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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Jane Fonda to receive Britannia Award for Excellence in Film

Jane Fonda to receive Britannia Award for Excellence in Film

Fonda currently stars alongside her “9 to 5” co-star Lily Tomlin in the Netflix comedy “Grace and Frankie,” for which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award. The show was renewed in January for a sixth season that will premiere next year.

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Karen Moncrieff adapting Alice Sebold’s book ‘Lucky’ as a feature film

Karen Moncrieff adapting Alice Sebold’s book ‘Lucky’ as a feature film

Sebold, whose 2002 bestseller “The Lovely Bones” was made into a feature directed by Peter Jackson, published “Lucky” in 1999. The memoir traces how her life was transformed when she was brutally raped and beaten in a park near campus as an 18-year-old college freshman.

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Charlize Theron to receive 2019 American Cinematheque Award

Charlize Theron to receive 2019 American Cinematheque Award

“The American Cinematheque is extremely pleased to honor Charlize Theron as the 33rd recipient of the American Cinematheque Award at our celebration this year,” said American Cinematheque chairman Rick Nicita. “Charlize Theron is making a significant contribution to the art of motion pictures while breaking through outmoded limitations on what an actress and producer can do.”

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‘Shirkers’ director Sandi Tan to adapt Elif Batuman’s ‘The Idiot’

‘Shirkers’ director Sandi Tan to adapt Elif Batuman’s ‘The Idiot’

 “Shirkers” – which chronicled how Tan made her 1992 debut feature at age 18 in Singapore and then had the footage stolen by her enigmatic director Georges and then returned after his death in 2008 – earned the auteur the World Cinema Documentary Directing Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

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Catherine Deneuve to be honored at Ukraine’s Odessa International Film Festival

Catherine Deneuve to be honored at Ukraine’s Odessa International Film Festival

The Academy Award-nominated performer will visit Odessa, a Black Sea resort city in South Ukraine, to collect the award and take part in an acting master class. Other prominent guests of the 2019 event announced so far include Palme d’or-winning British director Mike Leigh and American actor, director, singer and activist Rose McGowan.

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Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson talk ‘Late Night,’ funny women and the patriarchy

Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson talk ‘Late Night,’ funny women and the patriarchy

“I loved shining a light on a world that has historically not employed women. It was very easy to research because almost all of my friends have been fired from a late night talk show. There are so many great disgruntled stories of impossible hosts and mean bosses.”

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Mary J. Blige to receive lifetime achievement award during 2019 BET Awards

Mary J. Blige to receive lifetime achievement award during 2019 BET Awards

The New York native is also an established actress who has garnered two Golden Globe Award nominations and one Screen Actors Guild Award nod. She also made history in 2018 when she became the first double nominee in the best supporting actress and best song categories at the Academy Awards for her work on “Mudbound.”

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Female film critics still outnumbered by male critics almost 2 to 1

Female film critics still outnumbered by male critics almost 2 to 1

“Male film critics outnumber female critics by almost 2 to 1, and continue to dominate the conversation about film across every type of media outlet and about every film genre,” Lauzen said in the study. “In this gender myopic movie world, not only do men comprise the majority of our filmmakers, they are also more likely to have the last word on the quality of our films.”

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge talks about her work on script of ‘Bond 25’ to ensure it will ‘treat women properly’

Phoebe Waller-Bridge talks about her work on script of ‘Bond 25’ to ensure it will ‘treat women properly’

An Emmy Award nominee for her writing on the first season of “Killing Eve,” Waller-Bridge becomes only the second woman in Bond history to be credited on a script after Johanna Hardwood, who wrote on 1962’s “Dr. No” and 1963’s “From Russia With Love.”

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Rita Moreno becomes first Latina PEGOT winner

Rita Moreno becomes first Latina PEGOT winner

“I am keenly aware of the high value Peabody places on storytelling and I am humbled that you consider the story of my life and career worthy,” Moreno said in her acceptance speech at the event, where she garnered a standing ovation.

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Josie Rourke to helm cinematic origin story ‘This Nan’s Life’

Josie Rourke to helm cinematic origin story ‘This Nan’s Life’

Rourke is a renowned theater director who has been the artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse theater in London since 2012. Her 2018 historical drama “Mary Queen Of Scots,” starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie, was her debut feature. The film was nominated for three BAFTAs and two Oscars this year and grossed $46 million globally.

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Carla Gugino joins assassin thriller ‘Gunpowder Milkshake’

Carla Gugino joins assassin thriller ‘Gunpowder Milkshake’

Gugino joins a star-studded cast including Karen Gillan (“Avengers: Endgame”), Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”), Michelle Yeoh (“Crazy Rich Asians”), Angela Bassett (“Black Panther”) and Paul Giamatti (“Billions”).

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Jane Campion to direct ‘The Power of the Dog,’ starring Elisabeth Moss and Benedict Cumberbatch

Jane Campion to direct ‘The Power of the Dog,’ starring Elisabeth Moss and Benedict Cumberbatch

Campion won the Academy Award for screenplay for “The Piano,” for which she also became the first, and to date only, female director to be awarded the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or. Her limited television series “Top of the Lake” won the 2013 Emmy for cinematography for a miniseries or movie, as well as the 2014 Golden Globe for an actress in a miniseries or movie for Moss.

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Julianne Moore advocates for quotas for reaching gender parity at Cannes Film Festival

Julianne Moore advocates for quotas for reaching gender parity at Cannes Film Festival

“We will have to make major changes to reach parity. That’s just a fact. So, I do believe in quotas. I really do,” added Moore. “I believe in trying to level the playing field for everybody regardless of their gender or their culture or ethnicity. You have to open doors.”

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Mati Diop talks about being Cannes Film Festival’s first black female director

Mati Diop talks about being Cannes Film Festival’s first black female director

“It was sad to learn that in 2019 such a thing had never happened before — there is still a long way to go. If as a young African filmmaker I can represent a minority that still has very little access to that kind of selection, that’s a good thing,” she says. “But I’d rather stay a little detached. It was almost as if my smaller story was encountering a much larger story. I really want the film to be taken for what it is, not for what I represent.”

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Gong Li to star in biopic of Chinese volleyball icon Lang Ping

Gong Li to star in biopic of Chinese volleyball icon Lang Ping

Li was to become the first person of Asian descent to win the Kering Group and Cannes Film Festival’s annual Women in Motion award. The award is intended to celebrate the careers of leading female figures in cinema, and has previously been presented to Jane Fonda in 2015, Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon in 2016, Isabelle Huppert in 2017 and Patty Jenkins in 2018.

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Penelope Cruz to be honored by Spain’s San Sebastian International Film Festival

Penelope Cruz to be honored by Spain’s San Sebastian International Film Festival

In 2017, Cruz and husband Javier Bardem presented their film “Loving Pablo” as the closing film of the festival. She is the fifth Spanish actor to receive the Donostia Prize, following Fernando Fernan Gomez (1999), Paco Rabal (2001), Antonio Banderas (2008) and Carmen Maura (2013).

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