7 Industry Stories You May Have Missed This Week

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There's a lot going on in the world right now and it's nearly impossible to keep up with it all. So in case you missed it, we've rounded up this week's most interesting and entertaining industry news. If nothing else, you can use one of these stories as an ice breaker at whatever fancy dinner party is on your schedule this weekend.

Nicole Kidman was once engaged to Lenny Kravitz.
Apparently, the singer wrote the song “Lady” about the Australian actor, who is currently starring with his daughter, Zoë Kravitz in HBO's “Big Little Lies.” (Net-A-Porter)

Disney’s “Mulan” remake will have a female director.
Not only has the studio said the live-action remake will have a Chinese cast, but they've also hired Niki Caro (“Whale Rider”) to direct. (The Hollywood Reporter)

L.A. says no way on pay-to-play.
The dubious pay-to-play industry was dealt a serious blow when Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer filed criminal charges against five companies and 25 individuals for violation of the Krekorian Talent Scam Prevention Act. (Backstage)

Emma Watson, life coach.
Earlier in the week, Emma Watson was offering commuters in Grand Central Station $2 advice via an iPad. If acting doesn't work out, maybe this is the start of a second career. (Mashable)

Study finds Oscar-nominated films have an age problem.
A report from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC found that “characters aged 60 and over are ‘scarce in Best Picture-nominated movies,’ and that senior women and older minority characters are even scarcer.” (Deadline)

Sara Bareilles is about to make her Broadway debut.
She composed the songs, wrote the lyrics, and now she's going to perform it all as Jenna Hunterson in “Waitress,” Bareilles’ first-ever Broadway role. (NYT)

Richard Linklater to bring podcasts to the silver screen.
Along with actor Robert Downey Jr., Linklater (“Boyhood”) will transform an episode of Gimlet Media's “Reply All” podcast into a full-length film. (Variety)

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