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston (Luke Evans, “Beauty and the Beast”) in a new trailer for Angela Robinson’s “Professor Marston & The Wonder Women.” He’s convinced that the best and most efficient way to disseminate his views is not through publishing articles in esoteric academic journals but by writing a comic book — one about an Amazon princess who lives on an island of all women, wears a burlesque outfit, and fights Nazis.

“Nobody — and I say this with all the compassion and truth in my heart — nobody will will ever publish this,” his wife and fellow researcher, Elizabeth (Rebecca Hall, “Vicky Christina Barcelona”), is sorry to tell him. Happily for William — and “Wonder Woman” fans around the world — Elizabeth turns out to be wrong.

Inspired by true events, “Professor Marston & The Wonder Women” tells the story of “Wonder Woman” creator William and the women who inspired the iconic character: Elizabeth and the married couple’s lover, Olive Byrne (Bella Heathcote, “The Man in the High Castle”). William, Elizabeth, and Olive aren’t just fighting to bring an unconventional heroine to the masses — they’re also fighting for their right to have an unconventional relationship despite intense social pressure and judgment.

“Professor Marston & The Wonder Women” follows on the heels of the release of Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman,” which has now grossed over $821 million worldwide, making the blockbuster the highest-grossing live-action film ever helmed by a woman.

Robinson most recently worked on the Shondaland series “How to Get Away with Murder” as a consulting producer. Her other credits include “True Blood,” “The L Word,” “Herbie Fully Loaded,” and “D.E.B.S.

“Professor Marston & The Wonder Women” made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last month to strong reviews. The biopic opens in theaters this Friday, October 13.

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Trailer Watch: Learn the Story Behind Diana Prince in “Professor Marston & The Wonder Women”

“Professor Marston & The Wonder Women

Wonder Woman” has now grossed over $765 million worldwide, making the Patty Jenkins-directed blockbuster the highest-grossing live-action film ever helmed by a woman. For many, Diana Prince’s origin story served as an introduction to the Wonder Woman character. Others were already familiar with the beloved comic book heroine. But few know the controversial story behind her creation. Inspired by true events, Angela Robinson’s “Professor Marston & The Wonder Women” tells the story of “Wonder Woman” creator Dr. William Moulton Marston (Luke Evans, “Beauty and the Beast”) and the women who inspired the iconic character: his wife, Elizabeth (Rebecca Hall, “Vicky Christina Barcelona”), and lover, Olive Byrne (Bella Hathcote, “Man in the High Castle”).

“I think you long for an unconventional life,” Olive tells Elizabeth in a newly released trailer for the drama. And it’s clear that all three of the film’s protagonists desire just that — but realize that defying the norm, be it professionally or personally, carries a heavy toll. We see Marston reprimanded by a colleague (Connie Britton, “Nashville”) who says that “Every issue of ‘Wonder Woman’ is filled with violence, torture, and sadomasochism.” And as for the romance between Marston, Olive, and Elizabeth, the latter seems to think “it can never happen” because “the world won’t let it.”

Robinson most recently worked on the Shondaland series “How to Get Away with Murder” as a consulting producer. Her other credits include “True Blood,” “The L Word,” “Herbie Fully Loaded,” and “D.E.B.S.

Check out the trailer to hear Olive’s take on why “a woman must not be told how to use her freedom.”

“Professor Marston & The Wonder Women” opens October 27.

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‘Professor Marston & the Wonder Women’ Trailer: Annapurna Presents Wonder Woman’s Polyamorous Origin Story — Watch

‘Professor Marston & the Wonder Women’ Trailer: Annapurna Presents Wonder Woman’s Polyamorous Origin Story — Watch
When Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” gave us Diana Prince’s fabled origin story, there was no trace of the whips and chains she so often battled in early comic editions by original Wonder Woman scribe William Moulton Marston. Diana’s inventor was as eccentric as they come, living in sin with two women and harboring some radical views about dominance, submission, and monogamy. In “Professor Marston & the Wonder Women,” we get to see the saucy side of Wonder Woman in this sultry new biopic of Marston and his notorious love triangle.

Read More‘Wonder Woman’ Is the Most Successful Live-Action Film Directed By a Woman — and 4 More Records It Will Break

Directed by Angela Robinson (“D.E.B.S.”) and released by Annapurna Pictures as one of the first films in its new distribution arm, the movie stars Luke Evans (“Beauty and the Beast”) as Marston, Rebecca Hall (“The Prestige”) as his wife,
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‘Professor Marston & The Wonder Women’ Teaser: Discover the Real Origin Story of Wonder Woman

Wonder Women” is currently basking in the glory of its $100.5 million debut weekend, proving it shouldn’t have taken 75 years for the superhero to make her first standalone trip to the big screen. While critics and audiences continue to embrace Patty Jenkins’ superhero movie, Annapurna Pictures are getting ready to introduce the real origin story of Wonder Woman in the upcoming drama “Professor Marston & The Wonder Women.”

Read More: ‘Wonder Woman’: What Does One Great Female Superhero Mean For the Future of the Genre?

From director Angela Robinson, “Professor Marston & The Wonder Women” tells the true story of Dr. William Moulton Marston, whose relationships with his wife Elizabeth and domestic partner Olive Byrne led to the creation of the iconic superhero in 1941. Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall and Bella Heathcoate are playing the three lead characters, while Frank L. Ridley, Connie Britton and Oliver Platt will take on supporting roles.
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The 15 Greatest Lesbian Movies of All Time, Ranked

The 15 Greatest Lesbian Movies of All Time, Ranked
Narrowing down the 15 best movies in any genre is tough, but for lesbian films you have to begin with a reductive question: What is a lesbian film? What, in fact, is a lesbian? (But that’s a different piece). Must the film focus primarily on a gay storyline, or can it feature strong lesbian characters doing something entirely different than just being lesbians? Is subtext enough? How much cinephile wrath will rain down on us for the absence of a certain recent Oscar nominee?

Ultimately, the best lesbian films honor the traditions of queer cinema in all of its glory: Strong women, high entertainment value, and bold visuals reign supreme. Too often, lesbian characters are either unattractive man-haters or used for titillation. These movies reclaim all of that; they’re the movies you will see played on a loop in the club, or at an underground rooftop movie night. Some
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Wonder Woman Creator Biopic in the Works With Luke Evans and Rebecca Hall

Wonder Woman Creator Biopic in the Works With Luke Evans and Rebecca Hall
DC Comic’s iconic female superhero Wonder Woman has been generating buzz with the upcoming Gal Gadot-starring film due out next year. Then last week, Greg Rucka, writer of the reborn Wonder Woman comics revealed that the heroine is bisexual. But now, the story of Diana Prince’s creator is getting the spotlight in the upcoming indie drama “Professor Marston & The Wonder Women.”

Per Deadline, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired the worldwide rights from Topple Productions and Boxspring Entertainment. Directed and written by Angela Robinson, the film stars Luke Evans as Dr. William Moulton Marston, a Harvard psychologist and inventor who created Wonder Woman in 1941. Rebecca Hall will portray his wife Elizabeth, also a psychologist and inventor, and Bella Heathcote will play Olive Byrne, a former student of Marston’s and who also shared a polyamorous relationship with the couple.

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VH1 Pseudo-Reality Barely Famous Gets Supertrailer

On March 18th, VH1 is bringing you Erin and Sara Foster‘s Barely Famous, a mocku-docu-something-reality show about two sisters who definitely do not want to be on a reality show.

Take a look at the supertrailer below, and get a feel for not only the harsh look at reality shows you’ll be getting, but also several of the guest stars who will be appearing on the show.

It’s not that this general idea hasn’t come our way before, including in the form of shows like Burning Love, but I don’t think we’ve had quite as blunt an effort that specifically took on the “We’re just famous,” sub-genre.

Potentially, this one could be hilarious, and I’ll let you know a little closer to the air date, but let me know what you think about the idea.

In “ Barely Famous,” Erin and Sara portray
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VH1 Orders ‘Barely Famous’ Reality Parody from Sara and Erin Foster

VH1 Orders ‘Barely Famous’ Reality Parody from Sara and Erin Foster
VH1 has picked up “Barely Famous,” a docudrama parodying reality television from hyphenate sisters Sara and Erin Foster.

The network has ordered six half-hour episodes of the comedy set to premiere in March 2015. The Foster duo, who are the daughters of music producer David Foster, will play sisters born into the Hollywood lifestyle trying to navigate their careers and dating lives while maintaining perfect public images.

“When we sat down to come up with the concept and story behind ‘Barely Famous,’ we kept referring to shows like ‘The Larry Sanders Show,’ ‘Extras’ and ‘The Comeback’ as influences,” the Fosters said. “By design, the show pokes fun at the reality show genre as we play these stereotypical, delusional sisters who find themselves shooting a reality show, while also refusing to admit it to their friends.”

Erin Foster has written for NBC’s “The New Normal” and appeared in shows including “Reno 911!” and “The O.C.,
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‘Sin City’ Actress Devon Aoki Joins CW's ‘Arrow’ as DC's Katana

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‘Sin City’ Actress Devon Aoki Joins CW's ‘Arrow’ as DC's Katana
The CW's “Arrow” has just added a new character from the DC Comics world. Devon Aoki will play Tatsu Yamashiro, aka Katana, in a recurring guest role starting with the show's upcoming third season. Also read: CW Passes on ‘Supernatural’ Spinoff ‘Bloodlines’ Tatsu is a sword-wielding martial arts expert. Her nickname, Katana, is derived from the name of her sword. Appearing during flashbacks, she will be an instrumental mentor who helps Arrow become the man he is in the present day. Aoki's credits include the films “Sin City,” “2 Fast 2 Furious” and “D.E.B.S.” See video: Grant Gustin Can Go Really Fast but Still Can't Get.
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Afternoon Delight: A first look at Gillian Anderson in The "Fall," Natalie Portman tackles "MacBeth"

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Good afternoon and happy May! Where does the time go?

Happy birthday to Julie Benz and Joanna Lumley!

Natalie Portman has signed on to play Lady Macbeth in the upcoming reboot of Macbeth. Michael Fassbender will play the title role in the film scheduled to start shooting later this year.

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Saoirse Ronan and Alexis Bledel are teen assassins in the crime comedy Violet & Daisy. Check out the film’s trailer below.

What do you think of Boston magazine’s May cover? I love it!

Check out this intriguing trailer for Gillian Anderson's new BBC series The Fall:

Out writer/actress Michelle Paradise (Exes & Ohs) offered up some career advice on Twitter.

Aspiring TV writers: Finish that spec script, click this link & apply. Great program, great way to start your career! writersworkshop.warnerbros.
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Watch Now! Kristin Bauer and Rutina Welsey present Angela Robinson with her Outfest Fusion Achievement Award

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True Blood's Kristen Bauer and her "lesbian vampire lover" Rutina Wesley introduced Angela Robinson to give her the Outfest Fusion Achievement Award at the People Of Color Film Festival's Closing Night in Los Angeles last week. The actresses know how great it is to work one-on-one with the out writer of the HBO show, who has also worked on several other TV shows and films you are more than familiar with, including The L Word, D.E.B.S. and Girltrash.

In her speech, Angela discusses being "gay, biracial and a woman" and she tries to serve all of those identities while working in Hollywood.

Here are some pics from the rest of the night.

Angela with Kristin and Rutina

Aubrey O'Day

Carrie Preston

Justina Machado

Teaser Photo: Teaser: True Blood's "lesbian vampire lovers" introduced the out writer/director before she gave a riveting
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Angela Robinson on her Fusion Achievement Award and how she brings the lesbians in

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While we may all be familiar with Outfest, the La-based non-profit dedicated to Lgbt media, this weekend is the 10th annual of Outfest Fusion Lgbt People Of Color Film Festival. Being the only multicultural Lgbt film festival of its kind, the festival includes short and feature films that showcase diversity in the Lgbt community. This year, out writer/director/producer Angela Robinson will receive the Fusion Achievement Award.

AfterEllen jumped on the phone with Robinson earlier this week to talk about being honored as well as her work bringing lesbian characters and stories to various projects she’s worked on like True Blood, Hung and The L Word. We also found out some interesting news on D.E.B.S. as well as some of other projects she’s involved in and just how queer they may be.

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Afternoon Delight: Kristen Wiig joins "Arrested Development," Jennifer Lawrence goes to "The Ends of the Earth"

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Happy birthday to Rihanna, Lauren Ambrose, Lili Taylor and Cindy Crawford!

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Jennifer Lawrence is reteaming with her Silver Linings Playbook director for The Ends of the Earth. The drama is "a fact-based love story about a powerful oil tycoon who has everything stripped from him after he is caught in an affair."

Total Film nabbed a still of Jordana Brewster (D.E.B.S.) in the upcoming Fast & Furious 6, and it looks like she’s acting her ass off!

Comedic genius Catherine O’Hara might be taking her talents to the small screen. O’Hara is in talks to star in the Fox comedy My Future Assistant, based on Lydia Whitlock’s blog and soon-to-be book To My Assistant.

Olivia Wilde plays Steve Carell’s magician’s assistant in the comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
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Afternoon Delight: Calzona quit Seattle Grace, Evan Rachel Wood is tweeting mad

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Lady Gaga has had to cancel a few shows due to an injury. Feel better Gaga!

Due to a case of synovitis, (severe inflammation of joints) Gaga’s doctor has ordered her to postpone show in Chicago, Detroit + Hamilton

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Linda Hamilton (aka ripped-muscled Sarah Connor) will guest star on Lost Girl. Hamilton will play Acacia, a “tough, sexy and ruthless assassin” on the SyFy series and I fucking can’t wait! Hamilton’s episode is set to air on March 23.

Helena Bonham Carter has been cast to play Elizabeth Taylor in the BBC biopic Burton and Taylor. Dominic West has signed on to play Taylor’s counterpart,
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