Though there aren't as many women represented at this year's Venice Film Festival as she would like, jury president Annette Bening believes "things are changing."
The four-time Oscar nominee, whose film credits include "American Beauty," "The Kids Are All Right," "20th Century Women" and "Bugsy," addressed the lack of female directors Wednesday during the 74th annual Venice Film Festival's opening press conference. (Only one of the 21 films in competition is directed by a woman this year.)
"As women, we have to be sharp, shrewd and creative in what we choose to make. Sexism does exist and there is no question about it. But things are changing," the actress said at the opening press conference, according to Variety.
[People have said to me], 'When you were in the world's largest slum [in India], you could almost smell what it was like by your expression.' It's not that I'm trying to force myself on the viewer. I'm just their eyes and ears. I think our work is quite pure.
What's the best disaster relief outfit for a government official?
Cargo pants? Galoshes? A yellow rain jacket a la Curious George?
For Melania Trump, who wore orange Manolo Blahnik stilettos as she departed the White House for Camp David a week ago, a sleek pair of black high heels with slim trousers and an on-trend bomber jacket must have seemed like a sensible traveling ensemble this morning.
As the city of Charlottesville, Va., and the nation as a whole continues to grapple with the violent racial strife that erupted earlier this month, the Virginia Film Festival announced on Tuesday that it will host filmmaker Spike Lee as a special guest at the upcoming festival as part of a program around the legacy of slavery.
Lee, who has tackled thorny issues of race throughout his career, will present his Oscar-nominated documentary "4 Little Girls" about the 1963 bombing of a Baptist church in Birmingham, Ala., that claimed the lives of four African American girls, an act of white supremacist terrorism that marked a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement.
“We have for many years been interested in bringing Spike Lee to the Virginia Film Festival as he remains one of the most talented, innovative, and socially conscious filmmakers in our world today,” said Jody Kielbasa, director of the film festival and vice provost for the arts at the University of Virginia. “We first reached out to Mr. Lee in the spring to include him in our upcoming collaboration with Montpelier, and of course, the recent events in Charlottesville have made his participation more compelling, relevant and vital.”
The first trailer for Netflix's stand-up special "Jerry Before Seinfeld" has arrived, and it's a madcap recap of Jerry Seinfeld's humble beginnings, quirky family dynamics and bits of everyday observations.
The teaser opens with Johnny Carson introducing the iconic comic in 1981 during his debut on "The Tonight Show." Then it showcases the sitcom star back at the mike at the Comic Strip, the famous New York comedy club where he launched his career. Throwback photos, videos and interviews with Seinfeld are woven throughout.
"He's back where he began," the title reads, "doing what he loves."
The comedian took to Instagram Sunday night to levy a challenge to fellow celebrities to raise funds for Tropical Storm Harvey flood relief, as Houston and surrounding areas were ravaged by the historic storm.
On Tuesday, several members of the Kardashian clan took to the Internet to answer Hart's call, collectively pledging $500,000 to the cause.
"The Daily Show" host Trevor Noah broke down former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio's presidential pardon on Monday, explaining how President Trump's decision undermines the judicial branch of government.
The controversial Maricopa County lawman, who was convicted of criminal contempt of court for violating Latinos' rights, earned himself a thuggish reputation as a sheriff, Noah said, citing his agency's use of tent cities, stun guns, jail overcrowding and numerous cases of inmate deaths and police brutality.
But those were "just his extracurriculars," Noah said. "It turns out his full-time job is racism."