Rosie Perez infuriated by lack of equality in Hollywood movies

Rosie Perez wants more to be done about the “infuriating” lack of female representation in Hollywood movies.The actress is currently starring alongside Anne Hathaway in Dee Rees’ political thriller The Last Thing He Wanted, and in an interview with Var…

Rosie Perez wants more to be done about the “infuriating” lack of female representation in Hollywood movies.

The actress is currently starring alongside Anne Hathaway in Dee Rees’ political thriller The Last Thing He Wanted, and in an interview with Variety, she shared her frustration that change wasn’t happening in Hollywood quickly enough.

“Do I think things are moving fast enough for women? No, absolutely not,” Perez fired. “I hate when they always put us on a certain course that we have to pace ourselves because they need to catch up. It’s infuriating.”

“I’m tired of standing in the line. I want to cut the line, and I want fabulous women like Anne and Dee to cut the line too. It’s like, ‘Why do we have to wait? Why do we have to pace ourselves because you can’t catch up?'” the Birds of Prey star continued. “So I think that a big change has been coming, but it’s not coming quick enough for me.”

Her co-star Anne added that she was sick of talking about equality in Hollywood, because “it’s happening”.

“Aren’t you ready to stop having this conversation? That’s where I’m at. People are walking the walk, people are doing it,” Hathaway shared, adding that people needed to be patient to wait for the changes to take effect.

“It’s happening. No, it’s not happening fast enough. Things are good. Things could get better. Let’s keep going. Let’s not panic and let’s keep talking about it,” the Oscar winner explained.

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Dee Rees to direct adaptation of Porgy and Bess

Dee Rees has been tapped to write and direct a new movie adaptation of George Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess.The Mudbound filmmaker is teaming up with producers Irvin and Charles Winkler to make the new adaptation for MGM, which has been granted film …

Dee Rees has been tapped to write and direct a new movie adaptation of George Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess.

The Mudbound filmmaker is teaming up with producers Irvin and Charles Winkler to make the new adaptation for MGM, which has been granted film rights to composer Gershwin’s estate, according to Deadline.

The opera, which opened on Broadway in 1935, was composed by Gershwin, with a libretto written by author DuBose Heyward and lyricist Ira Gershwin and inspired by Heyward’s 1925 novel and play Porgy.

Porgy and Bess is set in the slums of Charleston, South Carolina and follows a disabled beggar named Porgy, who tries to rescue Bess from her violent lover Crown and drug dealer Sportin’ Life.

“Porgy and Bess is at its core, a love story,” Rees said in a statement to the publication. “I’m very excited to take on the challenge of this highly venerated, iconic material and lift the architecture of this unlikely love story and re-site it at a place and moment of resistance.”

Rees explained that she was planning to take the African-American characters out of their fictional landscape and place them in the real world.

“I’m most excited about inviting today’s brightest musical talents to lend new voice and spirit to both the joys and the frustrations of the ongoing struggle of African American citizens in this country,” she continued. “In this new adaptation, I’m hoping to raise the stakes for our hero and heroine, giving them full expression of existence placing emphasis not just on the circumstantial but on their rich inner lives and emotional pasts.”

Porgy and Bess was previously turned into a film in 1959. It was directed by Otto Preminger and starred Sidney Poitier, Dorothy Dandridge, and Sammy Davis Jr.

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Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese sign open letter calling for reversal of Oscar changes

Filmmakers including Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee have written an open letter to the Academy calling on them to reinstate the Oscars categories they’ve relegated to the ad breaks. On Monday (11Feb19), John Bailey, President of the …

Filmmakers including Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee have written an open letter to the Academy calling on them to reinstate the Oscars categories they’ve relegated to the ad breaks.

On Monday (11Feb19), John Bailey, President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS), announced that the winners of the Cinematography, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling and Live Action Short categories would be presented with their Oscars during the commercial breaks and an edited version of their winning moment would be aired later in the broadcast.

The decision sparked outrage from members of the film industry who took to social media to condemn it, and now a group of filmmakers has come together to write a letter stating that “it’s not too late to have this decision reversed”.

“Relegating these essential cinematic crafts to lesser status in this 91st Academy Awards ceremony is nothing less than an insult to those of us who have devoted our lives and passions to our chosen profession,” they wrote in the letter, which was published on film outlets on Wednesday.

“Since its inception, the Academy Awards telecast has been altered over time to keep the format fresh, but never by sacrificing the integrity of the Academy’s original mission,” they continued. “When the recognition of those responsible for the creation of outstanding cinema is being diminished by the very institution whose purpose it is to protect it, then we are no longer upholding the spirit of the Academy’s promise to celebrate film as a collaborative art form.”

The letter was signed by more than 40 filmmakers, with directors such as La La Land’s Damien Chazelle, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Spike Jonze, Ang Lee, Dee Rees, and Seth Rogen, and Oscar-winning cinematographers Roger Deakins and Emmanuel Lubezki adding their names to it.

On Wednesday, a letter was sent from the AMPAS’ board of governors to members in which they cleared up “inaccurate reporting” and insisted that “no award category at the 91st Oscars ceremony will be presented in a manner that depicts the achievements of its nominees and winners as less than any others.”

They confirmed that all awards would be presented during the Los Angeles ceremony on 24 February, but those four would not be broadcast live to help streamline the show.

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Denzel Washington in talks to direct adaptation of A Journal for Jordan

Denzel Washington is in talks to make an adaptation of Dana Candey’s war novel A Journal for Jordan which will mark his fourth film as a director. The actor is already on board to co-produce the project, based on Mudbound co-writer Virgil Williams’ sc…

Denzel Washington is in talks to make an adaptation of Dana Candey’s war novel A Journal for Jordan which will mark his fourth film as a director.

The actor is already on board to co-produce the project, based on Mudbound co-writer Virgil Williams’ screenplay, with longtime filmmaking partner Todd Black.

The drama is based on the 2008 bestseller which chronicles the story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist’s affair with First Sargent Charles Monroe King, with whom she welcomed a son, named Jordan. The book also delves into the aftermath of King’s death, when Jordan was just seven months old.

Washington’s last directing effort was the drama Fences in 2016, which Black also produced. The actor also collaborated with Black on Roman J. Israel, Esq., which last week (ends26Jan18) earned the 63-year-old his latest Best Actor Oscar nomination.

Denzel has been choosy about the films he directs – he made his debut as a filmmaker in 2003 with the drama Antwone Fisher and he also stepped behind the camera for The Great Debaters in 2007.

The movie legend also directed an episode of Grey’s Anatomy in 2016.

Meanwhile, A Journal for Jordan will mark his ninth movie producer credit – he last took on that role last year for The Equalizer sequel, in which he also stars.

He has also served as a producer on Roman J. Israel, Esq., Fences, Safe House, The Book of Eli, and Antwone Fisher. He has also produced the documentaries Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks and Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream.

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