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Career Tip from Ava DuVernay: 'Follow the White Guys'

At this year’s BlogHer conference in New York City, Ava DuVernay delivered a keynote in which she gave advice on how to get ahead. In an industry where the acclaimed Selma director is a minority, she described using “the white guys” as a lead. “You gotta follow the white guys. Truly. They’ve got this thing wired,”… » 7/19/15 5:30pm 7/19/15 5:30pm

Here's Our Dream Cast For Disney's Live-Action Aladdin Remake

Disney is currently developing a live-action prequel to Aladdin. The film, tentatively titled Genies, will focus on the history of Aladdin’s big blue wish-granter. In addition to the prequel, THR reports “the long-term plan is to have the project lead into an Aladdin live-action movie,” and I have a few casting ideas… » 7/16/15 1:15pm 7/16/15 1:15pm

Neighbors Concerned About People ‘Doing Sex’ in Hollywood Hills Airbnb

An Airbnb host catered to horny hooligans with a listing referred to as a “Hollywood Hills Camping Retreat.” For only $35, renters could stay in a tent on a Hollywood Hills lot to engage in all kinds of debauchery, according to annoyed neighbors. Local residents complained of all the strange sexin’ going up in them… » 7/03/15 6:30pm 7/03/15 6:30pm

Rose McGowan on Directing, Gay Controversy, and How Fame Fucked Her Up

“I have, obviously, shit to say,” said Rose McGowan earlier this week at a suite in New York’s Edition Hotel, where she was promoting her directorial debut, the short film, Dawn. “I’m not saying it’s good stuff, but I’m saying I’ve got stuff to say.” For almost 30 minutes, McGowan and I talked about Hollywood (McGowan… » 6/24/15 3:45pm 6/24/15 3:45pm

Salma Hayek Welcomes Your ‘Hot’ Comments

When Salma Hayek first started out in Hollywood, she wasn’t too keen on the idea of being admired for her sizzlin’ looks. Now age 48 and the mother of a 7-year-old daughter, Hayek appreciates comments about her physical attributes. “Bring it on!” Hayek said, referring to her win for “Decade of Hotness,” at Spike TV’s… » 6/07/15 8:00pm 6/07/15 8:00pm

Quit Asking Blythe Danner About Gwyneth Paltrow

Blythe Danner is currently starring in an indie drama called I’ll See You In My Dreams. Her performance is being praised by most critics, and there’s even chatter about the 72-year-old being an Oscar contender for Best Actress. But what’s most notable about the film isn’t that Danner could receive a Best Actress… » 6/04/15 3:00pm 6/04/15 3:00pm

Aging Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal 'Too Old' to Play 55-Year-Old's Lover

37-year-old Maggie Gyllenhaal was recently told by a Hollywood producer that she was “too old” to play the love interest of a 55-year-old man. In an interview with The Wrap, Gyllenhaal said she was surprised by the producer’s admission, but that it’s just one of the many “disappointing things about being an actress in… » 5/21/15 9:50am 5/21/15 9:50am

Nikki Finke to Launch Site of 'Fictional Short Stories About Showbiz'

Nikki Finke, Hollywood’s elusive écriveuse (yes I know that’s bad French), reemerged Monday morning with a new website, new attitude, and new headshot. After leaving Deadline (the site she founded) in 2013, Finke launched NikkiFinke.com, her much-hyped next chapter that was less Deadline 2.0 and more Infrequently… » 5/18/15 12:10pm 5/18/15 12:10pm

Salma Hayek Speaks Out on Hollywood's Failures to Women

Variety partnered with UN Women to host a panel on the subject of gender equality at the Cannes Film Festival in support of Emma Watson’s HeForShe campaign. The discussion comes after the American Civil Liberties Union’s recent request for a federal and state investigation into the lack of hiring female directors. The… » 5/16/15 6:05pm 5/16/15 6:05pm