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Meryl Streep Funds Screenwriting Lab for Women Over 40

Meryl Streep has been vocal about ageism in Hollywood, but now she's making a move to fight it.

Called the Writers Lab, this new program seeks to develop screenplays by female writers who are 40 years old or older. According to Variety, Streep made a "significant" contribution to pay for the program, …

Women's News

Industry Perceptions of Poor Talent Pool, Ambition Hampers Female Filmmakers, Study Finds

Sundance Institute and Women in Film Los Angeles seek ways to create change

A new study from the Sundance Institute and Women in Film Los Angeles …

Entertainment Industry

Netflix Renews 'Daredevil' for Second Season — With New Showrunners

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Second Season of Neil Degrasse Tyson's New Late Night Talk Show, 'StarTalk,' Ordered Before Season One Debut

National Geographic Channel's first-ever late-night talk show, "StarTalk," with host, prominent astrophysicist, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, is set to …

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Wonder Woman: Patty Jenkins To Direct

DC has found their new director. After Michelle MacLaren (Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones) departed the project two days ago over creative differences, …

Wonder Woman

Sarah Jessica Parker Comedy Divorce Lands Series Order at HBO

We couldn’t help but wonder: Will Sarah Jessica Parker‘s second HBO series be as popular as her first? The Sex and the City star is officially …

Sarah Jessica Parker

Marvel teaming with John Ridley for mysterious superhero project -- exclusive

Let the speculation begin: EW has learned that Oscar-winning writer-producer John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) is teaming up with Marvel to develop a mysterious new TV series.

We hear the deal involves reinventing an existing Marvel superhero character or property for ABC—but all sides are staying …

John Ridley

Pressure Mounts for Female Superheroes, Will Women Directors Get a Boost?

In order for a woman to land one of these gigs, she has to be truly impressive and have proven her chops, poise and talent. Indie directors making …

Superheroes

TV academy to honor series that enact social change at Honors show

The Television Academy will honor series it sees as working to shift cultural acceptance at a special awards ceremony, The Television Academy Honors.

The eighth annual event will honor episodes of the ABC comedy "Black-ish," the ESPN documentary series "E:60" titled, "Dream On: Stories of Boston's …

TV

That didn't take long: 'Wonder Woman' has a new director

Less than two days after director Michelle MacLaren left Wonder Woman, Warner Bros' has lassoed up a new director to take the helm.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Patty Jenkins, who famously was set to become the first female director to oversee a Marvel film with Thor 2 before she left the …

Film

Looking for the Feminine Vision at Tribeca Film Festival

Twenty-five years ago Jane Campion, the Academy Award winning screenwriter and first woman director to win the Palme d'Or at Cannes, told the …

Film

NAB: Shonda Rhimes Inducted Into Broadcasting Hall of Fame

She stated that she's proud that her shows have enabled a "national conversation" about current issues.

Shonda Rhimes

'Power' Showrunner on TV's Diversity Casting: "Latino" Does Not Equal "Mexican" (Guest Column)

This story first appeared in the April 24 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

When I first arrived in Los Angeles from New York in 2004 to try …

Diversity

Celeb messages: Stars getting behind 5 key messages

This awards season, stars have used acceptance speeches to champion causes including social justice to gender equality and urged young viewers to "stay weird." USA TODAY's Maeve McDermott culled the speeches and found these messages from winners this year.

1 Be yourself.

Justin Timberlake at the …

Justin Timberlake

Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea to Produce Lionsgate Film 'Luckiest Girl Alive'

Reese Witherspoon and her producing partner Bruna Papandrea have attached themselves to the film adaptation of another hotly anticipated, …

Reese Witherspoon

'Veep' is in the (White) House

Bad behavior still knows no gender in the new season of HBO's "Veep," which starts up as Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is about to make her …

TV

Female Directors well-represented at Tribeca Film Festival

April 8, 2015 | Filed under: Taste of Tribeca | Posted by: admin

Celebrated cinematographer Reed Morano makes her directorial debut with “Meadowland,” …

Film

Lee Daniels Responds to Tavis Smiley’s Critique of Empire

Tavis Smiley doesn’t seem to be a fan of Lee Daniels’ hit Fox series, Empire. During an interview on PoliticKING With Larry King, King and Smiley spoke …

What happens to Hollywood's push for diversity after Oscars?

The "Fast & Furious" series is often cited as an example of how diversity can work in Hollywood. With its multicultural casts and international …

Hollywood

Bruna Papandrea: The Australian helping Reese Witherspoon change Hollywood for women

Bruna Papandrea's producing partner, Reese Witherspoon, was nominated for an Oscar for Wild. Photo: Supplied

She is nowhere near as well known as …

Australia

Keira Knightley: "Where Are the Female Stories? Where Are the [Women] Directors and Writers?"

Keira Knightley has spoken out once again about the adverse consequences of the film industry's gender-lopsidedness. “Where are the female stories?" …

Women's News

Deadline editor apologizes for article asking if increased diversity in TV was ‘too much of a good thing’

Deadline Hollywood has issued an apology for a story it ran last week with the headline “Pilots 2015: The Year of Ethnic Castings – About Time or Too …

Diversity

Deadline's Dangerous Take on Hollywood Diversity

With the wild success of hit shows like Empire, Blackish, Fresh Off the Boat, How to Get Away with Murder, and Jane the Virgin, it feels like Hollywood is finally starting to get what so many of us knew all along; audiences want to see diversity. Yet somehow, at this exciting moment of progress for the …

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Let's Celebrate The Bravest Women In Hollywood

As Angelina Jolie speaks out about her latest surgery, we get inspired by some of Hollywood's bravest women

Never let it be said that Hollywood has no …

Elizabeth Banks Chosen as CinemaCon’s Breakthrough Filmmaker of the Year

Elizabeth Banks, who will make her feature directorial debut with "Pitch Perfect 2," has been named CinemaCon's Breakthrough Filmmaker of the Year. …

Elizabeth Banks

Distribution Deals: Milla Jovovich's "Alchemy," Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi Climbing Doc "Meru"

Two action thrillers with women in prominent roles have found distribution.
Milla Jovovich's latest vehicle, about a diplomat on the run after being …

Climbing

Hollywood’s diverse appearances can be deceiving

Conversations about diversity in entertainment are often premised on the idea that on-screen and off-screen representation are inextricably linked: …

Shonda Rhimes

Shonda Rhimes (And Everyone Else) Slams Deadline Piece On TV Diversity

Late Tuesday night, Deadline.com published a story that ignited the Internet. Titled "Pilots 2015: The Year Of Ethnic Castings –- About Time Or Too Much Of Good Thing?" Nellie Andreeva's take on the year's uptick in diversity on television claimed that more parts for "ethnic actors" lessened the …

Shonda Rhimes