Kelly Fremon Craig to write and direct long-awaited film adaptation of Judy Blume’s ‘Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret’

Kelly Fremon Craig to write and direct long-awaited film adaptation of Judy Blume’s ‘Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret’

The book chronicles the coming-of-age of Margaret Simon, a sixth-grader who moves from New York City to suburban New Jersey. She frequently prays to God to help her navigate the challenges of her adolescence, which range from puberty and first crushes to her interfaith family dynamics.

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Study: For the first time, family films had as many women and girls in lead roles as men and boys in 2019

Study: For the first time, family films had as many women and girls in lead roles as men and boys in 2019

“Media images have a huge impact on how we see ourselves and judge our value,” said Geena Davis. “When you see someone like yourself reflected, you take in the message: ‘There’s someone like me, I must belong.’ This is why it’s vital for children to see — from the beginning — fictitious worlds that reflect the real world.”

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Cynthia Erivo to star in and produce film adaptation of her sci-fi podcast ‘Carrier’

Cynthia Erivo to star in and produce film adaptation of her sci-fi podcast ‘Carrier’

The movie is based on the podcast “Carrier,” created by audio studio QCode and Dan Blank, who also will write and direct the film. Erivo starred in and co-produced the seven-episode season of the “Carrier” podcast.

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Award-winning indie film producer Karin Chien teams up with Louverture Films

Award-winning indie film producer Karin Chien teams up with Louverture Films

Chien is a four-time Independent Spirit Award nominee, the recipient of the Independent Spirit Producer’s Award and the Cinereach Producing Fellowship, and the producer of 10 independent feature films.

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AFI gala honoring Julie Andrews, Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival and more pushed back over coronavirus concerns

AFI gala honoring Julie Andrews, Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival and more pushed back over coronavirus concerns

The outbreak has disrupted the global theater marketplace, forcing the shuttering of theaters in Italy, Korea and China — and the latter is the second biggest movie market in the world behind the U.S.

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Diane Keaton, Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn to reunite for comedy ‘Family Jewels’

Diane Keaton, Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn to reunite for comedy ‘Family Jewels’

The iconic performers will star in the New Republic Pictures project as three women forced to spend 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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Awkwafina to take a gamble on fact-based feature ‘The Baccarat Machine’

Awkwafina to take a gamble on fact-based feature ‘The Baccarat Machine’

The fact-based film is being adapted from Michael Kaplan’s Cigar Aficionado article “The Baccarat Machine,” which follows Sun, a young Chinese woman, as she industriously develops her skills as a gambler. With major casinos conspiring to keep her out, Sun teams with Ivey, the international “King of Poker,” to take down the system, setting up one of the most impressive legal gambling runs ever chronicled.

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Study: More women and people of color were lead characters in movies in 2019

Study: More women and people of color were lead characters in movies in 2019

Despite the increase of lead characters for both women and people of color, Smith and her cohorts noted that the percentages still don’t reflect census data: Women comprise 51% of the U.S. population, and people of color make up 39.6% of the nation’s population.

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Olivia Wilde to direct biopic ‘Perfect,’ about gold-medal gymnast Kerri Strug

Olivia Wilde to direct biopic ‘Perfect,’ about gold-medal gymnast Kerri Strug

The fact-based underdog sports drama will be based on the book “Landing On My Feet, A Diary Of Dreams” by Strug and John P. Lopez. The book tells the true story of the gymnast’s victory against the odds to win Team USA’s first gold medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Strug completed her final vault at the Atlanta games on a badly injured ankle to seal win for Team USA.

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Home release details announced for Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’

Home release details announced for Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’

“Little Women” earned six Oscar nominations – for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay for Gerwig, and Best Original Score for Alexandre Desplat, Best Actress for Ronan, Best Supporting Actress for Pugh and Best Costume Design for Jacqueline Durran. But the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – along with the Golden Globes and BAFTAs – faced widespread criticism for failing to nominate any women, including Gerwig, for Best Director.

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