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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Guest Post: Bayaka Women in OKA! by Lavinia Currier

    Shooting the feature OKA! in the Central African Republic with the Bayaka pygmies of the forest was about as far from Hollywood as one can imagine, our ‘sets’ were forest camps of huts built by the Bayaka women and our art department.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Idlewild' Director Bryan Barber Nabs Rights To 'Gigantor' With An Eye To Direct

    Developing Sizzle Reel Take To Studios To Pitch The ProjectIf Hollywood won't let you make your tentpoles, come to them with one of your own. This is the logic fueling director Bryan Barber's desire to make "Gigantor," an adaptation of a popular Japanese cartoon from the sixties that had fallen into semi-obscurity despite everyone's love of giant robots. Barber, who has struggled to get a movie made after his debut film, the OutKast-driven "Idlewild" went nowhere, has taken the initiative in tracking down the rights to the character. Turns out, they belonged to an 86-year-old voiceover artist named Fred Ladd, who has been holding on to "Gigantor" for years with no interest in letting go.

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  • Spout
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    "Elevate" is a Fine Basketball Documentary But Doesn't Rise to Its Occasion

    It's hard not to mention "Hoop Dreams" when reviewing the new documentary "Elevate," which similarly follows young NBA hopefuls on the path to the college level. But we mustn't compare them any more than we need to mention how much better "Citizen Kane" is in any fiction film review. "Elevate" is a mediocre film, and this is fine I suppose. Mediocre isn't bad, it's just ordinary and average, which is common with docs. Common being another word to isolate and use to describe this simple work. I do wonder, though, why more docmakers don't really aim to be the best, especially when that's just the sort of story they're selling on screen.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Laurence Fishburne Narrating Film Based On Pulitzer Prize-Winning Book "Slavery By Another Name"

    Douglas A. Blackmon's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Slavery By Another Name, will become a PBS documentary and renowned actor Laurence Fishburne will narrate the project.

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  • The Playlist
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    Bradley Cooper Offered Lead In 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'

    With George Clooney forced to bow out due to a bad back from the physically demanding lead role of Napoleon Solo in "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.," director Steven Soderbergh began looking at a number of possible actors to take on the part with Michael Fassbender and Ewan McGregor among his favored names. However, Warner Bros. has got the ball rolling, placing a call to somebody on their wishlist.

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  • The Playlist
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    'The Guard' Writer/Director John Michael McDonagh Reteaming With Brendan Gleeson For Drama 'Calvary'

    Also Has U.S.-Set Comedy 'War On Everyone' And French Crime Flick 'The Bonnot Gang' In WorksReleasing a foul-mouthed black comedy full of thick Irish accents and taboo-busting jokes at the height of summer was always going to be something of a risk. But John Michael McDonagh's "The Guard" has proved to be something of a sleeper hit; the film became one of the biggest-grossing home-grown movies of all time in Ireland, and has managed decent grosses in other English-speaking territories, including the U.S, where it's proved to have more legs than most speciality releases since it hit theaters back in August.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    The Mighty Macs Finally Reaches Theatres Today

    I've been following the film The Mighty Macs for a number of years. It's been one of those films that has been on the brink on release for what seems is a really long time. I was very excited to be able to include it this past February at the inaugural Athena Film Festival.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Eastbound & Down' Star Steve Little Says 'The Catechism Cataclysm' Is Just Like The Bible

    There are a lot of foreheads being scratched over at the IFC Center, where "The Catechism Cataclysm" is currently playing. Steve Little stars as Father William, a wayward priest who undergoes a series of blood-soaked trials when he meets up with an old friend and strays from the Word of the Lord. Director Todd Rohal, who has since moved on to "The Scoutmasters" with Johnny Knoxville, Patton Oswalt and Rob Riggle, has made a film that we described as "an unforgettable and indescribable curio," and we sat down with Little to discuss what it all means.

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  • Caryn James
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    TV Review: Gus Van Sant (!) Directs Kelsey Grammer in "Boss"

    It’s one thing to know where the bodies are buried and another to know how to use that information. The best dramas about political thugs - and they are a fascinating breed - show us the behind-the scenes payoffs, blackmail schemes and turns of the screw that a politico uses to wield his power. So far the new Starz series Boss, with Kelsey Grammer as Tom Kane, the corrupt mayor of Chicago (I guess Chicago is so used to charges of corruption, using its real name isn’t even an insult) comes through with those sinister, twisty plots.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Idlewild" Director Bryan Barber Developing Live Action Version of "Gigantor"

    You remember Idlewild don't you; the film which came out during the summer of 2006? The film that was supposed to make Andre 300 and that other guy in Outkast big movie stars?

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