Women to Watch

Right Place At The Right Time: Audience Member Steps In Save ‘Macbeth’

When the actor playing Lady Macduff injured her knee a few minutes into a performance at the Watermill Theatre in England, the production stopped – until a woman who toured nationally as Lady Macduff last year, and who happened to be in the audience, stepped in. Emma Barclay “will continue in ...

Netflix Holds Its First Fan Screening At The Theatre It Bought In New York

Of course, it was for the sequel to the young adult rom-com To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, and of course, the place was packed with superfans who could answer obscure trivia questions and cheer when the film’s stars made a surprise guest appearance. One woman said, “I love sitting at hom ...

Are The Grammys Irrelevant?

Last night, the night before the 62nd Grammys, Sean “Diddy” Coombs called out the awards for their lack of diversity – and a decades-long refusal to recognize rap and hip hop. The NYT had already weighed in, agreeing: “Broadly speaking, nonwhite artists, female artists, and artists who com ...

Have 21st Century Writers Fallen Out Of Love With Marriage?

Perhaps writers are out of love with romantic love, not only marriage. “If the romance fantasy was long doled out to women as a compensation for powerlessness elsewhere, contemporary writers are increasingly turning the marriage plot on its head.” – The Guardian (UK) ...

Netflix Is Betting On First-Time Filmmakers In The Streaming Wars

That may sound weird when Netflix also has Scorsese and Noah Baumbach out with Oscar-nominated movies at the moment (not to mention last year’s Roma), but: “The idea is to forge relationships with up-and-coming directors before they become big names. Last year, Netflix released 19 original mov ...

When Fast Food Picks Up Larger Society’s Civil Rights Slack

You’ve probably heard of Harry Belafonte’s connection to the Civil Rights Movement, but … McDonald’s? Yes. The history of McDonald’s includes a large number of Black-owned franchises that also employ a lot of young (and not so young) Black women. But of course, there are issues: “Any t ...

The Game-Changing Documentary ‘Honeyland’

Not to be confused with the autobiographical Shia LaBoeuf feature Honey Boy, of course. But seriously: The film, a documentary about a woman in North Macedonia living in isolation with her dying mother and keeping bees – and what happens when a Turkish family moves in next door – is the first ...

A New Revenge Movie Perfect For – But Not About – The MeToo Era, Written And Directed By A Star Of ‘The Crown’

She’s a rising star of Season 3 (and 4) of The Crown, an executive producer for Killing Eve, and – oh yes – a writer and director of a movie whose trailer has been viewed more than 3 million times. And she’s written the story and book for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new Cinderella. About that ...

So Much For The Grammys’ New Era

Ousted chief Deborah Dugan’s explosive claims threatened to overshadow the star-studded show itself, which is scheduled to air on CBS. Her brutal portrait of the Recording Academy as a chummy cabal of men with expense accounts, conspiring to line their pockets on the backs of musicians, harass w ...

Value Creation in Direct Private Equity

Before the holidays, Institutional Investor published a good interview with BlackRock’s Colm Lanigan, Co-Founder, Managing Director and Senior Investor, Long Term Private Capital, discussing value creation in direct private equity:When investors look at public markets today, many see high curren ...