WEEK IN WOMEN: Lily Tomlin Honored at Traverse City Film Fest – Brandy McDonnell reports

Lily Tomlin, an Oscar-nominated actor, trailblazing comedian and Detroit native, will be honored with the Traverse City Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award later this summer. the award will be presented to Tomlin during the festival’s 15th annual edition, running July 30 to Aug. 4 along the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan in Traverse City.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Contance Wu to star in GOODBYE, VITAMIN – Brandy McDonnell reports

Universal Pictures has optioned the rights to Goodbye, Vitamin, the 2017 debut novel from Rachel Khong, with Constance Wu attached to star. Wu most recently starred in last summer’s hit romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians, and can be seen on ABC’s TV series Fresh Off the Boat, recently renewed for another season. Additionally, Wu stars opposite Jennifer Lopez in the STX comedy Hustlers, opening Sept. 13.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Streep, Kidman, Grande to star in Netflix adaptation of THE PROM – Brandy McDonnell reports

As part of his five-year deal with Netflix, Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story) will direct and produce the feature adaptation of The Prom, with. Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman and Ariane Grande set to star in the popular musical. Murphy will start directing the film adaptation of the Broadway hit in December, for a fall 2020 awards season release in theaters before it airs on Netflix.

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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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