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Too Busy to Read the News This Week? Here’s What You Missed

Too Busy to Read the News This Week? Here’s What You Missed
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Meet Gina Prince-Bythewood, your soon-to-be favorite director.
Prince-Bythewood will direct the Spider-Man spinoff, “Silver and Black,” a film many think will perform as well as Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman.” Watch out, box office. (Vulture)

Want box office success? Embrace diverse casting. 
On Wednesday, a study by CAA found that not only do diverse films draw diverse audiences, they also outperform less diverse film. And on Thursday, Actors’ Equity Association named Broadway successes “Come From Away,” “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” and “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812” as co-recipients of the union’s Extraordinary Excellence in Diversity on Broadway Award for the 2016-17 season. Sensing a theme here... (LA Times, Deadline)

Joss Whedon’s leaked “Wonder Woman” script is...not good.
A leaked 2006 script for the film, written by Whedon, is exactly how not to write a film about a female superhero. Thank god Patty Jenkins is already working on the sequel’s script. (The Mary Sue)

Steve Martin is headed back to Broadway, and he wants to bring Amy Schumer with him.
Slated to open in November, Martin’s “Meteor Shower” will hopefully star Schumer and Laura Benanti, with Jerry Zaks (“Hello, Dolly!”) directing and Joey Parnes (“A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder,” “Bright Star”) producing. (NY Post)

New rating system for film and TV hopes to combat gender stereotypes.
Introduced by Common Sense Media, the rating system is intended to monitor whether a project combats gender stereotypes. The phrase “positive gender representations” will appear if reviewers have deemed that it prompts thinking beyond traditional gender roles. (Backstage)

The Martha Stewart Musical is a real thing.
Cabaret singer Ryan Raferty is bringing the lifestyle icon’s story to Joe’s Pub. (The Public)

“Atlanta,” “The Handmaid’s Tale” nominated for 33rd Annual Television Critics Association Awards.
“This was truly a landmark season for diversity in television, and the TCA nominations reflect this. Our members have chosen a variety of series that celebrate and represent a wide spectrum of performances,” said TCA President Amber Dowling. (TCA)

Casting director and Broadway League rift deepens over unionizing efforts.
Amidst casting directors’ efforts to unionize in order to receive benefits including health care plans and pensions, the Broadway League has made clear its willingness take legal action, not just against casting directors, but against unions supporting them, as well. (Backstage)

Daniel Day-Lewis is done with acting.
After the release of his next film in December (and three Best Actor Oscars), Day-Lewis will act no more. (Variety)

U.K. Actors’ Equity releases manifesto demanding a fairer casting process.
Among the stipulations laid out are increased diversity on stage and screen, a reduction in the number of callbacks, and performers being told when they will not be receiving an offer for a given role. (Backstage)

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