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SDCC 2106’s Women Rocking Hollywood panel: “IF SHE CAN DO THIS, I CAN DO THIS”-Marvel and DC producers and famed directors speak

By Leslie Combemale | August 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

A NEW COMIC-CON PANEL “WOMEN ROCKING HOLLYWOOD” inspires, and celebrates the power of women to create great art and bring equality to the film industry. The inaugural panel of Women Rocking Hollywood, which took place at Comic-Con International: San Diego on Saturday, July 23rd, which was sponsored by Wattpad, was an unqualified success, delivered to …

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NOW MARVEL & DC Represented on SDCC Women Rocking Hollywood panel!

By Leslie Combemale | July 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

Leave it to the women of the world to bring together Marvel and DC in peace and harmony.  As if it wasn’t already an embarrassment of riches to have the director of Women in Film LA Kirsten Schaffer, the director of Twilight Catherine Hardwicke, and respected Indie and TV writer/director Angela Robinson on the inaugural …

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SDCC 2016: MUST-SEE WOMEN-DRIVEN PANELS-The Definitive List of Diverse Panels by and for women and fangirls coming to San Diego Comic-Con 2016

By Leslie Combemale | July 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

MUST-SEE WOMEN POWER PANELS AT SDCC:  A Diverse Collection of Great Panels by and for women and fangirls are coming to San Diego Comic-Con In the case of female fans and professionals in the film, animation, and comic industry and conventions, we came way before they built it.  I started going to SDCC over 15 …

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ELVIS & NIXON: Interview with Director Liza Johnson

By Leslie Combemale | April 21, 2016 | 0 Comments
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23 Emmy noms? Interview: Margie Cohn, head of DreamWorks TV

By Leslie Combemale | April 11, 2016 | 0 Comments
DreamWork's Margie Cohen Interview

As anyone in the animation industry, and indeed anyone who follows the world of film and animation knows, an Emmy Award nomination is always to be celebrated. Multiply that by 23, and you can imagine the party-like atmosphere happening at DreamWorks TV, after the news they were nominated for daytime Emmys in a wide variety …

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Building “Bunnicula”: An Interview with WB cartoon producer/director Jessica Borutski

By Leslie Combemale | February 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Reposted from Cinema Siren article on February 7th, 2016 There’s a new show starting tomorrow based on the children’s book series Bunnicula, and it’s a labor of love for producer/director Jessica Borutski. She represents the best of the new guard of female animators, and clearly an inspiring professional in the industry, for having her own show at …

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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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