Tilda Swinton and Ann Hui to receive Venice International Film Festival’s Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement

Tilda Swinton and Ann Hui to receive Venice International Film Festival’s Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement

The decision was made by the Board of Directors of the Biennale di Venezia upon recommendation of the director of the Venice Film Festival, Alberto Barbera.

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Inaugural rePRO by mama.film virtual film festival to explore women’s reproductive healthcare, bodily integrity and more

Inaugural rePRO by mama.film virtual film festival to explore women’s reproductive healthcare, bodily integrity and more

All feature films playing the festival are directed by women, and all filmmakers, including the shorts filmmakers, are being paid to screen their films. The pay-what-you-can film ticket proceeds for films at the festival will be converted to donations to be split evenly among five beneficiary nonprofit organizations: SisterSong, Endometriosis Foundation of America, Center for Reproductive Rights, URGE and Trust Women.

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Cate Blanchett and her Dirty Films production company ink first-look deal with New Republic Pictures

Cate Blanchett and her Dirty Films production company ink first-look deal with New Republic Pictures

New Republic Pictures is led by Brian Oliver and Bradley Fischer. Oliver, who received a Best Picture Academy Award nod in 2011 for “Black Swan,” formed New Republic in 2017. The company was big in the mix in this year’s Oscars, having backed the films “1917” and “Rocketman” last year.

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IFC acquires North American rights to fact-based WWII female spy drama ‘A Call to Spy’

IFC acquires North American rights to fact-based WWII female spy drama ‘A Call to Spy’

“A Call to Spy” was produced by, written by and stars Sarah Megan Thomas (“Equity”), who portrays real-life American spy Virginia Hall, who had a wooden leg. The fact-based period picture takes place at the onset of WWII, as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill ordered a new spy agency, the Special Operations Executive, to recruit and train female spies.

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Salma Hayek inks first-look deal with HBO Max

Salma Hayek inks first-look deal with HBO Max

As a helmer, Hayek won a Daytime Emmy Award for Best Direction of a Family Movie for the 2003 TV film “The Maldonado Miracle,” on which she also served as executive producer. Her other producing credits include the recently announced “Santa Evita” at Fox Latin America and “Monarca” at Netflix.

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Marie Curie biopic ‘Radioactive’ debuting on Amazon Prime

Marie Curie biopic ‘Radioactive’ debuting on Amazon Prime

The film stars Oscar nominee Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl”) and chronicles the achievements of the Polish-French physicist and chemist: Curie discovered radium and polonium, became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize and became the first and only person to win the acclaimed honor twice.

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Gina Prince-Bythewood sets Netflix record with ‘The Old Guard,’ to direct ‘The Woman King’

Gina Prince-Bythewood sets Netflix record with ‘The Old Guard,’ to direct ‘The Woman King’

“The Old Guard,” adapted from the comic book series by author Greg Rucka and illustrator Leandro Fernández, centers on a covert team of immortal mercenaries who are suddenly exposed and must fight to keep their identity a secret just as an unexpected new member is discovered. The film is currently on track to reach 72 million households in its first four weeks, according to Netflix.

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‘Of a Certain Age’ filmmaking grant established in memory of Lynn Shelton

‘Of a Certain Age’ filmmaking grant established in memory of Lynn Shelton

Lynn Shelton often spoke of feeling inspired after seeing filmmaker Claire Denis speak at Northwest Film Forum and learning that Denis did not make her first feature until age 40. Shelton went on to make her own first feature film – 2006’s “We Go Way Back” – at the age of 39.

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‘American Masters – Unladylike2020: The Changemakers’ to premiere Friday on PBS as part of women’s suffrage centennial

‘American Masters – Unladylike2020: The Changemakers’ to premiere Friday on PBS as part of women’s suffrage centennial

The women highlighted in “American Masters – Unladylike2020: The Changemakers” are Martha Hughes Cannon, the country’s first female state senator; Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress; Mary Church Terrell, a leader in the anti-lynching movement and a founder of the NAACP; Jovita Idar, a journalist and president of the first Mexican American women’s civil rights organization; and Zitkála-Šá, also known as Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, who lobbied for U.S. citizenship, voting rights, and sovereignty for American Indians a century ago.

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Elizabeth Banks to produce and star in live-action adaptation of ‘The Magic School Bus’

Elizabeth Banks to produce and star in live-action adaptation of ‘The Magic School Bus’

Based on the Scholastic book series by author Joanna Cole, “The Magic School Bus” was a popular 1990s animated TV series starring Lily Tomlin as the voice of Ms. Frizzle, who took her class on field trips in a transforming school bus that could turn into a spaceship, submarine, airplane and more.

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