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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

The Goop Guide to Trolling

Maria Posted by Maria at November 12, 2015 16:36:03 November 12, 2015 16:36:03
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It’s been a Gwyneth-heavy week, month, year. There is no going underground for months at a time when there are jumpsuits to sell. This week, Gwyneth attended the Fast Company Innovation Festival (pics here) – Fast Company, a “leading progressive business media brand”, has been supportive of Goop. Full Story

Jennifer Lawrence’s power

Sarah Posted by Sarah at November 5, 2015 16:44:02 November 5, 2015 16:44:02
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Yesterday The Hollywood Reporter released their studio executive roundtable, an hour-long conversation between the heads of five out of six of the Big Six studios, plus Lionsgate’s Rob Friedman. (Why is Warner Brothers not here?) Of the six execs, two are women—Universal’s Donna Langley, and Fox’s Stacey Snider. Full Story

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Effie Brown and Matt Damon are not super best friends

Sarah Posted by Sarah at October 14, 2015 17:09:25 October 14, 2015 17:09:25
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The last time we talked about Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s HBO revival of Project Greenlight, it was about #mattsplaining and Damon’s dumb remarks about diversity hiring on a film set, which he directed at Effie Brown, an African-American producer. Full Story

Jennifer Lawrence wanted to be liked

Lainey Posted by Lainey at October 13, 2015 14:34:51 October 13, 2015 14:34:51
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As mentioned in today’s blog intro, the new Lenny newsletter includes an essay by Jennifer Lawrence called Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co-Stars? This is Jennifer Lawrence, the highest paid actress in Hollywood. Oscar winner. Multiple Oscar nominee. Katniss. Mystique. And she’s still not on the level. Full Story

Tom Hardy ain’t got time for primadonna directors

Sarah Posted by Sarah at September 24, 2015 18:59:26 September 24, 2015 18:59:26
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Tom Hardy gave an interview, via Skype, to Vulture and in it he sh*ts all over the idea of directors and basically says they contribute nothing to film. I laughed for a solid five minutes, because cinema is a culture that worships directors and also because Tom Hardy basically just declared to all future employers that he doesn’t really respect what they do. Full Story

Scarjo’s jeans

Lainey Posted by Lainey at September 24, 2015 17:12:10 September 24, 2015 17:12:10
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I saw these new photos of Scarlett Johansson. I wanted to post them and just talk about the jeans. But that would take up all of three lines. And she’s been kinda quiet so I don’t really have any work news to write about. I guess I could google her and find some throwaway story to refer to, like how Wesley Snipes namechecked her in an interview Full Story

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Sebastian Stan walking and Marvel divorce 2.0

Sarah Posted by Sarah at September 4, 2015 14:26:36 September 4, 2015 14:26:36
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Here are some photos of Sebastian Stan walking around. Captain America: Civil War has wrapped, but he’s still got his long Winter Soldier hair, which he’ll probably have to keep at least until the scheduled Civil War reshoots are done in a few months. It also looks like he’s been going light on leg day, which is somewhat disappointing. Full Story

Jake G hangs out his shingle

Sarah Posted by Sarah at August 7, 2015 14:57:49 August 7, 2015 14:57:49
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After helping to get End of Watch and Nightcrawler made, Jake Gyllenhaal is making it official and opening his own production company. The name of his company is not yet known, but he’s just signed a first-look deal with Bold Films, the production company behind Nightcrawler. He’s also nabbed Riva Marker, who has produced dozens of films including The Kids Are All Right, Beasts of No Nation, and The Family Fang, to run his company. Full Story

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