Kerry Washington to star in and produce film version of Diane Cardwell surfing memoir ‘Rockaway’

Kerry Washington to star in and produce film version of Diane Cardwell surfing memoir ‘Rockaway’

The project will continue Washington’s  burgeoning relationship with Netflix: She previously appeared in the musical adaptation “The Prom” and the drama “American Son” for the streamer, and she stars in the upcoming Netflix film “The School For Good And Evil.”

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Sharon Stone to receive Zurich Film Festival’s Golden Icon Award

Sharon Stone to receive Zurich Film Festival’s Golden Icon Award

Stone will be in Switzerland to accept the award in person on Sept. 25, according to a news release. The award ceremony will be followed by a screening of Martin Scorsese’s thriller “Casino,” which earned Stone a Golden Globe Award as well as an Oscar nomination.

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Native writer/producer Sierra Teller Ornelas of ‘Rutherford Falls’ extends deal with Universal Television

Native writer/producer Sierra Teller Ornelas of ‘Rutherford Falls’ extends deal with Universal Television

In addition, her Peacock Original show “Rutherford Falls” was recently renewed for a second season. The critically acclaimed comedy is considered a breakthrough moment in Native representation in television, both in front of and behind the camera.

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Debbie Allen to garner 2021 Television Academy’s Governors Award during Emmy Awards

Debbie Allen to garner 2021 Television Academy’s Governors Award during Emmy Awards

Allen has choreographed for legendary artists such as Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Gwen Verdon, Carmen de Lavallade, Diane Carroll, Lena Horne, Sammy Davis Jr., Dolly Parton and Savion Glover.

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Jessica Chastain to receive TIFF Tribute Actor Award at Toronto International Film Festival

Jessica Chastain to receive TIFF Tribute Actor Award at Toronto International Film Festival

Two-time Academy Award–nominated actor Jessica Chastain will receive the 2021 TIFF Tribute Actor Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. The 2021 TIFF Tribute Awards will take place during the 46th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival, which is Sept. 9-18. “Jessica has brought to life such strong and inspiring roles for women, from […]

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Jennifer Garner embarks on creative partnership with Netflix, including ‘Yes Day’ sequel

Jennifer Garner embarks on creative partnership with Netflix, including ‘Yes Day’ sequel

One of the films under the deal is a sequel to the fan favorite “Yes Day,” which is currently in development with Garner set to produce and reprise her starring role.

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Hulu orders drama ‘Tell Me Lies,’ starring Grace Van Patten, straight to series

Hulu orders drama ‘Tell Me Lies,’ starring Grace Van Patten, straight to series

Van Patten currently stars in Hulu and David E. Kelley’s buzzy new limited series “Nine Perfect Strangers,” opposite Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy.

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Netflix acquires Maggie Gyllenhaal’s ‘The Lost Daughter’ ahead of Venice Film Festival premiere

Netflix acquires Maggie Gyllenhaal’s ‘The Lost Daughter’ ahead of Venice Film Festival premiere

The deal furthers Netflix’s relationship with Gyllenhaal, following the 2018 release of “The Kindergarten Teacher,” in which she starred and earned rave reviews from critics.

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Navajo director Sydney Freeland to helm Native American basketball drama ‘Rez Ball’

Navajo director Sydney Freeland to helm Native American basketball drama ‘Rez Ball’

The “Rez Ball” script is based on Michael Powell’s sports novel “Canyon Dreams” and his New York Times articles, which  which delve into the world of “reservation basketball.”

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Mo’Nique inks deal with Endemol Shine North America to develop unscripted TV projects

Mo’Nique inks deal with Endemol Shine North America to develop unscripted TV projects

The deal reunites Cris Abrego – chairman of the Americas, Banijay and president and CEO of Endemol Shine Holdings – with Mo’Nique, whom he originally cast in the unscripted hit series “Charm School” 15 years ago for VH1.

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Gotham Awards eliminating gendered acting award categories

Gotham Awards eliminating gendered acting award categories

The move to introduce gender-neutral lead and supporting acting awards builds on the legacy of the now 24-year-old Gotham Breakthrough Actor Award – to be renamed “Gotham Breakthrough Performer Award” as of this year – which has been gender-neutral since its inception.

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Film ‘Skate Dreams’ to chronicle rise of women’s skateboarding

Film ‘Skate Dreams’ to chronicle rise of women’s skateboarding

Directed by Jessica Edwards and executive produced by Gary Hustwit, “Skate Dreams” will be the first feature-length film to chronicle the rise of female skateboarding from its early days as a vibrant, if marginalized, part of the subculture to its international debut as an official sport at the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games.

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Deadline approaching for SeriesFest and Shondaland’s Women Directing Mentorship

Deadline approaching for SeriesFest and Shondaland’s Women Directing Mentorship

SeriesFest and Shondaland are proud to have partnered for the past two years on the Women Directing Mentorship, a competition designed to discover aspiring women directors with a unique voice and provide a launchpad for their career.

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IFC reuniting with Andrea Arnold on Cannes Film Festival documentary ‘Cow’

IFC reuniting with Andrea Arnold on Cannes Film Festival documentary ‘Cow’

Shot over seven years, “Cow” had its world premiere in the newly created Cannes Premiere section at this year’s Cannes Film Festival in France. IFC Films previously collaborated with Arnold on her award-winning film “Fish Tank,” which starred Katie Jarvis and Michael Fassbender.

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Anna Kendrick to star in director Mary Nighy’s psychological thriller ‘Alice, Darling’

Anna Kendrick to star in director Mary Nighy’s psychological thriller ‘Alice, Darling’

Mary Nighy’s feature film directorial debut, the film also stars Wunmi Mosaku, Kaniehtiio Horn and Charlie Carrick. It is written by Alanna Francis (“The Rest of Us”).

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Jamie Lee Curtis to receive Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at Venice International Film Festival

Jamie Lee Curtis to receive Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at Venice International Film Festival

The award ceremony of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement will take place on Sept. 8 in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema (Lido di Venezia) before the out-of-competition screening of Curtis’ new movie “Halloween Kills.”

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Dawn Porter directing documentary about Cirque du Soleil’s comeback

Dawn Porter directing documentary about Cirque du Soleil’s comeback

Filming on the project took place leading up to the July 1 opening night for Cirque du Soleil’s show “O” as it returned to the stage at Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

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Kyra Sedgwick to direct Rebecca Banner’s Black List sci-fi rom-com ‘Space Oddity’

Kyra Sedgwick to direct Rebecca Banner’s Black List sci-fi rom-com ‘Space Oddity’

“Space Oddity” is the second feature film for Sedgwick as a director, after 2017’s “Story of a Girl.” She received a Director’s Guild of America nomination for helming that Lifetime telefilm.

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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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