5 items from 2015
Hollywood has long been a man’s world and this is especially true when it comes to the producing side of the biz, where the number of women securing financing for bigscreen projects remains noticeably scant. To be sure, we’ve come a long way from such bygone eras in which women, while able to increase their onscreen status as dewy-skinned starlets, were vastly underrepresented when it came to behind-the-scenes work. (During the dawn of talkies, for example, women were not considered capable dramatists and, therefore, unfit to pen screenplays). In the early 1900s, French-born filmmaker Alice Guy-Blache became the first woman to head her own studio but, for the most part, running the show was a task largely left to the boys.
- Malina Saval
The industry’s lack of diversity definitely needs solutions. But the furor over the nominations for the 87th Academy Awards is a case of misplaced outrage.
The protests are doomed to frustration, because Oscar voting involves secret ballots and individual tastes, which cannot be quantified. So a lot of lofty theories are being presented as fact, when the focus should be on hiring practices, which can be quantified.
The Sundance Institute and Women in Film unveiled a study done with USC/Annenberg examining the top-100 grossing films each year from 2002 through 2012 (which were often big-budget films). Only 4.4% had women directors.
Nearly half the 6,000 members of the Producers Guild of America are women, Lydia Dean Pilcher of the PGA Women’s Impact Network told Variety last year. But the top 10 films at the 2014 boxoffice collectively had 27 producers, only seven of whom were women.
Of that top 10, just two starred women (“Maleficent »
- Tim Gray
Based on Tim Crothers’ book, the story follows of a young woman named Phiona Mutesi. Mutesi emerged out of a Ugandan slum to reach the World Chess Olympiad with the help and belief of her coach-mentor Robert Katende (Oyelowo). Nyong’o will play Harriet Mutesi, Phiona’s young mother.
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- Garth Franklin
The project is based on Tim Crothers’ 2011 Espn The Magazine article and book “The Queen Of Katwe: A Story Of Life, Chess, And One Extraordinary Girl’s Dream Of Becoming A Grandmaster.” From a slum in Uganda, Mutesi became the World Chess Olympiad with the help of Robert Katende, who would be portrayed by Oyelowo.
Nyong’o will portray Phiona’s mother, Harriet Mutesi.
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: David Oyelowo and Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o are in negotiations to star in Queen Of Katwe, a pic based on the true story about the rise of a young African chess prodigy. Mira Nair is directing the pic in a reteam with her Reluctant Fundamentalist scribe William Wheeler, who penned the script. Disney is eyeing a spring shooting start.
Katwe is based on Tim Crothers’ 2011 Espn The Magazine article and subsequent book The Queen Of Katwe: A Story Of Life, Chess, And One Extraordinary Girl’s Dream Of Becoming A Grandmaster. It tells the story of Phiona Mutesi, who emerged out of a slum in Uganda to reach the World Chess Olympiad with the help and belief of her coach-mentor Robert Katende. Oyelowo, who’s up for a Golden Globe this weekend, will play Katende. Nyong’o will play Harriet Mutesi, Phiona’s young mother.
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- Mike Fleming Jr
5 items from 2015
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