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Ashley Judd, Kate Winslet and Jennifer Lawrence vs. Our Toxic Misogynist Culture

In the past week, actresses and their weight have been front and center. When moviegoers suggested that Kate Winslet was too fat in the 3-D rerelease of the 1997 blockbuster "Titanic," she responded that she's now thinner than co-star Leonardo DiCaprio. Jennifer Lawrence was described as not hungry enough in "The Hunger Games."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 10, 2012 5:29 PM
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Trailer Watch: Sorkin's 'The Newsroom' Punches America in the Face

Keith Olbermann anyone? Actually, Jeff Daniels' news anchor, at the start of Aaron Sorkin's new HBO series "The Newsroom" (June 24), is an upstanding objective news anchor without political bias until he completely loses it--under video grilling that goes viral. Like Peter Finch in Sidney Lumet's 1976 "Network," he's mad as hell and he isn't going to take it anymore. Daniels ("The Squid and the Whale") is a terrific actor; I first met him at the start of his career, playing Debra Winger's husband Flap, on the set of "Terms of Endearment" in 1982.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 3, 2012 3:51 PM
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Art for the 99%: L.A. Artists, Funny or Die to Define Movement via Sweeping Cultural Event

If the 99% movement had an outstanding issue, it was defining themselves. The "All in for the 99%" hopes to change that on March 31 by showcasing art, music, and cultural activism that speaks to the 99%.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 29, 2012 6:04 AM
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Sean Penn to Receive Peace Summit Award for Work In Haiti, Thrilled to Represent it to Youth & Women of The World

When twenty Nobel Peace Laureates meet in Chicago for their twelfth World Summit, they will award Sean Penn with the annual Peace Summit Award in recognition of his work as founder and CEO of the J/P Haitian Relief Organization, which aids the victims of the 2010 earthquake, as well as for his ongoing advocacy for peace and human rights.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 19, 2012 1:28 PM
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Video: Jon Stewart Solves the 'John Carter' Problem with Kony 2012

Two popular news topics converge - the "John Carter" Disney disaster, and Kony 2012 vs. the media. Watch Jon Stewart solve one of the problems below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 13, 2012 5:19 PM
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Angelina Jolie Praises Invisible Children, Hates Joseph Kony, Films 'Maleficent' in June (Video)

Angelina Jolie tells The Telegraph that Invisible Children has "been a wonderful movement for a long time," and she supports their KONY 2012 video raising awareness in young people...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 12, 2012 1:50 PM
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Trailer Watch: President Obama's 'The Road We've Traveled' from Doc Director Davis Guggenheim

Obama-Biden 2012 has released a trailer for the 17-minute film "The Road We've Traveled," directed by Davis Guggenheim ("An Inconvenient Truth," "Waiting for Superman"), narrated by Tom Hanks...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 8, 2012 1:36 PM
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Watch Pitt & Clooney in Dustin Lance Black's '8'; Complete Play & Reviews

On March 3, Los Angeles' Wilshire Ebell Theater was treated to a star-filled reading of Dustin Lance Black's play, "8," about the Federal District Court's trial to overturn Proposition 8. The benefit was presented by the American Foundation for Equal Rights and Broadway Impact...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 5, 2012 12:34 PM
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Red Flag Picks Up Doc 'High Ground'; War Vets Summit the Himalayas with Blind Guide Weihenmayer

Michael Brown's "High Ground" has been picked up by Red Flag Releasing for North American distribution. The documentary follows eleven Irag and Afghanistan war vets and one Gold Star Mother during their summit to the 20,000 foot Mount Lobuche peak in the Himalayas, along with their guide -- blind Erik Weihenmayer (who was the subject of Brown's doc "Farther Than the Eye Can See" as he climbed Everest in 2001) and his team.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 28, 2012 5:27 PM
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HBO Backs Mann & Frankham's 'Witness': Doc Series Follows War Combat Photographers

HBO has lined up a new doc series "Witness" from "Luck" filmmaker Michael Mann; he and David Frankham will produce. The series will follow young war combat photographers as they go into conflict zones throughout Mexico, Brazil, Uganda and Libya.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 28, 2012 5:26 PM
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