WEEK IN WOMEN: Kelly Fremon Craig to adapt Judy Blume’s ARE YOU THERE, GOD? IT’S ME, MARGARET – Brandy McDonnell reports

Judy Blume’s iconic 1980 novel Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret is finally set to be made into a feature film. Lionsgate, which has committed to green-light the movie, emerged victorious in a fierce bidding war for the film rights.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: AFI Gala Honoring Julie Andrews Pushed Back – Brandy McDonnell reports

The American Film Institute is postponing its 48th annual AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute honoring Dame Julie Andrews in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Additionally, film festivals, other events and movie premieres, including Austin’s SXSW, Santa Clarita’s Cinequest and Bentonville Film Festival are among these that have been postponed — or cancelled.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Keaton, Midler, Hawn Reunite for FAMILY JEWELS – Brandy McDonnell reports

Diane Keaton, Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn will reunite on the big screen for the first time since 1996’s First Wives Club in the yuletide comedy Family Jewels. The dynamic trio of iconic performers will star as three women spending Christmas together, along with their kids and grandkids, after the man they were all once married to dies in a New York City department store.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Awkwafina Gambles on fact-based BACCARAT MACHINE – Brandy McDonnell reports

Awkwafina is set to star in SK Global’s upcoming The Baccarat Machine (working title), a feature inspired by the true story of the most successful female gambler in modern history, Cheung Yin “Kelly” Sun, who teamed with living legend poker player Phil Ivey to beat the system.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Greta Gerwig’s LITTLE WOMEN is Going Home – Brandy McDonnell reports

Nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, writer-director Greta Gerwig’s fresh, modern adaptation of the timeless Louisa May Alcott masterpiece Little Women will be released on Digital March 10 and Blu-ray and DVD April 7 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Stats Show More Women and Characters of Color in 2019 – Brandy McDonnell reports

In 2019, film fans were more likely to find movies with lead characters who were women and people of color in their local cinemas than they had previously in more than a decade, according to a recent study led by Stacy L. Smith from the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the University of Southern California.

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