WEEK IN WOMEN: Colangelo to Direct Keaton and Tucci in 9/11 Biopic – Brandy McDonnell reports

Sara Colangelo will direct Michael Keaton and Stanley Tucci in What Is Life Worth, a biopic about Kenneth Feinberg, the Washington, D.C., lawyer in charge of the 9/11 Fund. Working pro bono work, Feinberg battled cynicism, bureaucracy and politics associated with administering funds to victim’s families — and in doing so, discovered what life is worth.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Mulligan to Star in Fennell’s First Feature – Brandy McDonnell reports

Carey Mulligan is set to star in Promising Young Woman, a timely thriller to be helmed by Killing Eve showrunner Emerald Fennell in her feature film directorial debut. Mulligan will play Cassie, a young woman haunted by a tragedy in her past who takes a particular type of revenge on predatory men who cross her path. Fennell also is penning the screenplay. Production is set to begin in spring.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Can Parity at Sundance Up End #OscarsSoMale? – Brandy McDonnell reports

While the 2019 Oscar nominees in non-acting categories are again embarrassingly and annoyingly #OscarsSoMale, for the first time in Sundance Festival history, more than half the films in this year’s prestigious U.S. Dramatic Competition boasted a female director. Will this make for greater gender parity in the future for Oscars’ non-acting nominees?

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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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