Industry News: Glow, Tony Awards, Modern Love and More!
WHITE MEN DOMINATE CRITICAL FIELD: A new study behind the Inclusion Rider finds that movie critics are mostly white men. The study looked at 19,559 reviews from leading U.S. publications, and found that 77.8% of the reviews were penned by men. White critics comprised 82% of the authorship. The study pointed out that 37.8% of the U.S. population isn’t white. “The very individuals who are attuned to the under and misrepresentation of females on screen and behind the camera are often left out of the conversation and critiques,” said Dr. Smith, founder and director of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. “The publicity, marketing, and distribution teams in moviemaking have an opportunity to change this quickly by increasing the access and opportunities given to women of color as film reviewers.” The study calls for review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes to address disparities in representation. (Deadline — Click our Twitter or Facebook buttons to share this link!)
GLOW TRAILER DROPS: The gorgeous ladies of wrestling are taking on sexism and racism in the Season 2 trailer for Netflix’s GLOW. They also deal with a rumored cancellation. "I say we do whatever the hell we want to do," says Sam (Marc Maron), when the show is threatened with the ax. "Set the weirdos free and see what happens." The 1980s-set dramedy returns June 29 on Netflix.
TONY RATINGS STEADY: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and The Band’s Visit won big at the 72ndTony Awards Sunday night, Robert De Niro kept CBS censors busy cursing out President Donald Trump, Bruce Springsteen himself performed and Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban kept the banter lively, but viewers were not moved to tune in. Ratings this year came up 4.8 in metered markets, holding steady with 2017, which was up against NBC’s deciding game of the 2017 Stanley Cup Finals, Deadline reports.
MODERN LOVE ANTHOLOGY ORDERED: Amazon Studios has ordered a half-hour romantic comedy anthology series based on the popular New York Times column Modern Love. The column and the show set out to document love and human connection. John Carney will write, direct and produce with Storied Media Group and the New York Times.
NETFLIX NABS DOCUMENTARIES ON WHITE SUPREMACY, RADICAL ISLAM: Netflix has snapped up a pair of documentaries from Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Deeyah Khan. They study, separately, the alt-right in the U.S. (White Right: Meeting the Enemy) and Islamic extremism (Jihad: A Story of the Others). “I am so glad…our films will be able to be seen in the U.S.,” Khan told Variety. “White Right has an important message about far-right radicalization which cuts through a lot of stereotypes on both sides. It couldn’t be more important in the current political climate, with identity-led politics on the rise across America and Europe.” Both films launched Monday on Netflix.