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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WEEK IN WOMEN: New ABC Doc Series Focuses on Disney’s Women Animators – Brandy McDonnell reports

ABC Studios is producing a new documentary series titled “Ink & Paint” that will sketch out an often-overlooked chapter in the history of Disney’s animation empire: the vital role that the Mouse House’s workforce of women played in creating its classic films.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Catherine Hardwicke says ‘there’s still a lot of work to do’ to bring gender parity to Hollywood – Brandy McDonnell reports

A decade after Catherine Hardwicke shattered records for female directors with the global success of the fantasy franchise-launching romantic drama “Twilight,” the director says there’s still not enough women working behind the camera. “we’ve got to get more representation in all the categories,” Hardwicke commented at the 45th Student Academy Awards ceremony at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: ‘Good Place’s’ Tiya Sircar to star in Netflix’s ‘Good Sam’ – Brandy McDonnell reports

Tiya Sircar, who has a recurring role on NBC’s hit series The Good Place has been picked as the lead in the upcoming Netflix feature Good Sam. The film follows TV news reporter Kate Bradley, who is assigned to uncover the identity of a mysterious Good Samaritan

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Gale Anne Hurd’s Career Achievement Award at Screamfest – Brandy McDonnell reports

Gale Anne Hurd began as an intern for Roger Corman at New World Pictures, then launched her career with her first feature film The Terminator, which was a box office and critical success. She followed with Aliens, which received seven Oscar nominations and won two Academy Awards. Shecurrently all about Walking Dead. And, she’s being honored by Screamfest on Oct. 16.

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