Julia Stiles to make directorial debut with ‘Wish You Were Here’

Julia Stiles to make directorial debut with ‘Wish You Were Here’

In addition, Stiles stars in Phiphen Pictures’ thriller “The God Committee” alongside Kelsey Grammer and Colman Domingo, and it is set to premiere to a sold-out screening at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday.

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Regina King to direct film adaptation of ‘Bitter Root’ comic-book series

Regina King to direct film adaptation of ‘Bitter Root’ comic-book series

In addition to directing, King – an Oscar- and Emmy-winning actor who earned a Golden Globe nomination for directing the historical fiction drama “One Night in Miami” – will produce the movie for Legendary Pictures, according to Variety.

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12 movies with Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander women in the lead

12 movies with Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander women in the lead

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in the United States, and this year, it comes at a time when those communities are seeing historic strides in popular culture even as violence and racism persists.

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Biopic to chronicle Cher’s life and career

Biopic to chronicle Cher’s life and career

Cher’s celebrated career has spanned a famed variety television show, several studio albums and concert tours, a Las Vegas residency and many movies, including her Oscar-winning turn in “Moonstruck,” her Oscar-nominated performance in “Silkwood” and roles in “Mask,” “The Witches of Eastwick,”  “Mermaids” and more.

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Gabourey Sidibe to make feature film directorial debut on thriller ‘Pale Horse’

Gabourey Sidibe to make feature film directorial debut on thriller ‘Pale Horse’

Set in the Pacific Northwest, “Pale Horse” centers on Naia, a reclusive African-American author who writes celebrated books for young adults but is  living with multiple sclerosis. She becomes tangled up a sinister mystery when she provides shelter for the man who escaped captivity with her long-missing brother.

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Women achieve historic wins at 2021 Academy Awards

Women achieve historic wins at 2021 Academy Awards

“Nomadland’s” Chloe Zhao was named best director, becoming just the second woman (after “The Hurt Locker’s” Kathryn Bigelow) and the first woman of color to garner the best director Oscar.

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Reba McEntire to star in and produce two upcoming Lifetime movies

Reba McEntire to star in and produce two upcoming Lifetime movies

The Christmas telefilm is the first project in a two-picture deal that the multi-hyphenate recently signed with Lifetime to star in and produce films for the cable network.

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‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,’ ‘Promising Young Woman’ and ‘Mulan’ take top honors at Costume Designers Guild Awards

‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,’ ‘Promising Young Woman’ and ‘Mulan’ take top honors at Costume Designers Guild Awards

Shondaland producing partners Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers (“Grey’s Anatomy”) received the Distinguished Collaborator Award, which goes to to people who show stalwart support of costume design and creative partnerships with costume designers.

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Executive Director Melanie Addington leaving Mississippi’s Oxford Film Festival for Kansas’ Tallgrass Film Festival

Executive Director Melanie Addington leaving Mississippi’s Oxford Film Festival for Kansas’ Tallgrass Film Festival

Addington has worked in the film festival world since 2006, first as a volunteer before eventually becoming the Oxford Film Festival’s executive director in August 2015.

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‘Minari’s’ Youn Yuh-jung makes history with SAG award win

‘Minari’s’ Youn Yuh-jung makes history with SAG award win

Youn becomes the first Asian winner and first Asian woman winner in any individual SAG movie category. Sandra Oh remains the only Asian woman who has won an individual SAG Award in the television categories.

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Toni Collette to make feature film directorial debut with ‘Writers and Lovers’

Toni Collette to make feature film directorial debut with ‘Writers and Lovers’

Along with helming, the Oscar-nominated performer will produce under her Vocab Films banner and write the script with Nick Payne (“Wanderlust,” “The Crown”),

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Oscars make history by nominating two women for best director in the same year

Oscars make history by nominating two women for best director in the same year

Prior to this year, only five women had been nominated for best director: Lina Wertmüller, in 1976 for “Seven Beauties”; Jane Campion, in 1993 for “The Piano”; Sofia Coppola, in 2003 for “Lost in Translation”; Kathryn Bigelow, in 2009 for “The Hurt Locker”; and Greta Gerwig, in 2017 for “Lady Bird.”

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Kelly Hu to star in feature film ‘Breast Cancer Bucket List’

Kelly Hu to star in feature film ‘Breast Cancer Bucket List’

Hu will star as Brenda Lee, who is facing her mortality after she is diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. With the help of her best friend Meg (Patricia Velasquez, “The Mummy” movies), Brenda is determined to find her daughter Talia (Sylvia Kwan, “Grey’s Anatomy”), whom she gave up for adoption as an baby.

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Ava DuVernay launches ARRAY Crew personnel database to promote diversity among crew members

Ava DuVernay launches ARRAY Crew personnel database to promote diversity among crew members

Created by DuVernay and led by an all-women executive team, ARRAY Crew lives as a web-based platform with more than 3,000 qualified below-the-line crew members.

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Aisha Tyler to direct ‘socially conscious psychological thriller’ ‘Silent John’

Aisha Tyler to direct ‘socially conscious psychological thriller’ ‘Silent John’

As a performer, Tyler is known for hosting “Whose Line Is It Anyway,” acting in TV shows like “Criminal Minds,” “CSI” and “24” and doing voiceover work in “Archer,” “BoJack Horseman” and the upcoming Disney+ series “Monsters at Work.” She has directed episodes of TV series like “Criminal Minds.”

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Regina King to star in and produce Shirley Chisholm biopic

Regina King to star in and produce Shirley Chisholm biopic

Written and directed by Oscar winner John Ridley (“12 Years a Slave,” “Jimi: All Is by My Side”), the biopic will chronicle Chisholm’s 1972 presidential campaign, which was defined by youth engagement and her efforts to secure enough delegates to speak at the Democratic National Convention.

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Abby Ryder Fortson and Rachel McAdams to star in movie version of Judy Blume’s ‘Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret’

Abby Ryder Fortson and Rachel McAdams to star in movie version of Judy Blume’s ‘Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret’

The film, which begins production in April, is written and will be directed by Kelly Fremon Craig, who is re-teaming with legendary Academy Award-winning producer James L. Brooks and his Gracie Films banner.

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Interview: Producer Christina Oh talks about the making of ‘Minari’

Interview: Producer Christina Oh talks about the making of ‘Minari’

“Minari” has earned nominations for 10 Critics Choice Awards, six Film Independent Spirit Awards and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. The Oscar buzz continues to build ahead of next month’s nominations announcement for the April 25 Academy Awards.

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Crain’s New York Business reveals Notable Black Leaders and Executives list

Crain’s New York Business reveals Notable Black Leaders and Executives list

The list highlights Black businessmen and women working within the New York City metropolitan area who have impacted and helped the city in significant ways through their professional, civic and philanthropic work, according to a news release.

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Renee Zellweger coming to TV in true-crime limited series ‘The Thing About Pam’

Renee Zellweger coming to TV in true-crime limited series ‘The Thing About Pam’

The series based on one of the most popular true-crime stories to come out of NBC’s venerable “Dateline” series and its companion podcast.

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Michelle Williams to portray trailblazing singer Peggy Lee in upcoming biopic

Michelle Williams to portray trailblazing singer Peggy Lee in upcoming biopic

The musical biography will explore the professional and personal life of Lee, whose career spanned nearly seven decades beginning with her first No. 1 single, 1942’s “Somebody Else Is Taking My Place.”

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Woman-directed films ‘Coda,’ ‘Hive’ and more win big at Sundance Film Festival

Woman-directed films ‘Coda,’ ‘Hive’ and more win big at Sundance Film Festival

Opportunities led to accolades at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. As previously reported, Sundance achieved gender parity this year: Across 139 films and projects, 50%, or 69, were directed by one or more women; 4%, or six, were directed by one or more non-binary individuals; 50%, or 70, were directed by one or more artists […]

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Regina King, Chloe Zhao and Emerald Fennell make Golden Globes history with best director nominations

Regina King, Chloe Zhao and Emerald Fennell make Golden Globes history with best director nominations

The Globes have a wretched track record for nominating women directors. At the 2018 ceremony, Natalie Portman called out the HFPA while presenting the best director prize by quipping “Here are all the male nominees.”

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Jane Fonda to receive Golden Globes’ Cecil B. DeMille Award

Jane Fonda to receive Golden Globes’ Cecil B. DeMille Award

The seven-time Golden Globe winner and 15-time nominee will receive the  Cecil B. DeMille Award on the 2021 Golden Globes telecast, set to air Feb. 28. But this year’s show will probably look different than past years due to the pandemic.

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Chloe Zhao becomes first woman to receive Palm Springs International Film Awards’ Director of the Year

Chloe Zhao becomes first woman to receive Palm Springs International Film Awards’ Director of the Year

The “Nomadland” helmer is the first female director to receive the Director of the Year honor in the 32-year history of the Palm Springs International Film Festival, according to Variety.

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