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    Watch First Episode of Milk & Honey Web Series, Exec Produced by Idris Elba

    Here's the first episode of the new web series Milk & Honey, which Tambay profiled back in January. The Idris Elba-produced scripted series, created by Chicago natives Brown Paper Dolls (Dana Gills, Asha Kamali May, and Jeanette McDuffie), centers on 4 black women living in Los Angeles, who are on “...

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    Watch: Not Everyone In Hawaii Is Relaxed In New Trailer For 'The Descendants'

    For anyone who has been to Hawaii, you know that the laid back attitude of the locals, while at first disarming, quickly becomes infectious. Falling into the rhythms of the island is pretty easy, but for Matt King, our hero of Alexander Payne's "The Descendants," that Hawaiian charm doesn't come eas...

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    VIFF '11: Paddy Considine's Directorial Debut 'Tyrannosaur' An Uneven Portrait Of A Damaged Man

    The opening scene of “Tyrannosaur” is a real belter. Through near whiplash-inducing cross cuts, we are introduced to a night in the life of Joseph (Peter Mullan) as he drinks heavily and stews with unfettered rage on a barstool (and back at home with a sawed-off wood baseball bat that looks like a l...

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    Sole Black Cast Member Of "The Walking Dead" Worries About What His Blackness Could Mean For Him...

    Last night, I caught up with episode 1 of season 2 of AMC's hit zombie drama The Walking Dead; one of the very few TV shows I actually watch - and I mean very, very few. I had a lot of fun with season 1; usually I'm disappointed by successive seasons of new shows I initially enjoy, with expectations...

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    "The Dark Knight Rises" May Pull a "Medium Cool" with Occupy Wall Street Protests

    On October 29, Christopher Nolan's next Batman film, "The Dark Knight Rises," will begin shooting in New York City. The production, under the masked title "Magnus Rex," is scheduled for 14 days of shooting in the Big Apple, and some of this filming could involve the Occupy Wall Street protesters. According to Stephen Zeitchik of the LA Times, an anonymous source associated with the film claims casting notices mention the possibility of shooting "a city besieged by crime and corruption," amidst the OWS crowd, but the purpose is unknown. As are details on whether or not they'd be paid for their work as extras. Some are saying it could be good p...

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    Michael Moore & 'The Dark Knight Rises' Inspired By The Occupy Wall Street Protests

    Despite (some of) the mainstream media coverage of the Occupy Wall Street protests painting the participants as a bunch of unemployed, left wing socialists who hate America, for anyone who has actually been down to Zuccotti Park (or to the various places where demonstrations have been taking place w...

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    "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" is Disney Fluff at Its Most Reflexive and Subversive

    This review was originally published on May 20, 2011. It is being reposted for the home video release.

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    VIDEO: Does ANTHONY MACKIE Read Shadow And Act? Take A Guess...

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    Sean Durkin And Elizabeth Olsen Discuss The Optimism At The Heart Of 'Martha Marcy May Marlene'

    From the mind of Sean Durkin, “Martha Marcy May Marlene” is an unsettling and stunning experience (check out our Sundance review). The film follows the dual narrative of Martha (Elizabeth Olsen), a young girl who becomes absorbed into a small cult community, only to escape to the confines of her sister’s lake house. As we see both parts of this story run parallel, we discover that Martha may not be ready to assimilate back into society, as she quarrels with her sister and her sister's husband, unable to understand what could be considered a “right” way to behave. Meanwhile, we also are given a window into her life on the cult commune led by t...

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    James Cameron Tours Future Site of 'Avatar' Land In Disney's Animal Kingdom

    When it was announced almost a month ago today that Disney would partner with James Cameron to bring the seventies prog-rock album cover world of "Avatar" to its various international theme parks, beginning with Florida's Animal Kingdom park in 2014, the news was met with some confusion and a health...

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