Actress Marsha Hunt, Blacklisted in the '50s, Awarded for Rad Politics

In 1949, during the darkest days of Joe McCarthy and the deep Communism paranoia manifested in the House Un-American Activities Committee, Marsha Hunt was one of the many Hollywood actors to be blacklisted. Now 97, she's one of the sole surviving members of the blacklist, and Deadline reports that next month she… » 3/23/15 9:35am 3/23/15 9:35am

All the Enviable Looks at Essence's Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon

Essence held its eighth annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon in Beverly Hills on Thursday. Two-thirds of the outfits have already been stolen by me and I'm not sorry. Here are some of the outfits—originally worn by the likes of Laverne Cox, Tracee Ellis Ross and Teyonah Parris—that are now in my closet. » 2/20/15 2:10pm 2/20/15 2:10pm

Mo'Nique Explains How She's Being Blackballed in Hollywood

In 2010, Mo'Nique famously refused to play along with Oscar politics when she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress. Despite winning that year for her role in Precious, the actress says she's facing the reality that a blackballing is in effect for her in Hollywood. » 2/19/15 1:15pm 2/19/15 1:15pm

There Were Actually Fewer Lead Roles for Women in 2014's Major Movies

Fewer women appeared in lead roles in major Hollywood movies in 2014 than in 2002. Apologies to anyone pinning her hopes on slow, steady progress. » 2/10/15 1:20pm 2/10/15 1:20pm

Outlander and Fifty Shades Prove Hollywood Should Adapt More Romance

Here's a question: Out of all the stuff that gets adapted for movies and television every year, why don't more romance novels get picked up? » 2/09/15 3:00pm 2/09/15 3:00pm

How to Troll the Red Carpet 

Word is there's a very polite, muffled "revolt" of sorts building amongst some Hollywood actresses who are beginning to strain against the waves of starkly gendered banality long-endured by women on the red carpet. Over at Gawker, Hamilton Nolan questioned the prevailing strategy of Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer… » 2/05/15 6:00pm 2/05/15 6:00pm

Vanity Fair's Hollywood Issue Only Slightly Less White Than Oscar Race

There are three things that are constants in this cold, suffocating life: death, taxes, and the ghostly whiteness of everyone on Vanity Fair's annual self-congratulatory Hollywood issue. And in its 15th year, on a just-released cover, we've gotten... more of the same. Vanity Fair, old reliable. All-white people in… » 2/03/15 10:50am 2/03/15 10:50am

Oprah to Do the Damn Thing and March in Selma on Sunday

Lot's of people are taking Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday as an opportunity to hit the slopes or save 60% off on hotels, airfare and show tickets and go somewhere tropical. But Oprah Winfrey, who starred in and produced the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic, Selma will be marching in the Alabama city to commemorate the… » 1/17/15 4:45pm 1/17/15 4:45pm

Women Get Asked Stupid, Sexist Questions on the Red Carpet 

Upworthy has compiled a super cut of actresses being asked solely about their clothing and weight. Perhaps being asked, "Who are you wearing?" is less offensive than some of the questions thrown ScarJo's way while promoting The Avengers. "Were you able to wear...undergarments?" some clueless interviewer asks. "You're… » 1/15/15 11:15pm 1/15/15 11:15pm

Cheryl Boone Isaacs Doesn't Think the Academy Has a Diversity Problem

This morning we learned that the 2015 Academy Awards will be one of the whitest in recent memory. Not a single person of color was nominated in any of the acting categories and with the snub of Selma's Ava DuVernay, no women were nominated for Best Director. » 1/15/15 2:50pm 1/15/15 2:50pm

The Number of Female Directors in Hollywood Is Dismal 

Sergeant Buzzkill here, reporting for duty: Hollywood's tiny share of female directors has not grown in the last 17 years. In fact, it's dropped. » 1/13/15 3:20pm 1/13/15 3:20pm

Hollywood Loses Its Shit Over The Interview Cancellation

In today's Tweet Beat, Hollywood and Newt Gingrich are not happy about the cancellation of The Interview. Here are their completely sane and totally in-persecptive reactions. » 12/17/14 7:30pm 12/17/14 7:30pm

Chris Rock: Hollywood Is Giving Black Women the Shaft

Chris Rock continues his press run for Top Five with yet another piece of totally en fuego commentary, this time in the form of an essay for the Hollywood Reporter. In it, he's just like, ripping down the curtain of political silence around Hollywood's rampant racism, throwing said curtain on the ground and blasting… » 12/03/14 5:30pm 12/03/14 5:30pm

Hilary Swank Is Sick and Tired of Being Paid So Much Less Than Men

Hillary Swank is tired of being underpaid. While promoting a new film called The Homesman, she pointed out Hollywood's financial double standard and it includes a lot of missing zeros from her paycheck. » 11/18/14 1:30pm 11/18/14 1:30pm

Keira Knightley: My Body's Been 'Manipulated So Many Different Times'

In an interview with the British paper The Times, Keira Knightley commented on her recent shoot for Interview magazine where she appears topless, which she says she did to show what she truly looks like. » 11/05/14 12:50pm 11/05/14 12:50pm

Teairra Mari Is the Best and Worst Part of Love & Hip-Hop Hollywood

VH1 has aired three episodes of Love & Hip-Hop Hollywood. R&B singer Teairra Mari has fought with a person (verbally or physically or via drink-throwing) in all of them. Under reality TV terms and conditions, this makes her the breakout star of the season. Congrats? » 9/30/14 6:00pm 9/30/14 6:00pm

Women Producers in Hollywood Unite to Form New Company

Between the two of them, producers Alison Owen and Debra Hayward have a long string of impressive credits in Hollywood. Now, the women have decided to join forces to form a new production company focusing on television and film projects. » 9/26/14 1:40pm 9/26/14 1:40pm

Wendi McLendon-Covey Reminds Hollywood It's Not All About Tina and Amy

Hear any good stories about funny women getting mentioned as possibilities for roles in major Hollywood films lately? Let me guess: Tina Fey, Melissa McCarthy, Amy Poehler...sound familiar? That's because those women are on the so-called "short list" in many studio casting offices. » 9/24/14 1:00pm 9/24/14 1:00pm

LGBTQ Performers Are Still Treated Unfairly in Liberal-Ass Hollywood

SAG-AFTRA, in a survey of its members, found that over 50% of LGBTQ performers believe that Hollywood directors and producers are biased against them because of their orientation and/or gender identity. » 9/10/14 9:30pm 9/10/14 9:30pm