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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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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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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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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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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Lulu Wilson to co-star in Julie Taymor’s Gloria Steinem biopic

Lulu Wilson to co-star in Julie Taymor’s Gloria Steinem biopic

Lulu Wilson, 13, known for her roles in Netflix’s “The Haunting of Hill House,” HBO’s “Sharp Objects” and the horror prequel “Annabelle: Creation,” has been picked to play young Gloria Steinem in the biopic “The Glorias: A Life on the Road,” which Julie Taymor is writing and directing. Deadline Hollywood reports that the film will be based on Steinem’s memoir of the same title.

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Melissa V. Murray to make directorial debut with ‘We Real Cool,’ from producer Effie T. Brown

Melissa V. Murray to make directorial debut with ‘We Real Cool,’ from producer Effie T. Brown

Stuart Ford’s AGC Studios has given the green light to “We Real Cool,” an urban action comedy from “Dear White People” producer Effie T. Brown, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “We Real Cool” will mark the feature debut of Melissa V. Murray, a graduate of the Ghetto Film School and a Sundance Ignite Fellow alumnus, who will direct from her own script.

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Debra Granik, Lynne Ramsay and Tamara Jenkins nominated for best director for 2019 Independent Spirit Awards

Debra Granik, Lynne Ramsay and Tamara Jenkins nominated for best director for 2019 Independent Spirit Awards

Film Independent has announced the nominations for the 2019 Independent Spirit Awards, and three of the five finalists in the best director category are women. The best director nominees are Debra Granik for “Leave No Trace,” Lynne Ramsay for “You Were Never Really Here” and Tamara Jenkins for “Private Life,” alongside Barry Jenkins for “If Beale Street Could Talk” and Paul Schrader for “First Reformed.”

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Gia Coppola plans sophomore directorial project with ‘Mainstream’

Gia Coppola plans sophomore directorial project with ‘Mainstream’

Excerpt: Andrew Garfield, Maya Hawke, Nat Wolff and Gia Coppola’s cousin Jason Schwartzman are set to star in the drama. Coppola penned the script with Tom Stuart, and filming on the drama is set to get started by year’s end. Automatik’s Fred Berger (“La La Land” and “Destroyer”) is producing, according to Deadline. Robert Schwartzman, Holly Wiersma, and American Zoetrope will serve as executive producers on the film.

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‘Power’ creator Courtney Kemp inks wide-ranging new deal with Lionsgate

‘Power’ creator Courtney Kemp inks wide-ranging new deal with Lionsgate

The deal has been deemed as “one-of-a-kind” agreement by Lionsgate. The development and production deal offers Kemp and her End of Episode shingle the opportunity to expand the “Power” franchise with potential spinoffs among a number of commitments by Starz. Additionally, the deal encompasses other projects for Lionsgate to take to market for Kemp on a multitude of platforms.

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Hannah Marks to direct the high school comedy ‘The Swimsuit Issue’

Hannah Marks to direct the high school comedy ‘The Swimsuit Issue’

The script, which made 2014’s Black List, centers on a nerdy high schooler who considers himself an amateur photographer and attempts to create a “Swimsuit Issue” featuring his classmates in the hopes of raising money for summer camp. Randall Green (“The Stand-In,” “Billions”) penned the script.

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Alexandra Shipp, Kelli O’Hara added to Netflix’s adaptation of ‘All the Bright Places’

Alexandra Shipp, Kelli O’Hara added to Netflix’s adaptation of ‘All the Bright Places’

Elle Fanning (“Maleficent”) and Justice Smith (“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”) will star in as two teenagers struggling with mental illness whose paths cross. Filming is underway in Cleveland, Ohio. “Runaways” actor Virginia Gardner, CBS’ “Happy Together” star Felix Mallard, “The Hate U Give” actor Lamar Johnson and “Bad Samaritan” performer Sofia Hasmik also have been cast.

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‘The Good Place’s’ Tiya Sircar to star in the upcoming Netflix feature ‘Good Sam’

‘The Good Place’s’ Tiya Sircar to star in the upcoming Netflix feature ‘Good Sam’

The film follows TV news reporter Kate Bradley, who is assigned to uncover the identity of a mysterious Good Samaritan – aka Good Sam – who has been anonymously leaving $100,000 cash gifts on the doorsteps of seemingly random New Yorkers. As interest in the incredible presents builds nationwide, the journalist seeks to unravel the identity of Good Sam and the reasons behind the enigmatic gifts.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal to make directorial debut adapting Elena Ferrante novel ‘The Lost Daughter’

Maggie Gyllenhaal to make directorial debut adapting Elena Ferrante novel ‘The Lost Daughter’

Oscar-nominated actor Maggie Gyllenhaal (“Crazy Heart,” “The Dark Knight,” HBO’s “The Deuce”) will make her directorial debut with a film adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s 2006 novel “The Lost Daughter.” Under her Pilot Productions banner, Gyllenhaal also will develop the script for and produce alongside Pie Films’ Talia Kleinhendler and Osnat Handelsman-Keren.

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Femme-focused, woman-directed films ‘On the Basis of Sex’ and ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ to open and close AFI Film Festival

Femme-focused, woman-directed films ‘On the Basis of Sex’ and ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ to open and close AFI Film Festival

Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones — and change the course of history. “Mary Queen of Scots” is due in theaters Dec. 7.

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IFC Midnight acquires U.S. rights to femme-focused thriller ‘Rust Creek’

IFC Midnight acquires U.S. rights to femme-focused thriller ‘Rust Creek’

Jen McGowan directed from a script by Julie Lipson, based on a story by Lunacy Productions’ Stu Pollard, who also produced the thriller, according to Variety. The film stars British actress Hermione Corfield (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”) in her first leading role. “Rust Creek” co-stars Jay Paulson, Sean O’Bryan, John Marshall Jones, Micah Hauptman, Daniel R. Hill and Jeremy Glazer.

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Halle Berry to make her directorial debut and star in mixed martial arts drama ‘Bruised’

Halle Berry to make her directorial debut and star in mixed martial arts drama ‘Bruised’

Oscar winner Halle Berry plans to make her directorial debut with a mixed martial arts action drama titled “Bruised,” in which she will also star. Berry, currently in production on “John Wick 3: Parabellum” opposite Keanu Reeves, will reteam with John Wick producer Basil Iwanyk of Thunder Road Pictures, who is also producing “Bruised” along with Entertainment 360 and Linda Gottlieb.

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Chloe Zhao to direct Marvel’s ‘The Eternals’

Chloe Zhao to direct Marvel’s ‘The Eternals’

Chloe Zhao will direct Marvel’s next potential franchise, the “The Eternals,” about a race of immortal beings who lived on Earth and shaped its history and civilizations. Jack Kirby created “The Eternals” in 1976 during his cosmic hero phase and was influenced by such works as Erich von Däniken’ 1968 book “Chariots of the Gods,” which explored the notion of ancient gods as aliens.

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After winning two Venice Film Festival awards with ‘The Nightingale,’ Jennifer Kent plans new projects

After winning two Venice Film Festival awards with ‘The Nightingale,’ Jennifer Kent plans new projects

Jennifer Kent is close to completing a new draft of the screenplay for her third feature, “Alice + Freda Forever,” is based on the true story of two young women who fall in love in Memphis, Tennessee, in the 1890s. The Australian filmmaker is also busy preparing a “Tiptree,” a television series based in the United States. It’s about science-fiction writer Alice Bradley Sheldon.

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Interview: Kim Voynar is on the Leading Edge of Virtual Reality Cinema

Interview: Kim Voynar is on the Leading Edge of Virtual Reality Cinema

Like the best movies, Kim Voynar’s cinema career has come with plenty of plot twists For a decade, Voynar worked as a film critic, reviewing movies for Cinematical, Movie City News, Indiewire and Variety, and in 2011, she ventured into filmmaking. She wrote, produced and directed the short film “Bunker” and then working for three […]

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