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Trailer for Skybound starring Rick Cosnett and Scarlett Byrne

Sp Releasing and High Octane Pictures have unveiled a trailer for the airborne thriller Skybound, which stars Rick Cosnett (The Flash), Scarlett Byrne (Harry Potter), Gavin Stenhouse (Black Mirror) and Morten Suurballe (The Killing). Check it out below, along with the poster and synopsis…

Flight Plan meets Non-Stop in director Alex Tavakolis’ airborne sci-fi action-thriller that sees some of today’s hottest young stars battling more in the air than just turbulence! Five plane passengers are unable to land after a mysterious disaster happens on the ground, but they may be in worse danger than they thought when a stowaway is discovered on board carrying a dangerous secret.

Skybound is set for release on Tuesday, November 11th.
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’24’ Could Return As A Legal Thriller With Female Lead

Following the many series led by Kiefer Sutherland, and the most recent 24: Legacy, it is being reported that the 24 franchise could be redirected into a completely different area and TV genre; criminal justice.

Deadline is reporting that Howard Gordon and Imagine’s Brian Grazer, as well as former The Killing writer-producer Jeremy Doner and the franchise’s production companies, 20th Century Fox TV and Imagine TV, are looking to revamp the format and put it back out with a female lead, but could feature different characters each season.

The trade blog says that the new 24 would focus on a female prosecutor who uncovers a legal conspiracy and has to work against the clock to save a death row inmate facing imminent execution whom she had helped prosecute but may be innocent.

We’re assuming that it will still keep the real-time concept.

More as it comes in.

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‘Genius’ Producer Accuses Dustin Hoffman of Sexually Harassing Her in 1991 (Exclusive)

‘Genius’ Producer Accuses Dustin Hoffman of Sexually Harassing Her in 1991 (Exclusive)
Wendy Riss Gatsiounis was a struggling playwright working a temp job in New York City in 1991 when she got what she hoped would be her big break. Her play “A Darker Purpose” had been given a staged reading at the Public Theater, and she had scheduled a meeting with Dustin Hoffman and “Tootsie” screenwriter Murray Schisgal to discuss adapting it into a feature film for Hoffman to star in. “It was a huge thing,” she told Variety.

But, Riss Gatsiounis said, the two meetings that took place at the Rockefeller Center office of Hoffman’s Punch Productions led to confusion and self-doubt after Hoffman allegedly propositioned her and attempted to persuade her to leave the office and accompany him to a store in a nearby hotel. Riss Gatsiounis was in her 20s; Hoffman was 53.

A spokesperson for Hoffman declined to comment. Schisgal told Variety in a statement: “Dustin Hoffman and I took many meetings with writers and playwrights
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24 to return as female-led legal drama

Following the mixed reception given to Keifer Sutherland’s swansong, 24: Live Another Day, and the cancellation of the Corey Hawkins led spin-off, 24: Legacy, you might have thought Fox would retire any potential future agents in the once-ground-breaking franchise. Well, in a twist akin to the show in its pomp, Deadline is reporting that the network is to reinvent the realtime thriller as a legal drama.

Details on the plot are vague, but it’s rumoured to be about a female prosecutor who uncovers a legal conspiracy during the countdown to the execution of a death row inmate who she helped to convict. This new iteration is said to be the first of an anthology series, which will focus on a new character for each season.

The new 24 will come from executive producers Howard Gordon and Brian Grazer, as well as Us remake of The Killing writer-producer Jeremy Doner
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24 Update: Fox Eyes Legal-Themed Franchise Tweak With Female Lead

24 Update: Fox Eyes Legal-Themed Franchise Tweak With Female Lead
Fox is looking to restart the clock on 24, albeit with a few significant tweaks.

The network is developing a new incarnation of the iconic franchise that would shift the focus from terrorism to criminal justice. What’s more, the potential series would feature a female lead.

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According to Deadline, the new 24 “centers on a female prosecutor who uncovers a legal conspiracy and has to work against the clock to save a death row inmate facing imminent execution whom she had helped prosecute but may be innocent.
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’24’ Franchise Revived at Fox With Female-Led Series

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’24’ Franchise Revived at Fox With Female-Led Series
The clock is ticking down toward a possible return of “24.” Fox has given a script commitment to a female-led drama series in its “24” franchise. The latest iteration would maintain the real-time conceit but would be set in the realm of criminal justice. Howard Gordon, an executive producer on the original series, is writing the script with Jeremy Doner (“The Killing”) for the project from 20th Century Fox and Imagine Television. Also Read: 'Magnum Pi' Reboot Lands at CBS Executive producing are Gordon and Imagine’s Brian Grazer, who was another Ep on “24.” The original “24” starred Kiefer Sutherland as terrorist-despising Jack Bauer.
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‘24’ Franchise Eyes Comeback At Fox With Female-Led Legal Thriller Drama From Howard Gordon, Jeremy Doner & Imagine

‘24’ Franchise Eyes Comeback At Fox With Female-Led Legal Thriller Drama From Howard Gordon, Jeremy Doner & Imagine
Exclusive: Fox is developing a potential new incarnation of its Emmy-winning drama series that would have a female lead and take the real-time format of the terrorism-themed original and apply is to a different arena, criminal justice. The project, which has received a script commitment, hails from 24 franchise executive producers Howard Gordon and Imagine’s Brian Grazer, as well as former The Killing writer-producer Jeremy Doner and the franchise’s production companies…
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Good Omens casts its Beelzebub and Horsemen

The adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens has just filled out several more of its cast.

The series has found three of four Horsemen of the Apocalypse as well as the ultimate demon Beelzebub for the Amazon and BBC Two series. Anna Maxwell Martin (Becoming Jane) will star as Beelzebub while Mireille Enos (The Killing) will play War, Lourdes Faberes (Knightfall) as Pollution and Yusuf Gatewood (The Originals) as Famine.

On Martin’s casting, Gaiman said “We already have a stellar cast, and now Anna Maxwell Martin will be the Beelzebub of our dreams. Well, nightmares.”

“A script this clever, this smart, this current is very rare,” said Enos. “How could I turn down playing one of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse??? Especially with the incredible group who’s come together to make it. It’s going to be Fun!”

“It’s a gift for
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Stranger Things: The Other Places You've Seen Aunt Becky

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Image Source: Netflix Fans were in for a surprise in Stranger Things season two when Eleven leaves Hawkins about halfway through the season to find her mom, Terry. Of course, viewers know from season one that there's nothing but heartbreak for Eleven (real name: Jane). She arrives at her mother's house and meets her Aunt Becky, who tells her about Terry's condition. Becky is played by Amy Seimetz, who may not be a very mainstream actor but is well-known on the indie circuit. She got her start directing and producing short and independent films, including associate producing Medicine for Melancholy, which was nominated for both Gotham and Independent Spirit Awards. RelatedLet's Take a Moment to Appreciate the Perfectly Preppy Style Choices of Stranger Things' Nancy Wheeler Her acting career really took off when she starred in three of Joe Swanberg's independent films: Alexander the Last, Silver Bullets, and Autoerotic.
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Mireille Enos Talks Working With Sam Shepard on His Final Movie

Mireille Enos Talks Working With Sam Shepard on His Final Movie
The new psychological thriller from writer-director Camille Thoman, Never Here, stars The Killing's Mireille Enos as an installation artist who discovers some disturbing events through her photography that sends her down a spiral of suspicion. Never Here is also the final film of acclaimed actor Sam Shepard, who died in July. 

Stopping by The Hollywood Reporter offices for a candid conversation about the movie, Enos recalls what it was like working with Shepard. "He's just like a really easy guy," she said. "He was wildly intelligent."

She mentions that Shepard signed on to do Never Here because of the use of...
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Film Review: ‘Never Here’

Film Review: ‘Never Here’
Though it drifts off into the ozone at the end, for most of its running time, “Never Here” is a low-key but effective psychological thriller which flirts with that looming issue of the social-media age: privacy, and the invasion thereof. But that theme is only a semi-developed starting point for a narrative that starts like a muted version of “The Eyes of Laura Mars” (i.e. an artist is seemingly stalked by a non-fan of her transgressive work) before gradually turning into a muted “Repulsion,” in which one suspects the real “perp” is the protagonist’s disintegrating sanity.

Starring Mireille Enos in an impressive lead turn, and notable for providing the late Sam Shepard a substantial final role, this first narrative feature for editor and Brit stage thesp turned writer-director Camille Thoman is accomplished enough to suggest it won’t be her last. However, the careful, confident handling doesn’t entirely make up for the fact that
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David Fincher Comments on Status of Potential World War Z Sequel

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Despite Paramount Pictures removing the World War Z sequel (along with the new Friday the 13th movie) from their release schedule early this year, hope for the Brad Pitt project stayed afloat, with filmmaker David Fincher reportedly still interested in taking the directing reins on the follow-up to 2013's World War Z. In a recent interview with Empire, Fincher addressed the status of the World War Z sequel, confirming his interest and giving fans of the first film a glimmer of hope, even though the film is in the early stages of reanimation.

Fincher was recently a guest on Empire's podcast to discuss his new Netflix series Mindhunters, but he also touched on the long-gestating World War Z sequel, saying (via Collider):

“I worked on a show for HBO that didn’t see the light of day and at the same time was doing [Mindhunter], and then did [Mindhunter], and I
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Exclusive Never Here Clip: Mireille Enos and Creepy Suspicion

Mireille Enos, who was great in the American version of The Killing, even if the series made me want to pull my hair out, stars in Never Here. We have an exclusive clip to share with you. The film features Sam Shepard in his final appearance. Goran Visnjic, and Vincent Piazza also star; Camille Thoman wrote and directed. Here's a portion of the official synopsis: "Installation artist Miranda Fall follows, photographs and documents the lives of strangers to create her art. One night her secret lover witnesses a violent act from Miranda's apartment window. To protect his identity, Miranda poses as the primary witness, making statements to the police about a crime she did not see. She begins to create a new piece of work,...

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Pain Pays the Income of Each Precious Thing: Stanley Kubrick's "Barry Lyndon"

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“For an intellectual product of any value to exert an immediate influence which shall also be deep and lasting, it must rest on an inner harmony, yes, an affinity, between the personal destiny of its author and that of his contemporaries in general.”—Thomas Mann, Death in Venice Barry Lyndon. I can’t believe there was a time when I didn’t know that name. Barry Lyndon means an artwork both grand and glum. Sadness inconsolable. A cello bends out a lurid sound, staining the air before a piano droopingly follows in the third movement of Vivaldi's “Cello Concerto in E Minor.” This piece, which dominates the second half of the film, steers the hallowed half of my head to bask in the film’s high melancholic temperature. Why should I so often remember it? What did I have to do with this film? I only received it with
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Film Review: ‘The Snowman’

Film Review: ‘The Snowman’
Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but there’s no fire — delightful or otherwise — inside “The Snowman,” a suitably frosty but flaccid first attempt at Hollywoodizing the oeuvre of popular Norwegian noir merchant Jo Nesbø. On paper, this twisty, grisly serial-killer chiller seemed an optimum match of talent to material, with Swedish genre stylist Tomas Alfredson returning to his Scandi roots after a super-smart English-lingo debut in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” — taking the reins from Martin Scorsese, no less, who still offers his classy imprimatur as an executive producer.

You’d be hard pressed to trace either man’s touch, however, in this choppy, blizzard-brained adaptation of Nesbø’s 2007 bestseller, for which the best that can be said is that it reworks the text just enough to keep the author’s die-hard fans on their frost-bitten toes. Anyone else, however, is likely to be bewildered by a haphazard structure, a surfeit of dill-pickled red herrings and the
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Quote of the Day: Patty Jenkins on Her Duty to Fight for Equal Pay on “Wonder Woman 2”

Jenkins on “Conan

Wonder Woman” helmer and record-smasher extraordinaire Patty Jenkins made headlines last month when, after a long negotiation process, she officially signed on to helm the superheroine sequel and became history’s highest-paid female filmmaker. Now, in the cover story for Variety’s “Power of Women La” issue, Jenkins has revealed that she felt a sense of feminist responsibility as she negotiated her “Wonder Woman 2” deal.

“You’re of course aware of the money,” Jenkins said of her salary talks. “But I’ve never been more aware of a duty than I was in this deal. I was extremely aware that I had to make sure I was being paid what the male equivalent would be.”

Not only is pay parity something Diana Prince would expect and demand, it’s a perennial issue for women in Hollywood. Megastars like Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, and Jennifer Lawrence have spoken publicly about the pay gap, while TV actresses like Emmy Rossum and the women of “Big Bang Theory” and “Criminal Minds” have had to fight to be paid the same as their male co-stars.

Jenkins was aware of those women’s stories — and the countless other stories like them — and knew she was in an advantageous position after the success of “Wonder Woman.” “Women who have not been in a system that allows them to build up the same level of pay as men are not able to be paid the same as men forever if that’s the way it continues,” she observed. “You have to ask for it to happen, and you have to ask when you’re the appropriate person. I knew when Charlize [Theron] had to do it on ‘Snow White and the Huntsman,’ and I felt that it was my job to do it here.” She directed Theron in her Oscar-winning role as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in “Monster.”

According to Variety, “Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot supported Jenkins all the way. “She is definitely paving the way for so many other female directors,” the actress commented. “I think it was very important that she fought to get the best deal. You got to walk the walk and talk the talk.”

The Killing,” “Arrested Development,” and “Five” are among Jenkins’ other credits. Next, she’s directing the pilot episode of TNT’s “One Day She’ll Darken.” The series follows a young woman who, while trying to learn about her past, crosses paths with Dr. George Hodel, a suspect of the Black Dahlia murder. Jenkins is also exec producing. She was recently announced as a keynote speaker at the third annual Women in Entertainment Summit and as one of Women and Hollywood’s 10th Anniversary Trailblazer Award winners.

Wonder Woman 2” is scheduled to hit theaters December 13, 2019.

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Women and Hollywood Announces 10th Anniversary Trailblazer Award Winners

Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot on the set “Wonder Woman”: Warner Bros. Entertainment and THR

Women and Hollywood is honored to share the recipients of the Trailblazer Awards, which will be given out during our upcoming 10th Anniversary events in New York and Los Angeles.

The New York Trailblazer Awardees are directors Amma Asante (“Belle,” “Where Hands Touch”), Julie Dash (“Daughters of the Dust,” “Queen Sugar”), and Julie Taymor (“The Lion King,” “Frida”) as well as producer and GameChanger Films president Mynette Louie and HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins. They will be honored October 17 at the Time Warner Center in NYC.

Our Los Angeles Trailblazers include directors Patty Jenkins (“Wonder Woman,” “Monster”), Haifaa al-Mansour (“Wadjda,” “Mary Shelley”), and Angela Robinson (“Professor Marston and the Wonder Women,” “D.E.B.S.”). Director Leah Meyerhoff (“I Believe in Unicorns”) is being honored for founding Film Fatales. Other honorees include the Aclu; Melissa Goodman, Audrey Irmas director of the Lgbtq, Gender and Reproductive Justice Project at Aclu of SoCal, and ​Lenora Lapidus, Director of the Women’s Rights Project at the Aclu, will be accepting. And the founder of the Media, Diversity, & Social Change Initiative, Dr. Stacy L. Smith, will also be recognized. They will receive their awards on October 25 at the ArcLight Theatre in Hollywood.

These are women who through their work, their voice, and/or their activism have been a part of raising the level of conversation on gender equality, stepping up the advocacy drumbeat, and paving the way for their female peers and colleagues.

To find out more about the Trailblazers, check out their bios below. And, remember, tickets are still available for our anniversary events in NY on October 17 and in La on October 25.

Amma Asante

Amma Asante, MBE is a multi-award winning writer and director who won a BAFTA for her first film, A Way of Life. This made Asante the first Black female director to win a BAFTA Film Award for writing and directing a film. Her next film, Belle, drew widespread critical acclaim, and saw Asante named one of CNN’s Leading Women of 2014, as well as being named by Variety as one of their 10 Directors to watch. In 2016, her film A United Kingdom was released and its European Premiere saw Asante celebrated as the first Black female director to open the BFI London Film Festival in its 60-year history. This year Asante was named an MBE by Queen Elizabeth on the 2017 Birthday Honour’s list, for services to film as a writer and director. Asante is currently in post-production on her next film, Where Hands Touch. The film, inspired by historical events, is set in 1944 Germany and follows the plight of a young girl of color attempting to survive under Nazi rule.

Julie Dash

Twenty-six years ago, filmmaker Julie Dash broke through racial and gender boundaries with her Sundance award-winning film (Best Cinematography) Daughters of the Dust, and she became the first African American woman to have a wide theatrical release of her feature film. In 2004, The Library of Congress placed Daughters of the Dust in the National Film Registry where it joins a select group of American films preserved and protected as national treasures by the Librarian of Congress. Dash is the only African American woman with a feature film that has been inducted into the National Film Registry. She is the recent recipient of the New York Film Critics Special Award, the 2017 Robert Smalls Merit and Achievement Award, and the Visionary Award from Women in Film, Washington, D.C. Dash is currently a Distinguished Professor of Art at Spelman College. She recently directed multiple episodes of the award-winning dramatic series, Queen Sugar, Season 2, created and produced by Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey, for Own Television.

Mynette Louie

Mynette Louie is a New York-based film producer and the president of Gamechanger Films, the first equity fund to exclusively finance narrative features directed by women. Gamechanger’s films include Natalia Garagiola’s Hunting Season (Venice Critics’ Week 2017), Lauren Wolkstein & Christopher Radcliff’s The Strange Ones (SXSW 2017), Sarah Adina Smith’s Buster’s Mal Heart (Tiff 2016), and So Yong Kim’s Lovesong (Sundance 2016, 2017 Independent Spirit Award nominee), among others. Louie won the 2013 Independent Spirit Piaget Producers Award and was named one of Ted Hope’s “21 Brave Thinkers of Truly Free Film” and one of Indiewire’s “100 Filmmakers to Follow on Twitter.” She is on the Board of Directors of Film Independent and serves as an advisor to the Sundance Institute, SXSW, Ifp, and A3 Asian American Artists Foundation.

Sheila Nevins

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Sheila Nevins is president, HBO Documentary Films, responsible for overseeing the development and production of all documentaries for HBO, HBO2, and Cinemax. As an executive producer or producer, she has received 32 Primetime Emmy Awards, 34 News and Documentary Emmys, and 42 George Foster Peabody Awards. During her tenure, HBO’s critically acclaimed documentaries have gone on to win 26 Academy Awards, the most recent of which was A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness in 2016. Nevins has been honored with several prestigious career achievement awards including, most recently, the 2009 Governors Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. She has supervised the production of more than 1,000 documentary programs for HBO. Nevins is the bestselling author of You Don’t Look Your Age… and Other Fairy Tales, published by Flatiron Books.

Julie Taymor

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Julie Taymor became the first woman to win the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical, and won a Tony for Best Costumes, for her landmark production of The Lion King. The Lion King has gone on to become the most successful stage musical of all time: 24 global productions have been seen by more than 90 million people. Her credits also include Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, The Green Bird, and Juan Darien: A Carnival Mass (five Tony nominations). She directed the play Grounded, and completed a cinematic version of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, filmed during the production at Theatre for a New Audience in Brooklyn. Film credits include Titus, Frida, Across the Universe, and The Tempest. Operas include Oedipus Rex, The Flying Dutchman, Salome, The Magic Flute, and Grendel, composed by Elliot Goldenthal. Taymor is a recipient of the 1991 MacArthur Genius Award and a 2015 inductee into the Theater Hall of Fame for Lifetime Achievement. She is currently in rehearsals for a revival of M Butterfly starring Clive Owen on Broadway.

Melissa Goodman

Melissa Goodman conducts legal and policy advocacy concerning Lgbtq rights, reproductive rights, gender equality, and the rights of people with HIV. Goodman leads the Aclu SoCal’s advocacy to end discrimination against women directors and increase inclusive hiring in Hollywood, to protect the rights of transgender students and adults, to expand access to quality and confidential reproductive healthcare, to increase protections for working parents, to end bias and over-policing and over-incarceration of Lgbtq people, and to improve healthcare for incarcerated women.

​Lenora Lapidus

Lenora Lapidus litigates gender discrimination cases in courts throughout the country, engages in public policy advocacy, and speaks on gender equity issues in the media and to the public. Her work focuses on economic justice, educational equity, ending gender-based violence, and women in the criminal justice system. Along with Melissa Goodman of the Aclu of Southern CA, she urged the Eeoc to investigate the low number of women hired by studios to be directors for film and television. Lapidus has received several fellowships and awards, including 21 Leaders for the 21st Century from Women’s eNews and the Wasserstein Fellowship for outstanding public interest lawyers from Harvard Law School.

Patty Jenkins

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Patty Jenkins is a writer and director best known for directing Warner Bros. and DC ComicsWonder Woman, her debut feature Monster, based on the life of convicted serial killer Aileen Wuornos, and helming the pilot episode of AMC’s hit show The Killing. Monster was named by AFI as one of its Ten Best Films of the Year. Jenkins garnered a number of awards and nominations, including winning Best First Feature at the 2004 Independent Spirit Awards. She went on to direct many commercials and TV programs including the pilot and finale episode for AMC’s The Killing, for which she received an Emmy nomination, and won the DGA award for best dramatic directing. Jenkins directed several other pilots and episodes including Fox’s Arrested Development and HBO’s Entourage. She was nominated for an Emmy for a segment of Lifetime’s Five, an anthology about breast cancer.

In 2017, Jenkins broke the record for biggest grossing live-action film directed by a woman, domestic and worldwide, with Wonder Woman. The film simultaneously smashed box office records and received critical acclaim and it has grossed a worldwide total of more than $820 million to date. ​

Haifaa al-Mansour

Haifaa al-Mansour is the first female filmmaker in Saudi Arabia and is regarded as one of its most significant cinematic figures. She studied comparative literature at the American University in Cairo and completed a Master’s degree in Film Studies from the University of Sydney. The success of her 2005 documentary Women Without Shadows influenced a new wave of Saudi filmmakers and made the issue of opening cinemas in the Kingdom front-page news. At home, her work is both praised and vilified for encouraging discussion on taboo issues and for penetrating the wall of silence surrounding the sequestered lives of Saudi women. Wadjda, al-Mansour’s feature debut, is the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and the first by a female director. The film received wide critical acclaim after its premiere at the 2012 Venice Film Festival and established al-Mansour as an important talent emerging from the Arab World. She recently published a novelization of the film titled The Green Bicycle for Penguin publishing group. Her latest film, Mary Shelley, starring Elle Fanning and based on the life of Frankenstein author Mary Shelley, recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Leah Meyerhoff

Leah Meyerhoff is an award-winning filmmaker whose debut narrative feature film I Believe in Unicorns was released theatrically in 2015 after premiering at SXSW, winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Atlanta Film Festival and additional awards from Woodstock Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, First Time Fest, Tribeca Film Institute, Ifp, Nyu, and the Adrienne Shelly Foundation. Meyerhoff is also the founder of Film Fatales, a female filmmaker organization based in New York with dozens of local chapters around the world. Film Fatales is a global community of women feature film and television directors who meet regularly to mentor each other, share resources, collaborate on projects, and build a supportive environment in which to get their films made and seen. Founded in 2013, Film Fatales actively supports over 500 women directors in New York and Los Angeles, and hundreds more in a dozen sister cities across Europe, North America, Australia, and Africa.

Angela Robinson

Angela Robinson is a filmmaker who explores and exposes the breadth and complexity of humanity in an extensive body of work across both film and television. Filtering her storytelling through the multi-faceted prism of identity, Robinson uses the power of her unique voice to intelligently and empathetically bring compelling, intersectional stories — specifically those of women, people of color, and Lgbtq individuals — to the mainstream in a way that is entertaining, emotional, and thought-provoking. Most recently, Robinson wrote and directed Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, the origin story behind one of the world’s most famous superheroes, Wonder Woman.

Moving fluidly between film and television, Robinson has an overall deal with ABC Television Studios and recently served as a Consulting Producer on ABC’s hit series “How to Get Away with Murder.” She is in development on a series exploring the intersecting lives of Golden Age stars Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich.

Stacy L. Smith, Ph.D.

Stacy L. Smith is the Founder and Director of the Media, Diversity, & Social Change Initiative, the leading think tank globally studying issues of inequality in entertainment. Mdsc research focuses on inclusion in film, television, and digital media and all facets of the music industry. Dr. Smith has written over 100 journal articles, book chapters, and reports on media content patterns and effects. She was the principal investigator of the Card report, examining Hollywood’s hiring practices on screen, behind the camera, and in the executive ranks across the major media companies and digital distribution platforms. Dr. Smith speaks routinely on issues of inequality. She has given a Ted Talk and spoken at the United Nations, the White House, Sundance Film Festival, Promax, and Lunafest. Dr. Smith’s work was the basis for the EPiX docuseries, 4%: Film’s Gender Problem.

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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of The Snowman In St. Louis

Michael Fassbender (X-Men series) leads an all-star cast that includes Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Independence Day: Resurgence), CHLOË Sevigny (American Horror Story), Val Kilmer (Heat) and Academy Award® winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) star in The Snowman, a terrifying thriller from director Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), based on Jo NESBØ’s global bestseller.

For Detective Harry Hole (Fassbender), the murder of a young woman on the first snow of the winter feels like anything but a routine homicide case in his district. From the start of the investigation, The Snowman has personally targeted him with taunts—ones that continue to accompany each new vicious murder.

Fearing an elusive serial killer long-thought dead may be active again, the detective enlists brilliant recruit Katrine Bratt (Ferguson), to help him connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new ones. Succeed, and they will
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Patty Jenkins and Geena Davis Named Keynoters at Women in Entertainment Summit

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Two Wonder Women are set to deliver keynotes at the the upcoming third annual Women in Entertainment Summit: record-breaking “Wonder Woman” helmer herself, Patty Jenkins, and Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis, the founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. Deadline reports that the Summit will take place in La November 2 and “gathers women and men who are dedicated to celebrating the empowerment of women in all areas of the entertainment industry.” The event sees those working across film, television, and sports coming together for keynotes, panel discussions, and Q&A chats working towards gender equality across media.

“The summit is designed to address a range of issues that affect women; topics include the rise of women’s leadership, how storytelling can impact social change, and empowering the next generation of women creatives,” the source writes.

Jenkins made box office history with “Wonder Woman.” The Gal Gadot-led superhero film has grossed over $821 million worldwide, making it the highest grossing live-action film ever directed by a woman. Jenkins has signed on to co-write and direct the sequel, currently dated for December 13, 2019. Her deal to continue Diana Prince’s story, said to be in the high seven figures, somewhere in the $7 million to $9 million range with considerable backend of revenue, makes her the highest-paid female filmmaker ever. Her other credits include “Monster” and episodes of “Arrested Development” and “The Killing.”

Davis won an Oscar in 1989 for “The Accidental Tourist” and received a nod in 1992 for “Thelma & Louise,” the latter of which is widely recognized as a game-changing film for its depiction of female characters. She founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media in 2004 “to engage, educate, and influence content creators, marketers, and audiences about the importance of eliminating unconditional bias, highlighting gender balance, challenging stereotypes, creating role models, and scripting a wide variety of strong female characters in entertainment and media that targets and influences children ages 11 and under,” according to the non-profit’s website.

Other attendees at this year’s summit include “13th” director Ava DuVernay, “Lady Bird” writer-director Greta Gerwig, “Mudbound” co-writer-director Dee Rees, and DreamWorks Animation head of Television Margie Cohn.

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‘Wonder Woman’ Director Patty Jenkins on Equal Pay, Hollywood Sexism and James Cameron’s Nasty Words

‘Wonder Woman’ Director Patty Jenkins on Equal Pay, Hollywood Sexism and James Cameron’s Nasty Words
Much like a certain Amazon goddess with a lasso, there are no heights that director Patty Jenkins can’t scale. Her blockbuster “Wonder Woman,” which has grossed a staggering $821 million worldwide since it opened in the summer, has become a rallying call for women everywhere and a beacon of empowerment in a Donald Trump-led world. Beyond all the Instagram posts of little girls decked out in “Ww” regalia while seeing the film and an endorsement from Hillary Clinton, Jenkins recently cracked another glass ceiling. She’ll be directing “Wonder Woman 2” for a reported $7 million to $9 million, a record salary for a female filmmaker.

As she negotiated the terms of her contract with Warner Bros. over several months, Jenkins was conscious of what earning a big paycheck would mean. “You’re of course aware of the money,” says Jenkins on a sunny afternoon in Los Angeles. “But I’ve never been more aware of a duty
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