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Femme Fatale: How I Made it As a Female Director in Hollywood

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Rachel Wolchin once said, “If we were meant to stay in one place, we would have roots instead of feet.”  

Elenore believes that women are the true architects of society.  She once told me, “We women mold and shape the future generation to become the best versions of themselves.” This interview with her has been as intriguing as I tried to map out what being a woman means to her in today’s society.

Looking back, I wasn’t aware at first how lucky I was to grow up with wonderful women around me—women who inspired me to step out of my comfort zone, and pursue my hopes and dreams. Most of my teachers have been women throughout my life – from my mother, my spiritual mentors to my academic mentors. I truly belie that women are the driving force of the world that goes unappreciated. Throughout my life, I have seen amazing women jiggling plates among hundreds of things at the same time and yet keeping their poise and kindness. I have learned resilience and greater love from women who have such big hearts – it was because of them I learned that complaining doesn’t solve anything and how to perform under pressure.

I believe that every woman has unique talents and abilities that are not visible to the world.  I am the lucky few who, thanks to my mother and my mentors, never felt like there are things I can’t do only because I am a woman. I was taught that it’s okay to dream, to want to fly, to want to achieve your goals. When I started playing the piano and showed interest in things like art, photography, books, and music, my mother never discouraged me. In fact, she always encouraged me to explore my artistic abilities.

Another woman who is important to me is my childhood piano teacher. She was a true maverick. She came from an art teacher’s family whose lives were heavily impacted by the culture revolution in China. Yet she showed nothing but dignity, professionalism and positivity throughout her career and her interaction with anyone.  Running her own piano school soon after free economy was restored in China, she not only told but showed me that the world is my oyster as long as I don’t give up in face of hardships.

When I got into the Northwestern University, I met a lot of wonderful teachers and female mentors who shaped and molded me into who I am today. They taught me that dreams are achieved when you step out of your comfort zone. When I got the opportunity to work on my To the Moon documentary with Harvard, I took inspiration from my favorite female directors such as Agnes Varda, Claire Dennis and Chantal Akerman. I have always been inspired by their sensitivity and unique voice, and I made it my goal to create something along the same caliber one day.

Some of my work has also been heavily inspired by contemporary Chinese female directors such as Vivian Qu and Chloe Zhao.

If I’ve learned one thing from life, it’s the fact that gender doesn’t define you. It’s not your identity. But women have, and will always be the unsung heroes of the filmmaking world.

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Die Hard’s Jeb Stuart to write ‘Assassin’s Creed’ Netflix series

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Die Hard scribe Stuart has been tapped to compose Netflix’s live-action adaptation of Assassin’s Creed, Deadline has affirmed.

The task has been being development at Netflix since 2020 as a part of a content deal with with Ubisoft to develop live-action, animated and anime series dependent on the international bestselling video game franchise.

Since it first launched in 2007, the Assassin’s Creed franchise has sold in excess of 155 million games worldwide to become one of the bestselling series in video game history. It was adjusted as a feature with the 2016 Assassin’s Creed directed by Justin Kurzel and featuring Michael Fassbender. In 2017, Ubisoft flagged its arrangements for an Assassin’s Creed TV series.

Stuart most recently created Netflix’s Vikings: Valhalla, the sequel of History’s Vikings series. He likewise wrote Netflix limited series The Liberator and features, for example, Die Hard, Another 48 Hours and The Fugitive.

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Jack Black and Ice Cube to star in Sony comedy ‘Oh Hell No’

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Jack Black and Ice Cube are joining for Sony satire Oh Hell No.

Black is in talks with star with Ice Cube in the project that follows the relationship of Sherman (Black) and Will (Cube) after Sherman falls in love with Will’s mother.

Kitao Sakurai, the filmmaker behind Netflix’s breakout satire Bad Trip, is set to direct from a script by Scot Armstrong (Old School), Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip), Jessica Gao (She-Hulk) and Rodney Rothman (Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse).

Matt Tolmach, who worked with Black on the Jumanji films, is producing through Matt Tolmach Productions with Black and Roz Music. Brittany Morrissey is directing for the studio.

Black was most recently seen in theaters with Jumanji: The Next Level, and is set for the profoundly expected Borderlands include adaption, playing beloved character Claptrap. He is repped by WME and Sloane Offer.

Ice Cube, repped by WME, Prospect Park and Ziffren Brittenham, was most recently seen in Searchlight’s The High Note and is set for a Universal sci-fi feature from Wanted chief Timur Bekmambetov.

Sakurai’s previous credit includes directing and executive producing The Eric Andre Show for Adult Swim, and as of late coordinating scenes for the second period of FX parody Dave and BJ Novak’s upcoming series Platform. He is repped by UTA, 3 Arts and Schreck Rose.

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‘Ladies and Gentlemen’ : Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s debut web series on ZEE 5

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A virtual press conference for the revealing of Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s debut web series “Ladies and Gentlemen” was held today at 4 pm. The ZEE 5 original series will premiere universally on July 9.

Director Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, producer Nusrat Imrose Tisha, and ZEE5 Global’s Chief Business Officer Archana Anand were available at the meeting. The cast, including Maria Nur, Pavel Areen, Tanvir Hossain, Mamunur Rashid, Tasnia Farin, Hasan Masood, Partha Barua, Alexey Kosorukov, and Iresh Zaker were additionally in participation, among others. The meeting was facilitated by Aisha Khan.

The online meeting started with a welcome address by Archana Anand. “The entire journey of Zee 5 has been about bringing out quality content for the audiences, especially based in India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan and so far the response has been overwhelming. With internationally acclaimed director Mostofa Sarwar Farooki joining this goal, I hope we will be able to deliver more towards our promise,” she said in her speech.

This was trailed by the trailer debut. The 2 minutes and 21-second trailer showcases themes of gender equality and social stereotypes in such manner close by taboos related with womanhood.

Then, the stage was given to Mostafa Sarwar Farooki to share his perspectives and presentation experience. “As an independent filmmaker by nature, I have always been in favour of theatrical releases. However, entertainment consumption has taken a different shape in this pandemic,” he said. “OTTs have become crucial for us in such a situation, and the experience has been amazing.”

A behind the scene video was displayed through screen sharing at the live conference.

Maker Nusrat Imrose Tisha played a fundamental role with regards to choosing the cast for this creation. “This is my second production and it’s a blessing to work with Mostafa Sarwar Farooki. However as a producer, it was a challenge, as he keeps improvising,” she shared. “However, he took my advice while selecting the cast, especially in the case of Partha Barua and Tasnia Farin, and the unpredictability led to a lot of excitement and thrill for me.”

The online event finished with an inquiry and answer meeting where the floor was available to columnists and media agents to speak with the productions group and cast of “Ladies and Gentlemen”.

Mostafa Sarwar Farooki, who is known as perhaps the most prolific directors of Bangladesh, has acquired international awards for his work throughout the long term. His forthcoming project, “No Land’s Man” is a predominantly English film, which will feature Indian superstar Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Bangladeshi singer turned entertainer Tahsan Khan.

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