Mary Pickford biopic to open Hollywood Women’s Film Festival

Mary Pickford biopic to open Hollywood Women’s Film Festival

Founded by filmmaker J.R. Niles, the Hollywood Women’s Film institute is a nonprofit feminist organization created to support and facilitate programs and opportunities for women filmmakers and student filmmakers in film, TV and media.

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As ‘Captain Marvel’ passes $1 billion worldwide, its screenwriters form production company

As ‘Captain Marvel’ passes $1 billion worldwide, its screenwriters form production company

The groundbreaking success is busting down doors for the team that created “Captain Marvel,” and they’re joining forces to ensure that Carol Danvers isn’t the only woman’s story to fly higher, further and faster in the typically male-dictated world of action and genre stories, according to Vanity Fair.

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Lucy Liu developing anthology series ‘Unsung Heroes’ to shine spotlight on overlook women

Lucy Liu developing anthology series ‘Unsung Heroes’ to shine spotlight on overlook women

“Unsung Heroes” will profile women who were highly accomplished in their fields but did not receive acknowledgment for their achievements and how their stories have affected history. The first episode will focus on Hollywood’s silent era star Anna May Wong.

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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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Julie Andrews to receive lifetime achievement award from Venice International Film Festival

Julie Andrews to receive lifetime achievement award from Venice International Film Festival

Andrews won the Academy Award for her 1964 feature film debut in Disney’s “Mary Poppins” and was also nominated for playing Maria von Trapp in the hit 1965 film adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music.” She is a three-time Tony nominee for creating the roles of Eliza Doolittle in “My Fair Lady” (1956), Guenevere in “Camelot” (1960), and Victoria Grant in “Victor/Victoria” (1995), re-creating her Oscar-nominated performance from the 1982 film, according to Playbill.

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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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Octavia Spencer, Gabrielle Union to produce, star in Deborah Riley Draper’s adaptation of ‘Coffee Will Make You Black’

Octavia Spencer, Gabrielle Union to produce, star in Deborah Riley Draper’s adaptation of ‘Coffee Will Make You Black’

“There are so many unheard stories and voices in the African American community that speak to universal themes and the humanity in all of us.  I wanted to use my platform to create more opportunities for directors and writers of color to tell these stories. This project has women of color in lead roles in front of and behind the camera,” Octavia Spencer said in a statement.

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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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‘American Girl’ movie planned, along with live musical

‘American Girl’ movie planned, along with live musical

American Girl characters were first introduced in 1986, and Mattel has spun off a long-running franchise of dolls, books, direct-to-video movies and other original content. More than 32 million American Girl dolls and 157 million American Girl books have been sold through the company’s catalog, retail stores and website to date. The 18-inch dolls depict girls of a variety of ethnicities, ages and eras of American history.

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‘Captain Marvel’ makes box-office history, but is it finally enough?

‘Captain Marvel’ makes box-office history, but is it finally enough?

The global launch for the 21st installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe represents the biggest ever for a female-fronted film — surpassing 2017’s live-action Beauty and the Beast ($357 million) — as well as the second-largest for any superhero movie behind last year’s “Avengers: Infinity War” ($640.5 million). Overall, it’s the sixth-best worldwide debut of all time, and the international opening of $302 million is the fifth-biggest ever ahead of 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” ($281 million).

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Speaking roles for female characters in film still lag behind those for male characters, study finds

Speaking roles for female characters in film still lag behind those for male characters, study finds

“While female protagonists rebounded last year, slightly besting the previous high achieved in 2016, the percentages of females as speaking characters and major characters remained relatively stagnant. Protagonists are the characters from whose perspective the story is told and so seeing more females in these roles is tremendously important. However, we are not seeing similar gains in the broader populations of major characters and in all speaking roles.”

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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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Carey Mulligan to star in ‘Promising Young Woman,’ Emerald Fennell’s feature film directorial debut

Carey Mulligan to star in ‘Promising Young Woman,’ Emerald Fennell’s feature film directorial debut

Oscar-nominated performer Carey Mulligan will star in “Promising Young Woman,” a timely thriller to be helmed by “Killing Eve” showrunner Emerald Fennell in her feature film directorial debut. Mulligan will play Cassie, a young woman haunted by a tragedy in her past who takes a particular type of revenge on predatory men who cross her path. Fennell also is penning the screenplay.

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‘Coco’ producer Darla K. Anderson inks multi-year deal with Netflix

‘Coco’ producer Darla K. Anderson inks multi-year deal with Netflix

Netflix has announced that it has entered into a multi-year overall deal with Darla K. Anderson, the Academy Award-, Golden Globe- and BAFTA-winning producer of Disney/Pixar hits like “Coco,” “Cars” and “Toy Story 3.” At Netflix, Anderson will develop and produce new animated and live action projects, both feature films and series, for family audiences around the world, according to a news release.

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Melissa McCarthy to receive Distinguished Artisan Award at Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards

Melissa McCarthy to receive Distinguished Artisan Award at Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards

Emmy Award winner and Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy will receive the Distinguished Artisan Award at the Sixth Annual Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards (MUAHS, IATSE Local 706) celebrating her prolific acting career and the plethora of characters she embraces.

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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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Kate Winslet to star in and executive produce HBO series ‘Mare of Easttown’

Kate Winslet to star in and executive produce HBO series ‘Mare of Easttown’

Oscar winner Kate Winslet will star in and executive produce the limited series “Mare of Easttown” for HBO, Variety reports. “Mare of Easttown” will be Winslet’s first television role since appearing in 2011 the five-part HBO miniseries “Mildred Pierce,” for which she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie.

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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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