WEEK IN WOMEN: Catherine Hardwicke says ‘there’s still a lot of work to do’ to bring gender parity to Hollywood – Brandy McDonnell reports

A decade after Catherine Hardwicke shattered records for female directors with the global success of the fantasy franchise-launching romantic drama “Twilight,” the director says there’s still not enough women working behind the camera. “we’ve got to get more representation in all the categories,” Hardwicke commented at the 45th Student Academy Awards ceremony at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Hollywood Film Awards to Honor Kidman, Weisz and Chalamet – Brandy McDonnell reports

In addition to her chameleonic performances, Kidman is being recognized for her career-long support of independent filmmakers, particularly women. Through her production company, Blossom Films, she has produced many projects, including last year’s “Big Little Lies,” which was a phenomenon that entered not only the cultural, but the social zeitgeist.

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FIRST MAN – Review by Brandy McDonnell

The movie’s pre-release controversy over Chazelle’s decision not to include a scene of Armstrong planting an American flag on the Moon – which in the context of the film would be incredibly out of place – illustrates just how valuable what the filmmaker is doing with “First Man”: allowing us to know one of our most revered American icons as someone who was a man, first.

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HAL – Review by Brandy McDonnell

With her fascinating cinematic portrait, Amy Scott effectively contends that Hal Ashby should be elevated among the pantheon of 1970s filmmakers. With “Hal,” which premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Documentary Grand Jury Prize, Scott makes her argument by focusing on the seven lauded and influential films Ashby released between 1970 and 1979.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: ‘Good Place’s’ Tiya Sircar to star in Netflix’s ‘Good Sam’ – Brandy McDonnell reports

Tiya Sircar, who has a recurring role on NBC’s hit series The Good Place has been picked as the lead in the upcoming Netflix feature Good Sam. The film follows TV news reporter Kate Bradley, who is assigned to uncover the identity of a mysterious Good Samaritan

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Maggie Gyllenhaal to Direct Adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s THE LOST DAUGHTER – Brandy McDonnell reports

Maggie Gyllenhaal will make her directorial debut with a film adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s 2006 novel The Lost Daughter. Under her Pilot Productions banner, Gyllenhaal also will develop the script and produce alongside Pie Films’ Talia Kleinhendler and Osnat Handelsman-Keren.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Gale Anne Hurd’s Career Achievement Award at Screamfest – Brandy McDonnell reports

Gale Anne Hurd began as an intern for Roger Corman at New World Pictures, then launched her career with her first feature film The Terminator, which was a box office and critical success. She followed with Aliens, which received seven Oscar nominations and won two Academy Awards. Shecurrently all about Walking Dead. And, she’s being honored by Screamfest on Oct. 16.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: AFI Fest Opens and Closes with Femme-helmed, Femme-focused Films – Brandy McDonnell reports

2018 AFI Film Fest puts strong women in focus. Held in Hollywood from November 8-15 in Hollywood,the American Film Institute’s prestigious fall film celebration is set to open with Mimi Leder’s Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic, OnThe Basis of Sex and to close with Josie Rourke’s Mary Queen of Scots.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Girl Up’s first #GirlHero Awards go to Munn, Shahidi and Metz

Olivia Munn, Yara Shahidi and Chrissy Metz will be honored at Girl Up’s first annual #GirlHero Awards, hosted by Kristen Bell, Scarlett Johansson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Gabrielle Union, Katy Perry, Renee Zellweger and Tony Goldwyn. The ceremony, set for October 14, celebrates those who advocate for gender equality, and will highlight Girl Up Hollywood allies and other Girl Up leaders fighting for change.

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