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    Watch Zoe Kravitz & Edi Gathegi In New Clip From "X-Men: First Class"

    It's in theaters tomorrow, so, I'm not sure this clip will do much to encourage to or discourage you from seeing it if you haven't already made up your mind either way. Nothing special; although I should add that just about every review I've read of the film thus far has been stellar! It seems like ...

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    Debut Of Queen Latifah's "Single Ladies" Attracts 1.8 Million Viewers; Big Night For VH1!

    The 90-minute pilot episode of the new Queen Latifah-produced original scripted VH1 series called Single Ladies that serves as an introduction to what will be a weekly series to follow later, in July, debuted earlier this week, and if the reviews I read were of any indication, it didn't go over well...

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    Watch New Clip From Prison Drama "Screwed" Starring Noel Clarke & James D'Arcy

    We've seen a trailer and poster for Screwed - the British prison drama that stars Mr Noel Clarke and James D’Arcy (Master And Commander), which is an adaptation of a novel called Screwed: The Truth About Life as a Prison Officer, a bestselling work, both acclaimed and controversial, by British ex-pr...

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    Review: 'Rejoice And Shout' Attempts To Cover A Century Of Gospel In 2 Hours

    It always seemed like music was the only art where the subject didn't matter. If there's a good beat, a catchy hook, some sort of inventiveness, and/or intensified drive, most don't care what the hell the singer is spewing, even if it's about their specific belief system. Throw a bunch of hard-ass atheists on the dance floor and throw on "Jesus Walks"; see how many stomp their feet and protest (actually, don't, keep reading). There's numerous other examples (how many trendy God-hating teens like Christian-Metalcore band Underoath? Quick answer, too many), but for other mediums, it's not the case. Religious imagery feels too pushy, and while b...

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    Website For Samuel L Jackson's MLK Play "The Mountaintop" Launches

    As well as a look at some artwork for Katori Hall's award-winning play, The Mountaintop, which we've written about a lot on this site, making its Broadway debut this fall, with Samuel L. Jackson starring as Martin Luther King Jr.

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    "X-Men: First Class" and the Pros and Cons of Today's Ensemble Action Movie

    On my way to the press screening of "X-Men: First Class" this week, I was reading Claude Brodesser-Akner's article on "Blockbuster Economics" in the new issue of New York magazine. It's pretty basic stuff if you know today's film industry in the slightest, but it was appropriate to peruse and think about ahead of and during such an ensemble-dependent action movie. More than a decade ago, in what I'm certain was my first paid assignment as a film critic, I wrote (rather amateurish and naively, I admit) about the death of the traditional action-hero movie star in a piece for READ magazine (r.i.p.) reviewing the first "X-Men" film, "Mission: Imp...

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    Where Were The Black Actors In the 64th Cannes Film Festival Films?

    So I’m finally in fighting shape to post after fifteen glorious days along the Croisette for the Festival De Cannes, known to you Westerners as the Cannes Film Festival.

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    Review: 'Beautiful Boy' Presents Tragedy As An Acting Exercise

    If you were, or still are, a post-millennial creative-type, there’s a chance you channeled the emotions and experiences of events like the Columbine massacre or 9/11 into some form of art. Very few of these ended up being films, books, or songs where audiences found meaning. Several of these people ...

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    Paramount Picks Up DC Comic 'The Mighty'

    With Disney swooping in and paying $4 billion for Marvel Entertainment and buying out the remaining distribution deal the comic company had with Paramount, it was only a matter of time before the mountain logo company started getting back in the game of comic movies. After all, there's money to be h...

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    "Red Tails" Director, Anthony Hemingway, Reveals Film's Release Date!

    We've long wondered WTF happened to the George Lucas-produced Tuskegee Airmen actioner, Red Tails; very little news has surfaced since last year's rumor that Lucas was unhappy with what had been done with the film at that point, and had essentially taking it over from director Anthony Hemingway and ...

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