WEEK IN WOMEN: Girl Up’s first #GirlHero Awards go to Munn, Shahidi and Metz

Olivia Munn, Yara Shahidi and Chrissy Metz will be honored at Girl Up’s first annual #GirlHero Awards, hosted by Kristen Bell, Scarlett Johansson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Gabrielle Union, Katy Perry, Renee Zellweger and Tony Goldwyn. The ceremony, set for October 14, celebrates those who advocate for gender equality, and will highlight Girl Up Hollywood allies and other Girl Up leaders fighting for change.

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SMALLFOOT – Review by Brandy McDonnell

The Warner Animation Group movie cunningly turns the lasting legend of Bigfoot on its shaggy head with Smallfoot.. Directed and co-written by Karey Kirkpatrick (the underrated 2006 animated feature Over the Hedge), Smallfoot. transports audiences high into the Himalayas, where a village of yetis dwells in cheerful isolation.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Halle Berry to direct mixed martial arts drama BRUISED – Brandy McDonnell reports

Oscar winner Halle Berry plans to make her directorial debut with a mixed martial arts action drama titled “Bruised,” in which she will also star. Berry will work with the team that does the fight choreography for the “John Wick” franchise, . Production will start March.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Chloe Zhao to direct Marvel’s THE ETERNALS – Brandy McDonnell reports

Chloe Zhao will direct Marvel’s next potential franchise, The Eternals, about a race of immortal beings who lived on Earth and shaped its history and civilizations. Reportedly, the director search for The Eternals narrowed in the last few week, with the short list including Nicole Kassell, Travis Knight, and Colombian directors Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Claire Denis’ HIGH LIFE Acquired by A24 – Brandy McDonnell reports

French filmmaker Claire Denis’ long-awaited English-language debut “High Life” is coming to theaters. A24 has acquired North American distribution rights to the Beau Travail helmer’s new sci-fi drama, which recently made its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. The distribution deal is reportedly in the low seven figures.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Jennifer Kent’s New Projects

Following The Nightingale‘s success at Venice Fillm Festival, Jennifer Kent is close to completing a new draft of the screenplay for her third feature, “Alice + Freda Forever,” based on the true story of two young women who fall in love in Memphis, Tennessee, in the 1890s. The Australian filmmaker is also busy preparing a “Tiptree,” a television series based in the United States. It’s about science-fiction writer Alice Bradley Sheldon.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Munn Opposes Casting Sex Offender in PREDATOR Reboot — Brandy McDonnell reports

Olivia Munn has again weathered the storm of speaking out against sexual misconduct.
It’s been a whirlwind week or so for the actor after she went public about her choice to speak out when she learned that an actor with a small role on her new film “The Predator” is a registered sex offender.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: New Study: Huge Majority of Film Critics are Male and White – Brandy McDonnell reports

Stacy L. Smith and the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative have again found that film reviewers on Rotten Tomatoes are overwhelmingly white and male. Their new study shows that 67.1 of the critics were male, 32.9 percent were female, and that of critics with an “ascertainable” race or ethnicity, 23.2 percent were from minority groups while 76.8 percent were white,.

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A SIMPLE FAVOR – Review by Brandy McDonnell

Anna Kendrick stars as Stephanie, an overachieving mommy blogger raising her young son alone following her husband’s death in a car crash. A buttoned-down perfectionist whose elaborate volunteer efforts make her the object of ridicule at her son’s school, she seems like the last person in the world who would become friends with Emily (Blake Lively), the glamorous, high-powered publicist.

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