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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Jumping The Broom" Heading For A $16 million Weekend

    I know, I know it's only Friday in the early evening, but nowadays judging on early projections, studios can determine what weekend B.O. figures will be, and, so far it looks like Jumping The Broom is heading for an excellent weekend opening, placing it in third place, behind Thor and Fast/Five, grossing $16 million this weekend.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Will Smith Is Quentin Tarantino's Choice To Play Django!

    Well, I kinda hinted at this in the comment section of Sergio's post on who might be a frontrunner to play the lead role in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained... specifically, I referenced the Deadline article that mentioned Tarantino's intentions to cast "top shelf" for the film.

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  • Hope for Film
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    Guest Post: Orly Ravid "Going to Market with Your Film, Cannes 2011"

    Ah, it's that time of year again. I just booked my travel at Cannes; of course I did it last minute. My love for the market is as great as my dislike, alas. The place is filled equally with hope as despair. The promise of wealth and discovery looms with every glass of Rose and Pernod -- and I am not sure which causes my headaches more. That said, I am packing my bag, glad that once again I have a film playing in the official selection. I wish the first time I went I was armed with all the recommendations that regular contributor Orly Ravid has thought to offer us today.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Acting While Black" A Conversation With Harry J. Lennix

    An essay and ensuing conversation that I think touches on 2+ years of related discussions (and still ongoing) that we've had on Shadow And Act. The entire piece, recorded in 2008, is about 90 minutes long (thanks Jug for the tip):

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  • The Playlist
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    Angela Bassett Says Forest Whitaker To Write & Direct 'Waiting To Exhale' Sequel

    You may not remember, but there was a time when movies aimed at black audiences weren't the lowest level denominator tripe of Tyler Perry films. Way back in 1995, "Waiting to Exhale," directed by Forest Whitaker and starring Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, Lela Rochon, Dennis Haysbert and Gregory Hines, told the story of four black women dealing with their relationships and men and it touched a cultural nerve. The film was not only a hit at the box office, but it spawned a best-selling soundtrack probably best known for the singles “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” by Whitney Houston and “Not Gon’ Cry” by Mary J. Blige. And it looks like there’s more adventures on the way for Savannah, Bernadine, Robin and Gloria.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Meagan Good Reveals More About Her New Recurring Role In "Californication"

    "I will say that I did make out with David on my second day of work. I'm just following tradition. The character I play is cool. She is a recording artist who is kinda-sorta dating a hip-hop mogul played by The RZA, but there's a budding spark between myself and Hank. We're only two episodes deep and so far it's been a great set to work on.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    La Queer Palm Every Night

    The Queer Palm is awarded by a jury of journalists and organizers of LGBT film festivals which rewards a movie for its artistic qualities and its treatments about gay, lesbian, bi or trans and gender questions. Gregg Araki’s Kaboom was the first movie awarded in 2010. The Queer Palm is a collaborative project and everyone can participate and win gifts and invitations for the awards ceremony in Cannes on ulule.com/queer-palm until May, 15th. Awards Night takes place Saturday, May 21 at 6PM on the Cherie at Cheri Beach. Entry by festival badge or by invitation.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    [VIDEO] Direct Address: Mariano Llinás

    Wandering the solitary environs of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Argentine director Mariano Llinás (Extraordinary Stories/Historias extraordinarias) defends the art of voiceover narration and explains his Borgesian theories of “unlimited” fiction to Reverse Shot’s Damon Smith. Llinás’s nearly unclassifiable 245-minute film, a blend of detective fiction and adventure stories that never ceases to astonish, makes its US theatrical debut as part of MoMA’s “In Focus: Cinema Tropical” series, May 4-9, 2011. Don't miss it. Read Damon Smith on Historias extraordinarias.

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  • The Playlist
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    Jodie Foster Asks: Can You Put Aside Things You Know About Mel Gibson While Watching 'The Beaver'?

    And Many Other Revelations Learned From The Actor/Director and Co-star Anton YelchinIt feels like we've been practically stalking director/actress Jodie Foster, whose latest film, the comedic drama, "The Beaver" hits theaters today (May 6) in select cities. We've spoken to the actress in Austin, Texas at SXSW, in L.A. for recent press rounds and heard her speak at various screenings in New York (at the Film Society of Lincoln Center) and Austin. Each time she has illuminated her intentions and reiterated the same sentiment: "The Beaver," which stars current persona non-grata Mel Gibson, has been a tricky film, not only to market -- due to Gibson's infamous personal exploits last year -- but a challenge to get the tone right.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Cannes 2011 Preview – "Play" (Ingenious Thievery)

    Digging through the 2011 Cannes Film Festival lineup, looking for any titles with stories by and/or about people of African descent... I came across this Swedish feature titled, simply, Play, which will screen in the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (Directors' Fortnight) section of the festival, beginning next week.

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