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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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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Agnès Varda’s final film ‘Varda by Agnès’ to open in November in U.S. cinemas

Agnès Varda’s final film ‘Varda by Agnès’ to open in November in U.S. cinemas

Janus Films has acquired U.S. rights to the documentary, which made its world premiere in February at the Berlin International Film Festival, just weeks before the “godmother of French New Wave cinema” died March 29 at her home in Paris at the age of 90.

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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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Keira Knightley talks playing Iraq War whistle-blower Katharine Gun in political thriller ‘Official Secrets’

Keira Knightley talks playing Iraq War whistle-blower Katharine Gun in political thriller ‘Official Secrets’

Keira Knightley is portraying Katharine Gun, a real-life Iraq War whistle-blower, in the political thriller “Official Secrets,” opening Friday in the United States and in October in the U.K.

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Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions developing ‘Fast Color’ series at Amazon

Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions developing ‘Fast Color’ series at Amazon

Released by Lionsgate/Code Black in April, the film was co-written by Hart and Horowitz and directed by Hart. The movie premiered to critical acclaim last year at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. It was released last month on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD.

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Gemma Chan: ‘We’ve still got a lot of work to do’ to have more equitable representation in movies

Gemma Chan: ‘We’ve still got a lot of work to do’ to have more equitable representation in movies

“I know the perception is that it’s got a lot easier to make films by or about minorities or women, but it’s actually still difficult. I would like to see a real increase in the diversity of people who are in a position to make decisions,” Chan told British Vogue.

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Disney adapting Nigerian-American author Tomi Adeyemi’s YA novel ‘Children of Blood and Bone’ into feature film

Disney adapting Nigerian-American author Tomi Adeyemi’s YA novel ‘Children of Blood and Bone’ into feature film

The first of Adeyemi’s “Legacy of Orïsha” series, “Children of Blood and Bone” was published last year by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers. The sequel, “Children of Virtue and Vengeance,” is due out in December.

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Interview: Maureen Bharoocha making feature film directorial debut with ladies arm wrestling comedy ‘Golden Arm’

Interview: Maureen Bharoocha making feature film directorial debut with ladies arm wrestling comedy ‘Golden Arm’

Maureen Bharoocha is best known for her work as a rising comedic director for “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” as well as her films that have appeared on the Lifetime Network, including “I Am Watching You” and “Fatal Flip.”

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Meryl Streep to receive the Toronto International Film Festival’s Tribute Actor Award

Meryl Streep to receive the Toronto International Film Festival’s Tribute Actor Award

“Meryl Streep is undoubtedly one of the most talented and versatile actors of her generation,” said Joana Vicente, the festival’s executive director and co-head, in a statement. “Her tremendous contribution to cinema, television, and the stage spans five decades.”

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Jane Fonda to receive Britannia Award for Excellence in Film

Jane Fonda to receive Britannia Award for Excellence in Film

Fonda currently stars alongside her “9 to 5” co-star Lily Tomlin in the Netflix comedy “Grace and Frankie,” for which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award. The show was renewed in January for a sixth season that will premiere next year.

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Charlize Theron to receive 2019 American Cinematheque Award

Charlize Theron to receive 2019 American Cinematheque Award

“The American Cinematheque is extremely pleased to honor Charlize Theron as the 33rd recipient of the American Cinematheque Award at our celebration this year,” said American Cinematheque chairman Rick Nicita. “Charlize Theron is making a significant contribution to the art of motion pictures while breaking through outmoded limitations on what an actress and producer can do.”

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‘Shirkers’ director Sandi Tan to adapt Elif Batuman’s ‘The Idiot’

‘Shirkers’ director Sandi Tan to adapt Elif Batuman’s ‘The Idiot’

 “Shirkers” – which chronicled how Tan made her 1992 debut feature at age 18 in Singapore and then had the footage stolen by her enigmatic director Georges and then returned after his death in 2008 – earned the auteur the World Cinema Documentary Directing Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

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Catherine Deneuve to be honored at Ukraine’s Odessa International Film Festival

Catherine Deneuve to be honored at Ukraine’s Odessa International Film Festival

The Academy Award-nominated performer will visit Odessa, a Black Sea resort city in South Ukraine, to collect the award and take part in an acting master class. Other prominent guests of the 2019 event announced so far include Palme d’or-winning British director Mike Leigh and American actor, director, singer and activist Rose McGowan.

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Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson talk ‘Late Night,’ funny women and the patriarchy

Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson talk ‘Late Night,’ funny women and the patriarchy

“I loved shining a light on a world that has historically not employed women. It was very easy to research because almost all of my friends have been fired from a late night talk show. There are so many great disgruntled stories of impossible hosts and mean bosses.”

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Mary J. Blige to receive lifetime achievement award during 2019 BET Awards

Mary J. Blige to receive lifetime achievement award during 2019 BET Awards

The New York native is also an established actress who has garnered two Golden Globe Award nominations and one Screen Actors Guild Award nod. She also made history in 2018 when she became the first double nominee in the best supporting actress and best song categories at the Academy Awards for her work on “Mudbound.”

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Rita Moreno becomes first Latina PEGOT winner

Rita Moreno becomes first Latina PEGOT winner

“I am keenly aware of the high value Peabody places on storytelling and I am humbled that you consider the story of my life and career worthy,” Moreno said in her acceptance speech at the event, where she garnered a standing ovation.

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Josie Rourke to helm cinematic origin story ‘This Nan’s Life’

Josie Rourke to helm cinematic origin story ‘This Nan’s Life’

Rourke is a renowned theater director who has been the artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse theater in London since 2012. Her 2018 historical drama “Mary Queen Of Scots,” starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie, was her debut feature. The film was nominated for three BAFTAs and two Oscars this year and grossed $46 million globally.

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Jane Campion to direct ‘The Power of the Dog,’ starring Elisabeth Moss and Benedict Cumberbatch

Jane Campion to direct ‘The Power of the Dog,’ starring Elisabeth Moss and Benedict Cumberbatch

Campion won the Academy Award for screenplay for “The Piano,” for which she also became the first, and to date only, female director to be awarded the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or. Her limited television series “Top of the Lake” won the 2013 Emmy for cinematography for a miniseries or movie, as well as the 2014 Golden Globe for an actress in a miniseries or movie for Moss.

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Julianne Moore advocates for quotas for reaching gender parity at Cannes Film Festival

Julianne Moore advocates for quotas for reaching gender parity at Cannes Film Festival

“We will have to make major changes to reach parity. That’s just a fact. So, I do believe in quotas. I really do,” added Moore. “I believe in trying to level the playing field for everybody regardless of their gender or their culture or ethnicity. You have to open doors.”

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Mati Diop talks about being Cannes Film Festival’s first black female director

Mati Diop talks about being Cannes Film Festival’s first black female director

“It was sad to learn that in 2019 such a thing had never happened before — there is still a long way to go. If as a young African filmmaker I can represent a minority that still has very little access to that kind of selection, that’s a good thing,” she says. “But I’d rather stay a little detached. It was almost as if my smaller story was encountering a much larger story. I really want the film to be taken for what it is, not for what I represent.”

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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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