Riley Keough, Niki Caro to rock Amazon original series ‘Daisy Jones & The Six’

Riley Keough, Niki Caro to rock Amazon original series ‘Daisy Jones & The Six’

Director Niki Caro (“While Rider,” Disney’s upcoming live-action “Mulan”) is on board the show, based on the best-selling novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Caro will direct multiple episodes, including the initial installment, and will work as executive producer alongside Reese Witherspoon.

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‘Frozen II’ sets records with its box-office bow

‘Frozen II’ sets records with its box-office bow

The first “Frozen reigned as the highest-grossing animated film in history as well as the highest grossing musical film before it was overtaken this year by Disney’s CGI remake of “The Lion King.” It was also the highest-earning film with a female director on the domestic box-office books, until it was overtaken by “Wonder Woman” (which was surpassed this year by “Captain Marvel”).

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Jessica Chastain to star in comedy-drama ‘Losing Clementine’

Jessica Chastain to star in comedy-drama ‘Losing Clementine’

The story follows renowned, razor-tongued artist Clementine Pritchard (Chastain) who has decided she’s had enough of life. After ditching her prescriptions, she gives herself 31 days to tie up loose ends – finish one last painting, make nice with her ex-husband, find a home for her cat – before she kills herself.

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Mother-daughter filmmaking team of Swati Bhise and Devika Bhise share the story of an Indian icon with ‘The Warrior Queen of Jhansi’

Mother-daughter filmmaking team of Swati Bhise and Devika Bhise share the story of an Indian icon with ‘The Warrior Queen of Jhansi’

Devika Bhise told NBC News she had always heard about her mother’s lifelong interest in the historical figure. She said the film also provides an important opportunity to show viewers a different side of India, since many Western depictions of South Asia could be described as “poverty porn.” But she noted that in the 1800s India had one of the strongest and wealthiest economies in the world.

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Filmmaker Cheryl Eagan-Donovan named Oxfordian of the Year

Filmmaker Cheryl Eagan-Donovan named Oxfordian of the Year

The documentary is about Shakespeare’s identity and the life of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, who traveled in 1575-76 to Venice and throughout Italy, where he collected the experiences that are reflected in the works of Shakespeare.

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Kate McKinnon to star in, executive produce TV series based on strange case of Joe Exotic

Kate McKinnon to star in, executive produce TV series based on strange case of Joe Exotic

Joe Exotic – whose real name is Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage, but he is also known as Joe Schreibvogel – was convicted in April of  twice hiring someone to kill Baskin, an animal sanctuary operator whose nonprofit organization successfully sued him for in excess of $1 million for trademark infringement and more.

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Renee Zellweger to receive American Riviera Award from Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Renee Zellweger to receive American Riviera Award from Santa Barbara International Film Festival

“Judy,” which first debuted at the Telluride and Toronto film festivals, where Zellweger received repeated standing ovations, has established her as a front-runner in the Best Actress competition for the 2020 Academy Awards.

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Lady Gaga to star in fact-based Gucci murder movie

Lady Gaga to star in fact-based Gucci murder movie

The movie will be based on Sara Gay Forden’s book “The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed.” Four-time Oscar nominee Ridley Scott, whose credits include “The Martian,” “Black Hawk Down,” “Gladiator,” “Thelma & Louise,” is directing. Roberto Bentivegna is writing the story.

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Spanish filmmaker Sonia Sebastian casts Penelope Ann Miller and Dermot Mulroney in ‘The Virgin of Highland Park’

Spanish filmmaker Sonia Sebastian casts Penelope Ann Miller and Dermot Mulroney in ‘The Virgin of Highland Park’

Now based in Los Angeles, Sebastian premiered her second directorial effort, “Freelancers Anonymous,” an English-language feature produced by Full Spectrum Features in Chicago, and recognized with the gender-parity stamp from ReFrame and IMDbPro.

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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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Gal Gadot establishes production company Pilot Wave, launching with her WWII star vehicle ‘Irena Sendler’

Gal Gadot establishes production company Pilot Wave, launching with her WWII star vehicle ‘Irena Sendler’

“Irena Sendler” will tell the harrowing story of a woman’s brave stand against Nazi Germany’s occupation of Poland and the remarkable network she devised to save and care for 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto.

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Samuel Goldwyn Films acquires North American rights to Martha Stephens’ period drama ‘To the Stars’

Samuel Goldwyn Films acquires North American rights to Martha Stephens’ period drama ‘To the Stars’

Filmed in Oklahoma, the movie stars Kara Hayward (“Manchester By The Sea”), Liana Liberato (“The Best of Me”), Tony Hale (HBO’s “Veep”), Jordana Spiro (Netflix’s “Ozark”), Malin Akerman (Showtime’s “Billions”), Shea Whigham (Amazon’s “Homecoming”), Lucas Jade Zumann (TV’s “Anne with an E”), and Adelaide Clemens (SundanceTV’s “Rectify”).

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Queen Latifah to receive W.E.B. Du Bois Medal from Harvard University

Queen Latifah to receive W.E.B. Du Bois Medal from Harvard University

Latifah (“Chicago,” “Girls Trip”) will next be seen on television as Ursula the Sea Witch in “The Little Mermaid Live!,” alongside Auli’i Cravalho, Shaggy, John Stamos and Graham Phillips. The live televised musical will air Nov. 5 as part of “The Wonderful World of Disney” franchise.

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Ava DuVernay, Laura Dern to be honored at 2019 IFP Gotham Awards

Ava DuVernay, Laura Dern to be honored at 2019 IFP Gotham Awards

Dern recently announced that she and her original “Jurassic Park” co-stars Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum are returning to the blockbuster franchise for “Jurassic World 3.” According to Deadline, they will star alongside Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, with Colin Trevorrow back to direct.  Production starts early next year.

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Juliette Binoche to receive European Achievement in World Cinema honor

Juliette Binoche to receive European Achievement in World Cinema honor

Binoche is a three-time European Film Award winner, who received best European actress honors in 1992 for Léos Carax’s “The Lovers on the Bridge” and in 1997 for Anthony Minghella’s “The English Patient,” the same role that won her an Oscar for best supporting actress. In 2001, Binoche garnered the European Film Award ‘s audience award as best European actress for her effervescent performance in Lasse Hallström’s “Chocolat,” which also earned her an Oscar nomination.

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Julie Andrews to receive AFI Life Achievement Award

Julie Andrews to receive AFI Life Achievement Award

Throughout an illustrious career that spans seven decades, she has won five Golden Globes, three Grammys and two Emmys for projects infused with her incomparable charm and recognized for their ability to enthrall audiences worldwide. The critically lauded Andrews is also a Kennedy Center honoree, a Disney Legend inductee and the recipient of a SAG Life Achievement Award.

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Emma Thompson, Ellen Burstyn, Gaia Wise to co-star in Livia De Paolis femme-focused ‘Peter Pan’ spin-off ‘The Lost Girls’

Emma Thompson, Ellen Burstyn, Gaia Wise to co-star in Livia De Paolis femme-focused ‘Peter Pan’ spin-off ‘The Lost Girls’

Oscar winners Ellen Burstyn and Emma Thompson, along with Thompson’s daughter Gaia Wise, are set to co-star in the film adaptation of “The Lost Girls,” a femme-focused coming-of-age spin-off on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale of “Peter Pan.”

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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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2019 Zurich Film Festival to feature more women directors than ever before

2019 Zurich Film Festival to feature more women directors than ever before

The Golden Icon Award, the festival’s most coveted accolade, will be presented to two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett on Oct. 5. After Glenn Close in 2017 and Judie Dench in 2018, it is the third time in a row that this award has gone to a woman.

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Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira reteaming to adapt Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel ‘Americanah’ for HBO Max

Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira reteaming to adapt Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel ‘Americanah’ for HBO Max

“‘Americanah’ has been a passion project for me since I read Chimamanda’s beautiful novel in 2013,” Nyong’o said, per Variety. “It’s a tale that is simultaneously timely and timeless. HBO Max is the perfect partner to bring this profound and celebrated story to life, and I’m thrilled that Danai will bring to the project her intelligence, wit, and understanding of the stories and the worlds of ‘Americanah.’”

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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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Mati Diop to receive inaugural Mary Pickford Award at Toronto International Film Festival

Mati Diop to receive inaugural Mary Pickford Award at Toronto International Film Festival

The award, named in honor of Toronto native Mary Pickford, recognizes an emerging female talent who is making groundbreaking strides in the industry. Pickford was the pioneering actor, producer and co-founder of United Artists. The honor is being established in conjunction with United Artists’ centennial this year, according to a news release.

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Awkwafina to star in Legendary’s ‘The Last Adventure of Constance Verity’ and Disney Animation’s ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’

Awkwafina to star in Legendary’s ‘The Last Adventure of Constance Verity’ and Disney Animation’s ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’

With her signing on to two high-profile projects in less a month, we’re seeing another phase in the rapidly morphing career of Awkwafina, the rapper who broke out as a comedic actor in last year’s blockbuster “Crazy Rich Asians” and is gaining early awards consideration for her finely nuanced lead turn in this year’s critically acclaimed drama “The Farewell.”

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Gal Gadot to portray Hedy Lamarr in Showtime limited series

Gal Gadot to portray Hedy Lamarr in Showtime limited series

Lamarr also was an inventor who, along with composer George Antheil, one of her friends, patented a frequency-hopping system during World War II that presaged Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technology. Lamarr and Antheil were inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014.

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