WEEK IN WOMEN: Karen Gillan stars in Lisa Steen’s LATE BLOOMERS – Brandy McDonnell reports

Karen Gillan, will star in the upcoming comedy Late Bloomers, directed by Lisa Steen and written by Anna Greenfield. Kevin Nealon and Talia Balsam will co-star. Written by Greenfield, the film is loosely based on her experience living in Brooklyn, New York, in her 20s.

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PREY – Review by Brandy McDonnell

The long-running Predator film franchise goes back in time and gets back to basics with its lean, mean and thrilling new prequel, Prey. Set in 1719 on the Northern Great Plains of the Comanche Nation, the latest installment of the bloody sci-fi series introduces a hero worth rooting for in Naru (Amber Midthunder), a would-be Comanche warrior. Prey marks another step in the right direction in film and television representation of Indigenous peoples. Produced by Jhane Myers, a Comanche and Blackfeet artist, dancer and filmmaker who hails from Oklahoma, the movie boasts a cheer-worthy Indigenous hero, authentically recreates 18th-century Comanche culture and celebrates the warrior spirit and fighting style of Native Americans.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Janet Yang elected president of AMPAS, making history – Brandy McDonnell reports

Producer Janet Yang has been elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by the organization’s Board of Governors. Yang, who is of Chinese descent, is the first Asian person ever selected as president of the Academy. She’s also just the fourth woman to become the Academy’s president, following Cheryl Boone Isaacs (2013-2017), Fay Kanin (1979-1983) and Bette Davis (two months in 1941).

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THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER – Review by Brandy McDonnell

A lavish space Viking feast of a movie, Thor: Love and Thunder is delightfully laden with Oscar-winning talent, scene-stealing screaming goats, kaleidoscopic color schemes, 1980s iconography, A-list cameos, the Guardians of the Galaxy, thunderous action sequences, witty one-liners, a diverse horde of mythological gods and a bombastic soundtrack featuring Guns N’ Roses, along with Dio, ABBA and Enya. Academy Award-winning writer/director Taika Waititi’s second cinematic serving in the apparently endless banquet of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a deliciously over-the-top treat that’s sometimes refreshingly bittersweet.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: OVID.tv’s August streaming slate focuses on women’s issues – Brandy McDonnell reports

OVID.tv, a subscription video on demand service for streaming independent documentaries, art-house and global cinema, has revealed its August slate of 22 releases for its second annual Doc Month. Every film in August is a documentary, all of which will be exclusively streaming on OVID. The August lineup includes several documentaries directed by women, and many of these films highlight timely topics, including abortion, access to contraception and more.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: AFI’s 2022 Cinematography Intensive for Women – Brandy McDonnell reports

Returning after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the four-day Cinematography Intensive for Women program took place on the AFI Campus in Los Angeles from July 15 to 18. Designed for aspiring cinematographers, the goal of the program is to provide participants with a toolkit to secure on-set experience in the field and first-hand industry insights demonstrating the path to professional career success.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Taraji P. Henson’s deal with BET Studios – Brandy McDonnell reports

BET recently announced an overall deal with Taraji P. Henson’s TPH Entertainment for BET Studios, a studio venture launched in September 2021, powered by the infrastructure and financing of BET and Paramount. The venture was designed to supply the increased demand for premium content from Black creators across an array of internal buyers, including Paramount+, Showtime, CBS, Nickelodeon, BET+ and BET, as well as to select third-party platforms that seek best-in-class content from both leading and rising Black creatives.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Nancy Meyers is making a new film for Netflix – Brandy McDonnell reports

Academy Award nominee Nancy Meyers is writing, directing and producing a new feature film for Netflix. An Oscar nominee for the screenplay for 1980’s “Private Benjamin,” Meyers is a multi-hyphenate with a long list of hits: She wrote, directed and produced 1998’s “The Parent Trap,” “Something’s Gotta Give,” “The Holiday,” “It’s Complicated” and 2015’s “The Intern,” her last feature film.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Anna Fishko is on ORPHAN BLACK: ECHOES for AMC – Brandy McDonnell reports

AMC Networks is working on Orphan Black: Echoes, a long-awaited new series set in the world of the landmark series Orphan Black, to appear on AMC+ and the company’s linear networks in 2023. Anna Fishko (Pieces of Her, The Society, Fear the Walking Dead) is creator, writer, showrunner and executive producer with John Fawcett, the co-creator of the original series who also directed 17 episodes across all five seasons, on as director and executive producer.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Laura Dern stars in Susannah Grant’s LONELY PLANET – Brandy McDonnell reports

Academy Award and Primetime Emmy nominee Susannah Grant is writing, directing and producing Lonely Planet, a love story set in Morocco, for Netflix. The film is to star Oscar winner Laura Dern, currently to be be seen in the blockbuster Jurassic World Dominion.

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