Mindy Kaling and Dan Goor to write ‘Legally Blonde 3’

Mindy Kaling and Dan Goor to write ‘Legally Blonde 3’

Witherspoon’s banner Hello Sunshine, and the company’s head of television and film Lauren Neustadter, will produce the sequel, along with Marc Platt and Adam Siegel of Platt Productions.

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Jamie Lee Curtis to direct, executive produce and star in Lifetime movie ‘How We Sleep at Night: The Sara Cunningham Story’

Jamie Lee Curtis to direct, executive produce and star in Lifetime movie ‘How We Sleep at Night: The Sara Cunningham Story’

“How We Sleep at Night: The Sara Cunningham Story” is among a number of upcoming high-profile original TV movies for the A+E Networks brand, including a third movie about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, a holiday film with Betty White and a project with “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts.

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Michelle Williams, Niecy Nash, Naomi Watts and more receive Gracie Awards

Michelle Williams, Niecy Nash, Naomi Watts and more receive Gracie Awards

Honorees are selected in national, local and student markets, including both commercial and non-commercial outlets. This year’s honorees represent the substance and ethos of women’s storytelling and journalism at its best.

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Halle Berry to play astronaut-turned-administrator in Roland Emmerich’s ‘Moonfall’

Halle Berry to play astronaut-turned-administrator in Roland Emmerich’s ‘Moonfall’

Berry recently wrapped her directorial debut, “Bruised,” in which she also stars as a female MMA fighter. A 2002 Oscar winner for Best Actress for “Monster’s Ball,” her recent work also includes “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum,” another box office smash.

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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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MGM acquiring Ridley Scott true-crime drama ‘Gucci,’ to star Lady Gaga

MGM acquiring Ridley Scott true-crime drama ‘Gucci,’ to star Lady Gaga

The script by Roberto Bentivegna is based on the 2001 book “The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed,” written by Sara Gay Forden and published by William Morrow.

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Suzanne Collins’ ‘Hunger Games’ prequel under development at Lionsgate

Suzanne Collins’ ‘Hunger Games’ prequel under development at Lionsgate

Color Force’s Nina Jacobson, who has produced all of the films in “The Hunger Games” franchise, will produce the new adaptation along with her partner Brad Simpson, while Francis Lawrence, who directed “Catching Fire,” “Mockingjay – Part 1” and “Mockingjay – Part 2,” will helm the prequel.

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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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First Asian American movie star Anna May Wong featured in PBS’ ‘American Masters – Unladylike2020’

First Asian American movie star Anna May Wong featured in PBS’ ‘American Masters – Unladylike2020’

Born in Los Angeles to second generation Chinese Americans, Wong was the first Asian American female movie star. Her long and varied career spanned silent and sound film, stage, radio and television, in an era when Chinese protagonists in Hollywood movies were typically performed by white actors in yellow face.

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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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‘Mrs. America’ creator Dahvi Waller delves into 1970s feminism with star-studded FX on Hulu limited series

‘Mrs. America’ creator Dahvi Waller delves into 1970s feminism with star-studded FX on Hulu limited series

Debuting Wednesday, the FX on Hulu limited series recounts the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and the unexpected backlash led by Phyllis Schlafly, known as “the sweetheart of the silent majority.” Through the eyes of the women of the era, “Mrs. America” explores how one of the toughest battlegrounds in the culture wars of the ’70s helped give rise to the Moral Majority and forever shifted the political landscape.

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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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Study: For the first time, family films had as many women and girls in lead roles as men and boys in 2019

Study: For the first time, family films had as many women and girls in lead roles as men and boys in 2019

“Media images have a huge impact on how we see ourselves and judge our value,” said Geena Davis. “When you see someone like yourself reflected, you take in the message: ‘There’s someone like me, I must belong.’ This is why it’s vital for children to see — from the beginning — fictitious worlds that reflect the real world.”

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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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AFI gala honoring Julie Andrews, Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival and more pushed back over coronavirus concerns

AFI gala honoring Julie Andrews, Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival and more pushed back over coronavirus concerns

The outbreak has disrupted the global theater marketplace, forcing the shuttering of theaters in Italy, Korea and China — and the latter is the second biggest movie market in the world behind the U.S.

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Diane Keaton, Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn to reunite for comedy ‘Family Jewels’

Diane Keaton, Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn to reunite for comedy ‘Family Jewels’

The iconic performers will star in the New Republic Pictures project as three women forced to spend Christmas together, along with their kids and grandkids, after the man they were all once married to dies in a New York City department store.

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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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Study: More women and people of color were lead characters in movies in 2019

Study: More women and people of color were lead characters in movies in 2019

Despite the increase of lead characters for both women and people of color, Smith and her cohorts noted that the percentages still don’t reflect census data: Women comprise 51% of the U.S. population, and people of color make up 39.6% of the nation’s population.

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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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Jodie Foster to direct fact-meets-fiction film about the 1911 theft of the Mona Lisa

Jodie Foster to direct fact-meets-fiction film about the 1911 theft of the Mona Lisa

Although Foster is still legendary for her Academy Award-winning acting career, she has developed an intriguingly diverse filmography as a director.

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Despite more female leads in 2019, men still get two-thirds of cinematic speaking roles

Despite more female leads in 2019, men still get two-thirds of cinematic speaking roles

“We have now seen two consecutive years of substantial gains for female protagonists, indicating the beginning of a positive shift in representation,” said Dr. Martha M. Lauzen, the report’s author and the executive director of San Diego State University’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film.

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