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Malala Yousafzai Sets Programming Partnership With Apple

Malala Yousafzai has signed a multi-year programming partnership with Apple TV Plus. Under the deal. her original programming for the streamer will cover dramas, comedies, documentaries, animation, and children’s series. She will work on the series under her newly formed production banner, Extracurricular. “I believe in the power of stories …read more

International Women’s Day: Female-Focused Content That Will Captivate in 2021

In a year of quarantine isolation and global tumult, storytelling has never felt more necessary as a portal to the world. To mark International Women’s Day, Variety offers a guide to female-centered stories that will reach big and small screens this year and at the creators behind them. Take Malala …read more

‘We Don’t Give Up’: Sophia Loren on How She Found Her Confidence

I was born in 1934, raised by a single mother who had my sister and me out of wedlock. My father was nowhere to be found. We lived in a tiny house with my grandmother, mother, and uncles. Growing up in war-torn Italy, it wasn’t so much the bombings, the …read more

Gloria Steinem on International Women’s Day: ‘We Just Need to Keep Going’

The fact that we have an International Women’s Day means we are still in trouble. There is no International Men’s Day. Only less powerful people or forgotten historical events need “A Day” to be part of the present. Yet it’s an important step because any notice is better than no …read more

Lupita Nyong’o Embraces Africa’s Media Boom and ‘Super Sema’

Lupita Nyong’o was moved to tears the first time she got a look at “Super Sema,” an animated series about a 10-year-old Kenyan girl with superpowers. The Oscar-winning actor not only joined the voice cast of the series, which bows today on the YouTube Originals platform in conjunction with International …read more

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Announce They Are Having a Baby Girl in Oprah Interview

Among the announcements made in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s blockbuster Oprah Winfrey interview was the gender of their second child. “It’s a girl,” Prince Harry said. The baby will be due in summer and he implied they wouldn’t have any more children, saying, “Two it is.” When Winfrey asked …read more

HFPA Commits to Making ‘Transformational’ Reforms

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association issued a statement on Instagram Saturday evening, promising “transformational change” after coming under fire in recent weeks for a lack of diversity in the organization and for ethical issues surrounding the Golden Globes. The Instagram post detailed that the organizations would be hiring an independent …read more

Michael Stanley, 1949-2021: An Appreciation of Rock’s Ultimate Local Hero

Like a secret handshake, you can still measure the rock and Midwestern bonafides of people, especially those who grew up in Ohio and surrounding states in the ‘70s and ‘80s by whether they knew the Michael Stanley Band. In Cleveland, especially, Stanley was an artist who felt every bit as …read more

Goya Awards: Antonio Banderas-Hosted Ceremony Prizes ‘The Girls’ as Best Picture

Pilar Palomero’s “The Girls,” a coming-of-age story and generational portrait of Spanish women who would now be in their 40s, swept an extraordinary 35th edition of Spain’s Goya Awards, scooping best picture, new director, original screenplay and cinematography. Salvador Calvo scooped best director for the three-part Africa-set drama “Adú,” a …read more

Rachel Lindsay Returns to Instagram Following Bachelor Nation Harassment

Rachel Lindsay is back on Instagram. The media personality and attorney, who was the first Black Bachelorette, deactivated her account last month following an onslaught of harassment and hate by Bachelor Nation. Her returning post features a bouquet of sunflowers. The caption reads, “I want to be like a sunflower …read more