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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Interview with Marie Feret Star of Mozart's Sister

    15-year-old Marie Feret plays Nannerl Mozart the elder sister to Wolfgang in her father Rene's Mozart's Sister opening this week in the US. A prodigy in her own right, she was trained by her father in the same way that he would later train her brother. Nannerl composed on her own and actually helped her brother with his early compositions. But because girls were not allowed to play at court when they reached a certain age and also for a plethora of sexist issues, Nannerl had to abandon her ambition to become a successful musician. There were just too many obstacles and no one to support her. Very sad story of another woman not allowed to succeed because of her gender. These stories are strewn throughout history.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Amazon Expands Instant Video with 100k+ Library Titles

    Netflix beware. At the end of July, Amazon announced a partnership with NBCUniversal to provide some 9,000 streaming movies and TV shows to its Prime subscribers.

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  • The Playlist
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    Wow: Ridley Scott To Follow 'Prometheus' With 'Blade Runner' Sequel

    Update: Producers for the film tell 24 Frames that realistically, the earliest this will shoot is 2013 as a writer still needs to be hired, a script to be written and a film to cast -- a process which will take 18 months at least. And oh yeah, don't expect Harrison Ford. "In no way do I speak for Ridley Scott," producer Andrew Kosove said. "But if you're asking me will this movie have anything to do with Harrison Ford, the answer is no. This is a total reinvention, and in my mind that means doing everything fresh, including casting."

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Happy Birthday Marcus Garvey! To Celebrate, Watch Doc Biopic "Look For Me In The Whirlwind..."

    Today in history... Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr. was born today, August 17th, 1887, in St. Ann's Bay, Jamaica.

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  • The Playlist
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    Stephen Root Reteams With Robert Redford For 'The Company You Keep'

    Stephen Root rules. Probably best known as Milton Waddams in "Office Space" the character actor moves effortlessly from comedy to drama to horror and is constantly working on a new project. Hell, just look at the wide variety of films he's had this year alone: "Red State," "Cedar Rapids," "Everything Must Go," voicing a part in "Rango," popping up in "Justified" and he's got "J. Edgar" around the corner. Not bad. He was also in Robert Redford's dusty musty drama "The Conspirator" earlier this year and he's impressed the Sundance veteran enough that he wants to work with him again.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Melissa McCarthy Gets Some New Gigs

    The Melissa McCarthy express is keeping on rolling. She has just signed up to host the 2nd episode of SNL, and she was signed on for a new film called ID Theft with Jason Bateman. The big news about this is that the film was, of course, written for two guys, but Bateman loved McCarthy and had them retool the the script so they could co-star together. The premise is that one person steals the identity of the other. The female characters usually get switched to male not the other way around.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    To Be Heard - Screenings in NY and LA in August

    This is an important new film about one of our society's most pressing issues - youth and the power of the spoken word to change their lives for the better.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Actor Wendell Pierce Isn't Exactly Thrilled With "The Help"

    Actor Wendell Pierce (Treme, The Wire and nearly 80 other film and TV roles) may be many things, but one thing he is definitely is not, is a fan of the film The Help. This week he Tweeted a dialogue after seeing the film, and while he had praise for both Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, he said that the film was "a passive version of the terror of Jim Crow South."

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Captain America Is A Lawyer With A Drug Problem In 'Puncture'

    Chris Evans has always flirted with stardom but this summer he finally nailed it down, leading "Captain America: The First Avenger" to some major box office bucks while also showing he can easily handle a tentpole lead with charm and charisma to spare. He's got "The Avengers" next summer, and while he considers his non-superhero next options -- which include "Motor City" with Albert Hughes and the long-gestating Doug Liman moon movie "Luna" -- he's got an indie flick coming out that should remind folks that Evans is more than just a pretty face.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Film Independent Fellows for 2011 Screenwriters Lab: The Women

    Sponsored by the Writer's Guild of America West, the Lab is taking place now through September 18 in LA. The mentors include Karyn Kusama (Jennifer’s Body), Mary Sweeney (Baraboo), and Meg LeFauve (The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys). Maryam Keshavarz (Circumstance) will be a guest speaker.

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