‘Moana’s’ Auli’i Cravalho to star in Netflix feature film ‘Sorta Like a Rock Star’

‘Moana’s’ Auli’i Cravalho to star in Netflix feature film ‘Sorta Like a Rock Star’

Principal photography is set to begin in October, with Cravalho starring as a teenager who, despite difficult circumstances, is exceptionally optimistic about the world and her place in it.

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Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Ariana Grande to star in Netflix adaptation of the musical ‘The Prom’

Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Ariana Grande to star in Netflix adaptation of the musical ‘The Prom’

Based on an original concept by Jack Viertel, “The Prom,” centers on four past-their-prime Broadway stars (played by Beth Leavel, Brooks Ashmanskas, Christopher Sieber and Angie Schworer) who arrive in a small Indiana town looking to help – and to become relevant again – after they read about a gay student (Caitlin Kinnunen) fighting for the chance to bring her girlfriend to the school prom.

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Regina King signs first-look, multi-year deal with Netflix

Regina King signs first-look, multi-year deal with Netflix

Named one of Time Magazine’s most influential people of 2019, director, producer and actor King most recently won an Academy Award for best supporting actress for her role as Sharon Rivers in “If Beale Street Could Talk” as well as her third Emmy Award for her role as Latrice Butler in “Seven Seconds.”

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Gurinder Chadha to direct animated musical adaptation of graphic novel ‘Pashmina’ for Netflix

Gurinder Chadha to direct animated musical adaptation of graphic novel ‘Pashmina’ for Netflix

“Gurinder, Paul and Ashok together form a cinematic dream team and we’re beyond thrilled to work with them to bring to life the beautiful story of ‘Pashmina’ – with its universal themes of family, female empowerment, and identity,” said Melissa Cobb, vice president of kids & family at Netflix.

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‘Coco’ producer Darla K. Anderson inks multi-year deal with Netflix

‘Coco’ producer Darla K. Anderson inks multi-year deal with Netflix

Netflix has announced that it has entered into a multi-year overall deal with Darla K. Anderson, the Academy Award-, Golden Globe- and BAFTA-winning producer of Disney/Pixar hits like “Coco,” “Cars” and “Toy Story 3.” At Netflix, Anderson will develop and produce new animated and live action projects, both feature films and series, for family audiences around the world, according to a news release.

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Brie Larson and Lynette Howell Taylor make two-picture deal with Netflix

Brie Larson and Lynette Howell Taylor make two-picture deal with Netflix

Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson (“Room,” “Captain Marvel”) and Oscar-nominated producer Lynette Howell Taylor (“A Star Is Born”) have made a two-picture worldwide rights deal at Netflix for films produced by Howell Taylor’s 51 Entertainment. “Unicorn Store” will premiere on Netflix April 5, which means Larson is going to have a big spring.

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Director Susanne Bier reflects on the record-setting success of her femme-centric Netflix film ‘Bird Box’

Director Susanne Bier reflects on the record-setting success of her femme-centric Netflix film ‘Bird Box’

The post-apocalyptic sci-fi drama “Bird Box” has set a record in its debut, and with the Netflix original film boasting both a woman director and a female lead, it’s more evidence that the streaming service is destined and determined to shake up the film industry.

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Alexandra Shipp, Kelli O’Hara added to Netflix’s adaptation of ‘All the Bright Places’

Alexandra Shipp, Kelli O’Hara added to Netflix’s adaptation of ‘All the Bright Places’

Elle Fanning (“Maleficent”) and Justice Smith (“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”) will star in as two teenagers struggling with mental illness whose paths cross. Filming is underway in Cleveland, Ohio. “Runaways” actor Virginia Gardner, CBS’ “Happy Together” star Felix Mallard, “The Hate U Give” actor Lamar Johnson and “Bad Samaritan” performer Sofia Hasmik also have been cast.

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‘The Good Place’s’ Tiya Sircar to star in the upcoming Netflix feature ‘Good Sam’

‘The Good Place’s’ Tiya Sircar to star in the upcoming Netflix feature ‘Good Sam’

The film follows TV news reporter Kate Bradley, who is assigned to uncover the identity of a mysterious Good Samaritan – aka Good Sam – who has been anonymously leaving $100,000 cash gifts on the doorsteps of seemingly random New Yorkers. As interest in the incredible presents builds nationwide, the journalist seeks to unravel the identity of Good Sam and the reasons behind the enigmatic gifts.

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Black Widow’ movie gains woman director in Cate Shortland, Julianne Moore looking at ‘The Woman in the Window,’ Emmy nominations get more diverse

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Black Widow’ movie gains woman director in Cate Shortland, Julianne Moore looking at ‘The Woman in the Window,’ Emmy nominations get more diverse

‘Black Widow’ movie gains woman director in Cate Shortland, Julianne Moore looking at ‘The Woman in the Window,’ and this year’s Primetime Emmy nominations get more diverse.

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Keri Russell reportedly joining ‘Star Wars’ saga, ‘Bao’ filmmaker Domee Shi talks about her Pixar short, Netflix orders Salma Hayek-produced Mexican drama series ‘Monarca’

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Keri Russell reportedly joining ‘Star Wars’ saga, ‘Bao’ filmmaker Domee Shi talks about her Pixar short, Netflix orders Salma Hayek-produced Mexican drama series ‘Monarca’

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Keri Russell reportedly joining ‘Star Wars’ saga, ‘Bao’ filmmaker Domee Shi talks about her Pixar short, and Netflix orders Salma Hayek-produced Mexican drama series ‘Monarca.’

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WEEK IN WOMEN News Roundup: Mold-breaking superhero ‘Faith’ soaring onto the big screen, Krysten Ritter making her directorial debut on ‘Jessica Jones,’ Academy adding record number of members – and boosting percentage of women members

WEEK IN WOMEN News Roundup: Mold-breaking superhero ‘Faith’ soaring onto the big screen, Krysten Ritter making her directorial debut on ‘Jessica Jones,’ Academy adding record number of members – and boosting percentage of women members

WEEK IN WOMEN News Roundup: Mold-breaking superhero ‘Faith’ soaring onto the big screen, Krysten Ritter making her directorial debut on ‘Jessica Jones,’ and Academy adding record number of members – and boosting percentage of women members

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Half the Picture’ tells the horror stories female director face, ‘Luke Cage’ gets female helmers for half of Season 2, Christina Hodson tapped to write ‘Batgirl’ movie

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Half the Picture’ tells the horror stories female director face, ‘Luke Cage’ gets female helmers for half of Season 2, Christina Hodson tapped to write ‘Batgirl’ movie

‘Half the Picture’ tells the horror stories female director face, ‘Luke Cage’ gets female helmers for half of Season 2, and Christina Hodson tapped to write ‘Batgirl’ movie.

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Gina Rodriguez to play Carmen Sandiego, Evan Rachel Wood to star in Miranda July’s family heist film, ‘Hidden Figures’ TV series in development

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Gina Rodriguez to play Carmen Sandiego, Evan Rachel Wood to star in Miranda July’s family heist film, ‘Hidden Figures’ TV series in development

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Gina Rodriguez to play Carmen Sandiego, Evan Rachel Wood to star in Miranda July’s family heist film, and a ‘Hidden Figures’ TV series is in development.

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Jessica Jones’ boasts all female directors for Season 2, Kristen Wiig to play ‘Wonder Woman 2’ villain the Cheetah, ‘The Breadwinner’ to be shown today at UN event

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ‘Jessica Jones’ boasts all female directors for Season 2, Kristen Wiig to play ‘Wonder Woman 2’ villain the Cheetah, ‘The Breadwinner’ to be shown today at UN event

‘Jessica Jones’ boasts all female directors for Season 2, Kristen Wiig will play ‘Wonder Woman 2’ villain the Cheetah, and ‘The Breadwinner’ will be shown today at UN event – and is now available for home viewing.

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Texas’ South By Southwest Festival to showcase women filmmakers; Director’s Guild honors ‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘Big Little Lies’ and more; and Mila Kunis receives Harvard’s Hasty Pudding award

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Texas’ South By Southwest Festival to showcase women filmmakers; Director’s Guild honors ‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘Big Little Lies’ and more; and Mila Kunis receives Harvard’s Hasty Pudding award

Texas’ South By Southwest Festival to showcase women filmmakers; Director’s Guild honors ‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘Big Little Lies’ and more; and Mila Kunis receives Harvard’s Hasty Pudding award

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Natalie Portman wins Israel’s Genesis Prize, Iran makes first Academy Award submission directed by a woman, Sundance Selects acquiring Rachel Dretzin’s documentary ‘Far from the Tree’

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Natalie Portman wins Israel’s Genesis Prize, Iran makes first Academy Award submission directed by a woman, Sundance Selects acquiring Rachel Dretzin’s documentary ‘Far from the Tree’

Natalie Portman wins Israel’s Genesis Prize, Iran makes first Academy Award submission directed by a woman, Sundance Selects acquires Rachel Dretzin’s documentary ‘Far from the Tree,’ and Kathryn Bigelow, Kate Winslet and more are honored by SAG-AFTRA Foundation.

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WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Angelina Jolie and Loung Ung receive Hollywood Film Award for ‘First They Killed My Father,’ ‘Wonder Woman’ becomes top-grossing superhero origin film, The Guardian proposes new cinematic canon chosen by women

WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Angelina Jolie and Loung Ung receive Hollywood Film Award for ‘First They Killed My Father,’ ‘Wonder Woman’ becomes top-grossing superhero origin film, The Guardian proposes new cinematic canon chosen by women

Angelina Jolie and Loung Ung receive Hollywood Film Award for ‘First They Killed My Father,’ ‘Wonder Woman’ becomes top-grossing superhero origin film, The Guardian proposes new cinematic canon chosen by women

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Two USC studies show numbers for women on movie screens and behind the cameras remain dismal

Two USC studies show numbers for women on movie screens and behind the cameras remain dismal

Two studies released in the past week out of the University of Southern California confirm that films remain predominantly white and male both in front of and behind the cameras – meaning that basically everyone else — from women and people of color to LGBT individuals and people with disabilities — remain woefully underrepresented.

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