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From Costume Designer to Feature Director: Courtney Hoffman Is Amblin’s Pick to Direct Action Flick Ruthless

Talk of increasing the number of women who direct in Hollywood tends to focus on getting "new" women into the industry, and while that's a worthwhile goal, studios and producers shouldn't forget that there are mid-career women already working in the industry who would be capable directors. Which is why the story of how Courtney Hoffman got her feature film directing debut is so awesome.

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Things We Saw Today: Rami Malek Looks Perfect as Queen’s Freddie Mercury

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Caught in a landslide no escape from reality—

Mama, ooooooooooooh. Rami Malek is in full hair and makeup as Queen's frontman for the upcoming movie Bohemian Rhapsody and I am singing about it. A lot.

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BBC Put Together a List of the 100 Greatest Comedies of All Time, Apparently Forgot Women Exist

What moves a film from good to great in the eyes of a critic? What makes someone prefer Animal House to Clueless? Personal taste, sure. But we can't pretend that things like representation and unconscious bias don't play into that taste, and that "personal" taste isn't largely influenced by larger cultural trends.

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Niecy Nash Reminds Chelsea Handler That Diversity Goes Beyond “Black and White Women”

We've written about TNT's Claws, which stars the incomparable Niecy Nash at the head of a diverse cast of nuanced female characters, has a black female showrunner, and was created, in part, by a woman of color. It's certainly an example of progress. But, as Nash points out in a recent appearance on Netflix's Chelsea, diversity goes beyond "black and white."

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Ava DuVernay Continues to Kill It With a S3 Renewal For Queen Sugar and a New Deal with Oprah

If you haven't been watching Queen Sugar, get thee to OWN (or to Hulu, where I've been watching it, because I'm a heathen who doesn't have cable) and prepare yourself for some of the most powerful, thought-provoking, and visually stunning storytelling on TV right now. And there will be plenty more to enjoy, as Queen Sugar just got renewed for a third season!

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Interview: Birthright: A War Story Filmmakers Say “The Issue Is Not Abortion” When It Comes to the Erosion of Women’s Rights

I had the chance to speak with Birthright: A War Story's writer/director/co-Executive producer Civia Tamarkin and its co-Executive producer/writer Luchina Fisher about the film, as well as how the implications of the laws discussed go way beyond abortion.

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Review: Netflix’s G*psy a Frustrating, Bland Rumination on Obsession and Addiction

I really want to like Netflix's G*psy. Created by writer Lisa Rubin and starring the talented and generally fascinating Naomi Watts, it provides us with exactly the kind of nuanced, complicated female character I crave in my media. If only the result weren't so...bland.

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Things We Saw Today: Westworld‘s Evan Rachel Wood the Latest Celeb to Support #Ham4All

In addition to raising money for a great cause, one of the best things about the #Ham4All challenge is listening to a variety of voices sing music from Hamilton. This time, it's Westworld's Evan Rachel Wood doing her best Angelica Schuyler while singing a bit from "Satisfied."

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More Speculation Whiplash: Did Patty Jenkins Just Confirm She’ll Be Directing Wonder Woman 2?

The will she/won't she of Patty Jenkins' involvement with the inevitable Wonder Woman sequel has been going on for a few weeks now. First, it was definitely happening; then the movie was happening, but Jenkins wasn't attached; then she was maybe writing it? But the way Jenkins is talking now is pretty darn encouraging.

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On Sofia Coppola and The Beguiled: What “Supporting Female Filmmakers” Really Means

There's been a lot of discussion surrounding Sofia Coppola's star-studded novel adaptation, The Beguiled, which comes out Friday. One of the larger topics of discussion is how, despite slavery being addressed in the original source material—complete with a black female character named Hallie—Coppola's film addresses none of it, instead erasing that character and choosing instead to stick with what's familiar: white, Southern femininity.

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Gina Prince-Bythewood’s More Than Ready to Bring Superheroes to the Big Screen in a Post-Wonder Woman World

We were thrilled to learn that Love and Basketball and The Secret Life of Bees director Gina Prince-Bythewood was taking the helm of the upcoming Spider-Man spin-off film, Silver & Black, becoming the first black woman to direct a big-budget superhero movie. With Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman kicking ass at the box office the way it is, Prince-Bythewood is more than ready to bring superheroes to the big screen.

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Interview: Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite on Megan Leavey and Owning Being a Storyteller

I'd already had the pleasure of speaking briefly with director Gabriela Cowperthwaite and the star of her new film Megan Leavey, actress Kate Mara, in a recent video interview. However, I wanted to speak in a little more depth with Cowperthwaite, as we love us some accomplished female directors around here. So, once you've bought your tickets for a showing of Megan Leavey this weekend, check out more on Cowperthwaite after the jump!

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OMG, I Can’t Even With How Excited I Am For Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

I didn't exactly hide my feelings when, in reviewing the commemorative re-release of the 2009 Wonder Woman animated film, I expressed disappointment that the featurettes included on the Blu-ray seemed to erase a large part of creator William Moulton Marston's (and so, in turn, Wonder Woman's) history by erasing the nature of his relationship to the two most important women in his life. Thankfully, there's a biopic on the way looking to bring that story to the masses.

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Exclusive Clip: Amma Asante Celebrated as First Black Female Director to Open London Film Fest on A United Kingdom Blu-ray

Amma Asante is one of the most compelling directors out there right now, and her most recent film, A United Kingdom (starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike) will be available on Blu-ray and DVD next week. To celebrate, we have an exclusive clip that you can check out after the jump!

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Birthright: A War Story Doc Offers Chilling Glimpse of the Real-Life Handmaid’s Tale We’re Living

There's a reason why watching Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale feels so eerily relevant. It's because we're currently living in a country in which what's depicted on that show or in that novel isn't too far off from what's actually happening in real life. Right now.

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Colin Trevorrow Suspects He Might Be Naïve Re: the Subject of Female Directors. He’s Right.

A fan reached out to Colin Trevorrow on Twitter to ask a very important question regarding female directors, which you can see after the jump.

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Wonder Woman, Like Director Patty Jenkins, Is All About “Thinking For Yourself”

Can we just talk about how badass director Patty Jenkins is for, like, a minute?

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Sofia Coppola Wins Best Director Award at Cannes, But Is Only the Second Woman to Do So

Here's a bit of bittersweet news this morning.

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Patty Jenkins Has Been Dying to Show Wonder Woman and Disprove “Discombobulated Mess” Rumors

Patty Jenkins talked to Collider about early rumors from an anonymous letter that called the Wonder Woman "a discombobulated mess."

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Bentonville Film Festival: These Up-and-Coming Filmmakers Are Ones to Watch

What I love about the Bentonville Film Festival is that it celebrates diversity both on-screen and behind the camera.

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