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Drama at Live!

Lainey Posted by Lainey at April 21, 2016 16:56:24 April 21, 2016 16:56:24
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I’m sure you’ve heard about what’s happening at Live! with Kelly and Michael. Kelly Ripa apparently found out after the show on Tuesday that Michael Strahan Full Story

And so the Warner Bros. shuffle begins

Sarah Posted by Sarah at April 6, 2016 19:06:45 April 6, 2016 19:06:45
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After the antipathetic public reaction to Superhero Face Punch, it seemed inevitable that Warner Brothers would have to make some changes to their plans for the DC Extended Universe, which is what they’re calling their cinematic universe. But they stuck with Zack Snyder as the director of The Justice League Part One, and they aren’t slowing down that train at all, so just what those changes would be remained a question. Full Story

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Olivia Wilde was “too old”

Lainey Posted by Lainey at March 16, 2016 20:12:35 March 16, 2016 20:12:35
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Olivia Wilde was on Howard Stern this week. She’s promoting Vinyl, which I haven’t started watching yet, and I should, but again – there is SO MUCH GOOD TV! Anyway, she starts talking about working with Martin Scorsese (he’s producing Vinyl) and reveals that she auditioned for Wolf Of Wall Street. Full Story

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Mindy Kaling: artist and activist

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 24, 2016 18:48:19 February 24, 2016 18:48:19
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Ahead of the Oscars, the New York Times has just published a piece called What It’s Really Like To Work In Hollywood (if you’re not a straight white man) featuring commentary from 27 industry players sharing their experiences in their own words. Queen Latifah is there. Julia Roberts is there. Full Story

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Rooney Mara is wishy-washy on whitewashing

Sarah Posted by Sarah at February 23, 2016 18:12:33 February 23, 2016 18:12:33
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It is not my preference to go after actors in the ongoing #OscarsSoWhite and the Hollywood diversity crisis. (Want to be depressed? Read this super sad and regressive study of diversity within industry ranks from the studio C-suites on down.) But actors are usually the most visible people connecting a film to the general public, so they inevitably get asked about this, especially if they themselves are caught up in a whitewashing casting controversy. Full Story

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Deadpool restores Ryan Reynolds

Sarah Posted by Sarah at February 15, 2016 15:04:00 February 15, 2016 15:04:00
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Deadpool had a crazy weekend at the box office, destroying every record for February no matter which way you slice it—opening day, single day, Thursday preview, R-rated debut, the four-day President’s Day weekend frame. For the three-day weekend it’s pulled an estimated $135 million, with $150-160 million for the four-day holiday—I think the actuals will be higher, based on a strong Sunday. Full Story

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Reese Witherspoon’s blind riddle

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 4, 2016 21:27:20 February 4, 2016 21:27:20
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As previously mentioned in the Kerry Washington post, Reese Witherspoon is featured in Entertainment Weekly’s Beyond Beautiful article and drops a blind riddle about opportunities for women in Hollywood: “About four years ago I got sent an awful, terrible script. And this male star was starring in it, and there was a girlfriend part. Full Story

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Nate Parker is ready

Sarah Posted by Sarah at January 27, 2016 20:22:42 January 27, 2016 20:22:42
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Yesterday Nate Parker landed a record-breaking deal for his film, The Birth of a Nation, at Sundance, which also turned out to be the biggest sale of a complete film at any film festival, ever. Now, some details of the bidding war are coming out. Full Story

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Hollywood had a secret meeting about women which is not weird at all

Sarah Posted by Sarah at December 2, 2015 19:06:23 December 2, 2015 19:06:23
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An interesting bit of news came out yesterday that back in October film industry insiders held a two-day think tank to brainstorm ways to promote the interests of women in the industry. The think tank was led by a “facilitation team” who has done similar work for companies like Google and NBCUniversal—one of the few movie studios openly dedicated to diversity (see also: Fast/Furious, Straight Outta Compton, Pitch Perfect, Trainwreck, Fifty Shades of Grey). Full Story

Rihanna’s agency

Lainey Posted by Lainey at November 13, 2015 16:43:13 November 13, 2015 16:43:13
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It was announced yesterday that Rihanna has launched Fr8me, her own style and beauty agency. Per THR, Fr8me “assists artists in booking commercials, editorial shoots, ad campaigns and red-carpet gigs”. Several hair and makeup and fashion stylists have already signed on, including Rihanna’s own team. Full Story