WEEK IN WOMEN: Reba McEntire Cooks Up FRIED GREEN TOMATOES Series – Brandy McDonnell reports

Country Music Hall of Famer, Golden Globe-nominated actor and Kennedy Center honoree Reba McEntire is attached to star in a series based on the acclaimed book and movie “Fried Green Tomatoes,” with Norman Lear executive producing, on NBC.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Wonder Women Gadot and Jenkins Reteam for CLEOPATRA

Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins are reteaming to tell the story of Cleopatra. Paramount Pictures has won an auction for the epic Cleopatra, besting Universal, Warner Bros, Netflix and Apple. The historical drama will be penned by Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island), which means we will finally get a major motion picture that tells Cleopatra’s story from a female perspective.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Chloe Zhao’s NOMADLAND Update – Brandy McDonnell reports

Chloé Zhao’s acclaimed drama Nomadland, starring Oscar winner Frances McDormand, made its NY premiere on September 26 as the Centerpiece film at the 58th New York Film Festival, Earlier this month, the film was lauded with the Golden Lion this year at the 77th Venice International Film Festival and awarded the Grolsch People’s Choice Award at the 45th Toronto International Film Festival. It is the first film to hold both honors.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Yara Shahidi to Take Flight as Tinkerbell – Brandy McDonnell reports

Yara Shahidi is preparing to take flight, playing Tinkerbell in an upcoming Disney live-action film, Peter Pan and Wendy, based on Disney’s original animated classic, Peter Pan. Shahidi will join Jude Law (the Sherlock Holmes and Fantastic Beasts series), who will play Captain Hook; Alexander Molony (the British TV series The Reluctant Landlord, who has been cast as Peter; and Ever Anderson (Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, the upcoming Black Widow), who will star as Wendy

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Awkwafina and Karen Gillan Reunite for SHELLY – Brandy McDonnell reports

Jumanji: The Next Level co-stars Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians) and Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy) are set to reunite for the action-comedy Shelly, described as a high concept film that combines high school nostalgia, comedy and action, with a tone that is a mix of Mean Girls and Barry.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: AAMPAS Sets New Diversity Standards for Best Picture – Brancy McDonnell reports

As part of the Academy’s Aperture 2025 initiative, the standards are designed to encourage equitable representation on and off screen to better reflect the diversity of the movie-going audience, according to a news release. The Academy’s goals with Aperture 2025 are to further the dialogue and challenge its history to create a more equitable and inclusive community.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Monae’s ANTIBELLUM gets Premium On-Demand release – Brandy McDonnell reports

Lionsgate has announced that its compelling, highly anticipated horror-thriller Antebellum, starring Janelle Monáe, will premiere as a Premium On-Demand release, debuting on all platforms on September 18. Written and directed by advocacy filmmakers Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz, the mind-bending horror-thriller will be released theatrically in select international markets.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: DuVernay to Produce, Narrate ONE PERFECT SHOT Docuseries – Brandy McDonnell reports

HBO Max has greenlit a new docuseries celebrating iconic movie moments guided by Hollywood’s most exhilarating cinematic voices. One Perfect Shot, a half-hour unscripted series, will be executive produced and narrated by Oscar nominee and Emmy Award winner Ava DuVernay and produced by Warner Horizon Unscripted Television with DuVernay’s production company, ARRAY Filmworks.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Amazon reboots A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN – Brandy McDonnell reports

Amazon has tossed out a series order for its reboot of A League of Their Own months after wrapping production on the pilot. Abbi Jacobson (Broad City) and Will Graham (The Onion News Network) created the series, which is billed as a reinterpretation of Penny Marshall’s 1992 feature film starring Geena Davis

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