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10 Industry Stories You May Have Missed This Week

10 Industry Stories You May Have Missed This Week
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“Moonlight” crowned best picture at the 89th Academy Awards.
Although Lionsgate’s “La La Land” tallied the most statues at the 89th annual Academy Awards Feb. 26, Barry Jenkins and his A24 indie hit “Moonlight” emerged as this year’s winner for best picture. (Backstage)

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jay Z are joining forces.
When Miranda’s “In The Heights” finally makes its way to the big screen, Jay Z will be one of the film’s producers. (Playbill)

Princess Diana is coming to the small screen.
FX has already greenlit Season 2 of Ryan Murphy’s new show “Feud.” Following Bette and Joan? Charles and Diana. (Variety)

Melina Matsoukas, the director behind Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Issa Rae, is a provocateur in her own right. 
She’s the genius behind some of the most iconic music videos of the last 10 years. (New Yorker)

Best Picture winner “Moonlight” is reinterpreted as a gorgeous dance piece.  
“Moonlight x Alvin Ailey,” two minutes of pure dreaminess, features three Alvin Ailey dancers performing to the score of the Oscar-winning film. (YouTube)

READ: ‘Moonlight’ CD Reveals Casting Challenges for Film’s 3 Chirons

Meet Asia Kate Dillon, TV’s first non-binary star.
In Season 2 of Showtime’s “Billions,” Dillon plays Taylor, an intern at Axe Capital who identifies as gender nonbinary. (Dillon also identifies as nonbinary.) What makes the role so groundbreaking? Some of Taylor’s first lines are, “My pronouns are ‘they, theirs, and them,’ ” a line never before spoken on TV. (Refinery29)

Balenciaga fires its casting agents after reports of model abuse. 
The fashion house issued a statement about the mistreatment of models at one of its casting calls hosted by “serial abuser” casting agents Maida Gregori Boina and Rami Fernandes, and has severed ties with the pair. The abuse was brought to light by casting director James Scully, who has been outspoken about mistreatment and racism in the modeling world. (The Cut)

The New York Times is under pressure to hire a more diverse theater critic.
A petition with nearly 900 signatures is calling for the New York Times to replace Charles Isherwood—the theater critic who was fired last month—with either a woman of color or a transgender person of color. (Broadway Journal)

Casey Affleck sort of addresses his sexual harassment lawsuit.
In an interview with the Boston Globe, the Best Actor Oscar-winner “paused and sighed heavily,” saying “none of the people who are condemning him online know what happened.” (Boston Globe)

Ava DuVernay brought nearly 30 female directors together via Twitter.
On March 1, the acclaimed director’s independent film distribution collective, Array, honored Women’s History Month with a 12-hour Rebel-a-Thon, featuring dozens of female filmmakers discussing their industry experience. (Twitter)

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