Lucy Liu developing anthology series ‘Unsung Heroes’ to shine spotlight on overlook women

Lucy Liu developing anthology series ‘Unsung Heroes’ to shine spotlight on overlook women

“Unsung Heroes” will profile women who were highly accomplished in their fields but did not receive acknowledgment for their achievements and how their stories have affected history. The first episode will focus on Hollywood’s silent era star Anna May Wong.

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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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Julie Andrews to receive lifetime achievement award from Venice International Film Festival

Julie Andrews to receive lifetime achievement award from Venice International Film Festival

Andrews won the Academy Award for her 1964 feature film debut in Disney’s “Mary Poppins” and was also nominated for playing Maria von Trapp in the hit 1965 film adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music.” She is a three-time Tony nominee for creating the roles of Eliza Doolittle in “My Fair Lady” (1956), Guenevere in “Camelot” (1960), and Victoria Grant in “Victor/Victoria” (1995), re-creating her Oscar-nominated performance from the 1982 film, according to Playbill.

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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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Director Susanne Bier reflects on the record-setting success of her femme-centric Netflix film ‘Bird Box’

Director Susanne Bier reflects on the record-setting success of her femme-centric Netflix film ‘Bird Box’

The post-apocalyptic sci-fi drama “Bird Box” has set a record in its debut, and with the Netflix original film boasting both a woman director and a female lead, it’s more evidence that the streaming service is destined and determined to shake up the film industry.

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Carol Burnett to be honored with Golden Globes’ inaugural special TV achievement award

Carol Burnett to be honored with Golden Globes’ inaugural special TV achievement award

An acclaimed film, television and Broadway performer, Burnett, 85, is best known for “The Carol Burnett Show,” which ran for 11 years and received 25 Emmy Awards, making it one of the most honored shows in television history. This year marked the golden anniversary of the show, and Burnett returned to CBS Television Studios to tape “The Carol Burnett Show 50th Anniversary Special,” featuring classic sketches and memorable guests. CBS also dedicated a special artists’ entrance in her honor.

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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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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ star Michelle Yeoh might make Oscar history, but she’s definitely going into producing

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ star Michelle Yeoh might make Oscar history, but she’s definitely going into producing

Among the story lines as we await the 2019 Academy Awrd nominations: Will the blockbuster romantic comedy “Crazy Rich Asians” give Michelle Yeoh (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”) her long-awaited shot at an Academy Award? If Yeoh gets a supporting actress nod this year, she will be only the sixth actress of Asian descent ever to be nominated in the history of the Academy, according to Deadline Hollywood.

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Dame Judi Dench to be honored at British International Film Awards

Dame Judi Dench to be honored at British International Film Awards

Dench’s vast and varied cinematic credits include “A Room With a View,” “Notes On a Scandal,” and the recent James Bond franchise, in which she starred as the titular character’s boss, M. She also has worked extensively on stage and television and is one of Britain’s most established and loved performers. Along with her Academy Award for best supporting actress in “Shakespeare in Love,” she has earned 10 BAFTAs and eight Oliviers.

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Debra Granik, Lynne Ramsay and Tamara Jenkins nominated for best director for 2019 Independent Spirit Awards

Debra Granik, Lynne Ramsay and Tamara Jenkins nominated for best director for 2019 Independent Spirit Awards

Film Independent has announced the nominations for the 2019 Independent Spirit Awards, and three of the five finalists in the best director category are women. The best director nominees are Debra Granik for “Leave No Trace,” Lynne Ramsay for “You Were Never Really Here” and Tamara Jenkins for “Private Life,” alongside Barry Jenkins for “If Beale Street Could Talk” and Paul Schrader for “First Reformed.”

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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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Asian women finding quality film roles behind and in front of the camera following the success of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

Asian women finding quality film roles behind and in front of the camera following the success of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

Following the blockbuster success of the romantic comedy “Crazy Rich Asians” – it surpassed its $30 million budget on its opening weekend and has far made more than $226 million at the worldwide box office so far – Asian women finally are getting quality film roles both in front of and behind the camera.

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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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Gale Anne Hurd to be honored with Career Achievement Award at Screamfest

Gale Anne Hurd to be honored with Career Achievement Award at Screamfest

Gale Anne Hurd started her career working with legendary director and producer Roger Corman at New World Pictures. She then launched her career when she produced and co-wrote (with director James Cameron) her first feature film, “The Terminator,” which was a box office and critical success. She quickly followed that success with “Aliens,” which received seven Oscar nominations and won two Academy Awards.

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Olivia Munn, Yara Shahidi and Chrissy Metz to be lauded at Girl Up’s first annual #GirlHero Awards

Olivia Munn, Yara Shahidi and Chrissy Metz to be lauded at Girl Up’s first annual #GirlHero Awards

Olivia Munn, Yara Shahidi and Chrissy Metz will be honored at Girl Up’s first annual #GirlHero Awards, hosted by Kristen Bell, Scarlett Johansson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Gabrielle Union, Katy Perry, Renee Zellweger and Tony Goldwyn. The awards luncheon will celebrate those advocating for gender equality and is set for Oct. 14 at the SLS Hotel in Los Angeles.

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Chloe Zhao to direct Marvel’s ‘The Eternals’

Chloe Zhao to direct Marvel’s ‘The Eternals’

Chloe Zhao will direct Marvel’s next potential franchise, the “The Eternals,” about a race of immortal beings who lived on Earth and shaped its history and civilizations. Jack Kirby created “The Eternals” in 1976 during his cosmic hero phase and was influenced by such works as Erich von Däniken’ 1968 book “Chariots of the Gods,” which explored the notion of ancient gods as aliens.

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Claire Denis’ English-language debut ‘High Life’ to get theatrical release through A24

Claire Denis’ English-language debut ‘High Life’ to get theatrical release through A24

The tale of a father and daughter struggling to survive in deep space, the film stars Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Mia Goth and André Benjamin. The movie was written by Claire Denis, Jean-Pol Fargeau and Geoff Cox, and it has drawn comparisons to the science fiction of Stanley Kubrick and Andrei Tarkovsky.

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Interview: Kim Voynar is on the Leading Edge of Virtual Reality Cinema

Interview: Kim Voynar is on the Leading Edge of Virtual Reality Cinema

Like the best movies, Kim Voynar’s cinema career has come with plenty of plot twists For a decade, Voynar worked as a film critic, reviewing movies for Cinematical, Movie City News, Indiewire and Variety, and in 2011, she ventured into filmmaking. She wrote, produced and directed the short film “Bunker” and then working for three […]

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Glenn Close will be honored by the Museum of the Moving Image, Venice Film Festival criticized for failing to include female filmmakers, femme-centric coming-of-age drama ‘To the Stars’ wraps production in Oklahoma

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Glenn Close will be honored by the Museum of the Moving Image, Venice Film Festival criticized for failing to include female filmmakers, femme-centric coming-of-age drama ‘To the Stars’ wraps production in Oklahoma

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Glenn Close will be honored by the Museum of the Moving Image, open letter criticizes Venice Film Festival for failing to include female filmmakers, and Martha Stephens’ femme-centric coming-of-age drama ‘To the Stars’ recently wrapped production in Oklahoma.

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Supergirl’ to soar onto the big screen, Gal Gadot joins ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet,’ SAG-AFTRA to offer workplace sexual harassment counseling

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Supergirl’ to soar onto the big screen, Gal Gadot joins ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet,’ SAG-AFTRA to offer workplace sexual harassment counseling

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Supergirl’ to soar onto the big screen, Gal Gadot joins ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet,’ and SAG-AFTRA to offer workplace sexual harassment counseling

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Carrie Fisher to appear in ‘Star Wars: Episode IX,’ Natasha Rothwell joins cast of sequel ‘Wonder Woman 1984,’ ‘Birds of Prey’ scribe Christina Hodson says Harley Quinn character will benefit from having a woman writer

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Carrie Fisher to appear in ‘Star Wars: Episode IX,’ Natasha Rothwell joins cast of sequel ‘Wonder Woman 1984,’ ‘Birds of Prey’ scribe Christina Hodson says Harley Quinn character will benefit from having a woman writer

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Carrie Fisher to appear in ‘Star Wars: Episode IX,’ Natasha Rothwell joins cast of sequel ‘Wonder Woman 1984,’ ‘Birds of Prey’ scribe Christina Hodson says Harley Quinn character will benefit from having a woman writer, and Oklahoma City’s deadCenter Film Festival opens 2019 call for entries.

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Mimi Leder directing new Reese Witherspoon-Jennifer Aniston series, Geneva Robertson-Dworet to adapt novel ‘Artemis’ for film, Disney empowering young female filmmakers with global #DreamBigPrincess video series

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Mimi Leder directing new Reese Witherspoon-Jennifer Aniston series, Geneva Robertson-Dworet to adapt novel ‘Artemis’ for film, Disney empowering young female filmmakers with global #DreamBigPrincess video series

Mimi Leder directing new Reese Witherspoon-Jennifer Aniston series, Geneva Robertson-Dworet to adapt novel ‘Artemis’ for film, and Disney empowering young female filmmakers with global #DreamBigPrincess video series.

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Black Widow’ movie gains woman director in Cate Shortland, Julianne Moore looking at ‘The Woman in the Window,’ Emmy nominations get more diverse

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Black Widow’ movie gains woman director in Cate Shortland, Julianne Moore looking at ‘The Woman in the Window,’ Emmy nominations get more diverse

‘Black Widow’ movie gains woman director in Cate Shortland, Julianne Moore looking at ‘The Woman in the Window,’ and this year’s Primetime Emmy nominations get more diverse.

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Keri Russell reportedly joining ‘Star Wars’ saga, ‘Bao’ filmmaker Domee Shi talks about her Pixar short, Netflix orders Salma Hayek-produced Mexican drama series ‘Monarca’

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Keri Russell reportedly joining ‘Star Wars’ saga, ‘Bao’ filmmaker Domee Shi talks about her Pixar short, Netflix orders Salma Hayek-produced Mexican drama series ‘Monarca’

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Keri Russell reportedly joining ‘Star Wars’ saga, ‘Bao’ filmmaker Domee Shi talks about her Pixar short, and Netflix orders Salma Hayek-produced Mexican drama series ‘Monarca.’

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