WEEK IN WOMEN: Witherspoon and Fox Acquire LEAGUE OF WIVES – Brandy McDonnell reports

Fox 2000 and Reese Witherspoon are partnering to adapt The League of Wives, telling the little-known story of a group of women — wives of military men who would never describe themselves as feminists — who banded together to save their husbands. during the Vietnam War.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Viola Davis to Receive Sherry Lansing Leadership Award – Brandy McDonnell reports

Oscar, Emmy and Tony-winning performer and producer Viola Davis will be honored at The Hollywood Reporter’s 2018 Women in Entertainment breakfast, star-studded gala that recognizes women pioneers and industry leaders, Davis will receive the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award, given annually to a woman who has been a trailblazer and philanthropic leader in her industry.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: BBC Survey Shows Women Are Left Out of Cinema History — Brandy McDonnell reports

According to the BBC, 209 critics sent in their 10 greatest foreign-language films for the poll. Of these respondents, 94 were women – that’s 45 percent – yet there are only four female directors with titles in the top 100: Chantal Akerman (Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels), Claire Denis (“Beau Travail), Agnès Varda (Cleo from 5 to 7), and Katia Lund (co-director of City of God).

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Gia Coppola’s Sophomore Directorial Project is MAINSTREAM – Brandy McDonnell reports

Filmmaker Gia Coppola will follow her acclaimed directorial debut, the 2013 drama Palo Alto, with Mainstream, a drama which she is slated to direct and co-write (with Tom Stuart). Mainstream, expected to begin filming by the end of the year, will star Andrew Garfield, Maya Hawke, Nat Wolff and Coppola’s cousin Jason Schwartzman.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Naomi Watts to Star in HBO’s GAME OF THRONES Prequel – Brandy McDonnell reports

Naomi Watts is the first performer been cast in the as-yet-untitled prequel to the HBO smash Game of Thrones. The two-time Oscar nominated actress will play a character described as “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret” in the prequel scripted bu Jane Goldmam and George R.R. Martin. The project is expected to begin filming in early 2019.

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CRAZY RICH ASIANS Opens Doors for Asian Women in Film – Brandy McDonnell reports

Following the blockbuster success of the romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians – it surpassed its $30 million budget on opening weekend and has far made more than $226 million worldwide so far – Asian women finally are getting quality film roles both in front of and behind the camera.

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ST Louis International Film Festival – Martha K Baker reports

The 27th Annual St. Louis International Film Festival, which opened on November 1, continues through Armistice Day, November 11 with narrative features, long and short, with documentaries, interviews, tributes, and special events, plus a closing night bash on the 11th at Urban Chestnut Brewing Company.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Emma Thompson to star as celeb-turned-pol in YEARS & YEARS – Brandy McDonnell reports

Two-time Academy Award winner Emma Thompson will play a charismatic celebrity-turned-politician in Years & Years, an upcoming limited series to be broadcast on the BBC in the U.K., HBO in the U.S., and Canal Plus in France, Thompson plays Vivienne Rook, an outspoken celebrity-turned-politician, whose controversial opinions divide the nation.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Courtney Kemp’s New Super Deal With Lionsgate – Brandy McDonnell reports

Courtney Kemp, the creator of Starz’s crime drama Power, has signed what has been deemed as a “one-of-a-kind” agreement with the premium cable channel’s parent company, Lionsgate. The development and production deal offers Kemp and her End of Episode shingle the opportunity to expand the Power franchise with potential spinoffs among a number of commitments by Starz.

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