Italian icon Raffaella Carrà to be remembered in new documentary

Italian icon Raffaella Carrà to be remembered in new documentary

Known as “the lady” or “the queen” of Italian television, she built a seven-decade career as an actor, recording artist, TV host and model.

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Starz developing drama series about African warrior ‘Queen Nzinga’

Starz developing drama series about African warrior ‘Queen Nzinga’

The series will share the remarkable true story of Nzinga, who fought against the cruel subjugation of her people by Portuguese slavers. Set in 17th-century Angola, it will chronicle the legendary tale of Nzinga’s transformation from an innocent princess into a fearless warrior queen who rages a ferocious 40-year guerrilla war against the kingdom’s formidable enemies.

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Regina King’s Shirley Chisholm biopic ‘Shirley’ heading to Netflix

Regina King’s Shirley Chisholm biopic ‘Shirley’ heading to Netflix

Based on exclusive and extensive conversations with family, friends and those who knew her best, the film will tell the story of Shirley Chisholm’s boundary-breaking and historic 1972 presidential campaign.

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Isabelle Huppert to receive Berlin International Film Festival’s Honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement

Isabelle Huppert to receive Berlin International Film Festival’s Honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement

Huppert is widely regarded as one of the most versatile actors in the world, and has played an impressive range of characters in almost 150 cinema and television productions.

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Jennifer Garner to be honored as Harvard’s 2022 Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year

Jennifer Garner to be honored as Harvard’s 2022 Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year

The Woman of the Year Award is the Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ oldest honor, bestowed annually on performers who have made lasting and impressive contributions to the world of entertainment.

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Karen McClellan serving as showrunner in residence for the Pacific Screenwriting Program’s 2022 Scripted Series Lab

Karen McClellan serving as showrunner in residence for the Pacific Screenwriting Program’s 2022 Scripted Series Lab

Starting this month, McClellan is mentoring six up-and-coming British Columbia-based screenwriters as they develop her original series in the Pacific Screenwriting Program’s flagship training program.

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Jamie Lee Curtis to receive 2021 Shatterproof Brian Mendell Memorial Award as ‘Halloween Kills’ tops box office

Jamie Lee Curtis to receive 2021 Shatterproof Brian Mendell Memorial Award as ‘Halloween Kills’ tops box office

Shatterproof was founded by Gary Mendell in 2013, after losing his son Brian Mendell to the disease of addiction. This year’s Chairman’s Reception is taking place on the 10-year anniversary of Brian Mendell’s death.

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France’s Lumiere Festival to honor Japanese golden age filmmaker Kinuyo Tanaka with retrospective

France’s Lumiere Festival to honor Japanese golden age filmmaker Kinuyo Tanaka with retrospective

In June, the Cannes Film Festival screened a newly restored 4K version of her second film as a director, 1955’s “The Moon Has Risen” (“Tsuki wa noborinu”).

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Jane Campion to receive 2021 Lumière Award at France’s Lumière Festival

Jane Campion to receive 2021 Lumière Award at France’s Lumière Festival

Campion’s latest film,” The Power of the Dog,” had its world premiere earlier this month at the 78th Venice International Film Festival. It also will screen as the centerpiece selection at the 59th New York Film Festival on Oct. 1.

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Film ‘Skate Dreams’ to chronicle rise of women’s skateboarding

Film ‘Skate Dreams’ to chronicle rise of women’s skateboarding

Directed by Jessica Edwards and executive produced by Gary Hustwit, “Skate Dreams” will be the first feature-length film to chronicle the rise of female skateboarding from its early days as a vibrant, if marginalized, part of the subculture to its international debut as an official sport at the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games.

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IFC reuniting with Andrea Arnold on Cannes Film Festival documentary ‘Cow’

IFC reuniting with Andrea Arnold on Cannes Film Festival documentary ‘Cow’

Shot over seven years, “Cow” had its world premiere in the newly created Cannes Premiere section at this year’s Cannes Film Festival in France. IFC Films previously collaborated with Arnold on her award-winning film “Fish Tank,” which starred Katie Jarvis and Michael Fassbender.

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Regina King to star in and produce Shirley Chisholm biopic

Regina King to star in and produce Shirley Chisholm biopic

Written and directed by Oscar winner John Ridley (“12 Years a Slave,” “Jimi: All Is by My Side”), the biopic will chronicle Chisholm’s 1972 presidential campaign, which was defined by youth engagement and her efforts to secure enough delegates to speak at the Democratic National Convention.

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Woman-directed films ‘Coda,’ ‘Hive’ and more win big at Sundance Film Festival

Woman-directed films ‘Coda,’ ‘Hive’ and more win big at Sundance Film Festival

Opportunities led to accolades at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. As previously reported, Sundance achieved gender parity this year: Across 139 films and projects, 50%, or 69, were directed by one or more women; 4%, or six, were directed by one or more non-binary individuals; 50%, or 70, were directed by one or more artists […]

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Chloe Zhao becomes first woman to receive Palm Springs International Film Awards’ Director of the Year

Chloe Zhao becomes first woman to receive Palm Springs International Film Awards’ Director of the Year

The “Nomadland” helmer is the first female director to receive the Director of the Year honor in the 32-year history of the Palm Springs International Film Festival, according to Variety.

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Women directed half of the selections for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival

Women directed half of the selections for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Sundance Film Festival – which usually takes place in Park City, Utah – is not only going digital at festival.sundance.org but also is offering in-person socially distanced screenings and events at drive-in theaters, independent arthouses and other venues around the country.

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Gotham Awards nominations: All nominees for best feature come from women directors

Gotham Awards nominations: All nominees for best feature come from women directors

In the best feature category, all five nominated films come from women directors: “The Assistant” from Kitty Green, “First Cow” from Kelly Reichardt, “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” from Eliza Hittman, “Nomadland” from Chloé Zhao and “Relic” from Natalie Erika James.

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‘Wonder Women’ Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins reteaming for epic ‘Cleopatra’

‘Wonder Women’ Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins reteaming for epic ‘Cleopatra’

The historical drama will be penned by Laeta Kalogridis (“Shutter Island”), which means we will finally get a major motion picture that tells Cleopatra’s story from a female perspective.

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Tilda Swinton and Ann Hui to receive Venice International Film Festival’s Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement

Tilda Swinton and Ann Hui to receive Venice International Film Festival’s Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement

The decision was made by the Board of Directors of the Biennale di Venezia upon recommendation of the director of the Venice Film Festival, Alberto Barbera.

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Inaugural rePRO by mama.film virtual film festival to explore women’s reproductive healthcare, bodily integrity and more

Inaugural rePRO by mama.film virtual film festival to explore women’s reproductive healthcare, bodily integrity and more

All feature films playing the festival are directed by women, and all filmmakers, including the shorts filmmakers, are being paid to screen their films. The pay-what-you-can film ticket proceeds for films at the festival will be converted to donations to be split evenly among five beneficiary nonprofit organizations: SisterSong, Endometriosis Foundation of America, Center for Reproductive Rights, URGE and Trust Women.

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Cate Blanchett and her Dirty Films production company ink first-look deal with New Republic Pictures

Cate Blanchett and her Dirty Films production company ink first-look deal with New Republic Pictures

New Republic Pictures is led by Brian Oliver and Bradley Fischer. Oliver, who received a Best Picture Academy Award nod in 2011 for “Black Swan,” formed New Republic in 2017. The company was big in the mix in this year’s Oscars, having backed the films “1917” and “Rocketman” last year.

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IFC acquires North American rights to fact-based WWII female spy drama ‘A Call to Spy’

IFC acquires North American rights to fact-based WWII female spy drama ‘A Call to Spy’

“A Call to Spy” was produced by, written by and stars Sarah Megan Thomas (“Equity”), who portrays real-life American spy Virginia Hall, who had a wooden leg. The fact-based period picture takes place at the onset of WWII, as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill ordered a new spy agency, the Special Operations Executive, to recruit and train female spies.

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Marie Curie biopic ‘Radioactive’ debuting on Amazon Prime

Marie Curie biopic ‘Radioactive’ debuting on Amazon Prime

The film stars Oscar nominee Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl”) and chronicles the achievements of the Polish-French physicist and chemist: Curie discovered radium and polonium, became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize and became the first and only person to win the acclaimed honor twice.

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‘American Masters – Unladylike2020: The Changemakers’ to premiere Friday on PBS as part of women’s suffrage centennial

‘American Masters – Unladylike2020: The Changemakers’ to premiere Friday on PBS as part of women’s suffrage centennial

The women highlighted in “American Masters – Unladylike2020: The Changemakers” are Martha Hughes Cannon, the country’s first female state senator; Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress; Mary Church Terrell, a leader in the anti-lynching movement and a founder of the NAACP; Jovita Idar, a journalist and president of the first Mexican American women’s civil rights organization; and Zitkála-Šá, also known as Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, who lobbied for U.S. citizenship, voting rights, and sovereignty for American Indians a century ago.

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Jessica Alba star in new Netflix action film ‘Trigger Warning,’ to be directed by Mouly Surya

Jessica Alba star in new Netflix action film ‘Trigger Warning,’ to be directed by Mouly Surya

Considered a potential franchise launcher, Alba will star as a traumatized veteran who inherits her grandfather’s bar. She encounters a moral quandary after uncovering the truth behind his death.

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IFC Films acquires Jessica Swale’s directorial feature debut ‘Summerland,’ starring Gemma Arterton

IFC Films acquires Jessica Swale’s directorial feature debut ‘Summerland,’ starring Gemma Arterton

The period drama stars Gemma Arterton (“Their Finest,” “Vita and Virginia”), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (“Motherless Brooklyn,” “Belle”), Penelope Wilton (“Downton Abbey,” “Pride and Prejudice”), and Tom Courtenay (“45 Years,” “Doctor Zhivago”).

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