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THE WOMEN OF KUNG FU PANDA 3: How Girlpower Reigns at DreamWorks

By Leslie Combemale | February 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

The best representations of Girlpower are those where women lead by example, going beyond gender to erase bias altogether.  As the media has covered lately, it’s a challenge that continues.  Three women at DreamWorks, who have worked together on the entire Kung Fu Panda franchise, are girlpower personified. Jennifer Yuh Nelson has the distinction of …

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INFINITELY POLAR BEAR: Review and Exclusive Interview with Writer/Director Maya Forbes

By Leslie Combemale | July 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Mark Ruffalo committed to an indie flick written and directed by director Maya Forbes for good reason. Watch my interview with her and my review of the movie that chronicles her childhood with a manic depressive dad. We laugh, we go deep, and we talk about why the movie needed to be made…  

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SELMA: Movie Review and Exclusive Interview with Ava DuVernay & David Oyelowo

By Leslie Combemale | December 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Why Selma is Cinema Siren’s #1 film of 2014 What makes Selma, the new release by producer/director Ava DuVernay, truly spectacular as a film, is the balance it finds between expansive traditional biography and a more intimate independent-minded personal film.   In some ways that’s what Martin Luther King, the subject of this movie, grappled …

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