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Anti-Asian Racism Drama ‘A Great Divide’ to Open Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival (Exclusive)

A Great Divide, a anti-Asian racism drama that stars Ken Jeong, Jae Suh Park and Emerson Min, is set to open the competitive program for Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival, running June 13-18. The feature directorial debut of Emmy-winning commercial and short film director Jean Shim, which also star Miya Cech in a lead role, will […]

‘Fairyland’ Review: Emilia Jones and Scoot McNairy Negotiate Spiky Father-Daughter Ties in 1970s and ’80s San Francisco

Sexual freedom for gay men gives way to the community’s decimation by the AIDS crisis in photographer Andrew Durham’s heartfelt debut feature, produced by Sofia Coppola.

Phyllis Carlyle, Influential Talent Manager and ‘Accidental Tourist,’ ‘Seven’ Producer, Dies at 80

Phyllis Carlyle, the onetime casting director who managed the careers of Willem Dafoe, Geena Davis, Melanie Griffith, Andy Garcia and John Malkovich and produced films including Seven and The Accidental Tourist, has died. She was 80. Carlyle died Sept. 14 in Encino after a battle with lymphoma, friend Toni Greenberg announced. The daughter of a […]

Geena Davis on Spirit Awards Going Gender-Neutral and Whether ‘Cutthroat Island’ Bankrupted Its Studio

Geena Davis is sharing her thoughts on the Independent Spirit Awards going gender-neutral for acting categories while also defending her 1995 film Cutthroat Island, stating that it “did not bring down” Carolco Pictures. In a new interview with The New Yorker about her upcoming memoir, Dying of Politeness, the actress and founder of the Geena […]

Bentonville Film Festival Announces 2023 Dates, New Animation Category

Bentonville Film Festival, chaired by award-winning actress and gender equity advocate Geena Davis, has announced its 2023 festival dates. The annual event held in northwest Arkansas will take place June 13 to 18 for its in-person component, with on-demand streaming of selected programming and events through June 25 available on the festival’s virtual platform. “We […]

Emmys: Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media to Receive 2022 Governors Award

The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media will receive the 2022 Governors Award at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony on Sept. 12 “in recognition of their efforts to promote gender balance and foster inclusion throughout the entertainment industry,” the TV Academy announced on Monday. Founded in 2004 by the Oscar-winning actress, the Institute […]

Two Generations of ‘A League of Their Own’ Stars Celebrate Film’s 30th Anniversary: “Seeing A Girl Play Sports Was Pretty Eye-Opening”

Thirty years later, Penny Marshall’s groundbreaking A League of Their Own is still making an impact. And while there’s no crying in baseball, there was certainly laughing, dancing and several cheers on Saturday evening at Cinespia’s showing of the baseball classic at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Fans, many dressed in Rockford Peaches uniforms, celebrated the […]

‘A League of Their Own’ Hits 30: Stars, Writer on Studio Battles, Mystery Ending and Why the Sequel Script Died

When A League of Their Own premiered 30 years ago on July 1, 1992, it was not expected to be a hit. Director Penny Marshall, coming off of Big (1988) and the Oscar-nominated Awakenings (1990), had watched a PBS documentary about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which launched in the 1940s, and sent the […]

Bentonville’s Geena Davis and Wendy Guerrero on How to Program a Truly Diverse Film Festival

While film festivals continue to struggle in 2022 with gender parity and other benchmarks of inclusive selection, the Bentonville Film Festival has consistently programmed lineups from a majority of women, BIPOC, queer, disabled and other types of historically excluded filmmakers since its founding in 2015. The festival returned for its eighth edition on June 22 […]

Bentonville Film Festival to Honor ‘Queer as Folk’ Star Fin Argus and ‘Dear White People’ Producer Effie Brown

The Bentonville Film Festival, chaired by Geena Davis, is set to honor actor Fin Argus and producer Effie Brown at its eighth annual event produced by the nonprofit BFFoundation. Argus, who will be presented with the Rising Star award for outstanding talent, is known for their role as Mingus, an aspiring drag performer, in the […]

Emilia Jones, Scoot McNairy Star in ‘Fairyland’ Adaptation for American Zoetrope

Coda star Emilia Jones and Scoot McNairy have nabbed lead roles in producer Sofia Coppola’s Fairyland adaptation for American Zoetrope, with director Andrew Durham having just wrapped production on his debut feature. Coppola and American Zoetrope acquired the screen rights to Alysia Abbott’s Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father, a coming-of-age account of Abbott growing […]

‘The Seven Faces of Jane’ to Open Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival

The Seven Faces of Jane, a feature with eight short films produced by Roman Coppola, is set to open the competitive program for Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival, running June 22 to 26. The film has shorts directed by Julian Acosta, Xan Cassavetes, Gia Coppola, Ryan Heffington, Boma Iluma, Gillian Jacobs, Ken Jeong and Alex […]