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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‘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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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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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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PBS celebrating 100th anniversary of 19th Amendment with home release of ‘American Experience: The Vote’

PBS celebrating 100th anniversary of 19th Amendment with home release of ‘American Experience: The Vote’

Directed by Michelle Ferrari, “The Vote” tells the dramatic story of the epic and surprisingly unfamiliar crusade waged by American women for the right to vote. Focusing primarily on the movement’s final decade, the film charts American women’s determined march to the ballot box and illuminates the myriad social, political and cultural obstacles that stood in their path.

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Tilda Swinton and Ann Hui to receive Venice International Film Festival’s Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement

Tilda Swinton and Ann Hui to receive Venice International Film Festival’s Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement

The decision was made by the Board of Directors of the Biennale di Venezia upon recommendation of the director of the Venice Film Festival, Alberto Barbera.

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Inaugural rePRO by mama.film virtual film festival to explore women’s reproductive healthcare, bodily integrity and more

Inaugural rePRO by mama.film virtual film festival to explore women’s reproductive healthcare, bodily integrity and more

All feature films playing the festival are directed by women, and all filmmakers, including the shorts filmmakers, are being paid to screen their films. The pay-what-you-can film ticket proceeds for films at the festival will be converted to donations to be split evenly among five beneficiary nonprofit organizations: SisterSong, Endometriosis Foundation of America, Center for Reproductive Rights, URGE and Trust Women.

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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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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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‘American Masters – Unladylike2020: The Changemakers’ to premiere Friday on PBS as part of women’s suffrage centennial

‘American Masters – Unladylike2020: The Changemakers’ to premiere Friday on PBS as part of women’s suffrage centennial

The women highlighted in “American Masters – Unladylike2020: The Changemakers” are Martha Hughes Cannon, the country’s first female state senator; Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress; Mary Church Terrell, a leader in the anti-lynching movement and a founder of the NAACP; Jovita Idar, a journalist and president of the first Mexican American women’s civil rights organization; and Zitkála-Šá, also known as Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, who lobbied for U.S. citizenship, voting rights, and sovereignty for American Indians a century ago.

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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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Hedy Lamarr series starring Gal Gadot heading to Apple

Hedy Lamarr series starring Gal Gadot heading to Apple

In addition, Lamarr was an inventor who, along with her friend George Antheil, a composer, patented a frequency-hopping system during World War II that was a precursor to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. In 2014, Lamarr and Antheil were inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

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Beyoncé Knowles-Carter receiving Humanitarian Award at Sunday’s BET Awards

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter receiving Humanitarian Award at Sunday’s BET Awards

A global phenomenon, Beyoncé is one of the most successful artists to date, with more than 100 million records sold worldwide, numerous awards – including 24 Grammys – and a catalog of timeless music.

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‘Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am’ to make PBS debut on ‘American Masters’ June 23

‘Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am’ to make PBS debut on ‘American Masters’ June 23

“Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am” is one of the “American Masters” documentaries premiering this summer as part of PBS’ summer-long celebration of female trailblazers in honor of the women’s vote centennial.

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Three new documentary projects are planned about the Tulsa Race Massacre – and two of them will be directed by African American women

Three new documentary projects are planned about the Tulsa Race Massacre – and two of them will be directed by African American women

As the event’s 2021 centennial approaches, multiple film and television projects are telling the story, which is still timely in the midst of national protests about racial injustice following the May 25 death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd while in police custody.

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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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Several female filmmakers featured in Amazon’s ‘Prime Video presents the SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection’

Several female filmmakers featured in Amazon’s ‘Prime Video presents the SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection’

Amazon Prime Video and SXSW have announced that the “Prime Video presents the SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection” will launch on Monday, with 39 films, including narrative and documentary features, short films and episodic titles.

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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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Award-winning indie film producer Karin Chien teams up with Louverture Films

Award-winning indie film producer Karin Chien teams up with Louverture Films

Chien is a four-time Independent Spirit Award nominee, the recipient of the Independent Spirit Producer’s Award and the Cinereach Producing Fellowship, and the producer of 10 independent feature films.

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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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