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    Details On Plan B's Soundtrack To His Directorial Debut 'iLL Manors' Emerge, Features Rapper Kano

    While he may not be quite as well known on this side of the pond, over in the U.K. Plan B aka Ben Drew, is something of a big deal. As a rapper he first made waves with the mixtape Paint It Blacker, before making his debut with Who Needs Action When You Got Words. But it was his transition to soul with The Defamation Of Strickland Banks that landed him on the charts in a big way, but music isn't his only endeavor. This year the enterprising 28 year-old made his feature film directorial debut with "iLL Manors," an uneven but admirable drama that look at the lives of troubled youth (our review). But always multi-tasking, he's got the soundtrack for the movie finally on the way.

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    Adults Crave Original Content while Tentpole Enthusiasm Wanes

    The Austin Film Festival's film program director Stephen Jannise argues that "a new demographic is there for the taking"...

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    Review: 'Collaborator' Milks That Old New York-Intellectual-In-LA-Suburb Conflict

    Playwright Robert Longfellow, the lead character in “Collaborator,” is a familiar New York intellectual struggling to produce honest work. Despite notably lucrative side gigs as a Hollywood screenwriter for hire, he hasn’t lived up to what the (fake) Times loudly boasted as a once-hypothetical “the voice of a generation.” His latest play, “American Excursion,” was a flop, and if you really need to know more about that play beyond the title, they you probably don’t recognize the sweater-vest frou-frou type here personified by writer, director and star Martin Donovan.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    LA Kid Brothers Make Super Hero Film About Taking Back Their Neighborhoods (Screenings)

    For you folks in LA who are free next week Thursday (July 12th) from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, and are curious, or just want to support the movement; besides, you never know - these two young men could be the future Hughes Brothers (or Will Packer and Rob Hardy, even though they aren't brothers, but you get my meaning) and then you can say, I remember when I saw their first film many years ago...:

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    New Images For Xavier Dolan's 'Laurence Anyways,' Is Someone Going To Pick Up This Movie?

    With the Cannes Film Festival now come and gone, and most of the major/buzzworthy movies acquiring some kind of stateside distribution (including Leos Carax's difficult and genuinely WTF "Holy Motors"), what's the deal with Xavier Dolan's "Laurence Anyways"?

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    Watch Richard Ayoade, Rocky Carroll In Never-Aired USA Pilot Episode Of Brit Series ''The IT Crowd'

    Some backstory on this... A USA version of the successful British sitcom The IT Crowd was almost aired by NBC in 2007. It starred Richard Ayoade (who also starred in the original Brit version), Joel McHale, Jessica St. Clair, and Rocky Carroll.

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    Our Karlovy Vary Film Fest Reviewer Experiences A Personal Epiphany At Mark Cousins’ ‘What Is This Film Called Love’

    Ok, this is going to be a tricky one. Celebrating its international premiere at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, having only screened before at the festival in Edinburgh, the new film from Mark Cousins had on us such a completely subjective and personal level that it all but defies attempts to marshal those scattered impressions into a coherent, generalised review. But said effects were so positive for us that we're going to try anyway. Essentially, we were charmed beyond belief by this rambling, philosophizing self-described "ad lib" of a film, but we absolutely can't guarantee the same reaction from anyone else.

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    Why Tina Fey Should Probably Never Attempt To Rap Again... (Funny Or Something Else?)

    Fans of 30 Rock will know about her rap performances under the pseudonym Lemonem; but this time she comes HARD, freestyling on Real Estate, a track from Community star and former 30 Rock writer Donald Glover's rap alter ego, Childish Gambino, which you can find on the mixtape Chidish released yesterday titled Royalty.

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    'Prometheus' Blu-ray Will Contain 15 Minutes Of Deleted/Alternate Scenes Among Plethora Of Extras

    Tyler Perry and lots of other people didn't like "Prometheus." Some other people did. And between the two there have been a lot of conversation about Ridley Scott's return to sci-fi and quasi "Alien" prequel about what it all means and where it could possible go from here. At any rate, when it arrives on Blu-ray, as expected, there will be plenty more to explore.

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    Race Traitors: White Filmmakers Who Make Black Films

    One of the hazards of provoking thought is that you can often provoke ignorance, just as when you give a less than glowing commentary upon the idols of sycophants (Spike Lee or Tyler Perry) you can often run the risk of being the target of abusive ad hominem criticism; that is, criticism that summarily dismisses your arguments and attempts to besmirch your personal character as a means of telling others: “Stay away from that guy, he’s crazy!”  For my part I have been called everything from a “Pied piper” leading Shadow & Act readers down a primrose path to their doom, to a delusional self-serving prick who must be receiving some kind of “bribe” to dare suggest that things may not be as they appear.  But these hazards and dangers one should willingly face if you have the courage and the passion to fight for that which you believe.

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