May 28, 2017

Women are making progress in the film world

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith

HollywoodNews.com: Earlier this year, “Hurt Locker” filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow made history as the first female to win an Oscar as Best Director — in addition to being the first so honored by the Directors Guild of America, and winning numerous other accolades.

Now, there are at least three woman-directed movies bound to be in the mix through this coming awards season: Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere” that just won top honors at the Venice Film Festival, Lisa Cholodenko’s “The Kids Are All Right,” and Julie Taymor’s “The Tempest” starring Helen Mirren in the now-female lead role of Prospera. The latter, unveiled as the closing film (not in competition) in Venice drew a huge ovation and reviews at polar extremes — not unusal for the visionary Taymor.

So, women are making progress in the filmmaking world, right?

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Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith are among America’s leading columnists. They’ve covered the Hollywood beat for decades — Elvis and “Easy Rider” through the Jonas Bros. and “Avatar” and all the stars and their triumphs and scandals in-between. Their Creators Syndicate column, Beck/Smith Hollywood Exclusive, is a source of top celebrity interviews and entertainment news in newspapers across the country as well as online. To read more about Marylin and Stacy go to BeckSmithHollywood.com

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