WEEK IN WOMEN: Women In Film Gala Honors Poehler, Ray, Debicki and Schulman – Brandy McDonnell reports

Women In Film, Los Angeles has announced the honorees for the 2019 Women In Film Annual Gala set for June 12. Honorees include Amy Poehler (Women in Film Entrepreneur in Entertainment Award), Issa Rae (Women In Film Emerging Entrepreneur Award), Elizabeth Debicki (Women In Film Max Mara Face of the Future Award.) and the Crystal Award for Advocacy in Entertainment goes to Cathy Schulman.

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LONG SHOT – Review by Brandy McDonnell

Screenwriters Dan Sterling (“The Interview” with Rogen) and Liz Hannah (“The Post”) provide the just-right mix of the sweet and raunchy humor that made Rogen famous, while also balancing the romantic and political aspects of the comedy. It’s refreshing to actually laugh about politics for a while. It’s also bracing to see a romantic comedy free of most of the misogyny and plot machinations that have long plagued the cinematic subgenre.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Letitia Wright Cast in DEATH ON THE NILE – Brandy McDonnell reports

Black Panther breakout star Letitia Wright has been cast in a key role of Fox’s adaptation of the classic Agatha Christie mystery Death on the Nile. The African-American performer will play Rosalie Otterbourne, a lead suspect in the story, who follows Poirot as he attempts to unravel the murder of a young heiress while on vacation in Egypt.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Bentonville Film Fest Honors Jamie Brewer – Brandy McDonnell reports

The Bentonville Film Festival will honor actor Jamie Brewer with the “See It, Be It” Award, which highlights a rising and influential voice in the landscape of diversity and inclusion in media. The American Horror Story actor will be honored for her unwavering commitment to representing and championing those with intellectual disabilities both on screen and off, ensuring media accurately reflects the real world.

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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 – Review by Brandy McDonnell

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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