WEEK IN WOMEN: Julia Roberts talks BEN IS BACK, Motherhood and #MeToo – Brandy McDonnell reports

Julia Roberts, mother of three, is earning praise for two standout performances this fall in Ben is Back,now in theaters, and in her first foray into television in Amazon’s acclaimed conspiracy thriller Homecoming, where she stars as a government-sponsored caseworker counseling soldiers back into civilian life.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Emma Stone Goes “Cruella”

Before she was a Golden Globe nominee for The Favourite or even an Oscar winner for La La Land, Emma Stone was reportedly set to star as a Disney villain in Cruella, a live-action origin story for 101 Dalmatians baddie Cruella De Vil. Think the Mouse House’s 2014 box-office hit Maleficent only with a fashionable fur coat instead of the horns.

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Zoe Kazan talks Writing WILDLIFE and Real Women – Brandy McDonnell interviews

Zoe Kazan isn’t particularly surprised by some of the criticism that some have leveled at the main female character in Wildlife, the acclaimed period drama she penned with her partner, Paul Dano. “I think some of the criticism about ‘Oh, is she unlikable? Is she unsympathetic?’ feels really misplaced to me. It feels like it has more to do with the way we as a society think about who and what a mother should be and what a wife should be than it is really about this character,” Kazan comments.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Effie T. Brown to Produce Melissa V Murray’s First Feature — Brandy McDonnell reports

Stuart Ford’s AGC Studios has given the green light to We Real Cool, an urban action comedy from Dear White People producer Effie T. Brown. The film will mark the feature debut of filmmaker Melissa V. Murray, a graduate of the Ghetto Film School and a Sundance Ignite Fellow alumnus, who will direct from her own script. We Real Cool is currently casting and is set to begin production early next year

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Witherspoon and Fox Acquire LEAGUE OF WIVES – Brandy McDonnell reports

Fox 2000 and Reese Witherspoon are partnering to adapt The League of Wives, telling the little-known story of a group of women — wives of military men who would never describe themselves as feminists — who banded together to save their husbands. during the Vietnam War.

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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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