WEEK IN WOMEN: Kusama To Direct Series Adaptation of SEXY BEAST – Brandy McDonnel reports

Director Karyn Kusama has lined up her next project, a series adaptation of the 2000 Oscar-winning movie Sexy Beast at Paramount Network. The series will tell the origin story of Gal Dove – played in the film by Ray Winstone – a talented thief who finds himself descending into the seductive madness of the London criminal world during the vividly volatile 1990s.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Streep, Kidman, Grande to star in Netflix adaptation of THE PROM – Brandy McDonnell reports

As part of his five-year deal with Netflix, Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story) will direct and produce the feature adaptation of The Prom, with. Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman and Ariane Grande set to star in the popular musical. Murphy will start directing the film adaptation of the Broadway hit in December, for a fall 2020 awards season release in theaters before it airs on Netflix.

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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: 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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WEEK IN WOMEN: Julianne Moore Advocates for Gender Parity at Cannes FF – Brandy McDonnell reports

Julianne Moore advocated for greater efforts for the movie industry to reach gender parity, including quotas, last week at France’s Cannes Film Festival. “In order to restore the balance, I do think that there will be, that we will need some measures to change our culture.”

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