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    'The Artist' Continues Awards Sweep With Four Wins At The Critic's Choice Awards; George Clooney & Viola Davis Take Best Actor/Actress

    We've still got about six weeks to go in the awards season, but we're all but done with the nomination process (bar the Oscars, of course), and moving into the stage where people actually get to start filling up their trophy cabinet. The Golden Globes are on Sunday, but last night saw the fi...

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    The Golden Globe Nominations: The Women

    I like the Golden Globe show cause it's always goofy.  People drink, say funny stuff and you get TV and film people in one place.  People who are awards watchers don't take it too seriously because they have two different film categories -- comedy and drama -- which no other a...

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    Octavia Spencer Wins Breakthrough Award at Palm Springs Fest

    Octavia Spencer ("The Help") will be awarded the Breakthrough Performance Award at the upcoming 23rd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival on Jan. 7. Spencer joins this year's other announced honorees: George Clooney, Glenn Close, Michel Hazanavicius and Michelle Williams.

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    Some Articles to Ponder

    Here are some articles worth a look before the work takes over again tomorrow-

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    The Hollywood Reporter's Actress Roundtable

    Here is a look at some of the women we will be talking about for the next several months. 

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    The Help Rises to Number One at the Box Office in Week Two

    The story with Hollywood movies is that films open big in their first weekend and then drop off precipitously in their second weekend as a film opening takes the box office crown. That is not the case with The Help. It is the second film this year -- the first being True Grit in January -- to rise to first place in its second week of release. (Box office experts also noted that The Blind Side, which this film is being compared to in terms of audience, budget and potential awards, also rose to number 1 after its initial release.) The film has also bested the recent August releases of Julie & Julia and Eat, Pray Love -- films with big stars...

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    The Controversy Over The Help

    The Help has stirred up many emotions since it opened on Wednesday. But that hasn't prevented the film from becoming a hit. It grossed over $35 million since it opened and already made back its budget of $25 million. While I'm sure that Participant and Dreamworks would rather not have the controv...

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    The Help—movie review

    Any time a book strikes a chord with a vast number of people, as Kathryn Stockett’s The Help did, there is a mixture of anticipation and trepidation about its transition to the screen. Overall, I think writer-director Tate Taylor has done a good job bringing the book and its characte...

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    Cross Post: Going to See The Help at The White House by Carol Jenkins

    If not for an invitation from Michelle Obama (you know, her people emailed my people) I might have missed seeing The Help. But a request for my presence in the White House screening room was too enticing–not to mention singular– to turn down.

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    Why The Help Matters

    After a long summer of superhero dudes and exploding machines, women are finally getting a one for our team. Actually, a second one. Remember Bridesmaids from May? Doesn't that seem sooo long ago? I don't want to complain too much (well, I do) but there have been multiple (I don't care to count...

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