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J.J. Abrams Wants Ava DuVernay to Direct a Star Wars Movie, but She Probably Doesn't Want To

No woman has ever directed a Star Wars film (only a handful have even spoken in them!), but that doesn’t mean the men in charge of the series don’t think a woman could. In a recent interview with Nerdist, J.J. Abrams, the man who recently referred to Star Wars as a “boys’ thing,” knew exactly who’d be great at the job…

Ava DuVernay on All-White Cast of Gods of Egypt: 'We All Deserve Icons in Our Own Image'

Late last week, Gods of Egypt director Alex Proyas apologized for the lack of diversity in his upcoming film. The film, set for release in January, headlines four white actors in the period epic: Gerard Butler, Geoffrey Rush, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Brenton Thwaites. Both Proyas and Lionsgate have been intensely…

Famed NSFW Pirelli Calendar to Celebrate Women for Their Brains or Something

The Pirelli Calendar has long been known for its exclusive, seductive pictures of the world’s top models, shot by the world’s best photographers, as was celebrated last year in a book on the calendar’s 50-plus years of production. While the 2016 calendar was expected to be much of the same, it appears that this year,…

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Director Dee Rees Cements Her Soft Style in Bessie With Queen Latifah

While the world rightfully celebrates Ava DuVernay’s skills with Selma, we might want to stay tuned to director Dee Rees too. The creative force behind HBO’s Bessie, Rees cut her teeth on the heart-wrenching independent film Pariah that left me in a puddle of tears by the credits and she brought the same raw, subtle…