Riley Keough, Niki Caro to rock Amazon original series ‘Daisy Jones & The Six’

Riley Keough, Niki Caro to rock Amazon original series ‘Daisy Jones & The Six’

Director Niki Caro (“While Rider,” Disney’s upcoming live-action “Mulan”) is on board the show, based on the best-selling novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Caro will direct multiple episodes, including the initial installment, and will work as executive producer alongside Reese Witherspoon.

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Mother-daughter filmmaking team of Swati Bhise and Devika Bhise share the story of an Indian icon with ‘The Warrior Queen of Jhansi’

Mother-daughter filmmaking team of Swati Bhise and Devika Bhise share the story of an Indian icon with ‘The Warrior Queen of Jhansi’

Devika Bhise told NBC News she had always heard about her mother’s lifelong interest in the historical figure. She said the film also provides an important opportunity to show viewers a different side of India, since many Western depictions of South Asia could be described as “poverty porn.” But she noted that in the 1800s India had one of the strongest and wealthiest economies in the world.

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Spanish filmmaker Sonia Sebastian casts Penelope Ann Miller and Dermot Mulroney in ‘The Virgin of Highland Park’

Spanish filmmaker Sonia Sebastian casts Penelope Ann Miller and Dermot Mulroney in ‘The Virgin of Highland Park’

Now based in Los Angeles, Sebastian premiered her second directorial effort, “Freelancers Anonymous,” an English-language feature produced by Full Spectrum Features in Chicago, and recognized with the gender-parity stamp from ReFrame and IMDbPro.

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Disney Animation aims for diversity with four new directors on the slate

Disney Animation aims for diversity with four new directors on the slate

Disney Animation already has on its slate “Raya and the Last Dragon,” an original Southeast Asian-inspired animated feature that will star Awkwafina as Susi the Dragon and Cassie Steele as Raya.

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Gal Gadot establishes production company Pilot Wave, launching with her WWII star vehicle ‘Irena Sendler’

Gal Gadot establishes production company Pilot Wave, launching with her WWII star vehicle ‘Irena Sendler’

“Irena Sendler” will tell the harrowing story of a woman’s brave stand against Nazi Germany’s occupation of Poland and the remarkable network she devised to save and care for 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto.

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Samuel Goldwyn Films acquires North American rights to Martha Stephens’ period drama ‘To the Stars’

Samuel Goldwyn Films acquires North American rights to Martha Stephens’ period drama ‘To the Stars’

Filmed in Oklahoma, the movie stars Kara Hayward (“Manchester By The Sea”), Liana Liberato (“The Best of Me”), Tony Hale (HBO’s “Veep”), Jordana Spiro (Netflix’s “Ozark”), Malin Akerman (Showtime’s “Billions”), Shea Whigham (Amazon’s “Homecoming”), Lucas Jade Zumann (TV’s “Anne with an E”), and Adelaide Clemens (SundanceTV’s “Rectify”).

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Emma Thompson, Ellen Burstyn, Gaia Wise to co-star in Livia De Paolis femme-focused ‘Peter Pan’ spin-off ‘The Lost Girls’

Emma Thompson, Ellen Burstyn, Gaia Wise to co-star in Livia De Paolis femme-focused ‘Peter Pan’ spin-off ‘The Lost Girls’

Oscar winners Ellen Burstyn and Emma Thompson, along with Thompson’s daughter Gaia Wise, are set to co-star in the film adaptation of “The Lost Girls,” a femme-focused coming-of-age spin-off on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale of “Peter Pan.”

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Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira reteaming to adapt Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel ‘Americanah’ for HBO Max

Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira reteaming to adapt Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel ‘Americanah’ for HBO Max

“‘Americanah’ has been a passion project for me since I read Chimamanda’s beautiful novel in 2013,” Nyong’o said, per Variety. “It’s a tale that is simultaneously timely and timeless. HBO Max is the perfect partner to bring this profound and celebrated story to life, and I’m thrilled that Danai will bring to the project her intelligence, wit, and understanding of the stories and the worlds of ‘Americanah.’”

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Mati Diop to receive inaugural Mary Pickford Award at Toronto International Film Festival

Mati Diop to receive inaugural Mary Pickford Award at Toronto International Film Festival

The award, named in honor of Toronto native Mary Pickford, recognizes an emerging female talent who is making groundbreaking strides in the industry. Pickford was the pioneering actor, producer and co-founder of United Artists. The honor is being established in conjunction with United Artists’ centennial this year, according to a news release.

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Awkwafina to star in Legendary’s ‘The Last Adventure of Constance Verity’ and Disney Animation’s ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’

Awkwafina to star in Legendary’s ‘The Last Adventure of Constance Verity’ and Disney Animation’s ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’

With her signing on to two high-profile projects in less a month, we’re seeing another phase in the rapidly morphing career of Awkwafina, the rapper who broke out as a comedic actor in last year’s blockbuster “Crazy Rich Asians” and is gaining early awards consideration for her finely nuanced lead turn in this year’s critically acclaimed drama “The Farewell.”

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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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