WEEK IN WOMEN: Chloe Zhao’s NOMADLAND Update – Brandy McDonnell reports

Chloé Zhao’s acclaimed drama Nomadland, starring Oscar winner Frances McDormand, made its NY premiere on September 26 as the Centerpiece film at the 58th New York Film Festival, Earlier this month, the film was lauded with the Golden Lion this year at the 77th Venice International Film Festival and awarded the Grolsch People’s Choice Award at the 45th Toronto International Film Festival. It is the first film to hold both honors.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Yara Shahidi to Take Flight as Tinkerbell – Brandy McDonnell reports

Yara Shahidi is preparing to take flight, playing Tinkerbell in an upcoming Disney live-action film, Peter Pan and Wendy, based on Disney’s original animated classic, Peter Pan. Shahidi will join Jude Law (the Sherlock Holmes and Fantastic Beasts series), who will play Captain Hook; Alexander Molony (the British TV series The Reluctant Landlord, who has been cast as Peter; and Ever Anderson (Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, the upcoming Black Widow), who will star as Wendy

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WEEK IN WOMEN: AAMPAS Sets New Diversity Standards for Best Picture – Brancy McDonnell reports

As part of the Academy’s Aperture 2025 initiative, the standards are designed to encourage equitable representation on and off screen to better reflect the diversity of the movie-going audience, according to a news release. The Academy’s goals with Aperture 2025 are to further the dialogue and challenge its history to create a more equitable and inclusive community.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Amazon reboots A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN – Brandy McDonnell reports

Amazon has tossed out a series order for its reboot of A League of Their Own months after wrapping production on the pilot. Abbi Jacobson (Broad City) and Will Graham (The Onion News Network) created the series, which is billed as a reinterpretation of Penny Marshall’s 1992 feature film starring Geena Davis

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Martha Coolidge’s REAL GENIUS Celebrates 35th Anniversary – Brandy McDonnell reports

Martha Coolidge’s Real Genius is a quotable comedy that provides big laughs without the discomfort of wildly inappropriate material. The film about two teenage science whizzes who are tricked by their duplicitous professor into building a laser for a top-secret military assassination program also illustrates how far we’ve come technologically – and how far we still have to go in terms of gender equality in the film industry.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Ava DuVernay to receive Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize – Brandy McDonnell reports

The Gish Prize Trust has announced that writer, producer, director, and social justice activist Ava DuVernay has been selected to receive the 27th annual Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize in recognition of her ongoing achievements in inspiring change through the power of film and television.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: rePRO by mama.film Film Fest explores reproductive healthcare and more — Brandy McDonnell reports

rePRO by mama.film, a new five-day virtual film festival dedicated to exploring women’s reproductive healthcare, awareness, advocacy and bodily integrity in America, has announced its lineup for the inaugural festival, which will take place online from Aug. 12-16.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Salma Hayek’s First-look Deal with HBO – Brancy McDonnell reports

Actor-producer-director Hayek will first bring projects to the WarnerMedia-owned subscription service for potential development via her Ventanarosa production company as part of the deal. As a helmer, Hayek won a Daytime Emmy for Best Direction of a Family Movie for The Maldonado Miracle. Her producing credits include Santa Evita at Fox Latin America and Monarca at Netflix.

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