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A Little Controversy to Start the Week
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A Little Controversy to Start the Week

It’s telling that Pixar guru John Lasseter counts Japanese Studio Ghibli master Hayao Miyazaki as his key influence.  If animation in the United States ever has a chance to be something more than instantly devalued as a “children’s” medium, it’s in their hands.

Paul Feig
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Paul Feig

Natty in suit and tie and fresh from an introduction (to a group of high-schoolers, natch) of his new film I Am David, Feig impresses with an open intelligence, an engaging charisma, and what appears to be a genuine appreciation for where he is in his career and life.

Women in Film
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Women in Film

Though admission in film schools lands at roughly 50/50 in terms of gender, women filmmakers represent less than 5% of the total mainstream output of the last twenty years.  Only one woman has ever won the Best Directing Oscar.  Ditto the DGA’s top honor.

Chrome and Shiny
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Chrome and Shiny

Mad Max: Fury Road inspired me to go back and look at the first Mad Max film again if, for no other reason, than to spend a couple more hours with George Miller.

Back to the Future
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Back to the Future

But what I really want to talk about is how we’re partnering with the “Pedaling 4 Parkinsons” charity on the 28th to benefit research into Parkinson’s disease, and how Michael J. Fox has agreed to tape an introduction for us to precede it.