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    Ava DuVernay Will Direct An Episode Of 'Scandal' Next Season

    Welcome @AVAETC. Ava will be directing @ScandalABC episode 308. She is shadowing epi. 301 with us. We are all excited!!! ����

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    Ava DuVernay To Take on Martin Luther King Jr. Biopic Selma

    Ava DuVernay has signed on with Plan B (Brad Pitt's company) and Pathe UK to helm Selma, a biopic on civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. The film will focus on the voting rights movement and will take place in 1965. David Oyelowo who appeared in Middle of Nowhere will play the civil rights ...

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    Ava DuVernay To Direct Former Lee Daniels' Martin Luther King Movie 'Selma,' David Oyelowo Still Attached In Lead Role

    With Lee Daniels tackling a large swath of American history and racial politics in one fell swoop with this upcoming "The Butler"-or-insert-new-title-here, perhaps he already scratched his Civil Rights itch. In fact, back in 2010, he had already said he wasn't keen on doing two movies about the same...

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    Huge! Ava DuVernay Tapped By Brad Pitt's Plan B To Take Over Lee Daniels' 'Selma'

    Ava DuVernay is taking over directing duties of the Martin Luther King Jr feature project that Lee Daniels was once originally attached to helm, but faced a financing wall, and moved on to other projects.Deadline reports that David Oyelowo, who was to star in Daniels' project, will stay onboard to p...

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    ESPN Doc 'Venus Vs.' Shows How Venus Williams' Rise to Tennis Stardom Led Her to Fight Against Wimbledon's Pay Disparity

    "Nine for IX," ESPN's new documentary series about female sport figures from women directors, begins tonight with "Venus Vs.," a film from Ava DuVernay ("Middle of Nowhere") that looks at tennis star Venus Williams and her fight to secure equal prize money for men and women at Wimbledon.

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    The Academy Sends Out 276 Invites

    Last week, the Academy sent out 276 new invitations to join its ranks, the highest amount in recent years. (178 were invited in 2011; 135 in 2010; 134 in 2009; and 105 in 2008.) What you will notice from the list of invitations is the focus on diversity which is something the Academy clearly had t...

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    'Venus Vs.' Review: Venus Williams Fights for Gender Equality at Wimbledon in Ava DuVernay's Rousing Sports Doc

    Ava DuVernay’s skilled documentary “Venus Vs.,” which debuts on ESPN July 2, charts Venus Williams’ two-year battle from 2005 to 2007 for equal prize money among genders at Wimbledon. In the film, sports journalist Howard Bryant explains that it takes a certain collision of factors for someone to be...

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    Review: Ava DuVernay Highlights Tennis Star's Activism in Exciting Doc 'Venus Vs.' (Airs Tonight)

    I remember the first time I saw Venus Williams on television- tall, lean, with a tennis racquet in her hand, and multicolored beads in her braids. I didn’t grow up playing or watching tennis, but there was something about her and those beads that spoke to me.

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    Interview with Ava DuVernay - Director of Venus Vs.

    Venus Vs.shows an unexpected side of Venus Williams. The film is all about the fight for equal pay for women in tennis. Billie Jean King led the charge in her day and the US Open started to pay the women and the men the same. But not Wimbledon. It took Venus Williams to carry on Billie Jean's le...

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    Venus Williams' Multiple Wimbledon Championship Dreams In New Clip From 'Venus VS'

    ESPN Films and espnW will premiere the documentary Venus Vs., directed by Ava DuVernay, as the first film in the upcoming Nine for IX series, tomorrow, July 2, at 8pm ET.

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