Gina Rodriguez to executive produce, play recurring role and direct first episode of Disney+ series ‘Diary of a Female President’

Gina Rodriguez to executive produce, play recurring role and direct first episode of Disney+ series ‘Diary of a Female President’

The “Jane the Virgin” star is executive producer of the series, which is to be produced by her I Can and I Will Productions, according to Deadline. Emily Gipson also serves as executive producer, along with creator Ilana Peña and showrunner Robin Shorr.

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Karyn Kusama to direct and executive produce series adaptation of ‘Sexy Beast’

Karyn Kusama to direct and executive produce series adaptation of ‘Sexy Beast’

Director Karyn Kusama has lined up her next project, the follow-up to her acclaimed 2018 film “Destroyer”: A series adaptation of the 2000 Oscar-winning movie “Sexy Beast” at Paramount Network. Variety reports that the series will tell the origin story of Gal Dove – played in the film by Ray Winstone – a talented thief […]

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Regina King to make feature film directorial debut with ‘One Night in Miami’

Regina King to make feature film directorial debut with ‘One Night in Miami’

Set on the night of Feb. 25, 1964, the narrative follows a young Cassius Clay as he emerges from the Miami Beach Convention Center as the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion. Against all odds, he has defeated Sonny Liston and shocked the sports world.

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Dani Shapiro’s best-selling memoir ‘Inheritance’ to be made into film with Cami Delavigne penning the script

Dani Shapiro’s best-selling memoir ‘Inheritance’ to be made into film with Cami Delavigne penning the script

The memoir, fully titled “Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love,” centers on Shapiro’s discovery, after taking a commercial DNA test on a whim, that the man she’d known her whole life as her father was not biologically related to her.

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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences achieves gender parity in 2019 class

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences achieves gender parity in 2019 class

Elisabeth Moss, Letitia Wright, Claire Foy, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown, Tom Holland, Tracy Letts, Olivia Williams, Gemma Chan, Will Poulter, Lady Gaga and Adele are among the actors and musicians invited to become part of the academy’s class of 2019.

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Singer/actor Halle Bailey cast as Ariel in Disney’s live-action remake of ‘The Little Mermaid’

Singer/actor Halle Bailey cast as Ariel in Disney’s live-action remake of ‘The Little Mermaid’

Despite her obvious talent as a singer, Bailey has been a controversial pick among some Disney fans, for the simple reason that she isn’t a white redhead like the animated character. Although many people have praised the casting, some fans even have gone so far as to launch the hashtag #NotMyAriel and start online petitions calling for Disney to remove Bailey as “The Little Mermaid’s” new star.

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Lily Tomlin to be honored with Lifetime Achievement Award from Traverse City Film Festival

Lily Tomlin to be honored with Lifetime Achievement Award from Traverse City Film Festival

Michael Moore, Oscar-winning filmmaker and Traverse City Film Festival founder and president, recently announced that the award will be presented to Tomlin during the festival’s 15th annual edition, running July 30 to Aug. 4 along the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan in Traverse City.

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Constance Wu to star in ‘Goodbye, Vitamin,’ adapted from Rachel Khong’s acclaimed novel

Constance Wu to star in ‘Goodbye, Vitamin,’ adapted from Rachel Khong’s acclaimed novel

“Goodbye, Vitamin” follows Wu’s character, Ruth Young, who learns that her father, an acclaimed history professor, has lost his job after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Ruth decides to return home and work with one of her father’s former students to stage a fake class so he can continue teaching.

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Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Ariana Grande to star in Netflix adaptation of the musical ‘The Prom’

Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Ariana Grande to star in Netflix adaptation of the musical ‘The Prom’

Based on an original concept by Jack Viertel, “The Prom,” centers on four past-their-prime Broadway stars (played by Beth Leavel, Brooks Ashmanskas, Christopher Sieber and Angie Schworer) who arrive in a small Indiana town looking to help – and to become relevant again – after they read about a gay student (Caitlin Kinnunen) fighting for the chance to bring her girlfriend to the school prom.

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‘Blockers’ helmer Kay Cannon to direct comedy ’79ers’

‘Blockers’ helmer Kay Cannon to direct comedy ’79ers’

“Kay is wonderful at capturing characters in situational conflict and is the perfect choice for this re-engineered coming of age comedy. I hope when we are finished with this film it feels like ‘Goonies’ for adults,” said Nathan Kahane, president of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group.

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