WEEK IN WOMEN: Karen Moncrieff to Adapt Alice Siebold’s LUCKY – Brandy McDonnell Reports

Karen Moncrieff (The Dead Girl, 13 Reasons Why) is adapting the memoir Lucky, by The Lovely Bones author Alice Sebold, as a feature film. Moncrieff has penned the adaptation of Sebold’s story, an autobiographical chronicle of sexual assault and its aftermath, and is also set to direct the film.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Jane Fonda to Receive Britannia Award -Brandy McConnell reports

Two-time Oscar winner Jane Fonda has been chosen to receive a Britannia Award for Excellence in Film from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles. The award, named after director Stanley Kubrick, honors cinema legends whose work has left an indelible mark on the industry, and is the Britannia Awards’ highest accolade.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Theron receives 2019 American Cinematheque Award – Brandy McDonnell reports

Kudos to Charlize Theron, newly names as the recipient of the 2019 American Cinematheque Award. Currently starring in the comedy Long Shot, the multi-hyphenate Theron will portray Megyn Kelly in the upcoming Fox News movie about the Roger Ailes harassment scandal and will co-produce the as yet untitled film.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Sandi Tan Set to Adapt Elif Batuman’s THE IDIOT – Brandy McDonnell reports

Filmmaker Sandi Tan, who broke out last year with the unique documentary Shirkers, has revealed her next project: an adaptation of Elif Batuman’s The Idiot. Shirkers – the stunning documentary which chronicled how Tan made her 1992 debut feature at age 18 in Singapore and then had the footage stolen by her enigmatic director Georges and then returned after his death in 2008 – earned the auteur the World Cinema Documentary Directing Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

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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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