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“Masters of Sex” Creator Michelle Ashford Signs Overall Deal With FX

8 hours ago

Ashford: Los Angeles Times/YouTube

Michelle Ashford is making it official with FX Productions. The “Masters of Sex” creator has inked an overall deal with the company, Variety confirms.

While Ashford earned an Emmy nod for co-writing HBO miniseries “The Pacific,” she’s best known for her work on “Masters of Sex.” Set in the 1950s and ‘60s, the award-winning Showtimes series followed pioneering sex researchers William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan). The drama ran from 2013–16.

Ashford’s other writing credits include “Lewis and Clark,” “John Adams,” and the upcoming feature “Operation Mincemeat,” a spy story set in WWII.

“We admire Michelle’s ability to create great TV across so many different genres and know she will be a tremendous addition to the FX Networks creative team,” said Nick Grad, co-president of original programming for FX Networks and FX Productions. “Her storytelling skills have made her one »

- Laura Berger

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Julie Delpy Honored at European Film Awards, Calls Out Sexism in Funding Female Directors

9 hours ago

Delpy in “Lolo

Most award winners use all of their time at the podium to breathlessly thank agents and deliver words of inspiration. Not so for Julie Delpy. In a bold and amazing move, the multihyphenate made an important announcement about her next project — and asked for help. Delpy was accepting the European Achievement in World Cinema prize at the European Film Awards (Efa) “when she called on members of the European Film Academy to pony up for her new film, ‘My Zoe,’” The Hollywood Reporter writes. She addressed “the problems completing financing for her new project, planned as her sixth feature as a director.”

As Delpy explained to THR, a key financier of the family drama dropped the project shortly before the film was scheduled to go to prep. She told the award show’s attendees that in order for “My Zoe” to begin shooting as planned early next year, »

- Laura Berger

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Tanya Saracho Series “Brujas” Being Developed by Big Beach

10 hours ago

Saracho: American Latino/YouTube

Playwright and TV scribe Tanya Saracho has a new project in the works. She’s tapped to serve as showrunner on “Brujas,” a series being developed by indie producer and financer Big Beach. Deadline reports that the series centers on four Chicago-based Afro-Caribbean/Latinx women and explores “the relationships and community born out of the growing identification with the Bruja movement.”

According to the source, “Brujas” will “use the brujería counter-culture as a foundation. The brujería culture is a means for Latinx feminists to reconnect with their heritage through music, style, nightlife, and art. It’s a powerful return to indigenous practices and a reclamation of feminine strength.”

Saracho will pen the series and serve as an exec producer.

“Obviously I’m obsessed with women and Latina women,” Saracho has said of the themes in her writing. “I think I’m on my seventh or eighth all-Latina play. »

- Laura Berger

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Golden Globe Nominations Are In, and Once Again Women Directors Are Shut Out

11 hours ago

Lady Bird capturing our feelings well (“Lady Bird”)

Lady Bird” is officially the best-reviewed film ever on Rotten Tomatoes. The coming-of-age dramedy has been scoring award after award, giving many hope that writer-director Greta Gerwig would be a shoo-in come Golden Globe and Oscar time. Well, Golden Globe nominations are in, and Gerwig scored a nod for Best Screenplay and “Lady Bird” is up for Best Picture — Comedy or Musical, but once again the Best Director category is composed entirely of men. No Gerwig. No Dee Rees for “Mudbound.” No Patty Jenkins for “Wonder Woman.”

Fortunately, female filmmakers fared better in the Best Animated Film category, which is noteworthy because women are especially underrepresented in that field. Two of five films in the running are women-directed or co-directed: Nora Twomey’s “The Breadwinner,” the story of a girl who cuts her hair and disguises herself as a boy so she »

- Women and Hollywood

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“Jessica Jones” Season 2 Gets a Premiere Date and Teaser

12 hours ago

Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones is back and as deadpan as ever. “If you say with great power comes great responsibility I swear I’ll throw up on you,” says our favorite antihero in a date announcement for Season 2 of “Jessica Jones.” New episodes of the Krysten Ritter-starrer will hit Netflix March 8.

Created by Melissa Rosenberg (“Dexter”), the series centers on Jessica, a former superhero turned hard-drinking detective who’s dealing with Ptsd. The first season of the show saw Jessica confronting Kilgrave (David Tennant, “Doctor Who”), a man capable of controlling minds — including Jessica’s.

While the clip doesn’t reveal much about “Jessica Jones’” sophomore season, a synopsis from Netflix does. Jessica is “beginning to put her life back together after murdering her tormenter, Kilgrave. Now known throughout the city as a super-powered killer, a new case makes her reluctantly confront who she really is while digging deeper »

- Laura Berger

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Second Season of “Big Little Lies” Confirmed, Andrea Arnold to Direct

13 hours ago

Big Little Lies”: HBO

We haven’t seen the last of Madeline, Celeste, and the rest of Monterey just yet. It’s official: “Big Little Lies” is no longer a limited series — the HBO show is coming back for a second season. Stars and executive producers Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman are signed on, and according to Vulture, “most of the cast is expected to return and contract negotiations are underway.” So we’ll likely be seeing more of Jane (Shailene Woodley), Renata (Laura Dern), and Bonnie (Zoë Kravitz) as well.

Big Little Lies” received a lot of positive attention for putting female characters front and center, but every episode of the murder mystery’s first season was written by David E. Kelley and directed by Jean-Marc Vallée — two men. This time around, a woman has been hired to take the helm. Andrea Arnold (“American Honey,” “Transparent”) is signed »

- Laura Berger

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