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What Would Nora Do? One Last Look at Nora Ephron’s “Successful” Film Career

Nora Ephron died on Tuesday, June 26, at the age of 71. Although she had been very ill for several years, she kept her condition a secret, so her “sudden” death came as a shock to many people. Tributes began flowing into the Blogosphere, and the avalanche of anecdotes swelled as famous people with well-known names provided loving quotes for the mainstream media.

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Jan Chats with Writer/Director Lorene Scafaria

]Jan Chats with Writer/Director Lorene Scafaria

Chicago Press Day for ‘Seeking a Friend for the End of the World’

(First posted in 2012)

You wake up one morning, turn on the news, and learn that a huge asteroid is heading toward earth. Facing certain destruction in a matter of days, what would YOU do?

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Jan Chats with Director Tanya Wexler

Jan Chats with Director Tanya Wexler

Chicago Press Day for Hysteria

(First posted in 2012)

Tanya Wexler’s new film Hysteria is a marvel of “loose/tight” properties. On the one hand, it’s tremendously funny. On the other hand, I was always laughing through my tears. Set in London circa 1880, Hysteria is loosely based on the career of Joseph Mortimer Granville, the English physician who patented the first electromechanical vibrator.

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Jan Chats with Writer/Director Lynn Shelton

Jan Chats with Writer/Director Lynn Shelton

Chicago Press Day for ‘Your Sister’s Sister’

(First posted in 2012)

Lynn Shelton was in Chicago on June 5th to promote her new film Your Sister’s Sister starring Emily Blunt as “Iris,” with Rosemarie DeWitt as her sister “Hannah” and Mark Duplass as her best friend “Jack.”read more.

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Jan Chats with Filmmaker Nadine Labaki

Jan Chats with Filmmaker Nadine Labaki

Chicago Press Day for ‘Where Do We Go Now?’

(First Posted in 2012)

Nadine Labaki’s breakout film Caramel was firmly set in contemporary Beirut, but her new film Where Do We Go Now? is Magical Realism. A mythical Lebanese village, surrounded by landmines, is dominated by a one church & one mosque.

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Oscars 2012: Where Are the Women?

Last week, California Congressman Darrell Issa convened a hearing in DC. The topic: Should the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) require employers to pay for birth control? The panel: Five men representing various faith constituencies.

“The hearing is not about reproductive rights and contraception but instead about the Administration’s actions as they relate to freedom of religion and conscience,” said an explanatory letter issued by Issa’s staff, but most women were not persuaded.

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