Mira Sorvino Regrets Working With Woody Allen + More Industry News

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Jameela Jamil of The Good Place never really acted before.
She had experience as a television host in the U.K. but hadn’t acted professionally before landing the role of Tahani al-Jamil on the NBC comedy. (GQ)

Study proves women are heinously underrepresented in Hollywood (as if we needed a study).
Titled “The Celluloid Ceiling: Behind-the-Scenes Employment of Women on the Top 100, 250, and 500 Films of 2017,” the study reveals some staggering numbers. Of the top 250 films of 2017, 88 percent had no female directors, 83 percent had no female writers, and 96 percent had no female cinematographers. “In 2017, women comprised 18 percent of all directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers working on the top 250 domestic grossing films,” wrote Martha Lauzen, the author of the report and a professor of film and television at San Diego State University. (San Diego State University)

Jordan Peele, Greta Gerwig, ‘Game of Thrones’ among 2018 DGA Award nominees.
Hollywood’s major guilds continue weighing in this awards season, shifting and clarifying the films and artists in the running for Oscar. Today the Directors Guild of America announced their nominees for the best directorial accomplishments of 2017. (Backstage)

Hattie McDaniel, the first black woman to receive an Oscar, is getting a biopic.
McDaniel, who won an Academy Award in 1939 for her role as Mammy in “Gone With the Wind,” will have the story of her life turned into a feature-length film, produced by Aaron Magnani and Alysia Allen. (Variety)

Two producers become casting directors.
Hunter Arnold and Stephanie Yankwitt, owners of TBD Productions and producers themselves, are launching of casting office, TBD Casting, that will consultant for TBD Productions and cast outside theater, film, television, and commercial projects. (Broadway News)

The next two years won’t see nearly enough female-directed studio films.
So far, the 2018 and 2019 schedules for films coming out of major studios only include 15 projects directed by women.(IndieWire)

Trouble on the live-action Aladdin set.
The Guy Ritchie film is under fire for “browning up” white extras instead of taking advantage of the more-than-a-million-strong Asian community that lives near the Surrey set. (The Times)

Mira Sorvino regrets working with Woody Allen.
In an open letter, Sorvino (who won an Oscar for her role in Allen’s “Mighty Aphrodite”) voiced her support for Dylan Farrow and apologized for letting her admiration of Allen’s work allow her to overlook Farrow’s claims. In the same vein, Greta Gerwig has said she will never work with or for Allen again. (Huffington Post)

Mark Wahlberg made $1.5 million for ‘All the Money in the World’ reshoot, while Michelle Williams only got $1,000.
Despite director Ridley Scott saying the actors did not get paid for the reshoots, three sources have said Wahlberg did, in fact, get paid a hefty sum. (USA TODAY)

Les Misérables’ is coming to the BBC.
The miniseries will be adapted from the original novel (sorry, no music), and will star Dominic West as Jean Valjean, David Oyelowo as Inspector Javert, and Lily Collins as Fantine. (Variety)

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