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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Sometimes Real Life is Even Better Than The Movie

    They couldn't have scripted it better. It was a storybook weekend for women's soccer. While most of the US press was focused on Derek Jeter's 3,000 hit (at least that's what it looks like from my vantage point in NYC), the real story for women's sports was the comeback of the US women's national soccer team who were literally moments from their earliest elimination in the Women's World Cup.

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  • The Playlist
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    First Look At Al Pacino As Phil Spector In Forthcoming David Mamet Directed Biopic For HBO

    Though in the works for a while now, we didn't realize that the Al Pacino-starring, David Mamet-directed Phil Spector biopic had started rolling, but we're glad it has.

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  • Spout
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    Short Starts: Watch the Charming and Trippy "Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day"

    It’s hard not to think fondly of Winnie the Pooh. The honey-loving bear has touched generations of children, all over the world, from the 1920s England of A. A. Milne’s original books to Soviet Russia. Yet no one has taken advantage of Winnie and his friends more thoroughly than Disney. Since the original 1966 featurette, the company has produced four short films, eight direct-to-video movies, four television series, five TV specials, seven video games and five theatrically released feature films, including this week’s “Winnie the Pooh.” It’s been quite the moneymaker for Walt’s heirs, but the originality and creativity that made Winnie a classic are most obvious at the source: the three theatrical featurettes that set everything in motion.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    UPDATE: Spike Lee's "New Joint" Begins Shooting Today; Revisiting "Mookie" In "Red Hook"

    UPDATE: Just lifted the following from Wilson Morales' site:

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  • The Playlist
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    Contest Giveaway: 'Tabloid' Poster Signed By Errol Morris & Official Soundtrack

    A film we put up on our list of Most Anticipated Films From 2011 We’ve Already Seen as well as on our rundown of Alternative Summer Movie Highlights, Errol Morris' "Taboid" is truly unlike any documentary you will see this year. And as it gears up to roll into theaters this Friday, we have a great prize for a very lucky reader.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    TheGrio.com, NewsOne.com Team Up to Create Premier African-American Digital News Alliance

    NBC News' TheGrio.com Partners With Interactive One's NewsOne.com to Create The Premier African-American Digital News Alliance With the Widest Audience Reach

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: ‘The Tree’ Is A Harrowing, Sometimes Drab, Look At Life & Loss

    Films about the loss of a loved one – a parent, a child, a partner, a friend – have been a staple of cinema almost since its inception. Our inability to forget or move on with our lives is one of the characteristics that makes us human and filmmakers are always looking for new ways to examine how we cope (or fail to cope) with death. “The Tree” is not exactly an inspired take on the idea, but does have certain elements that make it a very touching cinematic experience. As the old adage goes, it’s not the destination, it’s the journey that counts. This is absolutely true for “The Tree.”

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Harry Lennix, Trisha Mann Join Cast Of Matthew Cherry's "The Last Fall" + Official Synopsis

    An actor who probably needs no introduction around here, Mr. Harry Lennix and actress Trisha Mann have joined stars Lance Gross and Nicole Beharie in 2011 Shadow And Act Filmmaker To Watch Matthew Cherry's feature film debut, The Last Fall, which begins principal photography today!

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Marsha Norman to Write Play Dealing with Plight of Women and Girls

    The United Nations Department of Public Information, through its Creative Community Outreach Initiative (CCOI) has joined forces with Theatre for Humans a producing entity out of LA to create a play based on stories of women and girls throughout the world. The play will be "dedicated to telling the poignant stories of those impacted by current global issues."

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  • The Playlist
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    Joe Carnahan Says The 'The Grey' Is Almost Locked, Warns "Haters Prepare. Your Hopes Will Be Dashed"

    There's no doubt that we've been pretty hard on Joe Carnahan. The helmer burst onto the scene with the gritty cop drama "Narc" but squandered that goodwill with the outlandish "Smokin' Aces" and the bloated "The A-Team." However, Carnahan's next effort "The Grey" definitely looks like a step back in the right direction and if you might have some doubts, Carnahan is ready to prove you wrong.

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