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  • Shadow and Act
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    African American Women Take On The Comic Book Industry (Jackie Ormes Lives On)

    Any black women comic book creators/illustrators reading S&A? If so, let me know!

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  • Eric Kohn
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    What Does It Mean To Be A "Sundance Rock Star"?

    That's the question I asked myself shortly after assembling the gallery of filmmakers featured in several recent Indiewire articles about the festival's upcoming lineup. The term sprang to mind because I immediately started compiling a list of notable directors in this year's program. The myth of the Sundance breakout tends to dominate the festival's reputation, just as the usual cast of acclaimed auteurs usually define Cannes. However, Sundance has its own roster of regulars precisely because it discovers a lot of emerging talent. It's also commonplace to dismiss Sundance for favoring red carpet glamour, which is sometimes merited when the movie associated with said carpet utterly blows. But the truth is that Sundance can and does attract first-rate filmmakers, both from its so-called "family" and beyond--from the Duplass and Zellner brothers to So Young Kim and Quentin Dupieux. Does that mean that they'll deliver? Well, that's a different question we'll have to wait until next month to answer. Needless to say, just because you're a rock star doesn't mean you can always rock out. 

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    A New Home For Old Movies

    At a recent Hollywood screening a film buff I’ve known for many years asked why he couldn’t find some vintage titles in my newest annual Movie Guide. I asked if he’d looked in our companion volume, 'Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide', and he told me he didn’t know there was such a thing. Arrghhh!, as Charlie Brown used to say...

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  • Press Play
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    MATT ZOLLER SEITZ: On “Weed Wars,” drug clichés go up in smoke

    “I run a family business, and the business is cannabis,” says Steve D’Angelo, a central character in Discovery’s new series “Weed Wars” and the co-founder and executive director of Oakland’s Harborside Health Center, which distributes medical marijuana to almost 100,000 customers. D’Angelo’s matter-of-fact statement sums up the tone of this series, which treats the Harborside Heath Center as just another family-owned (albeit nonprofit) business, ultimately not too different from a veterinary clinic, a hair salon or a tattoo parlor.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "The Mountaintop" Offering Special Discounted ($30) Tickets For Under-30 Patrons For One Day Only!

    If you haven't yet seen Katori Hall's Olivier Award-winning, critically-acclaimed The Mountaintop on Broadway, which stars Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, and you'd like to see it but maybe can't afford to pay the price of admission, AND you're under 30 years old, AND you're available on December 7th at 8PM... you'll be glad to know that, thanks to a special initiative from Playbill and NY1, for one night only, you'll be able to see the play for just $30.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    See "La sociedad del semáforo" ("The Stoplight Society") + 11 Other Films At MoMA's Iberoamérican Images Film Exhibition

    La sociedad del semáforo (The Stoplight Society), a Colombia/Spain/France/Germany co-production, directed by Rubén Mendoza, will be one of 12 films scheduled to screen at MoMA's Iberoamérican Images film exhibition here in NYC - a collection of Latin American, Spanish, and Portuguese movies, mostly unknown to those of us here in the USA.

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  • The Playlist
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    Plot Details Emerge For Steven Soderbergh's Thriller 'The Bitter Pill' Penned By Scott Z. Burns

    Yes, everyone, Steven Soderbegh is still retiring/taking a hiatus from moviemaking. While the thriller "The Bitter Pill" is indeed a new film on the way from the director, he's only making it because he loves the Scott Z. Burns script, but secondly, it fits into some free space he has available. "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." was originally being lined up to shoot next spring, but when he walked from the project, he was looking at other potential scripts with the following criteria: only if they could fill that time gap next spring and, only if a studio was going to distribute it (taking it the indie route and waiting to find a home would add an even longer delay to his desire to do other things). 

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  • The Playlist
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    Celeb Photographer Tyler Shields To Make Directorial Debut With 'Final Girls'

    Celeb Photographer Tyler Shields To Make Directorial Debut With 'Final Girls'

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  • The Playlist
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    Warner Bros. Picks Up Seth Grahame-Smith's Three Wise Men Action Adventure Flick 'Unholy Night'

    Just as J.J. Abrams is a brand and industry unto himself, if things go according to plan, the same will be true of Seth Grahame-Smith. Wait, who? The name might not be familiar, but you've likely heard of his stuff and more importantly, Hollywood just loves this guy. He's the author of both "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" and "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies" with the former headed to theaters next year and the latter coming along in development (although with quite a few bumps along the way). He's penned the screenplay for Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows" and because of that he was hired on to write "Beetlejuice 2." In short, he's a fresh voice in the genre game even though none of the movies based on his material or that he's written have hit theaters yet, the studios are banking on this guy.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Some Movie Theater Chains Are Refusing To Book Steve McQueen's "Shame"

    I'm not at all surprised; it's an NC17-rated movie, so of course there'll always be those puritans who think it vile and ignoble.

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