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Bentonville’s Geena Davis and Wendy Guerrero on How to Program a Truly Diverse Film Festival

While film festivals continue to struggle in 2022 with gender parity and other benchmarks of inclusive selection, the Bentonville Film Festival has consistently programmed lineups from a majority of women, BIPOC, queer, disabled and other types of historically excluded filmmakers since its founding in 2015. The festival returned for its eighth edition on June 22 […]

Bentonville Film Festival to Honor ‘Queer as Folk’ Star Fin Argus and ‘Dear White People’ Producer Effie Brown

The Bentonville Film Festival, chaired by Geena Davis, is set to honor actor Fin Argus and producer Effie Brown at its eighth annual event produced by the nonprofit BFFoundation. Argus, who will be presented with the Rising Star award for outstanding talent, is known for their role as Mingus, an aspiring drag performer, in the […]

Emilia Jones, Scoot McNairy Star in ‘Fairyland’ Adaptation for American Zoetrope

Coda star Emilia Jones and Scoot McNairy have nabbed lead roles in producer Sofia Coppola’s Fairyland adaptation for American Zoetrope, with director Andrew Durham having just wrapped production on his debut feature. Coppola and American Zoetrope acquired the screen rights to Alysia Abbott’s Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father, a coming-of-age account of Abbott growing […]

‘The Seven Faces of Jane’ to Open Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival

The Seven Faces of Jane, a feature with eight short films produced by Roman Coppola, is set to open the competitive program for Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival, running June 22 to 26. The film has shorts directed by Julian Acosta, Xan Cassavetes, Gia Coppola, Ryan Heffington, Boma Iluma, Gillian Jacobs, Ken Jeong and Alex […]

Geena Davis Memoir ‘Dying of Politeness’ to Release in Fall

Oscar winner Geena Davis has a memoir coming out this fall, titled Dying of Politeness, and described by the actor as her “journey to badassery.” HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, announced Tuesday that the book will be published Oct. 11. According to the publisher, Davis will share “laugh-out tales” about her modeling career and […]

Viola Davis Set to Receive Kering Women in Motion Award During Cannes Film Festival

Viola Davis will be in motion in Cannes on May 22, making her way to the stage to pick up Kering’s Women in Motion Award. In announcing Davis as this year’s recipient, Kering and Cannes praised her “activism and achievements” while noting that she has been a passionate advocate for the rights of women and […]

Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival Sets Jury (Exclusive)

Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival has announced its juries for four film competitions this year: best narrative, best documentary, best short and best episodic. The eighth edition of Bentonville will see former Sundance programmer and film and TV producer Bird Runningwater, director and producer Shrihari Sathe and Stranger Inside actress Yolonda Ross judge contenders in […]

Alan Ladd Jr., ‘Star Wars’ Savior and Oscar Winner for ‘Braveheart,’ Dies at 84

Alan Ladd Jr., the revered Hollywood producer and studio executive who saved Star Wars when Fox wanted to shut down production and gained vindication when he received an Oscar for Braveheart after being dumped by MGM, has died. He was 84. Ladd, who headed production at Fox, Pathe Entertainment and MGM (in two stints) and […]

Jessie Cohen PR & Consulting Promotes Veteran Publicist Nicole Kerr to VP Entertainment

Nicole Kerr has a new role at Jessie Cohen PR & Consulting: VP of entertainment. The promotion, to a newly-created post, comes as Kerr passes the five-year mark at Cohen’s firm and two decades working in publicity. During that run, she’s repped and/or worked with Netflix, WWE Studios, Seven Bucks Prods., HBO, Lionsgate, MWM Studios, […]

24 of Hollywood’s Best Presidents in Movies and TV

From Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln to Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump, Presidents Day provides an opportunity to revisit some of Hollywood's best presidential performances on the big and small screen.

14 Memorable Women Presidents From Movies and TV

Julia Louis-Dreyfus on 'Veep' and Bellamy Young on 'Scandal' are the among the performers who have occupied the on-screen Oval Office.

Geena Davis Institute Expands Spellcheck for Bias Partnership With NBCU to Analyze Black and AAPI Representation

After a successful pilot run analyzing Latino representation, NBCUniversal and the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media are expanding their Spellcheck for Bias partnership to cover how Black and Asian American Pacific Islander people and characters are hired and also portrayed. Spellcheck for Bias is a digital tool developed by the Institute in partnership […]