Wendie Malick calls third act ‘the sweetest time in my career’
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Wendie Malick calls third act ‘the sweetest time in my career’

Wendie Malick has portrayed some of the sassiest characters on television, including Hot in Cleveland’s Victoria Chase and Just Shoot Me!’s Nina Van Horn. She has brought some of that sass to her newest role in Darrow & Darrow a Hallmark Movies & Mysteries movie. She portrays Joanne Darrow, mother of Claire Darrow, a lawyer…

Chicago International Film Festival to highlight 36 female directors
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Chicago International Film Festival to highlight 36 female directors

The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) is Oct. 12-26, featuring 36 films directed by women. The two-week festival will screen 140 films at the AMC River East downtown during the two-week festival, 25 percent of which have women at the helm. Cinema/Chicago is the presenting organization of CIFF, “A year round non-profit arts and…

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala story Heat & Dust newly re-released in 4G
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Ruth Prawer Jhabvala story Heat & Dust newly re-released in 4G

In 1983, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's Booker-prize winning novel Heat and Dust was released in theatres for its first run, and in 1984, BAFTA rewarded her with a Best Adapted Screenplay award. But even many film buffs will not recognize her name.  Ruth Prawer Who??? Although she was the genius who wrote most of screenplays for their their…

Female directors, protagonists redefining genre expectations

Female directors, protagonists redefining genre expectations

The 70th Locarno Film Festival (held in Locarno, Switzerland) excluded all films solely directed by women in its main competition. Other categories, however, included a handful of female directors and a couple “assertive” female leads, according to critic Jaime Grijalba in his essay “French Women Take a Stand: How Two New French Films Address Issues…

NYC's Film Society of Lincoln Center presents “Jane Campion’s Own Stories” Retrospective
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NYC's Film Society of Lincoln Center presents “Jane Campion’s Own Stories” Retrospective

Jane Campion, the pioneering New Zealand-born filmmaker known for her Oscar-winning film The Piano (1993) and now Sundance TV’s “Top of the Lake” series, is being honored with a retrospective look at her innovative film career. “Jane Campion’s Own Stories,” will run from September 8th through September 17th at the Film Society of Lincoln Center…

Julia Solomonoft's ‘Nobody’s Watching’ presents the immigrant experience
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Julia Solomonoft's ‘Nobody’s Watching’ presents the immigrant experience

As our culture continues the debate surrounding cultural identity, immigration and diversity, Julia Solomonoft's new film Nobody's Watching (aka Nadie nos mira) comes at a perfect time. The film tells the story of Nico (Guillermo Pfening, best actor at this year's Tribeca Film Festival), a famous actor who's just moved to New York City and…

‘Viceroy’s House’ views Indian Partition through British lens
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‘Viceroy’s House’ views Indian Partition through British lens

Gurinder Chadha, director of What's Cooking, Bend It Like Beckham and Bride and Prejudice, defines herself as a female British-Indian filmmaker - that part of her identity impacting the films she chooses to make. A majority of her films, which she writes and directs, focus on the struggle Indian women finding their place in English…

Angelina Jolie’s ‘First They Killed My Father’ gets Netflix premiere date

Angelina Jolie’s ‘First They Killed My Father’ gets Netflix premiere date

Release Date: September 15th, 2017 Angelina Jolie directs this Cambodia-set feature film based on Loung Ung’s memoir, “First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers.” Seen through the eyes of a five-year-old cut off from her family during the Khmer Rouge years (commonly known as the Cambodian Holocaust), script co-writer Ung details her…