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3/30/2017

Senate Democrats are preparing to make good on their promise to filibuster in order to stop Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's confirmation vote, while Republicans are considering the "nuclear option," changing the rules that require 60 votes to confirm a nominee to the high court. The showdown may change the way the Senate operates.

3/30/2017

According to a Reuters poll, 49% of Republican voters blame Congress for the American Health Care Act's failure. Eighty percent Republicans say they still believe Congress should work to replace the Affordable Care Act, while the majority of Democrats say the government should stop attempting to replace the ACA.

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3/30/2017

Several crowdfunding campaigns have cropped up after Congress voted to repeal rules that make it difficult for internet service providers to sell personal information. "Supernatural" television star Misha Collins raised more than $60,000 toward his $500 million goal to purchase the browser history of all lawmakers who voted to repeal the internet protection rules.

3/30/2017

The Bentonville Film Festival, co-founded by Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis, has announced its 2017 film lineup, with "3 Generations," starring Elle Fanning, Susan Sarandon and Naomi Watts, opening the festival. BFF reported a 247% increase in submissions, and will feature films from countries all over the world, including Iran, France and Nicaragua. "I'm so excited to be heading into our third annual BFF. The Festival has become an important catalyst for change and we look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of the past year and setting the stage for years to come," Davis said.

3/30/2017

The film industry is on the brink of change as more studio executives realize the profit potential of female-led projects and younger generations see more women in powerful roles on screen, says Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis. "I feel very confident that's going to happen in the next five to 10 years ... I know it will," Davis said, citing statistical analysis from the Geena Davis Inclusion Quotient, which determined that films with a female lead generate 15% more profit than films led my men.

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3/30/2017

Award-winning film and television writer Aaron Sorkin says he was misunderstood when he spoke about Hollywood's diversity problem at the Writers Guild Foundation's WGFestival over the weekend. Sorkin received criticism for not seeming to understand that is was more difficult for women and minorities to get films made during a Q&A with the audience.

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3/30/2017

Hollywood Black Renaissance highlights the achievements of 14 black women who are changing the comedic landscape in the film and television industry. Creator and star of HBO's "Insecure" Issa Rae, "Saturday Night Live" writer and cast member Leslie Jones, actor Tracee Ellis Ross, and screenwriter and actor Michaela Coel are among those featured for their transformative work.

3/30/2017

Mount Saint Mary's University has released its "2017 Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California," highlighting important issues facing the 19.7 million women and girls in the state. This year's report focused on physical and mental health, wellness, and resilience as key drivers of leadership success. Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis spoke at the university's forum, and discussed the need for strong female images in media. "We learn our value by seeing ourselves reflected in the culture," Davis said.

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3/30/2017

The Hollywood Science Fiction Museum has received, and is in the process of restoring, several wax figures from the "Star Trek" TV series, including Capt. Kirk, Spock and Sulu. The museum plans to launch a five-year fundraising tour with the figures later this year with the goal of raising enough to build a permanent facility in North Hollywood.

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3/30/2017

A groundbreaking ceremony will take place today on a $196 million expansion and upgrade project at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. "It's an extraordinary design and one that both respects the building, but makes it ready for the next 100 years," said museum director Timothy Rub.

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