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The Voice of Belle: Paige O’Hara on 25 Years of Being Belle

This Tuesday, September 20th, the 25th anniversary edition of the classic from the new golden age of animation Beauty and the Beast is being released anew on blu-ray. Many know it won two Academy Awards, one for best song, the other for best original score, and was also the first animated feature to get nominated …

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NOW BOTH MARVEL & DC REPRESENTED ON SDCC WOMEN ROCKING HOLLYWOOD PANEL!

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

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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I SAW THE LIGHT Exclusive Cinema Siren Interview with Tom Hiddleston

I SAW THE LIGHT’s Tom Hiddleston on Hank Williams: “Despite being afflicted by formidable demons, the legacy of Hank Williams is about joy” It is telling and speaks volumes that when our press roundtable was meant to be at an end and we hadn’t even gotten through one question from the four journalists, I SAW THE …

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Review & Interviews: DC Delight or Boy Blunder?

This weekend sees the highly anticipated release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. After all the initial fuss about casting, will audiences finally embrace Ben Affleck as Batman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman? Will the Man of Steel get the cinematic respect he so deserves? With some much pretty, and so much over-the-top Snyder-fied action, will it matter?

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

  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 Warner Brothers TV at only 32! Bunnicula …

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

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

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review: Top Ten SPOILER-FREE reasons to stop worrying & love TFA

Top Ten SPOILER-FREE reasons to stop worrying and love STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS: I am both a film critic and a fan of the Star Wars series. Even the biggest snob knows those aren’t mutually exclusive. However, as one filmgoer who has always been interested in informed perspectives on new movies, I didn’t want to …

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WAFCA Awards Announced! The Awards season juggernaut and Oscar influences

I’ve written for a variety of outlets, most recently for the Animation Scoop blog on Indiewire, and consistently Screen Relish, but I always post all the latest on my own site, Cinema Siren… So it seems natural i’d write about WAFCA (the Washington Area Film Critics Association), to which I belong, and this morning’s announcement …

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