Without a doubt, the roles that women have taken on throughout the history of film has evolved dramatically. Film actresses of the Golden Age of Hollywood fought tooth and nail to attain the same respect as their male counterparts. And slowly, over time, we've seen women take on powerful and complex lead roles in blockbusters, comedies, dramas and everything in between, thanks to the work of leading ladies like Hattie McDaniel, Audrey Hepburn and Ava Gardner. Browse through the women who have changed film history.
Disney's ‘Black Panther’ was the fifth-highest domestic movie opening of all time, with 97% approval on Rotten Tomatoes. The superhero film, with a nearly all-black cast including Lupita Nyong'o, Michael B. Jordan and Chadwick Boseman, touches on colonialism and slavery.
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux have announced they are separating. The couple met in 2011 on a movie set and wed in 2015. "This decision was mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year. We are two best friends who have decided to part ways as a couple,” their statement read.
In the sequel to the novel on which the upcoming film ‘Annihilation’ is based, characters, played by Portman and Jennifer Jason Leigh, are of Asian and Native American descent. Both actresses have said they didn’t know until recently about the controversy that their characters were whitewashed.
Katharine Hepburn holds the title for most decorated actor or actress, winning a total of four Oscars and 12 nominations. Walt Disney holds the record for most Oscars total, with a total of 26 wins and 59 nominations. The 90th Academy Awards arrives in just two weeks, on Sunday, March 4.
Kathy Bates has joined Kim Dickens, Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson in Netflix’s 2018 drama, ‘The Highwaymen.’ Based on true events, has two Texas Rangers are drawn out of retirement to hunt down Bonnie and Clyde. Bates also has roles in upcoming flims on Robert Graves and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
‘The Shape of Water’ has become “the film to beat at the Oscars” with 13 nods, including Best Actress for Sally Hawkins, writes ‘The New York Times.’ Industry experts say the film has been successful because it addresses real-time issues and had an ace marketing campaign.
The ‘New York Times’ published a piece on Uma Thurman accusing not only Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault but claiming her ‘Kill Bill’ director Quentin Tarantino forced her to do a car stunt that resulted in injuries, spat in her face and strangled her with a chain.
Emily Blunt is joining Dwayne Johnson in the upcoming ‘Jungle Cruise’ movie, based on Disney’s classic ride. According to the ‘Hollywood Reporter,’ the studio plans to start production this spring. Blunt is also working with Disney on ‘Mary Poppins Returns,’ due out this December.
CBS has greenlighted a 13-episode revival of the 90s show ‘Murphy Brown,’ with Candice Bergen taking on her leading role as a broadcast journalist. The show won 18 Primetime Emmy Awards and 3 Golden Globes; Bergen won 5 Emmys and 2 Golden Globes.
Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer will star in a new Reese Witherspoon-produced TV show, ‘Are You Sleeping,’ a story about America’s obsession with true crime podcasts. The series is reportedly the fourth Apple is working on and will be in consultation with the producer of ‘Serial.’