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  • Women and Hollywood
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    The Sad Death of Prime Suspect

    This TV season has lots of female created and female starring shows.  Some stink (Whitney), some are great (Up All Night), and most kind of fall somewhere in the middle (2 Broke Girls).  (For a an analysis of the Whitney Cummings phenomenon check out this piece from Emily Nussbaum in the New Yorker.  I guess the good news is that we've come to the place where women can create shows as middling and mediocre as their male colleagues and it's not the end of the world.  We know we will have more shows about women created by women (not enough, but some) in the future because women watch TV and advertisers want women.

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  • The Playlist
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    Exclusive: Earth 2 Emerges In Deleted Scene From 'Another Earth'

    If you've paid any attention to movie news this year, you've undoubtedly heard the name Brit Marling. The actress, writer and producer was one of the darlings of the Sundance Film Festival in January, arriving with two films that both played to strong reviews: "Sound Of My Voice" directed by Zal Batmanglij and "Another Earth" helmed by Mike Cahill. No only did Marling star in both films, she co-wrote them as well, marking her as a unique talent to watch, not solely for the multiple hats she wears both in front and behind the camera, but for the original, unique concepts she helped dream up for these movies.

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  • The Playlist
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    Long Lost Walt Disney Cartoon 'Hungry Hobos' Uncovered In U.K. Archive

    Before there was Mickey Mouse, there was a plucky, similarly styled character that Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks created named Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. While not as widely known as Mickey Mouse, since Disney recently reacquired the rights to the character (more on that in a minute), he has been sneaking into the atmosphere (most notably appearing in last year's wonderful "Epic Mickey" Wii game) and one day should be a fully integrated member of the all-star Disney roster. And over in England, one of his very first appearances has finally been uncovered.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    ADIFF Day 5 Highlights

    If you're in the New York area, we hope you're enjoying the African Diaspora Film Festival, which is screening 63 films at four different venues over the next few weeks.

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  • The Playlist
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    Theo Angelopoulos' New Film 'The Other Sea' With 'Il Divo' & 'Gomorrah' Star Toni Servillo Starts Shooting In December

    Italian heartthrob Toni Servillo (“Gomorrah,” “Il Divo”) announced at the Turin Film Festival this week that he will be starring in the new film from Palme d’Or winning Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos. Principal photography on the picture, titled “The Other Sea (L’altro Mare)” begins on December 26th (way to tip off the paparazzi, guys).

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Dirty Trailer for Young Adult - written by Diablo Cody

    If you think you knew what Young Adult was about, this will throw a wrench in those thoughts. Just please don't play this around the kids - it's good and dirty.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: Steve McQueen's 'Shame' A Fascinating Follow-Up To 'Hunger,' With A Tour-De-Force From Michael Fassbender

    As English-language directorial debuts of the last few years go, Steve McQueen's "Hunger" ranks up there as one of the most uncompromising. An award-winning, sometimes controversial British artist, McQueen chose to move into feature films by examining the life of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands, managing not to flinch from any of the grim details, using takes of up to 20 minutes in length, and showcasing a blazing performance from the now firmly-planted-on-the-A-list Michael Fassbender. It picked up an enormous amount of critical support, including the Camera D'Or at Cannes in 2008, and signified both director and star as major talents to watch.

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  • The Playlist
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    Sam Riley Joins Neil Jordan's 'Byzantium' Starring Gemma Arterton & Saoirse Ronan

    Seventeen years after tackling the vampire flick "Interview With A Vampire," Irish writer-director Neil Jordan is now returning to the genre that has a newfound popularity, with an upcoming female-led story that has two of the biggest rising thespians across the pond in Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan already attached to star. Titled "Byzantium," the film has now also managed to add another promising talent in the form of Brit actor Sam Riley to its ranks.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    No Buyers For Michael Jackson Concert Footage

    This past weekend never before seen two hour video footage from Michael Jackson's 1993 Dangerous tour was put up for auction from the production company Fame Bureau. The asking price was $7.8 million. No one bit.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    'Pariah' Director Dee Rees Snags 'Breakthrough Director' Honor at Gotham Awards

    Congratulations to Pariah director Dee Rees, who was named Breakthrough Director at last night's 21st Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards. 

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