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Rebecca Hall to direct Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga in Passing

The Town and The Gift star Rebecca Hall is set to make her directorial debut with Passing, an adaptation of Nella Larsen’s 1929 novel, which has Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok) and Ruth Negga (Preacher) attached to star.

Deadline reports that Passing will follow “the unexpected reunion of two high school friends, Clare Kendry (Negga) and Irene Redfield (Thompson), whose renewed acquaintance ignites a mutual obsession that threatens both of their carefully constructed realities.”

“Nella Larsen’s Passing is an astonishing book about two women struggling not just with what it meant to be black in America in 1929, but with gender conventions, the performance of femininity, the institution of marriage, the responsibilities of motherhood, and the ways in which all of those forces intersect,” said Hall. “I came across the novel at a time when I was trying to reckon creatively with some of my personal family history, and the mystery
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Rebecca Hall to Direct Ruth Negga, Tessa Thompson in ‘Passing’

  • Variety
Rebecca Hall to Direct Ruth Negga, Tessa Thompson in ‘Passing’
Rebecca Hall has been hired to direct Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson in the thriller “Passing.”

Hall is making her feature directorial debut on the project, directing from a script she adapted from Nella Larsen’s Harlem Renaissance novella. Margot Hand of Picture Films and Oren Moverman of Sight Unseen are set to produce, with Angela Robinson executive producing.

“Passing” follows the unexpected reunion of two high school friends, whose renewed acquaintance ignites a mutual obsession that threatens both of their carefully constructed realities. Larsen’s story was first published in 1929 by Knopf and her exploration of race was informed by her own mixed racial heritage and the increasingly common practice of racial passing in the 1920s.

Hall’s acting credits include “Christine,” “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” “Frost/Nixon,” and “The Dinner.” Negga will be seen next on stage in Dublin at the Gate performing in “Hamlet” and in James Gray’s “Ad Astra.
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Rebecca Hall To Make Directorial Debut With ‘Passing’; Tessa Thompson & Ruth Negga Star In Adaptation Of 1920s Novel

  • Deadline
Rebecca Hall To Make Directorial Debut With ‘Passing’; Tessa Thompson & Ruth Negga Star In Adaptation Of 1920s Novel
Exclusive: Rebecca Hall has set up Passing, an adaptation based on Nella Larsen’s 1920s Harlem Renaissance novel that explores the practice of racial passing, a term used for a person classified as a member of one racial group who seeks to be accepted by a different racial group. Hall has penned the script and will direct in her feature helming debut, with Westworld star Tessa Thompson and Oscar nominee Ruth Negga attached to star in the film.

Margot Hand of Picture Films and Oren Moverman of Sight Unseen are producing, with Angela Robinson serving as executive producer.

First published in 1929, Passing follows the unexpected reunion of two high school friends, Clare Kendry (Negga) and Irene Redfield (Thompson), whose renewed acquaintance ignites a mutual obsession that threatens both of their carefully constructed realities.

Larsen, who also wrote the 1928 novel Quicksand, is regarded as a central figure in American modernism, and
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Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga to Star in Rebecca Hall's 'Passing'

Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga to Star in Rebecca Hall's 'Passing'
Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga will co-star in race drama Passing, the directorial debut of actor Rebecca Hall.

Based on Nella Larsen’s 1929 novel of the same name, the story deals with "racial passing," which refers to a member of one racial group being accepted by another racial group. Set in Harlem, the story follows two childhood friends, played by Thompson and Negga.

Margot Hand and Oren Moverman are producing, with Angela Robinson executive producing.

Hall, whose credits include The Gift and The Dinner, will next be seen in the Will Ferrell comedy Holmes and Watson. ...
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Comic-Con: Why Is Hall H Still Lacking in Female Panelists?

  • Variety
Comic-Con: Why Is Hall H Still Lacking in Female Panelists?
hen the first “Twilight” movie premiered at Comic-Con in 2009, it spawned protests. Multiple fans wandered the San Diego Convention Center holding signs with captions such as “Twilight has ruined Comic-Con!” One attendee, when asked by L.A. Weekly if his characterization of “Twilight” fans as “screeching girls” was sexist, countered that “girls have been making fun of fanboys for years, calling them nerdy and smelly.”

The inclusion of the “Twilight” films was a “watershed” for the convention, according to science-fiction writer Charlie Jane Anders.

“All of a sudden there were all these female fans who showed up for ‘Twilight’ who would actually get in line for Hall H,” says Anders, co-founder of the website io9. “But the amazing thing was that even after there were no more ‘Twilight’ movies, it felt like the attendees never went back to the way they had been. It felt like a lot of women
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Outfest Filmmakers Get Political, Issue Call to Action on Opening Night

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Outfest Filmmakers Get Political, Issue Call to Action on Opening Night
Filmmaker Angela Robinson on Thursday issued a call to action to attendees of the opening night of Outfest, telling the audience gathered at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles to vote and encourage others to participate in the upcoming midterm elections.

Outfest, the largest Lgbtq film festival in North America, took on a decidedly political tone this year amid a rolling back of protections for members of the Lgbtq community by the Trump administration and a looming fight over the confirmation of conservative judge Brett Kavanuahg to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Robinson, who was honored with the Outfest Achievement Award Thursday, said that rather than speak about her career, she felt compelled to speak on the need for political organizing ahead of election that will decide the balance of Republicans and Democrats in Congress.

“I’m here to remind you tonight that we – queer folks – are warriors,” said Robinson,
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Outfest 2018 To Feature Record Number of Female, Trans and Directors of Color

  • Variety
The 2018 Outfest Film Festival, the largest Lgbtq film festival in Los Angeles, will feature its most inclusive lineup of filmmakers with narrative and documentary features that reflect a growing sense of activism in the Trump era.

Organizers of Outfest, which which kicks off Thursday night, are celebrating a record number of entries this year by filmmakers of color, women and transgender directors. Two-thirds of films screening at the festival are from these underrepresented groups, a new milestone, said Outfest director of programming Lucy Mukerjee. Last year, 50% of the films at the festival were directed by women.

Mukerjee explained that it has become imperative for Outfest to be more inclusive and intersectional, reflecting not just one narrow view of the Lgbtq community.

“Putting the creative visions of women and people of color and transgender directors on the same plane as cisgender, white directors felt like the only logical and ethical thing to do,
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Brie Larson, Channing Dungey and More Honored at Women In Film 2018 Crystal + Lucy Awards

On Wednesday, June 13th, Women In Film, Los Angeles (Wif) celebrated outstanding women in the entertainment industry with the 2018 Crystal + Lucy Awards presented by sponsors Max Mara, Lancôme and Lexus.

Ellen Pompeo Speaks Onstage

Credit/Copyright: Getty Images for Women In Film

The evening, themed “Ignited,” raised funds and awareness for Women In Film, La and its many educational and philanthropic programs, and its advocacy for gender parity for women throughout the industry.

The 2018 Crystal + Lucy Award honorees included the following: Brie Larson with The Crystal Award for Excellence in Film presented to her by actress and friend Jessie Ennis; Channing Dungey with The Lucy Award for Excellence in Television presented to her by actress Ellen Pompeo; Alexandra Shipp with the Women In Film Max Mara Face of the Future Award presented to her by actress Regina Hall and Max Mara Vice President Us Retail and Global Brand Ambassador Maria
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TV Facts on Pacts: Who’s Scored Overall Deals

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TV Facts on Pacts: Who’s Scored Overall Deals
Overall and first-look deals still drive the television business.

Although some mega-producers have moved to the streaming world, including Ryan Murphy and Shonda Rhimes at Netflix, the overwhelming majority of pacts are still at the studio and linear network level. These deals help lock in show services, as well as keep the development pipeline flowing.

Here is a snapshot at most of the deals currently in place across Hollywood, as of mid-May.

A+E Studios

Appletree Pictures

Ross Fineman

Sarah Gertrude Shapiro

Thruline (Ron West/Chris Henze/Jb Roberts)

ABC Studios

Eli Attie

Alec Baldwin/Mallory Schwartz El Dorado Pictures

Kenya Barris Khalabo Ink Society

Julie Bean

Kevin Biegel

Sherry Bilsing-Graham/Ellen Kreamer

Bluegrass Fanfare

Chris Brancato Churchill Road Prods.

Jeremy Bronson

Danny Chun

Adam Ciralsky

Eliza Coupe

Liz Craft/Sarah Fain

Carlton Cuse

Paul Davies

Viola Davis/Kaylon Hunt JuVee Prods.

Tim Doyle

Dan Dworkin/Jay Beattie

Randall Einhorn
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Black Widow Movie Has Looked at Over 65 Directors

Last week, a report surfaced that Marvel has met with a number of female directors for their Black Widow movie, but it seems their search is much more extensive than previously believed. Variety reporter Justin Kroll revealed that more than "65 directors have met for the Black Widow job", adding that Marvel is being, "extremely thorough on this one." Unfortunately, Kroll didn't offer any specific names who had met for the directing gig, or if there is even a front runner in place yet, but the studio is certainly doing their due diligence.

The report from last week revealed that female directors such as Deniz Gamze Erguven (Mustang), Chloe Zhao (The Rider), Amma Asante (A United Kingdom), Maggie Betts (Novitiate) and Angela Robinson (Professor Marston and the Wonder Women) were in contention for the coveted directorial gig. There has been talk of a Black Widow movie for years, and there has
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Marvel Studios Has Reportedly Held Talks With Over 65 Directors For Black Widow

Black Widow‘s director shortlist may be a little longer than we initially thought. Much longer, in fact.

Justin Kroll of Variety brings word today that more than 65 directors (!) have held talks with Marvel Studios over the potential gig, which, if nothing else, tells us the Powers That Be are being very, very thorough when it comes to choosing the perfect candidate.

Of the alleged shortlist, we understand Deniz Gamze Erguven (Mustang), Chloe Zhao (The Rider) and Amma Asante (A United Kingdom) have all come into contention, before Marvel swung its doors open to Maggie Betts (Novitiate) and Angela Robinson (Herbie: Fully Loaded) during negotiations. Alas, Kroll doesn’t allude to the other 60-odd filmmakers who have supposedly met with the studio for Black Widow, nor does he give any indication about a possible announcement.

Still, this is a tantalizing status report for a standalone McU project that has clearly
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Black Widow Movie Goes Searching for a Female Director

A new report suggests that Marvel Studios has already been meeting with a handful of female directors to helm the Black Widow movie. The news of a possible Black Widow standalone movie first popped up late last year and it seems that the project has been officially green lit, if these reports are to be believed. It's important to note that nothing about the Black Widow movie has been officially confirmed by Marvel Studios, other than the fact that it's in the very early stages of development at this time.

A new report by the Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Jessica Jones director S.J. Clarkson is in talks to direct Star Trek 4, which would make her the first female in franchise history to helm a Star Trek movie. Buried at the bottom of the Star Trek report is a brief mention that Marvel Studios has been talking to female
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Director Shortlist For Black Widow Movie Revealed

Day by day, we’re beginning to form a better understanding of Marvel’s nascent Black Widow movie.

It currently has Jac Schaeffer on script duties and is said to be targeting a release in 2020, where it will presumably join Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and a third, as-yet-unrevealed Phase 4 film.

So far, so good. But as Infinity War begins its global rollout, and most of Marvel’s high-ranking figures continue talking to the press, it’s fair to say that the rumor mill has been operating at full tilt.

Case in point: The Hollywood Reporter is telling us today that the studio currently has their eye on three female directors for the project. Those would be Deniz Gamze Erguven (Mustang), Chloe Zhao (The Rider) and Amma Asante (A United Kingdom). Furthermore, Variety’s Justin Kroll adds that Maggie Betts (Novitiate) and Angela Robinson (Herbie: Fully Loaded) have also met for the movie.
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Sony Pictures Names Michael Helfand, Joe Matukewicz Worldwide Acquisitions Heads

  • The Wrap
Sony Pictures has elevated two executives, Michael Helfand and Joe Matukewicz, as co-heads of Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and its low-budget label Studio 6. Helfand and Matukewicz will report to Steve Bersch, who remains president of the unit and was tapped to lead Sony label Screen Gems in February after longtime executive Clint Culpepper stepped down. The pair will handle day-to-day in addition to producing indie titles and rolling out international films. “Together, Michael and Joe have been driving forces behind the divisions’ most successful and anticipated titles including: Fede Alvarez’s hit thriller ‘Don’t Breathe,’ the ‘Insidious’ franchise Angela Robinson’s...
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DVD Obscura: 'Professor Marston,' 'The Square,' 'Chavela' and More Home Video Picks

New Indie Now that everyone has seen the amazing big-screen adventures of the Amazon princess, take a fascinating look at the lives of her creators in the lush biopic Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment). Writer-director Angela Robinson may play a little fast and loose with the facts – and really, what biopic doesn’t? – but this portrait of the comics-creating academic (played by Luke Evans) and the two women in his life (Rebecca Hall and Bella Heathcote) is an all-too-rare celebration of sexual progressivism, wrapped up in a wonderfully tweedy period piece. Gorgeous and provocative, with three riveting lead performances, this one belongs on the shelf of any movie-lover or, especially, comics-lover. Also available: Emma...
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5 reasons to see Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

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5 reasons to see Professor Marston and the Wonder Women5 reasons to see Professor Marston and the Wonder WomenAdriana Floridia2/6/2018 10:49:00 Am

Not enough people are talking about one of the best films of the year, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women.

We caught the film when it played at the Toronto International Film Festival, and were pleasantly surprised to find that this wasn't just your average biopic. The film tells the story of the creator of Wonder Woman, and we'll bet you had no idea just how interesting his life was.

We're giving you 5 reasons why you need to see Professor Marston and the Wonder Women below:

It's a crazy true story

We're going to bet that you didn't know the creator of Wonder Woman, William Moulton Marston, was a psychologist. Or that he invented the lie detector test. Or that he was in a polyamorous relationship with two women.
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New to Streaming: ‘The Florida Project,’ Apichatpong Weerasethakul, ‘The Square,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

The Films of Apichatpong Weerasethakul

If you’re looking for a dreamy weekend, a quartet of the finest films by Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul are now available on FilmStruck: Tropical Malady, Syndromes and a Century, Cemetery of Splendor, and his Palme d’Or winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.

Where to Stream: FilmStruck

The Florida Project (Sean Baker)

How, exactly, did Sean Baker do it? How
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Horizon Award winners unveiled at Sundance 2018

Horizon Award winners unveiled at Sundance 2018
Giselle Bonilla and Benita Ozoude prevail in pool of 380-plus submissions.

Source: Horizon Award

Horizon Award co-founders Cassian Elwes, Lynette Howell Taylor, and Christine Vachon on Saturday (January 20) announced the winners of the fourth annual Horizon Awards in Park City.

Giselle Bonilla (pictured second from left) and Benita Ozoude (pictured third from left) were announced as the winners for their short films of two minutes or less. The awards received a record 380-plus submissions from 275 films schools worldwide.

Bonilla (New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts) directed her short Virgencita about a woman who confesses her desire to abort a probable pregnancy.

University of Texas at Austin graduate Ozoude’s short Queen Of Rosewood centres on a Cajun food restaurant owner from East Austin who devotes her spare time to feeding the homeless.

Elwes (pictured far left), Howell Taylor (pictured third from right), and Vachon joined Sundance Feature Film Program founding director Michelle Satter to choose
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2018 NAACP Image Awards Praises Ava DuVernay, “Girls Trip,” and More

NAACP Entertainer of the Year DuVernay: Instagram

This year, black actresses and female creators alike dominated the NAACP Image Awards in almost every major category. From Entertainer of the Year to Outstanding Motion Picture, last night’s female wins — and their words — were truly a force to be reckoned with.

Per the official press release, the evening opened with a #Timesup presentation led by Angela Robinson, Kerry Washington, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Laverne Cox, Lena Waithe, and Tracee Ellis Ross. The ensemble of women urged both the crowd and viewers to become more active voters and, as Cox eloquently put it, “Stand by us. Stand for us. Stand with us.”

The various outstanding performance categories recognized Octavia Spencer (“Gifted”), Tracee Ellis Ross (“black-ish”), and Taraji P. Henson (“Empire”).

Women were also recognized for their work in literature, music, and documentary. Amanda Lipitz’s “Step” received Outstanding Documentary.

Furthermore, despite its absence at past award shows,
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