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Producers Eva Longoria and Charles D. King shared their frustrations today at the Produced By conference, relating that studios tell them they looked for diverse crew members, but couldn’t find any. MACRO CEO King and UnbeliEVAble Entertainment founder Longoria said they are creating a database of diverse talent they can present to studios when faced with that question.

“We have to do the work,” Longoria said at a keynote talk for the Produced By conference. “Every time I produce something, I bring my crew list.”

Longoria and King said they share the list amongst each other, and with other filmmakers like Ava DuVernay. DuVernay has gone a step further, creating the Array Crew database, accessible by studios.

Even with a list of resumes, Longoria said producers must advocate for talent to get a chance. Longoria is directing the movie Flamin’ Hot for Searchlight Pictures. She was met with resistance against hiring cinematographer Federico Cantini for his first feature film.

“They kept saying he never has done a movie of this size,” Longoria said. “I said, ‘I haven’t done a movie this size.’ You haven’t done it until you’ve done it. It’s like the chicken or the egg.”

King agreed with Longoria that their role as producers involves fighting to elevate other diverse talent.

“A lot of times we’re taking a leap and you have to fill the gaps,” King said. “You just have to keep calling all your friends and everybody but they’re out there. There’s enough people with some level of experience to take the leap to the next level.”

King also recommended Flamin’ Hot writer Linda Yvette Chavez to Longoria. King allowed Longoria to read a script Chavez wrote for him, but could not share that writing sample with another studio. In fact, Longoria credited producer DeVon Franklin and fellow actor Kerry Washington with recommending her for the directing gig.

“I’m me,” Longoria said. “You would think I could get in the door. It still took an advocate for me to get in the door. These things help. You have to use this opportunity, meet people, nurture those relationships in this industry.”

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Longoria said her own agents sometimes get annoyed when she advocates for other actors for roles she herself is auditioning for. Longoria said she once recommended Roselyn Sanchez and Diana Maria Riva for a role she didn’t think she was right for.

“My agent would call me [and say,] ‘If you pitch one more other actress in your audition we’re not sending you anymore,’” Longoria said.


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President Joe Biden has vowed to do everything he can to fight for reproductive healthcare after the fall of Roe v. Wade, even calling on Thursday for a filibuster carve-out to protect abortion and other privacy rights. But a reported deal with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to appoint a conservative, anti-choice attorney to a federal court in Kentucky could contribute to doubts about the extent to which the administration grasps the severity of the situation — and its commitment to addressing it.

According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, Biden is planning to name Chad Meredith — a member of the Federalist Society who served as a deputy counsel to former Republican Governor Matt Bevins — to a lifetime federal court appointment as part of a deal with McConnell to get other White House nominees approved by the Senate. The White House did not comment on the reported agreement, saying it does not publicly discuss pending nominations or vacancies. But Kentucky Democrat John Yarmuth said Wednesday that the administration informed him of the coming move, which the Louisville congressman condemned. “I strongly oppose this deal and Meredith being nominated for the position,” Yarmuth said in a statement to the Courier-Journal. “The last thing we need is another extremist on the bench.”

“If the President makes that nomination, it is indefensible,” Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, a Democrat, told the outlet, expressing hope that the appointment had at least been put “on pause.”

The report of the agreement came as Democratic lawmakers and voters called for stronger action to protect Americans’ reproductive rights in the wake of Supreme Court conservatives’ decision striking down Roe and upholding Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case, a move Biden described as the “realization of an extreme ideology” and a “tragic error” by the right-wing justices.

“It just stuns me,” Biden said in an address following that 6-3 ruling. “This is a sad day for the country, in my view, but it doesn’t mean the fight is over.”

That fight is an uphill one, though. For years, Democrats have failed to show the same urgency in protecting abortion rights as Republicans have in seeking to strip them. Now, with states imposing draconian bans on the procedure in the wake of the Dobbs decision, national Democrats have limited options. The Biden administration is working on a slate of executive and agency actions to protect access to abortion medications and contraception and to help those in states where the procedure has been outlawed travel to other states for healthcare. On Thursday, Biden went further still, calling for the filibuster to be amended to allow the passage of legislation supporting privacy rights, including reproductive healthcare. (That came after a report published by Reuters Wednesday stating that “the White House is unlikely to take up the bold steps to protect women’s right to have an abortion that Democratic lawmakers have called for in recent days,” citing anonymous White House officials. A White House spokesperson disputed the report.)

“We have to codify Roe v. Wade into law,” Biden said. “If the filibuster gets in the way, it’s like voting rights. We should provide an exception for this.”

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But, as with voting rights, such a carve-out is unlikely to happen right now: Conservative Democrats Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema steadfastly oppose doing anything they say would weaken the Senate procedure, and are unlikely to budge. Democrats could make that move if they gain seats in the November midterms; as Senator Elizabeth Warren and others have noted, they may only need to expand their majority by two to get around Manchin, Sinema, and the Republicans.

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We now know a bit more about Beyoncé‘s forthcoming new album, Renaissance.

The superstar singer posted an ethereal photo of herself upon a see-through horse on her Instagram account on Thursday (Friday morning AEST), captioned with some insight.

“Creating this album allowed me a place to dream and to find escape during a scary time for the world,” Beyoncé wrote.

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“It allowed me to feel free and adventurous in a time when little else was moving. My intention was to create a safe place, a place without judgment. A place to be free of perfectionism and overthinking. A place to scream, release, feel freedom.

“It was a beautiful journey of exploration.”

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She released her first single, Break My Soul, from the new album last week and it became a quick hit.

The dance track was co-produced by the same team who brought us Single Ladies – Tricky Stewart and The-Dream. Jay-Z is also on the writing credits, as are the writers of Robin S’s 1993 hit Show Me Love, which is prominently sampled in the song.

In an apparent slight to major streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music, the song initially appeared only on Tidal – the streaming service co-owned by Beyoncé’s husband, Jay-Z – three hours before its announced release time of midnight in the US, and on Vevo/YouTube an hour or so later.

Beyoncé has a history of this: her 2016 Lemonade album was available only on Tidal for three years.

Renaissance, the singer’s long-expected seventh album, is set to come out on July 29.

Beyoncé’s last full-length album was Lemonade in 2016 – the singer has actually released four albums since this blockbuster outing, although none of them are full Beyoncé solo albums.

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Beyonce released the first new song, Break My Soul, off the album last week (Getty)

“I hope you find joy in this music,” she said on Instagram.

“I hope it inspires you to release the wiggle. Ha! And to feel as unique, strong, and sexy as you are.”

Fans have already sleuthed information suggesting the album will contain 16 tracks, and signs of a multi-part release are clear from the billing as “Act 1”.

Sources told Variety the album will feature both dance and country-leaning tracks, with contributions from hit songwriter Ryan Tedder, who co-wrote Beyoncé’s 2008 hit Halo as well as hits for Adele, Taylor Swift, the Jonas Brothers and Tedder’s own group, OneRepublic.

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The new song initially appeared only on Tidal – the streaming service co-owned by Beyoncé’s husband, Jay-Z (Instagram / @beyonce)

Also said to be involved is Raphael Saadiq, who has crafted hits for Mary J Blige, D’Angelo, Stevie Wonder, John Legend and Andra Day as well as his own excellent solo albums, and executive-produced A Seat at the Table, Beyoncé’s sister Solange’s widely praised 2016 album.

– Reported with CNN and Variety.

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