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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Elisabeth Moss to star in and produce film adaptation of ‘She Will Rise,’ former Congresswoman Katie Hill’s memoir

Elisabeth Moss to star in and produce film adaptation of ‘She Will Rise,’ former Congresswoman Katie Hill’s memoir

Hill served as U.S. Representative for California’s 25th Congressional District for most of 2019, after besting incumbent Republican Rep. Steve Knight in the 2018 midterm elections. But she resigned last November after a right-wing blog alleged she had an affair and the Daily Mail published leaked nude photos of her.

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Ava DuVernay to adapt Isabel Wilkerson’s acclaimed new book ‘Caste’ for Netflix

Ava DuVernay to adapt Isabel Wilkerson’s acclaimed new book ‘Caste’ for Netflix

Titled “Caste,” the film version of Wilkerson’s book will use a multiple-story format to analyze the “unspoken system that has shaped America and chronicles how our lives today are defined by a hierarchy of human divisions dating back generations.”

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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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Hollywood Commission, led by Anita Hill, finds men ‘appear to inhabit a parallel universe’ in perceptions of progress in diversity and inclusion

Hollywood Commission, led by Anita Hill, finds men ‘appear to inhabit a parallel universe’ in perceptions of progress in diversity and inclusion

“Men in Hollywood appear to inhabit a parallel universe when it comes to their overwhelmingly positive perception of progress in welcoming and valuing diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives,” the Hollywood Commission said in releasing its second report from an industry survey.

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Reba McEntire to star in and executive produce TV series based on ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’

Reba McEntire to star in and executive produce TV series based on ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’

Although she is best known as one of country music’s top hitmakers, Reba also is a seasoned actor who has 11 movie credits to her name, played a lead role on Broadway in Irving Berlin’s “Annie Get Your Gun” and starred for six seasons in the TV sitcom “Reba.”

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‘Wonder Women’ Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins reteaming for epic ‘Cleopatra’

‘Wonder Women’ Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins reteaming for epic ‘Cleopatra’

The historical drama will be penned by Laeta Kalogridis (“Shutter Island”), which means we will finally get a major motion picture that tells Cleopatra’s story from a female perspective.

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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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Yara Shahidi to take flight as Tinkerbell in Disney’s live-action remake ‘Peter Pan and Wendy’

Yara Shahidi to take flight as Tinkerbell in Disney’s live-action remake ‘Peter Pan and Wendy’

David Lowery, who previously helmed the 2016 live-action take on “Pete’s Dragon,” will return to the Mouse House to direct “Peter Pan and Wendy.” He co-wrote the script with Toby Halbrooks, who also collaborated with him on “Pete’s Dragon.”

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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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Janelle Monae horror-thriller ‘Antebellum’ to premiere as a Premium On-Demand release

Janelle Monae horror-thriller ‘Antebellum’ to premiere as a Premium On-Demand release

In “Antebellum,” successful author Veronica Henley (Monáe, “Hidden Figures,” “Moonlight”) finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality that forces her to confront the past, present and future – before it’s too late.

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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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Ava DuVernay to executive produce and narrate ‘One Perfect Shot’ docuseries for HBO Max

Ava DuVernay to executive produce and narrate ‘One Perfect Shot’ docuseries for HBO Max

Each episode arms one acclaimed director with an arsenal of visual tools to pull back the curtain on their most iconic shots. Using state-of-the-art technology, the directors will literally enter each shot, walking through the scene in 360 moments that allow viewers to join an immersive exploration of moviemaking.

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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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Gina Prince-Bythewood’s Netflix hit ‘The Old Guard’ boasts predominantly woman post-production team

Gina Prince-Bythewood’s Netflix hit ‘The Old Guard’ boasts predominantly woman post-production team

Gina Prince-Bythewood ( “Love & Basketball,” “The Secret Life of Bees,” “Beyond the Lights”) became the first Black woman to direct a Hollywood comic-book-themed movie with “The Old Guard.” Plus, Terilyn A. Shropshire (“Eve’s Bayou”), who has collaborated with the helmer since 2000’s “Love & Basketball,” became the first Black woman to edit one.

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Martha Coolidge’s ‘Real Genius’ celebrates its 35th anniversary – and holds up better than many other ’80s movies

Martha Coolidge’s ‘Real Genius’ celebrates its 35th anniversary – and holds up better than many other ’80s movies

On of my favorite movies of the 1980s turns 35 this month, and unlike many coming-of-age stories of its era, Martha Coolidge’s “Real Genius” is a quotable comedy that provides big laughs without the discomfort of wildly inappropriate material. As I noted in my column for the film’s 30th anniversary, Coolidge’s film about two teenage […]

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Ava DuVernay selected as first woman filmmaker to receive Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize

Ava DuVernay selected as first woman filmmaker to receive Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize

The Gish Prize is given each year to a highly accomplished artist from any discipline who has pushed the boundaries of an art form, contributed to social change and paved the way for the next generation. The selection committee for the 2020 Gish Prize chose DuVernay from nearly 60 outstanding finalists in the fields of visual and performing arts, literature and arts administration.

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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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Cate Blanchett and her Dirty Films production company ink first-look deal with New Republic Pictures

Cate Blanchett and her Dirty Films production company ink first-look deal with New Republic Pictures

New Republic Pictures is led by Brian Oliver and Bradley Fischer. Oliver, who received a Best Picture Academy Award nod in 2011 for “Black Swan,” formed New Republic in 2017. The company was big in the mix in this year’s Oscars, having backed the films “1917” and “Rocketman” last year.

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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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Salma Hayek inks first-look deal with HBO Max

Salma Hayek inks first-look deal with HBO Max

As a helmer, Hayek won a Daytime Emmy Award for Best Direction of a Family Movie for the 2003 TV film “The Maldonado Miracle,” on which she also served as executive producer. Her other producing credits include the recently announced “Santa Evita” at Fox Latin America and “Monarca” at Netflix.

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Marie Curie biopic ‘Radioactive’ debuting on Amazon Prime

Marie Curie biopic ‘Radioactive’ debuting on Amazon Prime

The film stars Oscar nominee Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl”) and chronicles the achievements of the Polish-French physicist and chemist: Curie discovered radium and polonium, became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize and became the first and only person to win the acclaimed honor twice.

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Gina Prince-Bythewood sets Netflix record with ‘The Old Guard,’ to direct ‘The Woman King’

Gina Prince-Bythewood sets Netflix record with ‘The Old Guard,’ to direct ‘The Woman King’

“The Old Guard,” adapted from the comic book series by author Greg Rucka and illustrator Leandro Fernández, centers on a covert team of immortal mercenaries who are suddenly exposed and must fight to keep their identity a secret just as an unexpected new member is discovered. The film is currently on track to reach 72 million households in its first four weeks, according to Netflix.

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‘Of a Certain Age’ filmmaking grant established in memory of Lynn Shelton

‘Of a Certain Age’ filmmaking grant established in memory of Lynn Shelton

Lynn Shelton often spoke of feeling inspired after seeing filmmaker Claire Denis speak at Northwest Film Forum and learning that Denis did not make her first feature until age 40. Shelton went on to make her own first feature film – 2006’s “We Go Way Back” – at the age of 39.

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Elizabeth Banks to produce and star in live-action adaptation of ‘The Magic School Bus’

Elizabeth Banks to produce and star in live-action adaptation of ‘The Magic School Bus’

Based on the Scholastic book series by author Joanna Cole, “The Magic School Bus” was a popular 1990s animated TV series starring Lily Tomlin as the voice of Ms. Frizzle, who took her class on field trips in a transforming school bus that could turn into a spaceship, submarine, airplane and more.

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