Femme-focused, woman-directed films ‘On the Basis of Sex’ and ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ to open and close AFI Film Festival

Femme-focused, woman-directed films ‘On the Basis of Sex’ and ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ to open and close AFI Film Festival

Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones — and change the course of history. “Mary Queen of Scots” is due in theaters Dec. 7.

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Olivia Munn, Yara Shahidi and Chrissy Metz to be lauded at Girl Up’s first annual #GirlHero Awards

Olivia Munn, Yara Shahidi and Chrissy Metz to be lauded at Girl Up’s first annual #GirlHero Awards

Olivia Munn, Yara Shahidi and Chrissy Metz will be honored at Girl Up’s first annual #GirlHero Awards, hosted by Kristen Bell, Scarlett Johansson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Gabrielle Union, Katy Perry, Renee Zellweger and Tony Goldwyn. The awards luncheon will celebrate those advocating for gender equality and is set for Oct. 14 at the SLS Hotel in Los Angeles.

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IFC Midnight acquires U.S. rights to femme-focused thriller ‘Rust Creek’

IFC Midnight acquires U.S. rights to femme-focused thriller ‘Rust Creek’

Jen McGowan directed from a script by Julie Lipson, based on a story by Lunacy Productions’ Stu Pollard, who also produced the thriller, according to Variety. The film stars British actress Hermione Corfield (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”) in her first leading role. “Rust Creek” co-stars Jay Paulson, Sean O’Bryan, John Marshall Jones, Micah Hauptman, Daniel R. Hill and Jeremy Glazer.

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Halle Berry to make her directorial debut and star in mixed martial arts drama ‘Bruised’

Halle Berry to make her directorial debut and star in mixed martial arts drama ‘Bruised’

Oscar winner Halle Berry plans to make her directorial debut with a mixed martial arts action drama titled “Bruised,” in which she will also star. Berry, currently in production on “John Wick 3: Parabellum” opposite Keanu Reeves, will reteam with John Wick producer Basil Iwanyk of Thunder Road Pictures, who is also producing “Bruised” along with Entertainment 360 and Linda Gottlieb.

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‘Captain Marvel’ trailer earns 109 million global views in 24 hours

‘Captain Marvel’ trailer earns 109 million global views in 24 hours

Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (“Half Nelson”), “Captain Marvel” is the 21st movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the first to have a woman in the director’s chair (or at least half of the team). The movie chronicles how Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.

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After winning two Venice Film Festival awards with ‘The Nightingale,’ Jennifer Kent plans new projects

After winning two Venice Film Festival awards with ‘The Nightingale,’ Jennifer Kent plans new projects

Jennifer Kent is close to completing a new draft of the screenplay for her third feature, “Alice + Freda Forever,” is based on the true story of two young women who fall in love in Memphis, Tennessee, in the 1890s. The Australian filmmaker is also busy preparing a “Tiptree,” a television series based in the United States. It’s about science-fiction writer Alice Bradley Sheldon.

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Cicely Tyson and Kathleen Kennedy to Receive Honorary Oscars

Cicely Tyson and Kathleen Kennedy to Receive Honorary Oscars

Actor Cicely Tyson and producer Kathleen Kennedy will make overdue history when they receive their Honorary Oscars this fall at the Academy’s 10th Annual Governors Awards on Sunday, November 18, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles. Tyson will make history at the Governors Awards as the first black woman to receive an Honorary Oscar.

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Interview: Kim Voynar is on the Leading Edge of Virtual Reality Cinema

Interview: Kim Voynar is on the Leading Edge of Virtual Reality Cinema

Like the best movies, Kim Voynar’s cinema career has come with plenty of plot twists For a decade, Voynar worked as a film critic, reviewing movies for Cinematical, Movie City News, Indiewire and Variety, and in 2011, she ventured into filmmaking. She wrote, produced and directed the short film “Bunker” and then working for three […]

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Glenn Close will be honored by the Museum of the Moving Image, Venice Film Festival criticized for failing to include female filmmakers, femme-centric coming-of-age drama ‘To the Stars’ wraps production in Oklahoma

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Glenn Close will be honored by the Museum of the Moving Image, Venice Film Festival criticized for failing to include female filmmakers, femme-centric coming-of-age drama ‘To the Stars’ wraps production in Oklahoma

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Glenn Close will be honored by the Museum of the Moving Image, open letter criticizes Venice Film Festival for failing to include female filmmakers, and Martha Stephens’ femme-centric coming-of-age drama ‘To the Stars’ recently wrapped production in Oklahoma.

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘9 to 5’ sequel to reunite original trio, ‘Charlie’s Angels’ reboot in the works, ‘RGB’ and ‘Ocean’s 8’ get home-release dates

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘9 to 5’ sequel to reunite original trio, ‘Charlie’s Angels’ reboot in the works, ‘RGB’ and ‘Ocean’s 8’ get home-release dates

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ’9 to 5’ sequel to reunite original trio, ‘Charlie’s Angels’ reboot in the works, and ‘RGB’ and ‘Ocean’s 8’ get home-release dates.

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Carrie Fisher to appear in ‘Star Wars: Episode IX,’ Natasha Rothwell joins cast of sequel ‘Wonder Woman 1984,’ ‘Birds of Prey’ scribe Christina Hodson says Harley Quinn character will benefit from having a woman writer

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Carrie Fisher to appear in ‘Star Wars: Episode IX,’ Natasha Rothwell joins cast of sequel ‘Wonder Woman 1984,’ ‘Birds of Prey’ scribe Christina Hodson says Harley Quinn character will benefit from having a woman writer

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Carrie Fisher to appear in ‘Star Wars: Episode IX,’ Natasha Rothwell joins cast of sequel ‘Wonder Woman 1984,’ ‘Birds of Prey’ scribe Christina Hodson says Harley Quinn character will benefit from having a woman writer, and Oklahoma City’s deadCenter Film Festival opens 2019 call for entries.

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Mimi Leder directing new Reese Witherspoon-Jennifer Aniston series, Geneva Robertson-Dworet to adapt novel ‘Artemis’ for film, Disney empowering young female filmmakers with global #DreamBigPrincess video series

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Mimi Leder directing new Reese Witherspoon-Jennifer Aniston series, Geneva Robertson-Dworet to adapt novel ‘Artemis’ for film, Disney empowering young female filmmakers with global #DreamBigPrincess video series

Mimi Leder directing new Reese Witherspoon-Jennifer Aniston series, Geneva Robertson-Dworet to adapt novel ‘Artemis’ for film, and Disney empowering young female filmmakers with global #DreamBigPrincess video series.

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Black Widow’ movie gains woman director in Cate Shortland, Julianne Moore looking at ‘The Woman in the Window,’ Emmy nominations get more diverse

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Black Widow’ movie gains woman director in Cate Shortland, Julianne Moore looking at ‘The Woman in the Window,’ Emmy nominations get more diverse

‘Black Widow’ movie gains woman director in Cate Shortland, Julianne Moore looking at ‘The Woman in the Window,’ and this year’s Primetime Emmy nominations get more diverse.

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WEEK IN WOMEN News Roundup: Mold-breaking superhero ‘Faith’ soaring onto the big screen, Krysten Ritter making her directorial debut on ‘Jessica Jones,’ Academy adding record number of members – and boosting percentage of women members

WEEK IN WOMEN News Roundup: Mold-breaking superhero ‘Faith’ soaring onto the big screen, Krysten Ritter making her directorial debut on ‘Jessica Jones,’ Academy adding record number of members – and boosting percentage of women members

WEEK IN WOMEN News Roundup: Mold-breaking superhero ‘Faith’ soaring onto the big screen, Krysten Ritter making her directorial debut on ‘Jessica Jones,’ and Academy adding record number of members – and boosting percentage of women members

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Directors Guild study confirms that women helmers remain rare, Ry Russo-Young’s ‘The Sun Is Also a Star’ begins production, Baltimore filmmaker’s project taps into #MeToo zeitgeist

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Directors Guild study confirms that women helmers remain rare, Ry Russo-Young’s ‘The Sun Is Also a Star’ begins production, Baltimore filmmaker’s project taps into #MeToo zeitgeist

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Directors Guild study confirms that women helmers remain rare, Ry Russo-Young’s ‘The Sun Is Also a Star’ begins production, and Baltimore filmmaker’s project taps into #MeToo zeitgeist

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Interview: Amy Scott talks about her Hal Ashby documentary ‘Hal’ and improved opportunities for women filmmakers at Oklahoma City’s deadCenter Film Featival

Interview: Amy Scott talks about her Hal Ashby documentary ‘Hal’ and improved opportunities for women filmmakers at Oklahoma City’s deadCenter Film Featival

Interview: Amy Scott talks about her Hal Ashby documentary ‘Hal’ and improved opportunities for women filmmakers at Oklahoma City’s deadCenter Film Featival

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Interview: Alfre Woodard talks inclusion, ‘Luke Cage’ Season 2 and streaming opportunities after receiving home-state Oklahoma Film Icon Award

Interview: Alfre Woodard talks inclusion, ‘Luke Cage’ Season 2 and streaming opportunities after receiving home-state Oklahoma Film Icon Award

Interview: Alfre Woodard talks inclusion, ‘Luke Cage’ Season 2 and streaming opportunities after receiving home-state Oklahoma Film Icon Award

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Lena Waithe to receive MTV’s Trailblazer Award, ‘Killing Eve’ showrunner Phoebe Waller-Bridge talks about swapping in female roles, and Natalie Dormer to star as Vivien Leigh in upcoming series

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Lena Waithe to receive MTV’s Trailblazer Award, ‘Killing Eve’ showrunner Phoebe Waller-Bridge talks about swapping in female roles, and Natalie Dormer to star as Vivien Leigh in upcoming series

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Lena Waithe to receive MTV’s Trailblazer Award, ‘Killing Eve’ showrunner Phoebe Waller-Bridge talks about swapping in female roles, and Natalie Dormer to star as Vivien Leigh in upcoming series

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Interview: Olivia Munn talks equal pay, #MeToo, the roles she wants to play and more while receiving the inaugural Voice for Justice Award at her Oklahoma alma mater

Interview: Olivia Munn talks equal pay, #MeToo, the roles she wants to play and more while receiving the inaugural Voice for Justice Award at her Oklahoma alma mater

Olivia Munn talks equal pay, #MeToo, the roles she wants to play and more while receiving the inaugural Voice for Justice Award at her alma mater, the University of Oklahoma.

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Women protest on the red carpet at Cannes, Jessica Chastain-led spy thriller ‘355’ makes a big deal, Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine helps launch female filmmaker program for teen girls

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Women protest on the red carpet at Cannes, Jessica Chastain-led spy thriller ‘355’ makes a big deal, Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine helps launch female filmmaker program for teen girls

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: 82 women – a significant number in more ways than one, protest on the red carpet at Cannes, Jessica Chastain-led spy thriller ‘355’ makes a big deal in the Cannes market, and Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine helps launch female filmmaker program for teen girls.

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WEEK IN WOMEN news update: S.J. Clarkson becomes first female ‘Star Trek’ helmer, Tilda Swinton to star in Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s new film, Russian actor Alisa Khazanova’s directorial feature film debut gets a release date

WEEK IN WOMEN news update: S.J. Clarkson becomes first female ‘Star Trek’ helmer, Tilda Swinton to star in Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s new film, Russian actor Alisa Khazanova’s directorial feature film debut gets a release date

The “Star Trek” film franchise has a new captain at the helm, and for the first time, it’s a woman. S.J. Clarkson has been tapped to direct “Star Trek 4,” making her the first female to helm a film in the “Star Trek” franchise, Variety reports. Paramount Pictures announced at CinemaCon in Las Vegas that it […]

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ star Karen Gillan premieres feature film directorial debut, Tribeca Film Festival showcases and awards films by and about women, and Cannes festival to boast female-majority jury

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ star Karen Gillan premieres feature film directorial debut, Tribeca Film Festival showcases and awards films by and about women, and Cannes festival to boast female-majority jury

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ star Karen Gillan premieres her feature film directorial debut at the Tribeca Film Festival, which this year showcased and awarded films by and about women. In other festival news, this year’s Cannes will boast a female-majority jury.

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Gina Rodriguez to play Carmen Sandiego, Evan Rachel Wood to star in Miranda July’s family heist film, ‘Hidden Figures’ TV series in development

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Gina Rodriguez to play Carmen Sandiego, Evan Rachel Wood to star in Miranda July’s family heist film, ‘Hidden Figures’ TV series in development

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Gina Rodriguez to play Carmen Sandiego, Evan Rachel Wood to star in Miranda July’s family heist film, and a ‘Hidden Figures’ TV series is in development.

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Olivia Munn to be honored for her sexual harassment fight, Margot Robbie to produce femme-focused Shakespeare series, inclusion rules at the box office in 2018

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Olivia Munn to be honored for her sexual harassment fight, Margot Robbie to produce femme-focused Shakespeare series, inclusion rules at the box office in 2018

Olivia Munn will be honored for her sexual harassment fight, Margot Robbie will produce femme-focused Shakespeare series, and inclusion rules at the box office in 2018.

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Jessica Jones’ boasts all female directors for Season 2, Kristen Wiig to play ‘Wonder Woman 2’ villain the Cheetah, ‘The Breadwinner’ to be shown today at UN event

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Jessica Jones’ boasts all female directors for Season 2, Kristen Wiig to play ‘Wonder Woman 2’ villain the Cheetah, ‘The Breadwinner’ to be shown today at UN event

‘Jessica Jones’ boasts all female directors for Season 2, Kristen Wiig will play ‘Wonder Woman 2’ villain the Cheetah, and ‘The Breadwinner’ will be shown today at UN event – and is now available for home viewing.

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