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'Ramona and Beezus' Director Talks Hidden Difficulties for Mothers, Myth of "Cutthroat" Women in Entertainment

'Ramona and Beezus' Director Talks Hidden Difficulties for Mothers, Myth of
After filming her first feature Aquamarine on location in Australia in 2006, Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum went on to direct the family adventure Ramona and Beezus with then-breakout star Selena Gomez. This was followed by a slew of credits in television, intercut with teaching semester-long "failure seminars" to young filmmakers at USC in order to prepare them for the rejection and uncertainty that exists within every directing career.

In a discussion with The Hollywood Reporter, Rosenbaum gets candid about the complexity of juggling motherhood and directing, her experience of other women in the industry, and the ways she navigates her professional ...
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10 Reasons You Know Fifty Shades Newcomer Arielle Kebbel

Arielle Kebbel might be playing a new character in the upcoming Fifty Shades Freed, but you've seen this actress on the big and small screens for years. Maybe you're a fan of her Hallmark and Lifetime movies (aka Four Christmases and a Wedding), or you know her from 2006's Aquamarine, but those aren't the roles that made her into a star. There have been 10 big roles that Kebbel has landed throughout her career - which started back in 2003 with a few small appearances on different TV series like CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - and we've rounded them up for you as a little refresher course. Warning: reading about all of these epic roles might make you want to re-watch a few TV series or movies, and we highly recommend you do.
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Watch Nick Jonas In The New Trailer For Erotic Thriller Careful What You Wish For

As with most child stars, Nick Jonas is making a bold move into mature territory, this time starring in the erotic thriller Careful What You Wish For. A new trailer for the film launched today, centering around Jonas’ character encountering a world of pleasure and danger on a summer vacation.

The film tells the story of Doug (Jonas), a teen heading off to college in the fall and planning an epic summer vacation to celebrate. Of course, an attractive young woman enters the picture (Isabel Lucas) and Doug begins an affair with her, behind the back of her husband and his neighbor (Dermot Mulroney).

Lifetime Movie Network-like shenanigans are likely to ensue, as dangerous secrets force “Doug to his limits as he battles deceit and betrayal.” The film is directed by Elizabeth Allen (who did the kid-friendly flicks Ramona & Beezus and Aquamarine) and is set to release on June
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Emma Roberts Covers "Allure"

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Sneak Peek new images of actress Emma Roberts ("Scream Queens") in the January 2016 issue of "Allure" magazine, photographed by Patrick Demarchelier:

Roberts debuted in the feature "Blow" (2001), followed by a role as 'Addie Singer' in the Nickelodeon TV series "Unfabulous" (2004–07).

Roberts then starred in "Aquamarine" (2006), "Nancy Drew" (2007) and "Wild Child" (2008).

She also had lead roles in "4.3.2.1" (2010), "Scream 4" (2011), "We're the Millers" (2013), "Adult World" (2013)...

...and "Palo Alto" (2013). In 2013, she played 'Madison Montgomery' in "American Horror Story", "Coven" and "Freak Show".

Roberts currently appears as 'Chanel Oberlin' in "Scream Queens", September 2015.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Emma Roberts for "Allure"...
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Lucasfilm Meeting With Four Female Directors and Three Female Writers For New Star Wars Films

Lucasfilm head honcho Kathleen Kennedy recently promised that she'd hire a female director for a Star Wars movie, and now it looks like the wheels are in motion for that to actually happen.

In a report from The La Times (via ComingSoon) about a recent summit held by Women in Film and the Sundance Institute to discuss the issue of gender inequality in Hollywood, Wme partner and agent Adriana Alberghetti said that as a result of the two-day summit, she secured meetings with four female directors and three female writers for upcoming Star Wars movies. That's great news for not only the industry itself, but for the audience watching these films, too. It's important to have different perspectives out there, and it's especially important when those perspectives are involved with what's likely to become the biggest film franchise in the world.

There's no word yet on who those candidates are,
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Following Up The Writers Lab for Female Screenwriters Over 40

The first ever Writers Lab, a program targeting female screenwriters over 40, took place at Wiawaka on Lake George, New York from September 18-20, 2015.

The group of mentors included Caroline Kaplan ("Boyhood," "Time Out of Mind," "Personal Velocity"), Kirsten Smith ("Legally Blonde," "Ten Things I Hate About You"), Jessica Bendinger ("Bring It On," "Aquamarine"), Mary Jane Skalski ("Win Win," "The Station Agent"),Gina Prince-Bythewood ("Secret Life of Bees," "Beyond the Lights"),Lydia Dean-Pilcher ("The Lunchbox," The Reluctant Fundamentalist"), Meg LeFauve ("Inside Out," "The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys"), and Darnell Martin (“Cadillac Records” and “I Like It Like That”).

Launched by New York Women in Film and Television (Nywift) and Iris, a collective of women filmmakers dedicated to championing the female voice in narrative film, was funded in part by Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep, and with the collaboration of the Writers Guild of America East.

Motivated by its screenwriting members who were frustrated with the paucity of development opportunities, Iris founders Elizabeth Kaiden, Kyle Ann Stoke, and Nitza Wilson approached Nywift to support a screenwriting Lab exclusively for this demographic and The Writers Lab came into being.

I spoke with Iris cofounder Elizabeth Kaiden to follow up about the first Writers Lab.

Kouguell: How many screenplays were submitted for consideration?

Kaiden: There were approximately 3,500 screenplays submitted. The selected participants were Sarah Bird ("Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen), Vanessa Carmichael ("The American"). Tracy Charlton ("Raised Up"), Kellen Hertz ("Ashburn"), Anna Hozian ("Anchor Baby"), Lyralen Kaye ("St John the Divine in Iowa"), Jan Kimbrough ("The Glastonbury Cow Party"), Billie Jo Mason ("The Cargo"), Peres Owino ("Basketweaver"), Gretchen Somerfeld ("Face Value"), Janet Stilson ("Jaguar Trail"), and Kim Turner ("It Goes Like This").

Kouguell: What were some highlights from the three-day Lab?

Kaiden: Highlights included the chemistry, warmth and enthusiasm of the group, the bucolic setting in which serious and thoughtful individual meetings between writers and mentors took place, the outstanding, locally sourced, group meals presented by Wiawaka chef Meg, and evening conversations around a bonfire. Oh, and the weather was fabulous.

Kouguell: What is the next step for these writers selected for the Lab?

Kaiden: Writers are all revising their work and communicating with each other. They will use the feedback, resources, references, and friendships they took away from the Lab to further develop their scripts and their opportunities.

Kouguell: In addition to the one-on-one meetings, what other events took place?

Kaiden: There were three panel discussions in which the mentors addressed specific craft issues and general industry insight, informal conversations, group meals, as well as small, directed group conversations led by Nywift Board President Alexis Alexanian to address the challenges writers face in navigating the film world.

Kouguell: What do you feel were some of the most positive outcomes from the weekend in Lake George?

Kaiden: The most exciting outcome of this venture, for me, is uncovering and bringing to public attention the field of women screenwriters, particularly its enormous breadth and depth. The most positive outcomes of the weekend Lab, for me, include the sense of empowerment I believe the Lab gave the writers to continue their work and develop their projects, and the supportive community of writers we all discovered, which can only further our goals of ensuring that more of their stories will reach audiences.

Kouguell: Will the Writers Lab take place again next year?

Kaiden: Yes.

Kouguell: Anything else you’d like to add?

Kaiden: We were excited and delighted by the energy and enthusiasm at the Lab. It felt like an important event. It Was an important event. We discussed and debated issues of theme, tone, craft, structure, character, as well as production, representation, and target markets. The mentors were unbelievably focused, supportive and encouraging. Serious work was done. The writers left feeling, I think, that their voices had been heard, and that they should all continue to tell their stories. I think you will be hearing more from these writers and about these projects. And, although that would have been enough, everyone had a blast.

Award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker, Susan Kouguell teaches screenwriting at Purchase College Suny, and presents international seminars on screenwriting and film. Author of Savvy Characters Sell Screenplays! and The Savvy Screenwriter, she is chairperson of Su-City Pictures East, LLC, a consulting company founded in 1990 where she works with writers, filmmakers, and executives worldwide. www.su-city-pictures.com, http://su-city-pictures.com/wpblog
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Emma Roberts Says She Won't Be Taking Off Her Clothes to Prove She's "Mature"

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Emma Roberts Says She Won't Be Taking Off Her Clothes to Prove She's
Emma Roberts may come from a famous family, but she's making a name for herself in the acting world. The 24-year-old star caught the acting bug at an early age after visiting her aunt, Julia Roberts, on set. "My mom and I would stay with my Aunt Julia when I was really young, so I grew up on sets," she tells Glamour in her cover story for the October issue. "I just found this old Polaroid of me on the set of 'Erin Brockovich,' in one of my Aunt Julia’s super-padded dresses from the movie, with the biggest smile on my face. I’d cry when I had to leave. I loved that it felt like camp." The young star soon landed roles in "Blow," "Aquamarine" and "Nancy Drew" before starring in Nickelodeon's "Unfabulous." Next up, Roberts appears in "Scream Queens," a much more mature role for the former child star.
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Meryl Streep's Screenwriting Lab for Women Over 40 Reveals Participants

Presented by New York Women in Film and Television (Nywift) and Iris, The Writers Lab is funded with the generous support of Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep. The one-of-a-kind lab will bring 12 women screenwriters over the age of 40 together with established mentors from the film industry for an intimate gathering and intensive workshop at Wiawaka Center for Women on Lake George, NY from September 18-20, 2015. The Lab is also presented in collaboration with the Writers Guild of America, East.

Being the only program of its kind, The Writers Lab evolved in recognition of the absence of the female voice in narrative film, along with the lack of support for script development. The lab will offer these 12 promising features by women over 40 a springboard to production.

The prestigious group of mentors includes Caroline Kaplan ("Boyhood," "Time Out of Mind," "Personal Velocity"), Kirsten Smith ("Legally Blonde," "Ten Things I Hate About You"), Jessica Bendinger ("Bring It On," "Aquamarine"), Mary Jane Skalski ("Win Win," "The Station Agent"), Gina Prince-Bythewood ("Secret Life of Bees," "Beyond the Lights"), Lydia Dean-Pilcher ( "The Lunchbox,"The Reluctant Fundamentalist"), Meg LeFauve ("Inside Out," "The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys"). During one-on-one meetings they will provide the participants with insightful feedback and will take part in additional events to inspire the artists to hone their creative vision.

The Writers Lab, which was first announced at this year’s Tribeca film festival, received over 3,500 submissions, which encouraged the organizer to support not eight, as they originally had planned, but 12 women in film.

The selected participants are Sarah Bird ("Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen), Vanessa Carmichael ("The American"). Tracy Charlton ("Raised Up"), Kellen Hertz ("Ashburn"), Anna Hozian ("Anchor Baby"), Lyralen Kaye ("St John the Divine in Iowa"), Jan Kimbrough ("The Glastonbury Cow Party"), Billie Mason ("The Cargo"), Peres Owino ("Basketweaver"), Gretchen Somerfeld ("Face Value"), Janet Stilson ("Jaguar Trail"), and Kim Turner ("It Goes Like This").

You can find out more about this initiative and others from Nywift Here
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Nywift and Iris Announce Inaugural Participants for The Writers Lab, Funded by Meryl Streep

Back in April, I interviewed the directors of Nywift and Iris about their noted launch of The Writers Lab, a retreat for women screenwriters over 40, that received a substantial amount of funding from Meryl Streep. The 12 inaugural participants, listed below, were selected from a pool of over 3,500 applicants. The eight mentors for the weekend long September lab are Jessica Bendinger (Bring It On, Aquamarine), Caroline Kaplan (Time Out of Mind, Me and You and Everyone We Know), Meg LeFauve (Inside Out), Darnell Martin (Cadillac Records), Lydia Dean Pilcher (Darjeeling Limited, The Talented Mr. Ripley), Gina Prince-Bythewood (Secret Life of Bees, Beyond the Lights, Mary Jane Skalski (Win Win, The Station Agent) and […]
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Nywift and Iris Announce Inaugural Participants for The Writers Lab, Funded by Meryl Streep

Back in April, I interviewed the directors of Nywift and Iris about their noted launch of The Writers Lab, a retreat for women screenwriters over 40, that received a substantial amount of funding from Meryl Streep. The 12 inaugural participants, listed below, were selected from a pool of over 3,500 applicants. The eight mentors for the weekend long September lab are Jessica Bendinger (Bring It On, Aquamarine), Caroline Kaplan (Time Out of Mind, Me and You and Everyone We Know), Meg LeFauve (Inside Out), Darnell Martin (Cadillac Records), Lydia Dean Pilcher (Darjeeling Limited, The Talented Mr. Ripley), Gina Prince-Bythewood (Secret Life of Bees, Beyond the Lights, Mary Jane Skalski (Win Win, The Station Agent) and […]
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NBC Axes Two New Comedies, Bad Judge and A to Z

NBC Axes Two New Comedies, Bad Judge and A to Z
Two more new fall comedies are going into the trash heap because of low ratings.

NBC will yank Bad Judge and A to Z after they complete their initial 13-episode runs on Thursdays. After five weeks, Judge, which starred Kate Walsh as a party-hearty judge, has only averaged 5.7 million viewers, while the romantic comedy A to Z, with Ben Feldman and Cristin Milioti, trailed with just over 4 million viewers.

Hey, it's not so easy airing opposite ABC's Scandal and CBS's comedy block!

Then again, it's also not easy launching a new comedy amid heavy criticism from certain women. Bad Judge
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NBC Axes Two New Comedies, Bad Judge and A to Z

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NBC Axes Two New Comedies, Bad Judge and A to Z
Two more new fall comedies are going into the trash heap because of low ratings. NBC will yank Bad Judge and A to Z after they complete their initial 13-episode runs on Thursdays. After five weeks, Judge, which starred Kate Walsh as a party-hearty judge, has only averaged 5.7 million viewers, while the romantic comedy A to Z, with Ben Feldman and Cristin Milioti, trailed with just over 4 million viewers. Hey, it's not so easy airing opposite ABC's Scandal and CBS' comedy block! Then again, it's also not easy launching a new comedy amid heavy criticism from certain women. Bad Judge
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NBC Axes Two New Comedies, Bad Judge and A to Z

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NBC Axes Two New Comedies, Bad Judge and A to Z
Two more new fall comedies are going into the trash heap because of low ratings. NBC will yank Bad Judge and A to Z after they complete their initial 13-episode runs on Thursdays. After five weeks, Judge, which starred Kate Walsh as a party-hearty judge, has only averaged 5.7 million viewers, while the romantic comedy A to Z, with Ben Feldman and Cristin Milioti, trailed with just over 4 million viewers. Hey, it's not so easy airing opposite ABC's Scandal and CBS' comedy block! Then again, it's also not easy launching a new comedy amid heavy criticism from certain women. Bad Judge
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And the First Canceled Show of the 2014-15 TV Season Is …

And the First Canceled Show of the 2014-15 TV Season Is …
It took longer than usual this fall, but someone finally pulled the trigger on a low-rated show.

ABC was the first to bring the ax down by canceling Manhattan Love Story, a comedy that followed a new couple played by Analeigh Tipton (Crazy Stupid Love) and Jake McDorman (Aquamarine).

Didn't catch it? You weren't alone – the comedy that featured the duo dating while engaging in kooky inner monologues with themselves only attracted 2.6 million viewers on Tuesday, which was its fourth and final episode. Moving forward, ABC will fill its Tuesday slot by running a second episode of Selfie.

Still, ABC's
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And the First Canceled Show of the 2014-15 TV Season Is …

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And the First Canceled Show of the 2014-15 TV Season Is …
It took longer than usual this fall, but someone finally pulled the trigger on a low-rated show. ABC was the first to bring the ax down by canceling Manhattan Love Story, a comedy that followed a new couple played by Analeigh Tipton (Crazy Stupid Love) and Jake McDorman (Aquamarine). Didn't catch it? You weren't alone - the comedy that featured the duo dating while engaging in kooky inner monologues with themselves only averaged 2.6 million viewers on Tuesday, which was its fourth and final episode. Moving forward, ABC will fill its Tuesday slot by running a second episode of Selfie. Still,
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Splash Turns 30: 8 Memorable Mermaids from Pop Culture

Tom Hanks recently amazed audiences in the Academy Award-nominated Captain Phillips, and it was 30 years ago that the actor's first major movie set sail. Splash hit the big screen on March 9, 1984. Starring Hanks and Daryl Hannah, this fishy romantic comedy tells the tale of a man who meets an enchanting mermaid named Madison during his childhood. Years later, Madison (Hannah) seeks out Hanks's character, Allen, on the mean and dry streets of NYC. Allen falls for Madison and they become entangled in a series of adorable misunderstandings. If you thought relationships were hard, try dating a woman who is fluent
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The Hilarious Sara Paxton on Going the Distance for 'Love & Air Sex'

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The Hilarious Sara Paxton on Going the Distance for 'Love & Air Sex'
[Editor's Note: This interview originally ran during the 2013 SXSW Film Festival, where "Love & Air Sex" -- then titled "The Bounceback" -- world premiered. It opens in select theaters this Friday and is available to view on VOD.] You'd be hard pressed to find a more balls to the wall comedic performance at SXSW this year than Sara Paxton's scene-stealing turn in the breakup/makeup romantic comedy "Love & Air Sex." In Bryan Poyser's Austin love letter, Paxton plays Kara, a heavy-metal loving wild child nursing a nasty breakup, who's called upon to come to the aid of her best friend Cathy (Ashley Bell), after Cathy's ex shows up in Austin intent on wooing his old flame back. Best known for her work on the teen and horror film circuits in movies like "Aquamarine," "The Last House on the Left" and "The Innkeepers," Paxton proves in "Love & Air Sex" that screwball comedy is where she truly excels. It's no wonder a character in the movie refers to her as a Goldie Hawn-type.
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Emma Roberts admits fiance found her "weird" during first meeting

Emma Roberts admits fiance found her
Washington, January 29: Emma Roberts has opened up about her relationship with her fiance Evan Peters and said that when he first met her on the set of 'Adult World', he considered her weird.

The 'Aquamarine' star said on Chelsea Lately show that everyone thought they dated during the shooting of the movie, but they didn't for a long time after, Us Magazine reported.

The 22-year-old actress added that she used to try to flirt with Peters and used to end up looking like she had something in her eye while batting her eyelashes, which made him not talk to her the entire movie. (Ani)
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Richard Linklater Endorses ‘The Bounceback’ Road Show Kickstarter Campaign & Needs You!

Thn are always on the lookout for interesting indie projects, so when we heard that legendary filmmaker Richard Linklater was backing The Bounceback for a road show, we wanted to take a look and couldn’t help but get involved as well. The thing is…their Kickstarter Campaign finishes this November 17th at midnight, so we’re on the countdown now!

Linklater recently introduced (watch it here) a private fundraising screening of fellow Austin filmmaker Bryan Poyser’s acclaimed award-winning comedy film at the Austin Film Society. Poyser has put together a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to take The Bounceback on a “Road Show” in the Spring of 2014: bit.ly/TheBounceback

Linklater praised The Bounceback saying:

“You guys are in for a real treat. I saw this film at SXSW and it is fun-ny! We’re trying to support his effort to make the film seen around the country and create an event.
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Nick Jonas Tries Acting In "Wish" Trailer

The break-up of the Jonas Brothers means the trio of musical siblings are now looking to venture into other media. The first to give it a go is 22-year-old Nick Jonas, the youngest of the three and the one with the most "Hollywood look".

"Careful What You Wish For" appears to be a toned down, younger skewing throwback to every erotic thriller from the 1980s and 90s. Jonas plays a young man who begins an affair with the beautiful trophy wife (Isabel Lucas) of a successful investment banker (Dermot Mulroney).

Things become complicated when said husband, who has a substantial life insurance policy, dies a suspicious death. Elizabeth Allen ("Aquamarine," "Ramona and Beezus") helms the project which aims to be released next year, but hasn't locked down distribution as yet.
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