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Multiple reports surfaced Friday that Warner Bros. was angling for a female filmmaker to direct Gal Gadot in “Wonder Woman,” which is slated for 2017. The obvious choice might be Kathryn Bigelow (“Zero Dark Thirty”), as she's the only woman to ever win a directing Oscar, but she's far from the only qualified candidate. See photos: 19 Best and Worst Superheroes to Hit TV: What's Flown? What's Blown? Other named contenders include Karyn Kusama (“Jennifer's Body”), Julie Taymor (“Frida”), Mimi Leder (“Deep Impact”) or Catherine Hardwicke (“Twilight”). But what about “Lost in Translation” auteur Sofia Coppola or “Clueless” director Amy Heckerling? They, »
- Travis Reilly
Yesterday it was reported that Warner Bros. is looking for a female director to helm its upcoming Wonder Woman movie, and so naturally it hasn’t taken long for the rumour mill to kick into gear, with Forbes posting a rumoured shortlist of candidates for the director’s chair on what will be the Amazon Princess’ solo big screen debut…
According to the site, the studio is considering Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty), Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), Mimi Leder (Deep Impact), Karyn Kusama (Girlfight), Julie Taymor (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark), Michelle MacLaren (Game of Thrones) and Tricia Brook (The Walking Dead).
Given the timing of this report, and past form from Forbes, I’m personally chalking this one down to pure speculation, but of course if Warner Bros. is looking for a female director for Wonder Woman, then you’d have to imagine most of those names would be high on Warner’s shortlist… »
- Gary Collinson
"Hey! If we're going to have a female superhero movie it should be directed by a female!" Hilarious. And I'm not saying that because I don't think a female should be hired to direct Warner Bros. and DC Comics' planned Wonder Woman movie, but because it's not as if they are breaking any gender lines in doing so. Why isn't a female director also being sought to direct The Flash, Aquaman or Shazamc Oh... I see... Either way, it is what it is and I guess women will just have to be satisfied for the bone they're thrown for the time being as The Hollywood Reporter brings word WB is searching for a female director to direct the Gal Gadot-led Wonder Woman feature targeting a June 23, 2017 release following Gadot's appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016. While sites have already started putting together their wishlists, Forbes »
- Brad Brevet
Along with a lack of female superheroes on the big screen, there's also been an obvious lack of female filmmakers tackling the genre. Lexi Alexander was an exception, helming the quickly forgotten "Punisher: War Zone," whilst Patty Jenkins came very close to directing "Thor: The Dark World" before Alan Taylor ultimately took the gig.
Now though, with the announcement of a "Wonder Woman" movie, it looks like Warners is using the opportunity to also push for more diversity behind the camera and is currently considering a shortlist of female helmers for the gig.
Forbes reports the studio has already drawn up a list of possible directors including established filmmakers like Kathryn Bigelow ("Zero Dark Thirty"), Catherine Hardwicke ("Twilight"), Mimi Leder ("Deep Impact"), Karyn Kusama ("Aeon Flux") and Julie Taymor ("Across the Universe") along with some TV directors such as Michelle MacLaren ("Game of Thrones") and Tricia Brook ("The Walking Dead").
The writer thinks Bigelow, »
- Garth Franklin
With Warner Bros. laying out the roadmap for their DC Comics movies through 2020, get ready for years of speculation about cast members and directors, so let's get started with "Wonder Woman." THR reports that the studio is already looking for a woman to direct the Gal Gadot-starring film slated for 2017. Meanwhile, over at Forbes, they've already got a list of the names that are apparently on WB's shortlist. Let's take a look.... According to business site, Kathryn Bigelow ("Zero Dark Thirty"), Catherine Hardwicke ("Twilight"), Karyn Kusama ("Girlfight"), Mimi Leder ("Deep Impact"), and Julie Taymor ("Across The Universe") are all names being tossed around. Of course, some are more likely than others, even at first glance. Bigelow seems a long shot, though is easily the most desirable name from a studio standpoint. She's an acclaimed, Oscar-winning filmmaker who can do action and drama, and would bring a serious face »
- Kevin Jagernauth
What a difference a month makes. Four weeks ago, Warner Bros. refused to comment on whether a solo Wonder Woman film was in the works. Fast forward to today, though, and we know for sure that the Gal Gadot’s Amazon Warrior will indeed star in her own stand-alone movie. With the actress already in place, all eyes have now turned to the directing chair, and it appears as though WB has drafted up a shortlist of potential candidates.
In accordance with yesterday’s report, it seems Warner Bros. and DC have their mind set on recruiting a female filmmaker for the big-screen adaptation, and according to a list published by Forbes, we now know which directors have topped the studio’s alleged wishlist.
- Michael Briers
Forbes claim to have heard that Warner Bros. already have a list of female directors they're hoping will helm Wonder Woman for them in 2017. This list includes Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), Mimi Leder (Deep Impact), Karyn Kusama (Girlfight), and Julie Taymor, the woman responsible for the disaterous Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark. However, she has found acclaim for her work on The Tempest and others. Also being considered are TV directors Michelle MacLaren (Game of Thrones) and Tricia Brook (The Walking Dead). The site adds that Bigelow, Leder, and Hardwicke, with MacLaren are the main contenders. Academy Award winning director Kathryn Bigelow is of course a fan-favourite choice to helm Wonder Woman, and while the site says that she's in the mix, it appears as if that's based more on speculation than reliable insider information. Regardless, if true, this isn't a bad start and it will be refreshing to »
You know what’s hip right now? Horror anthologies. You know what’s really hip right now? Horror anthologies that involve letters in their titles. You know what’s hip, uh, always? Women. Magnet Releasing has previously hinted at the creation of an all-new anthology series that comes to us from talented women (Shock Till You Drop first broke the news way back in November of last year), and now it looks like Xx is finally becoming a reality. The distribution label has announced that Xx is a go, featuring an all-female cast and only female directors, which Magnet will fully finance and own world rights to. Their mission? Create something horror-related, with creative freedom at the root of it all. Sounds pretty great, right? Magnet is also home to the V/H/S horror anthology series and the ABCs of Death franchise, so yeah, these people love horror and they love letters. What »
- Kate Erbland
Magnet Releasing – the ‘genre arm’ of Magnolia Pictures – has announced the acquisition of its latest horror anthology, which will be produced by Xyz Films. Having seen huge success with The ABCs Of Death and V/H/S, among others, Magnet now turns its attention to Xx – an anthology made up of short films that have female leads and female directors. Now, if there’s one thing that draws out the anti-feminist crowd, it’s the subject of female representation in the horror film genre. The reason for their dramatic eye-rolling is fairly obvious at first glance – there are plenty of women in prominent roles onscreen in horror movies, so what’s the problem? Halloween, Scream, The Exorcist, The Conjuring, Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Mama, 2013’s Evil Dead, Drag Me To Hell, 2006′s The Hill Have Eyes – in horror, it seems, there are women everywhere you look. So, why does Magnet Releasing »
- Sarah Myles
What's better than badass women making badass horror films? Are you ready for a new point of view? Magnet and Xyz Films are going to blast the doors off of the anthology horror vehicle with Xx! Magnet is fully financing and has acquired worldwide rights to this collection of short films that is sure to challenge, scare, and inspire viewers. Contributors to the film are all female directors --- who will showcase female leads --- meaning that the world will get to see new work by Mary Harron (American Psycho), Jennifer Lynch (Surveillance), Jovanka Vuckovic (The Guest), and Karyn Kusama (Jennifer's Body). No casting news yet. Judging from these ladies' past filmographies, I'm grateful that they'll have another terrifying outlet. Magnet, the tentacled genre arm of Magnolia,...
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Magnet Releasing has acquired the worldwide rights to Xx, a horror anthology featuring short films with female leads by all-female directors, EW has confirmed. Magnet will fully finance the anthology. which Xyz Films will produce. The directors, who includ Karyn Kusama (Jennifer's Body), Mary Harron (American Psycho), Jennifer Lynch (Surveillance), and Jovana Vuckovic, will have creative control, but all films will involve the horror genre. "Magnet has been home to the most exciting anthology horror films of the last several years, and we're very pleased to continue the trend with Xx. We're especially excited about the caliber of filmmakers involved with this anthology, »
- C. Molly Smith
Heading into the Afm, Magnet Releasing is to fully finance and take worldwide rights to the project from producers Xyz Films. Separately, eOne will distribute After The Fall In North America and fresh cast have joined relationship drama The Choice.
Magnolia’s head of international and broadcast sales Christina Rogers will represent Xx at the Santa Monica market in November.
Each story will relate to the horror genre and the directors have been given free creative rein within budget and time constraints.
“Magnet has been the home to the most exciting anthology horror films of the last several years, and we’re very pleased to continue the trend with Xx,” said Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles. “We’re especially excited about the calibre of filmmakers involved with this anthology, and the fresh »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Magnet Releasing has come on board to fully finance and take worldwide rights to “Xx,” a horror anthology featuring all female directors and stars.
The project was first unveiled a year ago at the American Film Market by Xyz Films, which remains the producer. The anthology will be comprised of short horror films by Karyn Kusama (“Girlfight”), Mary Harron (“American Psycho”) Jennifer Lynch (“Surveillance”) and Jovanka Vuckovic.
“The directors have been given free creative rein within budget and time constraints, but all of the segments themselves will involve the horror genre,” Magnet said.
Dwjuan Fox will serve as supervising producer for all segments of the film.
Magnolia will be repping the film at Afm next month. “Xx” will be completed next year.
- Dave McNary
Magnet Releasing announced that they have acquired worldwide rights to Xx, the upcoming horror anthology from all-female directors, including Karyn Kusama, Mary Harron, Jennifer Lynch, and Jovanka Vuckovic:
“New York (October 8, 2014) – Magnet Releasing announced today that they are fully financing and taking worldwide rights to Xx, a new horror anthology featuring all female directors, telling stories with female leads that is being produced by Xyz Films (The Raid, Tusk) . The Xx anthology will be comprised of short horror films by Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, Jennifer’S Body), Mary Harron (American Psycho), Jennifer Lynch (Surveillance), and Jovanka Vuckovic.
The directors have been given free creative rein within budget and time constraints, but all of the segments themselves will involve the horror genre.
“Magnet has been the home to the most exciting anthology horror films of the last several years, and we’re very pleased to continue the trend with Xx. We »
- Jonathan James
First announced by our own ShockTillYouDrop.com last fall, Magnet Releasing has officially announced Xx, a new horror anthology featuring all female directors, telling stories with female leads. Xx arrives from Xyz Films (The Raid, Tusk). The anthology will be comprised of short horror films by Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, Jennifer's Body), Mary Harron (American Psycho), Jennifer Lynch (Surveillance), and Jovanka Vuckovic. »
Xx - the project Shock was the first to bring you news about last fall - is settling into the hands of Magnet. This is the first female-driven horror anthology to hit the scene.
It appears there have been some cuts to the directors roster. A press release states only Karyn Kusama (pictured), Mary Harron, Jennifer Lynch and Jovanka Vuckovic are on board the project. Jen and Sylvia Soska were initially involved, but it appears they are out.
The post Xx Horror Anthology Finds a Home at Magnet, Loses Soska Twins appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Magnet Releasing has signed on to back Xx, a new horror anthology with a gender twist – all segments will be helmed by female directors and will star female leads. Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, Jennifer’s Body), Mary Harron (American Psycho), Jennifer Lynch (Surveillance), and Jovanka Vuckovic have been tapped to direct the project, which is heading for completion in 2015 with producer Dwjuan Fox overseeing. As part of the deal, Magnet is taking worldwide distribution rights.
Horror anthologies are the concept du jour of late at Magnolia-owned Magnet, which previously released both the V/H/S and ABCs of Death omnibus projects. Both have spawned sequels; ABCs of Death 2 will be released this Halloween, while V/H/S: Viral, the third entry in the found footage anthology series, is also heading towards a theatrical/digital debut in November.
The Xx project serves two under-represented sectors: Female-driven films, and female-driven horror films. »
- Jen Yamato
Magnet Releasing has announced it will fully finance and take worldwide rights to “Xx,” a new horror anthology from female directors featuring female leads that is being produced by Xyz Films (“Tusk”) . The “Xx” anthology will be comprised of short horror films by Karyn Kusama (“Jennifer's Body”), Mary Harron (“American Psycho”), Jennifer Lynch (“Surveillance”), and Jovanka Vuckovic. “Xx” will be completed in 2015, and Dwjuan Fox will serve as supervising producer for all segments of the film. The directors have been given free creative rein within budget and time constraints, but all of the segments themselves will involve the horror genre. »
- Jeff Sneider
It's almost September, which means a whole new slew of titles on Netflix! August proved pretty lucrative on the quality title front, but it looks as though September it's going to blow the rundown out of the water.
TV takes spotlight this month, with the latest full seasons of "The Walking Dead," "New Girl," "The League," "The Blacklist," "Arrow," "Bones," and "Parks and Recreation" primed and ready for streaming before their fall premieres. And fans still mourning the loss of "How I Met Your Mother" (in more ways than one) can rewatch the ninth and final season to their heart's content. Ah, memories. Showtime's recently departed "Californication" can be seen in its entirety (Seasons 1 -7) as well, starting September 1. That's a lot of TV.
- Tim Hayne
This weekend, as you search for a movie to watch, you can either see Lucy or pick one of approximately 14 billion options available on streaming over a variety of services, be it Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, On Demand, or other sites. Every Friday, Vulture tries to make life easier by narrowing it down to a handful of heartily recommended options. This week, a quartet of films about strong female protagonists.Girlfight (2000)Tap an uplifting sports drama and watch the sap flow out. Girlfight, the feature debut from Jennifer's Body director Karyn Kusama, is no exception; chronicling a troubled teen's attempts to focus her aggression on legal fighting, the Sundance darling splices Rocky and Stand and Deliver to satisfying, if familiar results. But Michelle Rodriguez's performance is next level. Knowledge of the actress's now-notorious high school years, a time when perpetual expulsion nearly landed her in jail, only shades the harsh, »
- Matt Patches
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