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Laura Dern, Julie Dash, & More to Be Honored at Nywift’s Muse Awards

10 hours ago

Dern in “Big Little Lies

New York Women in Film & Television (Nywift) is set to honor some of the entertainment industry’s best and brightest. For 38 years, the professional association has presented the Muse Awards annual gala holiday luncheon, a celebration of actors, directors, and other influential women in media.

This year’s awardees include “Big Little Lies” star Laura Dern, “Transparent” actress Judith Light, and Amy Emmerich, Chief Content Officer of Refinery29. “Daughters of the Dust” helmer Julie Dash will receive The Nancy Malone Directing Award, and filmmaker Regina K. Scully, who serves as CEO of the Artemis Rising Foundation, will be honored with the Loreen Arbus Changemaker Award.

Scheduled to take place December 14 in New York City, the Muse Awards is Nywift’s flagship fundraising event. For more information and tickets head over to their website.

Laura Dern, Julie Dash, & More to Be Honored at Nywift’s Muse »

- Laura Berger

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“Orange Is the New Black” Creator Jenji Kohan Signs Overall Deal with Netflix

11 hours ago

Kohan: The Hollywood Reporter/YouTube

Jenji Kohan is making it official with Netflix. The “Orange Is the New Black” creator has signed a multi-year overall deal with the streaming giant, Variety reports. Kohan’s female-led prison dramedy has earned four Emmy awards during its five-season run on Netflix. She’s also an executive producer on the streamer’s acclaimed women’s wrestling series “Glow,” which will be returning for a second season next year.

The deal sees Kohan developing new original series and other projects for Netflix.

“Bold, outspoken, and totally fearless, Jenji has constantly raised the bar for storytelling at Netflix,” said Cindy Holland, vice president of original content at Netflix. “She possesses a rare and special talent to say what’s unspoken, choose the unexpected over the safe, and drive the cultural conversation — and audiences love her for it. She has been with us from the beginning and »

- Laura Berger

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Viola Davis To Star in and Produce “I Almost Forgot About You”

12 hours ago

Davis in “Fences

Viola Davis is teaming up with the director of “Girls Trip.” The “How to Get Away with Murder” star will topline and produce an adaptation of Terry McMillan’s best-selling novel “I Almost Forgot About You” helmed by Malcolm D. Lee. Shadow and Act reports that Universal snagged the rights to the novel after making “a huge, competitive bid.”

The pic sees Davis playing Georgia Young, a “twice-divorced, successful optometrist. Despite a life, full of great friends, and family, she hasn’t felt a romantic spark in a while, and feeling bored and restless,” according to an official synopsis. “She decides it’s time to change, and goes on a wild journey of self-discovery, reuniting with old lovers, and getting a brand new lease on life.”

McMillan is penning the script with Ron Bass (“Rain Man,” “How Stella Got Her Groove Back”).

Davis won an Oscar earlier »

- Laura Berger

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The End of the Beginning: A Reckoning Thousands of Years in the Making

14 hours ago

Uzo Aduba: Instagram /Emma Trim

I don’t know about you, but when I wake up in the morning, even after a decent night of sleep, I am exhausted. I have been exhausted, outraged, moved, anxious, and pretty much every other emotion possible since the first Harvey Weinstein story broke on October 5. Actually, I take that back: I’ve been feeling this overwhelming range of emotions since last year’s election. But the confluence of the reckoning that is happening now — which started in the entertainment business and has morphed into every other workplace — and a serial predator in the White House destroying the fabric of our rights, especially our reproductive rights, sometimes just feels like it’s too much to deal with. It’s hard to concentrate when you don’t know what insane, and much-needed, story will be coming next from the intrepid reporters working diligently to unearth the truth. »

- Melissa Silverstein

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Trailer Watch: A Girl Becomes a Warrior to Save Her Dad in Ava DuVernay’s “A Wrinkle in Time”

16 hours ago

A Wrinkle in Time

“You can’t keep using your father’s disappearance as an excuse to act out,” Meg (Storm Reid) is told at school in a new trailer for Ava DuVernay’s “A Wrinkle in Time.” Rather than sulking and waiting for a miracle, Meg decides it’s up to her to save her scientist dad (Chris Pine) and takes along her younger brother (Deric McCabe) and friend (Levi Miller). The trio defy rules about time and space, and travel through the galaxy and dimensions. It’s not long before their epic adventure takes them to a trio of supernatural-seeming women.

“We heard a cry out in the universe … we believe [your father is alive] and we’re here to help you find him,” Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey) informs the kids. He’s trapped by an evil energy. Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) explains that they’re looking for warriors “who serve the »

- Laura Berger

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