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Sam Mendes to Lead Venice Film Festival Jury — Indiewire’s Wednesday Rundown

Sam Mendes to Lead Venice Film Festival Jury — Indiewire's Wednesday Rundown

Sam Mendes, director of Oscar winner “American Beauty” and recent James Bond films “Skyfall” and “Spectre,” will lead the Venice Film Festival Jury this year. The event takes place August 31 – September 10. The last time Mendes attended Venice was back in 2002 for the premiere of his Tom Hanks-starring period drama “Road to Perdition.” The rest of the festival jury will be announced in the coming months. 

Read below for more of today’s breaking news stories:

– Indiewire’s own Melissa Silverstein, the founder and publisher of Women and Hollywood, will receive the Marie C. Wilson Emerging Leader award at the 28th annual Ms. Foundation’s Gloria Awards: A Salute to Women of Vision this evening at the Pierre Hotel in NYC. The awards are a yearly celebration to benefit Ms. Foundation grantees around the country and to recognize those who ignite policy and create change. The Ms. Foundation for Women was founded in 1973 by Gloria Steinem, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Marlo Thomas, and Patricia Carbine. Silverstein and her Women and Hollywood are currently bound for a new home over at Medium. We couldn’t be more proud of Melissa and her growing body of work!

– The Nantucket Film Festival has announced additional honorees, signature programming, and talent for the 2016 line-up.  Molly Shannon, Sian Heder, Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady will be honored at the annual festival, joining previously announced award recipient Oliver Stone and Screenwriters Tribute host Seth Meyers. Additional programming picks include “Goat” and “Miss Sharon Jones!”

 – “24” took a four-year break before returning with “24: Live Another Day” in 2014, but fans won’t have to wait that long for a continuation of Jack Bauer’s “Legacy.” “24: Legacy” has been picked up by Fox for the 2016-2017 season, starring Corey Hawkins (“Straight Outta Compton”), Miranda Otto (“Homeland”) and Jimmy Smits (“The West Wing”). The first season will chronicle a “race against the clock” (of course) as agents rush to stop a devastating terrorist attack on U.S. soil. Fox also picked up “Star,” another Lee Daniels vehicle in the same vein as “Empire.” “Star” stars three newcomers, Queen Latifah and Benjamin Bratt as music businessmen — and women — trying to navigate a cut-throat industry. Dazzling original music is promised, and the network is undoubtedly hoping for “Empire” Season 1 ratings, not Season 2.

– Canadian filmmaker Bruce LaBruce is gearing up for his next film with a newly launched Kickstarter campaign. “The Misandrists” will follow “a secret cell of feminist terrorists that is planning to liberate women, overthrow the patriarchy, and usher in a new female world order.” You can learn more about the project and donate on its Kickstarter page.

– The Women In Film Los Angeles 2016 Finishing Fund has announced that applications are now open for its 2016 round of grants. The application period runs through June 30, 2016. Recipients will be announced in November. Interested filmmakers can go to the WIF website to apply. Now in its 31st year, Women In Film will give up to $25,000 cash, in-kind and consultation grants for films by and/or about women as represented in documentary, narrative, animated and/or experimental films, shorts or feature length.

Watch the trailer for Sam Mendes’ “Spectre” below…

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