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10 items from 2016


Tina Fey, Chris Rock Set as Speakers at Produced By: New York

16 August 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Producers Guild of America has selected Tina Fey and Chris Rock as featured speakers at Produced By: New York 2016, set for Oct. 29.

The event will be held for the third consecutive year at Time Warner Center in New York. The conference will present a pair of in-depth discussions — “Triple Threat: Conversation with Tina Fey” and “Dying is Easy. Comedy is Hard.” with Rock and Red Hour FilmsStuart Cornfeld.

Speakers at the 2015 edition of Produced By: New York included Michael Moore, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Effie Brown, Barbara Hall, John Hoffman, Navid Khonsari, Robert & Michelle King, Michael London, Tom McCarthy, Lydia Dean Pilcher, Peter Saraf, Darren Star, and Christine Vachon.

Tina Fey and Chris Rock are each living proof that you can be an excellent producer while being the funniest person in the room,” said PGA presidents Lori McCreary and Gary Lucchesi. “The PGA is thrilled to welcome two of the city’s most practiced and proven »

- Dave McNary

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Tina Fey, Chris Rock Set as Speakers at Produced By: New York

16 August 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Producers Guild of America has selected Tina Fey and Chris Rock as featured speakers at Produced By: New York 2016, set for Oct. 29.

The event will be held for the third consecutive year at Time Warner Center in New York. The conference will present a pair of in-depth discussions — “Triple Threat: Conversation with Tina Fey” and “Dying is Easy. Comedy is Hard.” with Rock and Red Hour FilmsStuart Cornfeld.

Speakers at the 2015 edition of Produced By: New York included Michael Moore, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Effie Brown, Barbara Hall, John Hoffman, Navid Khonsari, Robert & Michelle King, Michael London, Tom McCarthy, Lydia Dean Pilcher, Peter Saraf, Darren Star, and Christine Vachon.

Tina Fey and Chris Rock are each living proof that you can be an excellent producer while being the funniest person in the room,” said PGA presidents Lori McCreary and Gary Lucchesi. “The PGA is thrilled to welcome two of »

- Dave McNary

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Rose Byrne Teams With Oprah For HBO

16 July 2016 3:01 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Rose Byrne is set to star opposite Oprah Winfrey in HBO's upcoming feature "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks".

Based on Rebecca Skloot's nonfiction best-seller of the same name, the biopic tells the story of Henrietta Lacks (Winfrey), a poor black woman who died of cervical cancer in 1951.

Without her consent, pieces of the tumor that killed her were removed and used for medical exploration and to build a billion-dollar research industry.

Byrne will play Skloot, a young journalist who formed a close bond with Henrietta's charismatic yet complicated daughter Deborah as part of her effort to tell the story of Henrietta's 'immortal' cells.

Winfrey, Alan Ball, Peter Macdissi, Carla Gardini and Lydia Dean Pilcher will executive produce. George C. Wolfe ("Lackawanna Blues," "Angels in America") wrote the screenplay and will direct the film which begins production this summer.

Source: The Live Feed »

- Garth Franklin

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Lupita Nyong’o’s ‘Queen of Katwe’ to Make European Debut at London Film Festival

13 July 2016 6:46 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mira Nair’s “Queen of Katwe,” which stars David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o and newcomer Madina Nalwanga, will receive its European premiere Oct. 9 in the Gala section of the 60th BFI London Film Festival. Oyelowo, Nyong’o and Nalwanga will be on the red carpet with Nair.

Walt Disney Studios’ movie is the true story of a girl, Phiona Mutesi (Nalwanga), selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda, whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess by Robert Katende (Oyelowo), a soccer player turned missionary. As a result of the support she receives from her mother Harriet (Nyong’o), family and community, Phiona is “instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion,” the festival said in a statement.

Oyelowo commented: “’Queen of Katwe’ beautifully illustrates a thing I know to be true but rarely see in films. »

- Leo Barraclough

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Mira Nair's 'Queen of Katwe' to get European bow at London Film Fesival

13 July 2016 6:28 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Disney and Espn collaboration starring Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo will get a gala screening.

Mira Nair’s (Monsoon Wedding) drama biopic Queen Of Katwe will get its European premiere at the BFI London Film Festival (October 5-October 16) where it will screen on Sunday 9 October at the Odeon Leicester Square in the festival’s headline gala section.

Queen of Katwe is the true story of a young girl who sells corn on the rural streets of Uganda until her world is turned upside down when she is introduced to the game of chess.

The film stars David Oyelowo (Selma), Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave) and newcomer Madina Nalwanga and is Nair’s seventh film to be presented at the festival.

Nair directed the film from a screenplay by William Wheeler. The film is produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher and John Carls with Will Weiske and Troy Buder serving as executive producers. The film will »

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First Trailer for Mira Nair’s ‘Queen of Katwe’ Starring Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo

10 May 2016 9:04 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After breaking out in 12 Years a Slave, we actually haven’t seen Lupita Nyong’o on screen since. Yes, she did motion-capture work for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Jungle Book, but for those hoping for a more substantial role from the actress, it will arrive this year. Mississippi Masala and Monsoon Wedding director Mira Nair recently adapted Tim Crothers‘ book, based on his own article for Espn, with Queen of Katwe and the first trailer has landed today.

The Disney drama follows the true story of Phiona Mutesi, who comes from the slums of Kampala, Uganda and became a chess prodigy as a teenager. The first trailer shows off an authentic, feel-good drama and we imagine it’ll be a strong fit for fall festivals before it hits theaters. Also starring newcomer Madina Nalwanga and David Oyelowo, check out the trailer and poster below.

Queen of Katwe »

- Jordan Raup

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Oprah to Star in HBO Films’ ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’

2 May 2016 10:43 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Oprah Winfrey will star in “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” which has been greenlit by HBO Films.

The premium cabler made the announcement on Monday.

Based on Rebecca Skloot’s best-seller, Winfrey will also serve as an exec producer on the film, along with Alan BallPeter Macdissi, Carla Gardini and Lydia Dean Pilcher. Skloot will serve as a co-exec producer. George C. Wolfe will direct and wrote the screenplay.

The project has been in the works for years. First announced in 2010 when Winfrey’s Harpo Films acquired the book rights, the media mogul was attached to produce, alongside Ball, for HBO Films. The project has sat in development, but now with Winfrey attached to star, has been put on the fast-track with filming beginning this summer.

“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” tells the true story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cells were used to create »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Oprah Signs For HBO's "Henrietta Lacks"

2 May 2016 9:54 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Oprah Winfrey has signed on for the title role in "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" for HBO Films.

Based on Rebecca Skloot's nonfiction bestseller, the story follows a poor black woman who died of cervical cancer in 1951. Without her consent, pieces of the tumor that killed her were removed and used for medical exploration and to build a billion-dollar research industry.

Both Winfrey and "Six Feet Under" creator Alan Ball have been attached as executive producers for several years, but the project is only now moving forward and will begin shooting this Summer.

George C. Wolfe ("Lackawanna Blues," "Angels in America") wrote the screenplay and will direct, while Peter Macdissi, Carla Gardini and Lydia Dean Pilcher will executive produce.

Source: The Live Feed »

- Garth Franklin

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Movies About Women Nearly Impossible to Finance, Say Indie Producers

27 April 2016 1:42 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tallulah,” the story of a homeless woman who steals a baby, reunites the “Juno” team of Allison Janney and Ellen Page, but despite the film’s star power, bringing the indie to the big screen was a decade-long struggle.

The reason? Producer Heather Rae pointed the finger squarely at Hollywood’s boy’s club mentality.

“At the time this film was deemed not commercially viable, because it was a woman’s story, and it wasn’t about getting the guy,” Rae said at a private screening on “Tallulah” in New York, noting that executives said as much to her face.

But despite profitability concerns, the film was snapped up by Netflix for $5 million, before it even premiered at Sundance last winter. “Tallulah” will be released on Netflix on July 29, and in select theaters.

Rae was joined at the panel on shifting roles for women in the entertainment industry by two prominent female producers, »

- Katie Van-Syckle

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Diversity Scandal Overlooks Historic Year for Women at Oscars

4 February 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

When it comes to this year’s Academy Awards, no word is more buzzworthy than “diversity”. For the second year in a row the Oscars have nominated only white actors in their four main acting categories, sparking backlash and, as a result, inciting the Academy to announce new changes to tackle its “diversity problem”.

Amidst another year of #OscarsSoWhite trending on Twitter, however, the fact that 2015 has been an exceptionally strong year for women has been largely overlooked. Three of this year’s best picture nominees (BrooklynRoomMad Max: Fury Road) are female-centric and feature strong female protagonists in the center of the action. In fact, even outside of those films and their performances, a number of women are nominated for best picture as producers, as well. Kristie Macosko Krieger is nominated for Bridge of Spies, Blye Pagon Faust is nominated for Spotlight, Dede Gardner »

- Patrick Shanley

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