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    Venice '11 Review: Todd Solondz's 'Dark Horse' Deconstructs Man-Child Comedies, Mostly Toothlessly

    If there's one theme that's been prevalent -- nay omnipresent -- in American comedy (and some dramas) in the last half-decade or so, it's that of arrested development. The male (for they are usually male) who've been so coddled by parents, by society, by expectations, that they remain locked in a st...

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    Actor/Model/Musician Sam Sarpong Stays Busy, Co-Stars in Matt Sinnreich's Short Film "Trigger"

    For actor/model Sam Sarpong, there is apparently no limit to what he can do, when he decides that he is going to do it. He's currently in London promoting the U.K. release of his latest feature film, Anchor Baby, and also promoting his latest music single, Fire. And from what I gather, Mr. Sarpong...

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    Music Break - Watch "Hear My Call" By Jill Scott

    In case you haven't seen it yet, here's the latest from Jill Scott!

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    First Look Footage From Steve McQueen's "Shame" + Venice Press Conference

    Well, whadaya know... another Shame post. Get used to it, those who apparently are troubled by our coverage of it, 'cause, I'll be honest with ya, there'll be a lot more I'm sure.

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    "Pumzi" Director Wanuri Kahiu Talks Female Lead Characters & Telling *Our* Own Stories

    A reminder that Focus Features' Africa First short films are currently available to "watch instantly" on Netflix. So if you have a Netflix account, as I know a lot of you do, you really should check out this compilation of short films by up and coming African filmmakers - one of them being a sci-fi ...

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    Venice '11 Review: 'Shame' A Fascinating Follow-Up To 'Hunger,' With A Tour-De-Force From Fassbender

    As English-language directorial debuts in the last few years go, Steve McQueen's "Hunger" ranks up there as one of the most uncompromising. An award-winning, sometimes controversial British artist, McQueen chose to move into feature film by examining the life of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands, managing not to flinch from any of the grim details, using takes of up to 20 minutes in length, and showcasing a tour-de-force performance from the now firmly-planted-on-the-A-list Michael Fassbender. It picked up an enormous amount of critical support, including the Camera D'Or at Cannes in 2008, and signified both director and star as major talents to...

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    Telluride '11 Review: Jennifer Garner's 'Butter' Churns and Churns But Doesn’t Produce Cream

    Ostensibly an edgy satire that fancies itself having a wicked bite, Jennifer Garner’s pet-project “Butter,” instead employs long and broad satirical strokes that never land many effective laughs or blows. You know a comedy is seriously in trouble when there are long, uncomfortable stretches where no...

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    Venice Film Fest Review: Steve McQueen's Shame is Graphic, Transgressive, Full Frontal

    David Gritten reviews Steve McQueen's Shame from Venice; the film also screens at Telluride Sunday en route to Toronto, where it seeks a brave distributor willing to take on its NC-17 content.

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    Weekend Box Office: The Help and The Debt Throw Sharks, Apollo 18 Out of Orbit

    Adults are saving the Labor Day Weekend box office, reports Anthony D'Alessandro:Similar to last year's Labor Day box office when The American ruled, adults flocked to the holiday cinema once again with DreamWorks/Disney's The Help taking No. 1 with $14.2 million over three days and Focus Features' ...

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    Weekend Box Office: Three Straight Weeks At #1 For 'The Help'

    There are all sorts of qualifiers to this summer becoming the most financially robust in box office history. Chief amongst them are both the inferior product, but also the illusion of 3D prices, which do an excellent job of covering up the consistently-dropping attendance numbers. In other words, mo...

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