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    Curb Your Enthusiasm: Larry David Tackles NY, Baseball, The Middle East

    True confession: I have never been a knee-jerk fan of Curb Your Enthusiasm or for that matter Seinfeld, which Larry David helped created. The crotchety version of himself that David plays on his endlessly praised series too often veers from “annoying to the characters around him but amusing to us,” (and isn’t that just a way of flattering the audience?) to flat out annoying. The too-cute zippy Italian circus music that is the series’ theme makes me hit “mute” and even the nickname “Curb” gets on my nerves (but that’s not David’s fault). Seinfeld has a more affable, like-me, puppy-dog surface, but at their cores both shows exude a smugness ab...

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    American Black Film Festival (ABFF) 2011 Day 2 Highlights (John Singleton, Keenen Ivory Wayans)

    Going into day #4, we're finally seeing some sunshine; all of yesterday (day #3) actually, which was more than welcomed after the first 2 days of clouds and rain.

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    In Praise Of "Boss Nigger"

    Don't blame me. Blame Cynthia! She started it with her piece about The Legend of Nigger Charley That reminded me of my Shadow And Act piece I wrote back in April 2009 about Fred Williamson's western Boss Nigger. As I said back then (and I don't regret one word of it):

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    A Zombie Movie - Cuban Style

    Everybody's got zombie fever. Now even the Cubans. Here is the first peek (actually two different trailers) for what is supposed to be the first ever horror film made in Cuba Juan de los Muertos (Juan of the Dead). Written and directed by Alejandro Bruges, the film takes place 50 years after the Cu...

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    Interview: 'Horrible Bosses' Director Seth Gordon Reveals The Original Ending Of The Film

    Also Talks Improv & The Influence Of 'Shallow Grave'If your job is making you feel murderous, there is perhaps no better cathartic experience at the multiplex this weekend than "Horrible Bosses." The comedy stars Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jamie Foxx, Colin Farrell, Kevin Spacey and Jennifer Aniston and follows three friends, each dealing with an unbearable boss who is making their life hell, when they decide to do the unthinkable: they are going to kill their bosses. Enlisting the help of a "murder consultant" -- the appropriately named Motherfucker Jones -- the hapless trio sets out on their mission but of course, it's far ...

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    Steve Coogan vs. Paul McMullan and Tabloids, News of the World

    Another smart celebrity, Steve Coogan, takes on soon-to-be-shuttered News of the World and tabloid journalism in the form of oddly sincere ex-NOTW reporter Paul McMullan, who was also eviscerated by Hugh Grant. Delicious.

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    Peter Bogdanovich & Noah Baumbach Talk 'They All Laughed' At Brooklyn's BAMCinematek

    Esteemed filmmaker, film critic and journalist Peter Bogdanovich is cinema's biggest namedropper without a doubt, but he's definitely aware of his good fortune. "I know I actually knew all these people," Bogdanovich said in reaction to audience laughter over his ceaseless references, quotes and anec...

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    Harry Lennix Added To "Man Of Steel" Superman Flick

    Veteran actor Harry Lennix has just been added to the cast of the Superman film Man Of Steel. He'll play a high-ranking military officer named General Swanwick.

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    The Weinstein Company Obtain Distribution & Remake Rights To French-Language Film 'Untouchable'

    The Weinstein Company has been taking risks left and right this year after its Oscar success with "The King's Speech." They're looking to make a big splash with Oscar fare like "The Iron Lady" (though last week's trailer was ridiculous), "Coriolanus," "My Week with Marilyn" and Madonna's "W.E." How...

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