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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Forbes Names the 10 Most Powerful Female Authors

    This is quite an interesting list and one thing I immediately noticed which is different from so many other lists is that it is a diverse list -- five white women and five women of color. And the list is about power and influence not necessarily about money, but they are all incredibly successful. To me the women of color on the list are more substantial and the white women, more commercial.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    The Remakes Market Comes to L.A. 14-16 November 2011

    Launched in 2010, the inaugural edition of THE REMAKES MARKET showcased classic film gems, powerful scripted series as well as ingenious, low-cost, innovative formats and web series ideas. Novels, comic books and popular biographies complemented the choice of possible remakes ideas.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Only One African American Woman Directed a Top Grossing Film in 2008

    When you see these numbers it shows the difficult road women of color directors have ahead of them, but at least we have some numbers to looks at. Dr. Stacy Smith and Marc Choueiti recently released a report "Black Characters in Popular Film: Is the Key to Diversifying Cinematic Content held in the Hand of the Black Director?" and there are a couple of interesting points in the report.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Tyler Perry Says "Good Deeds" is Done Shooting + Working To Lose Weight For "Alex Cross" Next

    "So, I just finished filming a really good movie called GOOD DEEDS. It's me like you've never seen me before. It comes out in February, brace yourself. :-) There were a lot of long days on this shoot, so I wanted to take a break. I decided to do some traveling and since I still have 20 more pounds to lose before I start my next movie, ALEX CROSS, I thought I would go to the Grand Canyon and do some hiking, climbing and so on."

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  • The Playlist
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    Oren Peli's 'Paranormal Activity' Followup 'Area 51' Is Still Undergoing Rewrites & Extra Shooting

    Filmmaker Oren Peli did something very simple to become the next hot thing in horror in Hollywood: a made a movie for cheap that made millions of dollars. "Paranormal Activity" was an unbelievable box office sensation, building up through a clever marketing campaign, the film netted nearly $200 million worldwide on a microscopic budget. Since then Peli has thrown his weight around as a producer, working behind the scenes on "Paranormal Activity 2" and "Insidious," which both performed extraordinarily well. However, his sophomore feature effort "Area 51" -- which wrapped principal photography over a year ago -- is still undergoing rewrites and additional shooting.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    WeOwnTV - Picturing Independence: A Positive Revolution (Fundraising)

    ‘Picturing Independence: A Positive Revolution’ is a year-long production initiative to create a group of short films that celebrate the Sierra Leone of yesterday and today. As a country Sierra Leon [celebrated] its 50th Anniversary of Independence on April 27th 2011. The films are being created by a group of young Sierra Leoneans who are a part of a film/video collective called WeOwnTV (which roughly translates to “Our Own TV” in Sierra Leonean Krio).

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  • Spout
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    Who Else is Upset About the Death in "X-Men: First Class"?

    I was going to be specific in the title, at least to imply that I'm referring to a certain death in particular, but outside of the potential spoiler material I also want to get something else more general out of the way first: there are a LOT of deaths in "X-Men: First Class." While it may not be the traumatic deluge of blood in the peak sequence of last year's "Piranha 3D," the CIA massacre at Langley was at least as surprisingly lethal as the mermaid bit in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides." Actually, going by Entertainment Weekly's annual (thankfully still going after all these years) Summer Movie Body Count tally, the 18 pirates used as bait in "POTC" are nothing compared to the 65 agents slaughtered mostly by Azazel and Sebastian Shaw in "X-Men." Also according to EW, "Thor" had more death overall than "X-Men" (they don't count the Holocaust, because it's off screen, but I guess they also must not have counted the crew of the Russian ship, which were also all murdered by Azazel), but it's mostly Frost Giants who get it in "Thor," not humans. Certainly the latter is more affecting to audiences.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Angela Bassett As Dr Amanda Waller In Clip From "Green Lantern"

    Green Lantern opens next week Friday, with Ryan Reynolds starring as Hal Jordan, our hero from the intergalactic Green Lantern corps.

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  • The Playlist
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    Sam Worthington To Lead Sci-Fi Actioner From 'Prisoners' Scribe Aaron Guzikowski

    Looks like Sam Worthington is really gunning to corner the market for leading actors of sci-fi films. On top of his continued involvement in James Cameron's "Avatar" trilogy and a film adaptation of little known British sci-fi action hero Dan Dare, the Australian thespian is now set to lead an upcoming sci-fi actioner scribed by Aaron Guzkowski, the writer of the Black-listed and highly-buzzed script "Prisoners."

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  • Caryn James
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    Anthony Weiner’s Press Conference and the Missing “Good Wife” Moment

    It may have been entirely personal, but it also signaled an important shift in political culture: when Rep. Anthony Weiner faced the television cameras to admit that he had tweeted those crotch shots and lied about it, his wife was nowhere in sight. And instead of taking her absence as a sign of no-confidence, I’m guessing that most people were thinking, “Good for her.”

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