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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‘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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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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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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Singer/actor Halle Bailey cast as Ariel in Disney’s live-action remake of ‘The Little Mermaid’

Singer/actor Halle Bailey cast as Ariel in Disney’s live-action remake of ‘The Little Mermaid’

Despite her obvious talent as a singer, Bailey has been a controversial pick among some Disney fans, for the simple reason that she isn’t a white redhead like the animated character. Although many people have praised the casting, some fans even have gone so far as to launch the hashtag #NotMyAriel and start online petitions calling for Disney to remove Bailey as “The Little Mermaid’s” new star.

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‘Blockers’ helmer Kay Cannon to direct comedy ’79ers’

‘Blockers’ helmer Kay Cannon to direct comedy ’79ers’

“Kay is wonderful at capturing characters in situational conflict and is the perfect choice for this re-engineered coming of age comedy. I hope when we are finished with this film it feels like ‘Goonies’ for adults,” said Nathan Kahane, president of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group.

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Karen Moncrieff adapting Alice Sebold’s book ‘Lucky’ as a feature film

Karen Moncrieff adapting Alice Sebold’s book ‘Lucky’ as a feature film

Sebold, whose 2002 bestseller “The Lovely Bones” was made into a feature directed by Peter Jackson, published “Lucky” in 1999. The memoir traces how her life was transformed when she was brutally raped and beaten in a park near campus as an 18-year-old college freshman.

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‘Shirkers’ director Sandi Tan to adapt Elif Batuman’s ‘The Idiot’

‘Shirkers’ director Sandi Tan to adapt Elif Batuman’s ‘The Idiot’

 “Shirkers” – which chronicled how Tan made her 1992 debut feature at age 18 in Singapore and then had the footage stolen by her enigmatic director Georges and then returned after his death in 2008 – earned the auteur the World Cinema Documentary Directing Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

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Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson talk ‘Late Night,’ funny women and the patriarchy

Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson talk ‘Late Night,’ funny women and the patriarchy

“I loved shining a light on a world that has historically not employed women. It was very easy to research because almost all of my friends have been fired from a late night talk show. There are so many great disgruntled stories of impossible hosts and mean bosses.”

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge talks about her work on script of ‘Bond 25’ to ensure it will ‘treat women properly’

Phoebe Waller-Bridge talks about her work on script of ‘Bond 25’ to ensure it will ‘treat women properly’

An Emmy Award nominee for her writing on the first season of “Killing Eve,” Waller-Bridge becomes only the second woman in Bond history to be credited on a script after Johanna Hardwood, who wrote on 1962’s “Dr. No” and 1963’s “From Russia With Love.”

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Josie Rourke to helm cinematic origin story ‘This Nan’s Life’

Josie Rourke to helm cinematic origin story ‘This Nan’s Life’

Rourke is a renowned theater director who has been the artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse theater in London since 2012. Her 2018 historical drama “Mary Queen Of Scots,” starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie, was her debut feature. The film was nominated for three BAFTAs and two Oscars this year and grossed $46 million globally.

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Mati Diop talks about being Cannes Film Festival’s first black female director

Mati Diop talks about being Cannes Film Festival’s first black female director

“It was sad to learn that in 2019 such a thing had never happened before — there is still a long way to go. If as a young African filmmaker I can represent a minority that still has very little access to that kind of selection, that’s a good thing,” she says. “But I’d rather stay a little detached. It was almost as if my smaller story was encountering a much larger story. I really want the film to be taken for what it is, not for what I represent.”

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Amy Poehler, Issa Ray, Elizabeth Debicki and Cathy Schulman to be honored at the 2019 Women In Film Annual Gala

Amy Poehler, Issa Ray, Elizabeth Debicki and Cathy Schulman to be honored at the 2019 Women In Film Annual Gala

Women In Film, Los Angeles has announced the honorees for the 2019 Women In Film Annual Gala set for June 12 at The Beverly Hilton. Formerly named the Crystal + Lucy Awards, the annual benefit supports Women In Film, Los Angeles’ educational and philanthropic programs and its advocacy for gender parity for women throughout the […]

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‘Black Panther’ star Letitia Wright added to cast of Agatha Christie adaptation ‘Death on the Nile’

‘Black Panther’ star Letitia Wright added to cast of Agatha Christie adaptation ‘Death on the Nile’

Wright is set to star alongside Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer and Kenneth Branagh, who again will direct following 2018’s “Murder on the Orient Express” while also reprising his role as the memorably mustachioed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot.

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‘American Horror Story’ star Jamie Brewer to receive the ‘See It, Be It’ Award from Bentonville Film Festival

‘American Horror Story’ star Jamie Brewer to receive the ‘See It, Be It’ Award from Bentonville Film Festival

In 2015, Brewer became the first woman with Down Syndrome to walk the runway at New York Fashion Week, and two years later, she was asked by Miley Cyrus to introduce the singer/actor at the Variety Power of Women event, underscoring the position she has already achieved as an influential figure in popular culture.

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Theater helmer Adrienne Campbell-Holt to make feature film directing debut with ‘Contested’

Theater helmer Adrienne Campbell-Holt to make feature film directing debut with ‘Contested’

“Contested,” written by former political operative Lynn Reed, is a timely political drama that examines political polarization through the lens of family rift. Kate Adams is the top adviser to the woman who would be the first female president of the United States, while her brother Mark serves in a similar capacity for the opponent.

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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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