For anyone considering filing official complaints of sexual harassment within the Chinese film industry, the 2003 case of actress Zhang Yu is a cautionary tale. As a young woman just starting out in the Beijing-based film industry, Yu claimed that she was pressured into having sex with over a dozen directors with the promise of fame. After filing a number of lawsuits, Zhang provided more than 20 videos and audiotapes to the police, with a number of clips and stills becoming public online. Though it was widely believed that there was enough evidence to prove her case, she still lost her lawsuit and received no compensation. With her career essentially over, Zhang has since disappeared from the public eye.Fifteen years later, the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal expanded to Asia following a Dec. 12 report that prominent Hong Kong-based producer-director Bey Logan, who ran the Weinstein Co.’s Asia office from 2005 to 2009, had been accused of multiple acts of sexual … [Read more...] about #MeToo Has Reached China, but Will It Have an Impact?
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If a teacher helps her charges, then why shouldn’t the kids’ parents help the educator? That is a possible explanation for the behavior of the protagonist of the impressive Slovak-language drama The Teacher, directed by renowned Czech director Jan Hrebejk (Up and Down, Divided We Fall) and written by his regular screenwriter, Petr Jarchovsky. Though somewhat slow out of the starting blocks, this finally caustic drama, set in early 1980s Bratislava (then in Czechoslovakia), accumulates power and insight as it builds over the course of a tense parents-teachers conference, punctuated with the necessary flashbacks.At first sight, the bespectacled Marie Drazdechova (Zuzana Mauréry) seems like an ordinary middle-school teacher, perhaps a little stern and on the dowdy side but the kind of sharp educator who can spot what a child’s needs are from miles away. Unfortunately, she uses her cunning insights mostly for her own gain, knowing just what to say to the children to … [Read more...] about Film Review: The Teacher
The world and nearly everyone in it has been reduced to trembling excitement by the return of David Bowie, but for some of us there is another recent resurrection perhaps even more miraculous and just as unexpected, a comeback by The Replacements, who today release online the Songs For Slim EP, their first new recordings in more than 20 years.A bunch of rowdy, reckless delinquents inspired by punk, fuelled by a legendary intake of drugs and alcohol, and led by Paul Westerberg, the raw-voiced laureate of pre-grunge teenage nihilism, The Replacements were part of the Minneapolis scene that also spawned Husker Du and in the early-80s they held the line against a floodtide of mind-numbing heavy metal and flatulent, air-brushed AOR, buying time for the assembling shock troops of hardcore and the grunge battalions who followed. Nearly a decade before Kurt Cobain and Eddie Vedder gave urgent voice to the desolation and frustration of America’s disenfranchised youth, Westerberg’s … [Read more...] about The Replacements are back! Uncut rejoices!
I’ve been talking a lot about Kathleen Kennedy lately, probably because I’m a female geek writing for a feminist geek site and she’s the President of Lucasfilm and responsible for freaking Star Wars. Mostly, we’ve been talking about the issue of female directors, and why there haven’t yet been any female directors on Star Wars films. However, even as we’ve been talking about this one area where Lucasfilm could be doing much better, there’s another area where Lucasfilm is getting gender right.In the Women in Entertainment 2016 issue of The Hollywood Reporter, Kathleen Kennedy and several of the other female executives at Lucasfilm talk about how their company ended up with an executive team that “is more than 50 percent female.” They also talk about the fact that, while it’s “coincidence” that the company has released two back-to-back Star Wars films with female protagonists, it’s certainly not a … [Read more...] about Kathleen Kennedy and Lucasfilm Have Achieved Gender Parity In Their Executive Ranks, Time For That to Trickle Down
<!--[CDATA[ This story first appeared in the June 7 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.The only thing lacking in The Hollywood Reporter's kickoff Emmy Roundtable event held April 6 in Hollywood was, well, drama. The six women who gathered to talk on a sunny Saturday afternoon -- Connie Britton, 46 (ABC's Nashville), Anna Gunn, 44 (AMC's Breaking Bad), Kate Mara, 30 (Netflix's House of Cards), Elisabeth Moss, 30 (AMC's Mad Men, Sundance's Top of the Lake), Monica Potter, 41 (NBC's Parenthood), and Kerry Washington, 36 (ABC's Scandal) -- chatted with such relaxed candor about their lives and work, it was easy to forget they headline some of the most dramatic series on television. Between trading war stories about terrible jobs, wearing Spanx to auditions, their confusion over social media and one's utter love for Cheez Whiz, these ladies launched THR's Emmy Roundtable Series 2013. PHOTOS: THR Emmy Roundtable: Behind-the-Scenes Photos of TV's Hottest Drama Actresses The … [Read more...] about THR Emmy Roundtable: 6 Drama Actresses on Death Threats, Post-Baby Auditions
<!--[CDATA[ This story first appeared in The Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment Power 100 issue.If you're a working mother in this or any other industry, and you're looking for a magical app or shared calendar that will help you find the correct equilibrium between work and home life -- forget social life! -- you won't find it here, because it doesn't exist. We're all rolling calls in the car on the way home from the office. We're all texting at traffic lights (but not when the kids are in the car, right?). We are all very grateful for the domestic help we've been lucky to find and fold into our families. We are all not going to the yoga class we so badly want and need to attend. We are all sure we're not doing this right.But if you're looking for perspective on how to handle the guilt and which way to wiggle on the choices you do have, well, you've come to the right place. "I like to say my job has flex hours," cracks UTA's Louise Ward, who has three children and reps … [Read more...] about Having It All: 10 Ways Hollywood’s Power Women Make It All Work
DEAN'S LIST: Saying that the members of The Hollywood Reporter's Next Generation Class of 2007 are "most likely to succeed" isn't quite accurate because these accomplished individuals can honestly say they already have made it. And the editors and reporters who researched, deliberated and eventually chose this year's list wholeheartedly agree. The 14th annual edition is a roundup of the most talented executives in film, television, representation, legal and new media, all age 35 and under. It's not intended as a power list, but rather an unveiling of the leaders of tomorrow.Jamie FreedTalent manager, The CollectiveBorn: July 26, 1977"I love helping shape careers. It's incredibly rewarding to guide actors through difficult choices and grow with them," says Jamie Freed, who manages up-and-comers such as Selena Gomez (Disney Channel's "Wizards of Waverly Place") and Jacob Zachar (ABC Family's "Greek"), along with buzzworthy actresses like Katee Sackhoff (NBC's "Bionic Woman"). And because … [Read more...] about Next Gen 2007: Agents/managers
Cristian Mungiu’s feature debut, 2002’s Occident, was an accomplished exercise in the then-fashionable mode of multiple narratives, which slowly overlap and converge, but it wasn’t until 2007’s 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days that he received significant international attention. Building on the style established by his contemporary, Cristi Puiu, in 2005’s The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (as well as using Puiu’s DP Oleg Mutu), Mungiu crafted an intense portrait of a woman trying to get a proscribed abortion in the waning days of Ceaușescu’s Romania. The film won the Palme d’Or, solidifying the rise of the Romanian New Wave. Moving beyond the past into the still-corrupted present, Mungiu turned to the true story of a young woman who died during a brutal “exorcism” conducted by nuns for his best film yet, 2012’s Beyond the Hills.In his newest feature, Graduation, Mungiu once again draws from real life news reports to examine … [Read more...] about Helicopter Parent: Cristian Mungiu on
Tanisha Forest is studying Manifest Destiny.Sitting in a classroom at Crenshaw High School, mere miles from several Hollywood studios but a world away in south Los Angeles, this wisp of a 17-year-old with a bright smile and dangling silver earrings peers at a map of 19th century America. It is a slightly shabby room with loads of empty desks, as if the student body has fled -- which, in a sense, it has: About three years ago, an exodus occurred among the more affluent kids when Crenshaw lost its accreditation (it has since been regained). Many of the remaining students come from broken homes or have an incarcerated parent. Trouble is rampant; the area is ruled by a violent gang known as the Rolling 60s, and on this day, more than 100 late students form a line outside the building, waiting to be frisked by security guards. But not Tanisha. Shy and reserved, she stares intently at the map as a teacher discusses America's belief in itself.Belief in herself has not played a great role in … [Read more...] about The Mentorship Program
U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITIONThis year's 16 films were selected from 1,026 submissions. Each film is a world premiere.Adam (Director-screenwriter: Max Mayer)A strange and lyrical love story between a somewhat socially dysfunctional young man and the woman of his dreams. Cast: Hugh Dancy, Rose Byrne, Peter Gallagher, Amy Irving, Frankie Faison.Amreeka (Director-screenwriter: Cherien Dabis)When a divorced Palestinian woman and her teenage son move to rural Illinois, they find their new lives replete with challenges. Cast: Nisreen Faour, Melkar Muallem, Hiam Abbass, Yussuf Abu-Warda, Alia Shawkat.Arlen Faber (Director-screenwriter: John Hindman)A reclusive author of a groundbreaking spiritual book awakens to new truths when two strangers enter his life. Cast: Jeff Daniels, Lauren Graham, Lou Pucci, Olivia Thirlby.Big Fan (Director-screenwriter: Robert Siegel)The world of a parking garage attendant who happens to be the New York Giants' biggest fan is turned upside down after an altercation … [Read more...] about Sundance 2009 competition lineup