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Study: Hollywood Films Had Fewer Female Good Guys In 2017

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The number of female protagonists in the 100 top-grossing domestic films declined year-over-year in 2017, according to a study released today by the Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film at San Diego State University. Women repped 24% of that total, down 5% from 2016. The study, titled “It's a Man's (Celluloid) World: Portrayals of Female Characters in the 100 Top Films of 2017,” revealed a mixed bag of data on female representation in the movies, but little… Read

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‘The Domestics’ Special Effects Coordinator Says He Shares Blame in “Wigging” Incident

Guy Clayton, the special effects coordinator on MGM's The Domestics, says he feels responsible for the "wigging" incident that led to a sex discrimination complaint filed with the EEOC by stuntwoman Deven MacNair, because he told “the powers that be” that he could get the special effects ready on short notice. MacNair, however, isn't having any of it. "How many excuses are we going to hear?" she asked. "They said I was too big to double the actress, that I'm a horrible… Read

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Study Finds “Little Progress” For Women In Percentage Of Non-Acting Oscar Nominations

A new study from Women's Media Center has found "little progress" for women nominees in this year's non-acting Oscar race, with 77% of all behind-the-scenes nominations going to men. "Despite a concerted push by women and their allies to achieve greater representation for females in all parts of the film industry," the report states, "the percentage of women barely inched up to 23% from 20% last year in the 19 major non-acting categories that feature writing, editing… Read

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‘Black Panther’ Director Ryan Coogler Writes Letter Of Gratitude After Film’s Record-Breaking Weekend

As Black Panther continues to slay the box office and garner praise and acclaim, director Ryan Coogler wrote a touching letter to thank the masses for supporting the film. The filmmaker, who co-wrote the Marvel Studios movie with Joe Robert Cole, penned a humbling letter that was posted on Marvel Entertainment’s official Twitter account, saying “Never in a million years did we imagine that you all would come out this strong.” Since opening last week, the movie has made mor… Read

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Stunts Unlimited’s Pat Romano Said He Never Witnessed “Wigging,” But Photos Say Otherwise

In a recent article about stuntmen donning wigs and dresses to double for actresses – an age-old practice known as "wigging" – Stunts Unlimited president Pat Romano told Deadline that he'd never seen it in all his years in the industry. "I have never seen a guy dress up as a girl, and I've been in the business 30 years," he said. Deadline, however, has obtained photos of him wearing a woman's wig for a stunt he performed on a Progressive auto insurance commercial in… Read

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SAG-AFTRA Closes “Wigging” Probe, Says It “Remains Committed” To Ending Practice Of Men Doubling For Women

UPDATED with SAG-AFTRA statement: SAG-AFTRA has closed its investigation into the "wigging" of a stuntman on MGM's The Domestics and concluded that "wigging a male stunt performer to double for a female performer is not acceptable and that this should not happen again." The union, however, did not fine the film's production company for not doing more to find a qualified stuntwoman to do the job, though it says it "will remain committed to doing what it can to eliminate… Read

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Winter Olympics: Adam Rippon Turns Down NBC Correspondent Position, Net Struggles With Broadcast Gaffes — Update

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UPDATED: After some thought, Adam Rippon has decided to decline the offer of becoming an NBC correspondent for the remainder of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Earlier today, it was announced that the figure skater, who has become a prominent highlight of these Games, was going to have his hand at commentary. However, he has decided to turn down the offer after he realized he would have to give up his Olympic standing and credential for the position. By… Read

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‘Annihilation’ Director Alex Garland On Whitewashing Accusations: “Nothing Cynical Or Conspiratorial” In Movie’s Casting

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Just as Paramount/Skydance’s sci-fi adventure Annihilation was heating up in its word of mouth before its February 23 release, two advocacy groups this week — MANAA (Media Action Network for Asian Americans) and American Indians in Film and Television — took aim at the film for whitewashing its two leading characters, played by Natalie Portman and Jennifer Jason Leigh. This despite the fact Annihilation features an inclusive cast and is largely female-driven with Gina… Read

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Black Showrunners Talk Diversity And Progress At The Paley Center

There was a time, not that long ago, when each of the six Black showrunners at tonight's "They Run the Show" panel at the Paley Center were the only African Americans in the writers' rooms they started out in. "I was the diversity," laughed Power showrunner Courtney Kemp about her days breaking into the business. "After I left Girlfriends, I didn't work with another black individual for eight years," said Insecure showrunner Prentice Penny. "Eight years!?" marveled… Read

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Stuntwoman’s Federal Push To End “Wigging” Shakes Up Male-Dominated Industry

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EXCLUSIVE: A sex-discrimination charge filed with the EEOC by stuntwoman Deven MacNair has Hollywood's stunt community wigging out, with one veteran stuntman claiming that the industry's most dangerous profession – which saw two stunt-related deaths last year – "is now in chaos" and "spiraling out of control." Others, however, scoff at the notion, arguing that the change coming to the stunt community and to the industry at large is long overdue. MacNair's complaint (read… Read

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Protesters Picket During Oscar Lunch Over Hispanic Representation In Hollywood

National Hispanic Media Coalition Protest Sign

More than 50 protesters demonstrated outside today's annual Oscar nominees luncheon at the Beverly Hilton to protest the under-representation of Latinos in the film industry. Carrying signs saying "Enough is Enough" and chanting "Oscars so white" and "Latinos excluded, time to be included," they're demanding that Hollywood film studios include more Hispanics in front of and behind the cameras. Despite the chants and the locale, the protest's leader, National Hispanic Media… Read

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Super Bowl National Anthem: Pink Sings, No Protests From Players

Some of the most drama-filled moments of Super Bowl LII occurred just before kickoff. Questions were in the air about whether a flu-ridden Pink would manage to show up and lip-synch to the national anthem, which is mandated to be pre-recorded.  The singer had reportedly struggled during a Thursday rehearsal, but rallied for a concert appearance at the Armory in Minneapolis on Friday. Pink – who hastily removed a wad of gum before singing, a moment captured for millions… Read