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    William Shatner Calls J.J. Abrams "A Pig" For Taking On Both 'Star Trek' & 'Star Wars' Franchises

    Walt Disney's decision to hire J.J. Abrams to direct "Star Wars: Episode 7" still has people talking, and rightly so. With one foot already in the rebooted "Star Trek" franchise, many wonder if he can make a distinctive enough "Star Wars" movie so that it isn't one mass Abrams-y sci-fi blob. Still others wish Disney would've selected any number of other talented people to kick off the next three sequels. And then there's William Shatner, whose feelings on the matter are made plain and clear.

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    Rwandan Drama 'Imbabazi: The Pardon' Making A Splash On International Film Fest Circuit

    Described by Göteborg (Sweden) festival organizers as a deftly directed debut from Rwandan filmmaker Joel Karekezi, Imbabazi: The Pardon follows two good friends in the same village, who find themselves on opposing sides in the Rwandan genocide in 1994. Manzi is elevated to the position of local leader and is unable to withstand the peer pressure when the genocide begins. He kills Karemara's father and younger brother. After a long bout of illness, Karemara has managed to make a new start in the city with his wife and children, but when Manzi is released from prison after 15 years, Karemara begins to plot his revenge. The film intercuts between present day and the time just before and during the genocide.

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    'Bird Of The Iron Feather' - A TV Show Way Too Hot For Its Time

    First of all, I must give all credit to architecture and cultural critic, photographer and executive director for the Chicago Central Area Committee, Lee Bey, who wrote on his NPR radio/WBEZ-FM Chicago blog today about the short-lived TV series, Bird of the Iron Feather, which is considered to be the first black soap opera ever on television.

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    Don Cheadle Is Iron Patriot In New Poster For 'Iron Man 3'

    America! With Tony Stark looking more emo than ever in everything we've seen so far in "Iron Man 3," we could use a bit of fist-pumping heroics, and it looks like Don Cheadle is here to provide it.

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    Reelblack Developing Doc On Contemporary African American Cinema (Fundraising)

    Philly-based film production/promotions company Reelblack, has launched a fundraising campaign via Indiegogo to produce Black Film Now, the first feature-length documentary on African-American cinema in a decade.  

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    Watch: Battles Rage In 2 Clips From 'Jack The Giant Slayer'

    March will be be a bit of a testing ground for fairy tale movies, as two major tentpole movies re-imagining familiar tales will hit the multiplex in all their CGI glory. And in 3D too, no less. Having lived through two tepid Snow White movies last year, will audiences be more wary of "Oz The Great And Powerful" and "Jack The Giant Slayer"? We'll soon find out, but a couple of clips from Bryan Singer's forthcoming effort aren't exactly the most enticing teasers.

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    Review: 'Beautiful Creatures' A Stylish Southern Gothic Riff On 'Twilight' That Gets Tangled In Its Own Mythology

    Just as the "Harry Potter" franchise begat a number of costly imitators that failed to catch on (just think: "Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events," "The Spiderwick Chronicles," "Cirque du Freak"), so too will the unstoppable "Twilight" franchise breed countless would-be successors, each with some kind of otherworldly overtones and always with star-crossed lovers that defy the odds to be together (hello, "I Am Number Four"). Earlier this month we had zombies-in-love lark "Warm Bodies" and now we get "Beautiful Creatures," which transplants the Pacific Northwest setting of "Twilight" for the earthy Deep South and swaps that series' emphasis on vampires and werewolves for some much-needed attention to witches. Also, it's the kind of movie that heavily features not only Civil War flashbacks but also modern day kids participating in Civil War battlefield recreations. I do declare!

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    PAFF 2013 Review: 'Nairobi Half Life' Offers Engaging Spin on Big City Tale

    I didn't really know what to expect when I sat down in the theater to watch Nairobi Half Life at this year's Pan African Film Festival. I heard about the film in passing, but not much beyond that. The storyline is familiar, a young man from a small town ventures to the big city in hopes of pursuing his dreams.

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    'Infiltrating Hollywood: The Rise & Fall of the Spook Who sat by the Door' - Today On The Documentary Channel

    Infiltrating Hollywood: The Rise and Fall of the Spook Who Sat by the Door is screening on the Documentary Channel (DISH Network Channel 197; Direct TV Channel 267) tomorrow Friday 8th 8:00-9:15pm and 11:00-12:15pm. It will also screen on Wednesday 13th 10-11:15 a.m. and 2-3:15 p.m. Please tune in!!!!!!

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    NVBC 2013 Preview - Jason Orr's 'Funk Jazz Kafe: Diary of a Decade' - Six Things You Should Know About The Director

    Jason Orr is a passionate man, personally tasked with preserving soul music for the masses. His documentary about the movement he and so many other creatives are devoted to upholding, FunkJazz Kafé, has been documented by Orr into the moving documentary FunkJazz Kafé: Diary Of A Decade (The Story Of A Movement), which makes its New York debut at the 3rd annual New Voices in Black Cinema, the four-day film festival produced by ActNow Foundation in association with BAMcinematek in Brooklyn.

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