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'Black-ish' Creator Kenya Barris Breaks Silence on That Shelved Anti-Trump Episode, His ABC Exit and "Unapologetic" Netflix Plans

The Emmy-nominated showrunner details the battle all of Hollywood has buzzed about, including the Spike Lee-narrated episode that led to his …

ABC

‘Seven Seconds’ Creator Veena Sud On How Lack Of Asian American Representation Influenced Her Career

As Hollywood attempts to move the needle more and more on the gauge of diversity and inclusion, Veena Sud is doing her part to make sure that she is …

MACRO, Lena Waithe, Eva Longoria & The Black List Unveil Episodic Lab For People Of Color

MACRO founder and CEO Charles D. King, Emmy winner Lena Waithe, Eva Longoria, and The Black List’s Franklin Leonard are paying it forward. The …

Panel of Top Female TV Directors on Breaking Barriers – Variety

The numbers tell the story: In the past television season, women accounted for 21% of episodic TV directors — 16% white and a mere 5% women of color. …

Google Doodle shines spotlight on cinematographer James Wong Howe

Today’s Google Doodle is giving James Wong Howe, a man known for his work behind the camera, a moment in front of it.<p>Howe worked on more than 130 films during his career, including the 1934 comedy-mystery <i>The Thin Man</i> (and if you haven’t seen Myrna Loy and William Powell as Nick and Nora Charles, …

Beyond Borders: Diversity in Cannes

The back-to-school project was organized by Global Citizen in partnership with the School District of Philadelphia to help provide students with …

Cannes

Coming to Netflix: The Obamas Sign Deal to Produce Show

WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama formally announced on Monday a multiyear production deal with Netflix in which he and the former first lady, Michelle Obama, will produce television shows and films for the streaming service.<p>The deal will give Mr. Obama an international television platform …

Michelle Obama

How Can Traditional TV Networks Compete With Streaming Services’ Mega-Deals?

If Shonda Rhimes’ deal with Netflix was the initial shot heard round the industry, Ryan Murphy’s was the nuclear bomb. The one-two punch of losing …

Rotten Tomatoes Alternative CherryPicks to Battle Gender Imbalance in Film Criticism

"I'm trying to create more diversity," film producer/director Miranda Bailey tells THR about her new female-critics-only site.<p>In the midst of annual …

From Shonda Rhimes to Issa Rae, the rise of black women in television

On April 19, ABC aired the final episode of “Scandal.” The series, created by Shonda Rhimes in 2012, ran for seven seasons and starred Kerry …

TV

Lucasfilm Hires First Black Female Director For Star Wars: Episode IX Second Unit

1K Shares<p>While the <i>Star Wars</i> films have been actively working at increasing diversity in front of the camera, casting multiple women, women of color …

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 …

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 …

Film Festivals

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 …

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.

'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 …

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 …

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 …

Black Panther

#WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe Stresses The Power Of Seeing Black Glory In Film

"I finally feel validated as a nerd of color. This is every childhood trauma finally being vindicated."<p>“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 …

Black Panther

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 …

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

"You know when you're on the phone trying to disguise the sound of an ugly cry?" Peele wrote on Twitter.<p>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 …

Jordan Peele

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," …

Jordan Peele

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 …

‘We Create 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 …

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

Comics writer Greg Pak is leading the charge of writers, filmmakers, podcasters and more.<p>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 …

Comic Books

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 …