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December 07, 2016 Sydney Opera House Presents ‘All About Women’

All About Women returns to the Sydney Opera House on March 5, 2017. In its fifth year, All About Women is one of Sydney Opera House’s flagship festivals and occurs as a prelude to International Women’s Day on March 8. It’s a full day of talks and discussions about ideas that matter to women today, and features over 20 guests from Australia, Iceland, Germany, Malaysia, France, Norway, and the United States, and more. Gene Davis will speak on Women and Media. She has has a rare insight into Hollywood and the global film industry – and she knows how far we still need to travel before girls can see the variety of women they want to become in the films they watch, the shows they stream and the media they absorb every day. How does film and TV culture reproduce gender stereotypes? And how can we change the industry so that it reflects and celebrates real women and girls? Read More…

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December 07, 2016 Lucasfilm’s Force: Kathleen Kennedy Reveals an Executive Team More Than 50 Percent Female

How did Hollywood’s most storied franchise also become its most prominent champion of female empowerment? For the second year in a row, Lucasfilm is releasing a Star Wars movie with a woman as the lead — Felicity Jones’ reformed thief Jyn Erso in Rogue One, following 2015’s Rey (Daisy Ridley) in The Force Awakens. Kennedy credits Lucasfilm founder George Lucas with establishing an inclusive culture, which lieutenants say was amplified when she took the helm in 2012. Among her moves: hiring senior vp development Kiri Hart to oversee story across the Star Wars universe and elevating Lynwen Brennan to executive vp and general manager. Read More…

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December 07, 2016 Tina Fey, Megyn Kelly Talk Female Empowerment in the Trump Era at THR’s Women in Entertainment Event

Many of the most powerful women (and men) in the entertainment industry descended upon Milk Studios in Los Angeles on Wednesday to celebrate The Hollywood Reporter’s Power 100 at the 25th annual THR Women in Entertainment breakfast presented by Lifetime. The breakfast came nearly a month to the day since Hillary Clinton’s historic bid to become the first female president of the United States came to an end Nov. 9 when she was defeated by Donald Trump. The event took on a somber but resilient tone as many who took the podium directly addressed the outcome of the divisive election and tried to look ahead. Read More…

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December 07, 2016 Kate McKinnon to Star in Amblin’s ‘The Lunch Witch’

Kate McKinnon is serving up lunch. The Office Christmas Party and Ghostbusters actress will star in Amblin Entertainment’s The Lunch Witch, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. McKinnon will play the titular Grunhilda, a cold-hearted woman who inherits her famous ancestors’ recipes and cauldron in a world where no one believes in magic anymore. The Saturday Night Live Emmy winner’s film career has been taking off, as she’s also in the Sony ensemble comedy Rock That Body. McKinnon is repped by UTA and Principato-Young Entertainment. Read More…

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December 06, 2016 Pharrell Williams On ‘Hidden Figures’ Hidden NASA History – The Contenders Video

“Up until recently, a women’s contribution to history has often been dismissed, discounted and often at times even erased from public acknowledgment,” said Hidden Figures executive producer Pharrell Williams during the film’s The Contenders Presented by Deadline panel in front of a standing-room-only DGA theater crowd last month. “I see that when you push women down, you are actually pushing them to stand up even stronger,” the multiple Grammy winner added of the film starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe about the pivotal role three African-American women played in NASA’s early success. Read More…

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December 06, 2016 Goldhirsh Foundation gives $1M in grants via My LA2050 Grants Challenge

The Goldhirsh Foundation announced winners for its annual My LA2050 Grants Challenge, a $1M competition to source creative ideas about shaping the future of Los Angeles. The 12 winning organizations will receive grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 to implement projects in 2017 that make Los Angeles the best place to learn, create, play, connect, and live. The Geena Davis Institute will provide scholarships and mentorship opportunities for 50 girls aged 13-18 to participate in their See Jane Salon Series. Read More…

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December 04, 2016 Amy Schumer in Talks to Play ‘Barbie’

Amy Schumer is in talks to play Barbie in a live-action movie for Sony based on the iconic Mattel line of dolls. The movie is the first-ever live-action adaptation of the popular toy. It will follow the title character as she gets kicked out of Barbieland for not being perfect enough and ends up in the real world. The PG-rated movie is expected to hit theaters in the summer of 2018. Read More…

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December 04, 2016 Why Diverse Blockbusters Like ‘Rogue One’ And ‘Moana’ Are More Important Than Ever

On-screen and off-screen diversity still matters, even if the “empowering” triumphs found in the likes of Moana or Rogue One will feel a little less joyful considering what just happened. To the extent that cinematic pop culture matters for the young and the less-young, we need fewer fantasy films where heterosexual white guys save the world, especially in stories that serve as parables for racism, xenophobia or homophobia. Alongside those movies, we also need more movies where anyone else at all does the saving. We know there’s money in that, but now there is a pressing need to try to reverse a 15-year trend in blockbuster cinema. Read More…

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December 02, 2016 Women Lament The Lack Of Role Models On Screen

Many women around the world wished they had seen more role models on film and television when they were growing up, according to a ground-breaking study in nine countries including the U.S., the U.K., China and India. “The study shows media can be a very powerful influencer on our social and cultural beliefs and our behavior,” Madeline Di Nonno, CEO of the Geena Davis Institute, told me. “The findings have been similar across most of the countries. Media is the one business category that can inspire and change the world quickly. It could take decades for women to achieve gender parity on boards or in Congress, government and law. But in the fictional world it could happen overnight. Our point of view is let life imitate art.” Read More…

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December 02, 2016 2017 Sundance Film Festival: Competition and Next Lineup Announced

Congratulations to Dina, Icarus, Step, Trophy and Unrest for being selected for the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival! Robert Redford, President and Founder of Sundance Institute, said, “From the passion and chaos of creativity, independent filmmakers make decisions to harness that energy, break new ground and tell their stories. This year’s Festival reflects every step of that journey, and shows how art can engage, provoke and connect people all over the world.” Read More…

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