Michelle Yeoh to star in new live-action ‘Star Trek’ series for CBS All Access

Michelle Yeoh to star in new live-action ‘Star Trek’ series for CBS All Access

“I’m so excited to continue telling these rich ‘Star Trek’ stories,” said Yeoh in a statement. “Being a part of this universe and this character specifically has been such a joy for me to play. I can’t wait to see where it all goes – certainly I believe it will go ‘where no WOMAN has ever gone before!’”

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Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford to play Oscar winner Judy Holliday in biopic ‘Smart Blonde’

Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford to play Oscar winner Judy Holliday in biopic ‘Smart Blonde’

Stage and screen performer Annaleigh Ashford, who won a Tony Award in 2015 for “You Can’t Take It With You” and appeared in the Golden Globe-winning limited television series “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” will star in “Smart Blonde,” a timely movie about Oscar-winning actress Judy Holliday.

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Director Susanne Bier reflects on the record-setting success of her femme-centric Netflix film ‘Bird Box’

Director Susanne Bier reflects on the record-setting success of her femme-centric Netflix film ‘Bird Box’

The post-apocalyptic sci-fi drama “Bird Box” has set a record in its debut, and with the Netflix original film boasting both a woman director and a female lead, it’s more evidence that the streaming service is destined and determined to shake up the film industry.

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Percentage of female film directors declines in 2018 into the single digits

Percentage of female film directors declines in 2018 into the single digits

A survey of the top 250 films of 2018 at the domestic box office found that women made up only 8 percent of directors, a number that was down 3 percentage points from the 11 percent in 2017, according to The Hollywood Reporter, citing the 21st annual The Celluloid Ceiling study by Dr. Martha Lauzen, executive director of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University.

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Regina King advocates for more women in film with Golden Globe win

Regina King advocates for more women in film with Golden Globe win

“If Beale Street Could Talk” star Regina King won best supporting actress in a feature film during Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards, and she used her time at the podium to advocate for more women in film. King declared, “I’m going to use my platform to say that in the next two years, everything I produce is going to be 50 percent women.”

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Carol Burnett to be honored with Golden Globes’ inaugural special TV achievement award

Carol Burnett to be honored with Golden Globes’ inaugural special TV achievement award

An acclaimed film, television and Broadway performer, Burnett, 85, is best known for “The Carol Burnett Show,” which ran for 11 years and received 25 Emmy Awards, making it one of the most honored shows in television history. This year marked the golden anniversary of the show, and Burnett returned to CBS Television Studios to tape “The Carol Burnett Show 50th Anniversary Special,” featuring classic sketches and memorable guests. CBS also dedicated a special artists’ entrance in her honor.

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Viola Davis’ JuVee Productions inks deal with Amazon Studios

Viola Davis’ JuVee Productions inks deal with Amazon Studios

Davis said, “my big thing with JuVee Productions is there is no limit to how we see narratives for people of color — that there’s only so much that I’m going to kowtow to this business. My gift to anyone is that. Don’t let anybody tell you who you are. … This is my fist pump. This is my drop the mic. This is me.”

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Julia Roberts talks ‘Ben Is Back,’ ‘Homecoming,’ motherhood, #MeToo and more

Julia Roberts talks ‘Ben Is Back,’ ‘Homecoming,’ motherhood, #MeToo and more

She’s notoriously picky, generally acting in one film a year, and that’s become iffier considering, as she says, there’s “a whole lot of math” that needs to factor her kids’ school schedule and that of her husband, cinematographer Danny Moder. These days, one of the biggest movie stars in recent memory has largely withdrawn from the spotlight.

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Emma Stone to play Disney villain in live-action 1980s punk origin story ‘Cruella’

Emma Stone to play Disney villain in live-action 1980s punk origin story ‘Cruella’

Before she was a Golden Globe nominee for “The Favourite” or even an Oscar winner for “La La Land,” Emma Stone was reportedly set to star as a Disney villain in “Cruella,” a live-action origin story for “101 Dalmatians” baddie Cruella De Vil.

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Good news and bad news for women with the 2019 Golden Globes nominations

Good news and bad news for women with the 2019 Golden Globes nominations

There is good news and bad news for women with the nominations for the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards. Once again, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has shut out female directors. No female helmers are nominated for best director for the 2019 Golden Globes. There’s a little bit of good news as far as a couple of historic nominations for women.

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NBC unveils inaugural, all-woman class for its Alternative Directors Program

NBC unveils inaugural, all-woman class for its Alternative Directors Program

With the new initiative, NBC takes a step toward equal representation behind the scenes on alternative series – an unserved part of the industry when it comes to inclusion efforts, despite the prevalence of unscripted shows on TV. The program gives experienced female and ethnically diverse directors access to expand their repertoire of alternative formats and complex directing styles, with the ultimate goal of opening the door to future projects.

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Glenn Close to receive Icon Award at Palms Springs International Film Festival

Glenn Close to receive Icon Award at Palms Springs International Film Festival

“Glenn Close is a rare and enduring talent who has consistently brought challenging characters to life on film, television and stage for over four decades,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner in a statement. “In her latest feature film, ‘The Wife,’ she gives a tour-de-force performance as the perfect spouse, who relinquishes her own ambitions to propel her husband’s career. It is our honor to present the 2019 Icon Award to Glenn Close.”

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Lulu Wilson to co-star in Julie Taymor’s Gloria Steinem biopic

Lulu Wilson to co-star in Julie Taymor’s Gloria Steinem biopic

Lulu Wilson, 13, known for her roles in Netflix’s “The Haunting of Hill House,” HBO’s “Sharp Objects” and the horror prequel “Annabelle: Creation,” has been picked to play young Gloria Steinem in the biopic “The Glorias: A Life on the Road,” which Julie Taymor is writing and directing. Deadline Hollywood reports that the film will be based on Steinem’s memoir of the same title.

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Melissa V. Murray to make directorial debut with ‘We Real Cool,’ from producer Effie T. Brown

Melissa V. Murray to make directorial debut with ‘We Real Cool,’ from producer Effie T. Brown

Stuart Ford’s AGC Studios has given the green light to “We Real Cool,” an urban action comedy from “Dear White People” producer Effie T. Brown, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “We Real Cool” will mark the feature debut of Melissa V. Murray, a graduate of the Ghetto Film School and a Sundance Ignite Fellow alumnus, who will direct from her own script.

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ star Michelle Yeoh might make Oscar history, but she’s definitely going into producing

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ star Michelle Yeoh might make Oscar history, but she’s definitely going into producing

Among the story lines as we await the 2019 Academy Awrd nominations: Will the blockbuster romantic comedy “Crazy Rich Asians” give Michelle Yeoh (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”) her long-awaited shot at an Academy Award? If Yeoh gets a supporting actress nod this year, she will be only the sixth actress of Asian descent ever to be nominated in the history of the Academy, according to Deadline Hollywood.

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Debra Granik, Lynne Ramsay and Tamara Jenkins nominated for best director for 2019 Independent Spirit Awards

Debra Granik, Lynne Ramsay and Tamara Jenkins nominated for best director for 2019 Independent Spirit Awards

Film Independent has announced the nominations for the 2019 Independent Spirit Awards, and three of the five finalists in the best director category are women. The best director nominees are Debra Granik for “Leave No Trace,” Lynne Ramsay for “You Were Never Really Here” and Tamara Jenkins for “Private Life,” alongside Barry Jenkins for “If Beale Street Could Talk” and Paul Schrader for “First Reformed.”

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Reese Witherspoon and Fox 2000 to adapt fact-based, femme-focused Vietnam War story ‘The League of Wives’

Reese Witherspoon and Fox 2000 to adapt fact-based, femme-focused Vietnam War story ‘The League of Wives’

The book, which is to be published by St. Martin’s Press in April, tells of a group of women — wives of military men who would never describe themselves as feminists — who banded together to save their husbands. When their fighter pilot husbands were shot down, captured and imprisoned for years under deplorable conditions during the Vietnam War, the group of well-educated military wives transformed into a league of take-charge lobbyists, human rights activists and even spies.

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Mira Sorvino talks #MeToo, #TimesUp and ‘StartUp’

Mira Sorvino talks #MeToo, #TimesUp and ‘StartUp’

The Oscar winner (“Mighty Aphrodite”) was one of the first to come forward with allegations of abuse against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, and her resilience has not wavered. She said she wants to work with students — from grade school to high school — to make them understand consent and their physical rights.

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Viola Davis to receive Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at The Hollywood Reporter’s annual breakfast

Viola Davis to receive Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at The Hollywood Reporter’s annual breakfast

Oscar, Emmy and Tony-winning actor and producer Viola Davis will be honored at The Hollywood Reporter’s 2018 Women in Entertainment breakfast. The annual star-studded gala, which recognizes women pioneers and industry leaders, will take place Dec. 5 in Los Angeles. Davis will be honored with the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award, given annually to a woman who has been a trailblazer and philanthropic leader in her industry.

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Gia Coppola plans sophomore directorial project with ‘Mainstream’

Gia Coppola plans sophomore directorial project with ‘Mainstream’

Excerpt: Andrew Garfield, Maya Hawke, Nat Wolff and Gia Coppola’s cousin Jason Schwartzman are set to star in the drama. Coppola penned the script with Tom Stuart, and filming on the drama is set to get started by year’s end. Automatik’s Fred Berger (“La La Land” and “Destroyer”) is producing, according to Deadline. Robert Schwartzman, Holly Wiersma, and American Zoetrope will serve as executive producers on the film.

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Naomi Watts to star in HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel

Naomi Watts to star in HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel

Naomi Watts is the first performer who has been cast in the as-yet-untitled prequel to the HBO smash “Game of Thrones.” The two-time Oscar nominee, whose film credits include “The Impossible,” “21 Grams,” “King Kong,” “Birdman” and “Mulholland Drive” actress will play a character described as “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret.”

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Asian women finding quality film roles behind and in front of the camera following the success of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

Asian women finding quality film roles behind and in front of the camera following the success of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

Following the blockbuster success of the romantic comedy “Crazy Rich Asians” – it surpassed its $30 million budget on its opening weekend and has far made more than $226 million at the worldwide box office so far – Asian women finally are getting quality film roles both in front of and behind the camera.

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Emma Thompson to star as celebrity-turned-politician in HBO and BBC series ‘Years & Years’

Emma Thompson to star as celebrity-turned-politician in HBO and BBC series ‘Years & Years’

Two-time Academy Award winner Emma Thompson (“Saving Mr. Banks”) will play Vivienne Rook, an outspoken celebrity-turned-politician, whose controversial opinions divide the nation. Rory Kinnear (“Peterloo”) has been cast as Stephen Lyons, a financial adviser and the family’s peacekeeper, who is married to Celeste, played by T’Nia Miller (“Marcella”), an ambitious accountant.

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‘Power’ creator Courtney Kemp inks wide-ranging new deal with Lionsgate

‘Power’ creator Courtney Kemp inks wide-ranging new deal with Lionsgate

The deal has been deemed as “one-of-a-kind” agreement by Lionsgate. The development and production deal offers Kemp and her End of Episode shingle the opportunity to expand the “Power” franchise with potential spinoffs among a number of commitments by Starz. Additionally, the deal encompasses other projects for Lionsgate to take to market for Kemp on a multitude of platforms.

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Hannah Marks to direct the high school comedy ‘The Swimsuit Issue’

Hannah Marks to direct the high school comedy ‘The Swimsuit Issue’

The script, which made 2014’s Black List, centers on a nerdy high schooler who considers himself an amateur photographer and attempts to create a “Swimsuit Issue” featuring his classmates in the hopes of raising money for summer camp. Randall Green (“The Stand-In,” “Billions”) penned the script.

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