WEEK IN WOMEN: Julia Roberts talks BEN IS BACK, Motherhood and #MeToo – Brandy McDonnell reports

Julia Roberts, mother of three, is earning praise for two standout performances this fall in Ben is Back,now in theaters, and in her first foray into television in Amazon’s acclaimed conspiracy thriller Homecoming, where she stars as a government-sponsored caseworker counseling soldiers back into civilian life.

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Zoe Kazan talks Writing WILDLIFE and Real Women – Brandy McDonnell interviews

Zoe Kazan isn’t particularly surprised by some of the criticism that some have leveled at the main female character in Wildlife, the acclaimed period drama she penned with her partner, Paul Dano. “I think some of the criticism about ‘Oh, is she unlikable? Is she unsympathetic?’ feels really misplaced to me. It feels like it has more to do with the way we as a society think about who and what a mother should be and what a wife should be than it is really about this character,” Kazan comments.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Effie T. Brown to Produce Melissa V Murray’s First Feature — Brandy McDonnell reports

Stuart Ford’s AGC Studios has given the green light to We Real Cool, an urban action comedy from Dear White People producer Effie T. Brown. The film will mark the feature debut of filmmaker Melissa V. Murray, a graduate of the Ghetto Film School and a Sundance Ignite Fellow alumnus, who will direct from her own script. We Real Cool is currently casting and is set to begin production early next year

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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: 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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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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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: Hannah Marks to direct THE SWIMSUIT ISSUE – Brandy McDonnell reports

Actor-filmmaker Hannah Marks, who recently co-starred in Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, is set to direct The Swimsuit Issue for LD Entertainment and American High. The script, which was a standout on 2014’s Black List, centers on a nerdy high school lad who considers himself an amateur photographer and attempts to create a Swimsuit Issue to raise funds for summer camp.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Kelly Fremon Craig to Direct Judy Blume’s ‘Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret’ – Brandy McDonnell reports

After turning down numerous offers over the years, Judy Blume, the Library of Congress Living Legend, has granted the film rights to producer James L. Brooks’ Gracie Films and writer/director Kelly Fremon Craig.

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