WEEK IN WOMEN: Kay Connors Set to Direct 79ERS – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Blockers helmer Kay Cannon is set to direct the treasure hunting comedy 79ers.

To be produced by Lionsgate, Point Grey and Gary Sanchez, the film follows a group of estranged friends are forced back together after 20 years to complete a treasure hunt they tried as misfit teens, but never completed.

Cannon made her feature directorial debut on last year’s R-rated teen comedy Blockers, which premiered at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, and went on to gross more than $94 million at the global box office. 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.