Sara Colangelo to direct Michael Keaton and Stanley Tucci in biopic ‘What Is Life Worth’

Sara Colangelo to direct Michael Keaton and Stanley Tucci in biopic ‘What Is Life Worth’

“What Is Life Worth” will be her third feature. “The Kindergarten Teacher,” starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, debuted at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and won the Best Directing prize. Netflix picked up the film and released it last October. Colangelo previously wrote and directed the 2014 drama “Little Accidents,” which earned her a best first screenplay nomination for the Film Independent Spirit Awards.

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Carey Mulligan to star in ‘Promising Young Woman,’ Emerald Fennell’s feature film directorial debut

Carey Mulligan to star in ‘Promising Young Woman,’ Emerald Fennell’s feature film directorial debut

Oscar-nominated performer Carey Mulligan will star in “Promising Young Woman,” a timely thriller to be helmed by “Killing Eve” showrunner Emerald Fennell in her feature film directorial debut. Mulligan will play Cassie, a young woman haunted by a tragedy in her past who takes a particular type of revenge on predatory men who cross her path. Fennell also is penning the screenplay.

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‘Coco’ producer Darla K. Anderson inks multi-year deal with Netflix

‘Coco’ producer Darla K. Anderson inks multi-year deal with Netflix

Netflix has announced that it has entered into a multi-year overall deal with Darla K. Anderson, the Academy Award-, Golden Globe- and BAFTA-winning producer of Disney/Pixar hits like “Coco,” “Cars” and “Toy Story 3.” At Netflix, Anderson will develop and produce new animated and live action projects, both feature films and series, for family audiences around the world, according to a news release.

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Melissa McCarthy to receive Distinguished Artisan Award at Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards

Melissa McCarthy to receive Distinguished Artisan Award at Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards

Emmy Award winner and Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy will receive the Distinguished Artisan Award at the Sixth Annual Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards (MUAHS, IATSE Local 706) celebrating her prolific acting career and the plethora of characters she embraces.

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Academy Awards analysis: What this year’s Sundance Film Festival tells us about another year of #OscarsSoMale

Academy Awards analysis: What this year’s Sundance Film Festival tells us about another year of #OscarsSoMale

As the Women’s Media Center’s Investigation 2019: Gender and Non-Acting Oscar Nominations found, women are, again, largely missing from the picture, with men receiving 75 percent of the nominations for the 91st Academy Awards, which will be handed up Feb. 24.

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Brie Larson and Lynette Howell Taylor make two-picture deal with Netflix

Brie Larson and Lynette Howell Taylor make two-picture deal with Netflix

Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson (“Room,” “Captain Marvel”) and Oscar-nominated producer Lynette Howell Taylor (“A Star Is Born”) have made a two-picture worldwide rights deal at Netflix for films produced by Howell Taylor’s 51 Entertainment. “Unicorn Store” will premiere on Netflix April 5, which means Larson is going to have a big spring.

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Kate Winslet to star in and executive produce HBO series ‘Mare of Easttown’

Kate Winslet to star in and executive produce HBO series ‘Mare of Easttown’

Oscar winner Kate Winslet will star in and executive produce the limited series “Mare of Easttown” for HBO, Variety reports. “Mare of Easttown” will be Winslet’s first television role since appearing in 2011 the five-part HBO miniseries “Mildred Pierce,” for which she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie.

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4% Challenge to work with female director within 18 months gains momentum after launching at Sundance

4% Challenge to work with female director within 18 months gains momentum after launching at Sundance

PARK CITY, Utah – During the “Making the (In)visible: Radical Transparency in the Data-Driven Age” panel at the Sundance Film Festival, Dr. Stacy L. Smith from the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative announced the “4% Challenge,” which urges filmmakers to make a commitment work with a female director — especially a female director of color — within 18 months.

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Femme-centric, woman-directed films ‘Late Night,’ ‘The Farewell,’ ‘Share’ sell big at Sundance

Femme-centric, woman-directed films ‘Late Night,’ ‘The Farewell,’ ‘Share’ sell big at Sundance

PARK CITY, Utah – Some of the biggest sales of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, which started Thursday, have gone to femme-centric, woman-directed films, including the Mindy Kaling-Emma Thompson vehicle “Late Night,” and the Awkwafina starrer “The Farewell” and Pippa Bianco’s feature film debut “Share.”

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Teen stars Marsai Martin and Millie Bobby Brown getting an early start on their producing careers

Teen stars Marsai Martin and Millie Bobby Brown getting an early start on their producing careers

Teen stars Marsai Martin, the vivacious 14-year-old who plays sassy Diane on the ABC sitcom “Black-ish” and Millie Bobby Brown, the charismatic 14-year-old Brit who embodies the superpowered Eleven on Netflix’s sci-fi horror series “Stranger Things,” are taking on the role of film producers.

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Amandla Stenberg, Jenifer Lewis, Kiki Layne, Regina Hall to be honored at Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards

Amandla Stenberg, Jenifer Lewis, Kiki Layne, Regina Hall to be honored at Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards

This year’s event will honor four extraordinary black women in film and television who embody the event theme, “The Power Of Our Presence: Art & Activism.” This year’s honorees are actress and activist Amandla Stenberg; actress, singer and activist Jenifer Lewis; actress Kiki Layne; and actress Regina Hall.

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Sofia Coppola reuniting with Bill Murray for ‘On the Rocks,’ starring Rashida Jones

Sofia Coppola reuniting with Bill Murray for ‘On the Rocks,’ starring Rashida Jones

Coppola won a best original screenplay Oscar for “Lost in Translation,” a drama that starred Murray as a faded movie star who forges an unlikely bond with a neglected young woman (Scarlett Johansson) after they cross paths in Tokyo. In addition, Coppola was nominated for best director, Murray for best actor, and the movie earned a best picture nod.

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Michelle Yeoh to star in new live-action ‘Star Trek’ series for CBS All Access

Michelle Yeoh to star in new live-action ‘Star Trek’ series for CBS All Access

“I’m so excited to continue telling these rich ‘Star Trek’ stories,” said Yeoh in a statement. “Being a part of this universe and this character specifically has been such a joy for me to play. I can’t wait to see where it all goes – certainly I believe it will go ‘where no WOMAN has ever gone before!’”

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Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford to play Oscar winner Judy Holliday in biopic ‘Smart Blonde’

Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford to play Oscar winner Judy Holliday in biopic ‘Smart Blonde’

Stage and screen performer Annaleigh Ashford, who won a Tony Award in 2015 for “You Can’t Take It With You” and appeared in the Golden Globe-winning limited television series “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” will star in “Smart Blonde,” a timely movie about Oscar-winning actress Judy Holliday.

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Director Susanne Bier reflects on the record-setting success of her femme-centric Netflix film ‘Bird Box’

Director Susanne Bier reflects on the record-setting success of her femme-centric Netflix film ‘Bird Box’

The post-apocalyptic sci-fi drama “Bird Box” has set a record in its debut, and with the Netflix original film boasting both a woman director and a female lead, it’s more evidence that the streaming service is destined and determined to shake up the film industry.

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Percentage of female film directors declines in 2018 into the single digits

Percentage of female film directors declines in 2018 into the single digits

A survey of the top 250 films of 2018 at the domestic box office found that women made up only 8 percent of directors, a number that was down 3 percentage points from the 11 percent in 2017, according to The Hollywood Reporter, citing the 21st annual The Celluloid Ceiling study by Dr. Martha Lauzen, executive director of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University.

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Regina King advocates for more women in film with Golden Globe win

Regina King advocates for more women in film with Golden Globe win

“If Beale Street Could Talk” star Regina King won best supporting actress in a feature film during Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards, and she used her time at the podium to advocate for more women in film. King declared, “I’m going to use my platform to say that in the next two years, everything I produce is going to be 50 percent women.”

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Carol Burnett to be honored with Golden Globes’ inaugural special TV achievement award

Carol Burnett to be honored with Golden Globes’ inaugural special TV achievement award

An acclaimed film, television and Broadway performer, Burnett, 85, is best known for “The Carol Burnett Show,” which ran for 11 years and received 25 Emmy Awards, making it one of the most honored shows in television history. This year marked the golden anniversary of the show, and Burnett returned to CBS Television Studios to tape “The Carol Burnett Show 50th Anniversary Special,” featuring classic sketches and memorable guests. CBS also dedicated a special artists’ entrance in her honor.

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‘Bao’s’ Domee Shi to make feature film directorial debut

‘Bao’s’ Domee Shi to make feature film directorial debut

Shi will be just the second woman director to helm a Pixar feature, and Brenda Chapman, co-director of 2012’s “Brave” and the first woman hired as a Pixar director, was taken off her film before it reached theaters.

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Viola Davis’ JuVee Productions inks deal with Amazon Studios

Viola Davis’ JuVee Productions inks deal with Amazon Studios

Davis said, “my big thing with JuVee Productions is there is no limit to how we see narratives for people of color — that there’s only so much that I’m going to kowtow to this business. My gift to anyone is that. Don’t let anybody tell you who you are. … This is my fist pump. This is my drop the mic. This is me.”

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Julia Roberts talks ‘Ben Is Back,’ ‘Homecoming,’ motherhood, #MeToo and more

Julia Roberts talks ‘Ben Is Back,’ ‘Homecoming,’ motherhood, #MeToo and more

She’s notoriously picky, generally acting in one film a year, and that’s become iffier considering, as she says, there’s “a whole lot of math” that needs to factor her kids’ school schedule and that of her husband, cinematographer Danny Moder. These days, one of the biggest movie stars in recent memory has largely withdrawn from the spotlight.

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Emma Stone to play Disney villain in live-action 1980s punk origin story ‘Cruella’

Emma Stone to play Disney villain in live-action 1980s punk origin story ‘Cruella’

Before she was a Golden Globe nominee for “The Favourite” or even an Oscar winner for “La La Land,” Emma Stone was reportedly set to star as a Disney villain in “Cruella,” a live-action origin story for “101 Dalmatians” baddie Cruella De Vil.

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Interview: ‘Wildlife’ screenwriter Zoe Kazan talks making a female character ‘feel like a whole person’

Interview: ‘Wildlife’ screenwriter Zoe Kazan talks making a female character ‘feel like a whole person’

“I think some of the criticism about ‘Oh, is she unlikable? Is she unsympathetic?’ feels really misplaced to me. It feels like it has more to do with the way we as a society think about who and what a mother should be and what a wife should be than it is really about this character,” screenwriter Zoe Kazan said of the main female character in “Wildlife.”

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Good news and bad news for women with the 2019 Golden Globes nominations

Good news and bad news for women with the 2019 Golden Globes nominations

There is good news and bad news for women with the nominations for the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards. Once again, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has shut out female directors. No female helmers are nominated for best director for the 2019 Golden Globes. There’s a little bit of good news as far as a couple of historic nominations for women.

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NBC unveils inaugural, all-woman class for its Alternative Directors Program

NBC unveils inaugural, all-woman class for its Alternative Directors Program

With the new initiative, NBC takes a step toward equal representation behind the scenes on alternative series – an unserved part of the industry when it comes to inclusion efforts, despite the prevalence of unscripted shows on TV. The program gives experienced female and ethnically diverse directors access to expand their repertoire of alternative formats and complex directing styles, with the ultimate goal of opening the door to future projects.

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