‘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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Brie Larson and Lynette Howell Taylor make two-picture deal with Netflix

Brie Larson and Lynette Howell Taylor make two-picture deal with Netflix

Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson (“Room,” “Captain Marvel”) and Oscar-nominated producer Lynette Howell Taylor (“A Star Is Born”) have made a two-picture worldwide rights deal at Netflix for films produced by Howell Taylor’s 51 Entertainment. “Unicorn Store” will premiere on Netflix April 5, which means Larson is going to have a big spring.

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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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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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Femme-centric, woman-directed films ‘Late Night,’ ‘The Farewell,’ ‘Share’ sell big at Sundance

Femme-centric, woman-directed films ‘Late Night,’ ‘The Farewell,’ ‘Share’ sell big at Sundance

PARK CITY, Utah – Some of the biggest sales of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, which started Thursday, have gone to femme-centric, woman-directed films, including the Mindy Kaling-Emma Thompson vehicle “Late Night,” and the Awkwafina starrer “The Farewell” and Pippa Bianco’s feature film debut “Share.”

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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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Michelle Yeoh to star in new live-action ‘Star Trek’ series for CBS All Access

Michelle Yeoh to star in new live-action ‘Star Trek’ series for CBS All Access

“I’m so excited to continue telling these rich ‘Star Trek’ stories,” said Yeoh in a statement. “Being a part of this universe and this character specifically has been such a joy for me to play. I can’t wait to see where it all goes – certainly I believe it will go ‘where no WOMAN has ever gone before!’”

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Regina King advocates for more women in film with Golden Globe win

Regina King advocates for more women in film with Golden Globe win

“If Beale Street Could Talk” star Regina King won best supporting actress in a feature film during Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards, and she used her time at the podium to advocate for more women in film. King declared, “I’m going to use my platform to say that in the next two years, everything I produce is going to be 50 percent women.”

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‘Bao’s’ Domee Shi to make feature film directorial debut

‘Bao’s’ Domee Shi to make feature film directorial debut

Shi will be just the second woman director to helm a Pixar feature, and Brenda Chapman, co-director of 2012’s “Brave” and the first woman hired as a Pixar director, was taken off her film before it reached theaters.

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Viola Davis’ JuVee Productions inks deal with Amazon Studios

Viola Davis’ JuVee Productions inks deal with Amazon Studios

Davis said, “my big thing with JuVee Productions is there is no limit to how we see narratives for people of color — that there’s only so much that I’m going to kowtow to this business. My gift to anyone is that. Don’t let anybody tell you who you are. … This is my fist pump. This is my drop the mic. This is me.”

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Julia Roberts talks ‘Ben Is Back,’ ‘Homecoming,’ motherhood, #MeToo and more

Julia Roberts talks ‘Ben Is Back,’ ‘Homecoming,’ motherhood, #MeToo and more

She’s notoriously picky, generally acting in one film a year, and that’s become iffier considering, as she says, there’s “a whole lot of math” that needs to factor her kids’ school schedule and that of her husband, cinematographer Danny Moder. These days, one of the biggest movie stars in recent memory has largely withdrawn from the spotlight.

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Emma Stone to play Disney villain in live-action 1980s punk origin story ‘Cruella’

Emma Stone to play Disney villain in live-action 1980s punk origin story ‘Cruella’

Before she was a Golden Globe nominee for “The Favourite” or even an Oscar winner for “La La Land,” Emma Stone was reportedly set to star as a Disney villain in “Cruella,” a live-action origin story for “101 Dalmatians” baddie Cruella De Vil.

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Interview: ‘Wildlife’ screenwriter Zoe Kazan talks making a female character ‘feel like a whole person’

Interview: ‘Wildlife’ screenwriter Zoe Kazan talks making a female character ‘feel like a whole person’

“I think some of the criticism about ‘Oh, is she unlikable? Is she unsympathetic?’ feels really misplaced to me. It feels like it has more to do with the way we as a society think about who and what a mother should be and what a wife should be than it is really about this character,” screenwriter Zoe Kazan said of the main female character in “Wildlife.”

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Good news and bad news for women with the 2019 Golden Globes nominations

Good news and bad news for women with the 2019 Golden Globes nominations

There is good news and bad news for women with the nominations for the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards. Once again, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has shut out female directors. No female helmers are nominated for best director for the 2019 Golden Globes. There’s a little bit of good news as far as a couple of historic nominations for women.

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NBC unveils inaugural, all-woman class for its Alternative Directors Program

NBC unveils inaugural, all-woman class for its Alternative Directors Program

With the new initiative, NBC takes a step toward equal representation behind the scenes on alternative series – an unserved part of the industry when it comes to inclusion efforts, despite the prevalence of unscripted shows on TV. The program gives experienced female and ethnically diverse directors access to expand their repertoire of alternative formats and complex directing styles, with the ultimate goal of opening the door to future projects.

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Glenn Close to receive Icon Award at Palms Springs International Film Festival

Glenn Close to receive Icon Award at Palms Springs International Film Festival

“Glenn Close is a rare and enduring talent who has consistently brought challenging characters to life on film, television and stage for over four decades,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner in a statement. “In her latest feature film, ‘The Wife,’ she gives a tour-de-force performance as the perfect spouse, who relinquishes her own ambitions to propel her husband’s career. It is our honor to present the 2019 Icon Award to Glenn Close.”

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Lulu Wilson to co-star in Julie Taymor’s Gloria Steinem biopic

Lulu Wilson to co-star in Julie Taymor’s Gloria Steinem biopic

Lulu Wilson, 13, known for her roles in Netflix’s “The Haunting of Hill House,” HBO’s “Sharp Objects” and the horror prequel “Annabelle: Creation,” has been picked to play young Gloria Steinem in the biopic “The Glorias: A Life on the Road,” which Julie Taymor is writing and directing. Deadline Hollywood reports that the film will be based on Steinem’s memoir of the same title.

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BBC examines why women are left out of cinema history

BBC examines why women are left out of cinema history

According to the BBC, 209 critics sent in their 10 greatest foreign-language films for the poll. Of these respondents, 94 were women – 45 percent –yet there are only four female directors of titles in the top 100: Chantal Akerman (“Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels”), Claire Denis (“Beau Travail”), Agnès Varda (“Cleo from 5 to 7”), and Katia Lund (co-director of “City of God”).

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Naomi Watts to star in HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel

Naomi Watts to star in HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel

Naomi Watts is the first performer who has been cast in the as-yet-untitled prequel to the HBO smash “Game of Thrones.” The two-time Oscar nominee, whose film credits include “The Impossible,” “21 Grams,” “King Kong,” “Birdman” and “Mulholland Drive” actress will play a character described as “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret.”

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Emma Thompson to star as celebrity-turned-politician in HBO and BBC series ‘Years & Years’

Emma Thompson to star as celebrity-turned-politician in HBO and BBC series ‘Years & Years’

Two-time Academy Award winner Emma Thompson (“Saving Mr. Banks”) will play Vivienne Rook, an outspoken celebrity-turned-politician, whose controversial opinions divide the nation. Rory Kinnear (“Peterloo”) has been cast as Stephen Lyons, a financial adviser and the family’s peacekeeper, who is married to Celeste, played by T’Nia Miller (“Marcella”), an ambitious accountant.

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Scarlett Johansson reportedly scores $15 million payday for Black Widow movie

Scarlett Johansson reportedly scores $15 million payday for Black Widow movie

After punching, kicking and flipping through six movies as Black Widow, Scarlett Johansson is finally getting a $15 million payday for her upcoming stand-alone film centered on the Marvel superheroine, according to The Hollywood Reporter. That salary is what Chris Evans as Captain America and Chris Hemsworth as Thor got for “Captain America: Civil War” and “Thor: Ragnarok,” respectively.

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Nicole Kidman, Rachel Weisz and Timothée Chalamet to be honored at Hollywood Film Awards

Nicole Kidman, Rachel Weisz and Timothée Chalamet to be honored at Hollywood Film Awards

Nicole Kidman, Rachel Weisz and Timothée Chalamet will be honored next month at the Hollywood Film Awards. Kidman, a multi-award-winning actress known for her fearlessness and intelligence, will receive the Hollywood Career Achievement Award during the ceremony. Weisz and Chalamet will receive the Hollywood Supporting Actress Award and Hollywood Supporting Actor Award, respectively.

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Alexandra Shipp, Kelli O’Hara added to Netflix’s adaptation of ‘All the Bright Places’

Alexandra Shipp, Kelli O’Hara added to Netflix’s adaptation of ‘All the Bright Places’

Elle Fanning (“Maleficent”) and Justice Smith (“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”) will star in as two teenagers struggling with mental illness whose paths cross. Filming is underway in Cleveland, Ohio. “Runaways” actor Virginia Gardner, CBS’ “Happy Together” star Felix Mallard, “The Hate U Give” actor Lamar Johnson and “Bad Samaritan” performer Sofia Hasmik also have been cast.

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‘The Good Place’s’ Tiya Sircar to star in the upcoming Netflix feature ‘Good Sam’

‘The Good Place’s’ Tiya Sircar to star in the upcoming Netflix feature ‘Good Sam’

The film follows TV news reporter Kate Bradley, who is assigned to uncover the identity of a mysterious Good Samaritan – aka Good Sam – who has been anonymously leaving $100,000 cash gifts on the doorsteps of seemingly random New Yorkers. As interest in the incredible presents builds nationwide, the journalist seeks to unravel the identity of Good Sam and the reasons behind the enigmatic gifts.

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