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    The Tree - Written and Directed by Julie Bertuccelli Opens Today

    The Tree is a lament on love, loss and family. It's a movie about trying to find a way through your grief to see some light on the other side. One of the stars of the film is this gigantic Moreton Bay fig tree which becomes the place where the young Simone (played by the unbelievable Morgana Davies) goes to talk with her dad. The tree becomes her refuge where she feels connected to him. And her relationship to the tree spreads out to the other members of the family including the mother played by Charlotte Gainsbourg and they cling to the tree as it spreads its roots dangerously threatening their house. The Tree is one of those movies whe...

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    Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

    Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a story of female friendship. The relationships are about dedication and life long commitment no matter what happens. Based on the novel by Lisa See, the film is based on two friendship one in contemporary times and one in 19th century China. This is Wayne Wang's attempt (the film is co-written by Angela Workman) to remake the magic he captured with The Joy Luck Club 18 years ago (I cannot believe that film was released in 1993. Time does fly.) Problem is this is not 1993 and this film is plodding. The friendships between the women are wonderful and the foot binding scene is excruciating and made me win...

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    The Bridesmaids Effect: Kristen Wiig Gets the Green Light for Imogene

    Multiple sources are reporting that Bridesmaids star Kristin Wiig will next take on the dark comedy Imogene written by Michelle Morgan and to be directed by American Splendor directors Shari Springer Bergman and Robert Pulcini. The film will be produced by Alix Madigan of Anonymous Content (she was...

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    Two Women Get Directing Gigs - Drew Barrymore and Jerusha Hess

    Drew Barrymore and Jerusha Hess (the co-writer of Napoleon Dynamite) have both signed up for directing gigs. Barrymore will produce and direct Heist Society to be adapted by Shauna Cross (Whip It). The film will be produced Denise DiNovi, Alison Greenspan and will be released by Warner Brothers. ...

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    Guest Post: Raven Symone Plays Georgia...Sticky Issue for Feminists? by Emilie Spiegel

    Last week, the Raven Symone series created by chick-lit author Jennifer Weiner, State of Georgia, premiered on ABC Family. Symone plays Georgia, a young woman who’s recently moved to NYC to pursue an acting career. As written, the character of Georgia is meant to be voluptuous -- a quality she embra...

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    Diablo Cody to Make Her Directing Debut

    Academy Award winning writer Diablo Cody will make her directing debut on her own script Lamb of God. Her longtime collaborator Mason Novick will produce. It seems that the movie is being fast tracked since casting is beginning right away.

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    Update: Five Female Playwrights Will be on Broadway This Fall

    Here is an update to yesterday's post about Theresa Rebeck's play opening on Broadway. It seems that there will be several female written plays opening on the great white way this fall. Great news. At least there will be women eligible to be nominated for a Tony next year. I just wish that we di...

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    Riding the Bridesmaids Wave

    Women in Hollywood are finally feeling a little love after the unexpected success of Bridesmaids. The film has now grossed $140 million and counting and for the first time in a long time women's films are getting out of neutral and into drive. Bridesmaids stepped into an abyss and showed the women...

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    Trailer Watch: Season 2 Preview of The Big C

    Show stars Laura Linney and some guests stars this year include Cynthia Nixon, Parker Posey and Gabourey Sidibe. The Big C was created by Darlene Hunt and the showrunner is the amazing Jenny Bicks. Season premieres, Monday June 27 at 10:30pm on Showtime.

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    Guest Post: Step One: Finding the Right Producer by Zoje Stage

    In 2008, I won a Fellowship in Screenwriting from the New York Foundation for the Arts. As I left the party in my strapless black dress and uncomfortable shoes I had one thought: "Please dear gods let this be the beginning of my professional career, and NOT just the highlight of years of effort." I have had the same goal for twenty years: to make thought-provoking independent films that explore the complexities, frailties, and dichotomies of the human species. Winning a NYFA Fellowship was both the validation and kick in the ass that I needed, and I set myself a singular goal: to direct "The Machine Who Loved" as my first professional feature...

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