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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Research Alert: Changing the Status Quo - Industry Leaders’ Perceptions of Gender in Family Films

    Anyone who has been to a G, PG, or PG-13 (and of course R rated films but they are not included in this study) knows that when they look up on the screen there are many more male characters than female characters with speaking roles. The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media has been tracking that representation and found that since 1990 that amount of female characters in these films has gone from 28.7% to 29.3%. That's not even one percentage point of improvement over almost 20 years.

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    More: Research
  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Nicholls Fellowships in Screenwriting: Deadline is May 2

    The 26th annual Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition is accepting entries until May 2. So get writing if you haven't earned more than $5,000 from the sale or option of a screen or teleplay, or haven't received another fellowship or prize of more than $5,000.

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  • The Playlist
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    Paul Verhoeven Trying To Get An Adaptation Of His Book 'Jesus Of Nazareth' Off The Ground

    It's been a few years since Paul Verhoeven's WWII drama "Black Book," a marked departure from the director's usual fare, and while he's yet to get his followup underway, he hasn't been lacking options. Over the past little while he's been attached to a handful of projects, including the Islam and psychic powers film "The Hidden Force"; the video game adaptation "The Last Express"; the "Fatal Attraction"-esque ghost story thriller "Eternal," but most recently, he's been trying to get a rather intriguing film off the ground.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Todd Phillips Compares The Hangover Parts I & II To The Godfather. Seriously.

    Todd Phillips is confident that The Hangover Part II can live up to its predecessor. So much so that he has the nerve to compare his man-boy films to The Godfather. The writer-director tells MTV: "I think there are very few sequels that have been made that live up to or exceed their first film. The Godfather is the first one…We had always planned on calling it The Hangover 2 and when we finished the script, I changed the cover page and wrote The Hangover Part II, because I think the film lives up to or exceeds the first one. It was very much a nod to The Godfather."

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Marriage Equality: Byron Rushing and the Fight for Fairness Premieres Tomorrow Night

    Tomorrow evening, Harlem Stage on Screen presents the world premiere of Thomas Allen Harris' new documentary film, Marriage Equality: Byron Rushing and the Fight for Fairness at Aaron Davis Hall in Harlem. The film tells the story of State Representative Byron Rushing, a straight LGBT civil rights ally, who fought successfully for same-sex marriage in Massachusetts. The documentary provides an in depth look at the issue of Marriage Equality from the perspective of communities of color.

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    More: FYI
  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    SFIFF Is First US Festival to Join Festival Scope, Online Viewing Platform for Industry Pros

    The San Francisco International Film Festival is the first U.S. festival to join Festival Scope, the new Internet platform that enables festival selections to be screened to industry professionals worldwide. Other festivals already involved are Cannes' Directors' Fortnight and Semaine de la Critique, the Berlinale, Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinéma and festivals in Rotterdam, Locarno, Melbourne, Guadalajara, Valdivia and Cartagena.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Celebs Sell: 2010 Ten Bestseller Magazine Covers Led by Sandra Bullock, Dr. Oz and Angelina Jolie

    News flash: Celebrities sell magazines. AdWeek reports the ten best-selling magazine covers last year: 1. Sandra Bullock (7.4 million copies, People)2. Dr. Oz (7m, Women's World)3. Angelina Jolie (5m, Vanity Fair)4. Bachelor Jake (3.6m, Us)5. Royal Wedding (3.2m, Life & Style)6. Lady Gaga (2.8m, Cosmopolitan)7. Teen Mom (2.75, OK)8. The Kardashians (2.7m, In Touch)9. Jennifer Aniston (2.6m, Bazaar)10. The Twilight Series, including Taylor Lautner and Kellan Lutz (2.4m, Men's Health).

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Oprah on Broadway?

    Oprah Winfrey may be headed to Broadway. When Chris Rock appeared on her talk show Friday, their discussion of Rock's current Broadway show The ____________ With the Hat led to an exchange about Winfrey's own Broadway aspirations.

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    More: Theater
  • Eric Kohn
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    Defending Elvis Mitchell. Sort Of.

    Defending Elvis Mitchell. Sort Of.

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  • The Playlist
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    Madonna Reportedly Working With William Orbit & Abel Korzeniowski On Classical Score For 'W.E.'

    For her sophomore directorial effort "W.E.," Madonna is certainly surrounding herself with some solid talent. She's got Abbie Cornish, Oscar Isaac, Andrea Riseborough and James D’Arcy to lead the cast in the highly ambitious film, that tells the parallel stories of the love affair between King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, which led to the royal’s abdication, and the contemporary story of a woman, Wally Winthrop, with romantic problems of her own, in addition to an obsession with the life of the Duchess of Windsor. And with all that pomp and circumstance going on, a classical score is unsurprisingly being prepped and the Queen Of Pop has roped in some intriguing collaborators.

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