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White House Council on Women and Girls

Today President Obama created a new council whose mission will be "to provide a coordinated federal response to the challenges confronted by women and girls and to ensure that all Cabinet and Cabinet-level agencies consider how their policies and programs impact women and families." Its goals include improving women's economic security and healthcare, and preventing violence against women - both home and abroad. The full text of the executive order can be found here.

Making Movies in Michigan

Have you spotted George Clooney at Metro Airport this week? Or maybe Drew Barrymore at the Lafayette Deli in Detroit earlier this year? Despite these recent "star sightings," making movies in Michigan is not a completely new phenomenom. It was 50 years ago this spring when Anatomy of a Murder was filmed in the Upper Peninsula town of Ishpeming.

Independent film celebrated

The Oscars weren't the only celebration of film that occurred this weekend. This year's Spirit Awards  - given out  annually by Film Independent - were held Saturday night. The winner for Best Female Lead was Melissa Lee for Frozen River, and the Best Male Lead was awarded to Mickey Rourke for The Wrestler - which was also named Best Feature.

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Nominated for eight Academy awards, the biographical film Milk tells the story of Harvey Milk, California's first openly gay elected official. Elected as a San Francisco supervisor in 1977, he was assassinated along with Mayor George Moscone by San Francisco Supervisor Dan White in November, 1978. The nominations include Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Director.

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OscarsNominated for Best Documentary Feature, Man on Wire relates the story behind "the artistic crime of the century." In 1974 tightrope walker Philippe Petit attempted a daring, but illegal, high-wire walk between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers.

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The Duchess, starring Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes, has been nominated for two Academy Awards - Best Art Direction and Best Costume.

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Nominated for five Academy Awards, The Reader, starring Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes is set in post-World War II Germany where nearly a decade after his encounter with an older woman came to a sudden and mysterious end, a young law student discovers her as she defends herself in a war crimes trial.

Charles Darwin's 200th Birthday

In one of history's most fascinating coincidences, February 12, 1809 was the birthday of two of history's most extraordinary and influential figures - Abraham Lincoln and Charl

Digital TV transition delayed!

Both the House and the Senate have recently voted to delay the switch from over-the-air analog signals to digital from February 17 to June 12, 2009. President Obama has promised to sign the legislation, granting a reprieve to the as many as 10 million consumers who are still unprepared for the digital transition. The government's $1.5-billion program to send $40 coupons to analog TV owners toward the purchase of a converter ran out of money last month. It is estimated that there about 3.2 million coupon requests on the waiting list. For more information go to dtv.gov.

Abraham Lincoln's Bicentennial Birthday

February 12, 2009 marks the 200th birthday of America's 16th - and perhaps greatest - president, Abraham Lincoln. He is being celebrated in ceremonies all over the country, including at an exhibit in Plymouth, Michigan called "In the Presence of Lincoln" which will run through November 4.

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OscarsBased on the novel Q & A by Vikas Swarap, the film Slumdog Millionaire built on its positive buzz at the 2008  Toronto Film Festival to become this year's favorite underdog.

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Best known for her long running role in the acclaimed TV series Homicide, life on the street, veteran character actress Melissa Leo has been nominated as Best Actress for her role in the independent film Frozen River.

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Based on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button has been nominated for thirteen Academy Awards.  The film tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who is born in New Orleans at the end of World War I as a man in his eighties and proceeds to age backwards into the 21st century. The multiple nominations include Best Picture, Best Actor (Brad Pitt), Best Supporting Actress (Taraji P. Henson), and Best Director (David Fincher).

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Nominated for five Academy Awards, Frost/Nixon stars Michael Sheen and Frank Langella in the film version of the Broadway production of the same name.

Defiance

This extraordinary tale of three men who led a heroic group of resistance fighters during World War II opened in theaters last month.