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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Grammy-nominated singer Ledisi to again play gospel legend Mahalia Jackson in upcoming biopic

Grammy-nominated singer Ledisi to again play gospel legend Mahalia Jackson in upcoming biopic

Ledisi previously played Jackson in the Oscar-winning 2014 fact-based film “Selma,” director Ava DuVernay’s chronicle of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s iconic 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

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Brie Larson to executive produce and star in Apple period series ‘Lessons in Chemistry’

Brie Larson to executive produce and star in Apple period series ‘Lessons in Chemistry’

Academy Award-nominated writer Susannah Grant (“Erin Brockovich”) will pen and executive produce the series. Jason Bateman and Michael Costigan also will executive produce under their Aggregate Films shingle, which produces shows like “Ozark” at Netflix, “A Teacher” at FX on Hulu and “The Outsider” at HBO.

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Women directed half of the selections for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival

Women directed half of the selections for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Sundance Film Festival – which usually takes place in Park City, Utah – is not only going digital at festival.sundance.org but also is offering in-person socially distanced screenings and events at drive-in theaters, independent arthouses and other venues around the country.

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Gotham Awards nominations: All nominees for best feature come from women directors

Gotham Awards nominations: All nominees for best feature come from women directors

In the best feature category, all five nominated films come from women directors: “The Assistant” from Kitty Green, “First Cow” from Kelly Reichardt, “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” from Eliza Hittman, “Nomadland” from Chloé Zhao and “Relic” from Natalie Erika James.

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Elisabeth Moss to star in and produce film adaptation of ‘She Will Rise,’ former Congresswoman Katie Hill’s memoir

Elisabeth Moss to star in and produce film adaptation of ‘She Will Rise,’ former Congresswoman Katie Hill’s memoir

Hill served as U.S. Representative for California’s 25th Congressional District for most of 2019, after besting incumbent Republican Rep. Steve Knight in the 2018 midterm elections. But she resigned last November after a right-wing blog alleged she had an affair and the Daily Mail published leaked nude photos of her.

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Ava DuVernay to adapt Isabel Wilkerson’s acclaimed new book ‘Caste’ for Netflix

Ava DuVernay to adapt Isabel Wilkerson’s acclaimed new book ‘Caste’ for Netflix

Titled “Caste,” the film version of Wilkerson’s book will use a multiple-story format to analyze the “unspoken system that has shaped America and chronicles how our lives today are defined by a hierarchy of human divisions dating back generations.”

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Regina King building Oscar buzz for feature film directorial debut ‘One Night in Miami’

Regina King building Oscar buzz for feature film directorial debut ‘One Night in Miami’

Following its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival, “One Night in Miami” has achieved critical praise across the board, rapidly building buzz in this year’s Oscar race. King is considered a likely candidate to be the first Black woman ever nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director.

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Hollywood Commission, led by Anita Hill, finds men ‘appear to inhabit a parallel universe’ in perceptions of progress in diversity and inclusion

Hollywood Commission, led by Anita Hill, finds men ‘appear to inhabit a parallel universe’ in perceptions of progress in diversity and inclusion

“Men in Hollywood appear to inhabit a parallel universe when it comes to their overwhelmingly positive perception of progress in welcoming and valuing diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives,” the Hollywood Commission said in releasing its second report from an industry survey.

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Reba McEntire to star in and executive produce TV series based on ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’

Reba McEntire to star in and executive produce TV series based on ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’

Although she is best known as one of country music’s top hitmakers, Reba also is a seasoned actor who has 11 movie credits to her name, played a lead role on Broadway in Irving Berlin’s “Annie Get Your Gun” and starred for six seasons in the TV sitcom “Reba.”

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‘Wonder Women’ Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins reteaming for epic ‘Cleopatra’

‘Wonder Women’ Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins reteaming for epic ‘Cleopatra’

The historical drama will be penned by Laeta Kalogridis (“Shutter Island”), which means we will finally get a major motion picture that tells Cleopatra’s story from a female perspective.

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‘Nomadland’ premieres as Centerpiece film at New York Film Festival after winning at Toronto and Venice

‘Nomadland’ premieres as Centerpiece film at New York Film Festival after winning at Toronto and Venice

The film follows Fern (McDormand), a woman in her 60s who loses everything in the Great Recession. Following the economic collapse of her company town in rural Nevada, she packs her van and sets off to try a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad.

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Yara Shahidi to take flight as Tinkerbell in Disney’s live-action remake ‘Peter Pan and Wendy’

Yara Shahidi to take flight as Tinkerbell in Disney’s live-action remake ‘Peter Pan and Wendy’

David Lowery, who previously helmed the 2016 live-action take on “Pete’s Dragon,” will return to the Mouse House to direct “Peter Pan and Wendy.” He co-wrote the script with Toby Halbrooks, who also collaborated with him on “Pete’s Dragon.”

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Awkwafina and Karen Gillan to reteam for Amazon Studios action-comedy ‘Shelly’

Awkwafina and Karen Gillan to reteam for Amazon Studios action-comedy ‘Shelly’

The script is by Liz Storm and Michael Doneger, and Deadline reports that the latter wrote the story for a high-concept film that combines high school nostalgia, comedy and action, with a tone is that is described as a mix of “Mean Girls” and “Barry.”

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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces new representation and inclusion standards for Best Picture Oscar

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces new representation and inclusion standards for Best Picture Oscar

The Washington Post reviewed the past 15 years of Best Picture winners, dating back to 2005’s “Crash,” to see how much the new rules would change the outcome of the top Oscar contest.

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Janelle Monae horror-thriller ‘Antebellum’ to premiere as a Premium On-Demand release

Janelle Monae horror-thriller ‘Antebellum’ to premiere as a Premium On-Demand release

In “Antebellum,” successful author Veronica Henley (Monáe, “Hidden Figures,” “Moonlight”) finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality that forces her to confront the past, present and future – before it’s too late.

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Lizzo signs first-look TV deal with Amazon Studios

Lizzo signs first-look TV deal with Amazon Studios

Earlier this year, Lizzo won three Grammy Awards, for best pop solo performance for “Truth Hurts,” for best traditional R&B performance for “Jerome” and for best urban contemporary album for “Cuz I Love You.” Her music has exceeded 4 billion global streams to date, and she has quickly become a household name.

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Ava DuVernay to executive produce and narrate ‘One Perfect Shot’ docuseries for HBO Max

Ava DuVernay to executive produce and narrate ‘One Perfect Shot’ docuseries for HBO Max

Each episode arms one acclaimed director with an arsenal of visual tools to pull back the curtain on their most iconic shots. Using state-of-the-art technology, the directors will literally enter each shot, walking through the scene in 360 moments that allow viewers to join an immersive exploration of moviemaking.

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Amazon gives season order to ‘A League of Their Own’ series

Amazon gives season order to ‘A League of Their Own’ series

Abbi Jacobson (“Broad City”) and Will Graham (“The Onion News Network”) created the series, which is billed as a reinterpretation of Penny Marshall’s 1992 feature film starring Geena Davis, Tom Hanks and Lori Petty about the World War II-era All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

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Gina Prince-Bythewood’s Netflix hit ‘The Old Guard’ boasts predominantly woman post-production team

Gina Prince-Bythewood’s Netflix hit ‘The Old Guard’ boasts predominantly woman post-production team

Gina Prince-Bythewood ( “Love & Basketball,” “The Secret Life of Bees,” “Beyond the Lights”) became the first Black woman to direct a Hollywood comic-book-themed movie with “The Old Guard.” Plus, Terilyn A. Shropshire (“Eve’s Bayou”), who has collaborated with the helmer since 2000’s “Love & Basketball,” became the first Black woman to edit one.

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Martha Coolidge’s ‘Real Genius’ celebrates its 35th anniversary – and holds up better than many other ’80s movies

Martha Coolidge’s ‘Real Genius’ celebrates its 35th anniversary – and holds up better than many other ’80s movies

On of my favorite movies of the 1980s turns 35 this month, and unlike many coming-of-age stories of its era, Martha Coolidge’s “Real Genius” is a quotable comedy that provides big laughs without the discomfort of wildly inappropriate material. As I noted in my column for the film’s 30th anniversary, Coolidge’s film about two teenage […]

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Ava DuVernay selected as first woman filmmaker to receive Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize

Ava DuVernay selected as first woman filmmaker to receive Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize

The Gish Prize is given each year to a highly accomplished artist from any discipline who has pushed the boundaries of an art form, contributed to social change and paved the way for the next generation. The selection committee for the 2020 Gish Prize chose DuVernay from nearly 60 outstanding finalists in the fields of visual and performing arts, literature and arts administration.

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