Record number of movies directed by women added to National Film Registry

Record number of movies directed by women added to National Film Registry

The 2019 registry selections span a century of filmmaking, from 1903 to 2003. The oldest film in this year’s class depicts footage of immigrants arriving in New York at Ellis Island, and the newest film on the list is the documentary “Fog of War,” in which former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara reexamines his role in shaping American military and foreign policy.

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Laura Dern, Jennifer Lopez, Charlize Theron and Renee Zellweger to be honored at Palm Springs International Film Festival

Laura Dern, Jennifer Lopez, Charlize Theron and Renee Zellweger to be honored at Palm Springs International Film Festival

Other honorees who will be lauded at the Film Awards Gala will include Zack Gottsagen, Rising Star Award, for “The Peanut Butter Falcon”; Antonio Banderas, International Star Award, Actor, for “Pain and Glory”; Joaquin Phoenix, Chairman’s Award, for “Joker”; and Martin Scorsese, Sonny Bono Visionary Award, for “The Irishman.”

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‘Frozen II’ continues to set box-office records as it crosses $1 billion mark

‘Frozen II’ continues to set box-office records as it crosses $1 billion mark

Set three years after the icy and dicey events of the first film, “Frozen II” continues the adventures of Queen Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), her younger sister, Princess Anna (Kristen Bell), Anna’s awkward yet affable ice harvester beau Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and the magical snowman Olaf (Josh Gad).

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Golden Globes again snubs all female directors

Golden Globes again snubs all female directors

In the 77-year-history of the Golden Globes, only five women have been recognized for directing; just one has emerged victorious: Barbra Streisand, in 1984, for helming “Yentl.” Streisand was nominated again as director in 1992 for “The Prince of Tides.”

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Kristin Chenoweth to executive produce, star in Disney+ series ‘The Biggest Star in Appleton’

Kristin Chenoweth to executive produce, star in Disney+ series ‘The Biggest Star in Appleton’

“The Biggest Star In Appleton” will star Chenoweth as Carol Dannhauser, a devoted Wisconsin mom and wife who works as a waitress but finds fulfillment as the star at the local community theater. Her small-town star status is threatened when Tara Hubley, a struggling New York chorus girl, moves back home with her own dreams.

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Riley Keough, Niki Caro to rock Amazon original series ‘Daisy Jones & The Six’

Riley Keough, Niki Caro to rock Amazon original series ‘Daisy Jones & The Six’

Director Niki Caro (“While Rider,” Disney’s upcoming live-action “Mulan”) is on board the show, based on the best-selling novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Caro will direct multiple episodes, including the initial installment, and will work as executive producer alongside Reese Witherspoon.

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‘Frozen II’ sets records with its box-office bow

‘Frozen II’ sets records with its box-office bow

The first “Frozen reigned as the highest-grossing animated film in history as well as the highest grossing musical film before it was overtaken this year by Disney’s CGI remake of “The Lion King.” It was also the highest-earning film with a female director on the domestic box-office books, until it was overtaken by “Wonder Woman” (which was surpassed this year by “Captain Marvel”).

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Jessica Chastain to star in comedy-drama ‘Losing Clementine’

Jessica Chastain to star in comedy-drama ‘Losing Clementine’

The story follows renowned, razor-tongued artist Clementine Pritchard (Chastain) who has decided she’s had enough of life. After ditching her prescriptions, she gives herself 31 days to tie up loose ends – finish one last painting, make nice with her ex-husband, find a home for her cat – before she kills herself.

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Mother-daughter filmmaking team of Swati Bhise and Devika Bhise share the story of an Indian icon with ‘The Warrior Queen of Jhansi’

Mother-daughter filmmaking team of Swati Bhise and Devika Bhise share the story of an Indian icon with ‘The Warrior Queen of Jhansi’

Devika Bhise told NBC News she had always heard about her mother’s lifelong interest in the historical figure. She said the film also provides an important opportunity to show viewers a different side of India, since many Western depictions of South Asia could be described as “poverty porn.” But she noted that in the 1800s India had one of the strongest and wealthiest economies in the world.

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Filmmaker Cheryl Eagan-Donovan named Oxfordian of the Year

Filmmaker Cheryl Eagan-Donovan named Oxfordian of the Year

The documentary is about Shakespeare’s identity and the life of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, who traveled in 1575-76 to Venice and throughout Italy, where he collected the experiences that are reflected in the works of Shakespeare.

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