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  • Shadow and Act
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    2012 International Black Women's Film Festival Wants Your Films (Call For Submissions)

    The basics are on the image above; for the longer, all-inclusive version, go to the festival's website HERE.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Top Grossing Films Of 2011 + Top Grossing Films With Black Characters In Starring Roles

    I know the year isn't quite over yet, but we're just about there, and I don't think the current numbers will be affected all that much by the end of this week, so here are your top grossing movies of 2011 according to Box Office Mojo.

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  • The Playlist
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    Exclusive: Roland Joffé Talks The Unconventional Re-Release of 'There Be Dragons,' Opus Dei and Occupy Wall Street

    It's news to no one that films often don't make it onto the screen in the exact form that their creators intended. What is newsworthy are the ways in which filmmakers are taking the reins and going the extra mile to make sure their vision remains intact. Which is exactly what director Roland Joffé has done with his latest film, "There Be Dragons." Samuel Goldwyn Films released a version of the film in the U.S. in May of this year. Now, just six months later, a re-edited version is hitting is making its way to theaters via Tayrona Entertainment, in an attempt to bring the film to a wider audience who may have missed it the first time around.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Pariah - written and directed by Dee Rees

    Most of this review was written after screening the film at the Toronto Film Festival.  It has been augmented.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Pariah' Is So Much More Than Just This Year's 'Precious'

    Listen, we understand that sometimes in order to get some attention, indie films need glib comparisons and word out of Sundance this year was that Dee Rees' "Pariah" was this year's "Precious." However, not only is "Pariah" nothing like "Precious", it is so much better and so much more rewarding than anything Lee Daniels "achieved" with his hysterical, exploitative, ghetto soap opera porno. Real in ways few movies ever are, "Pariah" mixes the coming out and coming-of-age story and pitches it against the backdrop of an African-American family adapting to the shifting cultural sexual tides. The result is a film that is warm and raw, sometimes both at the same time, and is easily one of our favorites of the year.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Bambi,' 'Forrest Gump,' 'The Silence Of The Lambs,' 'The Lost Weekend' & More Added To The National Film Registry

    Consider this one of the few times you'll ever see "Bambi" and "The Silence Of The Lambs" in the same article. The National Film Registry has announced their latest additions to the list of “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant films, and yes, it ranges from wholesome family fare to a movie about a serial killing cannibal.

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  • The Playlist
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    Mark Wahlberg Compares His Justin Bieber Basketball Movie To 'The Color Of Money'

    For all the action and special effects you can stuff into a film, one of the most appealing things to an audience can be seeing two of their favorite stars face off for the first time. Think Pacino & De Niro in "Heat." Diesel and The Rock in "Fast Five." Crystal and Williams in "Father's Day." OK, maybe not the last one. As such, there's one film that, ever since its announcement, looks to be the true successor to that coffee shop scene in Michael Mann's classic, a team-up so enticing that it can only be a license to print money. Wahlberg. Bieber. BOOM. Two tickets and a large popcorn, please. 

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Academy Unveils Dull New Oscar Poster

    The Academy has unveiled a rather unimaginative poster for the 84th Academy Awards with the tagline: "Celebrate the movies in all of us."

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  • The Playlist
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    Rooney Mara Says Terrence Malick's 'Lawless' Won't Shoot Until September; Michael Sheen Reveals Role In Untitled Romance

    While "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" might not have been the box office smash the studio were hoping for (it turns out there's a reason people don't open three-hour-long R-rated thrillers the week before Christmas), there's one person who's done pretty well out of the whole thing: Rooney Mara. Only eighteen months ago, the actress was best known as the much-derided lead of the "Nightmare On Elm Street" remake, and for being twelfth-billed in "Youth In Revolt." But then she took a small role in David Fincher's "The Social Network," a performance that saw her win the much sought-after part of Lisbeth Salander in the director's next film, and if anyone's come out smelling of roses, it's her.

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  • Hope for Film
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    Crowdfunding a Collaborative Film

    2012 is going to be the year of truly free filmmaker experimentation. 2012 is going to be the year of cross-platform collaboration. And 2012 is going to be the year of filmmaker to filmmaker collaboration. I don't know how much of this will be true, but I know I wish all of it will be, and so far, there is no clearer indicator that all will be true than The 99% Film. We've heard from Audrey Ewell, one of the film's collaborators, and we know she always has progressive and provocative ideas, so why should this time be any different. Today Audrey shares with other some of the new ways she and her team are making use of some of the plethora of options that are out there to enable us to truly build it better together.

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