While accepting a lifetime achievement award, Streep, in a six-minute speech, issued a blistering criticism of then President-elect Donald Trump — without evening mentioning his name — that would dominate the news cycle in the following days and prompt a response from Trump himself. "When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose," she said. More than she or anyone else could have known at the time, those words would seem eerily prescient by the end of the year.Led by the bravery of the so-called "Silence Breakers," the entertainment industry stands in a new era — one where women feel empowered to share their stories of sexual harassment and assault, some after many years of believing they were alone with their experiences. RELATED: 'As Told By Her': Highlighting iconic work by women in televisionIt could be called fitting that this reckoning is taking place when storytelling about and by women is not only of higher quality than ever, but is also being consumed and valued more than before. From a bulletproof warrior, to a cunning handmaid, to a group of women who brought friendship and laughs to the big screen, 2017 has been a historic year for female characters and creators — a year that many hope is the start of more to come.
'Niche' no more
Since coming out of film school in 2010, Tracy Oliver knew the kind of stories she wanted to tell. She had been long inspired by the storytelling of Nora Ephron and the characters brought to life in movies starring Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock. But "I never saw women of color in them," she told CNN. Oliver set out to change that. "Girls Trip" debuted in July. The comedy is about a group of women who rekindle their friendship during a wild and emotionally loaded trip to New Orleans. It stars Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and breakout star Tiffany Haddish. Oliver, who co-wrote the script with "Black-ish" creator Kenya Barris, hoped "Girls Trip" would prove that a film starring women of color could capture the same spirit as the movies she grew up loving, and appeal to a mass audience despite being labeled by some as "niche." The film has made over $115 million at the U.S. box office to date, domestically out-grossing comedies like "Baywatch," "Daddy's Home 2," "Bad Mom's Christmas" and "Rough Night." "People were able to look beyond color and whatever cultural differences that separate us and distill it down to its core, which is a love story between women," she said. "Girls Trip" was not the only female-led film to get audiences to theaters in droves this year. RELATED: Why 'Coco' is so much more than your average box office hit"Beauty and the Beast," starring Emma Watson, was the highest grossing film of 2017, earning nearly $1.3 billion worldwide.The second-highest grossing film was "Wonder Woman," from director Patty Jenkins. With a gross of $821.8 million worldwide, the film also made a record-setting $103.1 million during its opening weekend. It is the biggest opening ever for a female director. For Jenkins, the main shock about any of her achievements is that it they are achievements at all. "I thought I was in the middle of a story," she told CNN recently, referring to the "incredible" female filmmakers who've come before her. "I didn't think I was in any early place in line."For Elizabeth Hannah, co-writer of the award season frontrunner "The Post," the underlying message in all these successes is how betting on female storytellers and stories is simply good business. "What I've seen this year, what we've all seen this year, is these movies make money," Hannah told CNN. "A lot of people I know went to go see 'Lady Bird.' A lot of people I know went to go see 'I, Tonya.' People are going to see these films, and I think it's about busting through this preconceived notion."
A year of firsts
All told, it was a big year for firsts across television and film. Joi McMillon was the first black woman to earn an Oscar nomination in film editing for her work in "Moonlight."With her best supporting actress win at the Academy Awards, Viola Davis became first black actress to win an Emmy, Oscar and Tony. Lena Waithe became first black woman to win a comedy writing Emmy for her much-hailed episode of "Master of None." Julia Louis-Dreyfus earned her sixth straight win for "Veep," and in the process became the record holder for the most Emmys won for the same role in the same series. Also in television: The top honors in all three overall categories at the Emmys — limited series, drama and comedy — went to the female-led series "Big Little Lies," "Handmaid's Tale" and, for the third time in a row, "Veep." Even the titular Doctor on "Doctor Who" will soon lose a "Y" chromosome during the character's next regeneration. Jodie Whittaker will become the first female to lead the iconic series in 2018.In a year that has seen great successes for women in entertainment, Hannah, the co-writer of "The Post," said she's feeling positive about what will come next. "I think it all starts with the people behind the scenes and the more women we can have in roles of authority and roles of ownership, the more you will see female voices out in the world," she said. Oliver hopes those voices come from all walks of life. If her movie "Girls Trip" doesn't in some way make it easier for female writers or young writers of color to be seen, heard and hired, she said, "then we haven't done enough." That may seem like a lot of pressure to put on a single project, or even a big responsibility for a single person to take on. But like Wonder Woman showed when she single-handedly took on roundsgunfire in No Man's Land — and as any of the women who stood up and out in 2017 proved, for that matter — when something seems impossible, it's probably because it's a job for a woman.
Big Brother will return next year on ITV2 and online
Big Brother, one of the original UK reality TV shows, will return to screens in 2023, years after being axed by both Channel 4 and later Channel 5.
The show, which launched careers of ITV presenter Alison Hammond and Radio 1 DJ Adele Roberts, will be revived by ITV2 and new streaming platform ITVX.
A promotional video aired during the Love Island series finale on Monday evening.
Officials said the famous house will return with a “contemporary new look”.
The returning programme – which was originally on for 18 years – will see a cast of “carefully selected housemates from all walks of life” live together under strict surveillance for up to six weeks.
Similar to previous editions, the public will regularly vote contestants off in live evictions, as well as deciding on an overall cash prize winner.
“We’re beyond excited to bring this iconic series to ITV2 and ITVX where it should especially engage with our younger viewers.”
The series, which takes its name from the all-seeing ruler in George Orwell’s novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, first appeared on Channel 4 in 2000, and was won by Liverpudlian builder Craig Phillips.
It was influential, both as a public social experiment and also in creating a new form of celebrity, with normal people prepared to have their every waking (and sleeping) moment caught on camera and broadcast to the world.
Celebrity editions aired, featuring the likes of Katie Price, Gemma Collins and Mark Owen.
Despite its early success and influence, the National TV Award-winning programme soon found itself embroiled in controversy over reports of bullying, racism, fixing, and general toxic behaviour in the house, with complaints being made to both the police and Ofcom.
The show moved to Channel 5 in 2011 but was axed in 2018 amid a ratings slump. Channel 5 controller Ben Frow later said he had no regrets over the decision and that the media landscape had become “very crowded with reality shows”.
‘Jumping the shark’
Speaking on the BBC Sounds Podcast, Unreal: A Critical History of Reality TV, this summer, Big Brother’s creative director Philip Edgar-Jones said audiences “very clearly hated it” when producers intervened in the programme too much.
“We call it ‘jumping the shark’ in television, when you the hand of the producer is too overt and you feel like the show has therefore lost that sense of authenticity – that’s when the audience gets more angry.
“Being authentic to the show, you create this world with its own internal logic, and you can’t break that internal logic, otherwise you break the magic and you lose the trust of the audience.”
At the time, Big Brother producers said they were open to “future possibilities”, apparently leaving the door open for a return one day.
Irish singing duo Jedward, the identical twin brothers who twice appeared on the celebrity version of the show, have made an early bid online to host the returning series.
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007 film must treat Bond girls properly, says Waller-Bridge
Fast cars, martinis and Bond girls are core parts of the formula for 007 films, but one of those ele..
Fast cars, martinis and Bond girls are core parts of the formula for 007 films, but one of those elements is set for a change in the latest adventure.
Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who is working on the script for the 25th Bond film, is on a mission to make sure the movie will "treat women properly" – even if the spy does not.
Ahead of the release of the as-yet-untitled film, Waller-Bridge told Deadline: "There's been a lot of talk about whether or not (the Bond franchise) is relevant now because of who he is and the way he treats women.
"I think that's b*******. I think he's absolutely relevant now. It has just got to grow.
"It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly.
"He doesn't have to. He needs to be true to this character."
Waller-Bridge says she intends to ensure the female characters, including those played by Lashana Lynch, Lea Seydoux and Ana de Armas, feel "like real people ".
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She added: "I just want to make sure that when they get those pages through, that Lashana, Lea and Ana open them and go, 'I can't wait to do that'.
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