WEEK IN WOMEN: Florence Pugh Cast in Olivia Wilde’s DON’T WORRY DARLING – Brandy McDonnell reports

Oscar nominee Florence Pugh been cast in actor/director Olivia Wilde’s upcoming 1950s period film Don’t Worry Darling. Pugh will star as a housewife who discovers an unsettling truth about her seemingly ideal life in an utopian community in the California desert.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Kelly Fremon Craig to adapt Judy Blume’s ARE YOU THERE, GOD? IT’S ME, MARGARET – Brandy McDonnell reports

Judy Blume’s iconic 1980 novel Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret is finally set to be made into a feature film. Lionsgate, which has committed to green-light the movie, emerged victorious in a fierce bidding war for the film rights.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Keaton, Midler, Hawn Reunite for FAMILY JEWELS – Brandy McDonnell reports

Diane Keaton, Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn will reunite on the big screen for the first time since 1996’s First Wives Club in the yuletide comedy Family Jewels. The dynamic trio of iconic performers will star as three women spending Christmas together, along with their kids and grandkids, after the man they were all once married to dies in a New York City department store.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Awkwafina Gambles on fact-based BACCARAT MACHINE – Brandy McDonnell reports

Awkwafina is set to star in SK Global’s upcoming The Baccarat Machine (working title), a feature inspired by the true story of the most successful female gambler in modern history, Cheung Yin “Kelly” Sun, who teamed with living legend poker player Phil Ivey to beat the system.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Greta Gerwig’s LITTLE WOMEN is Going Home – Brandy McDonnell reports

Nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, writer-director Greta Gerwig’s fresh, modern adaptation of the timeless Louisa May Alcott masterpiece Little Women will be released on Digital March 10 and Blu-ray and DVD April 7 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: New Stats show drop in WoC-directed films – Brandy McDonnell reports

Female director representation may be the highest it’s been in 13 years, but the number of women of color is still low. The percentage of underrepresented directors reached 16.8% in 2019, a drop from 2018’s high watermark of 21.4%. Just four women of color directed a top 100 movie in 2019.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: New CELLULOID CEILING Report shows Uptick – Brandy McDonnell reports

In its 22nd year, the annual San Diego State University Celluloid Ceiling study found that women comprised 20% of all directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers working on the top 100 domestic grossing films released last year. That was up from 16% in 2018.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Femme-Helmed Tentpoles Set for 2020 – Brandy McDonnell reports

It looks like 2020 could be a landmark year for women making moview. Five of the biggest titles scheduled for release next year — including all four major superhero movies on the slate — will be directed by women and are femme-centric.

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