WEEK IN WOMEN: Sandi Tan Set to Adapt Elif Batuman’s THE IDIOT – Brandy McDonnell reports

Filmmaker Sandi Tan, who broke out last year with the unique documentary Shirkers, has revealed her next project: an adaptation of Elif Batuman’s The Idiot. Shirkers – the stunning documentary which chronicled how Tan made her 1992 debut feature at age 18 in Singapore and then had the footage stolen by her enigmatic director Georges and then returned after his death in 2008 – earned the auteur the World Cinema Documentary Directing Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Odessa Film Fest Honors Catherine Deneuve – Brandy McDonnell reports

French film icon Catherine Deneuve will collect the Golden Duke, a lifetime achievement award at Odessa International Film Festival. Scheduled for July 12-20, the festival will include a retrospective of films Deneuve has starred in over her more than 60-year career.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Mary J. Blige to Receive BET’S Lifetime Achievement Award -Brandy McDonnell reports

Actor/singer Mary J. Blige will be honored with the prestigious lifetime achievement award during the 2019 BET Awards. As a recording artist, Blige has earned Grammy Awards and 32 total nominations and has notched eight multi-platinum albums. The New York native is also an established actress who has garnered two Golden Globe Award nominations and one Screen Actors Guild Award nod.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Phoebe Waller-Bridge Talks Women in BOND 25 – Brandy McDonnell reports

Phoebe Waller-Bridge recently spoke about her contribution to the upcoming 25th James Bond film, polishing the script to make it “absolutely relevant now.” The writer and performer said the long-running film franchise has to “grow” and “evolve” and “Bond 25” has to “treat women properly,” even if the womanizing English spy himself doesn’t.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Josie Rourke to Helm THIS NAN’S LIFE – Brandy McDonnell reports

Mary Queen Of Scots director Josie Rourke will helm This Nan’s Life, an origin story about British comedian Catherine Tate’s television character Nan. The feature film will explore the origins of the profanity-spewing pensioner Joannie “Nan” Taylor, played by Tate, who first appeared in BBC sketch series The Catherine Tate Show,.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Campion to direct Moss in POWER OF THE DOG – Brandy McDonnell reports

Oscar winner Jane Campion and two-time Golden Globe winner Elisabeth Moss will reunite in the new film, The Power of the Dog. Moss and Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch will star in the film, an adaptation of the Thomas Savage novel. Campion will direct from a script she adapted, with See-Saw Films’ in-house sales arm, Cross City Films, The movie will go into pre-production at the end of the year.

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