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Source: The Week

The new identity politics of Hollywood

Today 04:15 GMT

One of the enduring preoccupations, for artists and audiences alike, was the need to discover and to cling to an identity.

Black Panther became the highest-grossing American film of 2018 because it's an unusually complex and stylish superhero picture, but also because it inverts the clichéd "cast of white heroes with one or two black supporting characters" paradigm. But one of the enduring preoccupations, for artists and audiences alike, was the need to discover and to cling to an identity.

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Source: The Week

Hollywood's disappearing actresses

Today 04:15 GMT

Whenever Hollywood goes looking for a woman who can kick butt with charisma — you know, a badass — Dushku has often been on the short list of stars who can deliver.

Harassment occurs in all corners of society — politics, religion, education — but perhaps it's easier to understand what it costs all of us when one of our favorite actresses suddenly and inexplicably disappears from the screen. This stuff matters in our media-saturated society, but these issues aren't limited to Hollywood.

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Source: Fox News

‘SMILF’ actress Samara Weaving leaving series after sex scene complaint, report says

Today 07:00 GMT

“SMILF” creator and star Frankie Shaw told Fox News she was concerned about reports that co-star Samara Weaving would be leaving the Showtime series due to two alleged mishandled sex scenes that breached her contract.

The source added Weaving was reportedly released from her contract at her request and will not return to “SMILF” for Season 3, should it get picked up again.

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Source: CTV

Actress and director Penny Marshall dies at 75

Today 06:59 GMT

Penny Marshall, who starred in "Laverne & Shirley" before becoming one of the top-grossing female directors in Hollywood, has died.

Actress and director Penny Marshall arrives at the 16th Annual Race to Erase MS Gala in Los Angeles, Calif. on Friday, May 8, 2009. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg). In this Nov. 14, 1979, file photo taken by Associated Press photographer Lennox McLendon, shows actresses Cindy Williams, left, and Penny Marshall, stars of the ABC-TV comedy series "Laverne and Shirley," make an impression in cement after the taping of their show in Los Angeles (AP Photo/Lennox McLendon)

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Source: Fox News

Woody Allen’s alleged former lover claims affair started when she was 16

Tuesday 10:50 GMT

A former model says she was 16 when she started sleeping with Woody Allen, and later had threesomes with the Hollywood filmmaker and Mia Farrow.

Engelhardt believed her alleged affair with Allen may have inspired 1979’s “Manhattan,” which starred Mariel Hemingway as Allen’s 17-year-old love interest. However, she noted Hemingway’s character may have been a composite of numerous young women Allen may have been seeing.

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Source: The Guradian

Working Girl at 30: the workplace comedy that changed the game

Tuesday 07:09 GMT

When Melanie Griffith won the part of underestimated Staten Island secretary Tess McGill in Working Girl, two facts were true.

A nomination-less Harrison Ford was stuck grumbling that in Working Girl, he had “the girl part”, ie Trainer winds up sidelined as a cheerleader-to-the-star and a bit of eye candy. Phenomenal characters give rise to phenomenal actors, a feedback loop of longevity that’s still making the industry hum today.

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Source: Common Domain

Animated Spider-Man Breathes Life Into Holiday-Season Box Office

Monday 17:15 GMT

LOS ANGELES—Sony Pictures Entertainment had its second Spider-Man hit of the year over the weekend, as Hollywood gears up for some of its most important weeks of business.

That is what Sony is hoping is the case with “Spider-Man,” a critically acclaimed animated installment in the comic-book universe. Sony’s hit Spider-Man spinoff, “Venom,” has grossed more than $850 million world-wide since opening in October.

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Source: Common Domain

Netflix reportedly set to produce 90 movies a year, with budgets up to $200 million

Monday 23:39 GMT

Stuber’s movie department has two sections, the Times said: Originals, intended to make about 20 movies a year, with budgets ranging from $20 million to $200 million; and an Indie group, set up for about 35 films a year with budgets below $20 million.

Netflix Inc.’s plans to become the most prolific movie studio in Hollywood are quickly coming together, as the streaming service sets its sights on becoming a perennial Oscar contender.


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