Gabourey Sidibe to make feature film directorial debut on thriller ‘Pale Horse’

Gabourey Sidibe to make feature film directorial debut on thriller ‘Pale Horse’

Set in the Pacific Northwest, “Pale Horse” centers on Naia, a reclusive African-American author who writes celebrated books for young adults but is  living with multiple sclerosis. She becomes tangled up a sinister mystery when she provides shelter for the man who escaped captivity with her long-missing brother.

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Oscars make history by nominating two women for best director in the same year

Oscars make history by nominating two women for best director in the same year

Prior to this year, only five women had been nominated for best director: Lina Wertmüller, in 1976 for “Seven Beauties”; Jane Campion, in 1993 for “The Piano”; Sofia Coppola, in 2003 for “Lost in Translation”; Kathryn Bigelow, in 2009 for “The Hurt Locker”; and Greta Gerwig, in 2017 for “Lady Bird.”

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Kelly Hu to star in feature film ‘Breast Cancer Bucket List’

Kelly Hu to star in feature film ‘Breast Cancer Bucket List’

Hu will star as Brenda Lee, who is facing her mortality after she is diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. With the help of her best friend Meg (Patricia Velasquez, “The Mummy” movies), Brenda is determined to find her daughter Talia (Sylvia Kwan, “Grey’s Anatomy”), whom she gave up for adoption as an baby.

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Aisha Tyler to direct ‘socially conscious psychological thriller’ ‘Silent John’

Aisha Tyler to direct ‘socially conscious psychological thriller’ ‘Silent John’

As a performer, Tyler is known for hosting “Whose Line Is It Anyway,” acting in TV shows like “Criminal Minds,” “CSI” and “24” and doing voiceover work in “Archer,” “BoJack Horseman” and the upcoming Disney+ series “Monsters at Work.” She has directed episodes of TV series like “Criminal Minds.”

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Abby Ryder Fortson and Rachel McAdams to star in movie version of Judy Blume’s ‘Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret’

Abby Ryder Fortson and Rachel McAdams to star in movie version of Judy Blume’s ‘Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret’

The film, which begins production in April, is written and will be directed by Kelly Fremon Craig, who is re-teaming with legendary Academy Award-winning producer James L. Brooks and his Gracie Films banner.

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Woman-directed films ‘Coda,’ ‘Hive’ and more win big at Sundance Film Festival

Woman-directed films ‘Coda,’ ‘Hive’ and more win big at Sundance Film Festival

Opportunities led to accolades at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. As previously reported, Sundance achieved gender parity this year: Across 139 films and projects, 50%, or 69, were directed by one or more women; 4%, or six, were directed by one or more non-binary individuals; 50%, or 70, were directed by one or more artists […]

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Regina King, Chloe Zhao and Emerald Fennell make Golden Globes history with best director nominations

Regina King, Chloe Zhao and Emerald Fennell make Golden Globes history with best director nominations

The Globes have a wretched track record for nominating women directors. At the 2018 ceremony, Natalie Portman called out the HFPA while presenting the best director prize by quipping “Here are all the male nominees.”

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Chloe Zhao becomes first woman to receive Palm Springs International Film Awards’ Director of the Year

Chloe Zhao becomes first woman to receive Palm Springs International Film Awards’ Director of the Year

The “Nomadland” helmer is the first female director to receive the Director of the Year honor in the 32-year history of the Palm Springs International Film Festival, according to Variety.

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Women directed half of the selections for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival

Women directed half of the selections for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Sundance Film Festival – which usually takes place in Park City, Utah – is not only going digital at festival.sundance.org but also is offering in-person socially distanced screenings and events at drive-in theaters, independent arthouses and other venues around the country.

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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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