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    What Would You Say Is The Most Important Black Film Of The Decade?

    Funny but we haven't asked this question before on S & A, so why not go ahead ask it now. What, in your opinion, is the most important black film of the past decade? For me the answer is pretty obvious... Precious.

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    First Look: Henry Cavill as Superman

    Check out Henry Cavill as Superman. Chris Nolan and Zack Snyder's Man of Steel won't arrive until June 2013, but that doesn't mean we can't get excited about a ridiculously good looking Brit in tights.

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    Black/White French Buddy Comedy "Les Intouchables" To Premiere At San Sebastian + USA Remake News

    A new French film I wrote about titled Intouchables (Untouchable), will make its world premiere as the closing night film at the 59th San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain next month.

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    Natasha Lyonne Joins Kristen Wiig's Pet Project Comedy 'Imogene'

    June Diane Raphael Also Joins CastIn case you're unaware, the aughts weren't particularly kind to indie actress Natasha Lyonne. After break-out roles in "Slums of Beverly Hills," "But I'm a Cheerleader" and the hit franchise "American Pie," things went seriously awry for the actress. From 2001 throu...

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    Idris Elba Will Direct Music Video For 1st Single From Angie Stone's Upcoming Album

    Idris Elba has already expressed his interest in directing, with a feature film project already being developed for him to helm some time in the next year, which would be his directorial debut. The BBC-commission film is said to be "a small tale about a young girl" which he's been working on for abo...

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    book review—Music Makes Me: Fred Astaire And Jazz

    by Todd Decker (University of California Press)

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    Vivica Fox Talks Role In "Femme Fatales," Casting Choices, The "Vivica Fox" Brand, New Talk Show...

    Recorded at Comic-Con late last month. Shaky camera work, but I actually enjoyed the 13-minute conversation, and even got to know her a little more - especially when she talks about her motivations in the latter half of the recording.

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    Review: 'Magic Trip' A Pleasant But Unremarkable Trip Down A Druggy Memory Lane

    Best known for his forward, concise, and unyielding documentaries attacking big business, the government, and the media, filmmaker Alex Gibney takes a brief sabbatical from the "heavy issues" and partners up with frequent editing partner Alison Ellwood for the Ken Kesey LSD-extravaganza "Magic Trip." The two cobble together footage and audio recordings from a free-wheelin' cross-country jaunt to the World's Fair in New York lead by the "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" scribe, the end result feeling something like a cross between Gibney's own "Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson" and last year's enjoyable "Lennon NYC." However,...

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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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