Aniston snags role as first female president in Netflix comedy

It looks like the United States might get its first female president after all — that’s all because of a brand-new comedy coming to Netflix.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, in a new Netflix production called “First Ladies,” Jennifer Aniston will star as America’s first female president, and playing her wife will be comedian, actor and writer Tig Notaro.

The script is also co-written by Notaro, says THR, who worked with Stephanie Allynne to tell the tale of “Beverly and Kasey Nicholson, America’s first female President and her wife, the First Lady, in a story that promises to show that behind every great woman is another great woman.”

Also working on the project are Adam McKay and Chris Hency (executive producer), reports THR, along with “Will Ferrell, Jessica Elbaum and Betsy Koch for Gloria Sanchez Productions.”

Poehler to star in, direct wine-filled comedy for Netflix

If you needed a reason to love Amy Poehler even more, her latest project may be it.

According to Refinery29, the actor and friend in our heads will be making her directorial debut with a Netflix film called Wine Country, which “film follows a group of pals who head to Napa to get their grape on and celebrate one of the women’s 50th birthdays.”

As if the plot isn’t enough, Refinery29 reports that the film’s cast features all of Poehler’s besties, including ” Rachel Dratch, Maya Rudolph, Ana Gasteyer, Paula Pell, Tina Fey, and Emily Spivey, who also penned the script.”

With an all-star comedic cast, it’s hard to not be excited for the film — and Poehler & Co. seems to feel the same. Netflix announced the news Wine Country‘s forthcoming release by tweeting out a video of Poehler and her co-stars singing the Kenny Loggins song, “Whenever I Call You Friend” in slightly-tipsy unison.

While there has yet to be a release date announced, one thing is for sure: this film is going to be one to watch.

Watch the “trailer” here.

Pompeo punches back for equal pay

After years of being paid less than her male counterpart, actor Ellen Pompeo has finally secured the pay she deserves for playing the title character on the hit Shonda Rhimes-created show “Grey’s Anatomy.”

According to Mashable, Pompeo shared her struggle to speak up and ask for payment equal to that of her male co-star Patrick Dempsey in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. At one point in her 14-year tenure on the show, Pompeo asked to be paid even just $5,000 more than Dempsey, as she is the series’ main character; however, as Mashable reports, her request was denied.

“At one point, I asked for $5,000 more than him just on principle, because the show is Grey’s Anatomy and I’m Meredith Grey. They wouldn’t give it to me,” she said. “And I could have walked away, so why didn’t I? It’s my show; I’m the number one. I’m sure I felt what a lot of these other actresses feel: Why should I walk away from a great part because of a guy? You feel conflicted but then you figure, “I’m not going to let a guy drive me out of my own house.”

So how did Pompeo find the courage to ask again for the pay she deserved? Mashable says she in part found inspiration in Rhimes, who Pompeo said empowered her as the showrunner herself was “finding her power and becoming more comfortable with her power.”

Now the “highest-paid actress on a primetime drama series, with a contract earning her about $20 million a year,” Mashable says Pompeo not only believes in the power of asking for what she deserves, she also believes in the power of her own talents.

“I’m 48 now, so I’ve finally gotten to the place where I’m OK asking for what I deserve, which is something that comes only with age. Because I’m not the most “relevant” actress out there,” she told THR. “I know that’s the industry perception because I’ve been this character for 14 years. But the truth is, anybody can be good on a show season one and two. Can you be good 14 years later? Now, that’s a fuckin’ skill.”

To read the interview in its entirety, click here.

Winfrey interviews Ross, Rhimes on ‘Time’s Up’

With the Time’s Up movement quickly gaining momentum, a recent interview brought it back to where it all began to shed light on the campaign’s inception — and it’s future.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Oprah Winfrey interviewed some of the movement’s founders — including Reese Witherspoon, Shonda Rhimes, Natalie Portman, America Ferrera and Tracee Ellis Ross — on CBS Sunday Morning this past week, discussing “the impact their campaign has had on the public, their devotion to raising awareness of sexual harassment and what they hope for the post-Weinstein culture.”

In the interview, Winfrey asked the group how our society can “have a mature, nuanced conversation about how men and women should be relating to each other,” says THR, as recent sexual misconduct allegations have disturbed a variety of industries. Natalie Portman was first to respond, reports THR, offering that the conversation that needs to take place hinges on accepting that we are all human.

“We’re humans. We’re all humans. And I think it’s treating people as fellow humans and — and it’s not because you have a daughter that you respect a woman, it’s not because you have a wife or a sister, it’s because we’re human beings, whether we’re related to a man or not. We deserve the same respect.”

Beyond this assertion, THR says Witherspoon offered that having a fruitful conversation about sexual assault and harassment may not always be possible for women (and men) in other industries; however, with their platform as public figures, they are hoping to break down those barriers to make productive conversation possible.

“You know, we have public voices. We have resources,” Witherspoon said. “But women who are workers in this country have nothing to gain in certain times by coming forward. But we want to help. It gives me strength to hopefully help other women.”

Watch the interview from this past Sunday right here.

Next season of ‘Black Mirror’ to feature female leads

One dystopian show is getting a set of lead actors that may seem a bit utopian to some.

According to Glamour, the fourth season of the hit British series Black Mirror is hitting Netflix with an all-female set of lead actors. With Glamour reporting that only 18 of the top 50 television shows in the U.K. have female leads, the move comes as a bit of a plot twist, going against the grain of TV in not only the U.K., but in all of television.

While the decision to cast females in lead roles is something to celebrate, it wasn’t actually a conscious decision. Glamour says co-executive producer Annabel Jones told The Hollywood Reporter that having all-female protagonists just happened, as Jones and fellow co-exective producer Charlie Booker “don’t tend to think about the stories that way.”

But, she praises the result nonetheless.

“But it’s great — great! — that they’re all strong female protagonists,” she said. “I think what’s lovely about the show is that it’s not a strident statement. It’s more: Why not? We don’t even think about it from a gender perspective and I hope that’s progress. It’s more that we explore the best story and the best way to tell it.”

Vergara debuts EBY subscription underwear service

Sofía Vergara is one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood, and now, her name is about to become a little more well-known, thanks to the new line of underwear and basics she’s designed.

According to W magazine, the Modern Family star just launched EBY, a “subscription-based brand of underwear and women basics” that are equal parts comfortable, stylish and practical, promising not to “roll up or stretch after you wash it.” In addition to providing foundational pieces that Vergara and co-founder Renata Black created to be as comfortable and unobtrusive as possible, The Hollywood Reporter says the overall idea for the brand was born out of considering ways to empower women.

“It wasn’t specifically about the underwear,” she told THR, “but I wanted to come up with something that was a business where I was going to make money but also do something for other people.”

And thus came EBY, which THR says has a partnership with Seven Bar Foundation, a non-profit that helps secure small loans for women-led businesses and initiatives around the world; once these loans are repaid, THR reports that “the money is returned to the organization, which in turn helps another woman get her business off the ground.” EBY will further help the organization provide female entrepreneurs with the money they need to succeed, with W magazine reporting that 10 percent of the net sales from EBY subscribers will be donated to the foundation.

As far as the subscription service itself, THR explains how it works this way: subscribers get to choose how many boxes they’d like to receive per year (monthly, twice per month or quarterly), and each box contains pieces that the subscriber chooses from six available styles. And while sizes range from XS to 4X, THR says all boxes cost the same $48, making it a fairly size-inclusive line as well as a charitable one.

Sharing with W magazine the goal of EBYVergara said it’s all about businesses helping other businesses — while having a bit of fun, too.

“I thought it was amazing because we were going to have a business and we’re going to help women with their businesses – it was perfect, I couldn’t say no,” she said. “You get this box every month or two month, whatever you decide, of several underwear or how many you want and it’s like a little gift for yourself. And you’re essentially giving a gift because we’re give ten percent of the net profit to the Seven Bar Foundation. It’s nice to be able to give back.”

Well said, Sofía. To check out EBYclick here.

 

Hall returns to TV with talk show

We’ve missed you, Tamron Hall!

According to The Hollywood Reporterthe former Today Show and MSNBC host is “partnering with Weinstein Television for a new daytime talk show” that is currently in development. Set to feature a range of topics, from current events to celebrity interviews,   THR says the daily talk show will be filmed before a live studio audience.

Hall will also take on several leadership roles in the production of the show, says THR, signing onto the project not only as the host but also as its co-creator and executive producer, while Barry Wallach, former NBC Domestic Television Distribution president, will act as a consultant to the show.

TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein explained in a statement that while he has been looking to develop a talk show for a while, he needed to find the right person for the job, and for him, that person is Hall.

“She’s an exceptionally talented journalist whose interviews masterfully walk the line between entertainment and hard hitting,” he said, according to THR. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to begin this new venture with her.”

And we couldn’t be more thrilled to have Tamron back on television.

 

All-female ‘DC Villains’ film in the works

Margot Robbie effortlessly brought the character of Harley Quinn to life in Suicide Squad, and now the actress is set to star in another DC Villains film — this time, with an all-female cast.

According to the Huffington Post, Robbie signed to work with Suicide Squad director David Ayer for an all-female driven DC Villains film called Gotham City Sirens. 

“Inspired by the Sirens comic book series starring Quinn alongside other classic Gotham City baddies like Catwoman and Poison Ivy,” the Huffington Post says “the film will reportedly feature the ‘top female villains from the DC stable.'”

So far, the Huffington Post reports that Robbie will star in and executive produce the film, while Ayer will direct and produce. Screenwriter for Sherlock 3 Geneva Robertson-Dworet is working on the script, according to HuffPost.

For more information about the forthcoming film, visit The Hollywood Reporter.

 

 

 

 

Rossum ‘shameless’ in renegotiating salary

From the sports realm to the world of Hollywood, the pay disparity is ever present and persistent. That’s why actress Emmy Rossum is taking matters into her own hands to get the equal pay she knows she deserves.

According to ELLE, the Shameless star is currently renegotiating her salary in order to make up for the deficit posed by the salary of male co-star William H. Macy. ELLE says that salaries are largely determined by star value, and when the show premiered, Macy was riding on his established Hollywood status and an Oscar nomination for Fargo while Rossum wasn’t as well known — and, lest we forget, also a woman.

The show’s breakout star, ELLE says Rossum’s salary renegotiation held production of the series’ eighth season — though The Hollywood Reporter reported that Warner Bros. Television and Rossum were able to agree to a new contract.

So fans, season 8 is coming, and the actress who brings to life everyone’s favorite Fiona Gallagher may have just scored a win in the fight for pay equity.

‘THR’ enlists Moore as Senior Fashion Editor

After an 18-year career with the Los Angeles Times, fashion writer and critic Booth Moore will take her talents to another west-coast publication — The Hollywood Reporter.

According to Fashionista.com, Moore will assume the role of senior fashion editor for both the print version of the magazine as well as its online counterpart, Pret-a-Reporter. In addition to these duties, Moore “will direct the fashion vertical and its video content. She’ll also co-produce the publication’s yearly fashion and beauty lists, including the influential ‘25 Most Powerful Stylists‘ ranking, with style editor Carol McColgin,” says Fashionista.

The Hollywood Reporter‘s deputy editor Jeanie Pyun explained the publication’s excitement over Moore’s arrival this way, according to Fashionista: “Booth’s well-respected and long-cultivated expertise on fashion and beyond in Los Angeles is unparalleled — we’re truly excited to welcome her to the Style team.”

Moore also commented on her new role with the magazine, telling Fashionista in an email, “I’ve long admired The Hollywood Reporter and can’t wait to work with the team on expanding the fashion and lifestyle coverage.”