WEEK IN WOMEN: Bharoocha’s directorial debut: GOLDEN ARM – Brandy McDonnell reports Golden Arm

Maureen Bharoocha is making her feature film directorial debut with Golden Arm, a female buddy comedy about ladies arm wrestling. Bharoocha is best known for her work as a rising comedic director for Jimmy Kimmel Live!, as well as her films that have appeared on the Lifetime Network, including I Am Watching You and Fatal Flip.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Nina Dobrev Set for indie SICK GIRL – Brandy McDonnell reports

Nina Dobrev (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, CW’s The Vampire Diaries) will star in and executive produce the indie film Sick Girl, an independent comedy that marks the feature film writing and directing debut for Jennifer Cram, the longtime casting associate who most recently was casting director on Showtime’s Ray Donovan.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Streep to be Honored at TIFF – Brandy McDonnell reports

The 44th annual Toonto International Film Festival is scheduled for Sept. 5-15. Meryl Streep will be presented with the award at the new Tribute Gala on Sept. 9 at Fairmont Royal York. The inaugural Tribute Gala is an annual fundraiser to support the festival’s year-round programming and core mission to transform the way people see the world through film, and to celebrate the film industry’s outstanding contributors

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Jamie Lee Curtis Signs on for HALLOWEEN sequels – Brandy McDonnell reports

Following the global fan enthusiasm for last year’s “Halloween,” starring Jamie Lee Curtis and directed by David Gordon Green, which became the highest-grossing installment in the classic horror franchise, Universal Pictures has announced release dates for two new films in the iconic “Halloween” series, starring Curtis.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Tayarisha Poe’s SELAH Acquired by Amazon -Brandy McDonnell reports

Amazon Studios has acquired worldwide rights to “Selah and the Spades,” a riveting look at a prep school drug dealer. The film marked the feature film debut of writer-director Tayarisha Poe and had its world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it was a critical smash. It also recently screened at BAMcinemaFest.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Kusama To Direct Series Adaptation of SEXY BEAST – Brandy McDonnel reports

Director Karyn Kusama has lined up her next project, a series adaptation of the 2000 Oscar-winning movie Sexy Beast at Paramount Network. The series will tell the origin story of Gal Dove – played in the film by Ray Winstone – a talented thief who finds himself descending into the seductive madness of the London criminal world during the vividly volatile 1990s.

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