THE WEEK IN WOMEN: Keri Russell, Salma Hayek and “Bao” Filmmaker Domee Shi making News — Brandy McDonnell reports

Golden Globe winner Keri Russell is reportedly in talks to head to a galaxy far, far away in Star Wars: Episode IX, in a role that calls for action-heavy fight scenes. Ordered by Netflix, Salma Hayek’s Ventanarosa Productions will produce Monarca, an original drama series from Mexico. The series is a high-stakes, multi-generational family saga about a tequila-born Mexican business empire and the fighting that erupts when a member of the family decides to fight the dirty system her family helped to create. Domee Shi, whose innovative and emotive short, Bao. is playing in theaters with Incredibles 2, is Pixar’s first short film director. She began as a storyboarding intern at Pixar seven years ago and is now working on her own feature film. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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BEATRIZ AT DINNER — Review by Susan Granger

It’s always a shame when superb performances get mired down in melodrama – like serving a tantalizing appetizer with an indigestible meal. Altruistic holistic healer Beatriz (Salma Hayek), a middle-aged Mexican-born divorcee, is having a rough time. Her Los Angeles neighbor objects to the incessant bleating of her pet goat, and her old Volkswagen barely starts when she turns the ignition. Continue reading…

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Salma Hayek, Jessica Williams and Jill Soloway Spar at Sundance — Thelma Adams reports

The roots of the women’s brunch brouhaha that emerged between Hayek and Williams and extended out to include those present including Shirley MacLaine and Alfre Woodard were generational, racial and sexual, reflecting the larger critical split in the women’s movement beyond the petri dish of the Sundance Film Festival. Read more>>

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