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Ang Lee, Sandra Oh, George Takei Protest Asian Jokes at Oscars

Ang Lee, Sandra Oh, George Takei Protest Asian Jokes at Oscars
Update: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has issued an apology for the two derogatory skits about Asians that aired during the Oscars. Per Variety, it reads: "The Academy appreciates the concerns stated, and regrets that any aspect of the Oscar telecast was offensive. We are committed to doing our best to ensure that material in future shows be more culturally sensitive."

Director Ang Lee, actress Sandra Oh and Star Trek star George Takei are among 25 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Asian
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Not Just Texas: 'Last Call at the Oasis' Highlights International Water Crisis

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The drought in Texas shows no sign of letting up and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality reports that approximately 22 percent of active community water systems are on voluntary or mandatory water use restrictions as of April 17, 2013.

But the water crisis is not limited to just Texas -- it is a constant source of concern across the globe. The producers behind An Inconvenient Truth, Food Inc. and Waiting for Superman focus on the global water crisis in the 2012 documentary, Last Call at The Oasis. Written and directed by Academy Award winner Jessica Yu (Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien), Last Call at The Oasis presents evidence about why the global water crisis will be the most critical issue of this century.

The film explores the role of water for our daily existence, as well as those communities across the world that are struggling with the lack of this essential resource.
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Helen Hunt & John Hawkes In The Sessions Clip

If The Sessions wasn't based on a true story of Mark O'Brien, the Helen Hunt and John Hawkes movie would be a ridiculous premise. A paraplegic man in an iron lung wishes to lose his virginity with the help of a professional sex surrogate in this clip from the drama.

We first learned of the man in the iron lung through the Jessica Yu's Academy Award-winning documentary Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'BrienJohn Hawkes (Lincoln, Eastbound & Down) plays the poet and journalist who has since died in real-life. Helen Hunt is the sex surrogate whom relieved O'Brien of his virginity. The real O'Brien published a 1990 magazine article about the whole experience.

Helen Hunt and John Hawkes are garnering positive reviews, and are said to be

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Exclusive: The Dirty Truth Behind Bottled Water Explored In Clip From 'Last Call At The Oasis'

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While topics like pollution and climate change tend to dominate the space dedicated to environmental issues, one pressing concern that isn't talked about nearly as much is the slowly mounting global water crisis. Well, Academy Award-nominated director Jessica Yu ("Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien") hopes to shine a light on the wide range of issues surrounding water in "Last Call at the Oasis."

Featuring Erin Brokovich alongside a host of other experts including Peter Gleick, Jay Famiglietti and Robert Glennon, the documentary illuminates the vital role water plays in our lives, exposes the defects in the current system and shows communities already struggling with its ill effects. We take for granted the stuff that comes out of the tap, with many forgoing drinking the water that comes out of the faucet. However, as this clip from the film illustrates, bottled water -- among which North Americans
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The Story Behind Sundance Hit 'The Surrogate' is in 'Breathing Lessons'

The Story Behind Sundance Hit 'The Surrogate' is in 'Breathing Lessons'
"The Surrogate," a drama based on the (sex) life of poet, journalist and polio victim Mark O'Brien, is already deemed one of Sundance's breakout hits, with Fox Searchlight reportedly paying $6 million for worldwide rights and holding hopes for awards this time next year. However, it's not the first time that O'Brien's life has been made into a movie -- and the Oscars are already familiar territory. Jessica Yu won the Academy Award for best documentary short in 1997 with "Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien," a 35-minute film comprised almost entirely of O'Brien talking to the camera from inside his iron lung. (At one point, Yu hoped to turn "Breathing Lessons" into a feature and was developing it with Oliver Stone.) In a voice that sounds much like that of "The Surrogate" star John Hawkes, O'Brien details his history, his current life and his future. Shot in 1994, his life.
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John Hawkes Cast in ‘Surrogate’

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John Hawkes Cast in ‘Surrogate’
The last couple years have been good for John Hawkes. A career of smallish roles and a few very notable attention-getting turns (a notable Deadwood character, the lead in Me and You and Everyone We Know) led to Easbound and Down. With a raised his profile the actor ended up in the excellent film Winter's Bone, for which he was nominated for an Oscar. While he didn't win, that's a pretty huge step for a guy who audiences might not have recognized on the street just a few years ago. He's got a role in the Sundance fave Martha Marcy May Marlene, has shot a part in Steven Soderbergh's Contagion and is now staying indie with the drama Surrogate, based on the life of poet and journalist Mark O'Brien. We don't specifically know what role John Hawkes has, though it could be the lead in the film written and directed by Ben Lewin.
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John Hawkes to star in Surrogate movie! Ben Lewin directs indie.

John Hawkes is set to star in the indie drama Surrogate for Rhino Films which Ben Lewin is directing from his own script. Stephen Nemeth produces Surrogate which is based on the life of Mark O'Brien, a poet and journalist who has spent his life with an iron lung due to polio. After deciding to explore his sexuality, he hires a sex surrogate and soon sparks a relationship that will change both of their lives. O'Brien's life was also a subject in the Oscar-winning documentary short Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien by Jessica Yu. Surrogate, however, is not based on Breathing Lessons...
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John Hawkes to star in Surrogate movie! Ben Lewin directs indie.

John Hawkes is set to star in the indie drama Surrogate for Rhino Films which Ben Lewin is directing from his own script. Stephen Nemeth produces Surrogate which is based on the life of Mark O'Brien, a poet and journalist who has spent his life with an iron lung due to polio. After deciding to explore his sexuality, he hires a sex surrogate and soon sparks a relationship that will change both of their lives. O'Brien's life was also a subject in the Oscar-winning documentary short Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien by Jessica Yu. Surrogate, however, is not based on Breathing Lessons...
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