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TriStar TV’s Suzanne Patmore Gibbs Teases New Women-Centric Series, More “Good Girls Revolt”

Good Girls Revolt”: Jennifer Clasen/Amazon Studios

Much like the main characters in “Good Girls Revolt,” Suzanne Patmore Gibbs is a feminist force. In an interview with Deadline, the TriStar TV exec vp of original series discussed a number of female-driven projects in the works at the studio behind “Good Girls Revolt.” She also provided an update on the rumored second season of Dana Calvo’s ’60s-set women’s rights Amazon drama that was prematurely cancelled last year.

“We have heard a great Season 2 pitch and are taking it out this week and next week to several interested buyers, all of whom were incoming calls,” Patmore Gibbs revealed. “The showrunners have been in touch with the actresses, as well as our whole cast, and everybody’s very eager for a reunion.” She added, “It’s a lot different than the pitch that we walked into [Amazon Studios head Roy Price] with, because we’re unchained,
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Slamdance Film Festival Unveils Competition Lineup (Exclusive)

Slamdance Film Festival Unveils Competition Lineup (Exclusive)
The Slamdance Film Festival has unveiled its 24th annual narrative and documentary feature film competition lineup, Variety has learned.

The festival, launched in 1995 as an alternative to Sundance, has included showings of such notable titles as Oren Peli’s “Paranormal Activity.” The fest, which takes place at the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, Utah, from Jan. 19 to Jan. 25, will screen 18 movies including 10 world premieres, two North American premieres, and four U.S. premieres.

Notable titles include “Human Affairs” with Kerry Condon, who was recently in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri ” and the TV series “Better Call Saul,” and “Rock Steady Row,” starring Diamond White from “Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween.”

Slamdance alumni include Joe and Anthony Russo, Christopher Nolan, Marc Forster, Jared Hess, Lena Dunham, Benh Zeitlin, Seth Gordon, and Lynn Shelton. Significant titles that debuted at Slamdance include “Mad Hot Ballroom” and Gordon’s “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.” This year’s
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Ava DuVernay, Jordan Peele, and More Mock Donald Trump’s Time Magazine Tweet: ‘Nobody Cares’

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Ava DuVernay, Jordan Peele, and More Mock Donald Trump’s Time Magazine Tweet: ‘Nobody Cares’
As evidenced by the fact that Donald Trump says he’ll “Probably” be Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, Donald Trump almost certainly won’t be Time Magazine’s Person of the Year. (Also, the fact that chief content officer Alan Murray called it “total Bs.”) Like most communiqués from the tweeter-in-chief, this latest tantrum has inspired mockery from the likes of Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jordan Peele, and Ava DuVernay.

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.@nytimes just called to say I was Probably going to be named comedienne of the year but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway! @andy_murray

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) November 25, 2017

Time Magazine called to say that I was Definitely going to be named “Man (Person
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Independent Spirit Awards 2018 Nominations -- See the Full List!

Independent Spirit Awards 2018 Nominations -- See the Full List!
Call Me by Your Name, Get Out and Lady Bird all had great showings at the 2018 Independent Spirit Award nominations!

The nominees were announced on Tuesday morning, with the Armie Hammer-ledCall Me by Your Name leading the pack with six nominations, followed closely by Jordan Peele's critically acclaimed, genre-bending thriller Get Out with five, and Lady Bird, with four.

All three films are competing for Best Picture, along with The Florida Project and The Rider. The Independent Spirit Awards are sometimes seen as a tea leaf for how the Academy Awards will sway -- the Best Picture winner of this show has gone on to also earn the distinction at the Oscars for five out of the last six years.

Peele earned a nod in the Best Director category, and the film's lead, Daniel Kaluuya is up for Best Male Lead, along with James Franco, who is nominated for The Disaster Artist. In the Best Female
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Indie Spirit Award Nominations: “Lady Bird,” “The Rider,” and More

Lady Bird

The 2018 Independent Spirit Award nominations are in. Two of five Best Feature nominees are women-directed: Greta Gerwig’s universally adored “Lady Bird,” a coming-of-age story about a Sacramento-based teen, and Chloé Zhao’s “The Rider,” an award-winning portrait of a cowboy coping with the aftermath of a near-fatal rodeo accident.

Gerwig scored a Best Screenplay nod for “Lady Bird” — making her the only woman in this category — but her name was notably absent from the Best Director nominees. Zhao is the sole female filmmaker included in that category.

Atsuko Hirayanagi’s “Oh Lucy!” received a nod for Best First Feature. The comedy about a lonely office worker is the only woman-directed film up for that award.

Female filmmakers fared well in the Best Documentary category, where three of five films are helmed or co-helmed by women: Lana Wilson’s “The Departure,” Agnés Varda’s “Faces Places,” which she collaborated on with Jr,
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2018 Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Announced

Awards season is officially a go with one of the first high profile awards nominations being unveiled. The 2018 Independent Spirit Awards nominations have been revealed and Call Me by Your Name, Lady Bird, Get Out and Good Time lead the way.

While these awards are the first to be announced, they are one of the last to be dished out. The Independent Spirit Awards are traditionally dished out the day before the Oscars in Santa Monica, which this season will be on Saturday, March 3 2018.

Get Out

The nominations give us our very first indicator for what may be nominated for the Academy Awards, and last year they famously predicted Casey Affleck would bag Best Actor for Manchester By The Sea, and Moonlight would take Best Picture. Both bagged the Indies the previous day.

Here are this year’s Independent Spirit Awards nominations in full.

Best Feature

Call Me by Your Name
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2018 Independent Spirit Award Nominations: ‘Get Out’ and ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Dominate

2018 Independent Spirit Award Nominations: ‘Get Out’ and ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Dominate
The nominations for the 33rd Independent Spirit Awards are in, and “Get Out,” “Call Me by Your Name,” “Lady Bird,” “Good Time,” and more have dominated this year’s slate.

Read More: 2018 Oscar Predictions

Over the last several years, the Indie Spirits have become both a champion of underdog indies (see Molly Shannon winning Best Supporting Female last year for “Other People”) and a key indicator in which films and performances could end up with the Oscar (Casey Affleck and “Moonlight” for Best Picture last year). John Mulaney and Nick Kroll will return to host the 33rd Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, March 3.

The full nominations list is below.

Best Feature

Call Me by Your Name

The Florida Project

Get Out

Lady Bird

The Rider

Best Director

Jonas Carpignano, “A Ciambra

Luca Guadagnino, “Call Me by Your Name

Jordan Peele, “Get Out

Sean Baker, “The Florida Project

Benny and Josh Safdie,
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The 20 Best Film Directors Who Came to TV in the 21st Century

The 20 Best Film Directors Who Came to TV in the 21st Century
While in recent years we’ve seen plenty of crossover between the film and television worlds, there have been a number of film directors whose engagement with this quasi-new medium has been truly groundbreaking, as they’ve found TV to be a far more creatively satisfying place than film. Thus, while they still may actively work in film from time to time, their TV efforts have proved unforgettable.

For the record, because we limited this to the 21st century, directors Nicole Holocenfer, Mimi Leder, David Lynch, and Tommy Schlamme were ineligible. But their accomplishments cannot be undersold.

Susanne Bier

Oscar winner Susanne Bier made her American television debut with the stylish and sexy John le Carré miniseries “The Night Manager.” Unlike Tomas Alfredson’s barren aesthetic for the Carré film “Tinker Tailor Solider Spy,” Bier opted instead to bring a golden-hued sensuality to nearly every frame of her Carré vision.
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The 20 Best Film Directors Who Came to TV in the 21st Century

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The 20 Best Film Directors Who Came to TV in the 21st Century
While in recent years we’ve seen plenty of crossover between the film and television worlds, there have been a number of film directors whose engagement with this quasi-new medium has been truly groundbreaking, as they’ve found TV to be a far more creatively satisfying place than film. Thus, while they still may actively work in film from time to time, their TV efforts have proved unforgettable.

For the record, because we limited this to the 21st century, directors Nicole Holocenfer, Mimi Leder, David Lynch, and Tommy Schlamme were ineligible. But their accomplishments cannot be undersold.

Susanne Bier

Oscar winner Susanne Bier made her American television debut with the stylish and sexy John le Carré miniseries “The Night Manager.” Unlike Tomas Alfredson’s barren aesthetic for the Carré film “Tinker Tailor Solider Spy,” Bier opted instead to bring a golden-hued sensuality to nearly every frame of her Carré vision.
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Ava DuVernay Wants ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ to Be ‘a Lynn Shelton Movie, Just on a Larger Budget’

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Ava DuVernay Wants ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ to Be ‘a Lynn Shelton Movie, Just on a Larger Budget’
Ava DuVernay and Ryan Coogler first met as indie directors at Sundance in 2013, yet their conversation at Vulture Festival at the Hollywood Roosevelt November 19 wasn’t exactly a long-overdue reunion. “Yesterday you were in our suite, looking at fruit wraps?” DuVernay asked.

They are respectively editing “A Wrinkle in Time” and “Black Panther” on the Disney lot (“behind doors two steps away from each other,” according to DuVernay). The expected blockbusters — each budgeted in excess of $100 million — hit theaters three weeks apart in early 2018.

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At 31, Coogler is a year younger than DuVernay was when she first picked up a camera. Nevertheless, he is completely in awe of her “machine”-like ways. “[She] makes TV on the side,” gaped Coogler. “I don’t know how she does it. Literally, I’m in
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‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Official Trailer: Ava DuVernay’s Family Blockbuster Bends Time and Space

‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Official Trailer: Ava DuVernay’s Family Blockbuster Bends Time and Space
With “A Wrinkle in Time,” Ava DuVernay will become the first black woman to direct a live-action film with a budget of over $100 million. She’ll also hopefully deliver a family blockbuster for the ages. Anyone who has seen films like “Middle of Nowhere” and “Selma” know it’s more than likely.

Read More:Ava DuVernay Opens Up About ‘A Wrinkle in Time’: ‘I Love It, but I Don’t Know How It’s Going to Be Received’

A Wrinkle in Time” is based on the beloved novel by Madeleine L’Engle. Newcomer Storm Reid stars as Meg Murry, who sets out on an adventure through time and space to locate her missing father. Chris Pine, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling co-star.

Disney will release “A Wrinkle in Time” in theaters and IMAX March 9. Watch the official trailer below.

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Liz Hannah and Amy Pascal Developing Female Astronaut Miniseries for Amazon

Mercury Astronaut Program pilot Jerrie Cobb: Nasa/WikiMedia Commons

Liz Hannah and Amy Pascal are teaming up again. The respective co-writer and producer of “The Post” are adapting Martha Ackmann’s non-fiction book “The Mercury 13: The Untold Story of Thirteen American Women and the Dream of Space Flight” as a miniseries, Deadline reports. Amazon has already put the project into development.

Entitled “Mercury 13,” the miniseries will be set in 1961, “just as Nasa launched its first man into space.” It will center on “a group of women [who] underwent secret testing in the hope of becoming America’s first female astronauts,” the source details. “They passed the same battery of tests at the legendary Lovelace Foundation as did the Mercury 7 astronauts, but they summarily were dismissed by the boys club at Nasa and on Capitol Hill. The Ussr sent its first woman into space in 1963; the United States did not follow suit for another 20 years.
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Elizabeth Cantillon Developing Series Based on Souad Mekhennet’s “I Was Told to Come Alone”

Mekhennet: iwastoldtocomealone.com

Producer Elizabeth Cantillon is working on another series. Just a few weeks after news broke about her collaboration with Lynn Shelton, Liz Tigelaar, and Amy Pascal on Hulu’s “La Woman,” Deadline reports that Cantillon is developing a show based on Souad Mekhennet’s bestselling memoir “I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad.” Published in June, the book traces Mekhennet’s experiences as a German-born Muslim journalist reporting on jihadists throughout the Middle East and Europe.

The potential drama series would center on the character Mekhennet “as she pursues Jihadi leaders around the globe, putting her own life on the line to expose the complicated truths behind the War on Terror,” the source details. “While she explores the devastating effects of terrorism, she also finds humor and levity in the most harrowing of moments.”

Cantillon is producing with Brillstein Entertainment PartnersMissy Malkin and Jon Liebman. Laura Quicksilver is overseeing the project for The Cantillon Company.

“The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” the Claire Foy-starrer based on David Lagercrantz’s Lisbeth Salander novel, and Michelle MacLaren’s WWII-era drama “The Nightingale” are among Cantillon’s upcoming projects. Her previous credits include “The Banger Sisters” and “Concussion.”

Mekhennet currently works as a national security correspondent for The Washington Post. The Chicago Journalists Association will honor Mekhennet’s contributions to journalism with the 2017 Daniel Pearl Award at its annual dinner on Friday.

Elizabeth Cantillon Developing Series Based on Souad Mekhennet’s “I Was Told to Come Alone” 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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7 Essential Debut Films Directed By Female Filmmakers, From ‘Ratcatcher’ to ‘The Virgin Suicides’

7 Essential Debut Films Directed By Female Filmmakers, From ‘Ratcatcher’ to ‘The Virgin Suicides’
When Greta Gerwig’s already-lauded “Lady Bird” hits limited release later this week, the actress-writer-director will join a long line of other female filmmakers who used their directorial debut (this one is Gerwig’s solo directorial debut, just for clarity’s sake) to not only launch their careers, but make a huge mark while doing it. Gerwig’s Saoirse Ronan-starring coming-of-age tale is an instant classic, and one that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone who has enjoyed Gerwig’s charming work as a screenwriter in recent years, bolstered by her ear for dialogue and her love of complicated and complex leading ladies.

While Hollywood still lags when it comes to offering up opportunities to its most talented female filmmakers, many of them have overcome the dismal stats to deliver compelling, interesting, and unique first features. In short, they’re good filmmakers who made good movies,
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Lynn Shelton, Liz Tigelaar, Amy Pascal, & Elizabeth Cantillon Team Up for Hulu Comedy

Shelton: Shelton’s Instagram account

Quite the dream team has assembled for a new Hulu project. According to Deadline, director Lynn Shelton (“Your Sister’s Sister”), “Casual” Ep/showrunner Liz Tigelaar, and producers Amy Pascal (“Molly’s Game”) and Elizabeth Cantillon (“The Nightingale”) are collaborating on the single-cam comedy series “La Woman.” The show is inspired by Eve Babitz’s memoirs, which Pascal and Cantillon optioned in 2015.

With the books “Eve’s Hollywood,” “Slow Days, Fast Company,” “Sex and Rage,” and “La Woman” as its source material, Hulu’s “La Woman” will present Babitz’s story as a coming-of-age comedy. Babitz was “the reigning ‘it’ girl of Los Angeles in the late 1960s and early 70s” and “went on to become an author known for her loosely fictional, witty, memoir-style writing about her life as a writer, artist, party girl, and muse” in the ‘70s and ’80s, the source explains.

Created and written by Tigelaar, “La Woman” will be directed by Shelton. Both will exec produce alongside Pascal and Cantillon.

The third season of Tigelaar’s “Casual” ended in August. A fourth season has yet to be confirmed. Shelton has directed several episodes of the Hulu dramedy. Tigelaar is also working on another project for Hulu: “The Way I Am,” a semi-autobiographical series about singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson. Tigelaar and Michaelson created the show together.

Shelton’s recent directing credits include episodes of afterlife comedy “The Good Place,” dark rom-com “Love,” and women’s wrestling comedy “Glow,” as well as the Marc Maron comedy special “Too Real.” Her latest feature, “Outside In,” recently debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival and secured distribution from The Orchard. It centers on the relationship between an ex-con (Jay Duplass) and his former teacher (Edie Falco).

Next on Pascal and Cantillon’s docket is “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” starring “The Crown’s” Claire Foy. The film is based on David Lagercrantz’s Lisbeth Salander novel. Lisbeth, created and made famous by Stieg Larsson, is a hacker and rape survivor who teams up with journalist Mikael Blomqvist to solve crimes. Currently in pre-production, “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” is scheduled to open October 19, 2018.

Lynn Shelton, Liz Tigelaar, Amy Pascal, & Elizabeth Cantillon Team Up for Hulu Comedy 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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Hulu Developing ‘La Woman’ Comedy Based On Eve Babitz Memoirs From Liz Tigelaar, Amy Pascal & Elizabeth Cantillon

Hulu has landed for development La Woman, a single-camera comedy from Casual executive producer/showrunner Liz Tigelaar, director Lynn Shelton, and producers Amy Pascal and Elizabeth Cantillon. Sony TV’s TriStar Television is the studio. Created, written and executive produced by Tigelaar, La Woman is a coming-of-age comedy inspired by the memoirs of Eve Babitz, the reigning "it" girl of Los Angeles in the late 1960s and early 70s. Half West Coast wild child, half boho…
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Tiff Review: ‘Outside In’ is an Ex-Con Character Study Brought Down by Clichés

Lynn Shelton’s latest film, Outside In, offers what you might expect from a screenplay co-written by mumblecore vet Jay Duplass and the director herself. The drama follows Duplass’ Chris, who has just been released from prison after 20 years for a crime he did not commit. The struggle for an ex-con to adjust to society has been depicted countless times before, so it is no surprise to see Shelton and Duplass showing us Chris’ ineptness at adjusting with life itself. The simplest of tasks are unagreeable to him and he’s even confused by the existence of smartphones and the texting that ensues.

The reason why Chris was freed from jail is his former high school teacher Carol (the indelible Edie Falco) who made it her life’s work to have him released. The constant efforts to free Chris have, however, hampered her marriage to Tom (Charles Leggett). Carol insists
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‘The Children Act’ Review: Emma Thompson Is Absolutely Brilliant in an Uneven Ian McEwan Adaptation

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‘The Children Act’ Review: Emma Thompson Is Absolutely Brilliant in an Uneven Ian McEwan Adaptation
Richard Eyre’s “The Children Act,” which “Atonement” writer Ian McEwan has adapted to from his own novel of the same name, begins with Jude Fiona Maye (an extraordinary Emma Thompson) imposingly perched behind the bench of her London courtroom and adjudicating an urgent case about conjoined twins. If the babies are left attached, both of them will die. If the decision is made to split them apart, then one will live. Each course of action, it could be argued, is its own kind of murder. That’s certainly how Fiona feels about it; cloaked in immense power but still empathetic to a fault, the judge — who ultimately rules in accordance with the 1989 Act of Parliament from which this film gets its title — can’t shake the idea that saving one life would mean ending another. For her, it is “A case of law, not of morals.”

When Fiona returns
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‘Manhunt’ Trailer: John Woo Returns With His Latest Action Thriller — Watch

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‘Manhunt’ Trailer: John Woo Returns With His Latest Action Thriller — Watch
After working on historical epics for more than a decade, John Woo has returned to the present day with “Manhunt.” The “Hard Boiled,” “Face/Off” and “The Killer” director’s latest just screened in Toronto, where the conspiracy thriller earned favorable reviews. Watch the trailer below.

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Here’s the synopsis, courtesy of Tiff: “Du Qiu (Zhang Hanyu) is a successful international lawyer from China who has long been working for Tenjin, a powerful Japanese pharmaceutical company. On the very night he announces his break with the company — at its lavish 65th-anniversary party — he is assaulted in his home, knocked unconscious, and wakes the next morning with a knife in his hand and a murdered employee of Tenjin in his bed. Pursued by authorities, including a police captain who begins to suspect his innocence (Masaharu Fukuyama), Du
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Tiff 2017 Awards: ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ Wins the Coveted People’s Choice Award

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Tiff 2017 Awards: ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ Wins the Coveted People’s Choice Award
This year’s edition of the Toronto International Film Festival has come to a close, and the winner of the Grolsch People’s Choice Award has been named: Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside, Ebbing Missouri.” Hundreds of movies once again screened at Tiff over the last 10 days, but only one could take home the coveted prize, which is often seen as an Oscar bellwether — previous winners include “La La Land,” “12 Years a Slave,” and “The King’s Speech.”

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Craig Gillespie’s “I, Tonya” was the runner-up, Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me by Your Name” the second runner-up.” Agnès Varda and Jr’s “Faces Places” won the People’s Choice Documentary Award, with runner-up going to Morgan Spurlock’s “Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!” Joseph Kahn’s rap-battle drama took the People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award,
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