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Nicole Kidman Was Just Named One of the World's Most Influential People

Honestly, is there anything Nicole Kidman can't do? She's (deservedly) won accolade after accolade for her portrayal of Celeste Wright, as well as her role in producing HBO's mini-series Big Little Lies, and now she's winning global praise for her support of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements by Time magazine. Releasing their annual top 100 list of their most influential people, Nicole joined the likes of Cardi B, Gal Gadot, and Hugh Jackman on the esteemed list. This comes as no surprise to us — we've known all about Nicole's starpower for decades. But ever-so-humble Nic doesn't claim all the credit for her success — specifically the success of Big Little Lies. Nicole as Celeste in Big Little Lies. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) While recently opening up to The Australian Women's Weekly, the 50-year-old mom-of-four credited her producing partner Reese Witherspoon for being the ultimate wingwoman in Hollywood. "I called Reese
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Cancelled or Renewed? Status of Cable & Streaming TV Shows (A-d)

TV shows status included: 3%, 12 Monkeys, 13 Reasons Why, 100 Code, Absentia, The Affair, Alexa & Katie, Alias Grace, The Alienist, Almost Royal, Alone Together, Altered Carbon, Amazing Stories, American Crime, American Dad!, American Horror Story, The Americans, American Princess, American Soul, American Vandal, American Woman, Andi Mack, Angie Tribeca, Animal Kingdom, Animals, Anne with an E, Another Period, Archer, The Archer Connection, Arrested Development, The Art of More, The Arrangement, The Artful Detective, Ash Vs. Evil Dead, Atlanta, Atypical, The A Word, Baby Daddy, Backstage, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Ballers, Barry, Baskets, Being Mary Jane, Bellevue, Ben 10, Berlin Station, Better Call Saul, Better Things, Between, Beyond, Big Little Lies, Big Mouth, Billions, The Bisexual, Bizaardvark, Black Mirror, Blood Drive, Bloodline, Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters, Bojack Horseman, The Bold Type, Boomerang, Bosch, The Breach, Britannia, Broad City, Broadchurch, Brockmire, Bunk'd, Camping, Cardinal, Carnival Row, Carter, Casual, Castle
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Inside ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Horrifying Season 2 Premiere (Non-Spoiler)

Inside ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Horrifying Season 2 Premiere (Non-Spoiler)
Note: This Party Report does not contain any spoilers of “The Handmaid’s Tale” Season 2. If you haven’t yet seen season one, beware.

When we last saw Elisabeth Moss’ Offred in the final shot of “The Handmaid’s Tale” Season 1, she was loading herself into a prisoner transport van, as the opening riffs of Tom Petty’s “American Girl” swelled and the door slammed shut.
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43rd Annual Gracie Awards Winners Announced by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation

The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (Awmf) announced the winners of the 43rd annual Gracie Awards to take place May 22 at the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles.

The event will recognize such esteemed honorees as Ashley Judd, Billie Jean King, Claire Danes, Elizabeth Marvel, Hoda Kotb, Issa Rae, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Katie Couric, Megan Mullally, Pam Oliver, Reese Witherspoon, and Shirley Strawberry, along with some of the most talented women in television, radio and digital media. Local and student award winners will be recognized at the Gracie Awards Luncheon on June 27 at Cipriani in New York City.

“In a historic and momentous year for women, on and off the camera and in front of and behind the microphone, the Gracie Awards arrive at an important time to celebrate the storytellers who are changing the narrative and pushing boundaries in the quest toward diversity and equality,” said Awmf Chair Christine Travaglini,
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Evan Rachel Wood Will Finally Be Paid the Same Amount as Her Male Costars on Westworld

You might think, at this point, that discovering that some of TV's most-buzzed about leading ladies - ones who carry their shows and are largely the reasons people keep watching - are being paid less than their male costars would come as less of a shock. It happens pretty much weekly at this point. But every time news about it comes out, it's just as unbelievably disappointing as the time before. Luckily, we have some more promising news to report on the issue today: Evan Rachel Wood will finally receive the same salary as her leading male counterparts for her work on season three of Westworld. The actress, who plays Dolores on the hit HBO sci-fi drama, recently opened up to The Wrap about how she found out.

"I think I'm just now to the point where I'm getting paid the same as my male co-stars," she said, explaining that
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Nicole Kidman to Star in Adaptation of Meg Wolitzer’s “The Female Persuasion”

Kidman in “Big Little Lies”

Another Meg Wolitzer adaptation is on the way, and this one is headed by Nicole Kidman. Entertainment Weekly reports that the Oscar winner’s production company, Blossom Films, is joining forces with producer Lynda Obst to develop a feature based on Wolitzer’s latest novel, “The Female Persuasion.” Kidman is attached to topline the pic. Upcoming Glenn Close-starrer “The Wife,” set to bow August 3, is also based on one of Wolitzer’s novels.

Released on April 3, “The Female Persuasion” “centers on a shy college freshman named Greer who hopes her life is changed by Faith Frank, a central pillar of the woman’s movement for decades,” EW summarizes. The New York Times best-seller has received strong reviews.

Kidman just won two Emmys for starring in and exec producing HBO’s adaptation of Liane Moriaty’s best-selling novel “Big Little Lies.” The murder mystery is
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Reese Witherspoon, Issa Rae, and Niki Caro Among This Year’s Gracie Award Winners

Rae in “Insecure”: HBO

The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (Awmf) has announced the winners of the 43rd annual Gracie Awards. Set to take place May 22 in Los Angeles, the event celebrates programming created by, for, and about women. This year’s honorees include Reese Witherspoon, who is being recognized for her acting in HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” which she also exec produced, and fellow HBO actress Issa Rae, who is taking home a trophy for her performance in “Insecure,” which she also co-created.

The Gracie Awards don’t just honor acting. Niki Caro is set to receive an award for directing Netflix and CBC’s “Anne of Green Gables” adaptation “Anne with an E.” ABC News’ “Ashley Judd Speaks” interview special will also be recognized. The actress spoke with Diane Sawyer about her experiences with disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein.

“In a historic and momentous year for women,
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Evan Rachel Wood is Finally Getting Equal Pay for ‘Westworld’ Season 3

HBO‘s initiative to battle the pay gap is starting to pay off. In the wake of the Time’s Up movement and Big Little LiesReese Witherspoon’s campaign for gender parity, the cable network announced that it had “corrected” its show pay gaps. And it couldn’t come soon enough. The star of one of HBO’s biggest hits […]

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Big Little Lies’ Shailene Woodley and Lori Woodley celebrate youth nonprofit achievements

Shailene Woodley turned in a tour de force performance as single mother Jane on HBO’s hit miniseries Big Little Lies, the adapted television drama based on the best-selling books of Liane Moriarty. Now she and her mother Lori are celebrating after their nonprofit All It Takes, which teaches leadership skills to at-risk youth, reached several major milestones in terms of achievements. On April 28, All It Takes will hold a reception called the Lasting Legacy event to celebrate effecting real change in California through raising awareness and working with local area schools. The organization provides individual and team training to […]

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Evan Rachel Wood Is ‘Just Now’ Receiving the Same Pay as Male ‘Westworld’ Co-Stars (Exclusive Video)

Evan Rachel Wood Is ‘Just Now’ Receiving the Same Pay as Male ‘Westworld’ Co-Stars (Exclusive Video)
It’s hard to argue that anyone’s face is more strongly associated with “Westworld” than Dolores Abernathy’s (Evan Rachel Wood).

But the actress who plays the robotic rancher’s daughter in HBO’s sci-fi hit tells TheWrap that her paycheck didn’t match her status for the series’ first two seasons. At least, it wasn’t equal to what the leading men were raking in.

“I think I’m just now to the point where I’m getting paid the same as my male co-stars,” Wood said in a recent interview with Sharon Waxman, TheWrap’s founder and CEO.

Also Read: 'Westworld' Season 2: It's Gonna Get 'Uncomfortable' for Lee as Maeve's 'Unwilling Hostage' (Video)

With the sophomore installment about to premiere, Wood found out she was getting a bump for Season 3 equal to the likes of Anthony Hopkins and Ed Harris — the men of Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s drama (well, the latter still is, as of that messy freshman year finale).

“I was just told that, you know, ‘Hey you’re, you’re getting equal pay.’ And I was like [gasp]. And I almost got emotional,” Wood said. “I was like, ‘I have never been paid the same as my male counterparts … Never, never.'”

“I found out … I’m always fighting for that,” Wood added. “And I have turned down projects — “Westworld,” it’s like, I get it a little more,” she said laughing. “It’s like, ‘Well, you’re Anthony Hopkins or Ed Darris.’ But I think now we’re all doing equal amounts of work and really hard work.”

Also Read: 'Westworld' Stars Jimmi Simpson and Simon Quarterman Portraits (Exclusive Photos)

Wood said up until now, she has been making “pretty much the same amount of money on things for years.”

“I have not moved,” Wood said. “And I’m not saying I’m in like dire straits. I’m very lucky … It’s more about if you’re getting paid fairly, or the same, or if you’re getting paid less simply because you’re a woman, that’s not fair.”

“There’s a lot of politics, but there’s a lot of things that are now being talked about in a different way,” Wood added. “There is a lot of stuff that goes on behind the scenes. There is a lot of trying to make things equal and trying to make things fair. I don’t know, there is a lot of stuff. But this is the first time that somebody made a point of being like, ‘Hey you’re getting this. And you deserve it.’ And that was nice.”

Earlier this month, HBO boss Casey Bloys addressed the topic of pay parity at the premium cabler following comments made by an exec who said the bump in salaries the cast of “Big Little Lies” received for Season 2 “raped” the network.

Also Read: 'Westworld' Season 2: It's Gonna Get 'Uncomfortable' for Lee as Maeve's 'Unwilling Hostage' (Video)

“One of the things that’s come out of thinking about the movement and some conversations with Reese [Witherspoon], who’s really at the forefront, is something we’ve done recently,” Bloys told The Hollywood Reporter. “We’ve proactively gone through all of our shows — in fact, we just finished our process where we went through and made sure that there were no inappropriate disparities in pay; and where there were, if we found any, we corrected it going forward. And that’s is a direct result of the Times Up movement.”

Bloys added that pay parity “becomes more of an issue when you get into Season 2 and Season 3, assuming the show is a success.”

“When you’re putting a show together, people come in with different levels of experience and maybe some people have won awards or something that makes them stand out. But when you get into Season 2 or 3 of a show and the show is a success, it is much harder to justify paying people wildly disparate numbers, and that’s where you have to make sure that you’re looking at the numbers — that they don’t end up just on the path they were on from the pilot stage. So, the thing that has been interesting about the whole movement is that it really is reminding everybody to do what’s right, and I think it’s retraining all of our thinking.”

HBO declined TheWrap’s request for comment on this story.

Watch the full interview above.

Westworld” Season 2 will premiere Sunday at 9/8 c on HBO.

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Bruna Papandrea to Exec Produce Series Based on Allison Pearson’s “How Hard Can It Be?”

Papandrea: Screen Australia/YouTube

Bruna Papandrea has scored the rights to another buzzy novel with plans to bring it to the small screen. The “Big Little Lies” executive producer’s Made Up Stories optioned the rights to Allison Pearson’s “How Hard Can It Be?” a press release announced.

Set to be published June 5, the novel is a sequel to Pearson’s 2002 massive hit “I Don’t Know How She Does It,” the source material for the 2011 Sarah Jessica Parker film of the same name.

“How Hard Can It Be?” reunites readers with Kate Reddy, who is now nearing her 50th birthday. Described as a “brilliant and incredibly timely portrait of a heroine fighting to remain strong and relevant in an ageist world,” the story sees the Kate “dealing with all the challenges of midlife: teenagers sharing pictures of their intimate parts on social media, ageing parents taking a second pass at childhood,
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Nicole Kidman Gushes About Working With "Amazing" Meryl Streep on 'Big Little Lies'

We were originally just happy to be getting a second season of Big Little Lies, but now we're all about Meryl Streep's addition to the cast — and so is Nicole Kidman! Back on Jan. 24, it was announced that the Academy Award-winning actress would be joining the already star-studded cast of the hit HBO show, and, now that they've started filming, Nicole couldn't help but gush about working with Meryl on set. "We've already been shooting. It's so good. She's just amazing, and to watch her do her craft, it really is artistic craft when you watch her, we're all — Laura Dern, Shailene [Woodley], Zoe [Kravitz], Reese [Witherspoon] — we just go, gasp, can you believe it?" she revealed to Entertainment Tonight on Sunday, April 15. "She's got a fantastic character. It's also grounded and it's based in something very, very real, and we hope we bring you the [best] second season and it delivers. We're working hard.
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HBO Reveals Reese Witherspoon Helped Them Fix Their Gender Pay Gap

While stories of pay disparities between men and women working in TV and film are depressingly frequent (see the recent controversy that emerged over Claire Foy and Matt Smith’s respective salaries for The Crown), things are ever so slowly starting to improve, thanks in no small part to the Time’s Up movement and its vocal supporters. For a case of positive change in action, just look to HBO — the network has proactively tackled its gender pay gap after conversations with Reese Witherspoon, a Time’s Up advocate and the star of HBO’s major hit Big Little Lies. In a conversation with the Hollywood Reporter, president of programming Casey Bloys revealed more about the change that Time’s Up has inspired in his organization. "One of the things that’s come out of thinking about the [Time’s Up] movement and some conversations with Reese, who’s really at the forefront,
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Keith Urban Moves out of Home He Shares With Wife Nicole Kidman After "A String of Arguments"

Another one bites the dust! With the recent news that Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban are heading for a divorce after 12 years of marriage, love in Hollywood is officially dead. While it's common for long-term couples to work things out, in the case of Keith and Nicole, sadly, things seem to be beyond repair. Tensions between the two have been building for quite some time. Reports as early as May 2017 have cited their marriage as being on the rocks — a sentiment that only continued to escalate well into the new year. Now, an insider has told Life & Style, "Keith has moved out of the family home he shares with Nicole after a string of arguments. He’s been staying at a five-star hotel in La." The source added that the main cause of their arguments is Keith’s growing friendship with John Mayer, which may be surprising to fans.
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Nicole, Reese, and Meryl Are a Powerhouse Trio on the Set of Big Little Lies Season 2

Get ready, Big Little Lies fans, because Madeline and Celeste have officially reunited! On Wednesday, the show's lovable stars and executive producers, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, were spotted filming the much-anticipated season two in Sausalito, CA. Aside from sharing a few laughs as they made their way to set, the on and offscreen friends got to act alongside the show's latest addition, Meryl Streep. While it's unclear what exactly the scene was about, the ladies don't look enthused as they run into her at the local coffee shop. Seeing that Streep is playing the mother of Celeste's late husband, it shouldn't be hard to tell why. Get a glimpse of the photos below.

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Will BFFs Nicole Kidman (‘Top of the Lake: China Girl’) and Naomi Watts (‘Twin Peaks: The Return’) battle at the Emmys?

Will BFFs Nicole Kidman (‘Top of the Lake: China Girl’) and Naomi Watts (‘Twin Peaks: The Return’) battle at the Emmys?
Last year, Nicole Kidman beat her friend and “Big Little Lies” co-star and co-producer Reese Witherspoon for the Emmy. This year, she could defeat a pal again — but not just any ol’ buddy: her best friend Naomi Watts.

The Aussies are both in the running for Best Limited Series/TV Movie Supporting Actress; Kidman is currently in third place in our odds for “Top of the Lake: China Girl,” while Watts is just outside the lineup at seventh for “Twin Peaks: The Return.”

See Will Naomi Watts (‘Twin Peaks’) earn her first Emmy nomination 19 years after ‘Mulholland Drive’ was rejected as a pilot?

Since Watts’ breakthrough in 2001’s “Mulholland Drive,” the besties, who met on the 1991 film “Flirting,” have only been nominated against each other once for a major televised award: at the Critics’ Choice Awards for 2003’s “21 Grams” (Watts) and “Cold Mountain” (Kidman). They’ve had lots of
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'Big Little Lies' Producer Options Allison Pearson's 'How Hard Can It Be' for TV

Big Little Lies executive producer Bruna Papandrea is looking to author Allison Pearson for her next TV hit.

Papandrea's company, Made Up Stories, has optioned Pearson's How Hard Can It Be? for television ahead of its June 5 publication.

The novel is a sequel to I Don't Know How She Does It, which was adapted for the big screen in 2011. The Sarah Jessica Parker comedy grossed $30 million.

How Hard Can It Be? picks up the story of Kate Reddy as she approaches her 50th birthday. Kate is now a Sandwich Woman dealing with all the challenges of midlife: teenagers...
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Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman Get Cozy With a New Bll Cast Member in This Bts Shot

Production is officially underway for season two of Big Little Lies. After much anticipation - and some exciting new additions to the cast - our prayers have been answered and we finally have a sneak peek of what's to come. Zoë Kravitz (Bonnie Carlson) recently shared an Instagram selfie on set, writing, "Bonnie's. Back. #BLL2." Moments later, Shailene Woodley (Jane Chapman) followed suit with a snap of her own, captioning it, "Janes Back. #letsdothis #BLL2." Laura Dern was quick to follow with her own epic photo with Reese Witherspoon a few days later, and the pictures have just kept coming.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the reason HBO waited so long to confirm the second season was because it was finding a new director. Jean-Marc Vallée, who directed the first season, is now directing Sharp Objects. But don't worry - American Honey director Andrea Arnold has signed on for season two.
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Meet the New Big Little Lies Season 2 Star With "the Best Hair of All the Cast"

Meet the New Big Little Lies Season 2 Star With
Move over Laura Dern! Step aside Shailene Woodley! Watch out, Zoë Kravitz! There's a new Big Little Lies star for season two and this new addition has "the best hair of all the cast," according to series star and executive producer Reese Witherspoon. This new cast member? He's a dog. Witherspoon took to social media to introduce the world to Jolly, the latest addition to Big Little Lies season two. She posed for a photo with her costar and fellow executive producer Nicole Kidman. Kidman had her Celeste Wright wig on, so you know they're shooting. The other Big Little Lies newcomer to get a welcome with this much fanfare? None other than Meryl Streep. Streep will play Mary Louise...
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