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    "Mama Africa" Screening At Tribeca Film Festival This Weekend

    If you happen to live in New York City, lady-luck is on your side because making rounds on the festival circuit is the Miriam Makeba documentary Mama Africa. The film, screening this weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival, approaches Makeba as an artist, activist, mother, grandmother and a human being said the film's Finnish director Mika Kaurismäki. According to Mail & Guardian, there are some surprises revealed in the film such as how her friendship with Israeli prime minister Golda Meir came to an end after her new husband Stokely Carmichael, the Black Panther leader, made a scathing remark about Israel. And the day after her marriage to Ca...

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    Watch: Trailer For Sci-Fi Sundance Hit 'Another Earth'

    As we noted this morning, it's been one helluva year for Brit Marling. She has starred in, co-written and co-produced a pair of sci-fi tinged dramas that also happened to be two of the most widely acclaimed films at Sundance this year, “Another Earth” and “Sound of My Voice” and in less than five mo...

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    Video from Tribeca Opening Night.

    At the main site, Dana Harris offers some thoughts on the opening night of the Tribeca Film Festival, and I review its opener, "The Union." Here's some video I took from my limited vantage point.

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    RFI & Black Women's Entertainment Network Launch $10,000 Web Series Screenplay Contest

    News on the march... Sponsored by the Black Women's Entertainment Network (BWE), one winning original Web Series Pilot script will be selected, optioned, produced for up to $10,000, and aired on the network's website. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Beverly Hills, CA - April 21, 2011 - Rockstone Foundation, the non-profit urban filmmakers organization has partnered with new internet content distributor, Black Women's Entertainment Network to launch a Web Series Screenplay Contest focused on finding original material to be produced and aired on the network's website. The international contest is open to all adult writers and genres, however, submitted s...

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    First Close Up Look At A Dinosaur From Terrence Malick's 'The Tree Of Life'

    While we're as excited as anybody for Terrence Malick's "The Tree Of Life," even we're experiencing a bit of fatigue at this point in the run-up to the film. Fox Searchlight has done a great job getting the word about the film -- which will be hard sell to mainstream audiences -- out there, but for ...

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    Trailer Watch: The Art of Getting By Stars Roberts, Highmore

    As promised, Fox Searchlight has supplied a new trailer for writer-director Gavin Weisen's recently retitled feature debut The Art of Getting By, starring Emma Roberts (a.k.a. Julia Roberts's niece), Freddie Highmore, Michael Angarano, Elizabeth Reaser, Rita Wilson, Blair Underwood, Alicia Silversto...

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    Zach Braff Joins Chloe Moretz & Jessica Biel In 'The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea'

    Planning To Adapt Stage Play 'All New People' Into A Feature FilmFor a moment there, the world seemed be his oyster for Zach Braff. The "Scrubs" star wrote and directed the mega indie hit "Garden State" which not only did gangbusters at the box office, but also spawned a best-selling soundtrack that suddenly had music supervisors everywhere looking at independent labels to find the music for their films. And then...Braff seemed to fade into the background a bit. He returned to his hit show and outside of "The Last Kiss" didn't do too much film work and found his sophomore directorial effort tough to get off the ground. But it looks like this ...

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    Race/Class Examination Play "Clybourne Park" Wins Pulitzer Prize For Drama; Here's Our Review

    Announced 3 days ago, Bruce Norris' play titled, Clybourne Park, which examines race relations in the 1950s as well as in modern-day Chicago, won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for drama.

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    Jodie Foster on Why There Are So Few Female Directors

    I've been a bit hard on Jodie of late for her support of Mel Gibson and for taking a gig with Roman Polanski, but it seems she is taking one for the team when talking about why there are so few female directors.

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    Polishing 'The Ten Commandments'

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