Spanish filmmaker Sonia Sebastian casts Penelope Ann Miller and Dermot Mulroney in ‘The Virgin of Highland Park’

Spanish filmmaker Sonia Sebastian casts Penelope Ann Miller and Dermot Mulroney in ‘The Virgin of Highland Park’

Now based in Los Angeles, Sebastian premiered her second directorial effort, “Freelancers Anonymous,” an English-language feature produced by Full Spectrum Features in Chicago, and recognized with the gender-parity stamp from ReFrame and IMDbPro.

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Disney Animation aims for diversity with four new directors on the slate

Disney Animation aims for diversity with four new directors on the slate

Disney Animation already has on its slate “Raya and the Last Dragon,” an original Southeast Asian-inspired animated feature that will star Awkwafina as Susi the Dragon and Cassie Steele as Raya.

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Gal Gadot establishes production company Pilot Wave, launching with her WWII star vehicle ‘Irena Sendler’

Gal Gadot establishes production company Pilot Wave, launching with her WWII star vehicle ‘Irena Sendler’

“Irena Sendler” will tell the harrowing story of a woman’s brave stand against Nazi Germany’s occupation of Poland and the remarkable network she devised to save and care for 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto.

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Samuel Goldwyn Films acquires North American rights to Martha Stephens’ period drama ‘To the Stars’

Samuel Goldwyn Films acquires North American rights to Martha Stephens’ period drama ‘To the Stars’

Filmed in Oklahoma, the movie stars Kara Hayward (“Manchester By The Sea”), Liana Liberato (“The Best of Me”), Tony Hale (HBO’s “Veep”), Jordana Spiro (Netflix’s “Ozark”), Malin Akerman (Showtime’s “Billions”), Shea Whigham (Amazon’s “Homecoming”), Lucas Jade Zumann (TV’s “Anne with an E”), and Adelaide Clemens (SundanceTV’s “Rectify”).

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Queen Latifah to receive W.E.B. Du Bois Medal from Harvard University

Queen Latifah to receive W.E.B. Du Bois Medal from Harvard University

Latifah (“Chicago,” “Girls Trip”) will next be seen on television as Ursula the Sea Witch in “The Little Mermaid Live!,” alongside Auli’i Cravalho, Shaggy, John Stamos and Graham Phillips. The live televised musical will air Nov. 5 as part of “The Wonderful World of Disney” franchise.

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Ava DuVernay, Laura Dern to be honored at 2019 IFP Gotham Awards

Ava DuVernay, Laura Dern to be honored at 2019 IFP Gotham Awards

Dern recently announced that she and her original “Jurassic Park” co-stars Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum are returning to the blockbuster franchise for “Jurassic World 3.” According to Deadline, they will star alongside Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, with Colin Trevorrow back to direct.  Production starts early next year.

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Juliette Binoche to receive European Achievement in World Cinema honor

Juliette Binoche to receive European Achievement in World Cinema honor

Binoche is a three-time European Film Award winner, who received best European actress honors in 1992 for Léos Carax’s “The Lovers on the Bridge” and in 1997 for Anthony Minghella’s “The English Patient,” the same role that won her an Oscar for best supporting actress. In 2001, Binoche garnered the European Film Award ‘s audience award as best European actress for her effervescent performance in Lasse Hallström’s “Chocolat,” which also earned her an Oscar nomination.

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Julie Andrews to receive AFI Life Achievement Award

Julie Andrews to receive AFI Life Achievement Award

Throughout an illustrious career that spans seven decades, she has won five Golden Globes, three Grammys and two Emmys for projects infused with her incomparable charm and recognized for their ability to enthrall audiences worldwide. The critically lauded Andrews is also a Kennedy Center honoree, a Disney Legend inductee and the recipient of a SAG Life Achievement Award.

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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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Mira Sorvino to be honored at Catalina Film Festival, starting today

Mira Sorvino to be honored at Catalina Film Festival, starting today

Along with working on several in-progress film projects, Sorvino has been an active part of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, speaking out against disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein and alleging that he sexually harassed her. Filmmaker Peter Jackson subsequently revealed that Weinstein told him not to consider Sorvino for a role in the blockbuster “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy because she was difficult to work with.

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