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  • Debra Winger talks about dropping out of ‘A League of Their Own’ over Madonna casting

    Debra Winger dropped out of 1992's A League of Their Own because she didn't want to act with Madonna.

  • Geena Davis, Susan Sarandon and Callie Khouri Recall the Life-Altering Experience of ‘Thelma & Louise’ at 30th Anniversary Screening

    The ending of “Thelma & Louise” stands as one of Hollywood’s most epic finales, but for screenwriter Callie Khouri, writing the scene was simply a no-brainer. “It literally just appeared in my head. And I knew that that was the ending,” Khouri told Variety at the film’s screening at Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on […]

  • ‘Thelma & Louise’ at 30: Susan Sarandon remembers an oiled-up young Brad Pitt, improvising Geena Davis kiss

    Susan Sarandon shares memories from the making of the 1991 feminist road trip classic "Thelma & Louise."

  • Geena Davis says acting roles were 'scarce' after she turned 40: 'I fell off the cliff'

    The "Thelma & Louise" star speaks out on sexual harassment and sexism in Hollywood.

  • Edward Norton Used a Fax Machine to Land an Audition for ‘Primal Fear’

    Edward Norton won a Golden Globe for his film debut in 1996's "Primal Fear" and, at Thursday night's 35th Annual Artios Awards ceremony, he shared the innovative way he nabbed the audition by making the most of the electronic communications of the day. “I sent a fax to her at Paramount. Dating myself,” Norton said […]

  • Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis have Thelma & Louise reunion nearly 30 years later

    Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis have Thelma & Louise reunion 30 years later

  • Geena Davis recalls audition with director who made her sit on his lap to act out sex scene: 'I didn't know you could say no'

    Geena Davis says she probably has “a million examples” of inappropriate conduct in the workplace.

  • ‘GLOW’ Season 3 Trailer: The Show Goes On, with Geena Davis and a Change of Scenery

    Looks like the new Las Vegas run is taking a lot out of the most famous fictional wrestlers on TV.

  • Geena Davis, David Lynch, more to receive honorary Oscars

    2019 Governors Awards: Geena Davis, David Lynch to receive honorary Oscars

  • David Lynch, Geena Davis Named Honorary Oscar Recipients

    Directors David Lynch and Lina Wertmüller and actors Geena Davis and Wes Studi have been named recipients of this year’s Governors Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy announced on Monday.Lynch, Wertmüller and Studi will receive honorary Oscars and Davis will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at a ceremony at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland on Oct. 27.The Academy’s Board of Governors chose the recipients at a special meeting on Saturday, with the announcement delayed until AMPAS President John Bailey could reach all the recipients to tell them of the honor.Also Read: 2019 Emmy Contenders, From Sophie Turner to Richard Madden (Exclusive Photos)The four awards reflect the Academy’s recent push for a more international and diverse membership. Wertmüller followed Agnes Varda, Hayao Miyazaki and Jean-Luc Godard as non-American directors to win the award. Studi was awarded as a pioneering Native American actor, and Davis’ Hersholt Award came because of her advocacy of gender equality.From the AMPAS press release announcing the honors:“These Governors Awards given by the Academy each year recognize individuals who have devoted themselves to a lifetime of artistic accomplishment and brought outstanding contributions to our industry, and beyond,” said Academy President John Bailey. “It is with great pleasure that we announce this year’s recipients.”Davis, who won an Oscar for her supporting performance in “The Accidental Tourist” (1988), has been a passionate advocate for gender equality in media. She is the founder and chair of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, a nonprofit dedicated to educating and influencing film and television content creators to eliminate gender bias and stereotypes and create a wide variety of female characters in entertainment and media aimed at children. Davis was appointed Special Envoy for Women and Girls in Information and Communication Technologies for the United Nations’ International Telecommunication Union in 2012, and served as chair of the California Commission on the Status of Women. In 2015, she launched the Bentonville Film Festival to support women and diversity in the entertainment industry. As an actor, she is recognized for portraying strong leading roles in such films as “Thelma & Louise” (1991), for which she earned an Oscar nomination, “The Fly” (1986), “Beetlejuice” (1988), “A League of Their Own” (1992) and “The Long Kiss Goodnight” (1996).Born in Missoula, Montana, in 1946, Lynch is a filmmaker, musician and artist. He wrote, produced and directed his first full-length feature film, “Eraserhead,” in 1977. With editing, scoring and sound design also led by Lynch, the film continues to draw a large cult following. Its success brought Lynch the opportunity to direct “The Elephant Man” (1980), which received eight Oscar nominations including Directing and Adapted Screenplay for Lynch himself. His prolific career has included two more Directing nominations – for “Blue Velvet” (1986) and “Mulholland Drive” (2001) – and additional directing credits for “Dune” (1984), “Wild at Heart” (1990), “Lost Highway” (1997), “The Straight Story” (1999) and “Inland Empire” (2006).Studi is a Cherokee-American actor who has appeared in more than 30 films, becoming known for portraying strong Native American characters with poignancy and authenticity. Born and raised in Nofire Hollow, Oklahoma, Studi became deeply involved with Native American politics and activism after a tour of military service in Vietnam. He began his acting career with the American Indian Theater Company and his first film role in the independent feature “Powwow Highway” (1989) led to a memorable appearance in “Dances with Wolves” (1990). He has since co-starred in such films as “The Last of the Mohicans” (1992), “Geronimo: An American Legend” (1993), “Heat” (1995), “The New World” (2005) and “Avatar” (2009).In 1976, Wertmüller became the first woman to receive an Academy Award nomination for Directing when she received both Directing and Original Screenplay nominations for “Seven Beauties.” Known for focusing on political and social issues, Wertmüller has written and directed such notable films as “The Basilisks” (1963), “The Seduction of Mimi” (1972), “Love and Anarchy” (1973) and “Swept Away” (1974).Also Read: Oscars Will Likely Remain Host-Free in 2020: 'Not Messing With That Formula,' ABC Boss SaysThe Governors Awards ceremony was first held in 2009, as a way to move honorary presentations off the Academy Awards show while allowing more time to showcase the recipients. Since then 30 people have been given honorary Oscars, five have been given the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and four have been awarded the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award.Honorary Oscar recipients have included actors Lauren Bacall, James Earl Jones, Steve Martin, Maureen O’Hara, Gena Rowlands, Donald Sutherland and Cicely Tyson; directors Jean-Luc Godard, D.A. Pennebaker, Agnes Varda, Spike Lee and Charles Burnett; cinematographer Gordon Willis; editor Anne V. Coates; animator Hayao Miyazaki; makeup artist Dick Smith; casting director Lynn Stalmaster; and composer Lalo Schifrin, among others.Also Read: Oscars 2019: Biggest Snubs and Surprises, From Glenn Close to 'Green Book' (Photos)The producers who have won the Thalberg in that time are Francis Ford Coppola, John Calley and the team of Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, while the Hersholt award has gone to Debbie Reynolds, Harry Belafonte, Angelina Jolie, Oprah Winfrey and Jeffrey Katzenberg.While the number of recipients of honorary awards was capped at two a year when the presentations were made on the Oscar show, Academy rules now allow the board to choose up to four Governors Award recipients each year. It has now done so in nine of the 11 years.The Board of Governors has typically met in early September to choose the Governors Award recipients, with the awards presented in mid-November. But this year’s selection was made three months earlier than usual, and the ceremony will take place in October rather than November. It will be part of an accelerated awards season in which the Oscar show itself has been moved up to Feb. 9 and the Academy also plans to open its long-awaited Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.Read original story David Lynch, Geena Davis Named Honorary Oscar Recipients At TheWrap

  • ‘She-Ra & The Princess Of Power’: Geena Davis Joins Netflix Series as Huntara

    DreamWorks Animation has locked in Oscar winner Geena Davis for a recurring guest role on She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, the GLAAD- and Emmy-nominated Netflix original series that returns August 2 with its Season 3 adventures. The casting coup was announced by executive producer Noelle Stevenson during a fireside chat with Davis at the […]

  • Family films have twice as many male as female characters, says new study (exclusive)

    The Geena Davis Institute looked at race and gender in 10 years of family films.

  • Geena Davis Says Fox ‘Reacted Appropriately’ by Cutting ‘The Predator’ Scene

    Geena Davis and filmmaker Tom Donahue sat down at the Variety Studio presented by AT&T at TIFF to discuss Donahue’s new documentary film “This Changes Everything.” The film explores the insidious and systemic sexism in Hollywood through the voices of celebrities like Davis, Meryl Streep, Sandra Oh, Jessica Chastain, and many other ambassadors of the #TimesUp […]

  • Geena Davis hits back at estranged husband's divorce filing, claims 16-year marriage wasn't official

    Geena Davis does not want to get divorced — because she says she was never married in the first place.

  • Geena Davis' Fourth Husband Reza Jarrahy Files for Divorce After Nearly 17 Years of Marriage

    Geena Davis and Reza Jarrahy attend Heifer International s 2nd Annual “Beyond Hunger: A Place at the Table” to Help End World Hunger and Poverty at Montage Hotel on Sept. 19, 2013 in Los Angeles. Geena Davis’ fourth marriage is headed for divorce. The actress’ husband Reza Jarrahy filed for divorce after nearly 17 years of marriage on Tuesday, TMZ first reported.

  • Everything you didn’t know about 'Beetlejuice,' from the dark original ending to the cut characters

    'Beetlejuice' writer Larry Wilson shared some information about the movie fans might be surprised to learn.

  • Geena Davis Talks About 'A League of Their Own' at 25th-Anniversary Reunion Baseball Game

    Geena Davis showed up at an annual baseball game in Arkansas that celebrates the inspiring female-empowerment comedy.

  • ‘The Exorcist’ Premiere: What Works, What Needs Work

    The premiere episode suggests that while this 'Exorcist' will never reach the lofty heights scaled by William Friedkin, it at least returns the franchise to firmer ground.

  • Quickie Review: ‘The Exorcist’ Is Disturbing

    I dreaded watching the new Fox version of The Exorcist, premiering Friday night, because I figured it would never equal or exceed the scariness of the 1973 William Friedkin movie—that the limitations of network television would turn the story into something closer to an American Mildly-Horrific Story.

  • 16 Familiar Faces Coming to Fall TV

    Several of new fall 2016 series are joined by longtime TV stars, including a few making the jump from supporting character to lead role. Click through this slideshow to check out 16 actors returning to TV for the upcoming fall season.