Netflix renews 'Orange is the New Black' for three more seasons


Kelly Lawler   Looks like the ladies of Litchfield Prison aren't being released anytime soon.

Channing Tatum

Watch Channing Tatum romantically seduce this lucky student with nothing but candy hearts and natural charm


Warning: Chatum seductions may cause near-fatal heart attacks.

Diverse Dolls

All hail Hijarbie, the world’s first hijab-wearing Barbie

Meet Hijarbie. Flying the flag for diversity, she's the new style star of Instagram.

Hijarbie is just as stylish and fabulous as the Barbie we've known for decades.

Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot release new video targeting Russian government corruption

A still from the new Pussy Riot video.

Andrew Kramer   The feminist protest punks are back with a darkly satirical take on Russia's criminal justice system following the 2012 jailing of three members of the group.

Science bias

This is what it would sound like if male scientists were written about like female scientists

Noted stunner, Dr Oliver Sacks.

"He had the body of an athlete and the face of a movie star. But Oliver Sacks chose science over glamour."

Trigger warning

'Spotlight' to get anti-abuse message at Australian screenings

Walter "Robby" Robinson (Michael Keaton) and Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams) in a scene from SPOTLIGHT, directed by Tom McCarthy. In cinemas 28 January 2016. An Entertainment One Films release. For more information contact Claire Fromm: cfromm@entonegroup.com Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams in Spotlight.
Giveaways by Kay Stewart.

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Kate Stanton   While it is common for news media organisations to include trigger warnings or contact details for support services alongside distressing content, it's rare for dramatic films to take similar precautions.

What I know about men

"I believe in a soul partner": Anastacia.

Jane Rocca   Musician Anastacia reflects on her relationships with the important men in her life.


Amber Rose and Kim Kardashian posed for a selfie together in the name of sisterhood


Rob Moran   Ah, nothing brings former foes together like a '#FingersInTheBootyAssBitch' viral hashtag.

Best Coast

Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino slams music industry's 'sexist bulls--t' in powerful essay for 'Lenny Letter'

Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast.

Rob Moran   "Though a sexist review is certainly not the same as getting sexually harassed or assaulted over the course of a decade, it's all part of the same continuum."

DuVernay test

New York Times columnist coins 'The DuVernay Test' for films that do justice to people of colour

Director Ava DuVernay.

Jenny Noyes   Kinda like the Bechdel test, but for race. And DuVernay herself has given it her seal of approval.

Vanity Fair

The cover of Vanity Fair's new 'Hollywood Issue' is a tribute to the industry's 'fiercest women'

"Fiercest women": Vanity Fair's new 'Hollywood Issue' cover.

Rob Moran   Not a dude taking up space in sight, not even a Cumberbatch.

Name and shame

Aboriginal musicians Briggs and Thelma Plum are naming and shaming racists on Facebook


Jenny Noyes   Wearing and defending blackface is never okay - but especially not if you work with disadvantaged kids.

A Girl in the River

Her father shot her in the head as an honour killing

Saba Qaiser in <em>A Girl in the River</em>.

Nicholas Kristof   Whether it wins or not, the Oscar nominee with the greatest impact - saving the lives of perhaps thousands of girls - may be one you've never heard of.

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SAG Awards

'Orange Is The New Black' star Uzo Aduba took her prom date to the SAG Awards

Uzo Aduba (and OITNB co-star Laura Prepon) clutching her double win at this weekend's SAG Awards.

Rob Moran   And she won, too. What a fairytale.

Viola Davis takes on Hollywood diversity at SAG award: 'Diversity is not a trending topic'

Actress Viola Davis accepts the Female Actor in a Drama Series award for 'How to Get Away with Murder' onstage during the SAG awards

Bryan Alexander   During her SAG awards acceptance speech, Viola Davis says she wants diversity in Hollywood to stay on people's radar long after the awards season is over.

Gina Rodriguez offers to lend Golden Globes dress to teen fan for prom

Gina Rodriguez at the 2015 Golden Globes.

Possibly starting the 'Sisterhood of the Traveling Gina Golden Globes Dress'.

Girls star Zosia Mamet will be playing Patti Smith in biopic

Actress Zosia Mamet

Zosia Mamet has landed the dream role of punk rocker Patti Smith in Ondi Timoner's Mapplethorpe biopic.

Female artists dominate Grammys rock category nominations this year

Paramore's Hayley Williams.

Mesfin Fekadu   "I feel like women have always written incredible songs, but right now what's so rad is we're all taking back the conversation and supporting each other and holding each other up."

Action heroes

The intriguing side-effect of casting more women as action heroes


Alyssa Rosenberg   It turns out that what's good for women in action movies might also be what's good for action movies themselves.

Irish eyes

Refreshingly down-to-earth: Saoirse Ronan.

Jane Cornwell.   Saoirse Ronan is only 21 but already has two Oscar nominations under her belt. Here's why you need to learn how to pronounce her name.

Amber Rose

Amber Rose slams sexist double standards in essay for Time magazine

Back in 2009, model Amber Rose was dating Kanye and everyone wanted to know what her story was. She told Complex Magazine "They label me a bisexual freak stripper that fucks Kanye on a daily basis. To answer that: I’m extremely open with my sexuality. I can be in love with a woman, I can be in love with a man."

Rob Moran   "There may have been a time where you looked back and said, 'I probably shouldn't have done that.' Does that make you a ho? No, it makes you a human."

Southside With You

The movie about Barack and Michelle Obama's first date is actually pretty good

It's a little strange that the president's first big-screen treatment is in a romantic drama.

Stephanie Merry   Mr. Darcy. Heathcliff. Rhett Butler. Edward Rochester. They're all swoon-worthy male characters, and now there's a new name to add to the list: Barack Obama.

Facebook Reactions

Like it or not, Facebook is expanding reactions to 'haha,' 'wow' and more in coming weeks

On Facebook's news feed, people will now encounter not only a "likes" tally under each post, but also separate counts for "loves," "hahas" and the rest.

Oh, you just wanted the option to 'dislike' as well as 'like'? Too bad.

Ava Duvernay

Ava DuVernay says her new TV series 'Queen Sugar' will have an all-women directorial team

<i>Selma</i> director, Ava DuVernay.

Rob Moran   The Selma director says it's her chance to get "her Shonda on".


Watch the intense first trailer for Ellen Page's 'Gaycation'

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 06:  Host Ellen Page, Gaycation, speaks onstage during the Viceland panel at the A+E Networks 2016 Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on January 6, 2016 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for A+E Networks)

Her passionate and assertive activism is remarkable, especially when you consider Page was profoundly closeted only two years ago.

Backlash after Joseph Fiennes cast as Michael Jackson

Controversial selection ... English actor Joseph Fiennes has been cast as Michael Jackson in the television special Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon.

Josephine Tovey   As the entertainment industry continues to grapple with the backlash over a second year of all-white nominations at the Academy Awards, a new casting announcement has provoked fresh criticism about the lack of diversity on screen and preference for white actors even when telling stories of people of colour.

The Birth of a Nation

Sundance roars for Nate Parker's slavery epic 'The Birth of a Nation'

Nate Parker: "I made this film for one reason: with the hope of creating change agents. That people can watch this film and be affected."

Brooks Barnes   Hollywood has come under extreme pressure in recent weeks to find more prestige-minded movies with diverse casts. And this week, Nate Parker delivered one.

The Bachelor

Cersei Lannister re-enacting brutal shade-throwing moments from 'The Bachelor' is the best thing


Rob Moran   Scary, but still not as scary as Olivia.

Online series

Watch the trailer for 'The Skinny', your new favourite web series

Jessie Kahnweiler in her new comedy series 'The Skinny'

Jessie Kahnweiler uses her trademark dark comedy to explore the serious, and very personal, issue of bulimia.

Chelsea Does Racism

What Chelsea Handler gets right and wrong in her Netflix episode about race

Chelsea Handler with Rev Al Sharpton in her new Netflix episode, <i>Chelsea Does... Racism</i>.

Bethonie Butler   Chelsea did racism... and viewer reactions were split.

Shonda Rhimes

Shonda Rhimes: 'It's not trailblazing to write the world as it actually is'

Shonda Rhimes is also notable for discussing her shows in the manner of a die-hard fan.

Jenny Noyes   The woman behind most of your favourite TV shows explains why diversity on TV shows is (or at least should be) a no-brainer.

Disney films

Researchers have discovered a major problem with classic Disney movies

For example, why are characters so obsessed with Snow White's looks?

Jeff Guo   To modern eyes, the classic trio of Disney princess films – released in 1937, 1950, and 1959 – can seem painfully retrograde.

Lady Gaga reveals aunt's sexual assault at Producers Guild Awards

In this image released by NBC, Tom Ford, left, and Lady Gaga present an award at the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016. (Paul Drinkwater/NBC via AP)

"It's not only an important issue to me, but it's an important issue to my family because when my father's sister was in college, she was sexually assaulted."

Amy and Rashida

NBC orders pilots for new comedies by Amy Poehler and Rashida Jones

Jones and Poehler in <i>Parks And Recreation</i>.

Rob Moran   Leslie Knope and Ann Perkins, together again... sort of.

Tina Fey returns to SNL for a painfully glorious Sarah Palin sketch

Fey/Palin's meandering and at-times-nonsensical Iowa endorsement speech.

Aaron Blake   "It's like her mouth starts driving before her brain gets in the car."

#OscarsSoWhite: Chris Rock will still host awards, rewriting show from scratch

"Writing a new show": Comedian Chris Rock will remain as the host of this year's Oscars ceremony.

Comedian Chris Rock won't be stepping away from the high-profile job of hosting this year's Oscars

The X Files

Gillian Anderson was only offered half Duchovny's pay for 'The X-Files' revival

Gillian Anderson says she had to fight to earn a fair wage for her return to 'The X-Files'.

Gillian Anderson says she had to fight to earn a fair wage for her return to 'The X-Files' after TV executives initially offered the actress just half of what co-star David Duchovny was banking.


Oscars Academy pledges to double its membership of women and minorities by 2020

Cheryl Boone Isaacs

Piya Sinha-Roy   The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces ambitious action plan that includes stripping some older members of voting privileges.

Plagiarism claims

Amy Schumer denies stealing jokes

Amy Schumer at the Critics' Choice Awards.

Caitlin Gibson   'That would be so stupid for me to do that' said Schumer in response to claims of plagiarism.

Women's sport

SBS launches 'Zela', a new site for women's sport coverage

The Matildas celebrate after scoring a goal during the friendly match against Vietnam.

Jenny Noyes   Finally a major media organisation is moving to highlight women's sport, and providing a sexism-free space to talk about it.

Killer Mike

Killer Mike calls on men in the music industry to stand against sexism

Killer Mike of Run the Jewels performing at Lollapalooza Berlin music festival.

Jenny Noyes   "I stand in solidarity with the women that have spoke out," the rapper said. And he's calling on others to do the same.

Will Smith won't attend Oscars but says it's 'not about me'

Will Smith, who won't attend the Academy Awards, said diversity in Hollywood and at the Oscars seemed to be going in the 'wrong direction'.

Josephine Tovey   The unprecedented backlash against the film awards continues to grow in the US.

Reproductive rights

Watch Hollywood actresses 'Draw The Line' for women's reproductive rights

Elizabeth Banks appears in the Center for Reproductive Rights video.

Jenny Noyes   On the 43rd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade landmark decision that granted American women the constitutional right to abortion, seven actresses voice the stories of real women for this moving video.

Nowhere Line

'Nowhere Line' tells the heartbreaking stories of Manus Island detainees with their own voices

A frame from Nowhere Line, an animated documentary about asylum seekers on Manus Island.

Jenny Noyes   The animation started out as a graphic novel response to the Australian government's propaganda cartoons, but has become a powerful short documentary film.

Wonder Woman

Set your eyes on this first-look footage of Gal Gadot as femmo icon Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman

Rob Moran   CW premiered a glimpse of the upcoming DC Comics movie.

New Trailer

Watch the new promo for Season Five of 'Girls'

Hannah has joined a dance class.

Remember guys, character maturation occurs at a snail's pace on Girls.

Lupita Nyong'o and Steve McQueen join call for Oscar diversity

Actress Lupita Nyong'o

Eleanor Bley Griffiths   Lupita Nyong'o: "I am disappointed by the lack of inclusion in this year's Academy Awards nominations. It has me thinking about unconscious prejudice and what merits prestige in our culture."

Real-life hero

Jamie Foxx helps rescue man from burning car

Foxx shared this photo of him embracing the man's father.

Maria Puente   "But the question is, do we act or do we fear for our own life? He did not."

George Clooney: Oscars was doing a better job 10 years ago

George Clooney
George Clooney knows the dangers of drunk-tweeting and wouldn't touch Facebook with a ten-foot pole: "I'd rather have a rectal examination on live TV by a fellow with cold hands than have a Facebook page," he said.

"If you think back 10 years ago, the Academy was doing a better job. Think about how many more African Americans were nominated."

Home inspiration

'Carol' is not only a brilliant movie, but a goldmine of styling ideas

Cate Blanchett in <i>Carol</i>.

Sarah Oakes   Check out these '50's-inspired pieces that could easily be added to your home.

Changing world

Cleo magazine to close

Over the years: <em>Cleo</em> magazine.

Michael Lallo   Trailblazing women's magazine Cleo has been axed by publishing giant Bauer Media.

Clueless remake

Watch Jake Gyllenhaal, Seth Rogen and Bradley Cooper audition for 'Clueless'


Rob Moran   We have no idea why this happened, but we're glad it did.

Zoolander 2

Watch Derek Zoolander answer Vogue's '73 Questions'


Rob Moran   An eye-opening tour inside his really, really ridiculously good-looking home.

Oscars 2016

'Time for big changes': Academy issues mea culpa over Oscars backlash

Jada Pinkett Smith has spoken out about the lack of diversity in the acting nominations.

Michael Idato   Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to take 'dramatic steps' to alter the makeup of its membership.


Hollywood needs more than a diversity overhaul at the Oscars

Michael B Jordan and Tessa Thompson in Ryan Coogler's <i>Creed</i>.

Lonnae O'Neal   "New black heroes are telling new black stories for a new generation, and it's painful that's not recognised," writes Lonnae O'Neal.


Vibe Hotels cancels pick-up artist Jeff Allen's seminars following pressure from activist groups

Banned: 'Pick up artist' Jeff Allen.

Rob Moran   Allen is a colleague of Julien Blanc, who was deported from Australia in 2014.