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Is Mother! a Rosemary’s Baby Remake? Is This Poster a Red Herring? Why Do I Suddenly Care?

One of the first things that I thought when I saw the first trailer for the upcoming Darren Aronofsky film mother! was that I was already annoyed, because we have yet another film in which Jennifer Lawrence is paired with someone much older (Javier Bardem) and seems to be playing another variation on the tragic, harrowed, too-old-for-her-actual-age character she's become known for. Then I saw this poster.

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Finding Dory Writer and Hamilton Director to Tell the Story of the U.S. Military’s First Female Pilots

Adapted from the nonfiction book The Women With Silver Wings by historian Katherine Sharp Landdeck, the film is described as a "Hidden Figures-like drama" that will dive into "the true story of WWII’s Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), the first women to ever fly for the U.S. military."

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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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Dear Edgar Wright: We Need to Have a Chat About Women [**Baby Driver SPOILERS**]

First of all, I want to tell you that I'm a huge fan. I've thoroughly enjoyed all your films, even loved some of them, and I adore Spaced. I adore your facility with pop culture references, and I love your quick, music video style. But we need to have us a chat about women. It's not that you write them poorly, it's that you barely write them at all. [SPOILERS about Baby Driver]

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We Love Anne Hathaway, But Should She Be This Film’s Barbie?

A while back, Amy Schumer was supposed to be starring in a movie called Barbie, a film about a woman who doesn't fit into the world of Barbies. She dropped out of the project back in March, and while the film still hasn't officially cast its new female lead, there's an actress currently in talks for the role: Anne Hathaway.

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Colin Baker Shuts Down Idea That a Woman Playing the Doctor Means Boys Lose a Role Model, Continues to Be the Absolute Best

"They’ve had 50 years of having a role model."

Former Doctor Peter Davison talked about Jodie Whittaker's Doctor Who casting as "the loss of a role model for boys." Colin Baker thinks that's "absolute rubbish."

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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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Kathy Bates Was Told to Downplay Her Cancer “Because of the Stigma in Hollywood,” As If Survival Isn’t Badass

Kathy Bates was already one of the best and most consistently-working actresses in Hollywood in the 1990s. The fact that her pace and popularity has remained consistent across film and television through the present is a testament to her talent and to the way fans embrace her for it. So why, then, would those closest to her recommend that she not talk about her bouts with cancer to protect her career?

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Things We Saw Today: Fiona the Hippo Reunites With Both Her Parents

“Fiona has been exploring the outdoor habitat with her mom for several weeks and has had contact with Henry inside, but today was the first time that the three hippos have been together.  Bibi was protective of Fiona and gave Henry cues about how to interact appropriately with the little one.”

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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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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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Wonder Woman Set to Outpace BvS Domestically! So, What Gives With the Global Market?

BOYS, BYE. Wonder Woman is gearing up to lead the DCEU. Because, of course she is.

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Viewers Are Concerned About the Portrayal of Eating Disorders in Netflix’s To the Bone

The show has yet to premiere on Netflix, with the release date set to July 14th, but viewers are already cautious about the film and the fear it will romanticize mental illness and eating disorders.

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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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Things We Saw Today: Meet Martha, The 125-Pound Mastiff Who Was Very Rudely Named World’s “Ugliest Dog”

Don't listen to them, Martha. You're stunning as h*ck.

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Jessica Williams Dances Through The Incredible Jessica James Trailer

We've been missing national hero Jessica Williams since she left The Daily Show, so it's very exciting to see her in the upcoming Netflix original movie The Incredible Jessica James.

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Interview: Costume Designer Stacey Battat on the Subtle Changes and Antique Look of The Beguiled

"It's very subtle how they transform after he comes, but it's within the broaches or small details. One character wears a striped little bow in her dress, there is an extra tightening of corsets."

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Twilight Zone Movie Finds Its Writer…and a New Format. Will It Work?

The Twilight Zone still stands as one of the best sci-fi/fantasy offerings of all time, and its original episodes still manage to be relevant today. So, it's no wonder that there have been several attempts at adaptation. Now, there's a new one in the works, and the project has just hired its writer!

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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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Things We Saw Today: Tom Holland Has a Mean Chimpanzee Impression

Sweetheart Tom Holland was on the Graham Norton Show the other night, and he apparently does an excellent impression of a chimpanzee.

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