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She's Gotta Have It

2017 TV-MA<p>Nola Darling struggles to stay true to herself and her dreams while juggling three lovers in this Spike Lee series based on his breakout …

Netflix

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 …

TV

A hundred years ago, one Hollywood studio was a great, safe place for a woman to work

Imagine a movie industry where women write half the films, where renowned female directors are the rule and where casting couches aren’t a fixture in the boss’ office. It’s not a futuristic fantasy but a world that existed 100 years ago, when Carl Laemmle’s Universal Studios made feminist …

Universal Studios

Chicago writer explores Hollywood TV writers room as the 'diversity hire'

Last year the Writers Guild of America published a report titled “Renaissance in Reverse?” that looked at who is getting hired as TV and film writers and found “a mixture of slow forward progress, stalls and reversals on the Hollywood diversity front.”<p>In terms of hard numbers, 2014 saw more than …

How to Get Away with Murder

Carl Laemmle was no feminist, but the studio he founded has thrived under a woman's leadership

<b>To the editor:</b> As a Laemmle family member, I appreciate Kathleen Sharp’s article about Universal Studios and founder Carl Laemmle’s treatment of women a century ago. (“A hundred years ago, one Hollywood studio was a great, safe place for a woman to work,” Opinion, Nov. 12)<p>Yes, Laemmle hired women …

Los Angeles

Playback: Patty Jenkins on ‘Wonder Woman’ and Crashing Through Glass Ceilings

Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast bringing you exclusive conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films. Two months ago …

Comics

‘Castle’ Co-Creators Score Straight to Series Order at ABC With New Procedural

ABC has given a straight to series order to a new drama from Terri Edda Miller and Andrew W. Marlow, the co-creators of the hit ABC series …

TV

Past Is Prologue in Awards Contenders Based on Historical Moments

This year’s awards contenders are hoping to take home prizes in 2018, but many are firmly affixed in the past. Stories this year are being told about …

Lost City of Z

‘Mudbound’ Cinematographer Captures Look of ’40s South With Digital Cameras

Cinematographer Rachel Morrison — known for her collaborations with director Ryan Coogler on “Fruitvale Station” and the upcoming “Black Panther” — …

Cinematography

Apu, A Racist Caricature Of South Asians, Faces Reckoning In New Documentary

Comedian Hari Kondabolu speaks with other South Asian stars on "The Simpsons" character and representation on-screen.<p>South Asian–American celebrities like Aziz Ansari, Hasan Minhaj, and Mindy Kaling have achieved remarkable success in recent years. They’ve played multidimensional characters, …

Racism

CBS Diversity Showcase Was a Racist, Homophobic Mess for Years, Participants Say

For 13 years, CBS has operated its Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase out of a basement at the CBS Studio City lot, giving underrepresented writers and …

Feminism

Our National Narratives Are Still Being Shaped by Lecherous, Powerful Men

And the stories keep on coming: about how political pundit Mark Halperin rubbed his erect penis against younger female colleagues (a claim he …

Feminism

New Study Finds That Less Than 5 Percent Of TV Writers Are Black

Yet another indication of the entertainment industry's glaring diversity problem.<p>It may seem like Hollywood is slowly becoming more diverse, but representation behind the scenes is still pretty abysmal.<p>A new study published by Color of Change, titled “Race in the Writers Room: How Hollywood …

Diversity

5 Must-Watch Horror Films Directed By Women

More by Samuel R.<p>From <b>Alice Guy</b>‘s <i>Faust and Mephistopheles</i> (1903) in the earliest days of cinema <i></i>to contemporary classics like <i>The Babadook</i>, many of the …

Horror Movies

Jordan Peele Shares 5 Filmmaking Lessons From His Eight-year Process of Making ‘Get Out’ — Watch

Peele breaks down why it's important to treat screenwriting like a fun hobby and using the white savior trope to subvert audience expectations.<p>Last …

Movies

Director Stella Meghie Teams With Will Packer on ‘The Photograph’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Universal Pictures has acquired “The Photograph,” an original spec by Stella Meghie with Will Packer producing for his eponymous production company. …

Movies

Joe Lewis Exits Amazon Studios; Sharon Tal Yguado Takes Over Scripted Series

Top drama and comedy executive Joe Lewis has departed Amazon Studios, Variety has confirmed. Sharon Tal Yguado has been promoted to take over all …

Hollywood

WeHo’s Disability Service Awards Will Acknowledge Maria Shriver and Three Others

Maria Shriver will receive the “Individual Award” during West Hollywood’s 19th annual Disability Service Awards event on Wednesday. Shriver is one of …

Maria Shriver

Inside Amazon, Diversity Concerns Flare Up After Harassment Accusations

Amazon on Friday tried to quell concerns among employees about sexual harassment accusations against an executive, sending an email to its staff …

Amazon

‘Boo 2!’ Star Inanna Sarkis To Release Her Own Short Film, ‘Waiting For Him’ - Tubefilter

<i>Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween</i>, the latest film in the auteur’s popular <i>Madea</i> franchise — which co-starred a crop of popular <b>YouTubers</b> — …

Movies

Amazon Funds Three Funny Or Die Short Films for Prime Video

Amazon is financing production of three Funny Or Die comedy shorts, to be available exclusively worldwide on Prime Video. The trio of FOD projects …

Amazon

What Even Is an ‘Oscar Movie’ Anymore?

Eight months ago writer-director Barry Jenkins and his “Moonlight” team saw their historic moment botched in front of a crowd of thousands and a …

The Oscars

A Look at Some of the Top Oscar Best Picture Contenders in 2017

It’s the most unpredictable Oscar race in memory, with no clear frontrunner established and dozens of films vying for the top prize. We look at some …

Movies

From Buffy to Business: Sarah Michelle Gellar Opens Up About How Hollywood Helped Prepare Her for Launching a Company

Sarah Michelle Gellar and her co-founders are coming to our upcoming Entrepreneur Live event to share lessons learned, how acting helped her deal with rejection and how being a celebrity in the startup world can have its drawbacks.<p>Everyone wants to be an entrepreneur. With a turbulent economy, …

Entrepreneurship

These Ethiopian superheroes fight for girls' rights in badass new TV series

Africa's biggest social issues and taboos are no match for these girls.<p>A revolutionary new cartoon series called <i>Tibeb Girls</i> features a group of three …

Africa

Comedy Vet Ali LeRoi Inks Overall Deal With CBS Television Studios | Deadline

<i>Everybody Hates Chris</i> co-creator Ali LeRoi is returning to the studio behind the praised UPN/the CW comedy, signing a two-year overall deal with CBS …

TV

Larry Wilmore & Bassem Youssef Team For Superhero Middle Eastern American Family Comedy At ABC | Deadline

<i>The Bernie Mac Show</i> creator Larry Wilmore is returning to the family comedy arena with a twist. Wilmore has partnered with comedian Bassem Youssef, …

TV

Female Animators Demand End to Sexual Harassment in Open Letter: "This Abuse Has Got to Stop"

'Bob's Burgers' producer and writer Wendy Molyneux, 'Steven Universe' creator Rebecca Sugar and 'Danger & Eggs' co-creator Shadi Petosky are among an …

Feminism

At Long Last, Nielsen Will Publicly Share Ratings for Netflix Shows

Ever since House of Cards premiered in 2013 on Netflix, the TV industry has been frustrated by the streaming service’s refusal to share ratings data …

Televisions

Hollywood Sex Abuse Won't End Until We Get More Movies For, By Women

Change won’t happen until more women make movies and more movies are made about women in all genres and in all levels of film and television production. That’s the simple truth about dealing with any possible “Let’s do better” soul-searching in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein revelations.<p>It is …

Movies