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Female News Anchor Accuses Harvey Weinstein of Masturbating in Front of Her

Female News Anchor Accuses Harvey Weinstein of Masturbating in Front of Her
A former news anchor has come forward to accuse Harvey Weinstein of forcing her to watch him masturbate in the hallway of a restaurant. Lauren Sivan, a former news anchor in New York, tells the Huffington Post that Weinstein trapped her in the hallway of a restaurant and masturbated in front of her until he ejaculated into a potted plant in the hall.

In the article by Yashar Ali, Sivan explains that she did not come forward with the accusation sooner because she was in a relationship at the time and she feared Weinstein’s power, but she did relay the event to friends.

The masturbation incident, which took place a decade ago at the restaurant-club Socialista, occurred after Sivan rebuffed his attempt to kiss her. Weinstein did not respond to Ali’s request for response.

Weinstein has taken an indefinite leave of absence from the Weinstein Co. amid sexual harassment allegations from several women.

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Military Documentary ‘Family Mission’ Scheduled for Memorial Day Release

Virgil Films has acquired North American rights to military documentary “Family Mission” and plans a theatrical release on Memorial Day weekend followed by availability on all platforms, Variety has learned exclusively.

The film, directed by Scott Mactavish, centers on 22-year-old Sgt. Todd “T.J.” Lobraico Jr., who was killed by enemy fire in 2013 when his unit was attacked in Afghanistan while on patrol. He was born into a U.S. Air Force family that served together at Stewart Air National Guard Base in New York, where his mother is a senior medical officer and his father a master sergeant in the security forces.

Lobraico’s step-father is a former Air Force medical technician and his grandfather a retired two-star general. His brother-in-law was with him when he died. He was sworn in by his mother and buried by her after falling in combat.

Virgil Films chief Joe Amodei said, “‘Family
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MTV Digital Short ‘Love Reset’ Illustrates Damning Effects Of Media Representation — Exclusive

MTV Digital Short ‘Love Reset’ Illustrates Damning Effects Of Media Representation — Exclusive
In “Love Reset,” the final winner of MTV’s “Look Different” campaign, a white teenage boy sees life as a video game, tallying his masculinity points, while ignoring the Indian girl who passes him, ticking off boxes on an impossible imaginary to do list. Both metaphors are apt, speaking volumes about their subjects’ vastly different daily experiences and forcing the viewer to confront the discomfort of both.

“Look Different” is MTV’s anti-bias campaign and filmmaking competition that invited emerging filmmakers to create short films on the topic of privilege – including racial, gender and sexual orientation. Three projects were chosen: “American Male,” about a closeted gay man and the pressures of masculinity, “See Me In My Black Skin,” about a white guy who dons black face for a party and wakes up black, and “Love Reset,” which premieres exclusively on IndieWire.

Read More: ‘American Male’ Exclusive Debut: MTV Tackles Privilege
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Geena Davis Producing Documentary on Hollywood’s Gender Inequality (Exclusive)

Geena Davis Producing Documentary on Hollywood’s Gender Inequality (Exclusive)
Geena Davis and CreativeChaos vmg are launching a partnership to produce an untitled feature documentary on gender disparity in Hollywood.

“I’ve been encouraged by my peers speaking out on gender disparity in recent years, but we still are not seeing the actual number change,” Davis told Variety. “There’s been no real improvement in the number of female roles since 1946 and there’s still a dearth of female directors.”

Tom Donahue, director of the HBO feature documentary “Casting By,” will helm the film.

The story will be told through the eyes of experts and researchers using data provided by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, as well as first-person accounts of high-profile actors, executives and artists in the field. Its goal is to take a systemic look at unconscious bias and provide a roadmap for solutions to act as a catalyst for change.

Davis noted that two
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What Female Stars, From Reese Witherspoon to Sally Field, Really Want to Discuss on the Red Carpet

What Female Stars, From Reese Witherspoon to Sally Field, Really Want to Discuss on the Red Carpet
Filmmaker and the Representation Project founder Jennifer Siebel Newsom (“Miss Representation,” “The Mask You Live In”) feels that women have much more to discuss at events than simply the designer of their dresses. So, in 2014, she launched the #AskHerMore campaign, encouraging reporters to ask actresses substantive questions that address more than just appearance.

Variety polled some famous female awards season vets on which questions they’d be most intrigued to answer on the red carpet.

Reese Witherspoon:

“What is the greatest female story that has not been told?” or “What do you do when you feel scared of a scene or a part?”

Gabourey Sidibe:

“What’s your favorite music to listen to on the way to a red carpet? Do you have a fight song that helps to pump you up to feel like a superstar on the carpet?”

Sally Field:

“Is there one ingredient or
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What Female Stars, From Reese Witherspoon to Sally Field, Really Want to Discuss on the Red Carpet

What Female Stars, From Reese Witherspoon to Sally Field, Really Want to Discuss on the Red Carpet
Filmmaker and the Representation Project founder Jennifer Siebel Newsom (“Miss Representation,” “The Mask You Live In”) feels that women have much more to discuss at events than simply the designer of their dresses. So, in 2014, she launched the #AskHerMore campaign, encouraging reporters to ask actresses substantive questions that address more than just appearance.

Variety polled some famous female awards season vets on which questions they’d be most intrigued to answer on the red carpet.

Reese Witherspoon:

“What is the greatest female story that has not been told?” or “What do you do when you feel scared of a scene or a part?”

Gabourey Sidibe:

“What’s your favorite music to listen to on the way to a red carpet? Do you have a fight song that helps to pump you up to feel like a superstar on the carpet?”

Sally Field:

“Is there one ingredient or
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Round-Up: Marvel Mysterio Zombie Mini Bust, An Irish Exorcism Trailer, Release Date for The Boy, Starring The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan

Mysterio spills his guts out in Gentle Giant's Marvel Zombie Mysterio Mini Bust. Also featured in our latest round-up are release details and a trailer for An Irish Exorcism and the release date for The Boy, a horror film starring The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan.

Mysterio Zombie Mini Bust: Set for release in early 2016, Gentle Giant's Marvel Zombie Mysterio Mini Bust is now available to pre-order for $99.00. We have details and images of the bust below (photos via Figures.com):

"Several characters have donned the Mysterio costume to plague Spider-Man in the character’s long history. None, however, have been as grotesque as the Mysterio that appeared in the Marvel Zombies Universe! In the Marvel Zombies series, the world has been infected by a virus that turns the living, into rotting corpses, who retain their intelligence and abilities.

This incarnation of Mysterio has been digitally sculpted by the
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Op-Ed: Reese Witherspoon’s Push to #AskHerMore at the Oscars Was a Runaway Success

Op-Ed: Reese Witherspoon’s Push to #AskHerMore at the Oscars Was a Runaway Success
Documentary filmmaker and actress Jennifer Siebel Newsom founded The Representation Project, a media advocacy group, in April 2011 to call out gender stereotypes. The #AskHerMore campaign, which the group spearheaded, tasked red-carpet interviewers to ask actresses more questions about acting and social causes rather than their fashion. Amy Poehler, Reese Witherspoon and Lena Dunham have been vocal about their support. Newsom, who is behind the 2011 doc Miss Representation, is the wife of California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom.

"We’re more than just our dresses." What a powerful statement for Reese Witherspoon to make on the Oscars red carpet Sunday. Don’t get us wrong, my friend Reese and I both love fashion and want to celebrate the amazing designers who make red carpet couture. But the Oscars are a celebration of the highest achievements in film and that's where the focus should be, regardless of the nominee's gender.

Watch: Why One Woman Behind #AskHerMore Considers Oscars a Big Win
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Why One Woman Behind #AskHerMore Considers Oscars a Big Win

Why One Woman Behind #AskHerMore Considers Oscars a Big Win
Documentary filmmaker and actress Jennifer Siebel Newsom is ready to declare a victory at Sunday's Oscars -- even without winning an award.

After a groundswell on social media brought attention to the #AskHerMore campaign, started by Newsom's The Representation Project and boosted by tweets from Amy Poehler, Reese Witherspoon, Lena Dunham and others, there was more attention than ever before on how top stars are often asked more questions about fashion than acting, especially compared to male celebrities.

News: 16 Questions We Still Have After Watching the 2015 Oscars!

Newsom is the founder and CEO of The Representation Project, a media advocacy group that calls out gender stereotypes, and the writer-director of 2011's Miss Representation, a critically acclaimed documentary about how women are under-represented in media.

"I'm thrilled," Newsom told Et of how #AskHerMore changed the conversation at the Oscars. "We had over 25 million impressions last night alone. That's incredible. We're changing the dialogue. We're changing
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Reese Witherspoon on #AskHerMore at Oscars: ‘We’re More Than Just Our Dresses’

Reese Witherspoon on #AskHerMore at Oscars: ‘We’re More Than Just Our Dresses’
“This is a movement to say we’re more than just our dresses,” said Reese Witherspoon at the 87th Academy Awards about the #AskHerMore campaign, which encourages red-carpet reporters to go beyond fashion and focus on the work of actresses as well as behind-the-camera talent.

The Representation Project, which sprang out of the documentary “Miss Representation,” launched the campaign in 2014 by using the hashtag #AskHerMore on Twitter, urging reporters to ask actresses more substantial questions, rather than the classic awards season question “Who are you wearing?”

The hashtag was trending throughout the Oscars red-carpet show on Sunday night.

“Reporters often focus more on a woman’s appearance than what she has accomplished,” said a blog post on the organization’s website.

Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls website has also supported the movement to focus on more substantial questions, while several websites offered sample questions for reporters.

And the women of
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Film Review: ‘The Mask You Live In’

Film Review: ‘The Mask You Live In’
Thought-provoking ideas about the ill psychological and sociological effects produced by expectations of “masculinity” are undermined by rambling and at times glib argumentation in “The Mask You Live In,” director Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s follow-up to “Miss Representation,” which examined sexism directed toward women. Educational venues represent the most likely future for what is basically an outreach doc, although some of the points made cry out for sharpening or elaboration.

The movie’s title takes its cue from a George Orwell quotation on the actions presumed of an imperialist: “He wears a mask, and his face grows to fit it.” The pic opens with former NFL defensive lineman (and now motivational speaker) Joe Ehrmann discussing how playing football was his way of showing off the “hypermasculinity” he felt obligated to demonstrate. These expectations take root early: Sociologist Michael Kimmel says that a sure way to get boys fighting on an
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Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers #79: In 'The Mask You Live In,' Jennifer Siebel Newsom Confronts Our Narrow Definition of Masculinity

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Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers #79: In 'The Mask You Live In,' Jennifer Siebel Newsom Confronts Our Narrow Definition of Masculinity
After making a splash with "Miss Representation" in 2011, Jennifer Siebel Newsom is back with a new documentary at Sundance. Keeping in the spirit of delving into American notions of gender, Siebel Newsom's "The Mask You Live In" shifts the focus to men and masculinity. This probing and insightful accounting of the role of American social life, media and pop culture in gender formation exposes the damaging effects that come with limited interpretations of who and what a "man" can be. But Sundance is only a starting point: Siebel Newsom hopes to spread the word beyond Park City. What's your film about in 140 characters or less? "The Mask You Live In" explores how America's narrow definition of masculinity is harming our boys, men, and society. Now what's it Really about? "The Mask You Live In" follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.
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Sundance Reviews: Sex, Masculinity Are Complicated in Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie, James Franco Movies

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Sundance Reviews: Sex, Masculinity Are Complicated in Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie, James Franco Movies
The directors of “Bachelorette” and “Miss Representation” return to Sundance with, respectively, a brilliantly bawdy comedy and a vital look at how our culture raises...

I try not to make sweeping pronouncements about Sundance movies until I’m back at sea level, and my brain is receiving its usual amounts of oxygen; there’s something about the air up here that can occasionally lead to irrational exuberance. (Google “The Spitfire Grill” or “Happy, Texas” if you don’t know what I mean.)

Even though I’m still in Park City, Utah, (and panting when I walk up hills) I’ll
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Sundance: ‘The Mask You Live In’ Examines America’s ‘Boy Crisis’

Sundance: ‘The Mask You Live In’ Examines America’s ‘Boy Crisis’
There’s a “boy crisis” gripping America, argues the provocative new documentary “The Mask You Live In.”

Society’s narrow definition of what it means to be a man is having a host of unintended consequences, ranging from substance abuse to violence to rape.

“We as a society are failing our boys and I wanted to delve into the concept of ‘how do we create a culture that doesn’t leave them so lonely, isolated and in pain?'” said director Jennifer Siebel Newsom.

“The statistics of boys compared to girls are frightening,” she added. “Boys are more likely to be expelled or kicked out of school, to binge drink, be prescribed drugs, engage in violent crime and to take their own lives.”

The Mask You Live In” premieres at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It marks a return to Park City for Siebel Newsom, who was previously at
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Spinning Sofia Vergara Causes Controversy Among Emmy Viewers

Spinning Sofia Vergara Causes Controversy Among Emmy Viewers
Twitter lashes out at Sofia Vergara spinning onstage.

There was a bit of a Twitter uproar during Monday night's Emmy broadcast when Sofia Vergara was asked to simply stand onstage quietly, and spin.

Meant as a silly bit to make light of how people may tune out during the president of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Bruce Rosenblum's speech, the Modern Family vixen was placed on a rotating pedestal as Rosenblum addressed the audience. "We never forget that our success is based on always giving the viewer something compelling to watch," he said with a wink.

Photos: See the Stand-Out Styles at the 2014 Emmy Awards

Many viewers found the spinning Sofia joke to objectify women on a night when 29 percent of the nominees were female.

One person who didn't find it offensive was the actress herself. "I think it's absolutely the opposite," the 42-year-old told reporters. "It means someone can be hot and also be funny
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To Hollywood, Men Are the Bigscreen Heroes

The theme for this year’s Oscars was “Heroes in Hollywood.” Although the show referenced the subject with clips of predominantly male heroes, best actress winner Cate Blanchett pointedly noted in her acceptance speech that audiences also want to see women-centered stories, remarking, “The world is round, people.”

It seems that everyone but those at the top of the Hollywood hierarchy has gotten the memo that the big-budget film world remains desperately behind the curve on gender diversity. In 2013, female characters comprised only 15% of all protagonists and just 30% of all speaking characters in the top-grossing 100 films, according to a study released last week by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film (see Variety.com for more on the study). Women of color were even less visible.

Behind the scenes, women accounted for 6% of directors and 10% of writers working on the top-grossing 250 films in 2013. These percentages are
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The feminist film-maker who's taking on Hollywood

Hollywood under-represents women and the media frequently demeans them. As her hit film is shown in the UK, campaigner Jennifer Siebel Newsom demands a change in attitude

Jennifer Siebel Newsom wasn't even planning to direct her documentary, Miss Representation. She first approached some established female directors to take on her film about how women are portrayed in the mainstream media, but every one declined to do it, saying nobody would hire them afterwards – a stark illustration of who runs the entertainment industry even before you get to the hardhitting statistics and appalling examples of sexism in her film.

We meet in a restaurant in central London ahead of the showing of her film in London on Monday night. Siebel Newsom decided to make the film when she was working as an actor, and pregnant with the first of her three children, a daughter. "I was in the entertainment industry at the time that Britney Spears,
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Watch: 'Is This Really What You Think of Women?' Indie Filmmakers Ask Mainstream Media

Watch: 'Is This Really What You Think of Women?' Indie Filmmakers Ask Mainstream Media
The people at The Representation Project have just released a video that takes a look at how women were portrayed in the media in 2013.  While there were a number of popular films and television shows with female leads and women professionals received more recognition for the work they do in certain ways (like more directing Emmy nominations than any other year), the whole picture isn't pretty. Read More: Gender Inequality in Film: In Infographic Form The indie filmmakers at The Representation Project produced the 2011 Sundance doc "Miss Representation" about women and the media.  Director Jennifer Siebel Newsom created the organization after the success of the film.  
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The Saturday interview: Rosario Dawson

Rosario Dawson's acting break came when she was just 15, in Larry Clark's troubling film Kids. She's built a thriving career since, but it's her work as a political activist that sets her apart

Rosario Dawson is not like other Hollywood actors. Consider this: she's 32, and in her 20s decided she'd had enough of being judged on her looks, so took to wearing enormous sweatshirts to auditions.

"I'd perform my ass off, and the casting directors would be like, 'You are perfect for this role, but can you wear something a little less shapeless?'" Her manager would bargain with her. She could wear a roll-neck jumper, he said – but could it at least be a fitted one? "I'm like, 'Ugh, fine', but these stupid conversations needed to be had, because unfortunately, don't believe what they tell you, there's very little imagination in Hollywood." She hoots with laughter.

It
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Miss Representation – Sliff Review

Review by Dana Jung

In this country, 51% of the population are women, but only 17% of Congress is women. Our elected leadership consists primarily of white, male, higher-income, college educated individuals.a class which represents only 6% of the general population. The countries of China, Cuba, Iraq, and Afghanistan have more women in government than the United States. Why? Who is to blame for this disparity? These numbers are just statistics, but the fact that the majority of young women today seem to have little or no interest in politics or social activism is the real tragedy.

These are some of the themes presented in the persuasive and sometimes eye-opening new documentary Miss Representation by Jennifer Siebel Newsom. The film mixes interviews with notable women and men, images from past and current entertainment venues, and many more facts and figures, plus the personal reflections of the director in an interesting and compelling manner.
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