THE WEEK IN WOMEN: News about Cate Shortland, Julianne Moore and Emmy Awards — Brandy McDonnell reports

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Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland has been tapped to helm Black Widow, which will finally let Scarlett Johansson’s clever and capable assassin-turned-Avenger stand in her own spotlight instead of lurking in the shadow of the guys. Oscar winner Julianne Moore is in negotiations to join Amy Adams in The Woman in the Window, Fox 2000’s adaptation of A.J. Finn.’s book. The 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards announced Thursday, indicate encouraging strides for women and people of color. More than a third of the 101 acting nominations went to ethnic minorities, up from a quarter of the field last year. Read details on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

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.