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What this year's Oscar-nominated producers say they're doing to close Hollywood's gender gap

If, as expected, “La La Land” wins the Oscar on Sunday, it would be the first best-picture winner since Clint Eastwood’s “Million Dollar Baby” to feature a woman nominated for lead actress.

Let that rattle around your brain a minute.

That’s 12 years of kings and compromised cops, angst-ridden actors and Afflecks without a best-picture Oscar winner that focused on telling a woman’s story.

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You might see more women and minorities on TV, but Hollywood has a ways to go when it comes to diversity, report says

The news is good but not great. Women and minorities have made modest gains in front of and behind the camera but remain significantly underrepresented as leading actors in films, as TV show creators, as writers who sweat out the dialogue — just about every part of the entertainment industry, according to a report to be issued Tuesday by UCLA.

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Twentysomething female entrepreneurs shake up Topanga's annual film festival with 'deeper' relaunch

On the grounds of an ornate estate in the hills of Topanga Canyon, a crowd of 100 or so film lovers is discussing a batch of selectively screened international shorts.

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Josh Gad's 'Star Wars' interrogation of Daisy Ridley culminates in an epic celebrity-filled inquisition
'Moonlight' and 'Arrival' take top honors at the Writers Guild Awards, where political barbs abound

At its annual awards show – one of the final indicators of which way the winds of Oscar buzz may be blowing before the Academy Awards – the Writers Guild of America honored “Moonlight,” the poetic story of a gay black youth’s coming of age in Miami, and the cerebral sci-fi film “Arrival.”

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Film critic Richard Schickel: Tough, honest and ever hopeful for the next great movie

Garry Shandling can be seen in "Dying Laughing," a new documentary on comedians, talking with exasperation about a young person who insisted that there must be a secret to success in stand-up. No secret, Shandling had tried to tell him, just sustained hard work.    

So it was with the prolific Richard Schickel, for decades one of the giants of American film criticism, who died Saturday at age 84.

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