WEEK IN WOMEN: Anna Kendrick to star in Mary Nighy’s ALICE DARLING – Brandy McDonnell reports

Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick will star in and executive produce the femme-focused psychological thriller Alice, Darling, now in production in Canada. Mary Nighy’s feature film directorial debut focuses on Alice (Kendrick), who is behaving strangely and keeping secrets about her mercurial boyfriend from her two best friends.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Jamie Lee Curtis Gets Lifetime Golden Lion Award at Venice Film Fest – Brandy McDonnell reports

Iconic American actress Jamie Lee Curtis has been selected to receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 78th Venice International Film Festival, set for Sept. 1-11 in Italy. The award ceremony of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement will take place on Sept. 8 in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema (Lido di Venezia) before the out-of-competition screening of Curtis’ new movie Halloween Kills

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Dawn Porter directs Cirque du Soleil documentary – Brandy McDonnell reports

Director Dawn Porter is joining forces with MGM Television to produce a feature documentary about Cirque du Soleil as the live entertainment company makes a comeback after the COVID-19 pandemic forced it to shutter operations and declare bankruptcy. The documentary will provide a behind-the-scenes look at Cirque du Soleil’s resurgence after the most difficult period in the global circus’ history.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Kyra Sedgwick to direct Rebecca Banner’s SPACE ODDITY – Brandy McDonnell reports

Primetime Emmy Award winner Kyra Sedgwick is directing the science fiction romantic comedy Space Oddity from Rebecca Banner’s acclaimed 2016 Black List screenplay. The independent production is filming in Rhode Island. Space Oddity is the first feature Sedgwick and Valerie Stadler are producing under their banner Big Swing Productions.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander women in the lead – Brandy McDonnel reports

Despite promising signs of improved representation, the movie business clearly has plenty of work to do on behalf of Asians, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. With the exception of blockbusters starring Dwayne Johnson, a new study found that Hollywood’s most popular movies have rarely featured Asians or Pacific Islanders in leading roles.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Gabourey Sidibe to direct PALE HORSE – Brandy McDonnell reports

Academy Award-nominated actor Gabourey Sidibe (Precious) will make her feature film directorial debut with the psychological thriller Pale Horse, which is scheduled to lens in autumn. Set in the Pacific Northwest, Pale Horse centers on Naia, a reclusive African-American author who writes celebrated books for young adults but is living with multiple sclerosis. She becomes tangled up a sinister mystery when she provides shelter for the man who escaped captivity with her long-missing brother.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Reba McEntire’s two upcoming Lifetime movies – Brandy McDonnell reports

Country Music Hall of Famer and Golden Globe-nominated actress Reba McEntire — along with her familiar powerhouse voice — is joining Lifetime’s 2021 original holiday movie slate as the star of Christmas in Tune, the first project in a two-picture deal that the multi-hyphenate recently signed with Lifetime to star in and produce films for the cable network.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Women Costumers Score Top Awards – Brandy McDonnell reports

Women creatives took top prizes for their work on films about female characters at the 23rd annual Costume Designers Guild Awards, where some winners addressed the need for more equitable pay for their work. The prolific Roth moves into the front-runner position for this year’s best costume design Oscar when the Academy Awards.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Melanie Addington redirects from Oxford to Wichita – Brandy McDonnell reports

Melanie Addington, longtime executive director of Mississippi’s Oxford Film Festival, has accepted the executive director position at the Tallgrass Film Festival in Wichita, Kansas. Under Addington’s guidance, Oxford Film Festival became one of the first film festivals in the country to offer in-person screenings and successfully rolled out a new branding of the overarching organization as “OxFilm,” reflecting its growth as a year-round entity with programs the local filmmaking community and film fans have embraced

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