2018 Critics Choice Documentary Awards Nominees Announced – Jennifer Merin reports

The official announcement of nonfiction nominees for the Third Annual Critics Choice Documentary Awards (CCDA) kicks off this year’s race for nonfic recognition, and what a race it is. Throughout the year, documentary production and distribution have soared, making 2018 the year of trending nonfiction. This year, more than 300 qualifying documentaries were submitted for consideration by the CCDA nominating committees.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Catherine Hardwicke says ‘there’s still a lot of work to do’ to bring gender parity to Hollywood – Brandy McDonnell reports

A decade after Catherine Hardwicke shattered records for female directors with the global success of the fantasy franchise-launching romantic drama “Twilight,” the director says there’s still not enough women working behind the camera. “we’ve got to get more representation in all the categories,” Hardwicke commented at the 45th Student Academy Awards ceremony at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: THE CHI’s Lena Waithe Shouts #MeToo to Variety’s Power Women – Brandy McDonnell reports

Lena Waithe – the multi-hyphenate creator of the Showtime series “The Chi” – gave a rallying cry for the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements at Variety’s recent Power of Women event, declaring that women “won’t be treated like second class citizens.”

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Hollywood Film Awards to Honor Kidman, Weisz and Chalamet – Brandy McDonnell reports

In addition to her chameleonic performances, Kidman is being recognized for her career-long support of independent filmmakers, particularly women. Through her production company, Blossom Films, she has produced many projects, including last year’s “Big Little Lies,” which was a phenomenon that entered not only the cultural, but the social zeitgeist.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: ‘Good Place’s’ Tiya Sircar to star in Netflix’s ‘Good Sam’ – Brandy McDonnell reports

Tiya Sircar, who has a recurring role on NBC’s hit series The Good Place has been picked as the lead in the upcoming Netflix feature Good Sam. The film follows TV news reporter Kate Bradley, who is assigned to uncover the identity of a mysterious Good Samaritan

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Maggie Gyllenhaal to Direct Adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s THE LOST DAUGHTER – Brandy McDonnell reports

Maggie Gyllenhaal will make her directorial debut with a film adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s 2006 novel The Lost Daughter. Under her Pilot Productions banner, Gyllenhaal also will develop the script and produce alongside Pie Films’ Talia Kleinhendler and Osnat Handelsman-Keren.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Gale Anne Hurd’s Career Achievement Award at Screamfest – Brandy McDonnell reports

Gale Anne Hurd began as an intern for Roger Corman at New World Pictures, then launched her career with her first feature film The Terminator, which was a box office and critical success. She followed with Aliens, which received seven Oscar nominations and won two Academy Awards. Shecurrently all about Walking Dead. And, she’s being honored by Screamfest on Oct. 16.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: AFI Fest Opens and Closes with Femme-helmed, Femme-focused Films – Brandy McDonnell reports

2018 AFI Film Fest puts strong women in focus. Held in Hollywood from November 8-15 in Hollywood,the American Film Institute’s prestigious fall film celebration is set to open with Mimi Leder’s Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic, OnThe Basis of Sex and to close with Josie Rourke’s Mary Queen of Scots.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Girl Up’s first #GirlHero Awards go to Munn, Shahidi and Metz

Olivia Munn, Yara Shahidi and Chrissy Metz will be honored at Girl Up’s first annual #GirlHero Awards, hosted by Kristen Bell, Scarlett Johansson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Gabrielle Union, Katy Perry, Renee Zellweger and Tony Goldwyn. The ceremony, set for October 14, celebrates those who advocate for gender equality, and will highlight Girl Up Hollywood allies and other Girl Up leaders fighting for change.

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