Hollywood Hits the Red Carpet
The Hollywood Reporter's 20th Annual Women in Entertainment Power 100 breakfast at the Beverly Hills Hotel was equal parts industry fete and emotional gathering. There were speeches from such women as first-time Power 100 honoree Chelsea Handler (No. 97), who began by asking, "Why are there so many f--ing men here?"; THR editorial director Janice Min and publisher-senior vp Lynne Segall; and The Help novelist Kathryn Stockett. But Amy Pascal (No. 2) delivered the event's most powerful moment with her tribute to the late Spider-Man producer and Stand Up to Cancer founder Laura Ziskin. "I had no idea how much her death would affect me," said the Sony Pictures co-chairman. "There are big holes left in so many lives." After a touching video update on THR's mentor program and the awarding of Guggenheim Partners' $5,000 Talent of Tomorrow Scholarship, the crowd got a Hollywood legend moment when Sherry Lansing presented the Leadership Award that bears her name to Jane Fonda. She learned how "noncompromising" the actress could be during filming of The China Syndrome. Lansing had been told by studio execs that the film's title must be changed, news she dutifully passed on to Fonda, who replied: "Are you a corporate tool? Where are your instincts? Your values?" (The title wasn't changed.) When Fonda accepted the award, shaped like a small crystal block, she joked, "It's made out of a chunk of the glass ceiling that Sherry broke."