Kristin Chenoweth to executive produce, star in Disney+ series ‘The Biggest Star in Appleton’

Kristin Chenoweth to executive produce, star in Disney+ series ‘The Biggest Star in Appleton’

“The Biggest Star In Appleton” will star Chenoweth as Carol Dannhauser, a devoted Wisconsin mom and wife who works as a waitress but finds fulfillment as the star at the local community theater. Her small-town star status is threatened when Tara Hubley, a struggling New York chorus girl, moves back home with her own dreams.

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Mother-daughter filmmaking team of Swati Bhise and Devika Bhise share the story of an Indian icon with ‘The Warrior Queen of Jhansi’

Mother-daughter filmmaking team of Swati Bhise and Devika Bhise share the story of an Indian icon with ‘The Warrior Queen of Jhansi’

Devika Bhise told NBC News she had always heard about her mother’s lifelong interest in the historical figure. She said the film also provides an important opportunity to show viewers a different side of India, since many Western depictions of South Asia could be described as “poverty porn.” But she noted that in the 1800s India had one of the strongest and wealthiest economies in the world.

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Filmmaker Cheryl Eagan-Donovan named Oxfordian of the Year

Filmmaker Cheryl Eagan-Donovan named Oxfordian of the Year

The documentary is about Shakespeare’s identity and the life of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, who traveled in 1575-76 to Venice and throughout Italy, where he collected the experiences that are reflected in the works of Shakespeare.

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Netflix adding short film ‘Sitara: Let Girls Dream,’ from two-time Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, to growing slate of animated titles for families

Netflix adding short film ‘Sitara: Let Girls Dream,’ from two-time Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, to growing slate of animated titles for families

Known for her work in films that highlight the inequality of women, Obaid-Chinoy is the only female director to have won two Academy Awards by the age of 37, and her work has been screened around the world. “Saving Face” (HBO), which chronicles the lives of survivors of acid violence, won the 2012 Oscar for Best Documentary Short, earning Pakistan’s first Academy Award. “A Girl in the River: The Price for Forgiveness” (HBO), which delves into honor killings in Pakistan, won the 2015 Oscar for Best Documentary Short.

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Spanish filmmaker Sonia Sebastian casts Penelope Ann Miller and Dermot Mulroney in ‘The Virgin of Highland Park’

Spanish filmmaker Sonia Sebastian casts Penelope Ann Miller and Dermot Mulroney in ‘The Virgin of Highland Park’

Now based in Los Angeles, Sebastian premiered her second directorial effort, “Freelancers Anonymous,” an English-language feature produced by Full Spectrum Features in Chicago, and recognized with the gender-parity stamp from ReFrame and IMDbPro.

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Femme-centric spy thriller ‘355’ gets 2021 release date

Femme-centric spy thriller ‘355’ gets 2021 release date

Directed by Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: Dark Phoenix”), “355” is a passion project for Chastain, who has been one of the most vocal movie stars on gender-equity issues. In addition to starring, the two-time Oscar nominee is producing through her Freckle Films banner.

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Agnès Varda’s final film ‘Varda by Agnès’ to open in November in U.S. cinemas

Agnès Varda’s final film ‘Varda by Agnès’ to open in November in U.S. cinemas

Janus Films has acquired U.S. rights to the documentary, which made its world premiere in February at the Berlin International Film Festival, just weeks before the “godmother of French New Wave cinema” died March 29 at her home in Paris at the age of 90.

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Mati Diop to receive inaugural Mary Pickford Award at Toronto International Film Festival

Mati Diop to receive inaugural Mary Pickford Award at Toronto International Film Festival

The award, named in honor of Toronto native Mary Pickford, recognizes an emerging female talent who is making groundbreaking strides in the industry. Pickford was the pioneering actor, producer and co-founder of United Artists. The honor is being established in conjunction with United Artists’ centennial this year, according to a news release.

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Keira Knightley talks playing Iraq War whistle-blower Katharine Gun in political thriller ‘Official Secrets’

Keira Knightley talks playing Iraq War whistle-blower Katharine Gun in political thriller ‘Official Secrets’

Keira Knightley is portraying Katharine Gun, a real-life Iraq War whistle-blower, in the political thriller “Official Secrets,” opening Friday in the United States and in October in the U.K.

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Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions developing ‘Fast Color’ series at Amazon

Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions developing ‘Fast Color’ series at Amazon

Released by Lionsgate/Code Black in April, the film was co-written by Hart and Horowitz and directed by Hart. The movie premiered to critical acclaim last year at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. It was released last month on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD.

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Gal Gadot to portray Hedy Lamarr in Showtime limited series

Gal Gadot to portray Hedy Lamarr in Showtime limited series

Lamarr also was an inventor who, along with composer George Antheil, one of her friends, patented a frequency-hopping system during World War II that presaged Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technology. Lamarr and Antheil were inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014.

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Interview: Maureen Bharoocha making feature film directorial debut with ladies arm wrestling comedy ‘Golden Arm’

Interview: Maureen Bharoocha making feature film directorial debut with ladies arm wrestling comedy ‘Golden Arm’

Maureen Bharoocha is best known for her work as a rising comedic director for “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” as well as her films that have appeared on the Lifetime Network, including “I Am Watching You” and “Fatal Flip.”

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Nina Dobrev to star in and executive produce indie comedy ‘Sick Girl’

Nina Dobrev to star in and executive produce indie comedy ‘Sick Girl’

The independent comedy will mark the feature film writing and directing debut for Jennifer Cram, the longtime casting associate who most recently was casting director on Showtime’s “Ray Donovan.”

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Amazon Studios turning Sundance favorite ‘Selah and the Spades’ into a series

Amazon Studios turning Sundance favorite ‘Selah and the Spades’ into a series

“’Selah and The Spades’ is a fun and addictive story that immediately draws you in,” Matt Newman, co-head of movies at Amazon Studios said. “I’m so excited to bring filmmaker Tayarisha Poe into the Amazon Studios family — she has such a unique and beautiful style of storytelling that young audiences everywhere will fall in love with, just as we have.”

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Gina Rodriguez to executive produce, play recurring role and direct first episode of Disney+ series ‘Diary of a Female President’

Gina Rodriguez to executive produce, play recurring role and direct first episode of Disney+ series ‘Diary of a Female President’

The “Jane the Virgin” star is executive producer of the series, which is to be produced by her I Can and I Will Productions, according to Deadline. Emily Gipson also serves as executive producer, along with creator Ilana Peña and showrunner Robin Shorr.

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Karyn Kusama to direct and executive produce series adaptation of ‘Sexy Beast’

Karyn Kusama to direct and executive produce series adaptation of ‘Sexy Beast’

Director Karyn Kusama has lined up her next project, the follow-up to her acclaimed 2018 film “Destroyer”: A series adaptation of the 2000 Oscar-winning movie “Sexy Beast” at Paramount Network. Variety reports that the series will tell the origin story of Gal Dove – played in the film by Ray Winstone – a talented thief […]

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Regina King to make feature film directorial debut with ‘One Night in Miami’

Regina King to make feature film directorial debut with ‘One Night in Miami’

Set on the night of Feb. 25, 1964, the narrative follows a young Cassius Clay as he emerges from the Miami Beach Convention Center as the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion. Against all odds, he has defeated Sonny Liston and shocked the sports world.

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Dani Shapiro’s best-selling memoir ‘Inheritance’ to be made into film with Cami Delavigne penning the script

Dani Shapiro’s best-selling memoir ‘Inheritance’ to be made into film with Cami Delavigne penning the script

The memoir, fully titled “Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love,” centers on Shapiro’s discovery, after taking a commercial DNA test on a whim, that the man she’d known her whole life as her father was not biologically related to her.

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Singer/actor Halle Bailey cast as Ariel in Disney’s live-action remake of ‘The Little Mermaid’

Singer/actor Halle Bailey cast as Ariel in Disney’s live-action remake of ‘The Little Mermaid’

Despite her obvious talent as a singer, Bailey has been a controversial pick among some Disney fans, for the simple reason that she isn’t a white redhead like the animated character. Although many people have praised the casting, some fans even have gone so far as to launch the hashtag #NotMyAriel and start online petitions calling for Disney to remove Bailey as “The Little Mermaid’s” new star.

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Lily Tomlin to be honored with Lifetime Achievement Award from Traverse City Film Festival

Lily Tomlin to be honored with Lifetime Achievement Award from Traverse City Film Festival

Michael Moore, Oscar-winning filmmaker and Traverse City Film Festival founder and president, recently announced that the award will be presented to Tomlin during the festival’s 15th annual edition, running July 30 to Aug. 4 along the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan in Traverse City.

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Constance Wu to star in ‘Goodbye, Vitamin,’ adapted from Rachel Khong’s acclaimed novel

Constance Wu to star in ‘Goodbye, Vitamin,’ adapted from Rachel Khong’s acclaimed novel

“Goodbye, Vitamin” follows Wu’s character, Ruth Young, who learns that her father, an acclaimed history professor, has lost his job after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Ruth decides to return home and work with one of her father’s former students to stage a fake class so he can continue teaching.

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‘Blockers’ helmer Kay Cannon to direct comedy ’79ers’

‘Blockers’ helmer Kay Cannon to direct comedy ’79ers’

“Kay is wonderful at capturing characters in situational conflict and is the perfect choice for this re-engineered coming of age comedy. I hope when we are finished with this film it feels like ‘Goonies’ for adults,” said Nathan Kahane, president of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group.

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‘Shirkers’ director Sandi Tan to adapt Elif Batuman’s ‘The Idiot’

‘Shirkers’ director Sandi Tan to adapt Elif Batuman’s ‘The Idiot’

 “Shirkers” – which chronicled how Tan made her 1992 debut feature at age 18 in Singapore and then had the footage stolen by her enigmatic director Georges and then returned after his death in 2008 – earned the auteur the World Cinema Documentary Directing Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

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Catherine Deneuve to be honored at Ukraine’s Odessa International Film Festival

Catherine Deneuve to be honored at Ukraine’s Odessa International Film Festival

The Academy Award-nominated performer will visit Odessa, a Black Sea resort city in South Ukraine, to collect the award and take part in an acting master class. Other prominent guests of the 2019 event announced so far include Palme d’or-winning British director Mike Leigh and American actor, director, singer and activist Rose McGowan.

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge talks about her work on script of ‘Bond 25’ to ensure it will ‘treat women properly’

Phoebe Waller-Bridge talks about her work on script of ‘Bond 25’ to ensure it will ‘treat women properly’

An Emmy Award nominee for her writing on the first season of “Killing Eve,” Waller-Bridge becomes only the second woman in Bond history to be credited on a script after Johanna Hardwood, who wrote on 1962’s “Dr. No” and 1963’s “From Russia With Love.”

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