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Lionsgate Lands Kerry Washington-Sterling K. Brown Action Film ‘Shadow Force’

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Exclusive: Lionsgate is in final talks to acquire the action spec script package Shadow Force. Kerry Washington and Sterling K. Brown will star in and produce a Leon Chills-scripted action drama that is described as a two-hander action picture reminiscent of films like Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

Simpson Street’s Pilar Savone and Washington will produce alongside Indian Meadows Productions’ Danielle Reardon and Brown, and Stephen “Dr” Love, who is producing through his Made with Love Media company. The script started drawing bids last month.

Washington is shooting the Lynn Shelton-directed limited series Little Fires Everywhere, and has starred in Scandal, Confirmation and Django Unchained. She is repped by Washington Square Arts, CAA and attorney Gretchen Rush. Her Simpson Street premiered American Son at Toronto before it launches on Netflix.

Brown, the Emmy-winning This Is Us star, is coming off Black Panther and next stars in A24’s Waves,
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Hot Package: Kerry Washington & Sterling K. Brown To Star In ‘Shadow Force’

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Exclusive: Bidding has started on Shadow Force, a Leon Chills-scripted action drama that has Kerry Washington and Sterling K. Brown attached to star in and produce.

The script is described as a fresh take on Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Simpson Street’s Pilar Savone and Washington will be producing alongside Indian Meadows Productions’ Danielle Reardon and Brown, and Stephen “Dr” Love, who is producing through his Made with Love Media company.

Washington, who is filming the Lynn Shelton-directed limited series Little Fires Everywhere, has starred in Scandal, Confirmation and Django Unchained, and is repped by Washington Square Arts, CAA and attorney Gretchen Rush. Her Simpson Street has American Son premiering at Toronto next month before bowing on Netflix.

Brown, the Emmy-winning This Is Us star, is coming off Black Panther, currently voices a role in The Angry Birds Movie 2 and next stars in A24’s Waves and the
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‘New York Undercover’ Reboot, Comedy ‘Woman Up’ Picked Up to Pilot at ABC

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ABC has given pilot orders to the “New York Undercover” reboot and the single-cam comedy “Woman Up” from Zoe Lister-Jones.

Picking up 20 years after the end of the iconic series, “New York Undercover” will follow detectives Nat Gilmore and Melissa Ortiz as they investigate the city’s most dangerous criminals from Harlem to Battery Park. Some cast members from the original series are expected to reprise their roles.

The rebooted series will be written and executive produced by Dick Wolf and Ben Watkins. Frequent Wolf collaborators Arthur W. Forney and Peter Jankowski will also executive produce. Anthony Hemingway is onboard to executive produce and direct the pilot. Universal Television and ABC Studios will produce in association with Wolf Films.

Should the project go to series, Wolf would have series on the air three of the Big 4, the others being “FBI” on CBS and the recently announced planted spinoff, as well
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Gail Berman’s Jackal Group Sells Comedies ‘The Folks’ & ‘To Whom It May Concern’ To CBS

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Gail Berman’s Jackal Group Sells Comedies ‘The Folks’ & ‘To Whom It May Concern’ To CBS
Gail Berman’s The Jackal Group has sold two comedies to CBS – multi-cam The Folks with former Scandal star Kerry Washington’s Simpson Street producing, and hybrid To Whom It May Concern. CBS Television Studios is the studio for both projects.

Written by Frank Pines, The Folks centers on what happens when a momma’s boy marries a daddy’s girl, and their respective parents can’t let go.

Pines executive produces with Jackal Group’s Berman and Joe Earley. Washington and Pilar Savone executive produce for Simpson Street.

The project re-teams Pines, Jackal Group and Simpson Street, who worked together on Man Of the House, a multi-camera hybrid family comedy created by Pines which sold last development season to ABC as part of Simpson Street’s deal with ABC Studios.

Written by Mike Metz, To Whom It May Concern centers on Evan, who sets out with his group of
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Zoe Lister-Jones Comedy Scores Put Pilot Commitment at ABC

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Zoe Lister-Jones Comedy Scores Put Pilot Commitment at ABC
ABC has given a put pilot commitment to a single-camera comedy project that hails from Zoe Lister-Jones.

Lister-Jones is known for her acting work, but will serve as the writer and executive producer on the project. It is titled “Woman Up” and follows two former teen moms who have worked their asses off to see their daughters all the way through high school graduation. And now, at 37, they’re ready to make up for the youth they never had.

Lister-Jones will executive produce under her Ms. Lister Films banner. In addition to Lister-Jones, Liz Meriwether will also executive produce. Meriwether recently co-created the ABC comedy series “Single Parents” and worked with Lister-Jones when the latter guest starred on “New Girl.” Jason Winer and Jon Radler will also executive produce via their Small Dog Picture Company. 20th Century Fox Television will produce.

Should the project move forward, it would mark the
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Christine Blasey Ford Testimony: Real-Time Bravery Under Impossible Circumstances — Analysis

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The testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford during Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings brought the sense of watching history in action, much like the Anita Hill hearings in 1991. Those moments led to both last year’s HBO movie “Confirmation,” and the 2013 documentary “Anita,” but the Ford testimony has already become a tense real-life drama. As the session began, broadcast via C-SPAN3, both Ford and Kavanaugh submitted the written statements that would form the basis for their testimony.

IndieWire Film Editor Kate Erbland and TV Editor Liz Shannon Miller watched the hearing together and shared these thoughts.

Miller: We’re beginning this conversation just after Dr. Ford finished delivering her opening statement, which was simply heartbreaking — a stark and emotional recollection of her experiences. It was the nadir of the societal failures behind these circumstances: Here was a woman being forced to relive this traumatizing incident to an audience of millions.
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Emmy episode analysis: Viola Davis earns nom for bringing her ‘Htgawm’ character to ‘Scandal’ in landmark crossover

Emmy episode analysis: Viola Davis earns nom for bringing her ‘Htgawm’ character to ‘Scandal’ in landmark crossover
Viola Davis‘ character Annalise Keating is getting frequent flyer miles at the Emmy Awards. For playing this savvy lawyer, Davis won Best Drama Actress for “How to Get Away with Murder” in 2015 (she was also nominated 2016-17) and now she’s recognized as Best Drama Guest Actress for “Scandal” thanks to ABC’s landmark crossover. Davis is nominated for the “Scandal” episode titled “Allow Me to Reintroduce Myself,” part one of the TV event that aired March 1 on the alphabet network.

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In “Allow Me to Reintroduce Myself,” Annalise needs help getting her case about racial injustice heard by the U.S. Supreme Court so she goes to Washington D.C. fixer Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) for help. At first the two powerful women butt heads, with Olivia telling Annalise that her controversial history will hurt the case,
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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles To Host Annual Accessories For Success Scholarship Luncheon

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles (Bbbsla) hosts its annual Accessories for Success Scholarship Luncheon on Sunday, April 22nd at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills presented by City National Bank.

Three exemplary women, who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and support for children facing adversity in Los Angeles, will be honored. Tracy D. Underwood, Senior Vice President of ABC Signature, and Laurie Zaks, President of Mandeville Television, will receive the “Excellence in Mentoring Award”. Martha Henderson, Executive Vice President of Entertainment Banking at City National Bank will receive the “Innovator Award”. Amber Valetta will emcee the luncheon; stylemeister Lloyd Boston will emcee the fashion show; and actress and activist Yara Shahidi (Grown-ish) is set to present the awards. Rebecca Campbell, Nancy Daniels, Stephen Galloway, Anne Globe, NJ Goldston, Barbara Lazaroff, Laura Lizer, Nicole Lorey, Loyola Marymount University, Lori McCreary, Kate Nichols, Charon Harroun Peirce, Nina Shaw, Sandra Stern, and Nancy Taylor are Honorary Co-Chairs.
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Rashida Jones and Kerry Washington Join Forces for “Goldie Vance” Adaptation

Jones in “Angie Tribeca

Angie Tribeca and Olivia Pope are teaming up. Rashida Jones and Kerry Washington are set to collaborate on an adaptation of “Goldie Vance” for 20th Century Fox, Variety reports. The former will write and direct the pic and the latter will produce.

Created by Hope Larson and artist Brittney Williams, the graphic novel series follows Goldie Vance, a precocious 16-year-old “who has ambitions of becoming a historic Miami hotel’s in-house detective,” the source writes. “She gets embroiled in uncovering an international crime ring that challenges her in ways she never imagined.”

According to Variety, the film will be “in the vein of ‘Nancy Drew’ and ‘Eloise.’”

“Goldie is exactly the kind of fearless, curious, and funny heroine we need right now,” Jones said in a statement.

Washington added, “Goldie Vance will steal your heart. She’s already stolen mine!”

Both women acknowledged how excited they
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‘The Chi’ Trailer: Lena Waithe Explores the South Side of Chicago With the Help of a ‘Moonlight’ Star — Watch

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‘The Chi’ Trailer: Lena Waithe Explores the South Side of Chicago With the Help of a ‘Moonlight’ Star — Watch
Showtime has released the teaser trailer for “The Chi,” a new drama series from recent Emmy winner Lena Waithe (“Master of None”) and Common. Waithe wrote, produced, and stars in the show, which takes place in (you guessed it) Chicago. Watch the trailer below.

Read More:‘Master of None’: Lena Waithe on How Her Revolutionary Episode Represents Lesbians on TV

Here’s the synopsis: “On Chicago’s south side, an average day finds kids prepping for school as their parents head off to work, young adults trying to make a living, and the elders keeping an eye on things from their front porches. But in this tough neighborhood, real dangers threaten daily to squelch dreams, and the simplest decisions can have life or death consequences.”

Read More:Aisha Hinds, Tequan Richmond, Alex Henderson, More Cast in Lena Waithe-Created Showtime Pilot

Waithe, Jacob Latimore, Yolonda Ross, Jason Mitchell, Sonja Sohn,
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Facebook’s Watch Nabs Kerry Washington-Produced Drama Series ‘Five Points’

Kerry Washington’s Simpson Street production company is teaming with Indigenous Media to launch a scripted drama on Facebook’s fledgling video platform, Watch.

Five Points, created and written by Adam Giaudrone (Being Mary Jane) and directed by Thomas Carter (Save The Last Dance), is about five students at a South Side, Chicago high school who experience a life-changing event from different point of view, with each perspective being necessary to help understand the truth. The series’ executive producers include Giaudrone, Carter, Jon Avnet (Black Swan), Rodrigo Garcia (In Treatment), Jake Avnet (60 Second Docs), Washington (Confirmation), and top Simpson Street exec Pilar Savone.

The ten-episode series begins production this week. Sage Scroope and Ben Fast will produce for Indigenous.

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Kerry Washington to Be Honored for Lgbtq Advocacy

Kerry Washington on “Jimmy Kimmel Live”

Kerry Washington is set to receive yet another well-deserved award. If you think the “Scandal” actress is badass as Olivia Pope, just wait until you hear what she gets up to when the cameras aren’t rolling. Washington has spoken out against domestic violence, fought to produce “Confirmation,” the HBO Anita Hill biopic she starred in, and made a speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, where she tackled topics such as reproductive rights and equal pay. Now Washington is being honored for mixing her politics with her work. She’ll receive the the Inspiration Award at the 2017 Glsen Respect Awards. “Glsen — the leading national education organization creating safe and inclusive schools for Lgbtq students — will recognize [Washington for her] dedication in making activism an integral part of her on-screen career,” People reports.

The gala will take place October 20 in Los Angeles.

Jessica Biel, Julia Roberts, and Kate Hudson are among those who have been honored by Glsen.

“Glsen shines a light on the importance of safe and supportive schools for Lgbtq students and it’s an honor that they invited me to be a recipient of their Inspiration Award,” Washington said in a statement. She added, “I’m also excited to help celebrate Glsen’s fearless student leaders who help make a difference in their schools and communities.”

It was recently announced that Washington will be honored with one of The National Women’s History Museum’s Women Making History awards, which celebrate the achievements of women who are pioneers in their fields. The “Django Unchained” actress has received a number of accolades in the past few years, including SAG-aftra’s Actors Inspiration Award and the Lucy Award from Women In Film. She’s also been nominated for Emmy and Golden Globe awards for her work in “Scandal” and “Confirmation.”

Kerry Washington to Be Honored for Lgbtq Advocacy was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Arrow, Goldbergs, Superstore, Roseanne, Originals — Plus, Blind Item Hint!

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Arrow, Goldbergs, Superstore, Roseanne, Originals — Plus, Blind Item Hint!
Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Send any/all of the above to askausiello@tvline.com

Question: If you’re not going to solve your blind item about the series that was so bad it was nearly pawned off on a streaming service, can you at least give us another hint? —Sarah

Ausiello: It’s a broadcast network show. And it’s currently airing.

Question: Any intel on potential ’80s homages on The Goldbergs this season? —Craig

Ausiello: You’re going to want to break out the chips, dips, chains and whips for Season
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Eva Longoria and Kerry Washington Team Up For “24–7” from Screenwriter Sarah Rothschild

Eva Longoria: Fox

The women who brought Gabrielle Solis and Olivia Pope to our screens are teaming up. “Desperate Housewives” alumna Eva Longoria and “Scandal” star Kerry Washington have signed on to star in and produce “24–7.” Deadline reports that Universal acquired the pitch from “Love, Unscripted” writer Sarah Rothschild. Longoria will produce via her UnbeliEVAble Entertainment banner and Washington through her Simpson Street banner.

The project is described as a workplace comedy. No other details have been released, including a director.

Longoria scored a Golden Globe nomination in 2006 for “Desperate Housewives.” Her recent credits include “Empire,” “Decline and Fall,” and “Telenovela.”

Washington has received Golden Globe and Emmy nods for “Scandal” and for starring in and producing the HBO TV movie “Confirmation.” The latter marked Simpson’s Street’s first project. She portrayed Anita Hill in the legal drama.

Eva Longoria and Kerry Washington Team Up For “24–7” from Screenwriter Sarah Rothschild was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Women Making Movies: ‘Band Aid’ Filmmaker Zoe Lister-Jones Explains How to Employ an All-Female Crew (And Why It Works)

Women Making Movies: ‘Band Aid’ Filmmaker Zoe Lister-Jones Explains How to Employ an All-Female Crew (And Why It Works)
Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present, and future.

Long-time actress, writer, and producer Zoe Lister-Jones had a big idea when she decided to move behind the camera to direct her first film: she wanted an all-female crew to assist her. On her directorial debut, “Band Aid,” Lister-Jones was joined on set by producer Natalia Anderson, director of photography Hilary Spera, and a team that included female art directors, camera operators, electricians, sound editors, and many more. It was a revolutionary idea that the filmmaker found essential to execute, if only to prove that such a move was indeed possible.

While the lack of female filmmakers working in the industry has become a firebrand topic over the past couple of years, diversity is also severely lacking in other areas of the crew. The Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San
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Frankie Shaw’s “Smilf” Gets Picked Up by Showtime

Smilf”: Mark Schafer/Showtime

Showtime has given a series order to Frankie Shaw’s “Smilf,” The Hollywood Reporter confirms. The former “Mr. Robot” actress is wearing many hats on the semi-autobiographical 10-episode comedy: she’s starring, writing, producing, and directing. The series is based on her short of the same name that won the Short Film Jury Award at Sundance in 2015.

Set in Boston, “Smilf” centers on a twenty-something single woman (Shaw) “whose desires for relationships, sex, and a career collide with the realities of young, single motherhood,” THR summarizes. Rosie O’Donnell plays Shaw’s character’s mother, her first-ever series regular role.

Shaw also previously wrote and directed “Too Legit,” which premiered at Sundance 2016. The short film is a satire about campus sexual assault and stars Zoë Kravitz (“Big Little Lies”). Shaw told us that she wants the film to encourage people to think about the female experience — “the incessant victim-blaming. How pervasive our rape culture really is. What it must feel like to have your character assassinated after being assaulted. The dehumanization of women by both women and men. That rape and the commodification of women is a systemic problem, and we need massive change — everything from the way women are depicted in video games to the lack of female characters on the shows my son watches. That this runs deep, that inequality and subtle sexism contribute to rape culture, that rape culture is real and it’s fucking sad.”

Shaw’s collaborators on “Smilf” include Janice Williams (“Confirmation”) and Michael London (“Sideways”).

“It’s thrilling to find an artist with a strong, singular voice that is new to television,” Gary Levine, president of programming at Showtime, commented. “Frankie literally does it all on ‘Smilf’: writer, producer, director, and star, and the results are funny, emotional, surprising, and unapologetic.”

The series will premiere on Showtime in the fall.

Frankie Shaw’s “Smilf” Gets Picked Up by Showtime was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Smilf, Co-Starring Rosie O'Donnell, Ordered to Series at Showtime

Smilf, Co-Starring Rosie O'Donnell, Ordered to Series at Showtime
Here’s one TV show President Donald Trump won’t be watching: Showtime has ordered to series the half-hour comedy Smilf, co-starring Rosie O’Donnell.

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Based on the Sundance Jury Award-winning short film of the same name, Smilf stars Frankie Shaw (Mr. Robot) as Bridgette, a twentysomething from the south side of Boston “whose desires for relationships, sex and a career collide with the realities of young, single motherhood,” per the network synopsis. O’Donnell will play Tutu, Bridgette’s mother, who is described as “completely oblivious to social convention.
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What’s Next for Kerry Washington After Scandal Ends?

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What’s Next for Kerry Washington After Scandal Ends?
Throughout the past five years, Olivia Pope has been a fixture in the lives of Scandal audiences every Thursday evening. But when the series reportedly wraps with its upcoming seventh and final season, where can diehard Gladiators expect to see star Kerry Washington land next?

On Wednesday, TVLine first reported that the ABC drama will come to an end with season 7 (it’s currently in its sixth season, but has already been renewed for a seventh).

Shortly before the news broke, People caught up with the Scandal star at the Bronx Children’s Museum Gala on the Tribeca Rooftop in New York City,
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Marvel’S Deadpool Adult Animated Series Coming to Fxx

If you can't get enough of the Merc with a Mouth on the big screen, then you'll be pleased to know that Fxx has ordered a 10-episode first season of a new, untitled Marvel's Deadpool animated series, with Donald Glover and Stephen Glover set as the showrunners, executive producers, and writers of the adult-geared show.

Press Release (via The Futon Critic): Los Angeles, May 10, 2017 - Fxx has placed a series order with Marvel Television and FX Productions for the untitled Marvel's Deadpool series, an animated adult action-comedy TV series adaptation of the hit Marvel character Deadpool, it was announced jointly today by Eric Schrier and Nick Grad, Presidents of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions, and Jeph Loeb, Head of Marvel Television.

Atlanta creator and Golden Globe(R) Award Winner Donald Glover and Stephen Glover will serve as Showrunners, Executive Producers and Writers of the series. Marvel's Jeph Loeb
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Dear Hollywood: 9 Top Women Cinematographers Who Are Ready to Direct

Dear Hollywood: 9 Top Women Cinematographers Who Are Ready to Direct
Here’s how studios say they see it: Sure, we really want to hire women directors. But there’s almost no studio movie that isn’t big budget, and we can’t find women who have the experience necessary to handle the really big movies. (Never mind Colin Trevorrow. Or Marc Webb. Or Gareth Edwards. Or Jon Watts.)

Of course, that logic is a vicious cycle at best, but here’s a chance to break it. Director Reed Morano’s dazzling execution of the first three episodes of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” suggests another excellent source for future women directors: top cinematographers.

Read More: 7 Female Genre Filmmakers You Should Get to Know Right Now

Women cinematographers work harder, longer, and have to be gifted and tough in order to keep landing jobs. As a cinematographer, make one mistake and you’re through. Any working cinematographer has more than
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