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  In 2010, HBO premiered Afghan Star, a documentary about Afghanistan's version of "American Idol." The movie featured the story of Setara, a young woman whose head scarf slipped off while performing on the show. As you can imagine,  the quick reveal of her hair  sparked a controversy in the country. Read More
Lizzy Caplan, who played a vampire blood junkie in True Blood last season and is a co-star of the hilarious Party Down, has signed on to produce a TV adaptation of Julie Klausner's memoir "I Don't Care About Your Band" on HBO. Klausner, Salon's Lady Business columnist, has compared her memoir and the TV show to Sex and the City without Carrie's implausible lifestyle of a freelancer with her own apartment and $40 thou worth of shoes. The show sounds like it will actually be relatable to most women, as opposed to a fantasy lifestyle. Read More
Last week, Deadline.com announced that HBO is currently developing a comedy based on former Village Voice writer, Mara Altman’s memoir “Thanks for Coming: A Young Woman’s Quest For An Orgasm.”   As you can pretty much conclude from the title, the book follows Altman--an attractive a 26 year-old career woman living in New York who has never experienced The Big O--as she launches an entire investigation into getting off. Read More
True Blood-thirsty fans eagerly anticipating the June 13th Season 3 premiere will be pumped to hear of the HBO sponsored screenings all over the United States. At each of the 50 locations, there will be special screenings of the first episode (an extended sneak preview) of the latest season à la movie premiere, red carpet and all. The glitz and glam evening offers attendees the special screening, giveaways, and a live Q&A session with selected cast members of True Blood and creator Alan Ball. Read More

Women Make Movies

BY Claire Hamilton in Arts

  There’s already a buzz around this year’s Academy Awards. Not only is there a woman’s name in the boys club category of Best Director (only the fourth time a female director has featured in that list – go Kathryn!).. but there’s a nomination in the Documentary Feature category which is definitely one to watch. Which Way Home was made by Rebecca Cammisa with help from the organization Women Make Movies. The film follows unaccompanied migrant children as they journey through Mexico to the U.S. on a freight train they call "The Beast". Read More
Sigh. On their official website, Flight of the Conchord's beloved Brett Mckenzie today released the following statement: "We are today announcing that we won’t be returning for a 3rd season. We’re very proud of the two seasons we made and we like the way the show ended. We’d like to thank everyone who helped make the show and also everyone who watched it. While the characters Bret and Jemaine will no longer be around, the real Bret and Jemaine will continue to exist. Read More