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INSTITUTE NEWS Geena Davis to Produce Documentary on Gender Disparity in Hollywood … With a Male Director?

I heard about this documentary mostly through the female filmmakers in my social media feeds, all of them angry that this film that is specifically about the problem of women not being offered enough opportunities in the entertainment industry had a male director, and that Geena Davis of all people would “allow” this to happen. I totally got sucked into the anger and outrage vortex for a second. Then, I needed to know more, so I went to the source, and what I discovered was that like most things, it wasn’t as cut-and-dried as all that. Thank you @TheMarySue for your support and getting the story right. Read More…

June 23, 2016 Wonder Woman joins ‘Supergirl’ cast as the president of the United States

The original onscreen Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter, is about to show “Supergirl” how it’s done. Carter, who brought the female superhero to life in the late ‘70s on ABC’s “Wonder Woman,” will play the U.S. president on the CW show starring Melissa Benoist, the network announced Tuesday. Carter, 64, is locked for multiple episodes and will first appear in Episode 203, the network said. Read More…

June 23, 2016 Amy Poehler Sets Seann William Scott Comedy ‘The Baby’ At NBC As She Re-Ups Deal With Universal TV

Amy Poehler and her Paper Kite production company are staying put, signing a new overall deal with Universal Television and the newly formed Alternative Studio for scripted and unscripted projects. Poehler won a Golden Globe in 2014 for her role as Leslie Knope on NBC’s Parks and Recreation. She has been Emmy nominated five times for the role and was also Emmy nominated twice as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. Read More…

June 23, 2016 Unilever vows to drop sexist stereotypes from its ads

Unilever, the owner of brands including Dove and Lynx, has pledged to drop all sexist stereotypes from its advertising after research suggested just 2% of ads show intelligent women. The world’s second-biggest advertiser, which spends €8bn (£6.3bn) a year on more than 400 brands from Sunsilk to Knorr, will unveil a global strategy to “unstereotype” its advertising and eradicate outdated portrayals of gender. Read More…

June 23, 2016 Charlotte Rampling Joins Alicia Vikander And Eva Green For ‘Euphoria’

Charlotte Rampling is set to join the cast of Euphoria, alongside Alicia Vikander and Eva Green. The evergreen Rampling is enjoying a purple patch in her illustrious career. She earned plaudits and an Academy Award nomination for her moving performance in Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years, which also won her the Best Actress award at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival. Forthcoming film titles include The Sense of an Ending, in which she co-stars with Michelle Dockery, Emily Mortimer and Jim Broadbent. She has been honoured with a career César, the European Film Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Award, France’s Légion d’honneur and a British OBE. Read More…

June 22, 2016 Mattel Finally Nails It With Game Developer Barbie

A few years ago Mattel had to apologize for a book featuring a patronizing portrayal of someone called Computer Engineer Barbie, a flustered girl who can’t fix her cotton-candy pink computer without help from boys. Now the doll maker, which has been rebranding itself in a more feminist-palatable way amid declining sales, is trying again with Barbie Careers Game Developer. Read More…

June 21, 2016 How ‘Finding Dory’ Will Change Animated Movies Forever

The long awaited sequel to Finding Nemo, Finding Dory, was finally unleashed upon the world on June 17, and boy did it deliver. Not only did the film earn stellar reviews, but it destroyed the box office record for the biggest opening ever for an animated film. Pixar movies are always a big deal, but this one feels different, and I think that the success of Finding Dory will change animated movies going forward. But what was it about this movie that made it so successful? Read More…

June 21, 2016 Female Directors Break New Ground in TV Series

“I said, ‘Women can’t just be sex objects for the men,’” she says. “Being female I do keep an eye out a little more for how women are marginalized in scripts. And when you’re in a roomful of men you need to bring that point across. I felt really pleased about how I was able to nurture those characters.” Read More…

June 21, 2016 Netflix Adds Margaret Atwood Murder Drama ‘Alias Grace’ From Sarah Polley, Mary Harron

Six months after Making a Murderer became a phenomenon, the streaming giant is partnering with Halfire Entertainment and Canadian broadcaster CBC to adapt Margaret Atwood’s Canadian murder drama novel Alias Grace. Published in 1996, Alias Grace follows Grace Marks, a poor, young Irish immigrant and domestic servant in upper Canada who, along with stable hand James McDermott, was convicted of the brutal murders of their employer, Thomas Kinnear, and his housekeeper, Nancy Montgomery, in 1843. Read More…

June 21, 2016 Kristin Chenoweth Joins NBC’s ‘Hairspray Live’

Chenoweth will play Velma Von Tussle, the self-promoting and manipulative producer of The Corny Collins Show, who will stop at nothing to make her daughter Amber the star that Velma never was. Her biggest foe is Tracy Turnblad and she’ll do everything in her power to prevent the integration of The Corny Collins Show, which Tracy wants so much. Read More…

June 21, 2016 Tricia Helfer To Play Lucifer’s Mom On Fox Series

One of the biggest casting questions for Season 2 of Fox’s comic book drama Lucifer has been answered in a way that would delight genre fans. Battlestar Galactica alumna Tricia Helfer has been cast as the devil’s Mom, teased in the Season 2 finale, and she is a handful. Read More…

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