WEEK IN WOMEN: Close Honored, Venice FF Criticized and Stephens Wraps STARS — Brandy McDonnell

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Glenn Close will be honored by the Museum of the Moving Image at its 32nd annual Salute Dec. 3 in New York. Nominated for six Academy Awards, 12 Golden Globes, 12 Emmys, and four Tonys, Close joins the ranks of past honorees, including Annette Bening, Goldie Hawn, Julianne Moore, among others. The European Women’s Audiovisual Network and other women in film advocacy groups demand that Venice Film Festival join the Cannes and Locarno festivals in signing a gender-parity pledge. For the second year in a row, the Italian festival has included just one female directed film — Jennifer Kent’s “The Nightingale — among the 21 titles in competition. Award-winning director Martha Stephens recently wrapped principal photography on her upcoming femme-centric To the Stars. The indie film is set in 1960’s Oklahoma and centers on the powerful friendship forged between a shy farmer’s daughter and the reckless new girl in town. Read details 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.