WEEK IN WOMEN: Odessa Film Fest Honors Catherine Deneuve – Brandy McDonnell reports

French film icon Catherine Deneuve will collect the Golden Duke, a lifetime achievement award at Odessa International Film Festival. Scheduled for July 12-20, the festival will include a retrospective of films Deneuve has starred in over her more than 60-year career.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Mary J. Blige to Receive BET’S Lifetime Achievement Award -Brandy McDonnell reports

Actor/singer Mary J. Blige will be honored with the prestigious lifetime achievement award during the 2019 BET Awards. As a recording artist, Blige has earned Grammy Awards and 32 total nominations and has notched eight multi-platinum albums. The New York native is also an established actress who has garnered two Golden Globe Award nominations and one Screen Actors Guild Award nod.

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THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 – Review by Brandy McDonnell

Meanwhile, the sprawling menagerie of Max’s NYC pet pals get into their own hijinks. Left to guard Max’s favorite toy, pampered Pomeranian Gidget (Jenny Slate) lets the beloved ball bounce through an open window into the local cat lady’s apartment. The pup’s plan to infiltrate the peevish pack of toms and tabbies involves taking lessons in how to pass as a feline from the quintessential cat Chloe (the deliciously droll Lake Bell).

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LATE NIGHT – Review by Brandy McDonnell

Thompson plays Katherine Newberry, a British comic who has spent nearly three decades as the only female late-night talk-show host on American television (talk about your summer movie fantasies). Although she has sacrificed plenty to become an award-winning entertainment icon, Katherine has become stubbornly complacent and snobbishly behind the times over the years.

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THE DEAD DON’T DIE – Review by Brandy McDonnell

Between the nifty way the zombies collapse into piles of ash when beheaded and the committed performances by Tilda Swinton, playing a Scottish mortician and samurai warrior, and Tom Waits, as a cantankerous hermit determined to stay out of the carnage, “The Dead Don’t Die” offers just barely enough deadpan humor and quirky characters to keep it interesting until the credits roll.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Phoebe Waller-Bridge Talks Women in BOND 25 – Brandy McDonnell reports

Phoebe Waller-Bridge recently spoke about her contribution to the upcoming 25th James Bond film, polishing the script to make it “absolutely relevant now.” The writer and performer said the long-running film franchise has to “grow” and “evolve” and “Bond 25” has to “treat women properly,” even if the womanizing English spy himself doesn’t.

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