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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Hedy Lamarr: Way More Than Just a Pretty Face

    Hedy Lamarr was a big Hollywood star in the 40s.  But what most people don't know is that she was also an inventor.  An inventor who created a gudiance system for torpedos using frequency hoping which today is used in GPS and wireless phones.  She received a patent for her work, but it was still dismissed by the navy and she never made any money from it.  So she basically signed it away to the navy.  You can read all about Hedy Lamarr in the new book Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World by Richard Rhodes.

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    FESTIVALS: True/False 2012, Day Three: Strange Intersections

    There's a strange sense of connectedness between the films I'm seeing at this year's True/False festival. Whether that's accidental or because of the way True/False is curated, I can't say, but some of the movies I'm seeing seem to be rhymes of other movies. Sometimes it's visual. Sometimes it's thematic. Often, it's both. This year's films seem to be grouped around intersections of race, healthcare, art, queerness, and activism. Having said this, I can't actually support this observation as well as I'd like, because the keystone film that ties all of this together in my own mind is one of those secret screenings I can't talk about. Listening to the buzz around the fest, I get the feeling that more than one of those secret films would supply the glue for this feeling of intersectionality.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Japanese Trailer For 'Brave' Offers Up Lots Of New Footage

    Nope, you won't find Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Lightning McQueen or Mater (thank god) here. Pixar returns to cinemas in 2012 with "Brave," their first effort in three years that isn't a sequel, and they are putting a lot on the line. It's the first movie from the fabled animation studio to feature a female protagonist, and moreover it's a mystical period adventure which is always a hard sell no matter how old you are. But so far, it's looking pretty good and a new Japanese trailer (with a seemingly too literal English subtitles) serves up a lot more new footage from the film.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Aja Naomi King, Mustafa Shakir Cast In TV Drama Pilots

    It's that time of the year... some quckie TV pilot casting news...

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    Sony Classics Picks Up "Smashed" With Octavia Spencer

    If you're waiting to see what Oscar winner Octavia Spencer will do next on the big screen you won't have much longer to wait. Sony Classics has announced that it has picked up, for worldwide distrubition, the film Smashed which premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival in which Spencer has a major supporting role

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Holy Rollers' A Compelling Doc About A Group Of Blackjack Playing Christians

    The word of the Bible versus its actual intent has been the manna for religious leaders and their followers for hundreds, if not thousands of years. The result has been interpretations that run the gamut from the radical, to the conservative to the open-ended. But for most Christians, their concerns with the Bible and how it applies to their runs to the purely practical, and within those pages they seek guidance on how to navigate the murky waters of everyday life. A relationship with God is a constant negotiation, and the documentary "Holy Rollers: The True Story Of Card Counting Christians" (not to be confused with the Jesse Eisenberg movie of the same name) is fascinating look a group of young Christians who embark on a seemingly very un-Christian endeavor.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Book Excerpt: In Our Prime: The Invention of Middle Age

    The forthright presentation of lustful middle-aged women is probably the starkest example of a change in media portrayals. This development has both boosted and distorted our view of female midlife. Through the centuries, sexual middle-aged women have tended to be treated with either fear or ridicule.

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  • The Playlist
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    Like 'Project X'? Watch Todd Phillips Unaired NSFW HBO Documentary 'Frat House'

    To say that Todd Phillips has had an ongoing cinematic interest in recklessness and debauchery would be an understatement. As the director of "The Hangover," "Old School," "Road Trip" and the producer behind this weekend's R-rated found footage teenage bacchanalia "Project X," there is no one who is perhaps more tuned in to hedonistic male desires. But even before he made it big, Phillips was exploring what drives young men to the extreme ends of drunkeness and sex.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Trailer For Vin Diesel's "The Ropes" Series; Season 1 Now Streaming On Netflix

    Here's the trailer for that Vin Diesel web series with Fox Digital Entertainment, titled The Ropes - an original series about the lives of bouncers - I've already alerted you, and which I didn't care for, which in turn attracted several comments (likely from the same person using different handles) challenging my reaction to it.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Dominican Republic Implements New Film Law

    Here in Guadalajara where we are participating in the Industry events, we spoke at length with Ellis Perez, the Director of DGCine, the government cinema industry organization for the Dominican Republic. Their new law on international and domestic production is so favorable that whereas for the last 15 years, there has been an average of 2 productions a year, in 2012 there will be 12-15 productions completed.

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