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Aaron Sorkin, the screenwriter behind The Social Network, may not be a regular Facebook user, but he sure knows his way around a blog. Since his film's release in the US, its ecstatic reviews have been tinged with criticism of its few female characters, described by one publication as, "horrendous, like, 50s era sexist". Wounded by the claims of misogyny, Sorkin has hit back by writing a lengthy rebuttal in the comments section of television writer Ken Levine's blog.

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Coming only a week after The Town, this cops'n'robbers action thriller looks a very coarse bit of work.

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Miliband (E) was understandably keen to distance himself from David Cameron during his first leader's speech yesterday. Despite their divergent politics, however, it seems the party heads share a taste for 1980s-inflected MOR soft-rock.

Irving Ravetch: Screenwriter and producer who garnered Oscar nominations for his adventurous literary adaptations

The screenwriter and occasional film producer Irving Ravetch was best known for the screenplays he wrote with his wife, Harriet Frank Jr, including two films for which they were nominated for Oscars, Hud (1963) and Norma Rae (1979).

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Cinema weathers the storm in Venice

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