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WGA Diversity Report Says Women Screenwriters Lose Even More Jobs

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The WGA diversity report, released on April 15, delivered this rather devastating news about women screenwriters in Hollywood. While women and other minorities are doing a bit better on television, on film things are only getting worse: Women Screenwriters Lose Ground in Film In the film sector, women writers fell further behind their white male counterparts in 2012, accounting for just 15 percent of sector employment (down from 17 percent…

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Summer Movie Preview

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by Jordan Ruimy This is the third year I’ve been doing the Sumer Movie Preview for Awardsdaily and it seems like every year the quality only diminishes. Think about it, most of the big name blockbusters that will rake up all the money in the world this summer are either based on a TV show, a superhero movie or a sequel to a movie that never really needed a sequel….

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EW Lays Off the Best Reason to Read Their Magazine: Owen Gleiberman

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It really must be a sign of the times that Entertainment Weekly has laid off its second great film critic, after Lisa Schwarzbaum took a buy off earlier this year. This one hurts worse than many others because Gleiberman has been writing film reviews for EW as long as I’ve been reporting on film criticism, going on 15 years now. When a movie comes out there are only a few…

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Aronofsky’s Noah: Hail Folly Redux

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32 years ago, when Darren Aronofsky was 13, he wrote a poem about Noah that reinterpreted the Bible legend of God’s petulant antediluvian hissy-fit and he shaped it into verses that were better suited to his class assignment: write about peace. Rather than buy into the flat Genesis threat that God could flush Creation down the toilet and begin again, a fresh rain-clean scent with Captain Noah as the Tidy…

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Two Films not to Miss: Grand Budapest Hotel and Under the Skin

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This isn’t Oscar season, pure and simple. When is the last time a movie came out in the spring and won Best Picture? “The Silence of the Lambs” in 1991? The best thing I’ve seen this year -small or big screen- was HBO’s True Detective and I rather doubt these two impressive films I’m about to talk about will change that Oscar stat. But who cares, right? I’m just happy…

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Cashing in on Christian Dollars as Noah Attempts Crossover

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When you think about it, it is only liberal Hollywood that has been responsible for shutting out the ever-growing population of Christian, and/or very religious potential movie goers. With purity balls taking place all over the country, the ever-widening exodus away from science and towards creationism, Hollywood would be remiss in not taking advantage of this untapped segment of the population. Enter Noah. Darren Aronofsky’s CGI epic is being sold…

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Cannes Wish List, Oscar Crossover

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Cannes and Oscar couldn’t be more polar opposite from each other. To make a sweeping statement about the difference, I’d say that the Oscar race isn’t about the movies: it’s about the industry that votes on the movies. Their choices illuminate who they are, how they’ve evolved, what they care about. Cannes has no such handicap. It is a true celebration of cinema from all over the world without concern…

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Women and the Blockbuster Franchise

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It was recently brought up on Twitter by Kim Masters discussing women and the concept of a franchise. Her point was that no one could really what Jennifer Lawrence has done with The Hunger Games movies. According to Masters: “Power in Hollywood rests with a few people – Jim Cameron, Cuaron now, Chris Nolan,” says Kim Masters. Hopefully someday they’ll be a woman — AmericanCinematheque (@SidGrauman) March 17, 2014 Jennifer…

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The State of the Race: Where the Oscars Go when Television Starts to Lead

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The times, they are changing.  When True Detective aired, the buzz caught on slowly.  Folks were watching it but they weren’t really REALLY watching it. Around the time of episode 4 that started to change. Suddenly, the obsession ballooned to consume a global audience. How people watched, how they accessed it, varied. The incentive was there to seek it out by whatever means necessary.  By the end of the series,…

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Most Anticipated of 2014, or What We Talk About when we Talk About Oscar Predictions

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The blood is just about dried on this year’s Oscar race but throughout the web are predictions for next year’s race. Yes, already. Here’s the thing. It ain’t rocket science. Early Oscar predictions aren’t some kind of magic formula – so people who brag about those are just fooling themselves. The truth is, the Oscar race is an industry that supports another industry – the film industry.  There is a…