Amy Poehler, Issa Rae, Elizabeth Debicki and Cathy Schulman are among the honorees for the 2019 Women in Film Annual Gala, Women in Film Los Angeles announced Thursday.The awards reception will take place on June 12 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills and will be hosted by actress Xosha Roquemore. Formerly named the Crystal + Lucy Awards, the annual benefit supports WIF LA’s educational and philanthropic programs and its advocacy for gender parity for women throughout the industry.“SNL” and “Parks and Recreation” star Poehler, who can currently be seen in Netflix’s “Wine Country,” will receive the Women in Film Entrepreneur in Entertainment Award. “Insecure” star Rae is receiving the Emerging Entrepreneur Award. Debicki, who starred in last year’s “Widows” and “The Tale,” will receive the Max Mara Face of the Future Award. And finally, Welle Entertainment CEO Schulman, who produced this year’s “Five Feet Apart” and the upcoming “Otherhood,” will receive the Crystal Award for Advocacy in Entertainment.Also Read: WGA Study Finds Women Make Up Less Than One-Fourth of All TV Showrunners“We set out to pivot the event to highlight community, advocacy, and entrepreneurship, and are thrilled by this year’s honorees, whose collective body of work truly embodies those values. These extraordinarily talented women demonstrate a lifelong commitment to innovation, entrepreneurship, and support for the next generation of rising talent,” the gala co-chairs Amy Baer, Esther Chang, Hannah Minghella and Talitha Watkins said in a statement.This year’s Women In Film gala will also debut new awards honoring women whose entrepreneurial strides are creating opportunities for more women to succeed in careers in the screen industries. The Member’s Choice Award, which is also a new prize for 2019, will focus on female directors and highlight narrative features with a U.S. theatrical release in 2018.All WIF LA members can cast their votes for eligible films, and the winner will be announced onstage at the Gala. Additionally, ReFrame, a collaborative initiative of WIF LA and Sundance Institute, will introduce the ReFrame Rise Directors Program at the event.Also Read: Watch Diane Warren and Marisa Corvo Perform 'I'll Fight' From 'RBG' (Video)Last year’s honorees included Brie Larson, Channing Dungey, Alexandra Shipp, Nova Wav, Frances McDormand and the women of “Black Panther.”The Women In Film Annual Gala is presented by sponsor Max Mara for the 17th year. The event is designed and produced by Carleen Cappelletti of Anchor Street Collective.Read original story Women in Film to Honor Amy Poehler, Issa Rae, Elizabeth Debicki, Cathy Schulman at 2019 Gala At TheWrap
HBO has ordered a new sketch comedy series from Robin Thede and Issa Rae, which will be the first to feature an almost exclusive cast of black women. The half-hour series — “A Black Lady Sketch Show” — will feature narrative sketches performed by a core cast of black women, including Thede, as well as celebrity guests. Thede serves as creator, executive producer, writer and star, with Rae executive producing through her company, Issa Rae Productions. The series is the first gig for Thede since her late-night series, “The Rundown With Robin Thede,” was canceled after one season by BET. Thede is also developing a sitcom for ABC based on her childhood. Also Read: Laura Dern and Issa Rae Team for HBO Limited Series 'The Dolls' Lauren Ashley Smith, who was the show’s head writer, is coming to Thede’s new series in the same role, along with being co-executive producer. Dave Becky, Jonathan Berry, Tony Hernandez, Brooke Posch will serve as executive producers, with Deniese Davis, Montrel McKay, and John Skidmore on board as producers. “Black Lady Sketch Show” will further expand Rae’s relationship with HBO. She has starred for three seasons on the pay cable network’s comedy “Insecure,” and will star alongside Laura Dern in the limited series “The Dolls,” which recounts the aftermath of Christmas Eve riots within two small Arkansas towns in 1983 over Cabbage Patch Dolls. Read original story HBO Orders Sketch Comedy Series From Robin Thede and Issa Rae At TheWrap
In the film co-starring Issa Rae, Regina Hall's character wakes up trapped inside the body of a 13-year-old, played by teen actress Marsai Martin.