Davis triumphs in sci-fi drama "Marjorie Prime" | Geneva Robertson-Dworet to pen "Captain Marvel" script | Shonda Rhimes signs production deal with Netflix, ending ABC run
August 17, 2017
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Geena Davis: "The world that you create needs to have a female presence"
Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis spoke to Slant Magazine about her upcoming film "Marjorie Prime," her approach to complex characters, and the importance of female representation in all aspects of film and television, including extras. "I had a meeting with an animation studio, and the head of the studio was sitting at a big table with almost all men as I started talking about a lack of female characters in crowd scenes. And the head of the studio asked, "Is that true? Guys, can we just not do that?" Davis said.
Slant Magazine (8/16) 
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Davis triumphs in sci-fi drama "Marjorie Prime"
Geena Davis plays Tess, the daughter of a woman with dementia, in "Marjorie Prime," a dramatic sci-fi film that shows "flashes of cinematic brilliance," Vanity Fair says. The film tackles contemporary issues with a futuristic twist, using an artificial intelligence slant in treating Marjorie's memory problems.
Vanity Fair (8/2017),  The A.V. Club (8/17),  ScreenAnarchy (8/17) 
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Geneva Robertson-Dworet to pen "Captain Marvel" script
Geneva Robertson-Dworet to pen "Captain Marvel" script
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Marvel has hired Geneva Robertson-Dworet to write the screenplay for "Captain Marvel," starring Brie Larson and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Robertson-Dworet also wrote the script for the latest "Tomb Raider" film, starring Alicia Vikander, as well as "Gotham City Sirens," the spinoff of the "Suicide Squad" franchise.
Deadline Hollywood (8/15) 
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Shonda Rhimes signs production deal with Netflix, ending ABC run
Showrunner Shonda Rhimes has signed a multi-year production deal with Netflix, marking an end to her successful 15-year partnership with ABC Studios. Rhimes' producing partner Betsy Beers will also move to Netflix as part of the deal. "Shondaland's move to Netflix is the result of a shared plan Ted Sarandos and I built based on my vision for myself as a storyteller and for the evolution of my company," Rhimes said in a statement.
TheWrap (8/13),  Variety (8/13) 
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Ava DuVernay: Netflix "is a safe, productive artist space"
Ava DuVernay: Netflix "is a safe, productive artist space"
DuVernay (Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
Director Ava DuVernay says she has reaped countless artistic rewards from partnering with Netflix for her acclaimed documentary "13th" and her upcoming series about the Central Park Five. In this article, DuVernay shares the details of her creative experience with Netflix and how it has differed from working with network television and film studios. "I find it terribly exciting, especially for someone like me, a person of color and a woman, to be able to see different ways to enter into a space where I'm able to touch large audiences," DuVernay said.
Variety (8/15) 
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Trends & Insights
Survey: Nearly half of UK girls say they are harassed online
Survey: Nearly half of UK girls say they are harassed online
Close to 50% of girls between the ages of 11 and 18 in the UK have been harassed or abused in some form online, a survey from the children's charity Plan International UK and Opinium has found. The survey also noted that double the number of girls reported harassment compared to boys on social media. "What we did find is the nature of abuse differs, and if you look at what girls are experiencing offline, for example, street sexual harassment, that is being echoed in the online world. So girls are being told what to wear, how to look, to shut up about their opinions...That really stood out for us," Plan International's Lucy Russell said.
The Guardian (London) (8/14),  The Independent (London) (tiered subscription model) (8/14) 
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Ideas in Action
Leo Burnett, Special K recruit Henson to urge women to "Own It"
Leo Burnett tapped actor Taraji P. Henson for Special K's "Own It" campaign, which aims to inspire women to "own" their food choices in the same way they own other areas of their lives. A 30-second TV spot has been watched more than 1.9 million times on the brand's YouTube channel, and the push is based on research that found that 90% of American women doubt or question their food choices.
MediaPost Communications (8/15) 
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