IFC Midnight acquires U.S. rights to femme-focused thriller ‘Rust Creek’

IFC Midnight acquires U.S. rights to femme-focused thriller ‘Rust Creek’

Jen McGowan directed from a script by Julie Lipson, based on a story by Lunacy Productions’ Stu Pollard, who also produced the thriller, according to Variety. The film stars British actress Hermione Corfield (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”) in her first leading role. “Rust Creek” co-stars Jay Paulson, Sean O’Bryan, John Marshall Jones, Micah Hauptman, Daniel R. Hill and Jeremy Glazer.

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Halle Berry to make her directorial debut and star in mixed martial arts drama ‘Bruised’

Halle Berry to make her directorial debut and star in mixed martial arts drama ‘Bruised’

Oscar winner Halle Berry plans to make her directorial debut with a mixed martial arts action drama titled “Bruised,” in which she will also star. Berry, currently in production on “John Wick 3: Parabellum” opposite Keanu Reeves, will reteam with John Wick producer Basil Iwanyk of Thunder Road Pictures, who is also producing “Bruised” along with Entertainment 360 and Linda Gottlieb.

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‘Captain Marvel’ trailer earns 109 million global views in 24 hours

‘Captain Marvel’ trailer earns 109 million global views in 24 hours

Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (“Half Nelson”), “Captain Marvel” is the 21st movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the first to have a woman in the director’s chair (or at least half of the team). The movie chronicles how Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.

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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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After winning two Venice Film Festival awards with ‘The Nightingale,’ Jennifer Kent plans new projects

After winning two Venice Film Festival awards with ‘The Nightingale,’ Jennifer Kent plans new projects

Jennifer Kent is close to completing a new draft of the screenplay for her third feature, “Alice + Freda Forever,” is based on the true story of two young women who fall in love in Memphis, Tennessee, in the 1890s. The Australian filmmaker is also busy preparing a “Tiptree,” a television series based in the United States. It’s about science-fiction writer Alice Bradley Sheldon.

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Olivia Munn speaks out against casting of registered sex offender in PREDATOR reboot.

Olivia Munn speaks out against casting of registered sex offender in PREDATOR reboot.

Excerpt: Olivia Munn has again weathered the storm of speaking out against sexual misconduct. It’s been a whirlwind week or so for the actor after she went public about her choice to speak out when she learned that an actor with a small role on her new film “The Predator” is a registered sex offender.

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New Study Finds Overwhelming Majority of Film Critics are Male and White

New Study Finds Overwhelming Majority of Film Critics are Male and White

Stacy L. Smith and the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative have again found that film reviewers on Rotten Tomatoes are overwhelmingly white and male. Their new study shows that 67.1 of the critics were male, 32.9 percent were female, and that of critics with an “ascertainable” race or ethnicity, 23.2 percent were from minority groups while 76.8 percent were white,.

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WarnerMedia Launches Company-wide Inclusion Initiative

WarnerMedia Launches Company-wide Inclusion Initiative

Six months after best actress winner Frances McDormand delivered a figurative mic drop at the Oscars by championing the idea of inclusion riders, WarnerMedia – including Warner Bros., HBO and Turner — has announced a company-wide policy outlining its commitment to diversity and inclusion in front of and behind the camera.

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Cicely Tyson and Kathleen Kennedy to Receive Honorary Oscars

Cicely Tyson and Kathleen Kennedy to Receive Honorary Oscars

Actor Cicely Tyson and producer Kathleen Kennedy will make overdue history when they receive their Honorary Oscars this fall at the Academy’s 10th Annual Governors Awards on Sunday, November 18, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles. Tyson will make history at the Governors Awards as the first black woman to receive an Honorary Oscar.

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