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    Lena Horne Was Born Today... In 1964 Santiago Alvarez Directed "Now"

    “My identity is very clear to me now. I am a black woman. I’m free. I no longer have to be a ‘credit.’ I don’t have to be a symbol to anybody; I don’t have to be a first to anybody. I don’t have to be an imitation of a white woman that Hollywood sort of hoped I’d become. I’m me, and I’m like nob...

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    Watch: Proof That 'No Strings Attached' & 'Friends With Benefits' Are The Same Movie

    So, just how similar are Ivan Reitman's "No Strings Attached" and Will Gluck's "Friends With Benefits"? Well, at one time they were both titled "Friends With Benefits" and Screen Gems had to do some legal dancing to keep the title, forcing the Natalie Portman/Ashton Kutcher vehicle to change names.

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    "Attack The Block" Star John Boyega Becomes Member Of Club Richard Ayoade Belongs To

    Congrats to Attack The Block star John Boyega for his listing on Screen International's annual list of the UK stars of tomorrow, highlighting the year's hottest new acting and filmmaking talent. I believe he's the only talent of African descent mentioned on the entire list (both actors and filmmaker...

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    Rumor: New Marvel Short Films To Appear On Upcoming 'Thor' & 'Captain America' DVDs

    'Captain America' Gets Terrible New PosterLet's rewind the clock a bit. Last summer, a rumor cropped up that Marvel had a plan to make live-action short films as a way to introduce the characters to audiences who may not be familiar with them — pretty much everyone who's not an avid comic book reader. The this bit info was notable, because just a few weeks earlier word was being knocked around that Marvel was planning to make lower budget movies centered around their second and their tier characters like Dr. Strange, Iron Fist, Ka-Zar, Power Pack & Luke Cage -- in essence, a short film introduction seemed like a good way to go to get mainstre...

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Funny Chicks Best Funny Nerds at The Box Office

    Sometime this weekend (or maybe even by tonight) in a theatre somewhere in America a person will buy a movie ticket to see Bridesmaids and that ticket will take the domestic box office tally of Bridesmaids over the domestic box office tally of Knocked Up.

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    If You Missed It...Listen To The S&A Live Podcast Season 2, Ep 12 (Slavery On Film)

    As usual, our S&A live podcast was a blast! If you missed it, please check it out below. Things got a little heated but we definitely had some fun. Some of the topics we covered include:

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    Michael Rapaport Unapologetic About Tribe Called Quest Doc; Done Appeasing Q-Tip; "You're No Jay-Z"

    The film opens next week, but Q-Tip has thus far continued to stand by his decision to not support it, and hasn't done any publicity for it either, leaving that up to his partners in crime, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White, who have all gotten behind director Michael Rapaport's dire...

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    Preview "Monkey Gang," A Gangsta Rap Mockumentary - Advanced Screening This Sunday In NYC

    Courtesy of Urban Daily: "“Monkey Gang: The Mockumentary” a hip-hop comedy that parodies negativity in Gangsta Rap and Hip Hop culture."

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    Guest Post: Beth B "Who Says An Old Punk Can't Learn New Tricks?"

    I moved to NYC in the early 80's with dreams of making films that would change the world. To prime my path, I was prepared to serve first. There were two internships I wanted. Having grown up listening to Alan Lomax's Southern Journey records, he was one. He didn't hire me. The Super-8 No Wave film thing was taking the city by storm -- or at least the East Village. I turned my sights to working for Beth B, one of the key figures in the "Cinema Of Transgression". I got the interview... but not the gig. Although I have had to watch from afar, I have kept track of Beth and her work, and have always found it inspiring and uncompromising....

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    Bryan Cranston Has The Best Agent In Hollywood, Now Joins 'Gangster Squad'

    Come Christmas time, we hope Bryan Cranston gets something really nice for his agent because the actor has been lining up one solid film after another. Just yesterday, Cranston boarded Ben Affleck's "Argo" and barely twenty-four hours have passed and now he's on another high-profile project.

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