WEEK IN WOMEN: Hanelle Culpepper Launches New STAR TREK Series – Brandy McDonnell reports

Hanelle Culpepper is entering into new territory for Star Trek. Culpepper will direct the opening two episodes of the upcoming untitled Star Trek series focusing on the character of Jean-Luc Picard. She will be the first female director to launch a new Star Trek series in the franchise’s 53-year history.

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Variety Names Shauna Hardy Mishaw Among Top Women Influencers – Jennifer Merin reports

It comes as no surprise to the Alliance of Women Film Journalists that Shauna Hardy Mishaw, co-founder and Executive Director of Canada’s Whistler Film Festival, has been named in Variety’s International Women’s Impact Report as one of the top women who are influencing and reshaping showbiz around the globe.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: CAPTAIN MARVEL’s Marvelous Box Office – Brandy McDonnell reports

The global launch for the 21st installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe represents the biggest ever for a female-fronted film — surpassing 2017’s live-action Beauty and the Beast — as well as the second-largest for any superhero movie behind last year’s Avengers: Infinity War. Overall, it’s the sixth-best worldwide debut of all time, and the international opening of $302 million is the fifth-biggest ever ahead of 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Nzingha Stewart to helm Misty Copeland biopic – Brandy McDonnell reports

The biopic of the first African-American woman to be promoted to principal dancer in the American Ballet Theatre is to be helmed by a woman of color. Nzingha Stewart will direct the New Line feature Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, an adaptation of famed ballerina Misty Copeland’s compelling best-selling memoir of the same name.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Glenn Close to Star in SUNSET BOULEVARD Musical – Brandy McDonnell reports

The eighth time might be the charm for Glenn Close at the 2020 Academy Awards. The seven-time Oscar nominee will star in Paramount’s big-screen version of the Broadway musical adaptation of the screen classic Sunset Boulevard, reprising the role she’s played twice on Broadway in productions that were more than 20 years apart.

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African-American Women Winners Make History at 91st Oscars – Lana K. Wilson-Combs reports

The 91st Annual Academy Awards set records for honoring African-American women. Regina King won “Best Supporting Actress” for If Beale Street Could Talk. Hannah Beachler received an Oscar for “Best Production Design” and Ruth E. Carter took home another for “Best Costume Design” for their work on Black Panther. Read what they had to say about their films and historic wins.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Writer Kelly Marcel Set to Direct FERRYMAN – Brandy McDonnell reports

BAFTA nominee Kelly Marcel, who has penned the scripts for films like “Venom,” “Saving Mr. Banks” and “Fifty Shades of Grey,” is moving into directing. Legendary Entertainment has closed a deal with Marcel to adapt, direct and produce Claire McFall’s novel Ferryman, the first book in McFall’s award-winning young adult trilogy.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Colangelo to Direct Keaton and Tucci in 9/11 Biopic – Brandy McDonnell reports

Sara Colangelo will direct Michael Keaton and Stanley Tucci in What Is Life Worth, a biopic about Kenneth Feinberg, the Washington, D.C., lawyer in charge of the 9/11 Fund. Working pro bono work, Feinberg battled cynicism, bureaucracy and politics associated with administering funds to victim’s families — and in doing so, discovered what life is worth.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Mulligan to Star in Fennell’s First Feature – Brandy McDonnell reports

Carey Mulligan is set to star in Promising Young Woman, a timely thriller to be helmed by Killing Eve showrunner Emerald Fennell in her feature film directorial debut. Mulligan will play Cassie, a young woman haunted by a tragedy in her past who takes a particular type of revenge on predatory men who cross her path. Fennell also is penning the screenplay. Production is set to begin in spring.

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