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Good news! Patty Jenkins will return to direct (and co-write and produce) Wonder Woman 2, and on top of that, she's making bank! Variety reveals: While an exact number could not be unveiled, sources say the number is in the $8 million dollar range to write, direct and produce making her the highest paid female director of all time. A substantial backend of box office grosses is also included in the contract. The Hollywood Reporter adds: Jenkins will receive directing and writing fees in the high seven figures (think...
  Having recently acquired a Los Angeles Public Library e-card, I immediately began watching not the Criterion Collection — with its plethora of film classics such as Rashomon, The 400 Blows, and other films I really should have seen by now — but  the uneven but ultimately charming Almost Adults, a 2016 independent film funded through a Kickstarter campaign, released on VOD earlier this year, and currently on Netflix. Starring Elise Bauman (Carmilla) as Mackenzie, a recently out lesbian, and Natasha Negovanlis (also of Carmilla) as her straight...
HOME AGAINWritten and directed by Hallie Meyers-ShyerOut September 8 To say there aren’t many new romantic comedies for or about women who remember the ’90s is an understatement; hell, there aren’t many movies for women period, much less those nearing middle age. And for those itching for a Nancy Meyers fix (It’s Complicated, The Intern), there’s good news — she produced Home Again, which was written and directed by her daughter Hallie Meyers-Shyer. Reese Witherspoon stars as Alice, a 40-year-old woman who’s just moved back to...
Activist Dolores Huerta has lived to see her life’s work memorialized in a new documentary, simply titled Dolores. Encompassing Huerta’s first work as an activist over the past 60-plus years, the film documents her work for fighting for workers’ rights, the Latinx community, women’s rights, and the environment, arguing that Huerta should have a larger place in history — an argument that’s hard to disagree with. Now 87, Huerta is still working in activism, encouraging women, particularly women of color, to run for office through her...
Poptarts is a twice-monthly podcast hosted by BUST Magazine editors Emily Rems and Callie Watts that celebrates women in pop culture. The first half of each episode is devoted to a hot topic in entertainment, and in the second half, a segment called "Whatcha Watchin'?," Callie and Emily dig into all the shows, movies, books, music, videos, and podcasts they've enjoyed since the last episode, and either praise or pan each experience. In our latest episode, Callie and Emily are joined by the hosts of the great pop culture podcast "There Will...
DOLORESDirected by Peter BrattOut September 8 4/5 BUST rating The new documentary Dolores opens with a morning show clip that calls labor leader and civil rights advocate Dolores Huerta, “the most vocal activist you’ve never heard of.” That short description sets the tone for the film, in which director Peter Bratt explores Huerta’s life and legacy — all for an audience he assumes has never heard of her. Bratt combines archival footage with interviews with Huerta (now 87), her family, and fellow activists including Gloria Steinem and...
The first thing that strikes you as off about Feed is Troian Bellisario’s (Pretty Little Liars) blue contact lenses. Early on in the film, they are so pale and flat as to be distracting, but as the film goes on, I wouldn’t be surprised if they were meant to be intentionally creepy. After all, Tom Felton (Harry Potter), who plays Bellisario’s twin brother, has naturally blue eyes. And with his mop of Draco Malfoy-blond hair dyed brown to match Bellisario’s, they certainly make a creepy...
Mengwen Cao is a photographer, videographer, and multimedia producer. Born in Hangzhou, China, she came to the United States in 2012. At the age of 25, her parents thought she had never fallen in love. Cao had a secret: She liked girls. Like many other creatives — Cao is a filmmaker and photographer who also made "I Stand Between," a multimedia art piece exploring transracial adoption —  she started by first getting all her feelings out in words in the form of a letter. The...
Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins has thrown a Lasso of Truth around James Cameron after he criticized her depiction of Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman. Cameron — who directed Titanic and Avatar — shared his comments about Jenkins with the Guardian, in an interview published yesterday under the illuminating headline “James Cameron: ‘The downside of being attracted to independent women is that they don’t need you.’”  K. BTW, the headline quote refers to Cameron describing his type — he has four ex-wives (Sharon Williams, producer Gale Ann Hurd, director...
This is one of those stories where each detail makes you a little more excited. Per Variety: 1. St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark, is directing a feature film.2. It’s an adaptation of an Oscar Wilde work. 3. It’s the Picture of Dorian Gray. 4. But it’s genderswapped. 5. So Dorian is a woman now. Also: Elle screenwriter David Birke will write the script, and there’s no word yet about the cast or release date. There have been a ton of Dorian Gray adaptations — most recently Penny Dreadful tackled the...
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