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Hannah Gold Hannah Gold Jul 14, 2019.

Casting Women in Leading Movie Roles Is Good for Business, Study Finds 

Casting Women in Leading Movie Roles Is Good for Business, Study Finds 

The myth that films helmed by leading ladies don’t sell at the box office is tired, distracting, convenient for most industry gatekeepers, and, as a new study demonstrates, inaccurate.

Deadline reported on Tuesday that in a new study from CAA and tech firm Shift7 researchers analyzed 350 films released between January 2014 and December 2017 across five budget categories ranging from below $10...

Esther Wang Esther Wang Jul 14, 2019.

Vanity Fair's Hollywood Issue Cover Features Majority People of Color For the First Time

<i>Vanity Fair</i>'s Hollywood Issue Cover Features Majority People of Color For the First Time

Vanity Fair released the cover of its annual Hollywood issue is out today, and for the first time ever in the issue’s 25-year history, the majority of its featured stars are actors of color, including a healthy number of women of color.

The annual cover is often scrutinized as a barometer of whether progress has been made in an industry that still limits the opportunities given to men and...

Prachi Gupta Prachi Gupta Jul 14, 2019.

The Fault Lines of the Georgia Abortion Boycott Debate

The Fault Lines of the Georgia Abortion Boycott Debate

After Georgia Republicans voted to effectively criminalize abortion in the state with a horrific, near-total ban on the procedure, some powerful figures in the film industry called for a boycott if the law goes into effect.

In May, the day after the bill was signed, “The Wire” creator David Simon announced his production company, Blown Deadline Productions, would boycott filming in Georgia...

Madeleine Davies Madeleine Davies Jul 02, 2019.

Melissa McCarthy Verbally Slaps Reporter for Dumb Sexist Comment

Melissa McCarthy Verbally Slaps Reporter for Dumb Sexist Comment

In the June issue of Entertainment Weekly, Melissa McCarthy calls sexism in Hollywood an “intense sickness” and relays the story of the time she confronted a reporter who said that she was “only a good actor when [she] looked more attractive.”

EW reports:

At the Toronto Film Festival last September, a critic who had written a particularly vicious review of ‘Tammy’ approached McCarthy to praise...

Lauren Evans Lauren Evans Jun 30, 2019.

New Oliver Twist Drama Will Be a 'Sexy Take' Featuring a 'Struggling 20-Something Female'

New <i>Oliver Twist </i>Drama Will Be a 'Sexy Take' Featuring a 'Struggling 20-Something Female'

NBC is hard at work on a “sexy” new take on Oliver Twist with, get this: A hot chick instead of an adolescent filth waif. “It’ll be like 2 Broke Girls, but if Kat Dennings slept in horse manure instead of a huge Williamsburg loft, and if Beth Behrs were a rat,” the producers shriek, snorting a line off a prostrate Emmy.

The Hollywood Reporter is here with some sparse details:

The drama, which...

Actress Marsha Hunt, Blacklisted in the '50s, Awarded for Rad Politics

Actress Marsha Hunt, Blacklisted in the '50s, Awarded for Rad Politics

In 1949, during the darkest days of Joe McCarthy and the deep Communism paranoia manifested in the House Un-American Activities Committee, Marsha Hunt was one of the many Hollywood actors to be blacklisted. Now 97, she's one of the sole surviving members of the blacklist, and Deadline reports that next month she will be the first recipient of the Marsha Hunt for Humanity Award at a film...

Rebecca Fishbein Rebecca Fishbein Jun 03, 2019. 13 comments

Natasha Lyonne on Women-Led TV Shows: 'These Are the New Easy Riders, Raging Bulls'

Natasha Lyonne on Women-Led TV Shows: 'These Are the New Easy Riders, Raging Bulls'

Natasha Lyonne has been on an incredible panel kick. Last week, she did a great Hollywood Reporter roundtable with funny ladies like Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Tiffany Haddish, and Maya Rudolph. On Sunday she weighed in on the importance of television and film by and for women in Hollywood for Netflix’s “Rebels and Rulebreakers” FYSee panel.

Variety reports that Lyonne, who sat on the panel...

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Ashley Reese Ashley Reese May 31, 2019. 11 comments

Hillary and Chelsea Go to Hollywood

Hillary and Chelsea Go to Hollywood

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton are possibly out of politics (good) and are on their way to Hollywood (okay?): the two are forming a production company and will venture into television and film projects for women.

Bloomberg reports that the mother-daughter duo plan to use their upcoming projects to “influence culture and society now that Hillary Clinton is out of politics.” Clinton is already...

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Hazel Cills Hazel Cills Apr 02, 2019. 9 comments

Disney Shutters Production Studio Beloved By Women

Disney Shutters Production Studio Beloved By Women

Last month Disney announced it was shutting down the production studio Fox 2000 after the company acquired 21st Century Fox. The studio is responsible for films like The Fault In Our Stars, The Devil Wears Prada, and Life of Pi and the announcement was a big deal considering the head of Fox 2000 is Elizabeth Gabler, a beloved film executive known in the industry for championing women’s...

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Hazel Cills Hazel Cills Feb 14, 2019. 16 comments

Hollywood Is Pissed the Oscars Will Hand Out Awards During Commercials 

Hollywood Is Pissed the Oscars Will Hand Out Awards During Commercials 

The 2019 Oscars is shaping up to be a truly spectacular train wreck. In addition to the fact that there’s no official host , it was reported that former major category winners would not be presenting to the new winners in favor of “bigger talent,” a move that was quickly fixed after actors like Allison Janney spoke out. And now Hollywood is pissed after the Academy announced that certain...

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Hazel Cills Hazel Cills Feb 05, 2019. 6 comments

Guerrilla Girls Are Back to Remind You the U.S. Senate Is More Progressive Than Hollywood 

Guerrilla Girls Are Back to Remind You the U.S. Senate Is More Progressive Than Hollywood 

Since the mid-1980s, the feminist art-slash-activist group Guerrilla Girls have critiqued sexism and racism in the art world. Seeking anonymity behind gorilla masks, the group of female artists have famously questioned if women need to be naked to get into the Metropolitan Museum of Art, criticized the exclusion of women of color in MoMA exhibits, and advertised statistics on violence against...

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Clover Hope Clover Hope Jan 04, 2019.

The Oscars Are Trying to Be Less White, Are Still Very White

The Oscars Are Trying to Be Less White, Are Still Very White

The Motion Picture Academy is making a small effort to be less (overtly) racist by diversifying its membership pool.

Over 300 actors, directors, writers and executives are being recruited to join the Academy this year, including Korean director Bong Joon-ho of Snowpiercer and Oscar-nominated Argentinian writer-director Damian Szifron. Of the incoming members, less than 25 percent are...

Harron Walker Harron Walker Dec 05, 2018. 13 comments

Here's Who Should Host the Oscars

Here's Who Should Host the Oscars

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences still hasn’t found its 2019 Oscars host, says The Hollywood Reporter. This isn’t completely out of the ordinary—around this same time last year, Jimmy Kimmel was announced as the 2018 host —but they’ve usually locked someone down by October at the latest.

THR executive editor Stephen Galloway, who calls the gig the “least wanted job in...

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Harron Walker Harron Walker Dec 04, 2018. 17 comments

Breaking Into Acting Fucking Sucks, Says Meryl Streep

Breaking Into Acting Fucking Sucks, Says Meryl Streep

Well, this is depressing.

Meryl Streep spoke at a benefit event in New Jersey over the weekend, where she touched on her early career insecurities, the reasons why she “related” to Lady Gaga’s character in A Star is Born, and what it apparently takes to break into the acting these days.

Speaking to Late Show host Stephen Colbert at Newark’s New Jersey Performing Arts Center on Dec. 1, the...

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Rich Juzwiak Rich Juzwiak Nov 08, 2018. 6 comments

Harassed Out of Hollywood: A Veteran Stuntwoman Reflects on Life in the Movies and on the Blacklist

Harassed Out of Hollywood: A Veteran Stuntwoman Reflects on Life in the Movies and on the Blacklist

Throughout the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, Jean Coulter was a leading stuntwoman in Hollywood, racking up hundreds of credits on shows like Charlie’s Angels, Wonder Woman, M*A*S*H*, and Days of Our Lives. She is perhaps most recognizable from Jaws 2, in which she played the ski boat driver who attempts to set the villainous shark on fire. Coulter rarely acted; she preferred to stick to stunts where...

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Rich Juzwiak Rich Juzwiak Oct 27, 2018.

Virginia Madsen on AIDS Drama 1985 and the Harassment She Experienced as a Hollywood 'Hot Babe'

Virginia Madsen on AIDS Drama 1985 and the Harassment She Experienced as a Hollywood 'Hot Babe'

“It’s expected that I’m going to have an opinion about things,” actor Virginia Madsen said Thursday in a Midtown cafe. We were meeting to discuss 1985, Yen Tan’s acclaimed black-and-white drama about a man named Adrian (Cory Michael Smith) who goes home to visit his family during the titular year, knowing it may be the last time he gets to do so because he has AIDS. Madsen plays Eileen, his...

Hannah Gold Hannah Gold Oct 19, 2018. 12 comments

HBO Is Giving Us the Gift of Mark Ruffalo Playing Twin Brothers 

HBO Is Giving Us the Gift of Mark Ruffalo Playing Twin Brothers 

Finally I get to share this opinion of mine: Mark Ruffalo is the sexiest Hollywood actor. And that’s a fact. Soon it will be a double fact.

Deadline reported on Thursday that HBO green-lighted the production of forthcoming six-episode limited drama series I Know This Much Is True. The show, executive produced by Mark Ruffalo, stars Mark Ruffalo and Mark Ruffalo. It is, obviously, being...

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Kelly Faircloth Kelly Faircloth Oct 13, 2018. 4 comments

A Brief History of Hollywood Fame, via A Star Is Born

A Brief History of Hollywood Fame, via A Star Is Born

There is nothing Hollywood loves more than working through its complex relationship to the very notion of fame. And in A Star Is Born, Hollywood tries on a theory borrowed from one of its own founding genres, the Western, rendering fame as a kind of Manifest Destiny.

Here’s the thing about the four different adaptations of the same (rather meta) movie, which were spread out across eight...

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Rich Juzwiak Rich Juzwiak Oct 10, 2018. 14 comments

A Decades-Long History of Hollywood Getting Away With It 

A Decades-Long History of Hollywood Getting Away With It 

Hollywood is built on a graveyard of indiscretions that either went unreported or ignored. This was never more clear to me than when researching the notorious Hollywood producer Jon Peters, who has beensued several times for sexual harassment and who’s credited as a producer on Bradley Cooper’s 2018 remake of A Star is Born (Peters, a former boyfriend of Barbra Streisand, also produced the...

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Frida Garza Frida Garza Sep 27, 2018. 2 comments

Mindy Kaling Says Keep Shaming White Men in Hollywood About the Pay Gap, It's Working

Mindy Kaling Says Keep Shaming White Men in Hollywood About the Pay Gap, It's Working

Mindy Kaling said in an interview with Variety (at the Palisades Village opening gala in L.A.) that she’s seen “an enormous amount of change” in gender parity in Hollywood recently, which if true, is a nice development in an otherwise bad news cycle that is threatening to make me lose all faith in institutions.

The threat of getting called out and slapped with a discrimination lawsuit is a...

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