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Cathy Yan Is Warner Bros’ Choice To Direct Margot Robbie In Next Harley Quinn Film

<b>EXCLUSIVE</b>: Warner Bros and DC Entertainment have chosen Cathy Yan to be the director of an untitled girl gang movie, likely the next superhero film …

Comic Books

Spike Lee and David Robert Mitchell films will compete in the most surprising Cannes lineup in years

With the banning of red-carpet selfies, a bitter renewal of last year's heated Netflix debate and more intense discussion than usual over how many female directors would be selected for competition, it was shaping up to be a dramatic year for the Festival de Cannes even before its official …

Cannes Film Festival

Stanford History Event Was ‘Too White and Too Male,’ Organizer Admits

The faces of 30 white men, all speakers at an applied history conference this month at Stanford University, certainly grabbed attention as the images circulated widely last week.<p>And that’s how the main organizer, the conservative British historian Niall Ferguson, a senior fellow at the Hoover …

Silicon Valley

21 TV Shows with Female Showrunners

There's hope yet.<p>Inequality in leadership roles in Hollywood (and other industries) is still a huge issue, but thankfully, there are <i>some</i> women calling the shots in entertainment. Here are 21 shows with female showrunners.

TV

'Half the Picture': Co-Cinematographers on the Reality of Being a Lady Shooter

DPs Yamit Shimonovitz and Soraya Sélène don't mince words about the state of the industry. <i>Half the Picture</i> is a documentary focused on women …

Rosanna Arquette

You Know About The Lack Of Female Directors In Hollywood. These Are Their Stories.

The numbers don't lie: Of the 1,223 directors helming 1,100 top grossing films from 2007 to 2017, only 4% were women.<p>That's 43 women, or a ratio of …

Feminism

Race, Barriers and Battling Nerves: A Candid Conversation With Oscar's Only 4 African-American Directing Nominees in 90 Years

Gathered for the first time, Lee Daniels, Barry Jenkins, Jordan Peele and John Singleton break down the politics of who can tell what story, the …

#WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe Stresses The Power Of Seeing Black Glory In Film

“Black Panther” is proving that the most formidable superpower in the Marvel Universe may be representation.<p>There’s still more than a week left before director Ryan Coogler debuts the hero’s first stand-alone film on Feb. 16, but fans couldn’t wait to express the importance of seeing black …

Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter Talks The Inspiration Behind 'Black Panther'

Ruth E. Carter, the two-time Oscar-nominated costume designer behind <i>Selma</i>, <i>Amistad</i>, and <i>Roots</i>, has been dressing African-American heroes for decades. But Marvel’s <i>Black Panther,</i> a costumed superhero who rules the fictional African nation of Wakanda, presented a unique and exciting challenge.<p>Ruth …

Black Panther

For Greta Gerwig, Oscar nominations mean 'excitedly yelling and not making any sense'

Greta Gerwig is celebrating her Oscar nominations by yelling on the phone.<p>The "Lady Bird" writer and director, who was snubbed in the directing category at the Golden Globes earlier this year, but was later nominated for a DGA Award when they were announced a few days later, was recognized by the …

And The Award For Best Oscar Nomination Reaction Goes To ... Jordan Peele

Jordan Peele’s critically acclaimed horror film, “Get Out,” nabbed four Oscar nominations Tuesday, including best picture, best director, best original screenplay and best actor for Daniel Kaluuya.<p>In response to the news, Peele posted a GIF from the film that seemed to perfectly capture the way he …

Oscar front-runner Guillermo del Toro says being nominated is like 'the greatest prom night in the world'

Guillermo del Toro's sci-fi romance "The Shape of Water" led Tuesday's Oscar nominations with 13 nods, including for best picture and best director.<p>The Mexican filmmaker, who wrote, directed and produced the fantastical drama, was previously nominated for an Oscar for 2006's "Pan's Labyrinth," …

Pakistani-American comedian Kumail Nanjiani nominated for Oscar

In a first, Pakistani-American stand-up comedian and actor Kumail Nanjiani has been nominated for an Oscar for ‘The Big Sick’ in the ‘Original …

‘Mudbound’s Dee Rees Makes Oscar History As 1st Black Woman Nominated For Best Adapted Screenplay

On an Oscar nominations morning that saw a strong showing for women, <i>Mudbound</i>’s Dee Rees has made some history of her own as the first African America …

Hollywood

Lena Waithe Is Creating the Culture

Silver Lake’s LAMILL coffee shop is crowded for a late afternoon, just a few days after Christmas. The sleek black tables are dotted with white cups …

Entertainment

Asian-American Creatives Are Coming Together On A New Hashtag And It's Damn Beautiful

In the spirit of the new year, Asian-Americans are amplifying one another’s voices.<p>Asian-American actors, writers, filmmakers and other creatives on Twitter have been sharing their various projects using the hashtag #AsAmCreatorRollCall. Comics writer Greg Pak launched the social media campaign …

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Vetoes TV Diversity Bill, Calls Incentive Proposal ‘Fatally Defective’

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has vetoed a television diversity bill that has been strongly backed by the Writers Guild of America East and …

HBO picks up two new Issa Rae shows — bisexual black man dating comedy, 'Him Or Her' & affluent Windsor Hills black teen drama

HBO is not only developing one new series from Issa Rae....but two!<p>The premium cabler has picked up two new shows, the comedy, <i>Him Or Her,</i> and the …

TV

Major Networks Are Becoming More Inclusive Of Asian-Americans: Report

Major television networks have more work to do to ensure that Asian-Americans become a regular part of the mainstream media landscape, new analysis suggests.<p>But things are looking up.<p>The Asian Pacific American Media Coalition (APAMC) <b></b>released a report card last week evaluating four major television …

Equality

Michael Che will be the first person of color to be a head writer for 'Saturday Night Live'

Michael Che just made history.<p>The <i>Saturday Night Live</i> comic and writer, most known for hosting the <i>Weekend Update</i> sketch/show, had been tapped as SNL's …

Colin Jost

Lori McCreary Learned How to Pivot Early. Then She Met Morgan Freeman

Four years ago, Revelations Entertainment CEO Lori McCreary saw the writing on the wall: the funding for the meaningful mid-budget films she and …

Morgan Freeman

Filmmaking Has a Gender Problem. Here’s What Happened When Canada Tried to Solve It

In the wake of the ongoing, epic scandal involving Harvey Weinstein — and a growing number of men in positions of power — a haunting question has …

Ronald Reagan

Viola Davis, Malcolm D. Lee and Universal Team on ‘I Almost Forgot About You’

In a competitive situation, Universal Pictures has optioned the rights to Terry McMillan’s bestselling novel “I Almost Forgot About You” with Viola …

Hollywood

Watch Black in Tokyo, a short documentary about living in Japan as a black person

“Be yourself, take risks, and be open to things outside of your comfort zone.”<p><i>Black in Tokyo</i> is a new short documentary by Nigerian-American artist …

Japan

‘The L Word’ Sequel Taps Marja-Lewis Ryan As Showrunner At Showtime

Marja-Lewis Ryan (<i>The Four-Faced Liar, 6 Balloons</i>) has been tasked to spearhead the sequel to <i>The L Word,</i> currently in development at Showtime, as …

The Creative Team Behind “Club de Cuervos,” Netflix’s First Spanish-Language Series

To expand its audience with a Spanish-language dramedy about soccer, Netflix tapped an American showrunner and a Mexican director.<p><i>Club de Cuervos</i>, which premiered August 7 on Netflix, represents the company’s first foray into original Spanish-language scripted television. Set in the fictional town …

Spanish Language

She's Gotta Have It

1. #DaJumpoff (DOCTRINE)<p>38m<p>Brooklyn artist Nola lays down her philosophy on sex and freedom between visits from her three lovers: thoughtful Jamie, …

NBCUniversal Turning Lights Off on Chiller Network

The horror-centric channel, home to a slew of cheap genre acquisitions, had struggled to maintain carriage deals with cable providers.<p>The cable …

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