2018 saw a dramatic dip in female directors working in Hollywood — an already low-statistic that can’t afford to take any more hits. This in spite of the work of the Time’s Up and Me Too movements that have taken Hollywood by storm, making accountable the powerful men and abusers who had eluded justice before.
But it’s not enough just to call out abusers, Hollywood needs to prop up underrepresented women as well. That’s what the new Time’s Up Challenge is about: encouraging Hollywood’s movers and shakers to work with a female director in the next 18 months. Proposed by Tessa Thompson, the challenge is called the #4PercentChallenge, based on the measly fraction of women who have directed the top 100 studio films in the last decade, and has already been accepted by dozens of directors, producers, writers, and actors.
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Actress Rebecca Hall broke out in 2006 in Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige, and she’s quickly developed a strong career collaborating with talented filmmakers, learning the ropes from the inside. Now she’s ready to make her directorial debut with an adaptation of a 1920s novel called Passing, which deals with the idea of racial passing – posing as a member of one racial group when you’re actually part of another. That’s a topic that’s still as relevant now as it was in the ’20s, and Hall has locked down two excellent actresses to star in the project: Tessa Thompson (Sorry to Bother You) and Ruth Negga (Preacher).
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Update: Variety reporter Justin Kroll just revealed that Marvel Studios has met with over 65 directors for the directing job on this movie.
Our original article from April 27, 2018 continues below.
Avengers: Infinity War is now in theaters, and it will certainly keep Marvel fans occupied for a little while. Later this summer, we’ll have Ant-Man and the Wasp arriving in theaters, and the debut of Captain Marvel in March of 2019. But after Avengers 4 hits theaters on May 3, 2019, the only movies that are confirmed to be on the way in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are a Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel in July of 2019 and Guardians of the Galaxy 3 sometime in 2020.
Beyond the summer of 2019, Marvel Studios is being tight-lipped about the future so as not to ruin the suspense of who will survive the culmination of this era of Marvel movies. But one project that we know is in development is a solo outing for Natasha Romanoff, AKA Black Widow. Fans have wanted the SHIELD agent played by Scarlett Johansson to get her own movie for years, and Marvel appears to finally be giving her a chance, and they’re looking for a female director to get behind the camera to make it happen. Read More »
This week brings the release of the second movie to tackle the origin of Wonder Woman this year, but unlike the superhero movie released this past summer, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women is about how the Amazon warrior princess came to existence on the pages of DC Comics.
A panel at New York Comic-Con took a closer look at the movie starring Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall and Bella Heathcote, and that included releasing a new trailer for the movie arriving in theaters at the end of the week.
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Professor Marston and the Wonder Women reveals the rather surprising story of the creator of Wonder Woman, Dr. William Moulton Marston, and the unconventional relationship he had with two women. It’s a charming, thoughtful film that goes places you might not expect it to, and a new clip offers a brief glimpse of the film’s themes. Watch the Professor Marston and the Wonder Women clip below.
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It seems Wonder Woman has not one but two origin films in 2017. After breaking the box office and single-handled rescuing the DCEU with Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman, the Amazon Warrior’s impetus is explored even further with Angela Robinson’s sweet, funny, and sexy Professor Marston and the Wonder Women.
Robinson’s film follows the people who helped create the most popular female superhero, and it’s not your typical creation tale. Instead, this is a polyamorous love story about the man and two women who fell in love with each other and eventually put their heads and kinks together to create Diana of Themyscira.
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With Warner Bros. and DC Films’ Wonder Woman kicking ass at the box office right now, there’s no better time to capitalize on Wonder Woman Mania. And the savvy team at Annapurna Pictures knows that Diana Prince is currently at the center of the pop culture conversation, so they’ve released a brand new teaser trailer for a film called Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, a biopic about the three people responsible for creating DC’s most famous female hero. Take a look at the enigmatic teaser, the comic book-inspired poster, and the official synopsis below.
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Angela Robinson‘s D.E.B.S was like Charlie’s Angels, So Close or maybe Totally Spies! but, well, gay. Robinson is a lesbian and has tackled issues of gender representation, stereotyped sexuality and gay and lesbian relationships in most of her films – the notable exception being the Lindsay Lohan vehicle Herbie: Fully Loaded (and I can see the comments making that connection for you is going to provoke already, though I just wanted to make the ‘vehicle’ pun).
The film was quite unlikely, in some respects, being developed by Screen Gems from a pretty bold and ‘out’ original short that Robinson had garnered a nice streak of success with at festivals. Not a surprise of the same order as Sony seeing a short about some homosexual kickboxers and greenlighting a feature spin-off but, at the time, it gave me pause none the less. By all acounts, however, Screen Gems did Robinson proud and encouraged her to make exactly the film she wanted, so good on them. Sadly, this led only to cult success, and the planned sequel was never forthcoming. Well, not so far… Read More »