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    Director Brenda Chapman Says Being Removed From 'Brave' Was "Devastating"

    The story of Disney/Pixar's "Brave" is a complicated one, fraught with battle-hardened debates and hurt feelings, and we're just talking about what happened behind the scenes of the Scottish-set fairy tale. Originally conceived as the first feature from a female filmmaker at the notoriously male-ori...

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    Original 'Brave' Director Brenda Chapman Leaves Pixar For Mystery LucasFilm Project

    Well, this isn't exactly going to be shocking news to anyone who followed the long, sad history of Disney and Pixar's "Brave," but it looks like Brenda Chapman, the film's original director (she still wound up with a co-director credit even though she was removed from the film 18 months before the m...

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    Brave - The First Female Pixar Heroine

    The first time you see Merida's red curly hair flowing in the wind as she rides atop her horse going full speed at the beginning of Brave you immediately know that this is not your typical Pixar film.

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    Quote of the Day: I Wanted To Give Girls Something To Look At And Not Feel Inadequate

    This is what director Brenda Chapman thought about when created the character of Merida - the first female Pixar lead - which opens on Friday.

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    Women at the 2012 LA Film Festival

    The LA Film Festival starts this weekend.   There are many women directed films as part of the Festival.  Festival Director Stephanie Allain talked about the importance of having a diverse lineup:

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    Trailer Watch: Brave

    Looks like this will be Pixar's one shot at a film about a girl because they released the list of the next couple of movies and NONE are about women and NONE are directed by women. 

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    Rocking Comment from Brave Director Brenda Chapman

    I just wanted to thank all of you for the amazing the comments on the site this week.  While I might not be the biggest responder to comments, I do read each and every one and try to comment on the ones that need answers.  I love the fact that you all talk to each other.

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    Jennifer Yuh Nelson Becomes The Top Grossing Female Director

    Jennifer Yuh Nelson, the director of Kung Fu Panda 2 has become the highest grossing female director. These are worldwide numbers and they are big. The tally now is at $645 million. She wins the crown from Phyllida Lloyd who held it since Mamma Mia grossed $609 million.

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    Degenderizing Disney

    I find it pretty hysterical that the folks at Disney are freaking out and changing the names of their movies so they don't alienate boys who won't come and see a movie with the name princess in the title. Of course they would never freak out if girls weren't coming to the movies. Disney believes t...

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