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    Smash Gets Renewed But Creator and Showrunner Theresa Rebeck Departs

    With a one-two punch on Thursday afternoon, NBC renewed Smash -- the show about creating a musical based on Marilyn Monroe, but also revealed that the creator, main writer, executive producer and showrunner Theresa Rebeck will be leaving the show.  (Full disclosure - Theresa Rebeck is a friend....

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    Guest Post: Just Do It: One Woman’s Journey to Making a Feature

    I wish someone had told me when I started out that if you want to make a feature, you need to find a way to do it.  Don’t wait for permission.  Don’t wait for someone to recognize your brilliance and hand you money.  Use what you’ve got and make it.

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    Interview with Jennifer Westfeldt - Writer and Director of Friends With Kids

    I think women should support each other's work, encourage each other's work, help develop each other's voices and I think, ultimately, when we can stop having the conversation about 'women filmmakers', and just talk about 'filmmakers', then we'll know we've really gotten somewhere.

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    Friends With Kids - Written and Directed by Jennifer Westfeldt

    What's interesting about Friends with Kids is that Jennifer Westfeldt has the skills to make a film feel subversive and mainstream at the same time.  The story she tells (which she also produces and directs) is about best friends who want a kid even though they haven't found the partner...

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    Trailer Watch: Where Do We Go Now - Written and Directed by Nadine Labaki

    The film will open the New Directors/New Films series on March 21 in NYC. Here is an interview I did with Labaki in Toronto back in September where it won the audience award.

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    Trailer Watch: What to Expect When You Are Expecting - The Dude Version

    This version is the studio trying to get some dudes to come and see this movie. Best line- it's a dude club - like fight club but with babies.

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    Jennifer Haley Wins 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize

    US based playwright Jennifer Haley has been awarded the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the most prestigious award for female playwrights for her play The Nether.  She prevailed over 9 other finalists.  Actress Imogene Stubbs handed out the $20,000 prize on behalf of the international ju...

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    Can Girls Be a Game Changer?

    I found this brief behind the scenes one minute and forty two second piece from the upcoming HBO series Girls created by Lena Dunham and after I watched it I could not help but think that this show could be a game changer.

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    Ten Finalists for the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize

    Now in it's 34th year, this is the most prestigious prize for female playwrights. It's like the female Pulitzer. It's a way for female playwrights to get noticed, since they are stil not produced in equal number to their male peers.

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