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    The Controversy Over The Help

    The Help has stirred up many emotions since it opened on Wednesday. But that hasn't prevented the film from becoming a hit. It grossed over $35 million since it opened and already made back its budget of $25 million. While I'm sure that Participant and Dreamworks would rather not have the controv...

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    Cross Post: Going to See The Help at The White House by Carol Jenkins

    If not for an invitation from Michelle Obama (you know, her people emailed my people) I might have missed seeing The Help. But a request for my presence in the White House screening room was too enticing–not to mention singular– to turn down.

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    Why The Help Matters

    After a long summer of superhero dudes and exploding machines, women are finally getting a one for our team. Actually, a second one. Remember Bridesmaids from May? Doesn't that seem sooo long ago? I don't want to complain too much (well, I do) but there have been multiple (I don't care to count...

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    Interview with Octavia Spencer of The Help

    Octavia Spencer has the breakout role of her lifetime as Minny Jackson in The Help. She talked about the film and how important it is for women to support women's films. I have to say that even though this was a phone interview, Spencer was so real and honest and I found the conversation very enj...

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    The Help: Featurette

    I know that people have issues with this film (I am planning on reading the book before it's release in August) but I am down with any movie where Viola Davis talks about making invisible women visible. Hopefully this will be Davis' second Oscar nominated performance. It may be that the featurette...

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    Get Ready For The Help

    This is the big women's summer movie. I didn't know that Kathryn Stockett who wrote the book was rejected by 60 literary agents. It has now spent 100 weeks on the hardcover best seller list and just came out in paperback.

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    Trailer Watch: The Help

    This looks great. Opens on August 12.

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    The Help at Cinema Con

    As usual, it's going to be a quiet summer for women centric films from the studios. The big studio film that will target the female demographic is The Help. Dreamworks brought in several members of the cast including Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard and Emma Stone to Cinema Con in...

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