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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Jane Campion to direct ‘The Power of the Dog,’ starring Elisabeth Moss and Benedict Cumberbatch

Jane Campion to direct ‘The Power of the Dog,’ starring Elisabeth Moss and Benedict Cumberbatch

Campion won the Academy Award for screenplay for “The Piano,” for which she also became the first, and to date only, female director to be awarded the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or. Her limited television series “Top of the Lake” won the 2013 Emmy for cinematography for a miniseries or movie, as well as the 2014 Golden Globe for an actress in a miniseries or movie for Moss.

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Michelle Yeoh joins mother-daughter assassin thriller ‘Gunpowder Milkshake’

Michelle Yeoh joins mother-daughter assassin thriller ‘Gunpowder Milkshake’

“Star Trek: Discovery” and “Crazy Rich Asians” star Michelle Yeoh has joined the powerhouse cast of “Gunpowder Milkshake,” an action thriller from StudioCanal and The Picture Company. Navot Papushado, half of the duo behind the dark Israeli breakout “Big Bad Wolves,” is directing the project, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Yeoh joins a cast that […]

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Amy Poehler, Issa Ray, Elizabeth Debicki and Cathy Schulman to be honored at the 2019 Women In Film Annual Gala

Amy Poehler, Issa Ray, Elizabeth Debicki and Cathy Schulman to be honored at the 2019 Women In Film Annual Gala

Women In Film, Los Angeles has announced the honorees for the 2019 Women In Film Annual Gala set for June 12 at The Beverly Hilton. Formerly named the Crystal + Lucy Awards, the annual benefit supports Women In Film, Los Angeles’ educational and philanthropic programs and its advocacy for gender parity for women throughout the […]

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Regina King signs first-look, multi-year deal with Netflix

Regina King signs first-look, multi-year deal with Netflix

Named one of Time Magazine’s most influential people of 2019, director, producer and actor King most recently won an Academy Award for best supporting actress for her role as Sharon Rivers in “If Beale Street Could Talk” as well as her third Emmy Award for her role as Latrice Butler in “Seven Seconds.”

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‘American Horror Story’ star Jamie Brewer to receive the ‘See It, Be It’ Award from Bentonville Film Festival

‘American Horror Story’ star Jamie Brewer to receive the ‘See It, Be It’ Award from Bentonville Film Festival

In 2015, Brewer became the first woman with Down Syndrome to walk the runway at New York Fashion Week, and two years later, she was asked by Miley Cyrus to introduce the singer/actor at the Variety Power of Women event, underscoring the position she has already achieved as an influential figure in popular culture.

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Queen Latifah using new initiative The Queen Collective Shorts to build up women filmmakers

Queen Latifah using new initiative The Queen Collective Shorts to build up women filmmakers

Latifah personally mentored both of the winning directors for the collective’s initial year, Haley Anderson and Brittany Fennell. Anderson directed “If There Is Light,” a look at one family’s move out of the shelter system, while Fennell helmed “Ballet After Dark,” which trails a black Baltimore woman who survived abuse and now using ballet as therapy.

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Theater helmer Adrienne Campbell-Holt to make feature film directing debut with ‘Contested’

Theater helmer Adrienne Campbell-Holt to make feature film directing debut with ‘Contested’

“Contested,” written by former political operative Lynn Reed, is a timely political drama that examines political polarization through the lens of family rift. Kate Adams is the top adviser to the woman who would be the first female president of the United States, while her brother Mark serves in a similar capacity for the opponent.

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Linda Cardellini finally gets a starring role in ‘The Curse of La Llorona’

Linda Cardellini finally gets a starring role in ‘The Curse of La Llorona’

A supernatural thriller aimed at Latino audiences, “The Curse of La Llorona” also is standalone entry in “The Conjuring” horror universe. Set in 1970s Los Angeles — with Tony Amendola in a cameo as his priest character from “Annabelle” — Cardellini stars as Anna Garcia, a widowed social worker raising two children, Chris (Roman Christou) and Samantha (Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen).

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Mary Pickford biopic to open Hollywood Women’s Film Festival

Mary Pickford biopic to open Hollywood Women’s Film Festival

Founded by filmmaker J.R. Niles, the Hollywood Women’s Film institute is a nonprofit feminist organization created to support and facilitate programs and opportunities for women filmmakers and student filmmakers in film, TV and media.

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Interview: Emma Tammi talks about her femme-focused horror Western ‘The Wind’

Interview: Emma Tammi talks about her femme-focused horror Western ‘The Wind’

The Western horror story, which premiered last year at the Toronto International Film Festival, centers on Lizzy Macklin (Caitlin Gerard, “Insidious: The Last Key”), a capable German immigrant working to carve out a life alongside her God-fearing husband Isaac (Ashley Zukerman) on a remote stretch of the American frontier. When newcomers Emma and Gideon Harper (Julia Goldani Telles and Dylan McTee) set up homestead nearby, their arrival stirs up Lizzy’s dormant fears of a sinister presence haunting the land and sets off a harrowing chain of events.

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Catherine O’Hara wins Canadian Screen Award, talks ‘Schitt’s Creek,’ sexism in comedy

Catherine O’Hara wins Canadian Screen Award, talks ‘Schitt’s Creek,’ sexism in comedy

Known for her film roles in “Home Alone,” “Beetlejuice” and in several collabortions with Christopher Guest and her “Schitt’s Creek” co-star Eugene Levy  – including “Waiting for Guffman,” “Best in Show,” “A Mighty Wind” and “For Your Consideration” – O’Hara got her start in the 1970s with The Second City improv comedy troupe on its Toronto stage and later on its Canadian TV sketch comedy spin-off, “SCTV.” O’Hara recently talked to Vulture about the sexism she faced on “SCTV,” which aired between 1976 and 1984.

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Gurinder Chadha to direct animated musical adaptation of graphic novel ‘Pashmina’ for Netflix

Gurinder Chadha to direct animated musical adaptation of graphic novel ‘Pashmina’ for Netflix

“Gurinder, Paul and Ashok together form a cinematic dream team and we’re beyond thrilled to work with them to bring to life the beautiful story of ‘Pashmina’ – with its universal themes of family, female empowerment, and identity,” said Melissa Cobb, vice president of kids & family at Netflix.

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Ava DuVernay, Tarana Burke to be honored at Free Expression Awards

Ava DuVernay, Tarana Burke to be honored at Free Expression Awards

The Free Expression Awards convene thought leaders, policymakers and philanthropists to recognize individuals for their courageous acts of, and contributions to, free and fearless expression. These influential supporters of the First Amendment work tirelessly to enhance free speech, freedom of the press, religious freedom and freedom in the arts and entertainment, according to a news release.

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Paramount Pictures nabs Kay Oyegun’s comedic script ‘Assisted Living’

Paramount Pictures nabs Kay Oyegun’s comedic script ‘Assisted Living’

The script, which also had Sony, Endeavor Content and Netflix vying for it, was being likened to “Sister Act” meets “Mrs. Doubtfire,” with the tale of a thief on the run from her old crew who holes up in a retirement home. The film will be produced by Temple Hill, along with Stephen Love.

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Octavia Spencer, Gabrielle Union to produce, star in Deborah Riley Draper’s adaptation of ‘Coffee Will Make You Black’

Octavia Spencer, Gabrielle Union to produce, star in Deborah Riley Draper’s adaptation of ‘Coffee Will Make You Black’

“There are so many unheard stories and voices in the African American community that speak to universal themes and the humanity in all of us.  I wanted to use my platform to create more opportunities for directors and writers of color to tell these stories. This project has women of color in lead roles in front of and behind the camera,” Octavia Spencer said in a statement.

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Academy Awards analysis: What this year’s Sundance Film Festival tells us about another year of #OscarsSoMale

Academy Awards analysis: What this year’s Sundance Film Festival tells us about another year of #OscarsSoMale

As the Women’s Media Center’s Investigation 2019: Gender and Non-Acting Oscar Nominations found, women are, again, largely missing from the picture, with men receiving 75 percent of the nominations for the 91st Academy Awards, which will be handed up Feb. 24.

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Kate Winslet to star in and executive produce HBO series ‘Mare of Easttown’

Kate Winslet to star in and executive produce HBO series ‘Mare of Easttown’

Oscar winner Kate Winslet will star in and executive produce the limited series “Mare of Easttown” for HBO, Variety reports. “Mare of Easttown” will be Winslet’s first television role since appearing in 2011 the five-part HBO miniseries “Mildred Pierce,” for which she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie.

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Teen stars Marsai Martin and Millie Bobby Brown getting an early start on their producing careers

Teen stars Marsai Martin and Millie Bobby Brown getting an early start on their producing careers

Teen stars Marsai Martin, the vivacious 14-year-old who plays sassy Diane on the ABC sitcom “Black-ish” and Millie Bobby Brown, the charismatic 14-year-old Brit who embodies the superpowered Eleven on Netflix’s sci-fi horror series “Stranger Things,” are taking on the role of film producers.

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Amandla Stenberg, Jenifer Lewis, Kiki Layne, Regina Hall to be honored at Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards

Amandla Stenberg, Jenifer Lewis, Kiki Layne, Regina Hall to be honored at Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards

This year’s event will honor four extraordinary black women in film and television who embody the event theme, “The Power Of Our Presence: Art & Activism.” This year’s honorees are actress and activist Amandla Stenberg; actress, singer and activist Jenifer Lewis; actress Kiki Layne; and actress Regina Hall.

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