WEEK IN WOMEN: Jamie Lee Curtis Signs on for HALLOWEEN sequels – Brandy McDonnell reports

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In response to the global fan enthusiasm for last year’s “Halloween,” starring Jamie Lee Curtis and directed by David Gordon Green, which went on to become the highest-grossing installment in the classic horror franchise at more than $250 million worldwide, Universal Pictures has announced release dates for two new films in the iconic “Halloween” series, from Trancas International Films, Miramax and Blumhouse Productions.

Jamie Lee Curtis will star and executive produce.

Written by Green, Danny McBride and Scott Teems, based on characters created by John Carpenter and Debra Hill, the films will be directed by Green and produced by Malek Akkad, Jason Blum and Bill Block. Carpenter, Jeanette Volturno, Couper Samuelson, McBride, Green and Ryan Freimann join Curtis as executive producers. Ryan Turek is overseeing the project for Blumhouse. 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.