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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Illusions," "Fragrance," and "Rain": Creating a New Black Cinema at UCLA

    In Julie Dash’s film Illusions, Mignon Dupree, played by Lonette Mckee says, “People make films about themselves.” Though she is referring to the exclusionary practices of the Hollywood studio system, her statement also applies to the films screened this weekend as part of UCLA’s LA Rebellion Film Series. There was a unique “self” in each film; a distinct way to tell a story and take cinema out of the exclusivity that Mignon refers to.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    John Singleton Says His Next Film Will Be "A Crazy, Dysfunctional Love Story Set In The Hood"

    Alright... so we know that John Singleton is planning to reunite Taraji P. Henson and Tyrese Gibson in a new film, since they were last paired up in his 2001 drama Baby Boy; although, as has already been noted, this upcoming new film is NOT a sequel to Baby Boy, and neither Singleton, nor the two actors have revealed much about what this secret new project. 

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  • The Playlist
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    'Atlas Shrugged: Part 1' DVDs Recalled Due To Non-Objectivist Blurb

    This is one way to get publicity. In a screw-up that Freud would have had a field day with, someone at Atlas Productions screwed the pooch big time on the DVD packaging for Worst Film of 2011 front-runner, “Atlas Shrugged: Part 1,” by describing the film as “Ayn Rand’s timeless novel of courage and self-sacrifice…”

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Buzz Lightyear Tries A Heroic Escape In Clip From 'Toy Story' Short 'Small Fry'

    Not only are the "The Muppets" coming in just over a week, they will be bringing along another surprise for audiences -- a brand new "Toy Story" short film. Pixar has certainly been keeping the franchise alive after it "ended" with "Toy Story 3," delivering "Hawaiian Vacation" in front of "Cars 2" this summer. And now "Small Fry" will offer up another adventure with Woody, Buzz and the gang, and a sneak preview has landed online.

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  • Press Play
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    RECAP: Dexter heads over the edge

    This recap contains spoilers for "Dexter" season six, episode seven; read at your own risk. Something extraordinary happened on “Dexter” this week. As Dexter split into two personas as he struggled to hang on to his remaining humanity, a show that’s been MIA suddenly reported ready for duty.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    IN THE WORKS: Mr. Morgan's Last Love, Starring Michael Caine, Starts Filming in Paris

    IN THE WORKS: Mr. Morgan's Last Love, Starring Michael Caine, Starts Filming in Paris

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Academy Fetes Oprah Winfrey and Vanessa Redgrave

    On successive evenings, the Academy honored two women Oprah Winfrey and Vanessa Redgrave (as well as couple of guys) with two big awards.  On Saturday night in LA, Oprah received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her philanthropic work.  While I know she is more TV than movies, this is a smart and well-deserved award.  First, she's got free time now that the Oprah Winfrey Show is over and wants to make more movies. 

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  • The Playlist
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    Rachel Korine (Yes, Harmony’s Wife) Joins ‘Spring Breakers’

    No one wants to admit it, but we all saw “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.” Remember that moment where you saw a line-up of “The Women That Jay Calls ‘Bitches?’” It was Ali Larter, Shannon Elizabeth, Eliza Dushku and…some nobody. Well, the fourth woman was Kevin Smith’s wife, Jennifer Schwalbach. Harmony Korine is pulling a similar move, casting his wife Rachel Korine alongside the bizarro cast of James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez and Emma Roberts in the still-insane-sounding “Spring Breakers.”

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch UK: The Iron Lady Shows a Fierce Meryl Streep, May Screen Too Late for New York Critics

    The latest UK Trailer for Phyllida Lloyd's "The Iron Lady" showcases a pearl-bedecked Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher, the first and only woman to serve as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. As one of the most powerful and influential women of the 20th century, Thatcher battled plenty of prejudice against her gender in order to lead her country, as the trailer reveals. "The Iron Lady" will be one of the last films to open in limited release this year, on December 30th.  The question is whether all the members of the New York Film Critics Circle will be able to see the film as well as Stephen Daldry's late-breaking "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" in time for their November 28 vote date. UPDATE: NYFCC spokesman John Anderson assures me that while some disrributors may be purposely jostling to be the last to screen their films before the critics' vote, "we're going to see everything we need to see." Several critics have admitted to me that seeing everything by their deadline is proving to be difficult indeed.  

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  • The Playlist
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    Barry Pepper Joins ‘Broken City’ with Mark Wahlberg & ‘Snitch’ With Dwayne Johnson

    For a minute back in May of 2000, it looked like Barry Pepper’s career was on life support after starring as Jonnie Goodboy Tyler in the stillborn L. Ron Hubbard sci-fi mega-flop “Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000.” In the years since, John Travolta’s career has recovered (we’ve all seen and loved him in the rhyming double-feature of “Wild Hogs” and “Old Dogs”). Pepper has meanwhile established himself as one of the more reliable supporting players in movies, giving solid performances in films like “25th Hour,” “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada,” and last year’s “True Grit,” to name a few.

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