Camila Cabello to make acting debut as Cinderella in Kay Cannon film

Camila Cabello to make acting debut as Cinderella in Kay Cannon film

The idea for the reimagining of Cinderella grew from an original idea from late-night talk show host and Tony Award winner James Corden, who is producing the feature project with Leo Pearlman, his partner at Fulwell 73. The production banner that has found success with documentaries such as the BAFTA-nominated “Bros: After the Screaming Stops,” “The Class of ’92” and “Karaoke.”

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Interview: Emma Tammi talks about her femme-focused horror Western ‘The Wind’

Interview: Emma Tammi talks about her femme-focused horror Western ‘The Wind’

The Western horror story, which premiered last year at the Toronto International Film Festival, centers on Lizzy Macklin (Caitlin Gerard, “Insidious: The Last Key”), a capable German immigrant working to carve out a life alongside her God-fearing husband Isaac (Ashley Zukerman) on a remote stretch of the American frontier. When newcomers Emma and Gideon Harper (Julia Goldani Telles and Dylan McTee) set up homestead nearby, their arrival stirs up Lizzy’s dormant fears of a sinister presence haunting the land and sets off a harrowing chain of events.

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Gurinder Chadha to direct animated musical adaptation of graphic novel ‘Pashmina’ for Netflix

Gurinder Chadha to direct animated musical adaptation of graphic novel ‘Pashmina’ for Netflix

“Gurinder, Paul and Ashok together form a cinematic dream team and we’re beyond thrilled to work with them to bring to life the beautiful story of ‘Pashmina’ – with its universal themes of family, female empowerment, and identity,” said Melissa Cobb, vice president of kids & family at Netflix.

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Paramount Pictures nabs Kay Oyegun’s comedic script ‘Assisted Living’

Paramount Pictures nabs Kay Oyegun’s comedic script ‘Assisted Living’

The script, which also had Sony, Endeavor Content and Netflix vying for it, was being likened to “Sister Act” meets “Mrs. Doubtfire,” with the tale of a thief on the run from her old crew who holes up in a retirement home. The film will be produced by Temple Hill, along with Stephen Love.

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Amy Adams’ new production company gets first-look deal with HBO, adapting Barbara Kingsolver’s ‘Poisonwood Bible’

Amy Adams’ new production company gets first-look deal with HBO, adapting Barbara Kingsolver’s ‘Poisonwood Bible’

The new company is called Bond Group Entertainment, with Kathleen Clifford set to work as vice president of TV development for the company. Clifford was previously the director of original programming for Starz and prior to that was at Grady Girl Productions, Legendary Entertainment and ICM.

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Hanelle Culpepper to make ‘Star Trek’ history launching Jean Luc Picard series

Hanelle Culpepper to make ‘Star Trek’ history launching Jean Luc Picard series

Culpepper will direct the opening two episodes of the upcoming untitled “Star Trek” series focusing on the iconic character of Jean-Luc Picard from CBS All Access. According to StarTrek.com, she will be the first female director to launch a new “Star Trek” series in the franchise’s 53-year history.

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Glenn Close to star in, Rob Ashford to direct ‘Sunset Boulevard’ movie musical

Glenn Close to star in, Rob Ashford to direct ‘Sunset Boulevard’ movie musical

The seven-time Oscar nominee will star in Paramount’s big-screen version of the Broadway musical adaptation of the screen classic “Sunset Boulevard,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Close will reprise the role she played twice on Broadway, although more than 20 years apart.

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Misty Copeland biopic ‘Life in Motion’ to be helmed by Nzingha Stewart

Misty Copeland biopic ‘Life in Motion’ to be helmed by Nzingha Stewart

The movie will chronicle Copeland’s rise from her poor and tumultuous beginnings — she only began ballet at the relatively late age of 13 and soon found herself in the middle of a custody battle between her mother and the ballet teachers who were her legal guardians at the time — to becoming a crossover star. Copeland has written books, appeared in movies and television commercials, and has become a sought-after speaker.

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Oscars 2019 review: Women win in record numbers, ratings rise, host-free format works

Oscars 2019 review: Women win in record numbers, ratings rise, host-free format works

The record number of wins in 2019 was a welcome turnaround after just six women earned Oscars at last year’s ceremony, compared with 33 male winners. That’s little more than 15 percent. It was the lowest number of female winners since 2012’s show, when only four women took home Academy Awards.

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‘Venom’ screenwriter Kelly Marcel to make directorial debut with adaptation of Claire McFall’s ‘Ferryman’

‘Venom’ screenwriter Kelly Marcel to make directorial debut with adaptation of Claire McFall’s ‘Ferryman’

BAFTA nominee Kelly Marcel, who has penned the scripts for films like “Venom,” “Saving Mr. Banks” and “Fifty Shades of Grey,” is moving into directing. Deadline Hollywood reports that Legendary Entertainment has closed a deal with Marcel to adapt, direct and produce Claire McFall’s novel “Ferryman,” the first book in McFall’s award-winning young adult trilogy.

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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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