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Infographic: Women Directors Need More Support

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There are so many articles lately about how difficult it is for women to get ahead in Hollywood. The subject invariably turns to directing. Why can’t women get ahead? Why can’t they get jobs? Why, in 86 years of Oscar history, have there only been three women nominated for director whose film were also nominated for Best Picture? There have been a total of eleven films directed by women to…

85th Academy Awards Nominations Luncheon - Inside

Kathryn Bigelow on Board to Make True American with Tom Hardy to Star

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Runny that the true American is actually a British actor but other than that, wow, check this out: Academy Award-winning filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow and Annapurna Pictures have reteamed on a film based on the non-fiction book THE TRUE AMERICAN by NEW YORK TIMES journalist Anand Giridharadas. Tom Hardy is set to star. Bigelow will direct and produce the film through her production shingle, First Light. Annapurna’s Megan Ellison, who previously…

DGA Breakfast

DGA Breakfast

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Martin Sheen Clarifies his Position on Zero Dark Thirty, Too Late?

Martin Sheen Clarifies his Position on Zero Dark Thirty, Too Late?

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Martin Sheen had been one of the voices protesting Zero Dark Thirty, urging Academy members not to vote for the film. After Bigelow was snubbed by the Academy as a result; the most critically acclaimed film was a standout this year specifically for the directing, and yet there was no party for Bigelow as there was for Ben Affleck. At any rate, the reversal: On consideration, and widespread reports to…

Bigelow Covers TIME

Bigelow Covers TIME

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Bigelow rides the wave…interview is here.  

Kathryn Bigelow and CBS News, “It’s a Movie, not a Documentary.”

Kathryn Bigelow and CBS News, “It’s a Movie, not a Documentary.”

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Bigelow talks torture with Charlie Rose but also talks about her Oscar snub.

Kathryn Bigelow talks waterboarding on Letterman

Kathryn Bigelow talks waterboarding on Letterman

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I’m forever grateful to Megan Ellison. She helped finance some of my favorite films this year, including Zero Dark Thirty, The Master and Killing Them Softly. Until this morning I had not heard Ellison’s reaction to the Academy’s failure to nominate Kathryn Bigelow for Best Director — “That’s so fucked up,” she tweeted yesterday. Letterman called the Best Director oversight “a travesty” and Kenneth Turan at the LA Times says…

Oscarwatch: The Directors – Seven Contenders, Five Slots

Oscarwatch: The Directors – Seven Contenders, Five Slots

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This year, Best Director seems to be pairing up in interesting ways. Tarantino has launched into the race in a spectacular 11th hour surge. Whether this means he will, in fact, steal the last director’s slot from Tom Hooper or David O. Russell is still not known. But what is known is that Django Unchained and Lincoln are two views of the same moment in our history.  Both are satisfying…

State of the Race:  “In weakness and fear, and with much trembling.”

State of the Race: “In weakness and fear, and with much trembling.”

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2012′s lineup for Best Picture brings to mind sober reflection.  As we redefine who we were in America, on the eve of President Obama’s second inaugural, our troubled past still haunts us.  Two films deal in very different ways with the subject of slavery. Two films deal with our volatile war with radical Islam.  Two films deal with choosing a more optimistic view of life, one remembers Hurricane Katrina, one remembers…

Female Trouble: Why Powerful Women Threaten Hollywood

Female Trouble: Why Powerful Women Threaten Hollywood

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As soon as it became clear that Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty was a genuine threat in the Best Picture race you could smell the fear.  The powers that be could see the film was far more than just okay; Bigelow was about to blow the boys club out of the water, once again. Her movie had to be taken down a notch or two, but how? Since they could…