Gong Li to star in biopic of Chinese volleyball icon Lang Ping

Gong Li to star in biopic of Chinese volleyball icon Lang Ping

Li was to become the first person of Asian descent to win the Kering Group and Cannes Film Festival’s annual Women in Motion award. The award is intended to celebrate the careers of leading female figures in cinema, and has previously been presented to Jane Fonda in 2015, Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon in 2016, Isabelle Huppert in 2017 and Patty Jenkins in 2018.

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Penelope Cruz to be honored by Spain’s San Sebastian International Film Festival

Penelope Cruz to be honored by Spain’s San Sebastian International Film Festival

In 2017, Cruz and husband Javier Bardem presented their film “Loving Pablo” as the closing film of the festival. She is the fifth Spanish actor to receive the Donostia Prize, following Fernando Fernan Gomez (1999), Paco Rabal (2001), Antonio Banderas (2008) and Carmen Maura (2013).

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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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Anne Hathaway talks women directors, ‘The Hustle’ and her new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Anne Hathaway talks women directors, ‘The Hustle’ and her new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hathaway has been working steadily since breaking through as a teenager in 2001’s “The Princess Diaries,” and she was working with the likes of Meryl Streep and Ang Lee before the age of 25. She has taken roles both for the screen – where she’s arguably best known for “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Les Miserables,” “Brokeback Mountain” and “Ocean’s Eight – and for the stage, including the one-woman show “Grounded,” where she played a fighter pilot turned drone pilot.

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Lupita Nyong’o to produce and star in sci-fi comedy

Lupita Nyong’o to produce and star in sci-fi comedy

Already an Academy Award winner for her breakout turn in director Steve McQueen’s “12 Years A Slave,” Nyong’o has boosted her star power recently with powerhouse performances in Jordan Peele’s “Us” for Universal, and Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther” for Marvel.

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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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‘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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‘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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Camila Cabello to make acting debut as Cinderella in Kay Cannon film

Camila Cabello to make acting debut as Cinderella in Kay Cannon film

The idea for the reimagining of Cinderella grew from an original idea from late-night talk show host and Tony Award winner James Corden, who is producing the feature project with Leo Pearlman, his partner at Fulwell 73. The production banner that has found success with documentaries such as the BAFTA-nominated “Bros: After the Screaming Stops,” “The Class of ’92” and “Karaoke.”

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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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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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AFI receives National Endowment for the Humanities grant to study gender parity in U.S. film history

AFI receives National Endowment for the Humanities grant to study gender parity in U.S. film history

“Women They Talk About” will use what is described as cutting-edge technology to discuss gender roles in the AFI Catalog’s collection of more than 500,000 credits in the first century of the film industry, providing new empirical evidence about employment and gender parity in the film industry.

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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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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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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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Amy Adams’ new production company gets first-look deal with HBO, adapting Barbara Kingsolver’s ‘Poisonwood Bible’

Amy Adams’ new production company gets first-look deal with HBO, adapting Barbara Kingsolver’s ‘Poisonwood Bible’

The new company is called Bond Group Entertainment, with Kathleen Clifford set to work as vice president of TV development for the company. Clifford was previously the director of original programming for Starz and prior to that was at Grady Girl Productions, Legendary Entertainment and ICM.

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‘American Girl’ movie planned, along with live musical

‘American Girl’ movie planned, along with live musical

American Girl characters were first introduced in 1986, and Mattel has spun off a long-running franchise of dolls, books, direct-to-video movies and other original content. More than 32 million American Girl dolls and 157 million American Girl books have been sold through the company’s catalog, retail stores and website to date. The 18-inch dolls depict girls of a variety of ethnicities, ages and eras of American history.

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Hanelle Culpepper to make ‘Star Trek’ history launching Jean Luc Picard series

Hanelle Culpepper to make ‘Star Trek’ history launching Jean Luc Picard series

Culpepper will direct the opening two episodes of the upcoming untitled “Star Trek” series focusing on the iconic character of Jean-Luc Picard from CBS All Access. According to StarTrek.com, she will be the first female director to launch a new “Star Trek” series in the franchise’s 53-year history.

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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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Glenn Close to star in, Rob Ashford to direct ‘Sunset Boulevard’ movie musical

Glenn Close to star in, Rob Ashford to direct ‘Sunset Boulevard’ movie musical

The seven-time Oscar nominee will star in Paramount’s big-screen version of the Broadway musical adaptation of the screen classic “Sunset Boulevard,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Close will reprise the role she played twice on Broadway, although more than 20 years apart.

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