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Feb 28th 2012

AOL Unveils MAKERS.com

AOL, in partnership with PBS, is proud to announce the launch of "MAKERS: Women Who Make America." MAKERS is a landmark digital video and broadcast initiative. Produced by filmmakers, the multi-platform initiative aims to become not only the largest but also the most dynamic collection of women's stories ever assembled.

MAKERS originated from a very clear premise: over the last half century, the work of millions of women has altered virtually every aspect of American culture. Watch the amazing stories of these women – both famous and heretofore unknown individuals – whose pioneering contributions continue to shape the world in which we live on MAKERS.com.

This initiative profiles groundbreaking women who have sparked change, been firsts-in-their-fields, and paved the way for those who followed. We also extend beyond profiling these trailblazing women to tell the stories of hundreds of women who are driving social change today.

MAKERS begins today at MAKERS.com, an AOL-developed interactive video platform, presented by Simple. MAKERS is also optimized for viewing across every mobile device, including an innovative iPad app that offers a unique video-viewing experience. The stories will be expanded weekly, ultimately bringing hundreds of inspiring women to the public throughout 2012 and beyond.

Visit MAKERS.com to look for stories from MAKERS including Linda Alvarado, Brenda Berkman, Judy Blume, Carol Burnett, Ursula Burns, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Katie Couric, Ellen DeGeneres, Geraldine Ferraro, Theresa Kane, Billie Jean King, Maya Lin, Dr. Susan Love, Marissa Mayer, Robin Morgan, Sandra Day O'Connor, Maria Pepe, Michelle Rhee, Condoleezza Rice, Faith Ringgold, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Zainab Salbi, Sheryl Sandberg, Phyllis Schlafly, Barbara Smith, Gloria Steinem, Martha Stewart, Kathrine Switzer, Diane von Furstenberg, and Barbara Walters.

Don't forget to join the MAKERS community! Follow us on Twitter at @MAKERSwomen, or like our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/makerswomen.

Feb 22nd 2012

Ellen DeGeneres Shares Her Oscar Picks for Moviefone

The Oscars are less than a week away and in order to help viewers prepare for the big show Moviefone has enlisted the help of comedienne and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. With 35 Daytime Emmy Awards under her belt, Ellen brings her awards expertise and unique entertainment knowledge to her blog posts. Every day this week, Ellen will discuss her favorite movies and predictions to help inform audiences about this year's films.




In her first post, Ellen shares her love of independent films and recommends Beginners:

"One of my favorite movies of the year was Beginners, starring Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer. The truth is I almost didn't see it. By the time someone recommended it, it was already on DVD. Thankfully, I'm a huge celebrity, so I was able to have them perform it live in my living room.

If you haven't seen it, I hope you will. Ewan McGregor gives a beautiful and heartfelt performance you don't want to miss, even if he did knock over one of my floor lamps."

Ellen also blogs about the Oscars unfair treatment of comedic films and explains why she hopes Bridesmaids will take home an award this year:

"The moment I saw Bridesmaids I knew it would be a hit. It's so relatable. I don't care who you are -- male or female, young or old, Democrat or Republican -- we've all gotten kicked off a plane for being drunk.

They said a comedy with an all-female lead cast couldn't be successful, but they were wrong. The movie just broke the record as the most downloaded movie-on-demand ever. See? People aren't just renting it -- they're demanding it."

In today's post, Ellen discusses the most talked about film of the year, The Artist:

"It's so original, and that's hard to find in Hollywood these days. Now everything's either a sequel, or based on a book or inspired by actual events. And if it's not, it's probably a sexy vampire movie.

Who would've thought that a black and white movie with no dialogue would be so popular? It's simple and entertaining. We should've been doing this years ago."

Make sure to keep reading Ellen's blog posts this week for the rest of her predictions, and catch up on all of the latest Oscar news and coverage on Moviefone.

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