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Jun 21st 2012

MAKERS Adds Actress, Advocate and Architect


New to the MAKERS.com video library this week are the stories of actress Rita Moreno, who talks about breaking into Hollywood and defying stereotypes; Whitney Smith, who advocates for empowering girls, and Marika Shioiri-Clark, an architect who uses design to empower social change.

Rita Moreno is a singer, dancer, and actress, among one of the few actors to have one an Oscar, Grammy, a Tony and an Emmy. She was the first Latina to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Anita in the 1961 musical film West Side Story. Moreno continues to have a rich and vibrant career. Her latest roles include the Fran Drescher sitcom Happily Divorced and her autobiographical one-women-show Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup,which debuted on stage in 2011.

Whitney Smith is a teen advocate and the founder of Girls For a Change, an international organization that empowers girls to create social change within their communities and abroad. Smith began her career as a social advocate in college, where she initiated and developed the first LGBT support group in the Pennsylvania state university system. She's active on many boards for high-profile organizations, including Thinking Beyond Borders and the National Girls Institute.

Marika Shioiri-Clark is an architect who uses design to empower global change and battle inequality. Working alongside Partners in Health, she was a lead designer on the Butaro Hospital Project in Rwanda, where she lived on-site in 2008 developing designs and overseeing construction. Shioiri-Clark has been rewarded amply for her accomplishments. She was an Ideas Scholar at the Aspen Institute in 2009, a summer fellow at Public Architecture in 2007, and received a U.S. National Commission for UNESCO Traveling Fellowship in 2008.

Learn more about Marika by watching this video:

Mar 7th 2012

AOL Artists Hit the Red Carpet

Last week, AOL brought esteemed silhouette artist, Carter Kustera, to the 2012 Academy Award gifting event hosted by GBK Productions. The two-day gifting lounge honored Oscar nominees, presenters, and celebrities like 'Bridesmaids' star Melissa McCarthy and Ali Fedotowsky of 'The Bachelor' with goodies from various luxury vendors. Carter Kustera gifted the elite clientele with custom designed vouchers they could use to redeem a personalized self-portrait done in Carter's signature style.
We're thrilled to partner with and support Carter Kustera as one of our artists. In Fall 2012, AOL and Carter Kustera will be releasing a revolutionary mobile and web based product that will turn you, your friends, and family into digital works of art. To receive more information, send a note to Silhouette.Project@aolartists.com.

Visit AOL Artists to learn more about how AOL is actively championing the arts, creativity, and innovation.

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.

Feb 17th 2012

Enter the Moviefone Awards Show Challenge

On Sunday February 26, the biggest stars in Hollywood will gather for the Oscars to honor the best movies of the year. Moviefone has the latest Oscar coverage to keep you up to date with recommendations, reviews, and red carpet critiques. Although the event is still more than a week away, we are offering you a chance to test your award show expertise before the big show with a contest.

Every weekday between now and February 24, we'll post new questions about what will happen on Hollywood's big night. Submit your best guesses and you'll automatically be eligible for a daily prize of two free movie tickets. The grand prize -- a YEAR'S worth of free movie tickets -- will be awarded to a user with the most correct predictions.

Let the games begin!

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