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

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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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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.