02 Mar 18

Women now hold the most seats ever on the board — 39 percent — as 18 of 21 female governors, along with CEO Dawn Hudson, gather for a group photo.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is undergoing a makeover. Critics carp that it remains a bunch of old white guys, but even before the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag greeted the 2015 (and 2016) nominations, the Academy had begun a concerted effort to diversify membership, extending invitations to more women and people of color.

By its count, women now comprise 28 percent of the 8,300-member Academy (up from about 23 percent in 2012), but on the 54-member board of governors — the ruling body that oversees the group’s activities — a record 21 women now occupy seats (39 percent).

Throughout much of the Academy’s 90-year history, female board members were a rarity. In the ’50s, just two women, both actresses — All About Eve’s Anne Baxter and Key Largo’s Claire Trevor — held seats. Their numbers began to increase in the ’90s (Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy, from the producers branch, was first elected in 1994) and have escalated in recent years.

Each of the Academy’s 17 branches elects three board members to staggered, three-year terms, and in July, six women were elected for the first time, among them Whoopi Goldberg and Hidden Figures cinematographer Mandy Walker.

“The tenor and content of the conversation has definitely changed in the seven years I’ve been at the Academy,” says CEO Dawn Hudson. “The board as a whole has been willing to take on more complex and controversial issues facing our film community. Is that a result of more women on the board? I don’t know. But it’s a fact.” Adds Academy president John Bailey, “I don’t know if it’s a function of having more women on the board or the fact that women speaking out now feel empowered, but it doesn’t feel like a male enclave anymore.”


01 Mar 18

The gallery has been updated with a few HQ images of Laura at yesterday’s DVF Oscar Luncheon Honoring The Female Nominees Of The 90th Academy Awards, take a look!

28 Feb 18

The beloved actress is joined by Sasheer Zamata and Tavi Gevinson as the faces of Kate Spade’s new fragrance.

Kate Spade New York has developed a reputation for delightful ad campaigns. And the brand’s happy-go-lucky spirit is as palpable as ever in its latest fragrance campaign for In Full Bloom, which stars Laura Dern, Sasheer Zamata and Tavi Gevinson and was photographed by Inez and Vinoodh.

It marks the first beauty campaign for Dern, who at 51 has been a beloved actress for decades with a steady, prolific career, most recently garnering acclaim (and awards) for her role as Renata in “Big Little Lies”. The age diversity of this campaign — Dern is 51, Zamata is 31 and Gevinson is 21 — is both refreshing and an impactful means of communicating that Kate Spade, as a brand, hopes to resonate with women of multiple generations.

“We focus on a psychographic instead of a demographic,” said Brian Vander Meyden, vice president of global marketing and prestige sales at The Premiere Group, the distributor of Kate Spade fragrances, in an interview with WWD. “To have women of three different ages speak to what in full bloom means to them makes [the fragrance] unique.”


27 Feb 18

The gallery has been updated with HQ photos of Laura at yesterday’s ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ Premiere. Take a look!

22 Feb 18

The April issue of Empire UK dedicates a whole section to Spielberg and how could they not give space to Jurassic Park, and so by extension to Laura?
Enjoy the HQ scans from the magazine.

21 Feb 18

The gallery has been updated with over 200 HD screencaptures from bluray disc of Fan Man and Little Boy. Take a look!

Assigned to oversee the development of the atomic bomb, Gen. Leslie Groves is a stern military man determined to have the project go according to plan. Groves selects J. Robert Oppenheimer as the key scientist on the top-secret operation, but the two men clash fiercely on a number of issues. Despite their frequent conflicts, Groves and Oppenheimer ultimately push ahead with two bomb designs — the bigger “Fat Man” and the more streamlined “Little Boy.”