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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

#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 …

Ryan Coogler

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 …

Marvel Universe

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 …

Greta Gerwig

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," …

Guillermo del Toro

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 …

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

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 …

Reese Witherspoon and Shonda Rhimes Among Founders of Anti-Harassment Group

(NEW YORK) — Reese Witherspoon, Shonda Rhimes and Jennifer Aniston are among hundreds of Hollywood women who have formed an anti-harassment coalition …

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 …

The Boldest Risks Filmmakers Took in 2017

The stories of five audacious directors who pushed the limits of cinema this year.<p>Risks are the lifeblood of cinema. Without venturesome directors …

Filmmaking

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Vetoes TV Diversity Bill

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 …

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

Fox, however, had the fewest Asian-American regulars in its shows in almost a decade.<p>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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

4 Writers on the Scripts That Helped Them Quit Their Day Jobs

Cinderella stories still happen in Hollywood, as these young scribes reveal.<p><i>This story first appeared in the Nov. 8 issue of The Hollywood Reporter</i> …

Scenes from the green room: Playwrights on why they thrive in TV

<i>EXT. LOS ANGELES TIMES — EARLY AFTERNOON</i><p><i>Establishing.</i><p><i>INT. SECOND FLOOR GREEN ROOM — DAY</i><p><i>Bowls of nuts and fruit sit beside a coffee carafe and water bottles in front of a long mirror. Fluorescent lights bleach out the room. Empty ergonomic office chairs are the only furniture. Playwright MARY LAWS</i> …

TV

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 …

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, …

Viral

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 …

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 …

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 …

Feminism

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 …

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