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    "The Perfect Age of Rock N Roll" and the Problem With Bad Fictional Bands

    Scott Rosenbaum's "The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll" reminds me of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" for a couple reasons. The plots of both films involve a rock star who screwed over a former collaborator to gain fame with stolen songs. Appropriately, the new film seems to be biting off other music movies, as well, particularly "Velvet Goldmine" and "Almost Famous." But the biggest thing it shares with "Hedwig" over others is the failure to convince us of its fictional artist's plausibility for enormous success. The quality of music necessary for such iconic popularity among both critics and mainstream record buyers is just not there. And it's a s...

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    Watch “The Misadventures of AWKWARD Black Girl” Episode 7 (Web Series)

    Continuing on with Issa Rae’s Awkward Black Girl web series; She just dropped episode 7, which I embedded below, which was directed by Dennis Dortch (A Good Day To Be Black & Sexy):

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    My Week with Marilyn, Starring Williams, Goes to New York Fest; Weinsteins Face Packed Oscar Slate

    One more piece in the fall film festival puzzle has dropped into place: The Weinstein Co's My Week with Marilyn, starring Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe on the 1956 set of The Prince and the Showgirl, will be the New York Film Festival's centerpiece world premiere gala on October 9. Closing nig...

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    Watch Clips for Inspiring Documentary "I'm Carolyn Parker"

    The film documentary, I'm Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad and the Beautiful will screen at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. I'm Carolyn Parker, directed by Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs, Beloved, Rachel Getting Married), depicts the inspiring personal journey of ex-civil rig...

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    Oscar Season Gets Literary As ‘Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close’ Dated For Christmas Day

    Warner Bros.' Oscar stable only has two entries this year -- Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar" and Stephen Daldry's "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" -- and if we had to put our money on one to be a serious heavyweight, with all due respect to Clint, we'd have to back Daldry's flick. Why? Well, he's r...

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  • Hope for Film
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    Our Obligation To Share

    There are so many things that we need to do in order to make independent film a sustainable and vibrant culture and industry. That said, we are in a better place to do that than ever before. For the first time in our culture, we can say that that vision is dependent on no one else other than those...

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    Watch Trailer for Improvised Action Drama "513"

    This project has been in post-production for a while now, as it was filmed back in 2009. According to its imdb, it should be released sometime this year, maybe. I also didn't see it profiled at the site, so here we go.

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    Alfonso Cuarón’s 3D Sci-Fi Epic ‘Gravity’ Dated For November 21, 2012

    Warner Bros. continues to get bold as it gets its Oscar dance cards in place. 2011 is filled with Stephen Daldry's "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" and Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar" starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Now the studio is eyeing 2012, and surprisingly, has thrown a sci-fi genre picture into...

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    Cronenberg's 'A Dangerous Method,' Solondz's 'Dark Horse' & Gilliam's 'Wholly Family' Get Posters

    It's hard to believe but summer is nearly over and not only that, the fall festival season kicks off in earnest in just a couple short weeks when the movie world will descend upon Venice. Every picture will be jostling for attention and in the lead up to the festivities posters for two festival play...

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    Listen Now: Livecast Interviews w/ "Awkward Black Girl" & Rashaad Ernesto Green ("Gun Hill Road")

    If you missed my interviews with both or either guest... you can listen now below.

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