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    My First Twitter Death Threat

    The founder of a feminist website was the victim of disturbing harassment on social media last week—but neither Twitter nor the police have stepped in to help her block her stalker.

    Last Friday night I did something I hadn’t done since childhood—I slept with the lights on.

    I was spooked because of a threat I received via Twitter, about a month after launching my new blog, Onward and F-Word. As a feminist writer and reproductive activist, I’ve often encountered negative reactions to my opinions, but they’ve always been directed at my work or my perspective—not my physical being, my body, or my life. They’ve never invaded my personal space.

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    Tribeca Film Festival

    Evan Rachel Wood Opens Up

    The ‘Case of You’ star talks to Marlow Stern about coming out as bisexual, Twitter, and her pregnancy.

    At just 25 years of age, Evan Rachel Wood has established herself as a gifted, highly unpredictable actress. After her breakout role as a troubled young girl in Thirteen, she’s gone on to star in a diverse array of films, including Julie Taymor’s musical Across the Universe, Darren Aronofsky’s dark drama The Wrestler, and George Clooney’s political thriller The Ides of March.

    A very pregnant Wood is at Tribeca to unveil her latest film, romantic comedy A Case of You. Directed by Kat Coiro from a screenplay by brothers Justin and Christian Long, the film stars Justin Long as Sam, a disillusioned novelist who is infatuated with Byrdie (Wood) the barista at his local Brooklyn coffee shop. He eventually stalks her Facebook profile and seeks to win her over by becoming the man he thinks she wants—that is, conforming to all the things under her “likes” section. The experiment goes swimmingly, until Sam realizes he may be biting off more than he can chew. The film boasts a stellar supporting cast as well, including Vince Vaughn as a snappy agent, Peter Dinklage as a saucy gay barista, and Sam Rockwell as a stoner guitar instructor.

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  • An Indian girl attends a rally for "One Billion Rising," a global campaign to end violence against women, Ahmadabad, India, Feb. 14, 2013. (Ajit Solanki/AP)

    Twitter's Box-Office Smash

    The producers of a new film about girls and education made Facebook and Twitter their publicists.

    You don’t have to live in New York or Los Angeles to see Girl Rising, a documentary that lifts the curtain on the enormous challenges girls in developing countries face if they want to receive an education. It’s the kind of socially responsible film that would normally open only in select theaters, and then only if its producers were able to muster the marketing budget to muscle their way onto that elite circuit.

    The producers of Girl Rising, a 100-minute film featuring nine stories of heroic girls from around the world, concluded that they would circumvent the traditional route of theater distribution and rely instead on social-media tools—Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn—to drive their message and build a community. Girl Rising has more than 245,000 fans on Facebook, and the film will open next week. About 500 screenings have been requested nationwide, with more than 32,000 tickets pre-reserved.

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