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Viola Davis To Star in and Produce “I Almost Forgot About You”

Davis in “Fences

Viola Davis is teaming up with the director of “Girls Trip.” The “How to Get Away with Murder” star will topline and produce an adaptation of Terry McMillan’s best-selling novel “I Almost Forgot About You” helmed by Malcolm D. Lee. Shadow and Act reports that Universal snagged the rights to the novel after making “a huge, competitive bid.”

The pic sees Davis playing Georgia Young, a “twice-divorced, successful optometrist. Despite a life, full of great friends, and family, she hasn’t felt a romantic spark in a while, and feeling bored and restless,” according to an official synopsis. “She decides it’s time to change, and goes on a wild journey of self-discovery, reuniting with old lovers, and getting a brand new lease on life.”

McMillan is penning the script with Ron Bass (“Rain Man,” “How Stella Got Her Groove Back”).

Davis won an Oscar earlier
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From Queen of Hip-Hop Soul to Acclaimed Actresses: How Mary J. Blige Conquered Hollywood

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From Queen of Hip-Hop Soul to Acclaimed Actresses: How Mary J. Blige Conquered Hollywood
It’s no secret that Mary J. Blige can do it all.

The Grammy Award winner, celebrated for both her singing and songwriting skills, has also been acting for years in TV and film.

But this year the “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul” has taken her acting career to the next level: Blige is starring in Netflix‘s potential Oscar player Mudbound — a Dee Rees film adaption of the 2008 novel — where she plays a mother-of-four dealing with racial prejudice on a Mississippi Delta farm during the Jim Crow South.

How did the 46-year-old R&B icon become a respected actress? Here
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Emma Stone Reveals Her "Shtick" Is a "Teary Cry Smile"

Emma Stone Reveals Her
Emma Stone has a "shtick."

The Oscar winner revealed during The Hollywood Reporter’s Actress Roundtable that her "teary cry smile" became a recurring facial expression in the 2011 film The Help.

Tate Taylor, the director, made me laugh so much because on the set he goes, ‘All right, why don't you just do your teary cry smile?’ And I know exactly what it is, it's like [makes the face] with a tear,” she recalled. “I've never done it since. I was like, ‘Fuck, it's my teary cry smile moment!’ I see it in a movie, and I'm like,...
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Participant Media Hires Girl Rising Co-Founder Holly Gordon

Participant Media Hires Girl Rising Co-Founder Holly Gordon
Participant Media has appointed Holly Gordon, a co-founder of the Girl Rising movement, to the newly created role of chief impact officer.

Gordon will expand the company’s social impact strategy through global, multi-year campaigns that are driven by Participant’s content and powered by strategic partnerships to address the most important current issues. She will report to CEO David Linde, who made the announcement Tuesday.

“Participant was founded on Jeff Skoll’s vision of compelling social action worldwide through poignant content, a vision that is more pertinent than ever today,” said Linde. “With social impact as a cornerstone of our business, we will benefit from Holly’s leadership in activating on our mandate to inspire action among a wide audience on timely initiatives. Her impressive background in both film and social impact programs makes her the ideal fit to drive our distinctive mission.”

Skoll founded Participant in 2004 as a means of inspiring social change. Its most notable
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Fox Nabs ‘Filthy Rich’ Family Drama From Tate Taylor & Imagine TV As Put Pilot

Fox has given a put pilot commitment to Filthy Rich, a soapy family drama from The Help writer-director Tate Taylor, Imagine Television and 20th Century Fox TV. Written and to be directed by Taylor, Filthy Rich is based on the New Zealand series of the same name. It revolves around the family of a mega-wealthy Southern businessman who is stunned to learn there are three previously unknown heirs to his fortune. When the family tries to pay them off to go away, the newly…
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Four Mother-Daughter Movies Could Dominate Awards Season

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Four Mother-Daughter Movies Could Dominate Awards Season
Mother-daughter relationships have always been the stuff of great drama. And the Oscars are no exception. Three decades ago the “Moonstruck” acting duo Olympia Dukakis and Cher both won gold for playing a strong-willed New York Italian mother and her feisty daughter. Six years later, as a mute Scottish teacher and her de facto interpreter in New Zealand, Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin repeated that twofer triumph with Jane Campion’s “The Piano.”

Onscreen mother-daughter conflict has resulted in other dual Academy Award nominations: selfless Barbara Stanwyck tricked Anne Shirley into marrying rich in tearjerker “Stella Dallas” (1937); Meryl Streep’s big mouth inspired a rebellious Julia Roberts in “August: Osage County” (2013); Piper Laurie was literally crucified by Sissy Spacek in “Carrie” (1976). At the start of this decade, Mo’Nique won an Oscar portraying the sexually abusive parent of fellow “Precious” nominee Gabourey Sidibe. Back in 1984, both Shirley MacLaine and
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Oscars Not So White: ‘Get Out’ and ‘Mudbound’ Lead Diverse 2018 Contenders

It would be lovely to think that last year’s “Moonlight” Oscar wins presaged a long and permanent shift in Hollywood movie culture. At the heart of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ complex diversity issue is how much the Oscars reflect the way that the Academy likes to view itself. That helps to explain why the Academy voters did far better with their 2017 Oscar nominations than the year before, when their 6,000 members failed to nominate any actors of color at all.

Read More:Barry Jenkins and Jordan Peele Among the 774 Invited to Join the Academy As It Pushes for Inclusion

The Academy’s recent diversity push added more younger and international members; its 7,000 voters are now 28 percent women and 13 percent people of color. But will the new membership shifts make a major impact on the 2018 Oscar nominations? Despite the new voters, the organization is still under the
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Oscars Not So White: ‘Get Out’ and ‘Mudbound’ Lead Diverse 2018 Contenders

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It would be lovely to think that last year’s “Moonlight” Oscar wins presaged a long and permanent shift in Hollywood movie culture. At the heart of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ complex diversity issue is how much the Oscars reflect the way that the Academy likes to view itself. That helps to explain why the Academy voters did far better with their 2017 Oscar nominations than the year before, when their 6,000 members failed to nominate any actors of color at all.

Read More:Barry Jenkins and Jordan Peele Among the 774 Invited to Join the Academy As It Pushes for Inclusion

The Academy’s recent diversity push added more younger and international members; its 7,000 voters are now 28 percent women and 13 percent people of color. But will the new membership shifts make a major impact on the 2018 Oscar nominations? Despite the new voters, the organization is still under the
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Exclusive Photo: Unit Still Photographer Dale Robinette Provides a Sneak Peek at ‘Wonder’

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Chicago – When we last caught up with “Uncle Dale” Robinette – Unit Still Photographer in Los Angeles – it was Oscar time in February of this year, and he talked to HollywoodChicago.com about his iconic “dancing” photo from “La La Land.” Well, Uncle Dale is back to provide an Exclusive Photo as a preview to the new film “Wonder,” opening nationwide on November 17th, 2017.

Wonder” features Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Mandy Patinkin and Jacob Tremblay (“Room”), and is a warm family story of a boy (Tremblay), seeking acceptance in a new town after a series of operations for a facial disfigurement. It is based on a novel by R.J. Palacio, directed by Stephen Chbosky (“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”) and one of the screenplay adapters is Steve Conrad, a writer living in Chicago.

Action! ‘Wonder’ Opens Nationwide on November 17th

Photo credit: Dale Robinette for Lionsgate

Dale Robinette has plied
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Octavia Spencer’s Belief in Education Inspires Her Involvement With City Year

Octavia Spencer’s Belief in Education Inspires Her Involvement With City Year
When Octavia Spencer was growing up, her mother always stressed the importance of education to her and her siblings. “That was her thing,” reveals the Oscar-winning actress. “That was demanded of us, and I’m glad that she did demand it. We were from humble beginnings, and I believe education was the key out of poverty.” So it’s not surprising Spencer was drawn to City Year, a member of the AmeriCorps network. The organization is designed to help students and schools excel. Spencer became intrigued shortly after wrapping “The Help,” when 20th Century Fox co-chairman Stacey Snider (then chairman-ceo of DreamWorks) invited her to attend the org’s annual Spring Break: Destination Education party. “I heard all the talking points and learned what they do in the community,” recalls Spencer. “I knew it was something I would lend my time to, and years later, I’ve become a member of the board of the L
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Tiffany Haddish Deserves an Oscar Nomination for Girls Trip

We’re now at the beginning of the awards season in which Oscar-bait films will endlessly campaign all their way to Oscar gold. But, the Academy shouldn’t overlook summer’s hit comedy: Girls Trip. Particularly, I’m talking about the breakout performance of Tiffany Hadish for her role as Dina. Academy members, please don’t forget her. The Academy rarely gives nominations to comedic performances and the last time that they did it was a few years ago with Melissa McCarthy for Bridesmaids. But, she lost to Octavia Spencer for The Help. During that time, McCarthy doesn’t have the breakthrough career that she has

Tiffany Haddish Deserves an Oscar Nomination for Girls Trip
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Trailer Watch: The Cards Are Stacked Against Jessica Chastain in “Molly’s Game”

“Molly’s Game”

“In this room, you couldn’t buy your win, you couldn’t buy me, and you couldn’t buy a seat at the table,” explains Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain) in a new trailer for “Molly’s Game.” Forced out of sports after an injury, the former Olympic-level skier ends up running what’s described as “the world’s most exclusive, glamorous, and decadent man-cave” — a high-stakes poker game attended by movie stars, athletes, and billionaires. Molly is raking in tons of cash, but as she explains, the “government raided my game, [and] took all of my money, assuming all of it was made illegally, which it wasn’t.” And now she’s about to go on trial.

Based on a true story, “Molly’s Game” is an adaptation of Bloom’s book of the same name. The drama sees Molly deciding whether to give up her hard drives full of sensitive information about her high-profile clients in exchange for full immunity or face potential jail time. While her lawyer (Idris Elba, “Luther”) pressures her to take the deal, Molly insists that “families, lives, [and] careers will be ruined.”

“Molly’s Game” received strong reviews out of its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last month. Chastain-starrer “Woman Walks Ahead,” a Native American period drama directed by Susanna White, also bowed at the fest.

Miss Sloane,” “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” and “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” are among Chastain’s recent credits. She received Oscar nods for her roles in “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Help.”

Written and directed by Aaron Sorkin (“Steve Jobs”), “Molly’s Game” hits theaters November 22.

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Trailer Watch: The Cards Are Stacked Against Jessica Chastain in “Molly’s Game” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Jared Leto plays down his on-set “method” antics on Suicide Squad

Jared Leto is well known for the extreme lengths he goes to in order to get into character, but his alleged antics during the shooting of Warner Bros.’ DC blockbuster Suicide Squad certainly raised a few eyebrows.

According to reports, Leto sent a number of bizarre “Joker-inspired” gifts to his cast mates, including live rats, a dead pig, bullets, “sticky” Playboy magazines, anal beads and even used condoms. However, it seems some of the more outlandish reports may have been wide of the mark, as Leto has downplayed the situation during an interview with Entertainment Weekly to promote his new film Blade Runner 2049.

“Most of it was total bullshit,” said Leto. “Like that I was giving used condoms to people, which was not true. It doesn’t matter how loud you shout or hold up a sign with your pants off in Times Square — people will run the story that they want.
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Battle of the Sexes' Emma Stone on learning to become a tennis champ

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Battle of the Sexes' Emma Stone on learning to become a tennis champBattle of the Sexes' Emma Stone on learning to become a tennis champJim Slotek, Cineplex Magazine9/20/2017 10:32:00 Am

Singing and dancing in La La Land was demanding. But Emma Stone says it may have been more challenging to learn to play tennis for the role of legendary Billie Jean King in Battle of the Sexes.

“I mean, I had sung before and I had danced a little, so I had that to start out with,” she says of the three months she spent prepping for her Oscar-winning role in 2016’s feel good movie of the year. “But I was a complete novice when it came to tennis.

“I dove in right after we completed La La Land. Battle of the Sexes could not be more different in a way. But it also required the same amount of rehearsal,
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Suicide Squad’s Harley Quinn gets a new Hot Toys collectible figure

Hot Toys has revealed its upcoming sixth scale Harley Quinn (Dancer Dress Version) figure which is based on the likeness of Margot Robbie in Warner Bros.’ DC supervillain team-up Suicide Squad; take a look at the official promotional images here…

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Suicide Squad sees David Ayer (Fury) directing a cast that includes Will Smith (Focus) as Deadshot, Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) as The Joker, Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney (Terminator Genisys) as Captain Boomerang, Joel Kinnaman (RoboCop) as Rick Flag, Viola Davis (The Help) as Amanda Waller, Cara Delevingne (Paper Towns) as Enchantress, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Thor: The Dark World) as Killer Croc, Jay Hernandez (Hostel) as El Diablo, Adam Beach (Flags of Our Fathers) as Slipknot, Jim Parrack (Fury) as Johnny Frost, Ben Affleck (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
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Participant Promotes Jonathan King, Diane Weyermann to Lead Film, TV Initiatives

Participant Promotes Jonathan King, Diane Weyermann to Lead Film, TV Initiatives
Participant Media has promoted Jonathan King and Diane Weyermann to the newly established roles of presidents, with King overseeing narrative film and television projects, and Weyermann handling documentaries.

The promotions were announced on Sunday by CEO David Linde. Both Weyermann and King report to Linde.

“By shepherding inspiring and highly compelling films over the last decade, Diane and Jonathan have played integral roles in shaping Participant into the dynamic company it is today,” Linde said. “Their promotions are not only well deserved, but also reflect their substantial commitment to our success and Jeff Skoll’s prescient mission of creating socially impactful content that inspires audiences to action.”

Skoll founded Participant in 2004 as a means of inspiring social change. Its most notable titles have included “Syriana,” “An Inconvenient Truth,” “The Help,” “Lincoln,” “Spotlight,” and “Citizenfour.”

King and Weyermann said, “We are grateful to all the talented artists who share our belief that films can be both popular and
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Jessica Chastain (‘Molly’s Game’): Oscar bound for Aaron Sorkin drama about high-stakes poker player?

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Jessica Chastain (‘Molly’s Game’): Oscar bound for Aaron Sorkin drama about high-stakes poker player?
Third time could be the charm at the Oscars for Jessica Chastain, who stars in “Molly’s Game,” a character study by first-time director Aaron Sorkin that premiered on Sept. 8 to rave reviews at the Toronto film festival. Chastain, who lost her Oscar bids for “The Help” (2011) and “Zero Dark Thirty” (2012), shines in […]
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10 Actors Who Were Almost Cast in Marvel's Ant-Man

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10 Actors Who Were Almost Cast in Marvel's Ant-Man
Cinephiles and Marvel movie fans were abuzz when writer/director Edgar Wright teased plot details, production photos, and concept footage from Ant-Man, which promised to be an action comedy take on Marvel's travel-sized superhero. Wright ultimately left the project, though Paul Rudd stayed on as Scott Lang for director Peyton Reed, who delivered the 2015 film that earned over $519 million worldwide. But before Rudd entered the scene, Ant-Man himself almost looked quite a bit different.

There were plenty of actors considered for the film's lead and the no-less important parts of Og Ant-Man Hank Pym, the Wasp and/or Hope van Dyne. Today, we look at 10 actors who were almost cast in Marvel's Ant-Man at one point or another. And there are some pretty wild and unique choices to be discovered. As well as some that are simply no brainers. Would any of them have been better than Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly?
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Film About Racketeer Stephanie St. Clair in Development at HBO

Cicely Tyson as Stephanie St. Clair in the 1997 film “Hoodlum

A fter presenting the Oprah Winfrey-starring, Emmy nominated film “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” earlier this year, HBO is planning to bring another historically overlooked African-American female figure to the spotlight. According to Deadline, the cable network is setting its sights on racketeer Stephanie St. Clair.

HBO has joined forces with director Tim Story (“Fantastic Four”) and production company Zero Gravity Management to tell the story of “the woman who was an immigrant from the Caribbean and ended up running something known as the Policy Bank — which really was the precursor to the American lottery system.”

St. Clair’s wealth was deeply tied to organized crime, but “when mobsters Dutch Schultz and Lucky Luciano and a corrupt police force tried to take over her criminal enterprise, she fought fiercely against them and won those battles,” Deadline summarizes.

The project is based on Shirley Stewart’s book, “The World of Stephanie St. Clair: An Entrepreneur, Race Woman and Outlaw in Early Twentieth Century Harlem.” Nicole Asher — who is currently attached to Octavia Spencer and LeBron James’ project on entrepreneur and activist Madam C.J. Walker — will write the script.

Singer-songwriter Janet Jackson is also working on a St. Clair project via Lifetime. A loose adaptation of St. Clair’s story was presented in Bill Duke’s 1997 film “Hoodlum.” Cicely Tyson (“The Help”) portrayed St. Clair.

Film About Racketeer Stephanie St. Clair in Development at HBO was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Octavia Spencer Teams with LeBron James for Madam C.J. Walker Series

Octavia Spencer in “Hidden Figures

As we previously reported, Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer is set to star as entrepreneur and social activist Madam C.J. Walker in a limited drama series based on A’Lelia Bundles’ best-selling biography “On Her Own Ground.” Now Variety writes that the project has officially found a production company in LeBron JamesSpringHill Entertainment.

Madam C.J. Walker — who started with close to nothing in the late 1800s — found success through her “discovery of a revolutionary hair care formula for black women.” She “managed to overcome astonishing odds, building a storied beauty empire from the ground up, amassing wealth unprecedented among black women, and devoting her life to philanthropy and social activism,” the source summarizes.

Although Walker’s story does not have an official home yet, Netflix rumors are percolating. Nicole Asher is set to write the script, and “Black Nativity” director Kasi Lemmons has signed on to direct the pilot. Asher and Lemmons, alongside Spencer and James, will also executive produce.

Spencer and James’ interest in the project arguably stems from a mutual end goal: to tell untold stories. As a company, SpringHill aims to “spotlight the hidden African-American figures who helped shape American history,” Variety explains. As both actress and a newly-proclaimed producer, Spencer, too, is “drawn to stories that haven’t really been told.” “I want to see all shapes and sizes, all ages, all religions,” she has said, “because that’s what our society is comprised of.”

The actress just recently shed light on Dorothy Vaughan’s story in “Hidden Figures.” Alongside Taraji P. Henson and Janelle Monáe, Spencer introduced audiences to the true story of the African-American women who aided Nasa in the Space Race.

Her portrayal in “Hidden Figures” earned a Golden Globe and Oscar nomination. Spencer previously won an Academy Award for her role in “The Help,” and she is Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year. She will next appear in Guillermo del Toro’s other-worldly fairy tale, “The Shape of Water,” out December 8.

Octavia Spencer Teams with LeBron James for Madam C.J. Walker Series was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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