Interview: ‘Wildlife’ screenwriter Zoe Kazan talks making a female character ‘feel like a whole person’

Interview: ‘Wildlife’ screenwriter Zoe Kazan talks making a female character ‘feel like a whole person’

“I think some of the criticism about ‘Oh, is she unlikable? Is she unsympathetic?’ feels really misplaced to me. It feels like it has more to do with the way we as a society think about who and what a mother should be and what a wife should be than it is really about this character,” screenwriter Zoe Kazan said of the main female character in “Wildlife.”

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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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NBC unveils inaugural, all-woman class for its Alternative Directors Program

NBC unveils inaugural, all-woman class for its Alternative Directors Program

With the new initiative, NBC takes a step toward equal representation behind the scenes on alternative series – an unserved part of the industry when it comes to inclusion efforts, despite the prevalence of unscripted shows on TV. The program gives experienced female and ethnically diverse directors access to expand their repertoire of alternative formats and complex directing styles, with the ultimate goal of opening the door to future projects.

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Glenn Close to receive Icon Award at Palms Springs International Film Festival

Glenn Close to receive Icon Award at Palms Springs International Film Festival

“Glenn Close is a rare and enduring talent who has consistently brought challenging characters to life on film, television and stage for over four decades,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner in a statement. “In her latest feature film, ‘The Wife,’ she gives a tour-de-force performance as the perfect spouse, who relinquishes her own ambitions to propel her husband’s career. It is our honor to present the 2019 Icon Award to Glenn Close.”

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Lulu Wilson to co-star in Julie Taymor’s Gloria Steinem biopic

Lulu Wilson to co-star in Julie Taymor’s Gloria Steinem biopic

Lulu Wilson, 13, known for her roles in Netflix’s “The Haunting of Hill House,” HBO’s “Sharp Objects” and the horror prequel “Annabelle: Creation,” has been picked to play young Gloria Steinem in the biopic “The Glorias: A Life on the Road,” which Julie Taymor is writing and directing. Deadline Hollywood reports that the film will be based on Steinem’s memoir of the same title.

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Melissa V. Murray to make directorial debut with ‘We Real Cool,’ from producer Effie T. Brown

Melissa V. Murray to make directorial debut with ‘We Real Cool,’ from producer Effie T. Brown

Stuart Ford’s AGC Studios has given the green light to “We Real Cool,” an urban action comedy from “Dear White People” producer Effie T. Brown, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “We Real Cool” will mark the feature debut of Melissa V. Murray, a graduate of the Ghetto Film School and a Sundance Ignite Fellow alumnus, who will direct from her own script.

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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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Reese Witherspoon and Fox 2000 to adapt fact-based, femme-focused Vietnam War story ‘The League of Wives’

Reese Witherspoon and Fox 2000 to adapt fact-based, femme-focused Vietnam War story ‘The League of Wives’

The book, which is to be published by St. Martin’s Press in April, tells of a group of women — wives of military men who would never describe themselves as feminists — who banded together to save their husbands. When their fighter pilot husbands were shot down, captured and imprisoned for years under deplorable conditions during the Vietnam War, the group of well-educated military wives transformed into a league of take-charge lobbyists, human rights activists and even spies.

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