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Steph Curry And Storm Reid Team For Female Athlete Short Film Series ‘Bamazing’

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Steph Curry And Storm Reid Team For Female Athlete Short Film Series ‘Bamazing’
Exclusive: NBA star and Unanimous Media co-founder Steph Curry and Euphoria actress Storm Reid have teamed up for Bamazing, a new series of short films celebrating women in sports created by female filmmakers.

Curry and Reid kicked off the series by hosting a pitch session with rising female creatives. Emerging filmmakers Jennia Fredrique, Alessia Glidewell and Jeannie Donohoe, who were selected from Sony Pictures Television Diverse Directors Program, shared their ideas and creative treatments for each of their short films. Curry and Reid shared highlights from the workshop in a video posted today on their Youtube channels.

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The first film, The Player, directed by Fredrique, is set to debut tomorrow on YouTube and
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Marvel Fans Begging Disney To Release The New Mutants On Disney+

Marvel Fans Begging Disney To Release The New Mutants On Disney+
Cast your mind back to March 2018, when the McU’s Black Panther was still riding high at the box office, Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time had just landed with a thud, and theaters were littered with mediocre effects-driven movies like Tomb Raider, Pacific Rim: Uprising and Ready Player One. With just a few weeks to go until release, Fox’s The New Mutants was abruptly delayed by ten months, leaving fans upset that they’d have to wait almost an entire year to see the X-Men spinoff.

Fast forward to April 2020, when the McU’s Captain Marvel 2 was given an official release date as the entirety of Phase Four was rescheduled, the box office has been reduced to zero, and theaters around the world remain closed, leaving mediocre films like Bloodshot and Sonic the Hedgehog to become available early for digital download. With just a few weeks to go until release,
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‘Artemis Fowl’ Heads To Disney+: Another In-Home Testing Of Big Pics Post Dwa’s ‘Trolls World Tour’

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‘Artemis Fowl’ Heads To Disney+: Another In-Home Testing Of Big Pics Post Dwa’s ‘Trolls World Tour’
With movie theaters closed to hopefully no later than early June, the major studios have a permission slip to test out big pic releases in the home. Now, they’re not so insane that they’ll burn down the house to keep warm. Major movies like Disney’s Mulan and Black Widow which have the potential to do $1 billion at the global box office, thus triggering off a downstream of ancillary riches, aren’t the types of movies you’d debut in the home.

However, in the roll-of-the-die, Dreamworks Animation/Universal’s Trolls World Tour and now Disney’s former post Memorial Day weekend release Artemis Fowl are worthy experiments given how studios’ hands are currently tied in the current frozen theatrical marketplace. Disney will announce the release date for Artemis Fowl sometime in the near future for its streaming service.

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My Working From Home Life: Kirsten Schaffer, Women in Film, Los Angeles

My Working From Home Life: Kirsten Schaffer, Women in Film, Los Angeles
“What is different is that my kids are more visible to my colleagues.”

Kirsten Schaffer has been executive director of Women in Film, Los Angeles for five years.

She joined the group organisation after 14 years at Outfest, where she was executive director after years as deputy director and head of programming.

Women In Film, Los Angeles advocates for and advances the careers of women working in the screen industries to achieve parity and transform culture. The body provides mentorship and among other initiatives runs production training, writing labs, and offers finishing funds, speaker and screening series.

The organisation has 14 employees
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My Working From Home Life: Kirsten Shaffer, Women in Film, Los Angeles

My Working From Home Life: Kirsten Shaffer, Women in Film, Los Angeles
“What is different is that my kids are more visible to my colleagues.”

Kirsten Shaffer has been executive director of Women in Film, Los Angeles for five years.

She joined the group organisation after 14 years at Outfest, where she was executive director after years as deputy director and head of programming.

Women In Film, Los Angeles advocates for and advances the careers of women working in the screen industries to achieve parity and transform culture. The body provides mentorship and among other initiatives runs production training, writing labs, and offers finishing funds, speaker and screening series.

The organisation has 14 employees
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‘Frozen 2’ Gets An Earlier-Than-Expected Release On Disney+ To Keep The Kids Amused

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‘Frozen 2’ Gets An Earlier-Than-Expected Release On Disney+ To Keep The Kids Amused
School districts across the world are closing because of the coronavirus, and kids will largely be confined to home to prevent exposure. So what’s a parent to do?

Riding to the rescue is the Walt Disney Company, which will make Frozen 2 available in the Us and internationally on its Disney+ subscription streaming service three months ahead of schedule. The film will bow in the Us beginning Sunday, March 15. Internationally, Frozen 2 will be available on Disney+ in Canada, the Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand on Tuesday, March 17.

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In the Us,
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Ava DuVernay developing Wings of Fire animated series

Ava DuVernay developing Wings of Fire animated series
Ava DuVernay’s (A Wrinkle in Time) foray into television keeps on growing as the filmmaker is set to develop an animated adaptation of the fantasy book series Wings of Fire for Warner Bros. Animation. The series is an adaptation of the novels by Tui T. Sutherland, who will be an executive producer on the series alongside […]

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Concept Artist Phillip Boutte Jr. on Hollywood’s Growing Diversity and Technology

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Concept Artist Phillip Boutte Jr. on Hollywood’s Growing Diversity and Technology
Phillip Boutte Jr., assistant costume designer for Mattel and Netflix’s upcoming “Masters of the Universe,” has worked tirelessly for well over a decade to establish himself as a concept artist whom costume designers and studios are eager to work with.

With credits such as “Black Panther,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Captain Marvel,” to name just three, Boutte has become one of the few people of color in a field in which directors and star talent can step in and make a difference by championing inclusion.

Director-producer Ava DuVernay routinely strives to make sure her projects feature diversity both in front of and behind the camera. One example: “A Wrinkle in Time,” for which Boutte was the costume concept artist. “She said, ‘There are people out there who can do this job. You may not know them, they may not be the usual people you hire, but they are there and
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Ava DuVernay Teams With Warner Bros. Animation to Develop ‘Wings of Fire’ TV Series

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Ava DuVernay Teams With Warner Bros. Animation to Develop ‘Wings of Fire’ TV Series
In a competitive situation, Warner Bros. Animation (Wba) is now set to develop an animated series based on the “Wings of Fire” books along with Ava DuVernay.

DuVernay will executive produce the potential show through her Array Filmworks production company along with author Tui T. Sutherland, Dan Milano Christa Starr, and Wba’s Sam Register.

“Wings of Fire” is described as an epic adventure series set in a world entirely ruled by dragons. Across two continents and 10 tribes, the series explores wars, friendships, and quests that span generations of dragon characters. There are currently 15 novels, three graphic novels, and four short stories in the “Wings of Fire” collection. The books have sold more than nine million copies worldwide and been translated into 16 languages.

This marks the latest television project for DuVernay. She is currently under an overall deal with Warner Bros. Television Group. At Wbtvg, she created and executive produces the Own shows “Queen Sugar,
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Netflix, Un Women Launch ‘Because She Watched’ Collection

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Netflix, Un Women Launch ‘Because She Watched’ Collection
Netflix and Un Women have launched the “Because She Watched” collection of series, documentaries, and films created for the upcoming International Women’s Day.

The collection, which will be available all year, is curated by female creators from behind and in front of the camera, including Sophia Loren, Salma Hayek, Yalitza Aparicio, Millie Bobby Brown, Laurie Nunn, Lana Condor, Petra Costa and Ava DuVernay. It includes “Orange Is the New Black,” “Marriage Story,” “Bird Box,” “Silence of the Lambs,” “House of Cards,” “Queer Eye,” “The Crown,” “Gravity,” “Roma” and “Paris Is Burning.”

“This collaboration is about taking on the challenge of telling women’s stories and showing women in all their diversity. It’s about making visible the invisible, and proving that only by fully representing and including women on screen, behind-the-camera and in our narratives overall, society will truly flourish,” said Anita Bhatia, Un Women Deputy Executive Director.

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What’s Coming to Disney Plus in March 2020

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What’s Coming to Disney Plus in March 2020
Disney Plus will continue to expand its library next month, adding older films as well as new television shows, releasing as both weekly episodes and entire seasons.

After streaming on Netflix for over a year, Marvel’s “Black Panther” is making its way to Disney Plus, leaving just “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Ant-Man and the Wasp” as Disney’s remaining Marvel Cinematic Universe entries that have yet to become available on the platform.

Meanwhile, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” continues its final season on the streamer. The animated spinoff originally aired on Cartoon Network before Disney’s acquisition of the property. Six years after its last season, the show is concluding with a 12-episode run that began on Feb. 21.

See below for the complete list of titles.

March 1

Dr. Dolittle 2

Ice Age

March 4

Black Panther

March 5

Bedtime Stories

March 6

The Finest Hours

Three on the Run

Diary of a Future President
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In Honor of Black History Month, a Look at Black Directors Who Made History

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In Honor of Black History Month, a Look at Black Directors Who Made History
In 2019, the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative reported that 2018 was a historic year for black filmmakers, noting a “record high when it came to hiring black directors.” The report reflected a significant change, showing the push for diversity both behind and in front of the camera. Though the numbers are increasing, the report also proved that Hollywood still has a long way to go. But as Black History Month 2020 comes to a close, Variety highlights the black filmmakers who have left an indelible mark on the industry and those with films to come through the rest of the year.

The first African American filmmaker to produce a feature film was pioneer Oscar Micheaux, who wrote, produced and directed the silent movie “The Homesteader in 1919. In 1931, he went on to make “The Exile,” which was his first feature with sound. Micheaux didn’t just work in films, he also wrote novels, and
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Ava DuVernay, Victoria Mahoney Team on Amazon Sci-Fi Series ‘Dawn’

Ava DuVernay, Victoria Mahoney Team on Amazon Sci-Fi Series ‘Dawn’
Ava DuVernay is a talented filmmaker whose subjects of focus alternate between incisive portrayals of real-life events (Selma) and big-dreaming, hard-hitting flights of high-concept fantasy (A Wrinkle in Time). Now, a new sci-fi series at Amazon promises to blend the two impulses together -- and DuVernay is bringing along rising talent Victoria Mahoney for the ride. Per Variety, the two are developing Dawn, an adaptation of the influential sci-fi novel, for the streamer. The original novel, written in 1987 by Octavia E. Butler, is part of a three-novel series that continues with Adulthood Rites …
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Amazon Partners With Macro & Ava DuVernay For Victoria Mahoney’s Adaptation Of Sci-Fi Novel ‘Dawn’

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Amazon Partners With Macro & Ava DuVernay For Victoria Mahoney’s Adaptation Of Sci-Fi Novel ‘Dawn’
Amazon Studios has hopped on board with Macro Television Studios to partner with Ava DuVernay’s Array Filmworks to develop a TV adaptation of Octavia E. Butler’s 1987 sci-fi novel Dawn. Victoria Mahoney has been set as creator and will adapt and direct the pilot.

The project has been marinating for a while as Deadline exclusively reported that Macro, Array and Mahoney were developing the project in 2017. With Amazon on board, it seems that the project is gaining traction with development. The book, which was optioned by Macro, won a Hugo Award and tells the story of a black woman who works with aliens to resurrect the human race 250 years after a nuclear war.

The sci-fi genre is a good fit for Mahoney as she made history as the first woman (and woman of color for that matter) to direct a Star Wars film.
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‘The Invisible Man’ Film Review: Elisabeth Moss Delivers Bravura Performance in Taut, Tight Remake

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‘The Invisible Man’ Film Review: Elisabeth Moss Delivers Bravura Performance in Taut, Tight Remake
The old Universal Horror movies didn’t get much better than James Whale’s “The Invisible Man,” a cackling madman of a film, which followed the horrible misadventures of a scientist who turned himself invisible and wreaked havoc on the world, mostly because he could.

It’s wicked, it’s fun, and in many respects it’s the polar opposite of Leigh Whannell’s absolutely terrifying new reboot, a movie that cares a hell of a lot more about the title villain’s victims than it does about the old invisible bastard.

Whannell’s fiendish reinterpretation of H.G. Wells’ original story casts Elizabeth Moss as Cecilia Kass, a woman who flees her rich, abusive boyfriend at the beginning of the film, and suffers from paranoia and agoraphobia as she struggles to reclaim her life. The only way Cecilia believes Adrian Griffin will ever let her go is if he’s dead,
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Here’s Everything Coming To Disney Plus Next Month

Here’s Everything Coming To Disney Plus Next Month
Yesterday I wrote up on the names of films and TV shows that would be leaving Netflix over the month of March. Now, the circle of life streaming services dictates that today I bring you the names of films and TV shows that will be joining the new kid on the block, Disney Plus. Some of these titles will be familiar to those who read the previous piece, too, and they at least start out easily recognizable.

March 1 – Doctor Doolittle 2, Ice Age (everybody knows what they are). March 4 – Black Panther (ex-Netters). March 5 – Bedtime Stories (getting obscurer). March 6 – The Finest Hours, Three on the Run (completely lost now).

This is where things get messy, as we’ve got a whole bunch of TV stuff that I doubt anyone is subscribing to Disney Plus for, except… maybe Star Wars: The Clone Wars? Some people are into that, for some reason. Anyway, if
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Tons Of Great Movies Are Leaving Netflix Next Month

Tons Of Great Movies Are Leaving Netflix Next Month
And now, we come to that time of the month when we salute those Netflix titles that will soon be departing the service, moving on to other distributive solutions in that great streaming place in the sky. Or in other words, here are the movies/TV shows leaving Netflix in the month of March. I’ll even be providing some commentary as we go through them (wanted or not).

Leaving March 3rd, we have Black Panther and The Men Who Stare at Goats. I know what the former is, but what on earth is the latter? Actually, I don’t want to know.

Leaving March 4th, meanwhile is F the Prom. You know what to press to pay your respects. These are writing themselves.

Leaving March 7th is a whole raft of obscurities: Blue Jasmine, The Jane Austen Book Club and The Waterboy. Those are then followed by Eat Pray Love on March 9th.
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‘Loki’: Gugu Mbatha-Raw Joins Marvel Series On Disney+

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‘Loki’: Gugu Mbatha-Raw Joins Marvel Series On Disney+
Exclusive: Coming off Apple’s The Morning Show, Gugu Mbatha-Raw is heading to another streaming drama. The British actress has been cast in Loki, the Disney+ series starring Tom Hiddleston as the trickster demi-god and brother to Thor, I have learned.

As is the case with every Marvel project, details about Mbatha-Raw’s role are kept under wraps but I hear it is a prominent character, possibly a female lead. In addition to Hiddleston, the only actor who has been confirmed by Marvel/Disney, Mbatha-Raw joins in the series fellow cast members Owen Wilson and Sophia Di Martino. Marvel had no comment.

In the new Marvel Studios series, Hiddleston returns as the mercurial Loki, the Asgardian god of mischief and everyone’s favorite Marvel villain, in stories that take place after the events of Avengers: Endgame, with a likely tie-in to the May 2021 supernatural sequel Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness.
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Heading Into the Oscars, Best-Picture Frontrunners ‘1917’ and ‘Parasite’ Ride Box Office Surge

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Heading Into the Oscars, Best-Picture Frontrunners ‘1917’ and ‘Parasite’ Ride Box Office Surge
In its fourth weekend of wide domestic play, Universal booked “1917” in 3,987 theaters, more screens than any other award-season Best Picture contender. Both last year’s “Black Panther” and this year’s “Joker” had a wider breaks on over 4000 screens, but long before their Oscar nominations. And many awards-contenders sustain runs through Oscar voting and beyond, but not at this level.

1917” has grossed $120 million domestic so far, which is boosting its perception as the Best Picture frontrunner. But history also suggests that a surefire Best Picture win is never a done deal.

For one thing, Neon’s “Parasite,” the main threat to “1917,” is also riding an impressive box office wave (at a lower total). Meantime, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (Sony) –which has grossed only a little less than both combined, and boasts reviews nearly equal to “Parasite” and substantially better than “1917”–could win fewer awards.
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Reese Witherspoon Wishes Oprah Winfrey a Happy 66th Birthday: 'Your Wisdom' Is 'Truly Invaluable'

Reese Witherspoon Wishes Oprah Winfrey a Happy 66th Birthday: 'Your Wisdom' Is 'Truly Invaluable'
Reese Witherspoon shared a sweet birthday shout-out to friend Oprah Winfrey this week.

On Wednesday, as Winfrey turned 66, Witherspoon paid tribute to her A Wrinkle in Time costar by sharing a photo of the two smiling together on Twitter, writing with it a heartfelt message to the entertainment icon.

“Happy birthday @Oprah!!
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