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  • Women and Hollywood
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    A Little Something to Brighten Your Day: The Athena Film Festival Trailer

    Suck it to all of you who don't think women are strong leaders in every aspect of life.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Oscar Nominations 2012 Announced: "The Help," Viola Davis And Octavia Spencer Make The List

    Oscar nominations were announced earlier and The Help scored well getting a "Best Picture" nomination as well as garnering a "Best Actress" nomination for Viola Davis and "Best Supporting Actress" for Octavia Spencer.

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  • The Playlist
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    Sundance: 'Liberal Arts' Director Josh Radnor Talks The Influence Of Richard Linklater, Working With Elizabeth Olsen & More

    While it's fairly easy (and somewhat lazy) to toss Josh Radnor into the Zach Braff category of sitcom-actor-turned-screenwriter-and-filmmaker, the association is reductive of the talents required on both the small and big screen. As the star of "How I Met Your Mother," Radnor has displayed a very different set of tools than those utilized for his debut feature "Happythankyoumoreplease." And while that Sundance Audience Award-winning film didn't quite break out the way one might expect, Radnor has soldiered on, and now, two years later, has arrived with "Liberal Arts." Starring rising actress Elizabeth Olsen, the film centers on Jesse (Radnor), a 35-year-old man who can’t leave his college life behind as he comes to grips with the responsibilities of adulthood. Olsen plays Zibby, a 19-year-old college student who falls for Jesse over their mutual love of music and literature, but their difference in age starts to get in the way as Jesse moves farther away from a hedonistic lifestyle.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Video: The Hilarious Q&A At The Sundance Premiere of the Pretty Amazing "Bachelorette"

    It's not going to be for everyone, but I really got into Leslye Headland's "Bachelorette" at last night's premiere.  A sort of "Bridesmaids" meets "Mean Girls" by way of John Hughes, its darker and more cynical than I expected (though honestly my major complaint is that it wasn't quite dark enough). It's also probably going to offend or at least put off a lot of folks (and did last night), particularly those outside the demographic the film is significantly geared toward (gays and gals in their 20s). But I actually found it depressingly authentic in its unlikeable characters, and felt that its entire cast - Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzie Caplan and breakout Rebel Wilson - were across the board stellar. Wilson was also fucking hilarious on stage afterwards at a rather riotous Q&A, the entire video from which is available below:

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Video: Julie Delpy and Chris Rock Being Ridiculously Charming at the "2 Days In New York" Sundance Premiere

    Julie Delpy and Chris Rock at the Q&A following the Sundance premiere of "2 Days in New York," doing what they do best.

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  • The Playlist
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    The Biggest Snubs And Surprises Of The 2012 Oscar Nominations

    As you might imagine from a many-headed beast like The Academy, it’s impossible to predict exactly what the Oscars will be. Sure, precursor awards and prognosticators might make it seem like the race is done, but there’s so many unknowns, so many obscure rules and wild cards, that they’ll always be a fair few surprises.

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  • Press Play
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    2012 OSCAR NOMINATIONS: Open Thread

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    The 2012 Oscar nominations were announced this morning. Albert Brooks, Steven Spielberg and a lot of other expected nominees were snubbed. There were surprises in other categories, though: Demián Bichir as Best Actor for A Better Life, Rooney Mara as Best Actress for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Melissa McCarthy as Best Supporting Actress for Bridesmaids and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close as Best Picture. The thread is open; dive in, folks.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    The Oscar Noms: It Sucks to Be a Female Filmmaker Part 2

    This is an up and down day as you will see from the posts on the site. The Academy Award nominations have been released and while there are many great women nominated in a variety of categories, at the top level- best picture and best director - women are missing.

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  • Spout
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    2012 Oscar Nominee Discussions

    First, obligatorily, we don't care about the Oscars. Second, we really haven't seen or at least haven't written about enough of the Oscar nominees this year. Part of the reason is that a lot of the films of last year weren't that interesting, discussion-wise. Even films that were being talked about elsewhere, like "The Help" and "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" didn't seem worthy of review for us. But we're going to try to be better in this next year. We also notice that we could be a little less negative. Even the one discussion post on "Hugo," one of our favorites of the year is about its one notable flaw. Anyway, in response to the 2012 Academy Award nominees, here are those recognized that we've spouted about: Best Picture

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  • The Playlist
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    Sundance: Stephen Frears & Rebecca Hall Talk Bringing The Gambling Tale 'Lay The Favorite' To Life

    Over the weekend in Park City, Utah, “Lay the Favorite” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, drawing mixed reactions from audiences and critics with its colorful portrait of an ex-stripper who discovers an unexpected aptitude for legal gambling (you can read our review here). Amazingly, however, the film is based on a true story, using the memoir by Beth Raymer as a jumping off point, and as Rebecca Hall puts it, her performance as Beth gives the character a believability they might not have if they were in a regular, fictional film.

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