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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Raimi and Cast Talk 'Oz the Great and Powerful' in EW: Off-Limits Ruby Slippers, Franco Finds His Brain and More

    This week's Entertainment Weekly (on newsstands March 1) goes inside Disney's reported $200 million yellow brick road prequel "Oz the Great and Powerful." The mag sits down with director Sam Raimi and stars James Franco, Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz to talk all things Oz. Highlights below.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Exclusive: Antoine Fuqua Says He's Met w/ Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner About 'Southpaw'

    Recalling my Pondering The Outlook Of Black Directors Working Within The Studio System piece posted in 2012, Antoine Fuqua's name featured quite a bit in that article, because he's certainly one of the most prominent black directors working within the studio system.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Interview: Canadian Director Kim Nguyen Talks Foreign Oscar Nominee 'War Witch'

    French-Canadian director Kim Nguyen's coming-of-age drama "War Witch" was one of the five nominees for the 2013 Foreign-Language Oscar. The film tells the harrowing yet poignant story of a young African girl abducted into a rebel army, and her brave journey to free herself from the army's clutches. (Here's the iTunes trailer.)

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  • The Playlist
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    It Looks Like John C. Reilly Is Making A Cameo In 'Anchorman: The Legend Continues'

    When he was asked straight out earlier this month on the February 8th Empire Podcast (while promoting the UK release of “Wreck-It Ralph”) whether his “Anchorman: The Legend Continues” cameo had been decided on yet, John C. Reilly was very non-committal. “I don’t know that I’m going to be in 'Anchorman 2,' ” he said. “I don’t know that there’s a spot for me or not. I have no idea. I think I’d almost prefer to just be an audience member and just enjoy it and not be part of it. But we’ll see...any chance to work with Will and Adam; I’d be a fool to pass that up.” Well, it looks like that chance has come up, and Reilly has elected not to be a fool and instead film a brief cameo in the highly anticipated sequel.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Review: Oscar-Nominated 'War Witch' Sees Trauma Through the Haunted Lens of Magical Realism

    “War Witch,” Canada’s Oscar-nominated Foreign-Language entry, centers on a young African girl’s abduction into a rebel army, her escape, and the slow, painful process of liberating herself from the army’s traumatic, devastating reach. It is directed by French-Canadian Kim Nguyen, and is the second feature film in history to be shot in Kinshasa of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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    Tarantino Will Present Star of Texas Award for Linklater's 'Dazed and Confused'

    Quentin Tarantino will present the Star of Texas Award to Richard Linklater's "Dazed and Confused" at the Texas Film Hall of Fame on March 7, celebrating the film's 20th anniversary. A screening of the film with the cast will take place on March 6.  Tarantino includes the film on his 2002 Sight and Sound list of his top ten films of all time.

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  • The Playlist
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    Release Dates Arrive For 'The Bling Ring,' 'The Spectacular Now,' 'Annie' & More

    Get out your day planner and start making some adjustments. A couple of Sundance movies, a highly anticipated entry from an auteur, and some blockbusters are getting release dates.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Jasmine Guy Blasts Atlanta For Being Unfriendly To Artists; What Cities Are Artist-Friendly?

    I don't live in Atlanta (never have, although I've visited 3 or 4 times over the last 20 years or so), and I actually don't know a lot of people there - no one that I'd consider a close friend, no family (that I know of), so I definitely won't claim to know what the arts scene is like over there - especially when it comes to cinema.I'll leave all the debate for all you artists who do live there, or are very familiar with the area and its arts scene. I caught this piece on the Access Atlanta website this afternoon, and since it's a slow news day, I thought I'd mention it. But it also inspired some further questions in me that I'll share as well.First here's most of the Access Atlanta piece:Actress and director Jasmine Guy took the arts community to task on several fronts at the annual Women in the Arts panel luncheon sponsored by Synchronicity Theatre at theGeorgian Terrace Wednesday. A last minute panel replacement for casting director Alpha Tyler, who was unable to attend, Guy said she moved to Atlanta four years ago but has grown discouraged by the dearth of work she has found here. “My mission is to leave Atlanta so I can find work,” she said, half in jest. Guy, who has directed and performed in productions for Theatrical Outfit and True Colors Theatre, complained about attending fundraisers so lavish that their budgets could have paid for staging multiple productions. And she expressed frustration with fans who ask her why she doesn’t take her plays on tour – the answer is money, of course – and she encouraged arts patrons to become more knowledgeable about how the business of arts works. “Maybe it’s because I’m black, but everybody always asks me, ‘Why don’t you work with Tyler Perry?’ “Well, I live in Atlanta. Tyler Perry knows where he can find me.” She went on to hold Tyler Perry up as an example of someone who has helped change the business model for arts funding. He started out staging plays that were so profitable, he was able to take them on tour, she said. And the tours were so profitable, he was able to turn them in to movies, which he in turn sold to Hollywood.“ He didn’t go to Hollywood asking for money to make his movies,” she said. And finally, she said, if Atlanta wants to be a city of world-class culture, it needs to act like one. “Y’all need to quit asking me to work for free,” she said.

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    Chad Hartigan's 'This is Martin Bonner' Goes to Monterey Media for Summer Release

    Chad Hartigan's "This Is Martin Bonner" has gone to Monterey Media for US distribution. The film, starring Paul Eenhoorn and Richmond Arquette, won Sundance's Best of NEXT audience award. Monterey is eyeing a Summer release and will push for awards consideration in the fall.

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    Mitchell Block Direct: Short Films -- Oscar-Expectations

    The Last 11 Years of Live Action Short Film Nominations and Short Films Branch Memories

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