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More Arab Women Directors Finding Their Voices Through Film

More Arab Women Directors Finding Their Voices Through Film
While Hollywood continues to be a boys’ club where only 4% of filmmakers are female, according to research by the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, women in the Arab world are getting more opportunities to sit in the director’s chair.

According to a recent study commissioned by the Doha Film Institute, Arabic independent films are twice as likely to be directed by a woman. In fact, 26% of independent film directors in the region are female, “much more than directors of studio films in the West,” it notes.

While they are making micro-budget auteur films, the women are persisting in an overwhelmingly male-dominated society, while grinding down gender stereotypes and transcending cultural taboos — even breaking into Hollywood.

“Women have been silenced in that part of the world for so long, that it’s amazing to have films in which you can see what they have to say,” says Haifaa Al-Mansour,
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PGA adds speakers to Produced By Conference

PGA adds speakers to Produced By Conference
This year’s headline “Conversations with…” strand will feature an in-depth dialogue with Revelation Entertainment president Morgan Freeman and CEO Lori McCreary, who is also the president of the Guild.

Joining the schedule at the Producers Guild Of America’s Produced By Conference from June 4-5 on the Sony lot in Los Angeles are New Regency CEO and president Brad Weston, as well president of production Pam Abdy.

The pair will take part in a 360 profile roundtable discussion with director 12 Years A Slave collaborator and director Steve McQueen.

The Produced By Conference will include mentoring roundtables sponsored by Panasonic, with producers such as Black Label Media founder Molly Smith, Groundswell Productions founder Michael London, and 310 Entertainment president Clay Newbill.

The other “Conversations with…” will feature John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Production,s with Fargo executive producer Noah Hawley.

The conference will also feature The Art And Craft Of Pitching For Film And Television, two sessions
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Elizabeth Banks, Russell Simmons to Speak at Produced by Conference

Elizabeth Banks, Russell Simmons to Speak at Produced by Conference
Elizabeth Banks, Russell Simmons and “Transformers” producer Ian Bryce will speak at the Producers Guild of America’s 8th annual Produced by Conference.

The headlining panels include a “360 Profile” roundtable discussion with All Def Digital principals Simmons, Sanjay Sharma, Chris Conti and Jake Stein; and the “Conversations With…” series featuring an in-depth dialogue with producers Banks and Max Handelman from Brownstone Productions. Banks produced and directed “Pitch Perfect 2.”

The event will be held at the Sony Pictures lot on June 4 and 5.

Sicario” producers Basil Iwanyk and Molly Smith are confirmed panelists, along with PGA Co-Presidents Gary Lucchesi and Lori McCreary; America Ferrera; Bleecker Street Media CEO Andrew Karpen; “Trumbo” producer Michael London; Sierra/Affinity CEO Nick Meyer; Landmark Theatres CEO Ted Mundorff; “thirtysomething” creator Marshall Herskovitz; Jeff Jenkins of Bunim/Murray Productions (“Keeping Up With the Kardashians”); and Ben Relles, head of comedy and unscripted programming for YouTube Originals.
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Lee Daniels Takes The Brian Banks Story

Still riding high on the critical and commercial success of The Butler (officially Lee DanielsThe Butler, in case you, for some reason, equate that title with a now-lost 1916 silent short film with the same name, as Warner Bros. bizarrely seems to think you would), Lee Daniels has locked down his next directorial gig. The Precious helmer will tackle The Brian Banks Story, which was previously the subject of a 2012 60 Minutes piece.

The film tells the tragic story of Brian Banks, a high school football player who was on the verge of playing for USC when his life was turned inside out by a false accusation of rape from a classmate. Banks maintained his innocence but was sent to prison as part of a hastily-made plea bargain which resulted in him serving over five years and two months in prison, five years on parole and registering as a sex offender.
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Brian Banks -- Oscar Nominee Lee Daniels to Direct Biopic for Falsely Imprisoned Football Star

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The movie about Brian Banks' incredible life story just got a huge boost -- Oscar-nominee Lee Daniels has signed on to direct the project.As we told you ... Banks signed a deal back in January to turn his ordeal into a movie with Amy Baer producing -- but just today "The Butler" director Daniels came on board as well.Banks was a high school football star star who spent 5 years in prison for a rape he didn't commit.
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Lee Daniels to Direct 'The Brian Banks Story'

Lee Daniels to Direct 'The Brian Banks Story'
Lee Daniels has signed on to direct The Brian Banks Story, a film based on the true story of an All-American high school football player who was accused of rape, and spent five years in prison before his conviction was overturned. The project, which is currently out to writers, will be produced by Amy Baer and executive produced by Justin Brooks and Neil Strum. Photos 'Lee Daniels' The Butler's' Iconic Looks Designed for Oprah Winfrey, Jane Fonda Oscar-nominated Daniels most recently helmed Lee Daniels' The Butler, which earned more than $167 million worldwide. Banks' story, which was profiled

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Elle Fanning Finds A Storm In The Stars

Elle Fanning Finds A Storm In The Stars
The story of how Mary Shelley came to write Frankenstein has been well documented, but how about how she came to be Mary Shelley? A Storm In The Stars promises to explore the younger romantic life of the real-life author, with Elle Fanning set to star.A Storm In The Stars finds Wadjida director Haifaa Al-Mansour working from a script by Emma Jensen that charts the passionate love affair between the 17 year-old Mary Wollstonecraft and Percy Shelley, the charismatic poet and her future husband. It’s set just one year before Mary would craft her tale of man trying to create life from death."Elle is amazingly smart and talented and very much relates to Mary as a young woman," producer Amy Baer tells The Hollywood Reporter. "She is going to do something extraordinary in this role that will transition her from a compelling young adult to a formidable leading lady.
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Shackleton Tale "Endurance" Comes To TV

After years of trying to get it off the ground as a feature, producer Amy Baer and filmmaker Wolfgang Petersen are set to turn the story of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton into a limited series for cable television.

"Endurance" deals with Shackleton's 1914 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition which aimed to cross the icy continent from sea to sea via the South Pole.

Disaster struck when his ship, Endurance, became trapped in pack ice and was slowly crushed before the shore parties could land. For well over a year they struggled to survive and reach help - ultimately they were all rescued with no loss of life.

Petersen ("Air Force One," "The Perfect Storm") will produce and direct from a script by Steve Zaillian. Alan Gasmer ("Vikings") will also produce for Sony Pictures Television. Negotiations are presently underway with a cable network.

Source: Deadline
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Morgan Freeman Confirmed for Last Vegas

CBS Films and Good Universe confirmed today that Oscar-winner Morgan Freeman will join fellow Oscar-winners Michael Douglas and Robert De Niro in the comedy Last Vegas . Directed by Jon Turteltaub ( National Treasure , While You Were Sleeping ) from a screenplay by Dan Fogelman ( Crazy, Stupid, Love , Tangled ), Last Vegas is a comedy about four old friends who decide to throw a Las Vegas bachelor party for the only one of them who has remained single. Freeman is set to play Archie Clay, an army veteran, who looks to escape the watchful eyes of his son and daughter-in-law and accompany his best friends on a trip to Vegas. The ensemble comedy is being produced by Laurence Mark ( Julie & Julia , Dreamgirls ) and Amy Baer. Good Universe's Nathan Kahane will...
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De Niro Confirmed For "Last Vegas"

Robert De Niro will star opposite Michael Douglas in Jon Turtletaub's comedy "Last Vegas" for CBS Films says The Hollywood Reporter.

The story follows a quartet of retired boomers called upon for a Las Vegas bachelor party by their friend (Douglas), a ladies man who is settling down and marrying a woman half his age.

De Niro will play the party-averse one of the bunch who has a beef with Douglas’ character. Laurence Mark and Amy Baer are producing.
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Robert de Niro Confirmed for Last Vegas

Robert de Niro Confirmed for Last Vegas
CBS Films and Good Universe announced today that two-time Oscar-winner Robert De Niro will star in the comedy Last Vegas alongside two-time Oscar-winner Michael Douglas.

Directed by Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure, While You Were Sleeping) from a screenplay by Dan Fogelman (Crazy Stupid Love, Tangled), Last Vegas is a comedy about four old friends who decide to throw a Las Vegas bachelor party for the only one of them who has remained single. De Niro will play the party-averse Paddy Connelly, who reluctantly agrees to fly to Vegas at the request of his friends. Douglas will play Billy Gerson, a lifelong bachelor, who has finally decided to take the plunge.

Good Universe, which launches its global sales operation in Cannes this month led by principal Joe Drake, is handling international sales. The ensemble comedy is being produced by Laurence Mark (Julie & Julia, Dreamgirls) and Amy Baer. Good Universe's Nathan Kahane
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Robert De Niro Joins Michael Douglas In ‘Last Vegas;’ Joe Drake Brokering Offshore Deals At Cannes

Robert De Niro Joins Michael Douglas In ‘Last Vegas;’ Joe Drake Brokering Offshore Deals At  Cannes
CBS Films has formalized its deal for Robert De Niro to join Michael Douglas in Last Vegas, the Jon Turtletaub-directed comedy about four old friends who decide to throw a Las Vegas bachelor party for the only one among them who hasn’t married. Douglas plays the lifelong bachelor finally taking the plunge and De Niro plays his party-averse friend who reluctantly flies to Vegas to see his pals. Dan Fogelman wrote the script. CBS Films is making the film with Good Universe, the new company that is launching its offshore sales operation at Cannes, headed by former Lionsgate executive Joe Drake. Laurence Mark and Amy Baer are producing and Good Universe’s Nathan Kahane and Nicole Brown are executive producers. Drake and Kahane kick off their Cannes operations with Last Vegas and Oldboy, the Spike Lee-directed remake of the Chan-wook Park film. Josh Brolin stars.
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