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7/20/2017

Americans' perceptions of Wall Street are no more positive today than they were in 2009 after the financial crisis, with 31% of Americans saying they have favorable impressions of Wall Street banks and corporate executives, according to a Bloomberg National Poll. The poll also found that 53% of participants distrust billionaires.

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7/20/2017

Christina Hendricks, Anna Camp and Alysia Reiner will star in the upcoming comedy "Egg," written by Risa Mickenberg and directed by Marianna Palka. Reiner will also produce the film alongside former Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless. "We are thrilled to throw another stone at the glass ceiling of Hollywood, by hiring more women than men, while telling this darkly comic stereotype-breaking story about parenthood," said Reiner.

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7/20/2017

Disney released the first official trailer for "A Wrinkle in Time," directed by Ava DuVernay and starring Storm Reid as the young female lead. Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling and Reese Witherspoon all make appearances as the classic character Meg Murry's guides in the film, based on Madeleine L'Engle's 1963 children's book.

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7/20/2017

Papers recently published by the UK's National Archives include a top-secret memo from Prime Minister Winston Churchill that discusses suppressing German telegrams containing comments made by the Duke of Windsor, formerly King Edward VIII before abdicating the throne in 1936. The duke reportedly supported a peaceful compromise with Adolf Hitler.

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7/20/2017

Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin and his ShareSpace Foundation recently unveiled a new Mars-focused nonprofit dubbed the Buzz Aldrin Space Foundation. The announcement came at a gala hosted by ShareSpace Foundation as part of a three-year campaign leading up to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon.

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7/20/2017

In response to a recent opinion piece in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, "BoardSource is unapologetic about our belief in the importance of board diversity, not just because we believe diverse perspectives help boards operate more effectively but because we understand the very real risks a lack of diversity can create," write BoardSource President and CEO Anne Wallestad and chief governance officer Vernetta Walker. "Homogeneous boards can fall prey to strategic blind spots in any context, but the stakes are especially high when a board is ill-equipped to understand the impact of its decisions on the communities it seeks to serve."

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7/20/2017

Leaders from grocery store chain H-E-B, the Tobin Endowment and the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation have formed a new nonprofit that will assume control of the San Antonio Symphony Sept. 1., replacing the Symphony Society of San Antonio.

7/20/2017

Timothy Springer, a scientist, entrepreneur and Harvard professor, has launched the Institute for Protein Innovation: a nonprofit that will help biotech startups by supplying them with molecular protein data. Springer has donated $10 million to the organization and will pledge another $15 million in 2019.

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7/20/2017

"Black-ish" star Tracee Ellis Ross, "Girls Trip" star Tiffany Haddish, and "Parks and Recreation" star Retta are among the 18 women featured in this Los Angeles Times' piece on black women in comedy, with the actors sharing their experiences working in the industry. "If you think of how, in general in the industry, women are meant to be one thing and they're not meant to be funny. Black women have had an even larger burden around that in terms of how we are defined and the real estate others give us. I think we have blown that open in a way," Ross said.

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7/20/2017

Hollywood may have finally exhausted its productions of superhero and live-action films aimed exclusively at male audiences after disappointing ticket sales from "Spider-Man: Homecoming" and "War for the Planet of the Apes," among others, writes Steven Zeitchik. Several films over the last few months have seen a second-weekend box office decline of 55% or more, while female-driven films such as "Wonder Woman" have managed to escape the dreaded box office drop, all signs that Hollywood may finally have to deliver on growing demand for summer blockbusters featuring women.

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