Sandra Oh, Elisabeth Moss, Angela Bassett, Thandie Newton, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Claire Foy sat down for The Hollywood Reporter's Drama Actress Roundtable to discuss producing, earning enough money to say no to certain jobs, de-stereotyping scripts, and fighting against the "sexy" label. "Do we have to be sexy in order to be powerful?" Newton said. "Let's start looking at the way things are described. ... I have daughters, and I don't want them thinking they have to be sexy in order to be powerful."
Marvel has hired Cate Shortland to direct its new "Black Widow" film, starring Scarlett Johansson. The studio considered over 49 directors before choosing Shortland, who is known for directing films such as "Lore" and "Berlin Syndrome." Jac Schaeffer will produce and write the screenplay.
A group of 21 transgender writers, actors and directors spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about their efforts to gain acceptance in Hollywood, and what Scarlett Johansson's public exit from the starring transgender role in "Rub & Tug" means for the industry. "The public outcry from both trans and nontrans people, along with the media attention given to this issue over the past few weeks should be a game-changing moment for transgender portrayals in media," GLAAD's Nick Adams said.
There are more than double the number of male film critics publishing reviews than women on Rotten Tomatoes, according to a new study from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film. Of the 4,111 reviews analyzed, 38% of the reviews written by men made positive comments about female directors, compared to over 50% by reviews written by women about female directors.
Marvel will this summer premiere its "Marvel Rising" series of animated shorts, which will focus on a teenage superhero called Ghost-Spider and include characters like Squirrel Girl, Patriot, Quake and Ms. Marvel. The series will be followed by a TV movie, "Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors," which will air on the Disney Channel this fall.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi has welcomed news that France, Germany, Italy, Malta, Spain and Portugal will collectively accept asylum claims from some 450 migrants who were trapped on a boat in the Mediterranean while EU countries refused to let them in. "As well as ending an ordeal for these individuals, this sets a positive example of how, by working together, countries can uphold sea rescue and manage borders while simultaneously meeting international asylum obligations," Grandi says.
Two United Nations diplomats say Russia and China are holding up further UN Security Council action against North Korea on petroleum smuggling. The US has asked the UN Security Council to openly accuse North Korea of sanctions breaches, but Russian and Chinese officials have put a hold on that request, delaying action for six months, the diplomats say.
Australia's practice of processing migrants offshore and separating refugee family members as a method of deterring asylum seekers is psychologically damaging and must stop, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Australia recently deported a Sri Lankan father after granting asylum to his partner and infant daughter -- a move that "actively and indefinitely" separates the family, UNHCR spokesman Andrej Mahecic says.
Some 60% of agricultural labor done by Pakistani women in rural areas is unpaid, according to a report from United Nations Women. Officials in Pakistan should improve women's access to technology and education and make policies more inclusive for rural women, the report suggests.
Livestock farms are responsible for around the same percentage of global emissions -- 14.5% -- as transportation, according to data from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The UN has predicted that meat consumption around the world will rise by 76% by the middle of this century.
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