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Picks for Best-dressed at Academy Awards

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Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner

Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

Laura Dern

Laura Dern

Leo DiCaprio

Leo DiCaprio

Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett

Viola Davis

Viola Davis

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend

Emma Watson

Emma Watson

Jared Leto

Jared Leto

Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith

Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith

Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock

Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts

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Choice Quotes: Wadjda

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“Here. I made you a mix tape since we’re friends now. But don’t sell my bike.”

“Interested in your fathers glorious family tree? You aren’t included, it only includes men’s names.”

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Choice Quote: Philomena

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I finally know what a lifetime of Reader’s Digest, The Daily Mail and romance novels does to a person’s brain.

–Philomena

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on DVD: films directed by/ written by women

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Wadjda

Written and directed by: Haifaa Al-Mansour
Starring: Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah, Abdullrahman Al Gohani

–a smart, spunky, brave Saudi girl signs on for her school’s Koran recitation competition to earn the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that she really wants even though it’s frowned upon for girls to ride bikes in Saudi Arabia.

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist

–A young Pakistani man chasing corporate success on Wall Street finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family’s homeland.

Directed by: Mira Nair
Starring: Riz Ahmed, Liev Schreiber, Kiefer Sutherland, Kate Hudson

–riveting, intense film that questions intentions, good vs. evil, nationality, identity and prejudice with Nair’s gorgeous, thoughtful, heartbreaking direction.

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Touchy Feely

–A massage therapist is unable to do her job when stricken with a mysterious and sudden aversion to bodily contact. Meanwhile, her uptight brother’s floundering dental practice receives new life when clients seek out his healing touch.

Written and directed by: Lynn Shelton
Starring: Rosemarie DeWitt, Ellen Page, Josh Pais, Allison Janney

–quirky, charming, sweet

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Adore

–two best friends fall in love with each other’s teenage sons
Written and directed by: Anne Fontaine
Starring: Robin Wright, Naomi Watts

–unsettling topic but with Wright and Watts it’s beautifully acted and as much about friendship as about these affairs with the young men. plus gorgeous, idyllic scenery.

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Afternoon Delight

–Rachel, a savvy stay-at-home mom finds herself stuck in a rut of volunteering at preschool auctions, a lackluster sex life and long-gone career. When she visits a strip club to spice up her marriage and meets McKenna, she ends up adopting her as the family nanny.

Written and directed by: Jill Soloway
Starring: Kathryn Hahn, Juno Temple, Josh Radnor

–smart, astute script. unique film.

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The Lifeguard

–29-year-old woman questioning her life’s direction, quits her reporter job in New York and moves home to Connecticut. she takes a job as a lifeguard and falls into a friendship with a teenager.

Written and directed by: Liz W. Garcia
Starring: Kristen Bell, Mamie Gumer, Martin Starr

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RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman [1967-2014]

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–born in the Rochester, New York on July 23, 1967
–attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, graduating with a B.F.A. degree in Drama in 1989.
–died of suspected heroin overdose on February 2, 2014.

My Favorite Hoffman Films:

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The Savages [2007]
written and directed by: Tamara Jenkins
also starring: Laura Linney, Philip Bosco
–siblings (Laura Linney plays his sister) must deal with their father’s rapid demise and thus face their own lives– their presents, their futures, their lost potential.

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Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead [2007]
written by: Kelly Masterson
directed by: Sidney Lumet
also starring: Ethan Hawke, Marisa Tomei, Albert Finney
–two brothers organize the robbery of their parents’ jewelry and the job goes horribly wrong.

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A Late Quartet [2012]
written by: Seth Grossman, Yaron Zilberman
directed by:Yaron Zilberman
also starring: Catherine Keenar, Chistopher Walken
–members of a world-renowned string quartet struggle to stay together in the face of death, competing egos and lust.

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Capote [2005]
written by: Dan Futterman
directed by: Bennett Miller
also starring: Clifton Collins Jr., Catherine Keener
–while researching his book In Cold Blood, an account of the murder of a Kansas family, Truman Capote develops a close relationship with Perry Smith, one of the killers.

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The Master [2012]
written and directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson
also starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams
–a Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future – until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader.

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Doubt [2008]
written and directed by: John Patrick Shanley
also starring: Viola Davis, Meryl Streep, Amy Adams
—a Catholic school principal questions a priest’s ambiguous relationship with a troubled young student.

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Choice Quote: Amy Poehler on FEMINISM

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from the February 2014 issue of ELLE Magazine:

ELLE: You’ve always made it clear that you’re a feminist. It’s a term that a lot of people back away from these days.

Amy Poehler: But then they go on to explain what they support and live by—it’s feminism exactly. I think some big actors and musicians feel like they have to speak to their audience and that word is confusing to their audience. But I don’t get it. That’s like someone being like, “I don’t really believe in cars, but I drive one every day and I love that it gets me places and makes life so much easier and faster and I don’t know what I would do without it.” But that’s everyone else’s trip, not mine. I had a mother who discovered herself in the ’70s and used to go to meetings and wear a sassy scarf.

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Choice Quote: Austenland

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“I am single because apparently the only good men are fictional.”
–Austenland

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Golden Globes 2014 Fashion Picks

Favorite Looks:

Elisabeth Moss

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Laura Dern

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Julianna Margulies

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Aubrey Plaza

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Lupita Nyong’O

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Taylor Swift

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Usher

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Leslie Mann

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Emma Watson

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Idris Elba

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Helen Mirren

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Leo DiCaprio

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Julie Delpy

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Mila Kunis

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Zoe Saldana

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Taylor Schilling

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Olivia Wilde

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Michelle Dockery

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Sandra Bullock

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Kate Beckinsale

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Naomi Watts

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Kerry Washington

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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler

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FILM News: Gone Girl; Laverne Cox

First Picture Still of Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne in Gone Girl

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film, apapted from the best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn, will be released in October 2014.

Nick Dunne (Affleck) seen at a press conference in front of photo of his missing wife Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike)

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Laverne Cox working on documentary FREE CECE.

CeCe McDonald’s currently serving time in a men’s prison. In 2011, McDonald and her friends were harassed and called racial and homophobic slurs which resulted in a physical altercation. In 2011, CeCe McDonald and her friends were walking to a grocery store in Minneapolis when a group of people began throwing racial and homophobic slurs at McDonald and her friends, resulting in a physical altercation. McDonald was injured and attacker Dean Schmitz killed in self-defense by McDonald. Cox hopes to bring McDonald’s story to a larger audience and shed light on the culture of violence surrounding transphobia.

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Choice Quote: Leo DiCaprio

“Only 2% of philanthropy goes toward environmentalism.”
– Leo DiCaprio on Ellen DeGeneres Show January 7, 2013

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