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Brady Organization Calls On Hollywood To Examine Onscreen Gun Violence; Hundreds Of Writers, Producers & Directors Sign Pledge

Brady Organization Calls On Hollywood To Examine Onscreen Gun Violence; Hundreds Of Writers, Producers & Directors Sign Pledge
The Brady organization against gun violence is calling on Hollywood writers, directors and producers to examine onscreen gun violence and depictions of gun safety, asking the creative community to sign a pledge that’s already garnered more than 200 signatures of such names as Judd Apatow, Shonda Rhimes, Damon Lindelof and Jimmy Kimmel and the writers of Jimmy Kimmel Live!

The pledge, while noting that the “responsibility lies with lax gun laws supported by those politicians more afraid of losing power than saving lives,” acknowledges that “America’s storytellers” have the power to “effect change.”

“Cultural attitudes toward smoking, drunk driving, seatbelts and marriage equality have all evolved due in large part to movies’ and TV’s influence. It’s time to take on gun safety,” the Brady pledge states, and goes on to ask writers, directors and producers to, whenever possible, to:

Use creativity “to model responsible gun ownership and
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Five Movies To Watch When You’re Done With “Hollywood Stargirl”

Five Movies To Watch When You’re Done With “Hollywood Stargirl”
The American teen romantic drama film Hollywood Stargirl was released on Disney+ last June 3, 2022, starring Grace VanderWaal as the titular character Stargirl. The film is a sequel to the 2020 film Stargirl, which was based on Jerry Spinelli’s novel of the same name. Hollywood Stargirl however is not an adaptation of the novel’s sequel Love, Stargirl but instead is an original storyline. The film is directed by Julia Hart with a screenplay that she co-wrote with Jordan Horowitz. The film’s main cast also includes Elijah Richardson, Judy Greer, Uma Thurman, Judd Hirsch, and Tyrel Jackson Williams. The story

Five Movies To Watch When You’re Done With “Hollywood Stargirl
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Hollywood Stargirl Review

Hollywood Stargirl Review
In making a sequel to their 2020 Disney+ hit, Co-writer/director Julia Hart and her co-writer husband Jordan Horowitz have evidently completely departed from the novel sequel, which was titled Love, Stargirl. In that, Stargirl leaves Mica and moves to Pennsylvania, whereas here she (again played by Grace VaderWaal) and her mother Ana (Judy Greer) move to Hollywood when Ana gets a job designing costumes for a movie. On arrival, Stargirl meets Evan (Elijah Richardson) who, after hearing her sing, asks Stargirl to be in the ‘sizzle reel’ that he’s written and his brother Terrell (Tyrel Jackson Williams) is directing as a pitch for the film they want to make. While working on the film, Stargirl also meets Roxy (Uma Thurman), a musician who put out one album 25 years ago and her cantankerous neighbour Mr Mitchell (Judd Hirsch), who used to be a producer.

It’s clear early on that
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Film Review: Hollywood Stargirl (2022): A Touching Dramatic Story With Important Themes Throughout

Film Review: Hollywood Stargirl (2022): A Touching Dramatic Story With Important Themes Throughout
Hollywood Stargirl Review — Hollywood Stargirl (2022) Film Review, a movie directed by Julia Hart and written by Julia Hart, Jordan Horowitz and Jerry Spinelli and starring Grace VanderWaal, Elijah Richardson, Judy Greer, Uma Thurman, Judd Hirsch, Nija Okoro, Chris Williams, Al Madrigal, Ben Geurens, Kristin Slaysman, Sarayu Blue, Conor Husting, Sara Amini, Noah [...]

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‘Hollywood Stargirl’ Review: A Kind-Hearted Plea for the Way Filmmaking Could Be

‘Hollywood Stargirl’ Review: A Kind-Hearted Plea for the Way Filmmaking Could Be
Don’t let the name fool you: Stargirl isn’t looking to break into the Hollywood stratosphere. Mostly, she’s looking for some friends beyond her harried mom and adorable pet rat Cinnamon. For a gal as charming as Stargirl, as good-hearted and caring as she is, that shouldn’t be too much to ask, right? In the world of “Hollywood Stargirl,” a brightly lit and candy-colored place that verges on the fairy tale — if only because everyone who populates it is also charming, good-hearted, and caring — it’s not, with some caveats, the kind happily wrapped up in a fanciful package.

Filmmaker Julia Hart follows her first “Stargirl” feature film — a 2020 Disney+ outing based on Jerry Spinelli’s bestselling YA novel of the same name — with . Picking up soon after the events of the first “Stargirl” concluded, “Hollywood Stargirl” finds our heroine again setting out on a new adventure.
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‘Hollywood Stargirl’ Review: Grace VanderWaal Wows in a Splendid Disney+ Sequel

‘Hollywood Stargirl’ Review: Grace VanderWaal Wows in a Splendid Disney+ Sequel
Director Julia Hart has quietly crafted a Disney+ franchise that continues to unfold in creative and charming ways. Her adaptation of “Stargirl” debuted on the streamer just as lockdown began; now with “Hollywood Stargirl,” the second film in the series, it’s clear the writer-director’s voice has taken shape in the same assured way as that of her young heroine. Hart and co-writer Jordan Horowitz’s follow-up goes blessedly off-book, diverging greatly from author Jerry Spinelli’s source novel “Love, Stargirl” to deliver its own unique view on how artistic passion evolves and inspires. The sequel shifts perspective from the original, which captured the eponymous teen’s triumphs through a male protagonist’s lens, and better foregrounds her sparkle and shine.

Sentimental songbird Stargirl Caraway (Grace VanderWaal) is once again on the move, traveling from the subdued suburban haunts of Mica, Arizona to the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles.
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Hollywood Stargirl (2022) Movie Trailer: Grace VanderWaal journeys to a Big World of Music, Dreams, & Possibilities

Hollywood Stargirl (2022) Movie Trailer: Grace VanderWaal journeys to a Big World of Music, Dreams, & Possibilities
Hollywood Stargirl Trailer — Julia Hart‘s Hollywood Stargirl (2022) movie trailer has been released by Disney+. The Hollywood Stargirl trailer stars Grace VanderWaal, Judy Greer, Tyrel Jackson Williams, Judd Hirsch, Uma Thurman, Elijah Richardson, Al Madrigal, Ben Geurens, and Sarayu Blue. Crew Jordan Horowitz and Julia Hart wrote the screenplay for Hollywood Stargirl. Name created [...]

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Disney+ drops trailer for sequel ‘Hollywood Stargirl’

Disney+ drops trailer for sequel ‘Hollywood Stargirl’
Disney+ has released the trailer for ‘Hollywood Stargirl,’ which will debut on the streaming service on June 3.

The sequel to the 2020 Disney+ film about free spirit Stargirl Caraway (Grace VanderWaal), a silver-voiced teenager whose simple acts of kindness work magic in the lives of others. The upcoming film follows Stargirl’s journey out of Mica, Arizona and into a bigger world of music, dreams and possibilities. When her mother Ana (Judy Greer) is hired as the costume designer for a movie, they relocate to L.A., where Stargirl quickly becomes involved with an eclectic assortment of characters. They include aspiring filmmaking brothers Evan (Elijah Richardson) and Terrell (Tyrel Jackson Williams); Mr. Mitchell (Judd Hirsch), one of Stargirl’s neighbours; and Roxanne Martel (Uma Thurman), a musician Stargirl admires and encounters on her journey.

Returning as Stargirl, VanderWaal performs the original song “Figure It Out” she wrote for the film. Julia Hart returns to direct.
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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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