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Women Still Underrepresented Behind the Scenes on TV, New Report Finds

Women Still Underrepresented Behind the Scenes on TV, New Report Finds
Women held only 30% of key creative, behind-the-scenes positions in primetime television for the 2016-17 season, says Mount Saint Mary’s University seventh annual report on the status of women and girls in California, released Thursday.

The report was accompanied by a paper entitled “Women in Entertainment Media: The Ongoing Fight for Equality” that used two decades of research to compare gender inequalities specifically in television and film.

The paper finds that women’s underrepresentation is especially glaring when it comes to the power position of a series showrunner. There, women made up only 11% in the 2016-17 season, with only 2% of
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Women Still Underrepresented Behind the Scenes on TV, New Report Finds

Women Still Underrepresented Behind the Scenes on TV, New Report Finds
Women held only 30% of key creative, behind-the-scenes positions in primetime television for the 2016-17 season, says Mount Saint Mary’s University seventh annual report on the status of women and girls in California, released Thursday.

The report was accompanied by a paper entitled “Women in Entertainment Media: The Ongoing Fight for Equality” that used two decades of research to compare gender inequalities specifically in television and film.

The paper finds that women’s underrepresentation is especially glaring when it comes to the power position of a series showrunner. There, women made up only 11% in the 2016-17 season, with only 2% of showrunners for 2016-17 being women of color. For the 2016 calendar year, women made up one in four positions (26%) for creative series roles including creators, directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors and directors of photography.

The results in television were better than those in film, but still left a lot of room for improvement.
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Jenna Dewan Tatum: "Health"

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Sneak Peek new revealing images of actress Jenna Dewan Tatum aka 'Lucy Lane' in "Supergirl", posing for the latest issue of "Health" magazine:

In 2006, Dewan co-starred with future husband Channing Tatum in "Step Up" and "Take the Lead". 

In 2008, she starred in the Lifetime made-for-television film "Fab Five: The Texas Cheerleader Scandal", as 'Coach Emma Carr'.

In 2009, she appeared in the comedy feature "American Virgin".

In 2011, Dewan portrayed 'Bunny Janie' in "The Playboy Club" TV series.

In 2012 Dewan appeared in the romantic-comedy feature "10 Years", produced by Channing Tatum. 

This was followed by an appearance in Season 2 of "American Horror Story" as the character 'Teresa Morrison'. 

In 2013, Dewan starred in the Lifetime series "Witches of East End" as 'Freya Beauchamp'.

In 2015 she began a recurring role in the CBS series "Supergirl" playing 'Lucy Lane', the sister of 'Lois Lane' and girlfriend of 'Jimmy Olsen'.

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“Conviction” Co-Creator Liz Friedlander Directing ABC Crime Dramedy Pilot

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Liz Friedlander is the first hourlong directing hire of the 2018–19 season. Deadline writes that the “Conviction” co-creator will helm and Ep the pilot of ABC’s straight-to-series crime dramedy “The Rookie.” This news (hopefully) bodes well for 2018 being a better year for female TV directors than 2017, when only one of the 41 drama pilots was helmed by a woman.

Starring Nathan Fillion, “The Rookie” follows the oldest newbie on the Lapd and is inspired by a true story. “At an age where most are at the peak of their career, John Nolan (Fillion) cast aside his comfortable, small town life and moved to La to pursue his dream of being a cop. Now, surrounded by rookies 20 years his junior, Nolan must navigate the dangerous, humorous, and unpredictable world of a ‘young’ cop, determined to make his second shot at life count.”

Friedlander was the one woman
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Happy Birthday, Jenna Dewan-Tatum! Let's Look Back on Her 10 Best Dance Moments

Happy Birthday, Jenna Dewan-Tatum! Let's Look Back on Her 10 Best Dance Moments
It's Jenna Dewan-Tatum's birthday! The gorgeous actress turned 37 today, but she doesn't look a day older than when she got her start in the industry. Now, you may be thinking that was when she took on her major role in Step Up alongside her now-hubby Channing Tatum, but Jenna was deep in the entertainment world far before that. She danced competitively her whole life and eventually became a backup dancer for the likes of Justin Timberlake, Janet Jackson and Christina Aguilera in the early 2000s. She went on to dance her way through several music videos, television shows and movies, like 2006's Take the Lead, all before she landed Step Up in...
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‘Crown’s’ Claire Foy to Officially Star in ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Sequel

‘Crown’s’ Claire Foy to Officially Star in ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Sequel
Claire Foy is officially playing Lisbeth Salander in “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” sequel, “The Girl in the Spider’s Web.”

Variety first reported in May that Foy was the frontrunner for the gig as the precocious Swedish computer hacker.

The new installment of Sony Pictures’ Millennium franchise will commence production in January in Berlin and Stockholm, and the film will be released on Oct. 19, 2018.

The film will team Foy and director Fede Alvarez, who helmed 2016’s “Don’t Breathe” for Sony.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled about Claire taking the reins of the iconic Lisbeth Salander,” he said. “Claire is an incredible, rare talent who will inject a new and exciting life into Lisbeth. I can’t wait to bring this new story to a worldwide audience, with Claire Foy at its center.”

Foy is nominated for an Emmy for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in the Netflix series “The Crown,” from
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How to appear on your favourite TV gameshow

Dave Lawrie Jul 6, 2017

Using his experience on Robot Wars, Total Wipeout and more, Dave shares some tips for anyone wanting to appear on a TV gameshow...

Have you ever watched a TV show and thought 'I’d quite like a go at that', quickly replaced by the follow-up thought 'but I’m not sure that I could?'

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Me too.

My name is Dave and I have now been involved with five TV productions at various levels. I have auditioned for The Weakest Link, been part of a pilot that never made it to air, and featured as a contestant on Total Wipeout, Ninja Warrior UK and Robot Wars. I suffer from low self esteem and rollercoaster depression and I have found no finer therapy for it than the character-validating world of television production.

My quest today is to try
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Don't Worry About the Size of Your Butt: Kate Winslet and Other Oscar Winners Share Some Excellent Advice

Don't Worry About the Size of Your Butt: Kate Winslet and Other Oscar Winners Share Some Excellent Advice
Aspiring stars, take note! The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences asked Oscar winners and members of the Academy what they wish someone had told them before they began working in the movies. The answers range from humorous anecdotes to practical career advice to words of inspiration. Kate Winslet says she wishes "somebody would have told me that the size of my ass was something I should have spent waaaay less time worrying about!" Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o offers a handy list of 10 things she recommends nominees do when attending the awards ceremony, including "carry something sweet to nibble
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Kate Winslet's Got Leonardo DiCaprio's Back at the Oscars: 'He Is My Closest Friend'

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Kate Winslet's Got Leonardo DiCaprio's Back at the Oscars: 'He Is My Closest Friend'
Sure, Kate Winslet's nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar this year - but there's another reason why the actress says she would never miss attending the ceremony. "I feel very strongly that it may possibly be Leo's year," Winslet said about DiCaprio at the London premiere of her latest film, Triple 9 on Tuesday, according to Vanity Fair. "He is my closest friend in the world and I just couldn't imagine not being there to support him." DiCaprio is widely considered to be an Oscar frontrunner for his lead role in The Revenant. If he wins, it will
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Kate Winslet's Got Leonardo DiCaprio's Back at the Oscars: 'He Is My Closest Friend'

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Kate Winslet's Got Leonardo DiCaprio's Back at the Oscars: 'He Is My Closest Friend'
Sure, Kate Winslet's nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar this year - but there's another reason why the actress says she would never miss attending the ceremony. "I feel very strongly that it may possibly be Leo's year," Winslet said about DiCaprio at the London premiere of her latest film, Triple 9 on Tuesday, according to Vanity Fair. "He is my closest friend in the world and I just couldn't imagine not being there to support him." DiCaprio is widely considered to be an Oscar frontrunner for his lead role in The Revenant. If he wins, it will
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The Revenant's Arthur Redcloud on Leonardo DiCaprio's 'Strong' Spirit, and How Eating Raw Bison Liver Together Honored His Ancestors

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The Revenant's Arthur Redcloud on Leonardo DiCaprio's 'Strong' Spirit, and How Eating Raw Bison Liver Together Honored His Ancestors
Warning: Contains SPOILERSFor Arthur Redcloud, a previously unknown Native American actor, making The Revenant alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu was nothing short of a spiritual journey. "Before I worked with Leo I wasn't concerned with his fame or popularity, I was more worried about his spirit," the actor tells People. "And when we first met, I knew he had such a calm and strong spirit - it took me by surprise more than anything. "When you're a Native American, that's what you look at, your perception is about people's spirits," he says, adding that, "I connected with him on such a deep level.
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The Revenant's Arthur Redcloud on Leonardo DiCaprio's 'Strong' Spirit, and How Eating Raw Bison Liver Together Honored His Ancestors

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The Revenant's Arthur Redcloud on Leonardo DiCaprio's 'Strong' Spirit, and How Eating Raw Bison Liver Together Honored His Ancestors
Warning: Contains SPOILERSFor Arthur Redcloud, a previously unknown Native American actor, making The Revenant alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu was nothing short of a spiritual journey. "Before I worked with Leo I wasn't concerned with his fame or popularity, I was more worried about his spirit," the actor tells People. "And when we first met, I knew he had such a calm and strong spirit - it took me by surprise more than anything. "When you're a Native American, that's what you look at, your perception is about people's spirits," he says, adding that, "I connected with him on such a deep level.
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Academy President 'Disappointed' After Zero Non-White Actors Were Nominated for Second Year in a Row

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Academy President 'Disappointed' After Zero Non-White Actors Were Nominated for Second Year in a Row
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs is speaking out about the lack of diversity in this year's Oscar nominations. "Of course I am disappointed, but this is not to take away the greatness [of the films nominated]," Isaacs told Deadline. "This has been a great year in film, it really has across the board," she continued. "You are never going to know what is going to appear on the sheet of paper until you see it." Regardless, Boone Isaacs acknowledged the Academy's efforts to diversify are moving too slowly. "We have got to speed it up," she conceded. The Oscar nominations, announced Thursday morning, are
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Academy President Responds After Zero Non-White Actors Were Nominated for Second Year in a Row

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Academy President Responds After Zero Non-White Actors Were Nominated for Second Year in a Row
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs is speaking out about the lack of diversity in this year's Oscar nominations. "Of course I am disappointed, but this is not to take away the greatness [of the films nominated]," Isaacs told Deadline. "This has been a great year in film, it really has across the board," she continued. "You are never going to know what is going to appear on the sheet of paper until you see it." Regardless, Boone Isaacs acknowledged the Academy's efforts to diversify are moving too slowly. "We have got to speed it up," she conceded. The Oscar nominations, announced Thursday morning, are
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Time to Rethink Animated Films’ Place in Oscar Voting

Time to Rethink Animated Films’ Place in Oscar Voting
Every year, Oscar pundits speculate whether animated films will be recognized beyond their own category.

And that long-dormant recognition is finally happening — but slowly.

An Oscar turning point came with the best picture nomination for the 1991 “Beauty and the Beast.” Since then, other toons have been nominated in the best pic, screenplay, music/song, sound and foreign-language categories. The second breakthrough will occur when there are multiple toons nominated for best picture in the same year —and when they are recognized in such categories as direction, costume design and art direction.

It will happen, and the sooner the better.

It’s never easy for any film to get Oscar attention but the battle is particularly steep for animated works for three reasons: guilt, the kiddie factor and the sheer mystery of the art.

When you’re in a “serious” discussion of great films, it’s easy to bring up “All Quiet on the Western Front
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Joshua Reviews Lou Howe’s Gabriel [Theatrical Review]

Becoming an adult is as tough a prospect as they come. Already on the edges of both adolescence and adulthood, being a teen is both a deeply exciting portion of one’s life, as well as a profoundly troubling one. Friends are coming and going, more freedom and thus more responsibility and a future in the “real world” that’s coming on like a speeding train, a lot is thrust on the shoulders of young adults, and sometimes these shoulders buckle under the weight.

Take the lead character in Lou Howe’s debut feature, Gabriel, for example.

Gabriel tells the story of a young man, our titular hero if you will, who is at a tipping point of sorts. Following his father’s suicide, things in his life are tied into knots, leading him to take drastic measures. Steadfast in his belief that his ex-girlfriend is anxiously awaiting his return
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Weekend Report: 'Furious 7' Opens to $392 Million Worldwide

Weekend Report: 'Furious 7' Opens to $392 Million Worldwide
Furious 7 took the 14-year-old Fast franchise to the next level this weekend with a stunning $147.2 million debut. That opening ranks ninth all-time behind The Avengers, Iron Man 3, the final Harry Potter, two Dark Knight movies, two Hunger Games and Spider-Man 3.The movie also opened to an incredible $245 million overseas; that's without any help from China, Japan and Russia, where it will open in the next few weeks. So far, Furious 7 has earned $392 million worldwide, and is very likely on track to earn over $1 billion by the end of its run.At the domestic box office, Furious 7's $147.2 million debut is 55 percent higher than Captain America: The Winter Soldier's $95 million, which was the previous April record holder. This is also the biggest debut in the franchise thus far, up a whopping 51 percent over Fast & Furious 6. Furious 7 earned $13.3 million on IMAX screens alone, which
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An Essential Guide to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

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An Essential Guide to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
Yes, it's that time of year again. The Oscars of canine competitions - the Westminster Kennel Club's 139th Annual Dog Show - is upon us, and are being held in N.Y.C. Monday and Tuesday. "It's the only place all year where all the great dogs are in the same place at the same time," Westminster Kennel Club spokesman David Frei tells People. This year, 192 different breeds and varieties will be competing for the top title of Best in Show. Says Frei: "We surely have something in there for everyone." The longtime co-host of the show breaks down the
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Dancing in Jaffa review – documentary waltzes and tangoes for peace

Hilla Medalia captures ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine as he uses fancy footwork to bring together Palestinian and Jewish children

Hilla Medalia’s modest, watchable documentary is about Pierre Dulaine, a ballroom dancer and teacher whose work with underprivileged New York schoolchildren was the inspiration for a fiction feature, Take the Lead (2006) starring Antonio Banderas as Pierre. This film is about Dulaine’s return to Jaffa, the city of his birth, and his attempt to set up a new school dance programme to get Jewish and Palestinian children to come together for the first time in their lives, and partner up for waltzes, tangoes and rumbas – a kind of Strictly Come Dancing-style kids’ version of Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. It’s a nice idea, and there is something touching and important in showing how the boys and girls are – of course – so shy and giggly with each other at first.
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