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Less Than a Quarter of 2017's Top-Grossing Movies' Protagonists Were Women

Of the films led by women past year, 65% of them were independent movies - not big-budget films. The percentage of Latinas more than doubled to 7% up from 3%. While the representation of people of color in Hollywood continues to be an ongoing issue, when will all ladies get the screen time they deserve? Researchers determined that while 32 per cent of films featured 10 or more female characters in speaking roles, 79 per cent had 10 or more male characters.

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Gus Kenworthy shows off his "bruised peach"

Kenworthy wrote on Instagram , "Didn't realize this moment was being filmed yesterday but I'm so happy that it was". It was a better day for team mate American Nick Goepper, who grabbed the silver behind Norwegian gold medalist Oystein Braaten, four years after winning the bronze at Sochi.

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South Africa had no option but to increase Value-Added Tax rate - Minister

Whatever cabinet Ramaphosa finally settles on will face an uphill battle to revitalise growth and create jobs in a nation still polarized by race and inequality more than two decades after the end of white-minority rule in 1994. Fitch and S&P cut South Africa's local debt rating to sub-investment a year ago, while Moody's is due to announce a decision in March. It regards the recapitalisation of the SA National Roads Agency (SANRAL) as underlining the failure of e-tolls, for instance.

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Stephen Colbert Praises The Parkland Student Activists: "This Country Belongs to Them"

Marco Rubio , who the late-night host said "completely abdicated responsibility". Colbert summed it up with a kind of call to action: "This is an election year". There's one group that gives Colbert hope about our ability to protect American children, he said, and it's the children themselves. Klepper's "thoughts and prayers" suggestion left Tarr unmoved: "As we've discovered", she said, "thoughts and prayers generally don't protect you from gunfire".

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Angry Air France staff hit with pepper spray at pay protest

The Air France stock has been on a generally lower trend since the beginning of 2018. More than 320 of Air France's "mainline" flights had been grounded as of 9:45 a.m. Air France has said it will guarantee 75 percent of its normal flight program, with 75 percent of its medium-haul flights to and from Paris-Charles de Gaulle and 85 percent of its short-haul flights operating as normal, said the airline's management in a statement.

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Trump acknowledges Russia's meddling in United States elections - White House

Former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos have pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about their contacts with Russian officials and are cooperating with Mueller's probe.

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Brendan Fraser Recounts Groping Incident That's Left Him 'Still Frightened'

Fraser's reps later wrote a letter to the HFPA demanding an apology for Berk's behaviour. "It made me feel reclusive ". In the aftermath of Hollywood's reckoning with sexual harassment , however, he says he's found his voice. The HFPA did not respond to Variety's request for comment. Fraser said he was inspired to tell his story as a result of the actions of his former female costars Ashley Judd , Rose McGowan , and Mira Sorvino , all of who have gone public with allegations ...

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Florida school shooting survivor to Congress: 'We will vote you out'

The march began with a passionate speech from Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who told the crowd, "I believe that we will win". Each speaker stood in the middle of the arc of 17 candles as they spoke on a different matter. Their hope is to make their school a safer place to attend every day. Students met with Republican state Senate President Joe Negron and state Rep.

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Chevy Chase kicked during road rage incident in NY

Chase said a black pickup cut him off while crossing the Hudson River. Chase told police he thought the pickup had scraped his own vehicle so he flashed his lights and followed the driver until he pulled over. But it isn't known whether he was dropped when a 22-year-old driver kicked him in the shoulder. However, the driver claims the "Fletch" star swung first.

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Man who died in Yellowstone was looking for hidden treasure

Last June, the body of Paris Wallace, a 52-year-old pastor from Grand Junction, Colo., was found several miles downstream from where his auto was parked at the Taos Junction Bridge over the Rio Grande near Pilar. He's ignored calls to end the hunt and in the past and has said the trove isn't located in a risky area. Two Colorado men died in New Mexico while searching for it.

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Rachel McAdams is pregnant with her first child

Rachel McAdams is pregnant with her first child, E! News she's been keeping a low profile because she is preparing to become a mum. McAdams has typically been very private about her personal life, but she was spotted holding hands with screenwriter Jamie Linden in 2016, causing a sea of speculation that the two were a couple.

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Nikolas Cruz Judge to Determine If State Pays Lawyers' Fees

The shooting at the school marked the 25th American school shooting in which someone was killed since the devastating 1999 shooting at Columbine High School. As investigators dig into Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz's background, more and more instances have emerged in which state and federal officials apparently missed opportunities to stop his runaway obsession to, as the alleged killer purportedly stated in a 6-month-old comment on a YouTube video, "be a ...

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Joss Whedon Exits Warner Bros' 'Batgirl' Movie

Looks like Batgirl will have to wait a while longer to see her story told on the big screen: Writer-director Joss Whedon has left the high-profile project. This would be a great opportunity for WB and DC to bring in some more diverse talent behind the scenes-say, a woman and/or a person of color-to lead the Batgirl movie towards a story.

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Quincy Jones Apologizes for Controversial Comments Following a Family Intervention

In the last month, the music legend has given two wide-ranging ― and very opinionated ― interviews with GQ and Vulture that had strong repercussions over the world of showbiz and politics. "I HAVE LEARNED MY LESSON!" he said in a lengthy Twitter post. "When you live a public life you have a responsibility to be an example", he wrote, "since I do live a public life I wanted to make a public apology".

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Fashion Shows Get Even Weirder, This Time With Severed Heads

A model walks the runway at the Gucci show during Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2018/19 on February 21, 2018 in Milan , Italy. The show's inspiration, according to Gucci's creative director Alessandro Michele was, in part, the 1984 essay " A Cyborg Manifesto " by Donna Haraway .

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Janelle Monáe Debuts Two New Songs "Make Me Feel" & "Django Jane"

The video was directed by Andrew Donoho and Chuck Lightning - with additional "vagina monologue footage" (it'll make sense once you see the video) directed by Lacey Duke . The first, titled " Make Me Feel ", was selected as Zane Lowe's World Record on Beats 1 radio today (February 22). The video for the song was directed by Solange 's husband, Alan Ferguson .

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Wendy Williams takes a three-week break after Graves' disease diagnosis

Per doctor's orders, the popular daytime personality is taking three weeks off from The Wendy Williams Show to get a handle on her illness. The disease affects one in 200 people in the USA, but what exactly does it do to the body? "My thyroid has been totally cattywompus", she said, explaining that her doctor told her she has Graves' disease at her biannual endocrinologist visit.

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Sheeran: "'I'm not married"

Elton wasn't present at Wednesday night's Brit awards , but he was able to record a video message for Ed as he won the Global Success award. "It's the same commitment either way", the four-time Grammy victor 27, explained on British talk show Lorraine .

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Game Of Thrones Star Says She Knows How The Show Will End

But when Kimmel queried her about HBO president Casey Bloys' statement that the show was shooting multiple endings to hide the real one, Williams was skeptical. She thought it was "incredible", so much so that she had to lie down in bed while reading the script, presumably to let the " Game of Thrones " ending sink in easier.

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'Parks and Recreation' Team Rips Into NRA for Using Amy Poehler GIF

She's giving an approving "thank you". "Amy isn't on Twitter, but she texted me a message: 'Can you tweet the NRA for me and tell them I said fuck off?" Schur's response was pretty polite to start off, at least until he also shared Poehler's reaction to the NRA's use of her face.

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Oprah Winfrey reacts to President Trump calling her 'insecure'

Kinzinger called Winfrey an "inspiring person" and noted the "intrigue" many people have in a 2020 run, but ultimately thought that they would ask "what has she done" to shown that she can be a good Commander in Chief. "I was working very hard to do the opposite of what I was hate-tweeted about so it's OK", she said, assuring Ellen that she isn't losing any sleep over Trump's criticism.

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Ryan Coogler blown away by #BlackPanther reaction

Black Panther is in theaters now. Additionally, " Black Panther " is all people have been talking about for weeks. In my mind, it felt as if it could have been a real place, and on top of that, the cast is fitted with great actors such as, Lupita Nyong'o , Forest Whitaker, Sterling K.

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Ryan Coogler Releases Letter About Success & Impact Of 'Black Panther'

The superhero movie that premiered in the middle of Black History Month has a black director ( Ryan Coogler ) and an nearly entirely black cast. Black Panther collected 2.69 crores on its 1st Tuesday at the box office taking its grand total to 25.31 crores. I'm proud to be a young black girl doing this, but also as much as this is for young black women to be inspired, (it's for) all women of all ethnicities, of all races to be inspired.

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Jennifer Lawrence Is More Than Happy To Freeze For Fashion, Okay?

The thread of tweets dissecting Jennifer's dress situation got a considerable amount of attention, and made headlines. "Why don't you respect Ms Lawrence enough to dress her appropriately for the weather?" "She went on and said all these really nice things about me and then when I got up to the podium, I was like, 'that was a bit much, ' after I just spent all backstage telling her how to be really nice to me", the actress said.

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Meryl Streep Slams Weinstein As "Pathetic" & "Exploitative" In New Statement

Streep has also said that she didn't experience such behaviour from Weinstein herself, and now her words are being used against her in a 26-page memorandum of law accompanying yesterday's motion to have a sexual misconduct class-action suit from Louisette Geiss , Katherine Kendall , Zoe Brock , Sarah Ann Masse , Melissa Sagemiller and Nannette Klatt dismissed.

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Canada and U.S. set to resume rivalry in women's ice hockey final

Then came Marie-Philip Poulin, who scored the the tying goal with a minute left in regulation four years ago, and added the gold-medal victor that led to Canada's 3-2 overtime victory in Sochi, Russia. "I am just so thankful for the outcome". "I'm just thrilled beyond words, " the beaming Lamoureux-Davidson said with a U.S. flag draped around her shoulders and gold hanging on her chest.

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Justin Bieber's dad is expecting child with new wife

News of Bieber's soon-to-be sibling comes days after Justin attended his father's wedding with Selena Gomez by his side. TMZ reports that the brunette is 16-20 weeks along and is carrying a little baby girl. A source told E!, 'Justin and Selena had a driver take them down to Laguna Beach on Saturday afternoon. "They took a walk on the path in front of the resort that overlooks the ocean".

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Cheryl hints at wild love life with Liam Payne

As Jack Whitehall spoke to Cheryl and Liam Payne at the Brit Awards on Wednesday night, viewers found themselves distracted by a woman in the background mouthing "Call me", to the camera, with many taking to Twitter to discuss the hilarious moment.

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'Blackmail' trailer: Irrfan Khan-starrer gives infidelity a quirky twist

But then we wondered how his ideal life turned topsy-turvy and made him run bare-chested on the streets. Except one of them, Dev (Khan) narrates the story where a husband ends up blackmailing his wife over her affair. Star cast and other details of the film. . Deo, incidentally, had made his directorial debut with Delhi Belly , a genre similar to his upcoming film.

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Actress Karla Souza Says She Was Raped By a Director

Karla Souza , an actor best known for her role on ABC's How To Get Away With Murder , revealed Tuesday that she as raped by a director in her early twenties, when her film and television career was beginning to blossom. In a separate statement Loza wrote, " Televisa can not take on the role of investigator, prosecutor, and much less judge, condemning me in the media, above all when the victim has never mentioned my name".

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MTV Fires Jenelle Evans' Husband David Eason From 'Teen Mom 2'

The Teen Mom 2 star recently came under fire on Twitter after he allegedly tweeted a series of homophobic and anti-LGBTQ posts on the micro-blogging platform. She went on: 'David doesn't hate people from the LGBT community. "Are you going to teach your children to hate gay and transgender people? ". Her comment on the matter concluded with, "We are sorry for the comments that were made".

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Florida shooting survivors demand gun reform laws

The principal at Boone High School in Orange County told students that they will face consequences for insubordination. Activists planned a walkout and a march on the Tallahassee Capitol in an effort to strengthen gun laws in the state.

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Chris Cornell's Wife Reveals A Heartbreaking Statament About Her Husband

ABC/Randy HolmesVicky Cornell, wife of the late Chris Cornell , has joined the Advisory Board at the Addiction Policy Forum , a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving policy related to drug abuse prevention, treatment, recovery and criminal justice reform.

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Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, Dua Lipa More

He also performed a medley of two cuts from that record, "Blinded By Your Grace" and "Big For Your Boots". The song included lyrics calling out Prime Minister Theresa May for the Grenwell Tower fire tragedy that happened in West London this summer, killing 71 people and causing political unrest throughout the country.

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Prince William and Kate bond with children and charm crowds in Sunderland

The visit comes after a busy week of royal engagements for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge . The inking is however only temporary, with the floral design drawn on with henna. Turns out, neon yellow is Prince William and Kate Middleton's color! Part of the Sunderland Strategic Transport Corridor, Northern Spire will link the International Advanced Manufacturing Park on the A19, which is being developed as an internationally-recognised destination for advanced manufacturing, with ...


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