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Trailer Watch: It’s Carrie vs. the President in “Homeland” Season 7

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Homeland”: Showtime

The last time we saw Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), she had failed to stop an assassination attempt on President-elect Keane (Elizabeth Marvel). Turns out Carrie and the entire intelligence community will pay for that mistake, a new trailer for Season 7 of “Homeland” reveals. Keane has authorized the arrest of 200 intelligence experts without bringing charges against them, a move Carrie calls “some of the most expansive civil rights abuses in the history of our nation.”

Season 7 will see Carrie fight to secure the release of the detainees, her mentor and friend Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin) among them. Taking on the president will likely be one of the most difficult challenges of Carrie’s career so far. After all, her sense of duty to her country and its safety is how she defines herself. “Nobody grows of dreaming of taking down criminals inside their own government,” a new colleague (Morgan Spector) says in commiseration. »

- Rachel Montpelier

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Jada Pinkett Smith Criticizes Hollywood Foreign Press for “Girls Trip” Golden Globes Snub

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Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, and Tiffany Haddish in “Girls Trip

Girls Trip” made more than $115 million at the domestic box office — from a budget of $19 million — and its breakoug star Tiffany Haddish is fast becoming one of the most in-demand comic performers. Despite the film’s commercial and critical success (including an 89 percent “Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes), the comedy failed to nab any Golden Globe nominations. The lack of love from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the organization responsible for the Globes, came as an unwelcome surprise to a lot of people, including “Girls Trip” actress Jada Pinkett Smith.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pinkett Smith used Twitter to take the HFPA to task, but not for failing to nominate “Girls Trip” and Haddish. She called them out for refusing to see the film. “I’m not upset about @TiffanyHaddish or @GirlsTripMovie not getting a nom… »

- Rachel Montpelier

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Trailer Watch: Natalie Portman Tries to Save Her Husband’s Life in “Annihilation”

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“Start from the beginning,” Natalie Portman is told in a new trailer for “Annihilation.” We’re transported to the not-so-distant past, and see the Oscar winner’s character, a biologist, hanging out with her husband (Oscar Isaac, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”). He then embarks on a mysterious expedition, and when he comes home, he’s extremely ill.

“If I knew what happened, I could save his life,” the biologist insists. So she decides to volunteer for the same expedition he did, and heads to a mysterious, abandoned, and altogether otherworldly-looking location known as Area X. She and three other women compose the 12th expedition: a surveyor (Tessa Thompson, “Thor: Ragnarok”), psychologist (Jennifer Jason Leigh, “Twin Peaks”), and paramedic (Gina Rodriguez, “Jane the Virgin”).

The trailer includes footage of Area X, where we’re told life is in “continuous mutation” and the women face terrifying predators. We also learn »

- Laura Berger

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CAA Pledges 50–50 Gender Parity by 2020, Begins Defense Fund for Harassment Cases

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CAA ignored Mia Kirshner’s complaints about Harvey Weinstein: “The L Word

Creative Artists Agency (CAA) is turning over a new leaf after last week’s New York Times story. According to the exposé about Harvey Weinstein’s wide-reaching network of allies and protectors, at least eight CAA agents were informed of Weinstein’s pattern of sexual misconduct but continued to schedule private hotel meetings between the mogul and their clients. Now, per The Hollywood Reporter, CAA has vowed to become part of the solution instead of the problem.

The talent agency has joined ICM in pledging 50–50 gender parity by 2020. CAA has also cancelled its annual Golden Globes party and will instead use that money to set up a legal defense fund for sexual harassment cases. The fund will support harassment victims in all workplaces, not just those in show business.

“The intention is to honor the agency’s »

- Rachel Montpelier

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Black List 2017 Features Record Number of Scripts By and About Women

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Christy Hall’s “Daddio” made the list: Hall’s official site

If the 2017 Black List is any indication — and hopefully it is — we’re going to see more films written by women going into production soon. And more female-led stories, too. Compiled by tallying the votes of over 275 film executives, the famous list recognizes the best film scripts that haven’t begun principal photography during this year. “The big takeaway from this year’s list is that women are more present on the list then ever, both in the stories that are being told and the screenwriters who are telling them,” TheWrap writes.

More specifically, 25 of the 76 works featured this year are written or co-written by women, and 34 scripts center on female protagonists. According to the source, that’s “a record for both categories.”

Each Hollywood exec who participated in the Black List contributed the names of up to 10 favorite scripts. »

- Laura Berger

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Awards Round-Up: Honors for “Mudbound,” “I Am Not a Witch,” and More

12 December 2017 10:31 AM, PST

I Am Not a Witch

Awards season is heating up and while the Golden Globes didn’t show much love for women directors, the British Independent Film Awards and New York Film Critics Online sure did. “I Am Not a Witch” helmer Rungano Nyoni took home the Best Director prize as well as the The Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director at the BIFAs on Sunday. Meanwhile, Nyfc Online named Dee Rees’ “Mudbound” Best Picture (in a tie with “The Florida Project”). “Mudbound” also won Best Ensemble Cast and Rees received the Best Director award.

I Am Not a Witch,” the story of an eight-year-old girl who is accused of witchcraft, also netted a Bifa for Breakthrough Producer (Emily Morgan). And “Mudbound” — which follows two families, one black and one white, in the WWII-era American South — was among Nyfc Online’s Top 10 Films of 2017. The only other woman-directed flick »

- Rachel Montpelier

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“Home Again” Writer-Director Hallie Meyers-Shyer Talks Rom-Coms and Her Mother’s Influence

12 December 2017 9:38 AM, PST

Home Again

Home Again” finds Reese Witherspoon starting over. The Oscar winner plays Alice, a recently separated woman who returns to her hometown of La with her two daughters. In the midst of a wild night out celebrating her 40th birthday Alice invites three young aspiring filmmakers to crash with her, and they end up staying in her guest house and having an important influence on her and her daughters.

We talked to the film’s writer-director Hallie Meyers-Shyer about growing up with a female filmmaker as a mom, whether or not “Home Again” is a romantic comedy, and why she thinks “change is coming” to Hollywood.

Home Again” is available on DVD and Blu-ray today.

This interview has been edited. It was transcribed by Lyra Hale.

W&H: You come from a film family. Usually people get into the family business or they run screaming from the family business. »

- Melissa Silverstein

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Quote of the Day: Jessica Chastain Reflects on the Price of Speaking Out

12 December 2017 8:01 AM, PST

Chastain in “Molly’s Game”

“To be honest, I’m mainly surprised about my nomination,” Jessica Chastain told The New York Times regarding her recently announced Golden Globe nod for “Molly’s Game.” The actor took home a Globe in 2013 for “Zero Dark Thirty” and is a two-time Oscar nominee. She wasn’t doubting the worthiness of the performance in her latest film — she was just being realistic about the potential cost of consistently using her platform to loudly and proudly support women and tackle misogyny.

“As an actor, I have a lot of fear, thinking that if I speak my mind, or something that feels like it deviates from the norm as a woman, am I going to be made to disappear in my industry?” Chastain explained. “When the article came out about [Harvey] Weinstein, I immediately started tweeting. I’ve got a good group of girlfriends on WhatsApp, and I said, »

- Laura Berger

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Alicia Vikander to be Honored by Goteborg Festival

12 December 2017 7:01 AM, PST

Alicia Vikander on “Jimmy Kimmel Live”: YouTube

Alicia Vikander hasn’t celebrated her 30th birthday yet, but the Oscar winner is set to receive a lifetime achievement award at an upcoming fest. She’ll take home the Nordic Honorary Dragon Award from Sweden’s Goteborg Film Festival, The Hollywood Reporter confirms. Her latest film will also screen in competition at the fest, which takes place in her hometown of Gothenburg.

Written and directed by Lisa Langseth, “Euphoria” sees Vikander and “Penny Dreadful” alumna Eva Green playing sisters traveling through Europe. “The film poses questions about responsibility and freedom, both individual and in a broader political sense without delivering any easy answers,” Langseth told us.

Vikander won an Oscar in 2016 for her supporting role in “The Danish Girl.” “Ex Machina,” “Testament of Youth,” and “The Light Between Oceans” are among her other credits. She plays Lara Croft in the upcoming “Tomb Raider” reboot, »

- Laura Berger

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“Masters of Sex” Creator Michelle Ashford Signs Overall Deal With FX

11 December 2017 12:01 PM, PST

Ashford: Los Angeles Times/YouTube

Michelle Ashford is making it official with FX Productions. The “Masters of Sex” creator has inked an overall deal with the company, Variety confirms.

While Ashford earned an Emmy nod for co-writing HBO miniseries “The Pacific,” she’s best known for her work on “Masters of Sex.” Set in the 1950s and ‘60s, the award-winning Showtimes series followed pioneering sex researchers William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan). The drama ran from 2013–16.

Ashford’s other writing credits include “Lewis and Clark,” “John Adams,” and the upcoming feature “Operation Mincemeat,” a spy story set in WWII.

“We admire Michelle’s ability to create great TV across so many different genres and know she will be a tremendous addition to the FX Networks creative team,” said Nick Grad, co-president of original programming for FX Networks and FX Productions. “Her storytelling skills have made her one »

- Laura Berger

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Julie Delpy Honored at European Film Awards, Calls Out Sexism in Funding Female Directors

11 December 2017 11:01 AM, PST

Delpy in “Lolo

Most award winners use all of their time at the podium to breathlessly thank agents and deliver words of inspiration. Not so for Julie Delpy. In a bold and amazing move, the multihyphenate made an important announcement about her next project — and asked for help. Delpy was accepting the European Achievement in World Cinema prize at the European Film Awards (Efa) “when she called on members of the European Film Academy to pony up for her new film, ‘My Zoe,’” The Hollywood Reporter writes. She addressed “the problems completing financing for her new project, planned as her sixth feature as a director.”

As Delpy explained to THR, a key financier of the family drama dropped the project shortly before the film was scheduled to go to prep. She told the award show’s attendees that in order for “My Zoe” to begin shooting as planned early next year, »

- Laura Berger

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Tanya Saracho Series “Brujas” Being Developed by Big Beach

11 December 2017 10:01 AM, PST

Saracho: American Latino/YouTube

Playwright and TV scribe Tanya Saracho has a new project in the works. She’s tapped to serve as showrunner on “Brujas,” a series being developed by indie producer and financer Big Beach. Deadline reports that the series centers on four Chicago-based Afro-Caribbean/Latinx women and explores “the relationships and community born out of the growing identification with the Bruja movement.”

According to the source, “Brujas” will “use the brujería counter-culture as a foundation. The brujería culture is a means for Latinx feminists to reconnect with their heritage through music, style, nightlife, and art. It’s a powerful return to indigenous practices and a reclamation of feminine strength.”

Saracho will pen the series and serve as an exec producer.

“Obviously I’m obsessed with women and Latina women,” Saracho has said of the themes in her writing. “I think I’m on my seventh or eighth all-Latina play. »

- Laura Berger

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Golden Globe Nominations Are In, and Once Again Women Directors Are Shut Out

11 December 2017 9:01 AM, PST

Lady Bird capturing our feelings well (“Lady Bird”)

Lady Bird” is officially the best-reviewed film ever on Rotten Tomatoes. The coming-of-age dramedy has been scoring award after award, giving many hope that writer-director Greta Gerwig would be a shoo-in come Golden Globe and Oscar time. Well, Golden Globe nominations are in, and Gerwig scored a nod for Best Screenplay and “Lady Bird” is up for Best Picture — Comedy or Musical, but once again the Best Director category is composed entirely of men. No Gerwig. No Dee Rees for “Mudbound.” No Patty Jenkins for “Wonder Woman.”

Fortunately, female filmmakers fared better in the Best Animated Film category, which is noteworthy because women are especially underrepresented in that field. Two of five films in the running are women-directed or co-directed: Nora Twomey’s “The Breadwinner,” the story of a girl who cuts her hair and disguises herself as a boy so she »

- Women and Hollywood

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“Jessica Jones” Season 2 Gets a Premiere Date and Teaser

11 December 2017 8:01 AM, PST

Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones is back and as deadpan as ever. “If you say with great power comes great responsibility I swear I’ll throw up on you,” says our favorite antihero in a date announcement for Season 2 of “Jessica Jones.” New episodes of the Krysten Ritter-starrer will hit Netflix March 8.

Created by Melissa Rosenberg (“Dexter”), the series centers on Jessica, a former superhero turned hard-drinking detective who’s dealing with Ptsd. The first season of the show saw Jessica confronting Kilgrave (David Tennant, “Doctor Who”), a man capable of controlling minds — including Jessica’s.

While the clip doesn’t reveal much about “Jessica Jones’” sophomore season, a synopsis from Netflix does. Jessica is “beginning to put her life back together after murdering her tormenter, Kilgrave. Now known throughout the city as a super-powered killer, a new case makes her reluctantly confront who she really is while digging deeper »

- Laura Berger

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Second Season of “Big Little Lies” Confirmed, Andrea Arnold to Direct

11 December 2017 7:01 AM, PST

Big Little Lies”: HBO

We haven’t seen the last of Madeline, Celeste, and the rest of Monterey just yet. It’s official: “Big Little Lies” is no longer a limited series — the HBO show is coming back for a second season. Stars and executive producers Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman are signed on, and according to Vulture, “most of the cast is expected to return and contract negotiations are underway.” So we’ll likely be seeing more of Jane (Shailene Woodley), Renata (Laura Dern), and Bonnie (Zoë Kravitz) as well.

Big Little Lies” received a lot of positive attention for putting female characters front and center, but every episode of the murder mystery’s first season was written by David E. Kelley and directed by Jean-Marc Vallée — two men. This time around, a woman has been hired to take the helm. Andrea Arnold (“American Honey,” “Transparent”) is signed »

- Laura Berger

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