WEEK IN WOMEN: Regina King builds Oscar buzz for ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI – Brandy McDonnell reports

Amazon Studios has set a release date for Oscar and Emmy winner Regina King’s feature directorial debut, One Night in Miami, which has already earned widespread acclaim and Oscar buzz on the festival circuit. The celebrated film will open in select theaters on Dec. 25, followed by a global launch on Jan. 15, exclusively on Prime Video.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Hollywood Commission Challenges Claims of Diversity Accomplishment – Brandy McDonnell reports

The Hollywood Commission, chaired by Anita Hill, found a gulf between what show business claims it has done to close workplace gaps in diversity and inclusion and what the industry has actually accomplished in that arena. “Men in Hollywood appear to inhabit a parallel universe when it comes to their overwhelmingly positive perception of progress in welcoming and valuing diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives,” the Hollywood Commission said in its second report.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Reba McEntire Cooks Up FRIED GREEN TOMATOES Series – Brandy McDonnell reports

Country Music Hall of Famer, Golden Globe-nominated actor and Kennedy Center honoree Reba McEntire is attached to star in a series based on the acclaimed book and movie “Fried Green Tomatoes,” with Norman Lear executive producing, on NBC.

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ON THE ROCKS – Review by Brandy McDonnell

It might not be a world-changing work of cinema, but “On the Rocks” bubbles over with wit and verve. Coppola keeps the drama understated, which makes it feel real, and sprinkles in plenty of keen observations and cutting questions about gender politics, marriage, monogamy, family ties and forgiveness.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Wonder Women Gadot and Jenkins Reteam for CLEOPATRA

Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins are reteaming to tell the story of Cleopatra. Paramount Pictures has won an auction for the epic Cleopatra, besting Universal, Warner Bros, Netflix and Apple. The historical drama will be penned by Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island), which means we will finally get a major motion picture that tells Cleopatra’s story from a female perspective.

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THE WAY I SEE IT – Review by Brandy McDonnell

Featuring interviews with Souza’s family, former cohorts in both administrations and historians, the film, like its subject, argues fiercely that Trump lacks the character, empathy and leadership for the role of president, warning voters that the president is a real person and that choosing one as a means to the end results in Americans getting the kind of bad leaders they deserve.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Chloe Zhao’s NOMADLAND Update – Brandy McDonnell reports

Chloé Zhao’s acclaimed drama Nomadland, starring Oscar winner Frances McDormand, made its NY premiere on September 26 as the Centerpiece film at the 58th New York Film Festival, Earlier this month, the film was lauded with the Golden Lion this year at the 77th Venice International Film Festival and awarded the Grolsch People’s Choice Award at the 45th Toronto International Film Festival. It is the first film to hold both honors.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Yara Shahidi to Take Flight as Tinkerbell – Brandy McDonnell reports

Yara Shahidi is preparing to take flight, playing Tinkerbell in an upcoming Disney live-action film, Peter Pan and Wendy, based on Disney’s original animated classic, Peter Pan. Shahidi will join Jude Law (the Sherlock Holmes and Fantastic Beasts series), who will play Captain Hook; Alexander Molony (the British TV series The Reluctant Landlord, who has been cast as Peter; and Ever Anderson (Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, the upcoming Black Widow), who will star as Wendy

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