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Female Composers Worked on 1% of Top Films Since 2007 – Can a New Concert Help Even the Score? (Guest Blog)

  • The Wrap
Quick. Name a female film composer. Right… a woman.

Who? Fanny… Mendelssohn? No sorry, she was Felix’ sister and pre-dated the cinema industry by about two generations.

The fact is, you may not know any by name. Because while women in the entertainment industry have made historic gains in representation both on and off camera, the percentage of film composers who are women has remained dismal. According to a study published Wednesday by USC Annenberg’s Inclusion Initiative, female composers worked on just 1.4% of the 100 top-grossing films for each of the last 12 years. And the last woman to win an Oscar for a movie score was Anne Dudley for 1997’s “The Full Monty” — more than two decades ago.

It’s a sad statistic for any industry, let alone one that prides itself on diversity.

Also Read: Women Nabbed More Lead Roles in Top 2018 Films - But Still Less Than a
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Hobbs & Shaw director gives an update on The Division movie adaptation

It’s been over three years now since Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain first signed on to star in a feature film adaptation of the video game Tom Clancy’s The Division, and it seems it may still be some time away from reaching the screen judging by the latest comments from director David Leitch (Deadpool 2), who has shared an update on the project during the press tour for Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.

“We have The Division, which is an incredible property,” Leitch tells Collider. “Two great actors and producers on it—Jake and Jessica—we’re awaiting a script on it, and there’s a lot of people involved with that one, creative producers and actors, who have input on the script and then they have schedules, so we’ll see how that’s all going. For things to come together when these attachments happen it
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How Hobbs & Shaw is a Different Fast and Furious Movie

Don Kaye Aug 1, 2019

The Fast and Furious series gets its first spin-off with Hobbs & Shaw and David Leitch was there to direct it.

David Leitch made his directorial debut, after years as a stuntperson and stunt coordinator, on 2014’s John Wick (with Chad Stahelski), and he’s been tackling even more ambitious projects behind the camera ever since. With 2017’s Atomic Blonde and 2018’s Deadpool 2 both under his belt, he has turned this year to one of the biggest franchises out there, the Fast and Furious series, to helm its first standalone spin-off movie -- Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.

The film stars Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham as Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw respectively, who started in the mothership series as sworn enemies and -- while not exactly the best of friends -- now end up as unlikely allies in a race to stop a literal supervillain
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The Division 2 Director Asks Fans About Single-Player Spin-Off

Matthew Byrd Jul 15, 2019

Fans are interested in a single-player campaign for The Division 2, but does that mean we could get one?

Something funny happened this weekend when Tim Spencer (the level director for Tt Games) tweeted out that he'd love to see a single-player version of The Division 2. 

"I love the idea of a single player narrative driven spin-off of The Division," wrote Spencer. "Focusing on an agent trying to get home to their family after being sent to NYC, during the Shd blackout from the fall of DC. Tlou x Division."

Spencer goes on to say theorize what such a game may look like by noting that "none of the stories have explored what a Division agent sacrifices, and what they go through mentally." He even stated that he "sat here in a burrito restaurant" and thought about writing down "all the epic stories our agent could have, in chapters,
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Jessica Chastain Calls Out New York City Government: Why No Woman Statue in Central Park?

Jessica Chastain Calls Out New York City Government: Why No Woman Statue in Central Park?
Jessica Chastain has a question for New York City mayor Bill de Blasio and New York governor Andrew Cuomo: Where are all the statues of women in Central Park? In a viral video posted to her Twitter page, the Oscar-nominated actress goes hunting in Central Park to find a statue of a woman but comes up hilariously and horrifyingly short.

Here are just some of the statues Chastain discovers in Central Park: The poet Fitz-Green Halleck, writer Friedrich Schiller, composer Victor Herbert, a group of hawks eating a ram, and an oversized wolf. Yes, the number of animal statues is far greater than the number of women statues.

In fact, there is only one statue of a woman in Central Park and that’s Alice of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland.” As Chastain observes, the one woman statue is of “a fictional character that a man wrote.” The
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Apple, Netflix Readying Fall Launches for Video Game-Based Content

Hollywood is no stranger to video games, but if last week’s E3 was any indication, the worlds of gaming, television and film are becoming closer than ever before.

Major companies such as Apple and Netflix clearly see promise in the video game market, as they both had a presence at the industry’s Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. Netflix showcased a “Stranger Things” game that will drop on July 4, the same day as Season 3 of that show premieres on the streaming platform, and in 2020 they will release a free-to-play mobile game based on the show.

The platform also will be getting a film based on popular shooter “The Division” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain and in the fall, Netflix’s upcoming “The Dark Crystal” series will get a video game tie-in. If these kinds of intellectual property-based games are successful, it’s likely that Netflix and its
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Netflix Pick's Up Ubisofts Film Adaptation of The Division with Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain

Netflix Pick's Up Ubisofts Film Adaptation of The Division with Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain
Netflix has picked up Ubisoft Motion Pictures’ film adaption of the Tom Clancy video game The Division. The movie is set to star Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain and it will be directed by Hobbs And Shaw and Deadpool 2 helmer David Leitch.

There’s a lot of great talent attached to this project so there’s a good chance that it’s going to turn out to be a badass action movie. They have been "persistent in making sure that it matches the tone of the video game."

The story for The Division is set in the wake of a devastating pandemic that sweeps through New York City, basic services fail one by one, and without access to food or water, the city quickly descends into chaos. Chastain is a talented actress and this seems like it could be a fun project for her. There are no details on
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The Division 2 Preview: Improves On The Original In Almost Every Way

Hey, come here. Come closer. No, closer.

Despite criticism, I always thought The Division was a terrific game, and I think the second is going to be exponentially better. There, I said it. It feels good to get that off my chest.

I spent the weekend plunging into The Divison 2‘s private beta, and boy, are my arms tired. I played the ever-loving heck out of the first game, so I have been chomping at the bit to get my hands on the follow-up, which is out in just over a month. Though the first game was not perfect by any stretch, Ubisoft and Massive Entertainment created a deep, RPG-heavy looter shooter that emphasized stats and customizable builds; everything I love about video games. It also helped that The Division‘s recreation of New York City was beautiful, lonely, and downright eerie, making exploration feel interesting and voyeuristic as I picked up leftover cell phones,
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Preview: Going Hands-On With Anthem’s Endgame

As we’ve already seen with titles like Monster Hunter World, Diablo 3, and The Division, games with long post-release lifespans tend to get by on trickling out small amounts of content every so often to retain “player engagement.” But what I’d say these games have more in common is a substantial endgame focus that dedicated fans can stick with, knowing that by tackling the game’s hardest challenges they’ll be rewarded with not only better loot, but also the opportunity for an even greater challenge. This is, from what I’ve seen, the schematic Anthem will be following as well.

Let me explain further. In something like Destiny 2, players complete story missions alone until they’ve finished the campaign. The real “endgame” comes from completing weekly challenges and raids for better loot — there’s no real incentive to play through story missions or strikes beyond completing the obligatory
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Taraji P. Henson Talks Importance of Being Paid What She ‘Deserved’ on Road to Walk of Fame Honor

  • Variety
Taraji P. Henson Talks Importance of Being Paid What She ‘Deserved’ on Road to Walk of Fame Honor
Taraji P. Henson had been steadily acting for over a decade, with nearly three dozen projects under her belt, before she reached a critical turning point in her career: what she thought was a fair paycheck.

“Hollywood can be cheap. They love a great performance at a discount price … If they can get it,” she says. “I always seemed to get respect, as far as work [went]. I just needed to get my money.”

The shift she saw came when she first collaborated with writer-producer-director Tyler Perry, on “The Family That Preys.”

Henson was just coming off “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” when she initially started talking with Perry about the project and, when she told him she didn’t get paid exactly what she hoped for on “Benjamin Button,” he told her what to go for and became “the first person to pay me what I thought I deserved at the time,
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Anthem: BioWare Apologizes for VIP Demo Problems

Matthew Byrd Jan 28, 2019

BioWare apologizes for Anthem's start but believe the best is yet to come.

BioWare has apologized for Anthem's recent VIP demo following a very rough start.

"Yesterday was rocky," said BioWare's head of live service, Chad Robertson, via the BioWare blog. "We’ve been testing the entire game and platform for several months, but there were a few things we missed; real-world play frequently leads to unexpected issues."

Robertson goes on to elaborate on some of the game's issues, which he claims are not tied to BioWare under-planning for server capacity. He claims that BioWare planned to manage the servers as the in-game population grew and that the studio actually ended up with excess server space. Instead, the connection problems that plagued the demo can be traced to a series of bugs and oversights.

Further Reading: Everything You Need to Know About Anthem

For instance, Robertson
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Dancing With the Stars Season 27 Cast Includes Facts of Life's Nancy McKeon

Dancing With the Stars Season 27 Cast Includes Facts of Life's Nancy McKeon
You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have… a Mirrorball Trophy?

Facts of Life alum Nancy McKeon is set to compete on Dancing With the Stars Season 27, premiering Monday, Sept. 24 at 8/7c on ABC. The reveal was made on Wednesday’s edition of Good Morning America.

McKeon will be paired with with pro Val Chmerkovskiy, who previously won DWTS with contestants Rumer Willis (in Season 20) and Laurie Hernandez (Season 23). She’s the third Facts of Life vet to participate in the ABC reality competition, following Kim Fields (who finished seventh in Season
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Deadpool 2 Director David Leitch Rumored To Return For Deadpool 3

Given the Juggernaut-sized success of the sequel, it should come as no surprise that director David Leitch is returning to the helm for Deadpool 3.

According to Gww, Leitch is now attached to direct the third movie in the series, though it should be noted that his involvement has yet to be confirmed by 20th Century Fox and, taking into consideration hearsay that the House of Mouse may shut down the entire operation, it’d probably be best to take this tidbit with a grain of salt, at least until we hear otherwise.

That said, earlier in the week, a new promo for the home video release of Deadpool 2 hit the interweb and seemed to suggest the foul-mouthed mutant would indeed be returning for a third outing. Not to mention that in December of last year, Disney CEO and chairman Bob Iger issued a statement in which he specifically
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Watch: Vin Diesel Announces ‘Bloodshot’ Production Start in Behind-the-Scenes Video

While Sony Pictures Entertainment may have a pair of Spider-Man pics swinging into theaters this year and next, a lesser-known hero is also destined for the big screen in Sony's Bloodshot. Playing the title superhero is the one and only Vin Diesel, who announced the start of the film's production via an Instagram video earlier today. Few details are currently available for the film, but we know that Diesel & Co., including video game VFX whiz/director Dave Wilson making his feature directorial debut, will be in the Cape Town, …
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Jessica Chastain to produce and star in action thriller Eve

Jessica Chastain has signed on to produce and star in Eve, an action-thriller from writer director Matthew Newton (Who We Are Now), Variety has revealed.

Matthew is wonderfully adept at crafting complex and relatable characters,” reads a statement from Chastain and her prodcuing partner Kelly Carmichael of Freckle Films. “We’ve been fans of his work and are so thrilled to be partnering with him and Voltage on Eve.”

“I have always admired Jessica Chastain’s work,” added Newton. “So when I wrote Eve, an intelligent, strong, and incredibly capable character, she was my immediate first choice to bring her to life. I am humbled and thrilled to be collaborating with Jessica and Voltage on the film.”

Chastain is currently shooting the horror sequel It: Chapter Two and also stars as the villain in 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix. The actress is also attached to the video game adaptation The Division,
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‘Deadpool 2’ Director David Leitch In Talks For ‘Enter The Dragon’ Remake

It has been 45 years since Enter The Dragon was in cinemas. 1973 was also the year that we lost its star, Bruce Lee at the very young age of 32. An Enter The Dragon remake has been in the offing for a little while, but news reaches us today that Deadpool 2 helmer David Leitch is in talks for the redo over at Warner Bros. Pictures.

Enter The Dragon remake on the way from Warner Bros. Enter The Dragon remake taps David Leitch

Leitch is reportedly in very early talks for the Enter The Dragon remake and looking at his slate, we may be waiting a while. We reported just a couple of weeks back that the filmmaker is set to direct the Fast & Furious spin-off Hobbs & Shaw next as that film already has a release date set for the summer of next year. Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham will lead that one.
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Deadpool 2 director in talks for Enter the Dragon remake

Deadline is reporting that John Wick, Atomic Blonde and Deadpool 2 director David Leitch is in talks with Warner Bros. about directing the studio’s long planned remake of the 1973 martial arts classic Enter the Dragon.

The Hong Kong / American co-production marked Bruce Lee’s final film appearance prior to his death, opening just days later, and went on to cement his place as a pop culture icon. Lee plays a Shaolin martial artist who is persuaded by British intelligence to enter a martial arts tournament held by the suspected crime Lord Han, while he also has another motive – revenge against his sister’s killer.

The project has been in the works for several years, with Rush Hour helmer Brett Ratner previously circling the film back in 2015, prior to his fall from grace in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

If Enter the Dragon absolutely has to be remade, then Warner Bros.
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TV News Roundup: Netflix Offers First Look at ‘Narcos: Mexico,’ Trailer for Rev Run’s ‘All About the Washingtons’

  • Variety
In today’s roundup, Netflix offers a glimpse of Diego Luna and Michael Pena in “Narcos: Mexico,” while Jillian Bell signs onto Ben Schwartz’ “The Wrong Mans” at Showtime.

First Looks

Coming to Netflix later this year: “Narcos: Mexico” has released first look images of Michael Pena and Diego Luna in the series’ shift away from Colombia after three seasons. Launching as a new original for the streamer, “Narcos: Mexico” will explore the origins of the modern drug war by going back to its roots with the rise of the Guadalajara Cartel in the 1980s. Luna will star as Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, the leader of the cartel and founder of the modern Mexican drug trade, while Pena plays a family man and undercover DEA agent Kiki Cameron.

Casting

Jillian Bell (“22 Jump Street“) has snagged a lead role in Showtime‘s half-hour pilot “The Wrong Mans.” Produced by and starring Ben Schwartz,
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Hands-On With Skull and Bones and The Division 2

  • Cinelinx
Two of Ubisoft's most anticipated games, Skull & Bones and Tom Clancy's The Division 2, were showcased during E3 2018 and we got to experience every pulse-pounding moment of them! Here are our takeaways from each game!

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2

When Tom Clancy’s The Division 1 released, it was unlike any game we had experienced at that time. It was fun, dark, and visceral. However, a lacking story is what pulled a lot of people out of the game, as the missions felt repetitive. Ubisoft corrected this later on by initiating several updates that brought a lot of players back, all so they could prepare for the next chapter in the story of The Division.

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 takes place in Washington D.C., months after the attack on Black Friday. By now, the plague has mostly disappeared, but now it’s time to rebuild the word. Though,
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E3 2018: The 7 Biggest Announcements From The Ubisoft Press Conference

  • Variety
Ubisoft had a cheerful and slightly silly E3 2018 presentation on Monday featuring a dancing panda, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and a surprise appearance from one Shigeru Miyamoto. Here, in no particular order, are the seven biggest announcements to come out of the press conference.

Fans Got Their Biggest Peek Yet at ‘Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’

Ubisoft dropped a ton of new details today about “Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.” There will be two playable characters named Kassandra and Alexios. For the first time, player choices will affect parts of the story via the new interactive dialogue system, which has over 30 hours of storytelling. Plus, Ubisoft promises this is the largest “Assassin’s Creed” to date, with a huge world map broken up into 27 different regions, each with its own leaders and allegiances. Check out Variety’s in-depth coverage right here.

‘The Division 2’ Officially Takes Place in Washington D.C.

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