Women in Focus at Dodge College

Chapman Film Students Learn From Accomplished Women in Film and TV Speakers were Dawn Taubin, Kerry Ehrin, Debra Martin Chase, Robin Schiff, Janine Sherman Barrois and Deena Katz  .     The event: . Professor Alexandra Rose kicked off “Women in Focus” by pointing out that all of this year’s Oscar nominated films featured stories about men. She named them as “American Sniper,” “Selma,” “Theory of Everything,” “Boyhood,” “Imitation Game,” “Whiplash,” “Grand Budapest Hotel” and the winning film, “Birdman.” Not one female-centric flick in the bunch.   The panel: And so, following that...

Essence Black Women In Hollywood

Oprah Opens 2015 Black Women in Hollywood Awards Luncheon Honors go to Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Regina King, Ruth Carter and “Orange Is the New Black” cast members         The event: At the Feb. 19 Black Women in Hollywood Awards Luncheon, Essence Magazine honored actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw of “Belle” and “Beyond the Lights”; actress-director Regina King of “Ray,” “Southland” and “Jerry Maguire”; Oscar-nominated costume designer Ruth Carter; newcomer Iman Milner; and cast members of “Orange Is the New Black:” Adrienne Moore, Danielle Brooks, Laverne Cox, Lorraine Toussaint, Samira Wiley, Uzo...

Essence Black Women ...

Lupita Nyong’o, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Ava DuVernay, Civil Rights Leaders Honored at Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon   One was well-advised to bring a hanky to the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon. At this annual affair, presented Feb. 27 by the Lincoln Motor...

Salute to Diahann Ca...

Saying It With Flowers – A Glamorous Salute to Diahann Carroll and Cheryl Boone Isaacs     Diahann Carroll and Cheryl Boone Isaacs were honored Oct. 19 at “House of Flowers,” a gala dinner titled for Carroll’s first Broadway play of the same name. Top producers Tracey...

Women in Focus at Ch...

Top Filmmakers Maya Rudolph, Diablo Cody, Anne Fletcher, Nancy Meyers, Penelope Spheeris and Donna Langley Share Their Thoughts at WOMEN IN FOCUS at Chapman     For emerging young female filmmakers, there may be no more inspiring event than WOMEN IN FOCUS at Chapman University’s...

Blackhouse LA Film F...

Blackhouse L.A. Film Festival Dinner Honors Debra Martin Chase at a Gala Dinner with Mike Epps, Jesse Williams, Vivica Fox and Many More Hollywood VIPs   The Blackhouse Foundation celebrated the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival by holding a dinner June 18 in honor of Debra Martin Chase,...