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Grae Drake

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As fans of her weekly movie review segments on CNN know, Grae is known for her disarming honesty and irreverent cinematic opinions. Before becoming the Senior Editor of, she hosted the popular weekly movie review podcast called The Popcorn Mafia. Currently, she shares Tomatometer Ratings with radio stations throughout North America as well as Sirius Satellite Radio. She says "If a film makes me either want to kill myself or propose marriage to it, I have a duty to share that with anyone who will listen." Having loved cinema since she was a 6th grader arranging movie outings every Friday night for her group of friends, Grae started making films at age 15 and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in their film program. She has held positions from director, Producer, Director of Photography, and editor on numerous films, had a short film screen at Sundance, and has been honored at the Director's Guild of America in Los Angeles. Her fixation on cinema has created opportunities to put on live versions of her podcast in front of sold-out crowds, write weekly reviews for, be a spokesperson for, and appear on