Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira reteaming to adapt Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel ‘Americanah’ for HBO Max

Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira reteaming to adapt Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel ‘Americanah’ for HBO Max

“‘Americanah’ has been a passion project for me since I read Chimamanda’s beautiful novel in 2013,” Nyong’o said, per Variety. “It’s a tale that is simultaneously timely and timeless. HBO Max is the perfect partner to bring this profound and celebrated story to life, and I’m thrilled that Danai will bring to the project her intelligence, wit, and understanding of the stories and the worlds of ‘Americanah.’”

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Carol Burnett, Lily Tomlin and more to be lauded at 2019 Paley Honors

Carol Burnett, Lily Tomlin and more to be lauded at 2019 Paley Honors

The 2019 Paley Honors will endow the creation of the Paley Center’s Comedy Collection, a compendium of comedic programs and moments across eight decades of television. The collection will be preserved as part of the Paley Archive, the world’s largest publicly accessible archive of TV and radio programming.

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Femme-centric spy thriller ‘355’ gets 2021 release date

Femme-centric spy thriller ‘355’ gets 2021 release date

Directed by Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: Dark Phoenix”), “355” is a passion project for Chastain, who has been one of the most vocal movie stars on gender-equity issues. In addition to starring, the two-time Oscar nominee is producing through her Freckle Films banner.

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Agnès Varda’s final film ‘Varda by Agnès’ to open in November in U.S. cinemas

Agnès Varda’s final film ‘Varda by Agnès’ to open in November in U.S. cinemas

Janus Films has acquired U.S. rights to the documentary, which made its world premiere in February at the Berlin International Film Festival, just weeks before the “godmother of French New Wave cinema” died March 29 at her home in Paris at the age of 90.

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Mati Diop to receive inaugural Mary Pickford Award at Toronto International Film Festival

Mati Diop to receive inaugural Mary Pickford Award at Toronto International Film Festival

The award, named in honor of Toronto native Mary Pickford, recognizes an emerging female talent who is making groundbreaking strides in the industry. Pickford was the pioneering actor, producer and co-founder of United Artists. The honor is being established in conjunction with United Artists’ centennial this year, according to a news release.

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Keira Knightley talks playing Iraq War whistle-blower Katharine Gun in political thriller ‘Official Secrets’

Keira Knightley talks playing Iraq War whistle-blower Katharine Gun in political thriller ‘Official Secrets’

Keira Knightley is portraying Katharine Gun, a real-life Iraq War whistle-blower, in the political thriller “Official Secrets,” opening Friday in the United States and in October in the U.K.

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Awkwafina to star in Legendary’s ‘The Last Adventure of Constance Verity’ and Disney Animation’s ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’

Awkwafina to star in Legendary’s ‘The Last Adventure of Constance Verity’ and Disney Animation’s ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’

With her signing on to two high-profile projects in less a month, we’re seeing another phase in the rapidly morphing career of Awkwafina, the rapper who broke out as a comedic actor in last year’s blockbuster “Crazy Rich Asians” and is gaining early awards consideration for her finely nuanced lead turn in this year’s critically acclaimed drama “The Farewell.”

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Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions developing ‘Fast Color’ series at Amazon

Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions developing ‘Fast Color’ series at Amazon

Released by Lionsgate/Code Black in April, the film was co-written by Hart and Horowitz and directed by Hart. The movie premiered to critical acclaim last year at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. It was released last month on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD.

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Gal Gadot to portray Hedy Lamarr in Showtime limited series

Gal Gadot to portray Hedy Lamarr in Showtime limited series

Lamarr also was an inventor who, along with composer George Antheil, one of her friends, patented a frequency-hopping system during World War II that presaged Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technology. Lamarr and Antheil were inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014.

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Gemma Chan: ‘We’ve still got a lot of work to do’ to have more equitable representation in movies

Gemma Chan: ‘We’ve still got a lot of work to do’ to have more equitable representation in movies

“I know the perception is that it’s got a lot easier to make films by or about minorities or women, but it’s actually still difficult. I would like to see a real increase in the diversity of people who are in a position to make decisions,” Chan told British Vogue.

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Auli’i Cravalho to star in ABC’s live musical production of ‘The Little Mermaid’

Auli’i Cravalho to star in ABC’s live musical production of ‘The Little Mermaid’

Alan Menken earned an Academy Award for writing the film’s original music, including the songs “Under the Sea,” “Part of Your World” and the Oscar-winning ballad “Kiss the Girl.” The late Howard Ashman wrote the lyrics to the film’s iconic songs.

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Disney adapting Nigerian-American author Tomi Adeyemi’s YA novel ‘Children of Blood and Bone’ into feature film

Disney adapting Nigerian-American author Tomi Adeyemi’s YA novel ‘Children of Blood and Bone’ into feature film

The first of Adeyemi’s “Legacy of Orïsha” series, “Children of Blood and Bone” was published last year by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers. The sequel, “Children of Virtue and Vengeance,” is due out in December.

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Interview: Maureen Bharoocha making feature film directorial debut with ladies arm wrestling comedy ‘Golden Arm’

Interview: Maureen Bharoocha making feature film directorial debut with ladies arm wrestling comedy ‘Golden Arm’

Maureen Bharoocha is best known for her work as a rising comedic director for “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” as well as her films that have appeared on the Lifetime Network, including “I Am Watching You” and “Fatal Flip.”

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Nina Dobrev to star in and executive produce indie comedy ‘Sick Girl’

Nina Dobrev to star in and executive produce indie comedy ‘Sick Girl’

The independent comedy will mark the feature film writing and directing debut for Jennifer Cram, the longtime casting associate who most recently was casting director on Showtime’s “Ray Donovan.”

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Jennifer Lawrence to star in and produce true-crime movie ‘Mob Girl’

Jennifer Lawrence to star in and produce true-crime movie ‘Mob Girl’

“Mob Girl” follows Arlyne Brickman, a woman who grew up among racketeers and mobsters on the Lower East Side of New York City. She became a “mob girlfriend” who then wanted a piece of the action herself, eventually becoming a police informant and a major witness in the government’s case against the Colombo crime family.

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Meryl Streep to receive the Toronto International Film Festival’s Tribute Actor Award

Meryl Streep to receive the Toronto International Film Festival’s Tribute Actor Award

“Meryl Streep is undoubtedly one of the most talented and versatile actors of her generation,” said Joana Vicente, the festival’s executive director and co-head, in a statement. “Her tremendous contribution to cinema, television, and the stage spans five decades.”

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‘Moana’s’ Auli’i Cravalho to star in Netflix feature film ‘Sorta Like a Rock Star’

‘Moana’s’ Auli’i Cravalho to star in Netflix feature film ‘Sorta Like a Rock Star’

Principal photography is set to begin in October, with Cravalho starring as a teenager who, despite difficult circumstances, is exceptionally optimistic about the world and her place in it.

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‘Booksmart’s’ Olivia Wilde and Katie Silberman to reteam for Universal holiday comedy

‘Booksmart’s’ Olivia Wilde and Katie Silberman to reteam for Universal holiday comedy

“Booksmart,” Wilde’s feature directorial debut, follows best friends and academic overachievers Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein), who realize they’ve missed out on pretty much all the fun during high school. So, on the eve of graduation, they decide to make up for lost time with one wild adventure.

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Jamie Lee Curtis returning to star in, produce ‘Halloween’ sequels ‘Halloween Kills’ and ‘Halloween Ends’

Jamie Lee Curtis returning to star in, produce ‘Halloween’ sequels ‘Halloween Kills’ and ‘Halloween Ends’

Written by David Gordon Green, Danny McBride and Scott Teems, based on characters created by John Carpenter and Debra Hill, the film will be directed by Green and produced by Malek Akkad, Jason Blum and Bill Block.

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Amazon Studios turning Sundance favorite ‘Selah and the Spades’ into a series

Amazon Studios turning Sundance favorite ‘Selah and the Spades’ into a series

“’Selah and The Spades’ is a fun and addictive story that immediately draws you in,” Matt Newman, co-head of movies at Amazon Studios said. “I’m so excited to bring filmmaker Tayarisha Poe into the Amazon Studios family — she has such a unique and beautiful style of storytelling that young audiences everywhere will fall in love with, just as we have.”

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Natalie Portman to become the female Thor in ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’

Natalie Portman to become the female Thor in ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’

Chris Hemsworth, who has played the god of thunder in all the “Thor” and “Avengers” films, and Tessa Thompson, who played Valkyrie in “Thor: Ragnarok,” appeared alongside Portman and Watiti at Comic-Con.

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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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