WEEK IN WOMEN: Amy Poehler honored at CinemaCon 2024 – Brandy McDonnell reports

Primetime Emmy Award winner Amy Poehler will receive this year’s CinemaCon Vanguard Award. CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, is taking place from April 8-11 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Poehler will be presented with the honor at the Big Screen Achievement Awards ceremony April 11 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Zelda Williams’ LISA FRANKENSTEIN opens for Valentine’s Day – Brandy McDonnell reports

Focus Features plans to release the eagerly awaited horror-comedy Lisa Frankenstein, the feature film directorial debut for Zelda Williams, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Set in 1989, the highly anticipated film is billed as a “coming-of-rage love story” about a misunderstood teenager and her high school crush, who happens to be a handsome corpse. After a set of playfully horrific circumstances brings him back to life, the two embark on a murderous journey to find love, happiness – and a few missing body parts along the way.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Lagueria Davis’ ‘BLACK BARBIE Documentary Lands at Netflix and Shondaland – Brandy McDonnell reports

Writer-director Lagueria Davis has found a home for her timely and relevant Black Barbie: A Documentary. Netflix and Shondaland recently announced the acquisition of Davis’ film.Black Barbie. Davis brought her “Black Barbie” to the festival circuit just as Greta Gerwig’s Barbie movie started generating critical acclaim and record-breaking box-office numbers. Considering Davis spent a dozen years making Black Barbie, and the movie Barbie had been in the works since The LEGO Movie became a 2014 blockbuster, it’s interesting timing that both films debuted within just a few months of each other.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Maryam Keshavarz’s THE PERSIAN VERSION opens theatrically – Brandy McDonnell reports

Maryam Keshavarz’s Sundance Film Festival hit The Persian Version will be released in theaters this autumn. Sony Pictures Classics landed North American rights to the mother-daughter story following its award-winning world premiere at the prestigious Utah film fest. Written, directed, and produced by Keshavarz, the film received a rousing standing ovation and glowing reviews, along with the Audience Award (U.S. Dramatic Competition) and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award (U.S. Dramatic Competition), at Sundance.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: NBC Special Celebrates Carol Burnett’s Birthday – Brandy McDonnell reports

Paying tribute to a beloved national icon for her birthday, NBC will celebrate Carol Burnett’s illustrious career with Carol Burnett: 90 Years of Laughter + Love. The two-hour special will air at 8 p.m. ET/PT April 26 and will stream next day on Peacock. Filmed at Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles, the star-studded special will feature an A-list lineup of musical performances and special guests, who will come together to share their love for one of the most cherished comediennes in television history.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Women Directors to helm LOTR: RINGS OF POWER Season 2 – Brandy McDonnell reports

Three acclaimed women directors are bringing to life Amazon Prime Video’s next chapter of adventures in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth. Charlotte Brändström, Sanaa Hamri and Louise Hooper are each helming multiple episodes for Season 2 of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. Brändström, who directed two highly acclaimed episodes of “The Rings of Power’s” first season (Episode 106, titled Udûn, and Episode 107, named The Eye), is directing four episodes of the second season and serving as co-executive producer for the series’ forthcoming season. Hamri and Hooper are directing two episodes. Brändström and Hamri also have overall deals with Amazon Studios.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: PGA honors Chinonye Chukwu’s TILL with Stanley Kramer Award- Brandy McDonnell reports

The Producers Guild of America has named Chinonye Chukwu’s fact-based drama Till as its 2023 Stanley Kramer Award honoree. The Stanley Kramer Award lauds a production, producer, or other individuals whose achievement or contribution illuminates and raises public awareness of important social issues, the PGA revealed on Facebook. Producers Keith Beauchamp, Barbara Broccoli, Whoopi Goldberg, Thomas Levine, Michael Reilly and Frederick Zollo will share the honor at the ceremony at the 34th Annual Producers Guild Awards, scheduled for Feb. 25 at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Sally Field receives SAG Lifetime Achievement Award – Brandy McDonnell reports

SAG Award and Oscar-winning performer Sally Field has been named the 58th recipient of SAG-AFTRA’s highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Field will be presented with the performers union’s top honor at the 29th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony, which will be broadcast live on Netflix’s YouTube channel on Feb. 26 from the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Mindy Kaling to be honored by Producers Guild – Brandy McDonnell reports

The Producers Guild of America will honor trailblazing producer Mindy Kaling with its Norman Lear Achievement Award. Kaling will receive the award at the 34th Annual Producers Guild Awards on Feb. 25 at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. Emmy-nominated writer, producer, New York Times best-selling author, director, actor, and, most recently Tony Award winner, Kaling is considered one of the brightest voices of her generation.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Kristen Stewart named Berlinale Jury President – Brandy McDonnell reports

Oscar-nominated American actor, screenwriter and director Kristen Stewart will serve as the president of the International Jury at the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival. Stewart first attended the Berlin International Film Festival in 2010 with Welcome to the Rileys. She has just completed production on Love Me, as well as on Love Lies Bleeding, and is currently working on her feature-length directorial debut, the adaptation of Lidia Yuknavitch’s The Chronology of Water.

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