WEEK IN WOMEN: Palm Springs Film Fest honors Laura Dern – Brandy McDonnell reports

Laura Dern will receive the Career Achievement Award at the 31st annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, California, on January 2, 2020. Also to be honored at the ceremony are Jennifer Lopez, Charlize Theron and Renee Zellwegger.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Golden Globes Again Snubs Women – Brandy McDonnell reports

Despite the record number of hit films directed by women, including a number earning widespread critical acclaim, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has affirmed its stance as a boys’ club. All the recently unveiled nominees in the Best Director – Motion Picture category are men. Worse, there are no films directed by women contending for Best Motion Picture – Drama or for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. And, there are no women nominated in Best Screenplay – Motion Picture.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Kristin Chenoweth’s New Deal at Disney+ – Brandy McDonnell reports

Kristin Chenoweth is joining the streaming revolution. The award-winning actor and singer will star in the planned Disney+ series “The Biggest Star In Appleton.” The Mouse House’s new streaming service is developing the half-hour, single-camera comedy from Chenoweth, playwright and screen scribe Paul Rudnick and producer Dan Jinks.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Filmmaker Cheryl Eagan-Donovan is Oxfordian of the Year – Brandy McDonnell reports

Filmmaker Cheryl Eagan-Donovan has been named Oxfordian of the Year for 2019 by the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship for her documentary film Nothing Is Truer than Truth. The documentary is about Shakespeare’s identity and the life of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, who traveled in 1575-76 to Venice and throughout Italy, where he collected the experiences that are reflected in the works of Shakespeare.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Gadot’s Pilot Wave to Launch with IRENA SENDLER – Brandy McDonnell reports

Gal Gadot has teamed with her husband and producing partner Jaron Varsano to form the production company Pilot Wave, which will launch with her starring in the historical thriller Irena Sendler. Irena Sendler will tell the harrowing story of a woman’s brave stand against Nazi Germany’s occupation of Poland and the remarkable network she devised to save and care for 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Samuel Goldwyn Films acquires TO THE STARS – Brandy McDonnell reports

Samuel Goldwyn Films has announced that the company has acquired the North American rights to Martha Stephens’ feature film To the Stars. The period drama premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in U.S. Dramatic Competition and has played other festivals worldwide, including the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, where the film had its international premiere, according to a news release.

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