What’s Up Down Under? Rachel Ward’s PALM BEACH Opens Sydney Film Fest – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas reports

Sydney Film Festival makes perfect sense as the location for the World Premiere of Rachel Ward’s Palm Beach, named for a well-known, picturesque suburb in Sydney’s Northern Beaches region. The film follows a group of old friends who reunite for a birthday party where festivities take a back-seat to more complex aspects of their interpersonal relationships, with repressed tensions and carefully kept secrets threatening to explode.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Bentonville Film Fest Honors Jamie Brewer – Brandy McDonnell reports

The Bentonville Film Festival will honor actor Jamie Brewer with the “See It, Be It” Award, which highlights a rising and influential voice in the landscape of diversity and inclusion in media. The American Horror Story actor will be honored for her unwavering commitment to representing and championing those with intellectual disabilities both on screen and off, ensuring media accurately reflects the real world.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Cardellini’s Star Turn in LA LLORONA – Brandy McDonnell reports

In her more than two-decade acting career, Linda Cardellini has earned a Primetime Emmy Award nomination, co-starred in Oscar-winning films, earned cult TV status and played a role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But the underrated performer didn’t get the chance to play a leading role in a studio movie until the new horror movie The Curse of La Llorona.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Good/Bad News for Women at Cannes 2019 – Brandy McDonnell reports

Only three of the 18 films in competition last year were from female filmmakers — Cannes’ best showing since 2011.
The initial lineup for France’s Cannes Film Festival has been unveiled, and there’s good news and bad news for women directors. With the announcement of this year’s lineup, Cannes has a new best since 2011 for female filmmakers … because four will have their work in the main competition at the 72nd fest.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Camila Cabello to Star in CINDERELLA – Brandy McDonnell reports

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Camila Cabello will make her feature acting debut in a new movie version of the beloved fairy tale Cinderella. Cabello will not only star in the project, set up at Sony’s Columbia label, but also will be integrally involved in the music for the film. Sony is putting the project on the fast track.

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