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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THE WEEK IN WOMEN: Women Warriors Fuel LAST JEDI, Jolie fuels BREADWINNER and WANDA lists at National Film Registry — Brandy McDonnell reports

Women warriors continue to feel the Force in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Producer Angelina Jolie promotes director Nora Twomey’s animated film, The Breadwinner, bringing to life the struggle of an Afghan girl to support her family. Wanda and Lives of Performers are added to National Film Registry. Read details on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI — Review by MaryAnn Johanson

This is not going to go the way you think,” Luke Skywalker says to… well, someone who needs to hear it. Someone whose arrogance is borne of shortsightedness and narrow expectations. And this is also Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s word of warning to the audience. Continue reading…

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AWFJ Wonder Women Countdown – Characters 33 through 23

To celebrate AWFJ’s tenth anniversary and mark the movie industry’s feminist developments since our inception, we present our Wonder Women Project, a list of cinema’s top 55 female fiction characters, each one a reminder to industry insiders and movie lovers that iconic females in film have had entertainment impact and social influence since the earliest days of cinema.
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This week, our Wonder Women include a pair of princesses who find adventure outside of their courtly isolation, ordinary women who face some difficult times with bravery and persistence, women who are dedicated to their various missions in life while finding—and sometimes losing—love, and girls who nurture their inborn talents to secure their place in the world. Please meet our next group of Wonder Women, numbers 33 through 23:

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45 YEARS, STAR WARS 7, SON OF SAUL, SISTERS, and other December 18-30 Openers — Reviews by Jennifer Merin

45years posterCharlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay give glowing performances in 45 Years, a drama about managing a marriage through a time of mistrust and crisis. Star Wars: The Force Awakens takes off with a new heroine played by Daisy Ridley. Son of Saul provides an intimate look at the struggle for survival and for saving faith in a Nazi death camp. Sisters stars Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as sibs who want to make the most of their last visit to their childhood home before it is sold to new owners. Michael Moore’s Where To Invade Next explores the wide world for aspects of the American dream that have been realized in other nations, but not our own. Joy stars Jennifer Lawrence as a beleaguered wife and mother who invents a new and prosperous life for herself. Read the reviews…

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN: Are 2015′s Gender Gains Sustainable? Plus Blanchett, Streisand and Hollywood’s Most Powerful Women — Brandy McDonnell Reports

DAISY RIDLEY STAR WARSAs 2015 comes to a close, the question becomes are women’s box office successes just milestones in a particularly good feminist year? Or are they markers on the road to true change? The truth is, movies about and directed by women were not the rarity they’ve become since the early days of Hollywood. The entertainment industry has had its moments, particularly in the 1980s, when it vowed to open opportunities for women and seemed to do so for a while before slipping back into its comfort zone of unconscious bias and systemic sexism. What’s on the horizon? Plus Cate Blanchett signs on for Thor, Barbra Streisand is honored, Women in Film names grant recipients and this year’s list of the most powerful women in Hollywood. Read about it all in THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN on the Equality Front: JLaw’s Stand, EEOC Hearings, Gender Switching & Censored Women Film Fest – Brandy McDonnell reports

jennifer-lawrence-in-american-hustleJennifer Lawrence says she’s no longer willing to be ‘adorable’ in demanding equal pay, and receives wide support from colleagues and fans. Filmmaker Maria Giese is first to testify at EEOC hearings. Hollywood’s equality agenda includes rewriting popular plots with male lead characters for women. New to the Star Wars franchise, Daisy Ridley’s character is featured front and center. Plus women win big at BFI London Film Fest, Meryl Streep to head Berlin Film Fest jury and the first-ever Censored Women’s Film Fest debuts in November in Washington DC at George Washington University. For details on all, read this week’s THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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AWFJ Women On Film – The Week In Women, April 10, 2010 – MaryAnn Johanson

It’s our culture of misogyny that allows Star Wars fans to be likened to female victims of serial killers, and

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AWFJ Women On Film – “Star Trek” – Joanna Langfield reviews

JJ Abrams, who hooked me on his addictive “Lost,” clearly knows how to meld otherworldly mysteries with wonderfully developed characters. Could he do the same for the imploding “Star Trek” franchise?

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Warner Bros. Touts The Arrival of ‘Girl Power’ In “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” – Jennifer Merin comments

The subhead of a Warner Bros.’ “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” press release reads: In the STAR WARS galaxy, it’s not just the boys who get all the fun

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