WEEK IN WOMEN: Viola Davis to Receive Sherry Lansing Leadership Award – Brandy McDonnell reports

Oscar, Emmy and Tony-winning performer and producer Viola Davis will be honored at The Hollywood Reporter’s 2018 Women in Entertainment breakfast, star-studded gala that recognizes women pioneers and industry leaders, Davis will receive the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award, given annually to a woman who has been a trailblazer and philanthropic leader in her industry.

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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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WEEK IN WOMEN: Naomi Watts to Star in HBO’s GAME OF THRONES Prequel – Brandy McDonnell reports

Naomi Watts is the first performer been cast in the as-yet-untitled prequel to the HBO smash Game of Thrones. The two-time Oscar nominated actress will play a character described as “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret” in the prequel scripted bu Jane Goldmam and George R.R. Martin. The project is expected to begin filming in early 2019.

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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: 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: Hollywood Film Awards to Honor Kidman, Weisz and Chalamet – Brandy McDonnell reports

In addition to her chameleonic performances, Kidman is being recognized for her career-long support of independent filmmakers, particularly women. Through her production company, Blossom Films, she has produced many projects, including last year’s “Big Little Lies,” which was a phenomenon that entered not only the cultural, but the social zeitgeist.

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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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