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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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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‘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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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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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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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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Nia DaCosta to helm ‘Captain Marvel 2,’ become first Black woman director in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Nia DaCosta to helm ‘Captain Marvel 2,’ become first Black woman director in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

She becomes the fourth woman to direct a Marvel Studios blockbuster, following Boden, Cate Shortland (“Black Widow,” currently due out Nov. 6), and Chloé Zhao (“Eternals.” currently slated for Feb. 12).

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IFC acquires North American rights to fact-based WWII female spy drama ‘A Call to Spy’

IFC acquires North American rights to fact-based WWII female spy drama ‘A Call to Spy’

“A Call to Spy” was produced by, written by and stars Sarah Megan Thomas (“Equity”), who portrays real-life American spy Virginia Hall, who had a wooden leg. The fact-based period picture takes place at the onset of WWII, as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill ordered a new spy agency, the Special Operations Executive, to recruit and train female spies.

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Zazie Beetz, Awkwafina, Olivia Wilde and many more women invited to join Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Zazie Beetz, Awkwafina, Olivia Wilde and many more women invited to join Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

In 2016, the Academy set specific inclusion goals as part of its A2020 initiative to double the number of women and underrepresented ethnic/racial communities by 2020.  Through dedicated and intentional work by the Board of Governors and members on the branch executive committees, the Academy has surpassed both these goals.

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Frances O’Connor to make directorial debut with Emily Bronte biopic starring Emma Mackey

Frances O’Connor to make directorial debut with Emily Bronte biopic starring Emma Mackey

The cast also will include Joe Alwyn (“The Favourite”) as Emily’s conflicted lover; Fionn Whitehead (“Dunkirk”) as Branwell Bronte, Emily’s writer-painter brother, who dealt with drug and alcohol addiction; and Emily Beecham (“Hail, Caesar!”) as Emily’s sister and fellow author Charlotte Bronte.

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Tara Duncan inks overall deal with Hulu, sets up adaptation of Zakiya Dalila Harris’ upcoming novel ‘The Other Black Girl’

Tara Duncan inks overall deal with Hulu, sets up adaptation of Zakiya Dalila Harris’ upcoming novel ‘The Other Black Girl’

Due to be published by Atria/Simon & Schuster in 2021, “The Other Black Girl” is described by Deadline as “a darkly comedic take on workplace politics and the importance of female friendship.”

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IFC Films acquires Jessica Swale’s directorial feature debut ‘Summerland,’ starring Gemma Arterton

IFC Films acquires Jessica Swale’s directorial feature debut ‘Summerland,’ starring Gemma Arterton

The period drama stars Gemma Arterton (“Their Finest,” “Vita and Virginia”), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (“Motherless Brooklyn,” “Belle”), Penelope Wilton (“Downton Abbey,” “Pride and Prejudice”), and Tom Courtenay (“45 Years,” “Doctor Zhivago”).

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Florence Pugh, Chris Pine and Shia LaBeouf to star in Olivia Wilde’s upcoming project ‘Don’t Worry Darling’

Florence Pugh, Chris Pine and Shia LaBeouf to star in Olivia Wilde’s upcoming project ‘Don’t Worry Darling’

New Line snatched up “Don’t Worry Darling” last summer in a competitive auction spurred by the acclaim of “Booksmart,” Wilde’s feature directorial debut.

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‘Russian Doll’ showrunner Leslye Headland reportedly bringing new female-centric ‘Star Wars’ series to Disney+

‘Russian Doll’ showrunner Leslye Headland reportedly bringing new female-centric ‘Star Wars’ series to Disney+

Headland’s project is one of multiple new “Star Wars” series coming to Disney+, Variety reports.
Season 3 of pop-culture sensation “The Mandalorian” is already in the works at Disney+, with the second season premiere coming later this year.

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Several female filmmakers featured in Amazon’s ‘Prime Video presents the SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection’

Several female filmmakers featured in Amazon’s ‘Prime Video presents the SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection’

Amazon Prime Video and SXSW have announced that the “Prime Video presents the SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection” will launch on Monday, with 39 films, including narrative and documentary features, short films and episodic titles.

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Interview: ‘Tiger King’ co-writer and co-director Rebecca Chaiklin talks about the smash Netflix docuseries

Interview: ‘Tiger King’ co-writer and co-director Rebecca Chaiklin talks about the smash Netflix docuseries

The seven-part series chronicles the bizarre life and murder-for-hire trial of Joe Exotic, the flamboyant former Oklahoma roadside zoo operator, big-cat breeder and presidential candidate who was convicted in 2019 of twice hiring someone to kill his nemesis, Carole Baskin, a Florida animal sanctuary operator whose nonprofit organization successfully sued him for more than $1 million for trademark infringement and other civil wrongdoing.

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Kelly Fremon Craig to write and direct long-awaited film adaptation of Judy Blume’s ‘Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret’

Kelly Fremon Craig to write and direct long-awaited film adaptation of Judy Blume’s ‘Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret’

The book chronicles the coming-of-age of Margaret Simon, a sixth-grader who moves from New York City to suburban New Jersey. She frequently prays to God to help her navigate the challenges of her adolescence, which range from puberty and first crushes to her interfaith family dynamics.

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Cynthia Erivo to star in and produce film adaptation of her sci-fi podcast ‘Carrier’

Cynthia Erivo to star in and produce film adaptation of her sci-fi podcast ‘Carrier’

The movie is based on the podcast “Carrier,” created by audio studio QCode and Dan Blank, who also will write and direct the film. Erivo starred in and co-produced the seven-episode season of the “Carrier” podcast.

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Award-winning indie film producer Karin Chien teams up with Louverture Films

Award-winning indie film producer Karin Chien teams up with Louverture Films

Chien is a four-time Independent Spirit Award nominee, the recipient of the Independent Spirit Producer’s Award and the Cinereach Producing Fellowship, and the producer of 10 independent feature films.

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Awkwafina to take a gamble on fact-based feature ‘The Baccarat Machine’

Awkwafina to take a gamble on fact-based feature ‘The Baccarat Machine’

The fact-based film is being adapted from Michael Kaplan’s Cigar Aficionado article “The Baccarat Machine,” which follows Sun, a young Chinese woman, as she industriously develops her skills as a gambler. With major casinos conspiring to keep her out, Sun teams with Ivey, the international “King of Poker,” to take down the system, setting up one of the most impressive legal gambling runs ever chronicled.

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Olivia Wilde to direct biopic ‘Perfect,’ about gold-medal gymnast Kerri Strug

Olivia Wilde to direct biopic ‘Perfect,’ about gold-medal gymnast Kerri Strug

The fact-based underdog sports drama will be based on the book “Landing On My Feet, A Diary Of Dreams” by Strug and John P. Lopez. The book tells the true story of the gymnast’s victory against the odds to win Team USA’s first gold medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Strug completed her final vault at the Atlanta games on a badly injured ankle to seal win for Team USA.

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Home release details announced for Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’

Home release details announced for Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’

“Little Women” earned six Oscar nominations – for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay for Gerwig, and Best Original Score for Alexandre Desplat, Best Actress for Ronan, Best Supporting Actress for Pugh and Best Costume Design for Jacqueline Durran. But the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – along with the Golden Globes and BAFTAs – faced widespread criticism for failing to nominate any women, including Gerwig, for Best Director.

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‘Joker’ and ‘Chernobyl’ composer Hildur Guðnadóttir to follow historic awards sweep with Rewire Festival performance

‘Joker’ and ‘Chernobyl’ composer Hildur Guðnadóttir to follow historic awards sweep with Rewire Festival performance

While Guðnadóttir is the first woman to win in the best original score category as we’ve known it for the past two decades, she is not the first woman to win an Academy Award for score: Marilyn Bergman shared a best original song score Oscar with her husband Alan Bergman and Michel Legrand for their work on “Yentl” in 1984. Female composers Rachel Portman and Anne Dudley won the best original musical or comedy score Oscars back to back in 1996 and 1997 for their scores on “Emma” and “The Full Monty,” respectively.

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Sundance Film Festival close to gender parity with 2020 edition

Sundance Film Festival close to gender parity with 2020 edition

This year’s lineup includes 118 full-length feature films, representing 27 countries and 44 first-time feature filmmakers. Of the 65 directors in the four competition categories – which total 56 films – 46 percent are women, 38 percent are people of color and 12 percent are LGBTQ+.

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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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