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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Disney Animation aims for diversity with four new directors on the slate

Disney Animation aims for diversity with four new directors on the slate

Disney Animation already has on its slate “Raya and the Last Dragon,” an original Southeast Asian-inspired animated feature that will star Awkwafina as Susi the Dragon and Cassie Steele as Raya.

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Mira Sorvino to be honored at Catalina Film Festival, starting today

Mira Sorvino to be honored at Catalina Film Festival, starting today

Along with working on several in-progress film projects, Sorvino has been an active part of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, speaking out against disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein and alleging that he sexually harassed her. Filmmaker Peter Jackson subsequently revealed that Weinstein told him not to consider Sorvino for a role in the blockbuster “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy because she was difficult to work with.

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Michelle Williams calls for equal pay while accepting Emmy for ‘Fosse/Verdon’

Michelle Williams calls for equal pay while accepting Emmy for ‘Fosse/Verdon’

Co-starring Sam Rockwell as influential choreographer and director Bob Fosse, the dance biopic “Fosse/Verdon” offered an inside look at the romantic and creative partnership between Fosse and Verdon, whose role in helping Fosse developing his now-iconic style has often been overlooked.

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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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Gemma Chan: ‘We’ve still got a lot of work to do’ to have more equitable representation in movies

Gemma Chan: ‘We’ve still got a lot of work to do’ to have more equitable representation in movies

“I know the perception is that it’s got a lot easier to make films by or about minorities or women, but it’s actually still difficult. I would like to see a real increase in the diversity of people who are in a position to make decisions,” Chan told British Vogue.

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Natalie Portman to become the female Thor in ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’

Natalie Portman to become the female Thor in ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’

Chris Hemsworth, who has played the god of thunder in all the “Thor” and “Avengers” films, and Tessa Thompson, who played Valkyrie in “Thor: Ragnarok,” appeared alongside Portman and Watiti at Comic-Con.

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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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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences achieves gender parity in 2019 class

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences achieves gender parity in 2019 class

Elisabeth Moss, Letitia Wright, Claire Foy, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown, Tom Holland, Tracy Letts, Olivia Williams, Gemma Chan, Will Poulter, Lady Gaga and Adele are among the actors and musicians invited to become part of the academy’s class of 2019.

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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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Charlize Theron to receive 2019 American Cinematheque Award

Charlize Theron to receive 2019 American Cinematheque Award

“The American Cinematheque is extremely pleased to honor Charlize Theron as the 33rd recipient of the American Cinematheque Award at our celebration this year,” said American Cinematheque chairman Rick Nicita. “Charlize Theron is making a significant contribution to the art of motion pictures while breaking through outmoded limitations on what an actress and producer can do.”

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Female film critics still outnumbered by male critics almost 2 to 1

Female film critics still outnumbered by male critics almost 2 to 1

“Male film critics outnumber female critics by almost 2 to 1, and continue to dominate the conversation about film across every type of media outlet and about every film genre,” Lauzen said in the study. “In this gender myopic movie world, not only do men comprise the majority of our filmmakers, they are also more likely to have the last word on the quality of our films.”

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Julianne Moore advocates for quotas for reaching gender parity at Cannes Film Festival

Julianne Moore advocates for quotas for reaching gender parity at Cannes Film Festival

“We will have to make major changes to reach parity. That’s just a fact. So, I do believe in quotas. I really do,” added Moore. “I believe in trying to level the playing field for everybody regardless of their gender or their culture or ethnicity. You have to open doors.”

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‘Black Panther’ star Letitia Wright added to cast of Agatha Christie adaptation ‘Death on the Nile’

‘Black Panther’ star Letitia Wright added to cast of Agatha Christie adaptation ‘Death on the Nile’

Wright is set to star alongside Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer and Kenneth Branagh, who again will direct following 2018’s “Murder on the Orient Express” while also reprising his role as the memorably mustachioed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot.

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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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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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2019 Cannes Film Festival lineup brings good news and bad news for women directors

2019 Cannes Film Festival lineup brings good news and bad news for women directors

Cannes obviously has a lot of work to do to make up ground. But, again, this year indicates that the event is at least moving in the right direction: Over its first 71 years, only 4.3 percent of competition entries were directed by women, or 82 movies, while more than 1,600 men vied for the Palme d’Or, the festival’s highest honor, over that period. Only one woman, “The Piano’s” Jane Campion, has ever won that top prize.

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As ‘Captain Marvel’ passes $1 billion worldwide, its screenwriters form production company

As ‘Captain Marvel’ passes $1 billion worldwide, its screenwriters form production company

The groundbreaking success is busting down doors for the team that created “Captain Marvel,” and they’re joining forces to ensure that Carol Danvers isn’t the only woman’s story to fly higher, further and faster in the typically male-dictated world of action and genre stories, according to Vanity Fair.

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‘Captain Marvel’ makes box-office history, but is it finally enough?

‘Captain Marvel’ makes box-office history, but is it finally enough?

The global launch for the 21st installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe represents the biggest ever for a female-fronted film — surpassing 2017’s live-action Beauty and the Beast ($357 million) — as well as the second-largest for any superhero movie behind last year’s “Avengers: Infinity War” ($640.5 million). Overall, it’s the sixth-best worldwide debut of all time, and the international opening of $302 million is the fifth-biggest ever ahead of 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” ($281 million).

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Speaking roles for female characters in film still lag behind those for male characters, study finds

Speaking roles for female characters in film still lag behind those for male characters, study finds

“While female protagonists rebounded last year, slightly besting the previous high achieved in 2016, the percentages of females as speaking characters and major characters remained relatively stagnant. Protagonists are the characters from whose perspective the story is told and so seeing more females in these roles is tremendously important. However, we are not seeing similar gains in the broader populations of major characters and in all speaking roles.”

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Oscars 2019 review: Women win in record numbers, ratings rise, host-free format works

Oscars 2019 review: Women win in record numbers, ratings rise, host-free format works

The record number of wins in 2019 was a welcome turnaround after just six women earned Oscars at last year’s ceremony, compared with 33 male winners. That’s little more than 15 percent. It was the lowest number of female winners since 2012’s show, when only four women took home Academy Awards.

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‘Coco’ producer Darla K. Anderson inks multi-year deal with Netflix

‘Coco’ producer Darla K. Anderson inks multi-year deal with Netflix

Netflix has announced that it has entered into a multi-year overall deal with Darla K. Anderson, the Academy Award-, Golden Globe- and BAFTA-winning producer of Disney/Pixar hits like “Coco,” “Cars” and “Toy Story 3.” At Netflix, Anderson will develop and produce new animated and live action projects, both feature films and series, for family audiences around the world, according to a news release.

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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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4% Challenge to work with female director within 18 months gains momentum after launching at Sundance

4% Challenge to work with female director within 18 months gains momentum after launching at Sundance

PARK CITY, Utah – During the “Making the (In)visible: Radical Transparency in the Data-Driven Age” panel at the Sundance Film Festival, Dr. Stacy L. Smith from the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative announced the “4% Challenge,” which urges filmmakers to make a commitment work with a female director — especially a female director of color — within 18 months.

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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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