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    SnagFilms Acquires Online RIghts to "Don't Ask Don't Tell," Times Release to Policy Repeal

    SnagFilms has acquired "Don’t Ask Don’t Tell," a film that tells the stories of 18 real-life characters who were impacted on both sides of the controversial policy.

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    Guest Post: From Hollywood to Bon Temps, and Nary a Feminist In Sight…by Emilie Spiegel

    Sunday night’s HBO lineup included both the series finale of Entourage and the season 4 finale of True Blood—two vastly different shows, herein considered together not only because they play back-to-back on the same network, but because, somehow, women have come to serve the same purpose on both (even though one is set in affluent, glamorous Hollywood and the other in working class, quotidian Bon Temps, Louisiana). Magical agents and magical witches aside, somehow, these two shows have created a narrative economy wherein women serve as motivating agents for men… ciphers largely devoid of their own desires and goals, or as a friend put it “Soo...

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    Watch "Train" - A Short Film About Fear & Guilt By Darius Clark Monroe (Short Shout)

    We featured Darius Clark Monroe's last short film - the provocative Slow - on this site a few weeks ago, and it was very well received. There's a reason why he's been previously featured as one of S&A's Black Filmmakers To Watch :) Here's another reason... (thanks Kia):

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    Jay Baruchel to Write 'Baseballissimo' As 'Goon' Sells For Seven Figures

    The awkward kid from "Undeclared" is doing something right. Both as actor and co-writer, Jay Baruchel's name is all over the hockey picture "Goon," a vaguely "Slap Shot"-ish comedy that, until it debuted at Toronto this past week, only had going for it some fairly uninspiring posters, a less than gut-splitting red-band trailer and the weird casting combination of Seann William Scott and Liev Schrieber to its name. But the picture's apparently uproarious, a bloody laugh-fest for the ages, and has exploded the hitherto staid conventions of the hockey picture (whatever they may be), at least until Kevin Smith aims to get his way and begins work ...

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    "The Book Of Mormon" The Movie?

    The creators of The Book of Mormon - the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical that centers on two young Mormon missionaries who are sent off to spread the word in Uganda, hoping to convert more than a few Africans, and which features a significant black cast - say they plan to adapt the stage work fo...

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    Chad Coleman, Aisha Dee To Co-Star In FOX’s “I Hate My Teenage Daughter”

    While he's probably best known for his role as Dennis “Cutty” Wise on HBO’s The Wire, Chad Coleman has almost two decades of professional acting experience under his belt. He’ll add another line to his resume this November, when he stars in FOX TV’s new family sitcom I Hate My Teenage Daughter.

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    Denzel Whitaker Talks About His BBF Role In John Singleton's "Abduction"

    How many of you knew that he was in this flick? From his description of the character he plays, sounds like standard BBF/sidekick/comic relief material to me; but hey, it's work, right?

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    "All American Girls: A Negro League of Their Own" Off-Broadway Play Tix on Sale Now: Begins Oct 5th

    The new play from NAACP award winner Layon Gray, All American Girls: A Negro League of Their Own is a drama set during World War II, a time where women were called upon "to keep baseball alive." The off-Broadway play, beginning shows on October 5th (Wednesday and Thursday nights) at the Actor's Temp...

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    TIFF '11 Review: 'Ten Year' Brings Together A Strong Cast For A Mixed Bag Of Comedy & Drama

    Births, funerals, marriage, anniversaries and even annual vacations have all served as plot devices in the reunion film, a genre that usually finds middle-aged or older characters dealing with a crisis that is exacerbated by seeing old family and friends. And while "Ten Year" certainly isn't breaking new territory, producer and star Channing Tatum, along with writer/director Jamie Linden ("Dear John"), do take an interesting approach. Wisely not going far beyond their own age bracket, this film brings together a pretty solid ensemble cast of some of the best up-and-coming actors working right now for a tale that catches up with a gaggle of fr...

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    TIFF '11 Review: 'Pariah' Is So Much More Than Just This Year's 'Precious'

    Listen, we understand that sometimes in order to get some attention, indie films need glib comparisons and word out of Sundance this year was that Dee Rees' "Pariah" was this year's "Precious." However, not only is "Pariah" nothing like "Precious", it is so much better and so much more rewarding than anything Lee Daniels' "achieved" with his hysterical, exploitative, ghetto soap opera porno. Real in ways few movies ever are, "Pariah" mixes the coming out and coming-of-age story and pitches it against the backdrop of an African-American family adapting to the shifting cultural sexual tides. The result is a film that is warm and raw, sometimes ...

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