Octavia Spencer, Gabrielle Union to produce, star in Deborah Riley Draper’s adaptation of ‘Coffee Will Make You Black’

Octavia Spencer, Gabrielle Union to produce, star in Deborah Riley Draper’s adaptation of ‘Coffee Will Make You Black’

“There are so many unheard stories and voices in the African American community that speak to universal themes and the humanity in all of us.  I wanted to use my platform to create more opportunities for directors and writers of color to tell these stories. This project has women of color in lead roles in front of and behind the camera,” Octavia Spencer said in a statement.

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Amy Adams’ new production company gets first-look deal with HBO, adapting Barbara Kingsolver’s ‘Poisonwood Bible’

Amy Adams’ new production company gets first-look deal with HBO, adapting Barbara Kingsolver’s ‘Poisonwood Bible’

The new company is called Bond Group Entertainment, with Kathleen Clifford set to work as vice president of TV development for the company. Clifford was previously the director of original programming for Starz and prior to that was at Grady Girl Productions, Legendary Entertainment and ICM.

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‘American Girl’ movie planned, along with live musical

‘American Girl’ movie planned, along with live musical

American Girl characters were first introduced in 1986, and Mattel has spun off a long-running franchise of dolls, books, direct-to-video movies and other original content. More than 32 million American Girl dolls and 157 million American Girl books have been sold through the company’s catalog, retail stores and website to date. The 18-inch dolls depict girls of a variety of ethnicities, ages and eras of American history.

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Hanelle Culpepper to make ‘Star Trek’ history launching Jean Luc Picard series

Hanelle Culpepper to make ‘Star Trek’ history launching Jean Luc Picard series

Culpepper will direct the opening two episodes of the upcoming untitled “Star Trek” series focusing on the iconic character of Jean-Luc Picard from CBS All Access. According to StarTrek.com, she will be the first female director to launch a new “Star Trek” series in the franchise’s 53-year history.

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‘Captain Marvel’ makes box-office history, but is it finally enough?

‘Captain Marvel’ makes box-office history, but is it finally enough?

The global launch for the 21st installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe represents the biggest ever for a female-fronted film — surpassing 2017’s live-action Beauty and the Beast ($357 million) — as well as the second-largest for any superhero movie behind last year’s “Avengers: Infinity War” ($640.5 million). Overall, it’s the sixth-best worldwide debut of all time, and the international opening of $302 million is the fifth-biggest ever ahead of 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” ($281 million).

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Speaking roles for female characters in film still lag behind those for male characters, study finds

Speaking roles for female characters in film still lag behind those for male characters, study finds

“While female protagonists rebounded last year, slightly besting the previous high achieved in 2016, the percentages of females as speaking characters and major characters remained relatively stagnant. Protagonists are the characters from whose perspective the story is told and so seeing more females in these roles is tremendously important. However, we are not seeing similar gains in the broader populations of major characters and in all speaking roles.”

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Glenn Close to star in, Rob Ashford to direct ‘Sunset Boulevard’ movie musical

Glenn Close to star in, Rob Ashford to direct ‘Sunset Boulevard’ movie musical

The seven-time Oscar nominee will star in Paramount’s big-screen version of the Broadway musical adaptation of the screen classic “Sunset Boulevard,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Close will reprise the role she played twice on Broadway, although more than 20 years apart.

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Misty Copeland biopic ‘Life in Motion’ to be helmed by Nzingha Stewart

Misty Copeland biopic ‘Life in Motion’ to be helmed by Nzingha Stewart

The movie will chronicle Copeland’s rise from her poor and tumultuous beginnings — she only began ballet at the relatively late age of 13 and soon found herself in the middle of a custody battle between her mother and the ballet teachers who were her legal guardians at the time — to becoming a crossover star. Copeland has written books, appeared in movies and television commercials, and has become a sought-after speaker.

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Oscars 2019 review: Women win in record numbers, ratings rise, host-free format works

Oscars 2019 review: Women win in record numbers, ratings rise, host-free format works

The record number of wins in 2019 was a welcome turnaround after just six women earned Oscars at last year’s ceremony, compared with 33 male winners. That’s little more than 15 percent. It was the lowest number of female winners since 2012’s show, when only four women took home Academy Awards.

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‘Venom’ screenwriter Kelly Marcel to make directorial debut with adaptation of Claire McFall’s ‘Ferryman’

‘Venom’ screenwriter Kelly Marcel to make directorial debut with adaptation of Claire McFall’s ‘Ferryman’

BAFTA nominee Kelly Marcel, who has penned the scripts for films like “Venom,” “Saving Mr. Banks” and “Fifty Shades of Grey,” is moving into directing. Deadline Hollywood reports that Legendary Entertainment has closed a deal with Marcel to adapt, direct and produce Claire McFall’s novel “Ferryman,” the first book in McFall’s award-winning young adult trilogy.

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