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From Sundance to the multiplex: Women directors are taking the spotlight

Long before she directed the summer comedy The To Do List, Maggie Carey was a Division I soccer player at the University of Montana. That was back in the 1990s, when for the first time in her life, she had a female coach.

“It was really refreshing to see a woman in a leadership role and that kind of clicked with me – maybe there was something missing that I wasn’t aware of. And I think seven of the girls [I played with] went on to coach,” Carey says.

Now, as a film director, Carey finds herself at the helm in a profession also historically dominated by men. But like the sea change she witnessed playing soccer earlier in her life, Carey sees things opening up for women who want to get behind the camera.

“The next generation of [soccer] players,” she says, “they’re not going to even think twice about having a female coach. With access and filmmaking, girls who are in high school now aren’t going to think twice about [becoming directors] because they’re going to see women in those positions. It won’t be a barrier because they won’t know there was a barrier.”

Maggie Carey is one of a small group of up and coming female filmmakers in Hollywood who are starting to gain recognition for their work. But it is still a very small group.
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Box office update: 'The Wolverine' claws its way to a $21 million Friday

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This weekend was always going to belong to The Wolverine. As the only film opening in wide release, James Mangold’s dark take on the clawed mutant opened strong and walked away with about $21 million on Friday, which includes the $4 million it made in theaters that began showing the movie at 10 p.m. on Thursday night. Also, 3,063 out of its 3,924 locations are showing the X-Men pic in 3-D. The $120 million Hugh Jackman-starrer should easily make at least $60 million by the end of the weekend, slightly lower than some estimates — including ours — which placed it in the $70 million range. The opening is not quite as strong as 2009′s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which had a $34.4 million Friday, and did not benefit from 3-D surcharges. Out of all the X-Men films, The Wolverine is tracking on the low end of the franchise, sitting between 2000′s X-Men which opened at $20.8 million on a Friday in mid-July, and X-Men: First Class which had a $21.4 million Friday.

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Box office preview: Can 'The Wolverine' save the summer box office?

Wolverine is all by his lonesome, tortured, extremely ripped self this weekend at the box office, and big things are expected. As the single new nationwide release, all eyes will be on the Fox juggernaut to see if it might actually be the summer movie to break through the box office slump with a strong opening. It’s not a question of whether or not it will win the weekend, it’s a question of just how brutally it will crush the recent big budget disappointments like The Lone Ranger, R.I.P.D., Pacific Rim, and White House Down. If anyone can take the pressure, it’s probably the clawed mutant.

Here’s how things might play out:
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'The To Do List': Aubrey Plaza makes summer plans in new clip

In the upcoming comedy The To Do List, Aubrey Plaza stars as high school senior Brandy Klark, a sheltered Idaho teenager who’s making a valiant — and very type-A — effort to lose her virginity to the town’s hottest pool employee by the end of the summer.

The title’s list consists of sex acts that lead up to the big event, many of which Brandy doesn’t have a great idea (yet…) of what they really mean. Check out an exclusive clip from the film below, to get a quick glimpse of what we’re talking about:
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'The To Do List' red-band trailer: 'Tea bagging? Must be British' -- NSFW VIDEO

Aubrey Plaza plays Brandy Clark, and Brandy Clark really wants to get laid. That’s the basic, umm, thrust of the latest trailer for The Do List, which is NSFW for a plethora of vulgar language and raw sexual innuendo. It’s the ’90s and all your favorite people are here: Donald Glover, Rachel Bilson, Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Connie Britton, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Alia Shawkat, and Scott Porter, as the sexual peak of the movie’s plot-long sexual mountain.

Warning! Watching this trailer is likely to a) make you have skorts-related nightmares; and b) sing Salt ‘N’ Pepa under your breath for the rest of the day.

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'The To Do List' red-band trailer: Aubrey Plaza wants to lose her 'v-card' - NSFW VIDEO

Happy early EARLY Valentine’s Day!

CBS Films has announced it’s releasing dry comedy The To Do List, directed by Maggie Carey (Funny or Die Presents) and starring Parks and Recreation‘s resident deadpan expert, actress Aubrey Plaza, on Valentine’s Day 2013. Plaza plays Brandy, an overachieving gal who wants to do a whole bunch of naughty things she didn’t do in high school, and aims to do before college. The movie also sports a bevy of known names, from Bill Hader to Rachel Bilson, Superbad nerdy boy Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Andy Samberg, Donald Glover and Connie Britton.
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