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'Drunk History': Abbi Jacobson Plays Gloria Steinem, Undercover Playboy Bunny

'Drunk History': Abbi Jacobson Plays Gloria Steinem, Undercover Playboy Bunny
Abbi Jacobson is the latest celebrity tapped to act out the wildly unpredictable narration of Comedy Central's Drunk History.

In Tuesday's episode, the Broad City star and co-creator dons a pair of rabbit ears and a tail to portray a young Gloria Steinem, who famously went undercover as a cocktail waitress at a Playboy Club in Manhattan for "Bunny's Tale," a 1963 Show magazine article.

The story is narrated by ESPN host and comedian Katie Nolan, who calls the Playboy Club's policies "just gross." As per Drunk History's typical protocol,
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Trailer Watch: Carey Mulligan Tries to Solve a Murder in “Collateral”

“Collateral”

Carey Mulligan swaps period garb for a badge in “Collateral.” A trailer has dropped for the four-part crime thriller. The Oscar nominee plays Kip Glaspie, a detective determined to find answers when a pizza delivery man is gunned down in London. Written off as a random act of violence by some, the crime leaves Kip convinced that there’s something more at play: The only witness leaves a false name and address, and the victim’s last customer (Billie Piper) is the ex-wife of a well-known politician (John Simm).

Little is revealed about either the crime or Kip in the spot. “I’m trying to guess what kind of person you are,” the politician tells her. We’re also left wondering the answer to that question.

S.J. Clarkson directed every episode of the series. She’s previously directed eps of “Jessica Jones,” “Orange is the New Black,” and “Dexter,
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Athena Film Fest Adds To Its Lineup: “Mankiller,” “Battle of the Sexes,” and Stem Panel

“Mankiller”: Wilma Mankiller Foundation

The Athena Film Festival (Aff) has announced more of its 2018 lineup. Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton’s “Battle of the Sexes,” a biopic about the famous 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, will serve as the fest’s opener. King is set to participate in a post-screening conversation. Best Picture nominee “The Post” will be the closing night film. The drama follows Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham and her decision of whether or not to publish the Pentagon Papers.

Athena’s centerpiece film will be “Mankiller,” Valerie Red-Horse Mohl’s documentary about legendary activist Wilma Mankiller. The screening will be followed by a conversation between Red-Horse Mohl, exec producer Gale Anne Hurd, and Gloria Steinem. Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday will moderate.

The festival will also host a special presentation of “UnREAL’s” third season premiere. Series star Shiri Appleby, showrunner/Ep,
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Julianne Moore to Star in English-Language Remake of Susanne Bier’s “After the Wedding”

Moore in “Still Alice”

Julianne Moore is heading up another U.S. remake of a revered foreign film. She’s set to star in an English-language version of “Night Manager” helmer Susanne Bier’s “After the Wedding,” Deadline reports. The original Danish film received a foreign-language Oscar nod in 2007. Bart Freundlich (“Wolves,” “Mozart in the Jungle”), Moore’s husband, will write and direct the new pic.

Set in New York, the updated story will see two women cast as the leads: “Hannibal’s” Mads Mikkelsen and “Westworld’s” Sidse Babbett Knudsen toplined the original. The new version follows “Isabel, who runs a dilapidated orphanage outside of Calcutta, and … travels to New York to meet the New York millionaire, played by Moore, who has provided money for the orphanage,” the source summarizes. “Following the latter’s wedding, a mystery unravels.”

Paradox Studios is producing “After the Wedding,” and it’s scheduled to start filming this spring.
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Sundance ’18: ‘Rbg’

By Peter Belsito

A film about the Us Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

I went onto this one not knowing much about this woman and came out loving her.

In these times of troubled government here in the Us when the right has made inroads seemingly everywhere Rbg stands as a tiny, if powerful, beacon of hope for our society’s progress.

The film deals with her entire life as it passes through the political tide we have all lived through and attempts (successfully I think!) to define how and why she came to her current status as a progressive beacon in a troubled landscape.

As the United States Supreme Court leans increasingly to the right, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s vigorous dissenting opinions and ferocious 20-push-up workouts have earned this tiny, soft-spoken intellectual giant the status of rock star and the title “Notorious Rbg.”

What many don’t know is Ginsburg’s strategic,
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Zoey Martinson on Art, Activism, and the Power of Representation

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Now more than ever, we need uplifting stories of black joy. It seems like no matter where we turn, there's yet another story that is rooted in the pain of black women. There is a rising epidemic of black mothers dying in childbirth, due to medical racism, and black women are still being pigeonholed within dangerous tropes, especially when it comes to saving us from our own racism. Our cultural narratives are deeply connected to the oppression that black women face - but despite all of the strife we have to wade through, we continue to triumph. Despite the setbacks, we're beginning to see black women take center stage in the work that they do; they're being celebrated and making space for their own victories to be acknowledged. Writers, actors, politicians, musicians, public figures, and intellectuals are emphasizing their identities as black women and shifting the focus to the importance
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Mark Ruffalo, Amy Schumer & More Celebs Gather in N.Y.C. for Anti-State of the Union Address

Mark Ruffalo, Amy Schumer & More Celebs Gather in N.Y.C. for Anti-State of the Union Address
On the eve of Donald Trump‘s first State of the Union address, an impassioned group of celebrities and activists took to a stage in New York, where they told the sold-out crowd: “We are fired up, we are united and powerful and Donald Trump, we are not going away.”

On Monday, the night of The People’s State of the Union at The Town Hall, speaker after speaker showed what democracy looks likes, their words galvanized by the actions of Trump and his administration this last year.

In the audience was the iconic women’s rights activist Gloria Steinem,
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“Being in that Space Was a Very Powerful Experience”: Dp Clair Popkin on Mlk Doc King in the Wilderness

Since the 1990s, Peter Kunhardt has produced and directed documentary works on Lincoln, JFK, Nixon, Ted Kennedy, James Foley and Gloria Steinem among many others. His latest film attempts to offer a new perspective on the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. King of the Wilderness was shot by Dp Clair Popkin, who previously worked with Kunhardt on his HBO docs Becoming Warren Buffett and Living with Lincoln. Below, Popkin shares his experiences from the production and recalls in particular the challenges of filming in the Lorraine Motel room outside which King was assassinated. Filmmaker: How and why did you wind up being […]
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The Current Debate: Character Limits in Spielberg's "The Post"

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The main selling point of The Post, Steven Spielberg’s new film about The Washington Post’s involvement in publishing the Pentagon Papers, in 1971, is its topicality: the film was green lit, produced, and released all in 2017, beginning shortly after the Trump presidency. For such a film, it holds up surprisingly well, though contrary to what you might expect, it succeeds least of all as a movie about journalism. Christian Lorentzen elaborates at The New Republic:If the story of a bullying president and an embattled press corps sounds familiar, that’s because Spielberg fast-tracked the script’s production last spring. Casting Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, who have both been vocal critics of the Trump administration, in the lead roles is more than a little on the nose. The historical allegory is neat, and obviousness isn’t a flaw in a protest movie. But as a movie about journalism, The Post substitutes righteousness for suspense,
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First Trailer for Netflix Doc 'Seeing Allred' About Activist Gloria Allred

"There is a war on women... Women depend on me to be strong." Netflix has debuted the first trailer for a documentary titled Seeing Allred, premiering at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival this month. Directed by doc filmmakers Sophie Sartain & Roberta Grossman, the film profiles activist and women's rights attorney Gloria Allred, who has become even more prominent in the last few years with so many high profile sexual assault cases. The doc features key interviews with Gloria Steinem, Don Lemon, Alan Dershowitz, Allred's daughter Lisa Bloom and many others. Seeing Allred is described as "a portrait of a woman everyone thinks they know, at a time when women need her the most." This looks like a powerful, timely, very important film that goes beyond just profiling the life of a candid activist, by also holding up a mirror to society today. First trailer (+ poster) for Sophie Sartain & Roberta Grossman's documentary Seeing Allred,
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Wanda Sykes Reads The Case Of The Missing Carrot Cake For Storyline Online

Wanda Sykes is on the case to bring a love of reading to millions of children worldwide as the newest reader for the SAG-AFTRA Foundation's children’s literacy website Storyline Online (storylineonline.net).

Wanda Sykes reads The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake

Sykes reads The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake (storylineonline.net/books/missing-carrot-cake). Written by Robin Newman, illustrated by Deborah Zemke and published by Creston Books, The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake is a humorous, whodunit detective story filled with baked-in clues, animal suspects, video surveillance, and stake-outs.

Video: The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake read by Wanda Sykes

When Miss Rabbit’s carrot cake goes missing on Ed’s farm, “missing food investigators” (MFIs) and mice Detective Wilcox and Captain Griswold must track down the thieves. The entertaining and witty The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake can be used to
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Interview, Audio: Illeana Douglas on Directors & Female Spirit

Chicago – The acting career of Illeana Douglas began with director Martin Scorsese and flourished in her first lead role for “Grace of My Heart” (1996). She is best known today for hosting the “Trailblazing Women” series on Turner Classic Movies, and in Part Three of a three part interview with HollywoodChicago.com, she talks about feminism, the essence of directors she has worked for, plus her grandmother Helen Gahagan, the third female Congress representative in U.S. history.

Illeana Douglas was born in Massachuetts, the daughter of Gregory Douglas, the son of 1930s movie star Melvyn Douglas (Helen Gahagan was his wife). She got the show biz bug as a young teenager, when she was able to visit her grandfather on the set of “Being There” (1979). After high school she moved to New York City to pursue a career. She studied acting while working various jobs, and met Martin Scorsese while
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9 Times Reese Witherspoon's Speeches Inspired Us to Be Our Best Selves

9 Times Reese Witherspoon's Speeches Inspired Us to Be Our Best Selves
If you’re looking for the push to finally tackle that project you’ve always dreamed of doing or if you just need a reminder that you hold the power to change your life, motivation is only a click (or so) away. After more than two decades in Hollywood, Reese Witherspoon‘s iconic presence in film is undeniable. However, she’s also established herself as a successful producer and an advocate for representing women.

Behind her recent box office wins is a lot of hard work (like, a lot) — and hearing Reese talk about it is just the inspiration you
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Vice to tackle 'boys' club' culture

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Bids to quell UK staff unrest following claims that led to suspension of senior execs.

Vice Media

Vice Media is strengthening its policy for dealing with sexual harassment amid calls for action from UK staff over allegations made against senior executives.

The media group has introduced mandatory, third-party sexual harassment training for all staff and a confidential 24-hour employee hotline. In the UK, it has launched an independent, anonymous UK staff survey to gauge concerns about structures, procedure and culture and recently-appointed global head of Hr, Susan Tohyama, is working with the UK Hr team to improve procedures.

Representatives of Vice’s 300-plus UK staff posted a joint statement on Medium on 29 December under the pseudonym Julia Smith, which urged the organisation to curb its ‘boys’ club’ culture.

The group has placed president Andrew Creighton, who co-founded Vice UK in 2002, and chief digital officer Mike Germano on leave after the New York Times reported allegations against them last month
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Alec And Hilaria Baldwin Attend Star-Studded Ripple Of Hope Awards

On December 13, The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights hosted the annual Ripple of Hope Awards dinner at the New York Hilton that raised over $3 Million.

Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Attend Ripple of Hope Awards dinner

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Ethel Kennedy presented Harry Belafonte, Alex Gorsky, Chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson, and Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of Chobani with the Ripple of Hope Award, an award that celebrates leaders of international business, entertainment, and activist communities who have demonstrated a commitment to social change.

Alec Baldwin acted as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies for the dinner, which was hosted by Ethel Kennedy, Kerry Kennedy, Philip W. Johnston, B. Scott Minerd, Marvin S. Rosen, Robert & Hope Smith, Pedro Torres-Mackie and Donato Tramuto.

Other notable guests included: Hilaria Baldwin, Tony Bennett, Kenneth Cole & Maria Cuomo Cole, Thomas Dinapoli, Kathryn Erbe, D’Brickshaw Ferguson, Peter Frampton, Pamela Frank, Whoopi Goldberg,
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Meryl Streep and Gloria Steinem Address Pivotal Movement in Workplace Culture

With high-profile sexual harassment scandals proliferating and millions joining the viral #MeToo social movement, speakers at the 13th annual Massachusetts Conference for Women took on this major social tipping point.

Meryl Streep and women's rights pioneer Gloria Steinem discuss the nation's pivotal shift in workplace culture

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Academy Award winning actress Meryl Streep announced that she and other women in the entertainment industry plan to soon issue “non-negotiable” demands to improve the American workplace, including equal representation in board rooms, entertainment and other industries. “We are after 50/50 by 2020,” Streep said. “Equal means equal. And if it starts at the top, none of these shenanigans would have filtered down and it wouldn’t have been tolerated.”

The two-day event, attracting a record audience of 16,000, started on the day Time Magazine featured “The Silence Breakers” on the cover of its annual “Person of the Year” issue, recognizing
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Women's Rights Advocates and Sex Trade Survivors Rally Against PornHub Pop-Up

The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (Catw), the National Organization for Women-New York (Now-ny), and feminist author and leader Gloria Steinem held a press conference last week to highlight the detrimental impact the PornHub pop-up shop has on our culture and to call on elected officials to halt the expansion of more pop-ups in New York City.

Joined by sex trade survivors, the group asserted that the physical presence of PornHub, an Internet warehouse of graphic, violent pornographic videos, promotes and normalizes sexual violence against women and girls.

The groups were joined by supporters from around the city who are concerned about the proliferation and unchecked accessibility of pornography online that is contributing to boys’ and young people’s understanding of sexuality and to a broader rape culture that normalizes violence against women. The PornHub site’s titles include “Picking up a Schoolgirl for a Quick Drive Home,” “Jap Maid Serves the House Guest,
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Harry Belafonte To Be Honored At Robert F. Kennedy Ripple Of Hope Awards

The Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Awards will take place on December 13, and celebrates leaders of international business, entertainment, and activist communities who have demonstrated a commitment to social change.

Honorees reflect Robert Kennedy’s passion for equality, justice, basic human rights and his belief that we all must strive to “make gentle the life of this world.”

The 2017 Ripple of Hope Awards dinner will honor Harry Belafonte (singer, songwriter, actor & activist); Alex Gorsky Chairman of the Board and CEO Johnson & Johnson); Hamdi Ulukaya (Founder, Chairman and CEO Chobani, LLC). Master of Ceremonies: Alec Baldwin and hosts: Ethel Kennedy, Kerry Kennedy, Tim Cook, Philip W. Johnston, B. Scott Minerd, Marvin S. Rosen, Robert & Hope Smith, Pedro Torres-Mackie and Donato Tramuto. Special guests to include: Tony Bennett, Trevor Donovan, Kathryn Erbe, Susie Essman, Peter Frampton, Whoopi Goldberg, Cheryl Hines, Catherine Keener, Keegan-Michael Key, Tony Lo Bianco, Matthew Modine, Lena Olin,
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Meryl Streep Says She's 'Getting Together' with Other Actresses to Combat Sexism in Hollywood

Meryl Streep Says She's 'Getting Together' with Other Actresses to Combat Sexism in Hollywood
Meryl Streep has a plan for taking down sexism in Hollywood.

“Right now, I’m getting together with a bunch of actresses that you know very well, and we’re all sort of going to make a set of non-negotiable demands,” Streep told the crowd at the Massachusetts Conference for Women on Thursday. “We’re after 50/50 by 2020.”

In conversation with feminist icon Gloria Steinem at the event, the multiple Oscar winner went on to speak about Harvey Weinstein, with whom she’s worked with numerous times, and has become a frequent topic of conversation at her house.

“The thing abound
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Whistler Film Festival Announces 2017 Winners

Whistler Film Festival Announces 2017 Winners
Winners of the 2017 Whistler Film Festival were announced at the Awards Celebration this morning on the final day of the 17th annual Festival. Ian Lagarde’s first feature All You Can Eat Buddha and Jason and Carlos Sanchez’s A Worthy Companion tied for the $15,000 cash prize presented by the Directors Guild of Canada, British Columbia and the $15,000 post-production prize sponsored by Encore Vancouver in the 14th edition of the coveted Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature Film. The jury states “each in their own way convey unique visions and creative storytelling the jury believes have made and will make powerful contributions to the world of cinema.”A Worthy Companion

A Worthy Companion takes a fresh and new perspective that explores the complexity and humanity within the predator, victim relationship. This film questions how we perpetuate manipulative power dynamics between adult and child through the inner struggle of our female protagonists.
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