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Annie Proulx to Receive National Book Award for Lifetime Achievement

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Annie Proulx is adding yet another major accomplishment to her storied CV. The Pulitzer and Pen/Faulkner award-winning author will be presented with the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, The Guardian reports. The prestigious prize recognizes a lifetime of literary achievement.

“Authors are put forward for the $10,000 honor by U.S. literary experts, with the National Book Foundation’s board of directors making the final choice,” the source explains.

A number of Proulx’s works have inspired big-screen projects. Cowboy romance “Brokeback Mountain” was based on a Proulx’s short story of the same name in her collection “Close Range.” Her novel “The Shipping News” was adapted into a drama starring Kevin Spacey, Judi Dench, and Julianne Moore.

“I hope that it is going to start conversations and discussions, that it’s going to awaken in people an empathy for diversity, for each other and the larger world,” Proulx said when “Brokeback Mountain” was released in 2005. “I’m really hoping that the idea of tolerance will come through discussions about the film. People tend to walk out of the theater with a sense of compassion, which I think is very fine. It is a love story. It has been called both universal and specific, and I think that’s true. It’s an old, old story. We’ve heard this story a million times; we just haven’t heard it quite with this cast,” she observed.

Lisa Lucas, the National Book Foundation’s executive director, praised Proulx’s “ability to explore the nuances of the human spirit and render deeply moving reflections on rural life.”

The org’s Chair, David Steinberger, described Proulx’s works as “widely loved and uniquely significant,” and celebrated “her commitment to crafting compassionate, honest stories [that have] left an indelible mark on literature and created a powerful and enduring legacy.”

Proulx will accept the medal this fall. Previous recipients of the honor include Joan Didion, Judy Blume, and Toni Morrison.

Annie Proulx to Receive National Book Award for Lifetime Achievement was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Laura Berger

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Singapore Selects Kirsten Tan’s “Pop Aye” for Foreign-Language Oscar Pick

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Pop Aye” will be representing Singapore in the 2018 foreign-language Oscar race, Variety reports. Written and directed by Kirsten Tan, the award-winning drama is set in Thailand and centers on a disenchanted architect who unexpectedly reunites with his long-lost childhood elephant on the streets of Bangkok. The unlikely pair embark on a road trip across the country towards the rural farm where they grew up together.

“I’ve always felt like a bit of a wanderer. Before moving to New York, where I’ve been based for the past eight years, I grew up in Singapore and lived in Jeonju and Bangkok,” Tan told us. “Across these cities, these homes, I was never sure where and when and how I fit in or belonged, so I’ve always felt for outsiders who don’t sit comfortably within one particular system.”

She explained, “For me, ‘Pop Aye’ is essentially about two wayfaring misfits — in this case, a man past his prime and his displaced street elephant — searching for meaning and belonging in space and time.”

“‘Pop Aye’ is a story of self-discovery, beautifully told by a Singapore team, including director-writer Kirsten Tan, producers Lai Weijie and Huang Wenhong, and executive producer Anthony Chen,” said Joachim Ng, director of the Singapore Film Commission. “The film has resonated with audiences both at home and internationally.”

Tan’s previous credits include shorts “Granny,” “Thin Air,” and “Cold Noodles.” “Pop Aye” is her feature debut. The film made its world premiere at Sundance this January and took home the world cinema dramatic special jury award.

Other women-directed films submitted for consideration in the foreign-language category include Angelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father,” an adaption of human rights activist Loung Ung’s non-fiction book, Annemarie Jacir’s “Wajib,” a dramedy about a father and his estranged son, and Agnieszka Holland’s “Spoor,” a crime drama about a woman seeking revenge after hunters kill her dog.

Singapore Selects Kirsten Tan’s “Pop Aye” for Foreign-Language Oscar Pick was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Laura Berger

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Black Panther Leader Elaine Brown’s Memoir to Be Adapted for the Screen

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The story of Elaine Brown, the only woman to serve as a Black Panther Party leader, is coming to the big screen. The Firm has obtained the rights to Brown’s 1992 memoir, “A Taste of Power: A Black Woman’s Story,” with plans for a film adaptation, Deadline confirms. Brown will executive produce the project.

The Firm is “currently in negotiations with a writer to adapt Brown’s book” but no word yet on who that writer is or on the project’s director.

Brown joined the Black Panthers in 1968 and led the party from 1974 to 1977 while co-founder Huey Newton was in exile. During her tenure as a Black Panther leader, she “worked to redefine the Panthers’ revolutionary platform to include objectives relating to black women,” Deadline summarizes. Currently living in Oakland, CA, Brown works as a lawyer and is still very much involved in progressive activism, especially in the areas of racial justice and prison reform.

“Elaine is a true revolutionary,” Brenner stated. “We are so thrilled to work with such an extraordinary woman and, after getting to know Elaine personally, I am deeply humbled to have the opportunity to bring her inspirational story to the big screen.”

Earlier this year 1492 Pictures announced its plans to produce a biopic about Fannie Lou Hamer, another pioneering female activist. Hamer helped spearhead the 1962 Freedom Summer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and made headlines when she spoke as the representative of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party at the 1964 Democratic National Convention.

Black Panther Leader Elaine Brown’s Memoir to Be Adapted for the Screen was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Rachel Montpelier

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Trailer Watch: The Bellas Embark on a Farewell Tour in “Pitch Perfect 3”

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Post-college life can be tricky. Just ask former Barden Bellas Beca, Chloe, Fat Amy, and Aubrey. They show up to an a cappella event expecting to perform with the current Bellas and are humiliated to find out they were invited to watch, not to sing. “I just thought you guys were so busy with your awesome jobs and amazing lives,” their protege Emily (Hailee Steinfeld) says in the trailer for “Pitch Perfect 3.”

Yeah, not so much. Life after Barden hasn’t been easy for the ladies of the “Pitch Perfect” franchise, as a previous trailer hinted. They feel like they peaked when they were part of the Barden Bellas. As they commiserate about their not-so-amazing lives over drinks, Aubrey (Anna Camp) suggests they get together for one last show, a Uso performance in Europe. Before they know it, the Bellas are at a naval base in Spain and watching Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) greeting two marines with sexual innuendos.

Unfortunately the Uso show isn’t all fun and games. Shortly after arriving on base, the Bellas meet the tour’s other three bands. Wanting to prove they are more than just a “cover band,” the girls challenge the others to a riff-off and lose, badly. “Is it weird that everybody is better at the one thing that we do than we are at that thing?” Beca (Anna Kendrick) deadpans. Looks like the Bellas have their work aca-cut out for them.

Directed by Trish Sie and written by Kay Cannon, “Pitch Perfect 3” hits theaters December 22, 2017. Brittany Snow, Alexis Knapp, Hana Mae Lee, Ester Dean, Ruby Rose, John Lithgow, and DJ Khaled also co-star.

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Trailer Watch: The Bellas Embark on a Farewell Tour in “Pitch Perfect 3” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Rachel Montpelier

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Margot Robbie’s “I,Tonya” to Get Awards-Qualifying Run

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Tonya Harding never found herself on an Olympic podium, but a biopic about the figure skater may be headed for awards season glory. “I, Tonya” has received an awards-qualifying release date, The Hollywood Reporter confirms. The critically acclaimed Margot Robbie-starrer made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month, and will open in NY and La on December 8 with a platform rollout continuing into January.

Though she made history with her stunning triple axels, Harding’s legacy has everything to do with what occurred off the rink. “I, Tonya” revisits one of the most controversial moments in sports history — the attack on Harding’s fellow U.S. skater and competitor Nancy Kerrigan — and shows a side to Harding and her story that many have overlooked. Often reduced to a punchline, Harding was phenomenal athlete, and she was mentally and physically abused by her mother, and later by her ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly. The pic depicts Harding’s harrowing treatment at the hands of both, portrayed by Allison Janney (“Mom”) and Sebastian Stan (“Captain America” franchise). The dark dramedy also suggests that Harding was largely unaware of the plot to injure Kerrigan.

Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition. After her involvement in the Kerrigan scandal, the two-time Olympian and Skate America Champion was banned for life from the U.S. Figure Skating Association.

There’s been plenty of chatter about potential acting noms for both Robbie and Janney. The former also produced the project, which is directed by Craig Gillespie (“The Finest Hours”) and written by Steven Rogers (“Love the Coopers”).

Margot Robbie’s “I,Tonya” to Get Awards-Qualifying Run was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Laura Berger

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Trailer Watch: Rebecca’s on the Warpath in Season 3 of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”

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Rebecca Bunch has never been one for subtlety, and it looks like Season 3 of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” will see its anti-heroine really embrace the “crazy” part of her moniker like never before. “I know. My hair is dark so I look evil and I’m wearing white which is ironic,” says Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) in a new trailer. Her darker hair color isn’t all that’s new — she announces that she has “a plan to destroy Josh Chan” (Vincent Rodriguez III).

The show’s second season concluded with Josh leaving Rebecca at the altar. Just when it seemed like Rebecca might have a conventional, fairy tale happy ending — marrying the guy she moved from New York City to West Covina, California to be with — the musical dramedy defied expectations yet again and revealed bombshells about Rebecca’s past and saw Josh joining the priesthood.

A voiceover in the spot explains that Season 3 of the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning series isn’t “about romance. It’s all about revenge.”

“Love has not been kind to her,” says Rebecca’s Bff Paula (Donna Lynne Champlin). And it’s clear that Rebecca isn’t going to be kind to her former paramour.

“If you thought this show was going to be ‘Funny Fatal Attraction,’ that’s what we’re going into this season,” Bloom has said of the critically acclaimed show’s third installment.

Created by Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” returns to The CW October 13.

Check out the trailer to see who Rebecca enlists in her plan to take down Josh.

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Trailer Watch: Rebecca’s on the Warpath in Season 3 of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Laura Berger

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Amy Sherman-Palladino & Daniel Palladino Sign Overall Deal with Amazon Studios

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Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino are making themselves at home at Amazon Studios. Deadline reports that the creative partners/spouses have signed a multi-year overall deal with the streamer. The new deal will see the duo continue to work on their previously announced stand-up dramedy “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” while developing new projects for Amazon.

Amazon gave “Mrs. Maisel” a two-season order this spring. The 1958-set series follows Miriam “Midge” Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan), a housewife who decides to pursue a career in comedy after her would-be stand-up comic husband (Michael Zegen) leaves her. Alex Borstein, Marin Hinkle, and Tony Shalhoub also star. The series’ first season is expected to drop later this year.

Gilmore Girls” creator Sherman-Palladino wrote and directed the “Mrs. Maisel” pilot and exec produced alongside Palladino. The series’ debut earlier this year marked “one of Amazon’s best received pilots ever,” Deadline writes, “with an average customer rating of 4.9.”

“Amy and Dan are brilliant. Everything they create has such an incredible vision behind it. On top of that, they’re wonderfully funny and smart people,” commented Joe Lewis, Amazon Studios’ Head of Comedy, Drama and Vr. “We’re excited about the next two seasons of ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ with them and, with this deal, we can’t wait to do a lot more together.”

“The team at Amazon has allowed us to have Dwight Eisenhower and John Kennedy as our presidents for the next few years and for that we are eternally grateful,” Sherman-Palladino and Palladino said in a statement. “Amazon is the future of television and we are thrilled to tag along for the ride.”

In addition to “Gilmore Girls,” Sherman-Palladino has created, written, and directed for the short-lived “Bunheads” and “The Return of Jezebel James.” Last November she revived her most beloved project on Netflix with “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.” It consisted of four mini-movies and brought back Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, and Kelly Bishop to reprise the roles of Lorelai, Rory, and Emily Gilmore. Almost all of the original main cast and supporting characters returned as well. Palladino served as producer on all of those series as well as on the original “Gilmore Girls.”

Amy Sherman-Palladino & Daniel Palladino Sign Overall Deal with Amazon Studios was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Rachel Montpelier

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Watch: A Newly Single Bisexual Woman Goes Off-Script in Exclusive Clip of “Strangers”

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The presence of a film crew doesn’t deter a woman from spilling her guts to a love interest in our exclusive new clip of “Strangers.” Created and directed by Mia Lidofsky, the series follows two twenty-something roommates in La, newly single and bisexual Isobel (Zoe Chao, “The Comeback”) and her lesbian best friend Cam (Meredith Hagner, “Search Party”). The former has decided to rent out her spare room to scrape together rent, and this week’s ep of the show sees a film crew taking over the space.

An overly touchy actor asks Isobel to run lines with him, and it’s not long before she goes off-script. “Shouldn’t you be able to love the parts of me that are afraid? The ugly and difficult parts?” she asks the project’s camera assistant, who she’s forged a strong connection with. “Look, I’m just a person like you. Struggling to get through each day and I’m really scared because I thought I was supposed to be more at this point in my life,” Isobel says. She’s still trying to figure out who she is — but she thinks this relationship deserves a chance.

Check out the clip to see how Isobel’s bold declaration is received. You can watch the fifth episode of “Strangers,” directed by Celia Rowlson-Hall, now on Facebook’s new Watch platform.

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Watch: A Newly Single Bisexual Woman Goes Off-Script in Exclusive Clip of “Strangers” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Laura Berger

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