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Disney’s ‘Stargirl’ Sequel Adds Al Madrigal, Sarayu Blue, Chris Williams & Nija Okoro

Disney’s ‘Stargirl’ Sequel Adds Al Madrigal, Sarayu Blue, Chris Williams & Nija Okoro
Exclusive: The Julia Hart-directed Disney feature sequel to Stargirl continues to expand its cast with comedian Al Madrigal, Sarayu Blue, Chris Williams and Nija Okoro joining.

Stargirl 2 follows Grace VanderWaal’s title protagonist as she journeys out of Mica into a bigger world of music, dreams and possibility. The script is based on the original character from Jerry Spinelli’s bestselling book. VanderWaal will write and perform new original music for the sequel. Hart co-wrote with her husband Jordan Horowitz.

The four new actors join a cast that includes Uma Thurman, Judy Greer (Stargirl’s mom), Judd Hirsch (Stargirl’s neighbor Mr. Mitchell), Elijah Richardson (Stargirl’s beau Evan) and Tyrel Jackson Williams.

Madrigal will play Iggy, the Mc at a local music club. Blue will play Alex, an up-and-coming film producer. Williams and Okoro will play George and Daphne,
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Disney ‘Stargirl’ Sequel Adds Judd Hirsch & Tyrel Jackson Williams

Disney ‘Stargirl’ Sequel Adds Judd Hirsch & Tyrel Jackson Williams
Exclusive: Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner Judd Hirsch and Lab Rats: Bionic Island actor Tyrel Jackson Williams have joined Disney’s feature sequel for Stargirl.

The Julia Hart directed, co-written with husband Jordan Horowitz, follows Stargirl’s (Grace VanderWaal) journey out of Mica into a bigger world of music, dreams and possibility. The script is based on the original character from Jerry Spinelli’s best-selling book of the same name. VanderWaal will write and perform new original music for the sequel. Elijah Richardson plays Evan, the romantic lead opposite VanderWaal.

Hirsch will play Mr. Mitchell, one of Stargirl’s new neighbors while Williams will play Terrell, Evan’s older brother and an aspiring filmmaker. They join Judy Greer, who we first told you plays Ana, Stargirl’s mom; and Uma Thurman who will portray Roxanne Martel, a musician Stargirl admires and encounters on her journey.

Jeanne McCarthy and Nicole Abellera are casting the sequel.
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Judy Greer Boards Disney’s ‘Stargirl’ Sequel In Key Role

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Judy Greer Boards Disney’s ‘Stargirl’ Sequel In Key Role
Exclusive: Judy Greer will star in Disney’s sequel to Stargirl.

The movie, which is in development from the Disney live action division, will stream on Disney+.

Greer will play the role of Ana opposite returning star Grace VanderWaal who plays Stargirl. VanderWaal will write and perform original music as well.

Julia Hart is coming back to direct, and she’ll be writing the sequel’s screenplay again with husband Jordan Horowitz. The duo adapted the original screenplay on the first movie with Kristin Hahn off Jerry Spinelli’s best-selling book of the same name.

The sequel will follow Stargirl’s journey out of Mica and into a bigger world of music. I understand that Ana is Stargirl’s mother and the duo will be moving to Los Angeles, where the latter is working on a film. Elijah Richardson will play the romantic lead Evan who is Stargirl’s new neighbor and an aspiring writer.
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Only Four Out of the WGA Awards’ 31 Nominees Are Women

Only Four Out of the WGA Awards’ 31 Nominees Are Women
The awards season’s narrative has been the “year of the women,” as female filmmakers, screenwriters and artisans have been making strong cases for nominations at the Oscars in categories like best picture and director. The Writers Guild of America Awards, however, might have missed the memo, only nominating four women over two films: Emerald Fennell for “Promising Young Woman” and Jena Friedman, Erica Rivinoja and Nina Pedrad, three co-writers from “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.”

In the three categories for original, adapted and documentary feature, 31 total screenwriters were nominated, four of which are women, and three come from the same feature film.

Many high-profile contenders were not eligible for recognition, including “Nomadland” (Chloé Zhao) and “Pieces of a Woman” (Kata Wéber), along with independent darlings like “The Assistant” (Kitty Green), “Farewell Amor” (Ekwa Msangi) and “Herself” (Clare Dunne). Despite this fact, there were still many to choose from.

Nina Pedrad, sister
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6 film producers on groundbreaking opportunities (and potential pitfalls) of the streaming revolution [Exclusive Video Interview]

6 film producers on groundbreaking opportunities (and potential pitfalls) of the streaming revolution [Exclusive Video Interview]
“There’s nothing like seeing a film in a movie theater,” says actress and first-time film producer Rachel Brosnahan (“I’m Your Woman”) But in the midst of an explosion of streaming distributors like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon, “I feel like projects are having renaissances that came out so long ago, and that’s really exciting … Streamers are also providing a lot of opportunities to new voices, to different voices.” We discussed this and more with six producers for our “Meet the Experts” panel. Watch the entire group discussion above.

SEEProducers Guild shifts to virtual ceremony for 32nd Annual PGA Awards in 2021

Joining Brosnahan were fellow “I’m Your Woman” producer Jordan Horowitz, Peilin Chou (“Over the Moon”), Samantha Housman (“Wander Darkly”), and Jess Wu Calder and Keith Calder (“One Night in Miami”). They’re all enthusiastic about the opportunities presented in the streaming marketplace. Horowitz thinks one key advantage is in
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‘I’m Your Woman’ Cast & Creators On Flipping The ’70s Female Crime Drama Archetype – Contenders Film

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‘I’m Your Woman’ Cast & Creators On Flipping The ’70s Female Crime Drama Archetype – Contenders Film
For all the praise of how great ’70s cinema was, when you come to think about it, many of the great crime classics like Straight Time, The Godfather and Thief were all testosterone-driven, with female characters resigned to second- or third-class status. Unfortunate, considering an era known for its sense of revolution.

Such was the jumping off point for Julia Hart’s Amazon Studios movie I’m Your Woman. which she co-wrote with her Oscar-nominated La La Land producer husband Jordan Horowitz. The movie stars Rachel Brosnahan as the wife of a gangster who, after his disappearance, is forced to go on the lam with their baby, who is stolen, and the Black bodyguard (Arinzé Kene) who is protecting her.

“We were watching a bunch of ’70s and early ’80s crime drama around the time we also became parents,'” Hart says during the movie’s panel at Deadline’s Contenders Film awards-season event,
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Deadline’s Contenders Film Day 2 – Watch The Livestream

Deadline’s Contenders Film Day 2 – Watch The Livestream
The second day of Deadline’s Contenders Film kicks off Sunday at 8 a.m. Pt, returning after a big Day 1 on Saturday to complete a slate of 49 films from 16 studios and distributors, one that features a hugely impressive lineup of talent numbering 150 speakers over the course of the weekend for our annual awards-season event.

Click here to register and join the livestream, and follow along all day with coverage on Deadline as well as on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram via @Deadline and #DeadlineContenders. See the full schedule of panels below.

Due to obvious health and safety reasons, and following guidelines about gatherings set by the CDC, Contenders is going virtual, after success doing so starting with Contenders TV in the spring and then again with Contenders International and Contenders Documentary. It has boosted the global reach of the event, and although we miss seeing everyone in person, it has been
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‘I’m Your Woman’: Read The Screenplay For Julia Hart & Jordan Horowitz’s Amazon Crime Drama

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‘I’m Your Woman’: Read The Screenplay For Julia Hart & Jordan Horowitz’s Amazon Crime Drama
Exclusive: Crime kings may have graced the screen in a number of cinema’s greatest titles but director Julia Hart flips the script to spotlight the women behind the gritty antiheroes with I’m Your Woman.

Written by Hart and husband and Oscar-nominated La La Land scribe Jordan Horowitz, I’m Your Woman follows Jean (Rachel Brosnahan), a suburban housewife who lives a seemingly easy life supported by her husband Eddie’s (Bill Heck) career as a thief. Life takes a turn for the worst when Eddie betrays his partners, sending Jean and her baby off on a perilous journey under the supervision and safekeeping of Eddie’s old friend Cal (Arinzé Kene).

But even in the company of Cal and his wife Teri (Marsha Stephanie Blake), Jean and her child are far from safe. Teri and Jean team up to get to the bottom of things, taking matters into their own hands.
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How Julia Hart and Jordan Horowitz Fixed the Woman Problem in ’70s Crime Dramas with ‘I’m Your Woman’

How Julia Hart and Jordan Horowitz Fixed the Woman Problem in ’70s Crime Dramas with ‘I’m Your Woman’
Over the course of four films, Julia Hart and Jordan Horowitz have carved out a unique niche: bending both genre and expectations to craft stories that break the mold of what a “female-centric” story can (and should) look like. From superheroes to high school students, the women that populate the couple’s films — which Hart directs from scripts the couple write together — find drama and emotion in unexpected, and often otherwise untapped places. All of that is by design.

“With all of our movies, it’s something that we think about a lot, making female characters feel like real women, as opposed to a female character that fits into a formula that everybody is comfortable with,” Hart said in a recent interview with IndieWire.

While other films and filmmakers might be hung up on building stories around easily digestible and readily recognizable formulas, Hart and Horowitz relish the chance to
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‘I’m Your Woman’ costume designer Natalie O’Brien on showing the title character’s evolution through wardrobe [Exclusive Video Interview]

‘I’m Your Woman’ costume designer Natalie O’Brien on showing the title character’s evolution through wardrobe [Exclusive Video Interview]
“This was very new for me,” says “I’m Your Woman” costume designer Natalie O’Brien about capturing 1970s style in the Amazon crime thriller. “I had done 18th century, 14th century, some ’80s and ’90s, and some other stuff of course,” so she was “excited” to expand her repertoire to yet another era. She discussed the film with us as part of our “Meet the Experts” costume designers panel. Watch our interview above.

SEEJulia Hart on directing ‘I’m Your Woman’ and watching the Best Picture ‘La La Land’ mix-up unfold [Exclusive Video Interview]

The film tells the story of Jean (Rachel Brosnahan), who goes on the run after her criminal husband disappears. It’s an original story directed by Julia Hart and written by Hart with her husband Jordan Horowitz, so O’Brien was “building these characters from scratch.” What’s more, Hart wanted “to make sure that we’re pulling references from the
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RSVP today! Film producers for ‘I’m Your Woman,’ ‘One Night in Miami,’ ‘Over the Moon,’ ‘Wander Darkly’ join Gold Derby’s Meet the Experts series

RSVP today! Film producers for ‘I’m Your Woman,’ ‘One Night in Miami,’ ‘Over the Moon,’ ‘Wander Darkly’ join Gold Derby’s Meet the Experts series
Six acclaimed film producers will reveal details behind their projects when they join Gold Derby’s special “Meet the Experts” Q&a event with key 2021 guild and Oscar contenders this month. Each person will participate in two video discussions to be published on Wednesday, January 20, at 5:00 p.m. Pt; 8:00 p.m. Et. We’ll have a one-on-one with our senior editor Daniel Montgomery and a group chat with Daniel and all of them together.

RSVP today to this specific event by clicking here to book your reservation. Or click here to RSVP for our entire ongoing panel series. We’ll send you a reminder a few minutes before the start of the show.

This “Meet the Experts” panel welcomes the following 2021 guild and Oscar contenders:

I’m Your Woman” (Amazon Prime): Rachel Brosnahan and Jordan Horowitz

Brosnahan is an Emmy winner and four-time nominee as an actress. Horowitz
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Julia Hart on directing ‘I’m Your Woman’ and watching the Best Picture ‘La La Land’ mix-up unfold [Exclusive Video Interview]

Julia Hart on directing ‘I’m Your Woman’ and watching the Best Picture ‘La La Land’ mix-up unfold [Exclusive Video Interview]
“You write one action line, but there’s so many different things that an actor can do with that,” explains “I’m Your Woman” director Julia Hart about how relatively little Rachel Brosnahan speaks in the lead role of the crime drama for Amazon. Hart continues, “I love writing dialogue, but it was really fun exploring how much she could mine through a myriad of facial expressions from one line of action in the script.”

SEEour chat with “I’m Your Woman” star Marsha Stephanie Blake.

Speaking to Gold Derby in an exclusive interview (watch the video above) after the 1970s-set film became available to stream on Amazon Prime, Hart opens up about the fate of the couple played by Marsha Stephanie Blake and Arinzé Kene and whether she wavered on it. “No, that was always so important,” reveals Hart. She also now delves into what went into incorporating two specific preexisting songs into the film.
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Arinzé Kene and Julia Hart on feminist-noir I’m Your Woman

Arinzé Kene and Julia Hart on feminist-noir I’m Your Woman
I’m Your Woman is a new 70s set, crime thriller that features Rachel Brosnahan in the leading roles, as a movie that balances a feminist edge with the socio-political context of the era, as a film, primarily, about motherhood. To mark the release we had the pleasure of speaking to the writer/director Julia Hart (who co-penned the screenplay with her husband Jordan Horowitz), as well as the film’s supporting lead Arinzé Kene. We discussed the film’s themes and the importance, particularly where the black experience is concerned, to conduct thorough research and speak to those who could help inform that aspect of the narrative. We also chat about the brilliant soundtrack and also both talents discuss the collaboration with Brosnahan, while we also ask Kene about another co-star he’s worked with, as he talks about the rise of friend Michaela Coel. Watch both interviews with Kene and Hart,
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I’M Your Woman – Review

I’M Your Woman – Review
So, are you a film fan that gets a bit of seasonal movie overload this time of year? You’re thinking, “Enough with the couples making ‘goo-goo’ eyes while whipping up a snowman!” or perhaps, with all that’s happening you can’t get your “jolly” on. In the mood for a gritty action thriller, set in those “down and dirty” 1970s, complete with pistol-packin’ polyester-wearing thugs? Well, Santa’s cinema elves have fashioned a stocking-stuffer just for you. So, is this a follow-up to the crime epic from last year’s holiday season, with more “digitally de-aged” Bobby D and Al P? Nope, it’s not needed this time around, because the lead is one of our newer rising stars, though she’s best known as the lead in a celebrated TV sitcom. Her? This gets a bit more interesting. What happens amidst the usual gangster mayhem when she
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‘I’m Your Woman’ Film Review: Rachel Brosnahan Finds Herself on the Run in ’70s-Set Thriller

‘I’m Your Woman’ Film Review: Rachel Brosnahan Finds Herself on the Run in ’70s-Set Thriller
Rachel Brosnahan stars as a young wife and mother who has almost no idea where she’s going next in Amazon’s “I’m Your Woman,” and director Julia Hart excitingly puts the audience in a similarly unpredictable position. It’s a road trip, it’s a story of a woman in trouble, and it’s about fleeing the scene of the crime, but the film refuses to follow the established path audiences might be expecting.

Many contemporary filmmakers shoot for that gritty yet personal sweet spot of 1970s “New Hollywood” honesty and intensity, but few have captured it with the finesse of Hart, who shares screenwriting credit with her husband Jordan Horowitz. A talented filmmaker who’s not being talked about nearly enough — her last two credits were the incisive and humane “Miss Stevens” and the arthouse superhero saga “Fast Color,” both acclaimed yet underseen — Hart has created a film
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‘I’m Your Woman’ Review: The Marvelous Mrs. Criminal

‘I’m Your Woman’ Review: The Marvelous Mrs. Criminal
Jean (Rachel Brosnahan) is sullen and vacant. Staring out behind geometric sunglasses, she rests on a lawn chair in a sheer magenta robe, cigarette in hand, the epitome of the young, begrudging Seventies housewife and the stuff Lana Del Rey videos are made of. We’re given hints to the exact nature of Jean’s domestic life: Her husband Eddie (Bill Heck) leaves her alone at home throughout the day, his life of crime largely a mystery to her other than its existence; the couple wanted to have kids, “but
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I’m Your Woman Review

I’m Your Woman Review
In her writing (The Keeping Room) and the bulk of her four co-writer/director credits to date Julia Hart has set out her stall as a storyteller who frames stories that we might more traditionally see from a male point of view through a female protagonist. In this case that story is a 70s set crime thriller about Jean (Rachel Brosnahan), who is forced to go on the run with her baby—or rather, the one her husband Eddie (Bill Heck) brought home a few weeks ago—and Cal (Arinzé Kene), a man she doesn’t know, after Eddie betrays the criminal gang he’s part of.

Most other tellings of this story would, indeed have, revolve around the man. We’d see what Eddie did, first to get the baby and then to upset his crew. We’d know how Cal became the person to find Jean a safe house and to protect her,
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Rachel Brosnahan enters the awards race with Amazon’s ‘I’m Your Woman’

Rachel Brosnahan enters the awards race with Amazon’s ‘I’m Your Woman’
Is Oscar next for Rachel Brosnahan? The “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” star’s new film “I’m Your Woman” will officially enter the awards race when it qualifies for Oscar consideration with a limited theatrical release beginning Friday, Dec. 4, having premiered at the AFI Fest in October as the opening screening of the 2020 virtual event. The drama from Amazon will then be available for streaming on Prime Instant Video a week later on Dec. 11.

Brosnahan stars as Jean, who is sent on the run with her baby when her husband finds himself in hot water with his criminal associates. Jean is assisted in her action-packed journey by married couple Cal and Teri, played by Arinzé Kene and Emmy nominee Marsha Stephanie Blake, respectively.

The screenplay by director Julia Hart and her husband Jordan Horowitz is a response to the “wife” trope in mob movies that instead focus their narratives on the husbands as antiheroes.
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I’m Your Woman Review: Slow Burn Thriller Offers Small Pleasures

I’m Your Woman Review: Slow Burn Thriller Offers Small Pleasures
“I just wanted to take one of my most favorite and beloved genres of all time and tell the woman’s story inside of it,” writer-director Julia Hart told the Hollywood Reporter about I’m Your Woman, her spin on 1970s crime dramas. The film—which is set in the ‘70s, as well as adopting the cinematic aesthetic of the period—stars Rachel Brosnahan as housewife Jean, who is sent to a safe house with her baby after her criminal husband becomes a target. We’ve seen this story from the husband’s point of view a million times, women like Jean relegated to the sidelines and rarely revisited once they’re sent away. It’s a welcome perspective shift; unfortunately, Hart’s slow burn doesn’t have enough fuel to grab your attention beyond an intriguing premise.

I’m Your Woman is admirably small-scale: if you’re looking for the thrilling action-fest the trailer promised,
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Rachel Brosnahan Gets Physical With ‘I’m Your Woman’ & Readies ‘Mrs. Maisel’ Return [Interview]

Rachel Brosnahan Gets Physical With ‘I’m Your Woman’ & Readies ‘Mrs. Maisel’ Return [Interview]
Despite winning an Emmy, a SAG Award, and two Golden Globes for her performance in the streaming blockbuster series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” it’s taken Rachel Brosnahan three years to finally topline a feature film. This was partially due to “Maisel’s” lengthy production schedule, but considering her busy film career before the Amazon series hit, it’s still slightly eyebrow-raising. No matter though, Brosnahan won’t have to play second fiddle for the foreseeable future after her impressive turn in Julia Hart’s directorial effort, “I’m Your Woman.”

Read More: Rachel Brosnahan is staggering in Julia Hart’s wickedly entertaining “I’m Your Woman” [Review]

Set some time and somewhere in the 1970s, the original screenplay from Hart and “La La Land” producer Jordan Horowitz (the one who correctly displayed “Moonlight’s” Best Picture win) centers on Jean (Brosnahan), a housewife to an organized criminal, Eddie (Bill Heck) who sends
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