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Women In Film Finishing Fund Submissions Open

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Women In Film is accepting applications for the organization’s 2019’s Film Finishing grants, which for the 34th year will award grants in cash and in-kind gifts for films by female directors. The submission period runs through July 14. Recipients will be revealed in November.

Last year, nine grantees were chosen by an industry jury. The winners emerged from a crop of 390 feature-length narrative films, documentaries and shorts, submitted from 22 countries.

This year, Wif said 10-15 grants will be awarded. It also plans to debut a public showcase of fund recipients’ completed films in September.

Previous Wif grantees have gone on to win Oscars, Emmys and festival awards. In 2018 three recipients — Amy Adrion’s documentary Half the Picture, Christina Choe’s Nancy and Stephanie Soechtig’s The Devil We Know — bowed at Sundance. Another docu, Tina Brown and Dyana Winkler’s United Skates, won the audience award at Tribeca. Another, Cynthia Wade’s Freeheld,
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Minecraft Movie Finally Finds Replacement Director for Rob McElhenney

Minecraft Movie Finally Finds Replacement Director for Rob McElhenney
The Minecraft movie has new life as Peter Sollett has signed on to direct the video game adaptation for Warner Bros. This particular project has been gestating for some time, as the studio first gained the rights to the wildly popular video game in 2014. Since then, it's proved to be a tricky egg to crack, but now they have a new creative mind on the case that may be able to finally get this movie moving in the right direction.

According to a new report, Peter Sollett, who, on the movie front, most recently directed 2015's Freeheld, had been brought on to both write and direct Minecraft. The writing is particularly important, as it sounds as though he may be starting from scratch. At the very least, Sollett is going to be doing a fairly significant rewrite, which means we're not likely to see the movie start filming any time terribly soon.
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Warner Bros Taps Peter Sollett to Direct ‘Minecraft’ Movie

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Warner Bros Taps Peter Sollett to Direct ‘Minecraft’ Movie
Peter Sollett, the director of 2008’s “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist,” has been tapped to write and direct Warner Bros.’ long-awaited film adaptation of “Minecraft.”

Based on the wildly popular global video game, the story follows a teenage girl and her unlikely group of adventurers who, after the malevolent Ender Dragon sets out on a path of destruction, must save their beautiful, blocky Overworld.

The film will be produced by Vertigo’s Roy Lee and Jon Berg. Jill Messick, who died last February, is also still credited as a producer. Video game developer Mojang is also on board as a producer. And Jon Spaihts will serve as executive producer.

Also Read: 'Minecraft' Movie Delayed: Rob McElhenney Out as Director, Nee Brothers Tapped to Write (Exclusive)

Warner Bros. landed the coveted film rights to the game back in 2014 and the studio has worked hard to launch the potential franchise ever since.
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Peter Sollett to Direct 'Minecraft' movie

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It has been announced that Peter Sollett (of Raising Victor Vargas fame) has been brought in to write and direct Warner Bros. Minecraft movie. More inside...

A Minecraft movie has been in development since Warner Bros. purchased the rights for a film adaptaion of the game in 2014. Based on the game's story mode, the film will follow a girl and her friends as they seek to destroy the Ender Dragon and save the world. Now Peter Sollett will write and direct the film, having previously worked on smaller films like Freeheld and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist.

No word yet as to when the Minecraft movie will be hitting theaters.
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Peter Sollett to Direct Warner Bros.’ ‘Minecraft’ Movie (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Peter Sollett to Direct Warner Bros.’ ‘Minecraft’ Movie (Exclusive)
Peter Sollett has been brought on to write and direct Warner Bros.’ long-anticipated film adaptation of the popular video game “Minecraft.”

The pic will be produced by Vertigo’s Roy Lee and Jon Berg. Jill Messick, who died last February, is also still credited as a producer. The video game developer that released the game, Mojang, is also on board as a producer. Jon Spaihts will executive produce.

Based on the globally popular video game, the story follows a teenage girl and her unlikely group of adventurers who, after the malevolent Ender Dragon sets out on a path of destruction, must save their beautiful, blocky Overworld.

The studio has worked hard over the years to launch this franchise ever since it landed the highly coveted rights in 2014. Various talent has circled the project, including Shawn Levy and Rob McElhenney, who were both previously on board to direct, as well as Steve Carell,
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Lgbtq Audiences See Themselves More Onscreen but Financing Can Be Tricky

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Lgbtq Audiences See Themselves More Onscreen but Financing Can Be Tricky
Recently, after seeing “Love, Simon,” filmmaker Xavier Dolan wrote on his Instagram page, “Let’s not discuss the movie itself, but rather focus on its existence, and the fact a major studio has released a film on a teen coming out. A door has opened, which has opened before, but this time, I can see the light pouring in.” He praised the film for being a huge step towards building narratives around Lgbtq protagonists instead of relinquishing them to comical supporting roles. When “Call Me by Your Name” was shown to festivalgoers at Sundance, the film immediately picked up momentum, building on its initial buzz to receive several Academy Award nominations, including best picture. It was a coming-of-age love story, which happened to have two male leads.

At this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Wanuri Kahiu’s lesbian love story, “Rafiki” (pictured) premiered in Un Certain Regard to strong reviews.
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Hot Docs 2018 Women Directors: Meet Cynthia Wade and Sasha Friedlander — “Grit”

“Grit”

Cynthia Wade’s 2008 documentary “Freeheld” won an Academy Award, Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and 13 other awards. Her other credits include “Grist for the Mill,” “Shelter Dogs,” and “Generation Startup.”

Sasha Friedlander’s feature-length documentary “Where Heaven Meets Hell” won Best Feature Documentary Film at the La Asian Pacific Film Festival and Hawaii International Film Festival. The film aired on PBS.

“Grit” will premiere at the 2018 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival on April 30.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

CW&Sf: When Dian was six, a tsunami of mud barreled towards her. Sixteen villages were instantly plunged under 60 feet of mud. The cause? A drilling company struck an underground pocket of mud and unleashed an unstoppable mudflow — a giant, sprawling disaster in Indonesia that continues over a decade later.

“Grit” chronicles Dian’s emerging activism as she
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Gabriel Luna, Diego Boneta, Natalia Reyes Tapped for Sixth ‘Terminator’

  • Variety
Gabriel Luna, Diego Boneta, Natalia Reyes Tapped for Sixth ‘Terminator’
Gabriel Luna, Diego Boneta and Natalia Reyes will join Skydance Media’s upcoming Terminator movie opposite Arnold Schwarzengger and Linda Hamilton.

Deadpool” director Tim Miller is attached with James Cameron and David Ellison producing. Specific details on the characters are being kept under wraps but the movie will be a direct sequel to Cameron’s 1991 film “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” with Schwarzenegger and Hamilton anchoring the story.

The untitled film will open Nov. 22, 2019, and be distributed domestically by Paramount Pictures and internationally by Fox.

Luna starred as Robbie Reyes/Ghost Rider on the ABC action superhero series “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” as well as the El Rey Network drama series “Matador” and the ABC crime drama series “Wicked City.” He also starred in the films “Freeheld” and “Transpecos.”

Boneta made his feature debut in the musical “Rock of Ages.” He currently stars in “The Titan,
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Gabriel Luna Is the New ‘Terminator’: Tim Miller and James Cameron Cast Marvel Star in Sequel

Gabriel Luna Is the New ‘Terminator’: Tim Miller and James Cameron Cast Marvel Star in Sequel
The search for the next Terminator is over. Tim Miller and James Cameron have cast Gabriel Luna in the title role of the sixth “Terminator” sequel, Deadline reports. Luna is best known for playing Robbie Reyes/Ghost Rider on the ABC superhero series “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” He also starred in the El Rey Network series “Matador” and the movies “Freeheld” and “Transpecos.”

The untitled “Terminator” sequel is the first to be overseen by Cameron since he directed, wrote, and produced “The Terminator” and “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.” Cameron selected “Deadpool” director Miller to helm the new installment, which will see original stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton return to the franchise as the T-800 and Sarah Connor, respectively. Story details are being kept under wraps, but the film will serve as a direct sequel to “T2,” skipping the timelines of the three sequels.
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Gabriel Luna Is New Terminator; Natalia Reyes & Diego Boneta Also Set To Star In Tim Miller-James Cameron Skydance Reboot

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Exclusive: The search for a new Terminator to take over the first sanctioned Jim Cameron reboot since the original, is over. Director Tim Miller and producer Cameron have tapped Gabriel Luna for the role. Luna is best known for starring as Robbie Reyes/Ghost Rider on the ABC action superhero series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, as well as the El Rey Network drama series Matador. On the film side, he starred in the films Freeheld and Transpecos.

Natalia Reyes and Diego Boneta (Scream Queens) also have been set to star in the film.

The Terminator was resurrected by Skydance’s David Ellison in concert with James Cameron, who gets back a lot of the reversion rights to the original 1984 movie, next year. They’ve tapped Tim Miller, the Deadpool director. Luna joins Blade Runner 2049‘s Mackenzie Davis, Diego Boneta and returning cast members Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton,
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Lost in Space Official Trailer

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About 2 weeks ago Netflx released the date announcement trailer for Lost In Space, where we got our first look at the Robinson family. Today they released the Official trailer for the show and we finally get a look at 'The Robot'. Let's check out the trailer below:

Alrighty then I'm in. My body is ready!! This time around it seems that the robot is not part of the original crew but an alien lifeform Will Robinson discovers after they get "lost". I gotta admit when i saw the robot it looked like some kind of advance scout for an invading alien force. This thing looks and sounds meanacing especially when it says that famous catch-phrase "Danger, Will Robinson!", part of me expected it to attack after saying it.

We also get a few scenes of Parker Posey who plays the role of Dr. Smith, the prerson responsible for for sabotaging
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'My Days Of Mercy' with Ellen Page, Kate Mara to open BFI Flare festival

'My Days Of Mercy' with Ellen Page, Kate Mara to open BFI Flare festival
Postcards From London to close 32nd edition of London Lgbt Film Festival.

The 32nd edition of the BFI Flare: London Lgbt Film Festival has announced its opening and closing titles ahead of the event in March.

The festival will begin with Tali Shalom-Ezer’s My Days Of Mercy on Wednesday 21 March, and close with Steve McLean’s Postcards From London on Saturday 31 March.

From Princess director Shaolm-Ezer and starring Ellen Page (Juno, Inception, Freeheld) and Kate Mara (House Of Cards, The Martian), My Days Of Mercy is a love story between two women who differ in both their backgrounds and political perspectives.

The film is written by BAFTA nominated writer Joe Barton (The Ritual, iBoy), with Page and Mara producing alongside Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa. Great Point Media are handling international sales.

Postcards From London will have its European Premiere at the Festival; McClean’s first film since his 1994 Sundance hit Postcards From America is about Jim
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'My Days Of Mercy' with Ellen Page, Kate Mara to open BFI Flare

'My Days Of Mercy' with Ellen Page, Kate Mara to open BFI Flare
Postcards From London to close 32nd edition of London Lgbt Film Festival.

The 32nd edition of the BFI Flare: London Lgbt Film Festival has announced its opening and closing titles ahead of the event in March.

The festival will begin with Tali Shalom-Ezer’s My Days Of Mercy on Wednesday 21 March, and close with Steve McLean’s Postcards From London on Saturday 31 March.

From Princess director Shaolm-Ezer and starring Ellen Page (Juno, Inception, Freeheld) and Kate Mara (House Of Cards, The Martian), My Days Of Mercy is a love story between two women who differ in both their backgrounds and political perspectives.

The film is written by BAFTA nominated writer Joe Barton (The Ritual, iBoy), with Page and Mara producing alongside Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa. Great Point Media are handling international sales.

Postcards From London will have its European Premiere at the Festival; McClean’s first film since his 1994 Sundance hit Postcards From America is about Jim
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Women In Film La Announces Film Finishing Fund Recipients

“Half the Picture”

Thanks to Women In Film, Los Angeles, over a dozen projects by and about women are on their way to the finish line. The non-profit organization has announced the winners of the 32 annual film finishing fund. “370 feature-length narrative films, documentaries, and shorts were submitted from 22 countries and 16 were chosen as grantees,” Deadline reports.

As the source explains, “The Film Finishing Fund provides cash grants and in-kind production services to complete films that fit the established criteria of being by, for, or about women. The works-in-progress are viewed by a special jury of women in the industry who select the winning films.”

“One of the ways we achieve gender parity is by ensuring that female filmmakers have the resources they need to produce excellent work,” commented Wif Executive Director Kirsten Schaffer. “Women In Film is enormously proud that for 31 years we have enabled talented filmmakers to complete their
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Doc NYC 2017 Women Directors: Meet Alice Elliott — “Miracle on 42nd Street”

Miracle on 42nd Street

Alice Elliott is the Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker of “The Collector of Bedford Street.” Her short “Body & Soul: Diana & Kathy” was nominated for an International Documentary Association Award, and her films have been presented in over 100 film festivals, as well as on HBO and PBS.

Miracle on 42nd Street” will premiere at the 2017 Doc NYC film festival on November 11.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Ae: It’s a documentary about affordable housing for artists, the transformation of Times Square, and the Manhattan Plaza housing complex. Former residents include Alicia Keys, Larry David, Giancarlo Esposito, Donald Faison, Samuel L Jackson, and Angela Lansbury, who are all in the film.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

Ae: When I grew up I was taught that artists were at best peripheral or unnecessary and at worst parasites on society. What I’ve learned is how valuable artists are to our communities. Artists provide stability, create safe spaces, and are engaged in their communities.

They help to grow the economy with galleries, workshops, and performance spaces. They attract vitality and make streets safer. Every community can provide affordable space for artists which will lead to better housing for everyone.

W&H: What do you want people to think about when they are leaving the theater?

Ae: How can we have affordable housing for artists and others in our community? What would that look like? What is the first step?

W&H: What was the biggest challenge in making the film?

Ae: Money and vision. It took us 10 years to make the film and we struggled with the direction, how to afford the archival footage, and how to tell the story in an engaging way.

W&H: How did you get your film funded? Share some insights into how you got the film made.

Ae: Very smartly our first producers created a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation. We then received extremely generous donations from individuals who wanted to see this unique story reach a large audience. When those donations ran out, I applied to the National Endowment for the Arts and received a major grant.

We also accepted many “in-kind” favors from people who believe in the necessity of affordable housing. Our stars were not contributors because we felt they gave their time and that was the most precious thing they could give. We are still seeking donations to cover licensing our footage for educational use.

W&H: What does it mean for you to have your film play at Doc NYC?

Ae: This is an extreme honor. Since the festival started, I’ve been attending and wishing, in my heart, to be part of it. What a moment this is — to work 10 years on a film and then get into the dream festival.

W&H: What’s the best and worst advice you’ve received?

Ae: Best advice: Say yes. Worst advice: Just let him do the talking.

W&H: What advice do you have for other female directors?

Ae: Work with other women, but don’t close the door to men. This has been a very happy gender collaboration. Hold on to your ideas, they have value, and join a support organization like Women in Film to help the women coming up. Share your experiences. Don’t keep hurtful secrets that other women need to know. Talk, lean in, speak up.

W&H: Name your favorite woman-directed film and why.

Ae: Today my favorite woman director is Cynthia Wade because she mentored me. She has a number of documentaries including the Academy Award-winning “Freeheld.” She’s younger than I am. She went to film school and taught me the basics. She has very high standards and is uncompromising in her vision. She’s not afraid of conflict and pain on the screen.

W&H: There have been significant conversations over the last couple of years about increasing the amount of opportunities for women directors yet the numbers have not increased. Are you optimistic about the possibilities for change? Share any thoughts you might have on this topic.

Ae: Since I teach at Nyu, I hope we are bringing women directors forward who are part of the solution. It’s really hard to change a bias as deeply embedded as that against women directors — and cinematographers, I might add. We must be the change we want to see. Really, every single one of us has that responsibility.

Doc NYC 2017 Women Directors: Meet Alice Elliott — “Miracle on 42nd Street” 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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Flatliners movie review: Doa

MaryAnn’s quick take… The reboot no one asked for of a movie no one much remembers has landed… and it’s dead on arrival, with nothing new to say and no new way to say it. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m a fan of some of the cast

I’m “biast” (con): tired of all the reboots

I have seen the source material (and I don’t much like it)

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

The reboot no one asked for of a movie no one much remembers has landed… and it’s dead on arrival. Oh, this new and pointless Flatliners deserves all the terrible death-related puns we can toss at it: “Someone should have put a do-not-rescusitate on the 1990 movie.” “A fate worse than death.” “Brain dead.” “Send it to the morgue.” C’mon, it’s fun!

I rewatched the
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Ellen Page: Her Evolution From Young Oscar Nominee to Gay Rights Advocate

Ellen Page: Her Evolution From Young Oscar Nominee to Gay Rights Advocate
Ten years after her breakthrough role in Juno, Ellen Page has maintained a steady presence in the spotlight.

The 30-year-old actress has gone from critical darling and early Academy Award nominee to a leading gay rights activist over the last decade, surprising the world with her bravery and poise when she decided to come out as gay.

Now starring in a remake of the ’80s cult classic Flatliners, Page has also kept up with a steady stream of movies that showcase the different facets of her talent. Read on for more about her evolution over the years.

Beginnings and Oscar
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Kingsman: The Golden Circle movie review: deliver us from “edgy”

MaryAnn’s quick take… Save us from male artists who think they are dangerously, uniquely innovative. This stew of toxic masculinity and CGI-cartoon violence is nothing but tediously mundane. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast, mostly

I’m “biast” (con): hated the first film

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Here’s a phrase I do not recall from Kingsman: The Secret Service: “independent intelligence agency.” This is uttered in Kingsman: The Golden Circle in connection with the American counterpart to Kingsman: Statesman, to which we are introduced here. But what does that mean, precisely? It means they’re mercenary spies, doesn’t it? I have a vague recollection of Secret Service mentioning something about Kingsman being funded by the crown heads of Europe, which at least offers a veneer of governmental authority and fealty to law and order — though of course there
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Battle of the Sexes movie review: totally ace

MaryAnn’s quick take… An essential history lesson with a smart smack of relevance for today (because feminism always has to be relitigated). It’s also warm, funny, and hugely entertaining. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for movies about women

I’m “biast” (con): not a sports fan at all

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

That saying about those not remembering the past being condemned to repeat it? Of course it’s true… but sometimes it’s not an accident that the past gets forgotten. Sometimes the squashing of history — and the continuation of history into the present — is deliberate. Feminists know this: Women are constantly having to reinvent feminism, refight the same battles, because they don’t stay won. A brief moment of small triumph very quickly gets drowned out by major cultural pushback; women may savor victory only long enough
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Peter Sollett To Direct ‘Match’ For DreamWorks

Peter Sollett To Direct ‘Match’ For DreamWorks
Exclusive: Peter Sollett has been set to direct Match for DreamWorks Pictures. Scripted by Brenda Hsueh, the film is a romantic comedy set in a world where a federal agency finds your perfect match. Dylan Clark and Beau Bauman are producing for Dylan Clark Productions. Sollett's credits include Nick And Norah's Infinite Playlist and Freeheld. He is repped by CAA and attorney Morris…
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