WFTV News

27th March 2015
To celebrate Women's History Month, I bring your attention to a monthly Women in Film Salon run by Seed&Spark producer and founder Emily Best. Rather than belly-ache about the sad state of women in Hollywood, cinematographer Elle Schneider and director Jen McGowan (Kelly & Cal) pulled together 13 women for an edit-a-thon to create new Wikipedia pages. They whipped out their laptops and wrote 21 entries for women directors or women filmmaker organisations that did not have pages before.
25th March 2015
Israeli actress and filmmaker Ronit Elkabetz will preside over the jury of the 54th Semaine de la Critique in Cannes (May 14-22). Elkabetz is something of a Critics’ Week regular having starred in Keren Yedaya’s 2004 feature Or and directed 2008 drama 7 Days (Shiva). Her third film Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem, selected at the Directors’ Fortnight in 2014, was nominated for the Golden Globes 2015 in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
25th March 2015
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has today announced the nominations for its annual British Academy Television Craft Awards, which honour the very best behind-the-scenes talent working in television. This year’s ceremony will be held at The Brewery, London on Sunday 26 April.
25th March 2015
Heading into the all-important summer moviegoing season, two converging box-office trends are startling studios: Women are driving ticket sales to a degree rarely, if ever, seen before, while young men — long Hollywood’s most coveted audience — are relatively AWOL.
24th March 2015
New research suggests that 2014 saw a significant drop compared to 2013 in the number of movies released that passed the Bechdel test, the informal guidelines that judgewhether individual films represent female characters fairly.
24th March 2015
After moviegoing fell six percent in North America last year, studios are scrambling to promote films that can make it big at the box office this summer. And while traditionally that might mean luring young men who will bring their girlfriends and moms to reliable action franchises—from The Avengers 2 to Furious 7 and Jurassic World—it turns out that this summer’s best bet is probably women.
24th March 2015
The first Bentonville Film Festival, scheduled for May 5-9, hasn’t yet announced its slate of films, which will highlight female and minority filmmakers. But the happily acronymed BFF has just signed up talents including Robert De Niro, Rosie O’Donnell, Nick Cannon, Bruce Dern, Joey Lauren Adams, and newswoman Soledad O’Brien to participate in its panels and film screenings.
22nd March 2015
For me, and possibly the majority of my generation, Geena Davis will always be Thelma Dickinson, one half of the duo that many believed would kick the female Hollywood stereotype for good. I have no idea how many times my teenage self watched Thelma and Louise (we’re certainly into double figures) but I’m pretty sure I would never have guessed I would one day be sitting in a hotel in New York talking to Davis about gender inequality in film and TV.
22nd March 2015
The SXSW Film Festival has always been a launching pad for women in Hollywood — it’s where Lena Dunham premiered Tiny Furniture in 2010, and Girls in 2012; where 2011’s Bridesmaids debuted; and where Brie Larson became a star in 2013’s Short Term 12. 
20th March 2015
Director Paul Feig and actress Melissa McCarthy are a match made in comedy heaven. The duo, who’ve worked together on Bridesmaids, The Heat, and the upcoming Spy, can’t get enough of one another. “Our relationship hasn’t changed that much, I think that’s why we work together so much,” Feig says. “We fell in with each other so quickly, we have such a shorthand. We share the same sense of humor. We share the same desire to make sure the comedy is grounded emotionally.”

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