WEEK IN WOMEN: Producer Darla Anderson Inks Netflix Deal – Brandy McDonnell reports

Netflix has entered into a multi-year overall deal with Darla K. Anderson, the Academy Award-, Golden Globe- and BAFTA-winning producer of Disney/Pixar hits like Coco, Cars and Toy Story 3. At Netflix, Anderson will develop and produce new animated and live action projects, both feature films and series, for family audiences around the world.

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THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART – Review by Brandy McDonnell

For fans who have waited through five years and two spinoffs to find out what happened after aliens made of Duplo blocks landed in Bricksburg and declared “we are here to destwoy you,” the sequel picks up right where the first film left off and quickly constructs a whole new universe of possibilities.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Melissa McCarthy to receive Distinguished Artisan Award – Brandy McDonnell reports

Emmy Award winner and Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy will receive the Distinguished Artisan Award at the Sixth Annual Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards (MUAHS, IATSE Local 706) celebrating her prolific acting career and the plethora of characters she embraces. McCarthy is the first female artist to receive the award.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Netflix Taps Brie Larson and Lynette Howell Taylor – Brandy McDonnell reports

Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson and Oscar-nominated producer Lynette Howell Taylor have made a two-picture worldwide rights deal at Netflix for films produced by Howell Taylor’s 51 Entertainment. Netflix has acquired Unicorn Store, Larson’s directorial debut, as well as Lady Business, which will be the next film she stars in and possibly her sophomore outing as a director.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: 4% Initiative Begins at Sundance 2019 – Brandy McDonnell reports

During the “Making the (In)visible: Radical Transparency in the Data-Driven Age” panel at the Sundance Film Festival, Dr. Stacy L. Smith from the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative announced the “4% Challenge,” which urges filmmakers to make a commitment work with a female director — especially a female director of color — within 18 months.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Femme-helmed, femme-centric films sell big at Sundance 2019 – Brandy McDonnell reports

Some of the biggest sales of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, which started January 24, have gone to femme-centric, woman-directed films, including the Mindy Kaling-Emma Thompson vehicle Late Night, and the Awkwafina starrer The Farewell and Pippa Bianco’s feature film debut Share.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Teen Stars Marsai and Millie Bobby to Produce Movies! – Brandy McDonnell reports

Teen stars Marsai Martin, the vivacious 14-year-old who plays sassy Diane on the ABC sitcom “Black-ish” and Millie Bobby Brown, the charismatic 14-year-old Brit who embodies the superpowered Eleven on Netflix’s sci-fi horror series Stranger Things, are taking on the role of film producers.

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