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“What Happened, Miss Simone?” has been named as the opening film for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The documentary follows the life of artist and activist Nina Simone, and is directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Liz Garbus (The Farm: Angola, USA and Bobby Fischer Against the World). It will air as part of Netflix’s original programming and be available for streaming in 2015. Lisa Nishimura, VP of Original Documentary Programming on ... Read More
Miranda July has teamed up with BFF Carrie Brownstein to explain the update to Somebody (available for iPhone and Android), which ( in case you've been living under a rock ) is Miranda's app curated to connect strangers.  Ready for some cute? Click on down.    Somebody user Carrie Brownstein asks some questions you might have about the new version from Miranda July on ... Read More
  The Susan Sontag documentary we've all been anticipating will be available on HBO, HBOGO, and HBO ON DEMAND starting Monday December 8. Regarding Susan Sontag, directed by Nancy Kates, follows the feminist icon's personal life and career as she emerges as one of the most influential political critics, outspoken advocates for human rights, and all around badass women of the 20th century. Here's the trailer: Check out the whole story ... Read More
Angela Bassett is set to make her directorial debut in the Whitney Houston biopic, Whitney. airing on Lifetime January 17, 2015. Bassett, who starred with Houston in the 1995 movie Waiting to Exhale has faced criticism from Houston’s family for digging in to the late singer’s personal life and relationship with Bobby Brown. Houston’s mother Cissy publicly stated her objections to the movie, saying that, “No one connected with this movie knew ... Read More
Check out the new trailer from reporters Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's three-part documentary series, A Path Appears, premiering in January 2015 on PBS. The inspiring series will provide a voice for women around the world facing gender-based oppression and explore solutions to widespread social ills.   Like their earlier book-turned-film, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, the new docu-series shows ... Read More
  The film version of “Miss Julie” directed by Liv Ullman, and based on the play by August Strindberg, opens up with a young Julie running around an empty house. The child is both lonely and motherless, perhaps giving some context for actions and decisions of an adult Julie, played brilliantly by Jessica Chastain, who is both desperate for and revolted by the affection of others.   The story takes place in Ireland, during Midsummer’s ... Read More
Back when Olive Kitteridge premiered on HBO, Frances McDormand, who acted in and produced the miniseries that spans 25 years of an abrasive New England math teacher’s life, reigned in her ranting and gave an eloquent interview about aging with Katie Couric. The 57-year-old actor-producer explained to the 57-year-old anchor why she feels rage and sadness when women doggedly pursue eternal youth. It was a little awkward, given that with the thick schmear of ... Read More
  Zero Motivation is a new film about two young women who perform their mandatory military service as office workers in an army base under a rigid Israeli leader. Tayla Lavie’s black comedy tackles a new approach to the very male-dominated genre of war films, namely a military movie from a female perspective that is also written and directed by a woman.  The film is broken into three chapters and centers on the power struggles of three females. Two ... Read More
In Norah Shapiro’s documentary, Miss Tibet: Beauty in Exile, a Tibetan-American teenageer leaves home in Minnesota, dons a bikini and high heels, and heads to Dharamsala, India to vie for the crown of Miss Tibet. The film follows Tenzin Khecheo on an unusual search for her “Tibetan-ness” by way of a western-style beauty pageant staged by an eccentric impresario in the Indian region home to the exiled Tibetan government. Personally, I have a ... Read More
  Everybody’s favorite fast-talking duo are back, and they’re coming to Austin, Texas! That’s right, Lorelai and Rory Gilmore (played by actors Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel) will be reuniting, along with show creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, to honor the 15th anniversary of the show’s debut. The reunion is set to take place in Austin as part of the ATX Television Festival, founded by Caitlin McFarland and Emily Gipson, that allows ... Read More