WEEK IN WOMEN: Cardellini’s Star Turn in LA LLORONA – Brandy McDonnell reports

In her more than two-decade acting career, Linda Cardellini has earned a Primetime Emmy Award nomination, co-starred in Oscar-winning films, earned cult TV status and played a role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But the underrated performer didn’t get the chance to play a leading role in a studio movie until the new horror movie The Curse of La Llorona.

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THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA – Brandy McDonnell reviews

A standalone entry in the growing “The Conjuring” horror universe – Tony Amendola makes a cameo as his priest character from the franchise’s 2014 installment “Annabelle,” but it’s not necessary to have actually seen any other movies in the series to follow this one – it is set in 1970s Los Angeles and follows Anna Garcia (the underrated Linda Cardellini), a social worker and widow struggling to raise two children.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Good/Bad News for Women at Cannes 2019 – Brandy McDonnell reports

Only three of the 18 films in competition last year were from female filmmakers — Cannes’ best showing since 2011.
The initial lineup for France’s Cannes Film Festival has been unveiled, and there’s good news and bad news for women directors. With the announcement of this year’s lineup, Cannes has a new best since 2011 for female filmmakers … because four will have their work in the main competition at the 72nd fest.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Camila Cabello to Star in CINDERELLA – Brandy McDonnell reports

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Camila Cabello will make her feature acting debut in a new movie version of the beloved fairy tale Cinderella. Cabello will not only star in the project, set up at Sony’s Columbia label, but also will be integrally involved in the music for the film. Sony is putting the project on the fast track.

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