THE WEEK IN WOMEN: 9 TO 5 sequel, ‘CHARLIE’S ANGELS’ reboot, RGB and OCEAN’S 8 at home — Brandy McDonnell Reports

The hours may be different these days, but Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton are going back to work for a 9 to 5 sequel. Rashida Jones is attached to co-write a script with original screenwriter Patricia Resnick. Kristen Stewart and British newcomer Ella Balinska are cast as the new team in the latest iteration of Charlie’s Angels, with Elizabeth Banks directing as co-starring as Bosley. RBG, the documentary about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, comes to DVD and Blu-ray next month, while Mimi Leder’s Ginsburg biopic, On the Basis of Sex starring Felicity Jones, is due in theaters December 25. Ocean’s 8, the all-female iteration of the action adventure franchise. is due out soon on 4K UHD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD Special Edition and Digital. Read the full stories on THE WEEK IN WOMEN

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN: ZOOTOPIA comes home, Paul Feig on GHOSTBUSTERS backlash, MARY POPPINS sequel and more -Brandy McDonnell reports

zootopia posterWomen’s Week news roundup, covering the arrival of Zootopia on DVD and Blu-ray, Paul Feig response to all the Ghostbusters Ghostbusters’ backlash, Mary Poppins is set to return in a sequel, and Elizabeth Banks hands over the helm on Pitch Perfect 3 to pursue familial duties. Read more in THE WEEK IN WOMEN…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, June 29 – July 5: MAGIC MIKE XXL

Opening July 1, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Magic Mikethe follow-up to Steven Soderbergh’s surprise 2012 hit about a troupe of male strippers taking the world by storm. That film’s assistant director Gregory Jacobs (Wind Chill) takes over where Soderbergh left off, while original star Channing Tatum returns as the eponymous Magic Mike. Three years after he left the stripping lifestyle behind, Mike is persuaded to join the remaining Kings of Tampa – sadly, sans Matthew McConaughey’s scene-stealing Dallas – for one last blow-out performance in Myrtle Beach. Read on…

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN: GOODFELLAS for Gals, Mob Wives and Elizabeth Banks update – Brandy McDonnell reports

Lorraine Bracco in GOODFELLAS

Lorraine Bracco in GOODFELLAS

In honor of the 25th anniversary of Goodfellas, the Martin Scorsese classic, Kyle Smith at the New York Post wrote a little something titled “Women are not capable of understanding Goodfellas.” And by “a little something,” I mean, a piece of obvious clickbait that was clearly penned with the sole purpose of making people get mad about it, click on it, read it, get mad about it some more, respond to it and, most importantly, spread that link around so more people can get mad about it and then click on it and then share it. Read more…

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PITCH PERFECT 2, MAD MAX and Quick Hitters re Varda, Bigelow, Holmes and more — Brandy McDonnell comments

elizabeth-banks-in-pitch-perfect-2To quote the Beyonce song used in one of Pitch Perfect 2′s musical numbers, girls do indeed run the world — at least at this weekend’s domestic box office. The musical comedy reprise about an all-girls a cappella group surpassed industry expectations to gross some $70.3 million in the US and Canada, making it the highest opening weekend earner in Hollywood history for a first time director — Elizabeth Banks, who also produced and gives a stunningly funny performance as an acid-tongued a cappella commentator. The ensemble is mostly women, and Kay Cannon wrote the script. So, Pitch Perfect scores big as a film by and about women. But there’s a feeling of deja vu…Read more>>

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I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS, EVERY SECRET THING, GOOD KILL, MAD MAX and PITCH PERFECT 2 – Reviews by Jennifer Merin

ill see you in my dreams posterI’ll See You in My Dreams is an upbeat femme-centric dramady about 70-something woman emjoying life. Every Secret Thing is a gripping femme-centric thriller, directed by Amy Berg and scripted by Nicole Holofcener. Good Kill is a hard-hitting military drama with strong female characters. Mad Max: Fury Road is the highly anticipated second coming of the epic post-apocalyptic blockbuster, and this one’s femme-centric. Pitch Perfect 2 is billed as a comedy — I say it’s a humiliation. Read the full reviews.

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PITCH PERFECT – Review by Susan Granger

Set three years after its 2012 surprise-hit predecessor, Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and the other Barden University Bellas return for another try at a cappella harmony. But disaster strikes when Fat Amy’s (Wilson) spandex outfit splits during a ‘live’ television performance at Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center in front of President and Mrs. Obama, revealing she’s gone ‘commando,’ resulting in an embarrassing media scandal. Read on…

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SPOTLIGHT: December, 2014 – Anna Kendrick, Actress and Ascending Star

awfjspotlightsmallsmallThis month’s AWFJ’s Spotlight is focused on multi-talent Anna Kendrick, 29, who is having quite a moment at year’s end. Whether as a standout as Cinderella in the much-anticipated movie musical Into the Woods (opening Dec. 25) or a button-cute spokeswoman in a bit of a bind for Kate Spade’s high-end fashion line in the ho-ho-haute holiday ad titled The Waiting, this star is ascendant. Read on…

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