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  • Shadow and Act
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    Sophie Okonedo Plans To Focus On Theater Thanks To The Lack Of Film Opportunities For Black Actors

    Well... you go where the work is (especially if it's the kind of work you love). It might mean we'll see a lot less of her on the big screen in the immediate future... but, then again, it's been awhile since we last saw Sophie Okonedo in that format; 2008, when she had 2 films in circulation - The Secret Life Of Bees and the lesser-known Skin.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Press Accreditation Never Felt So Sexy

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  • The Playlist
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    Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe & Catherine Zeta-Jones' 'Broken City' Hits January 18, 2013

    Film Will Square Off Against Arnold Schwarzenegger's 'The Last Stand'While January is generally considered a dumping ground for studio leftovers, don't tell that to Mark Wahlberg. His upcoming thriller "Contraband" is slated for release on January 13, 2012 and it looks like the actor wants to keep starting off your year with a bang, because he's got another film a year later, pretty much right in the same frame.

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  • The Playlist
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    Dylan McDermott Gets In A 'Dog Fight' With Will Ferrell & Zach Galifianakis

    By Ryan Sartor. After a rough decade on television (“Big Shots,” “Dark Blue”) and an even rougher one in film (“Texas Rangers,” something called “Unbeatable Harold”), things are finally turning around for former “Practice” heartthrob Dylan McDermott. He’s currently starring in the FX series “American Horror Story,” and has now snagged a role in the Will Ferrell/Zach Galifianakis political comedy “Dog Fight” (formerly-titled “Southern Rivals"), playing a political consultant running Galifianakis’ campaign. This will be McDermott’s first chance to flex his onscreen comedic muscles since way back in 1999, when he seduced Neve Campbell—and the world—in the romantic comedy “Three to Tango.” It will be interesting to see if director Jay Roach lets McDermott cut loose with a broad comedic take on the role, or if the actor will be playing it straight, as one would expect.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Candese Reid Wins Best British Newcomer Award For Her "Junkhearts" Role

    Just last week, I posted the trailer for the British gritty, social drama Junkhearts. The film stars Eddie Marsan, newcomer Candese Reid, Tom Sturridge, Romola Garai, Shaun Dooley and John Boyega.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: '13' Remake Proves To Be One Unlucky Number (To Put It Mildly)

    It’s unfortunate, but there’s a Movie Content Hierarchy. Great filmmakers don’t pretend this exists -- Darren Aronofsky makes a horror movie and genre-hating critics love it, and former Fangoria mainstay David Cronenberg maintains his integrity and themes of perversion and body modification while becoming a boutique festival filmmaker. But more often than not, directors, screenwriter and producers are beholden to the unimaginative thought of “this is how it is meant to be done.” More specifically, films from other parts of the world, particularly smaller ones, have their own vocabulary, their own rhythms and idiosyncrasies. Gela Babluani’s “13 Tzameti” is one of those films, a slow burn thriller from France shot in stark black and white and featuring minimal accoutrement in terms of score, outsized performances, or onscreen violence. It’s a picture that aims low but with laser-sharp precision, to the point where you felt that Babluani was a major storytelling talent with little affection for sentimentality or empty showmanship.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Dragon Tattoo's Lisbeth Salander Inspires Halloween Costume, H&M Clothing Line

    Trish Summerville, costume designer for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is teaming up with Swedish clothing giant H&M to bring Lisbeth Salander-esque clothing to a store near you. Beat-up black jeans, leather and bad-ass hoodiess (yes, they existed before Stieg Larsson wrote the Lisbeth Salander character) will be new again when the film hits theaters this December. So, here's what Lisbeth would look like if she was a supermodel who gave a shit about accessorizing.

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  • The Playlist
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    LFF '11: Felicity Jones Says Her Performance In 'Like Crazy' Was Influenced By 'Breaking The Waves'

    Rising U.K. Star & Sundance Breakout Actress Wants To Play A Superhero Or A SnakeHow's your 2011 been? Pretty good? Even so, we bet you've not had as good a year as Felicity Jones is having. The 27-year-old Brit has been working away for over ten years, starting with kids' TV favorite "The Worst Witch" and long-running radio drama "The Archers," with more recent roles on both the small screen ("Doctor Who," "Northanger Abbey") and the big ("Cheri," "Brideshead Revisited," "The Tempest"), but she's headed into the stratosphere in the last twelve months.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Once More With Feeling - Chicago Screening Of “Claudine” On November 4th and 8th

    Back in early August I posted an item saying that the film Claudine would get a rare theatrical screening in Chicago. Since that was a few months ago, and the screenings are taking place next week, I thought I would remind people about the screenings and repost what I said so here goes:

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  • The Playlist
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    The Strippiest Movie Of Next Summer 'Magic Mike' Lands On June 29, 2012

    Abraham Lincoln, Snow White, G.I. Joe, Batman, The Avengers, Spider-Man, Bourne and...male strippers? It looks like next summer is gonna get more thong filled than you ever expected.

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