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Oscars: How the Doc Branch Puts Women and International Stories Front and Centre (Column)

For female filmmakers in the industry, this year’s round of Oscar nominations – in which acclaimed female-helmed films such as “Hustlers” and “The Farewell” were shut out in place of male-directed Best Picture nominees predominantly centred on stories of white men – told a frustratingly familiar story. But in the Academy’s non-fiction branch, a different […]

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Marvel Studios Met with ‘Bad Boys for Life’ and ‘The Farewell’ Directors About Potential Projects

Marvel Studios is always on the lookout for filmmakers who might serve them well in crafting the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So it should come as no surprise to hear that they’ve already met with director Lulu Wang, the filmmaker behind 2019’s acclaimed indie darling The Farewell. But they’re not just looking in […]

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Greta Gerwig Shines at Santa Barbara Film Festival ‘It Starts With the Script’ Panel — Video

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival “It Starts With the Script” panel is always my favorite panel of the year, with the year’s most lauded and gifted screenwriters.Some of this year’s gang wrote scripts about real people. Writers Guild Award nominee Noah Harpster wrote “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” about children’s television host Fred […]

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‘Bambi’ Live-Action Remake Lands ‘Captain Marvel,’ ‘Chaos Walking’ Writers

On the heels of 2019’s “The Lion King,” another Disney animated classic is getting the live-action treatment as “Bambi” has landed the writers behind “Captain Marvel” and “Chaos Walking.”Disney has hired Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Lindsey Beer to write the script for the live-action remake of the 1942 animated classic.Depth of Field (“The Farewell”), the production […]

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Sbiff: Virtuosos Cynthia Erivo, Taron Egerton, and Aldis Hodge Sing Favorite Karaoke Songs

Eight actors were honored for their breakout roles in film with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s (Sbiff) Virtuosos Award event held at the historic Arlington Theatre on Saturday night. The annual award is presented to “up-and-coming” actors with noteworthy performances in film.This year’s award recipients were Awkwafina for her first dramatic leading role in […]

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52 Films Directed By Women To Watch In 2020

Academy snubs be damned, 2019 was a spectacular end to a decade of outstanding films directed by women. Joanna Hogg reinvented visual memoir with “The Souvenir,” Lulu Wang challenged American conceptions of family and death in “The Farewell,” and Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” adaptation upended one of the most iconic American novels by and about […]

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The 2020 Oscar Nominees for Best Picture Reveal White Men in a State of Rebellion

We’ve all read the commentaries on the Academy’s shortcomings when it comes to diversity. But what’s revealing is the movies the 8,500 voters actually nominated for Best Picture. Even long-running, well-reviewed hits like “The Farewell” and “Hustlers” didn’t resonate with enough Academy voters, accessible as they were. It reminds us of who these industry insiders […]

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‘Lucky Grandma’: Film Review

While Lulu Wang’s emotional family drama “The Farewell” may have broken through last year, and upcoming comic book adaptations “Birds of Prey” (by Cathy Yan) and “The Eternals” (from Chloé Zhao) spell fresh opportunities for filmmakers of Chinese descent in 2020, a rollicking little follow-the-money caper called “Lucky Grandma” from first-time feature director Sasie Sealy […]

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