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May 2, 2010 | By Sam Adams, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Philadelphia By now, the movie industry has plenty of practice weathering the complaints of fans who object to the inevitable departures that accompany the adaptation of a pre-existing property to a big-screen franchise. But the concerns that surfaced as M. Night Shyamalan went into production on "The Last Airbender" were more serious than the usual nitpicking. Amid the kvetching about the shape and size of the facial scar sported by the film's chief villain were accusations that Shyamalan had whitewashed the story, which was influenced by Asian art and mythology, by casting Caucasian actors in many leading roles.
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October 7, 2013 | By Susan King
Three members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' newly created casting directors branch have been elected to the Board of Governors. The new governors are David Rubin ("Gravity," "Smurfs 2"), who will serve a three-year term; Bernie Telsey ("Friends with Kids"), who was elected to a two-year term; and Lora Kennedy ("Argo," "Man of Steel"), who will serve a one-year term. "The addition of these exceptional professionals to our board is another positive step toward making our organization more inclusive and more reflective of a broader industry," academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in a statement Monday.
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