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    Josh Brolin Enters The Mix To Join Ryan Gosling & Sean Penn In 'The Gangster Squad'

    You gotta love Deadline and how they conveniently overlook their own reporting so they can go ahead put a big TOLDJA on their stories.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Time 100 for 2011: Colfer, Damon, Hastings, Zuckerberg, Poehler, Oprah, Wahlberg, Rudin, Lively

    The Time 100 for 2011 illustrates how powerful media and movies are in turning folks into trending influencers.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Read "Afrodisiac" Now (Blaxploitation Meets Superhero Comics)

    A graphic novel I profiled last year… inspired by the blaxploitation films of the 1970s and classic superhero comics, Afrodisiac stars “the original super badass, featuring cool cars, sexy women, scary monsters, self-righteous superheroes, corrupt cops, aliens, Dracula, Richard Nixon.”

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    Watch: New Trailer For Richard Ayoade's Coming-Of-Age Pic 'Submarine'

    Strong praise from the critics and word-of-mouth from festival goers at TIFF and Sundance have created an undeniable buzz around Richard Ayoade's "Submarine" and it certainly doesn't hurt to have Ben Stiller presenting your movie as it gets set to open for North American audiences.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Mama Africa" Screening At Tribeca Film Festival This Weekend

    If you happen to live in New York City, lady-luck is on your side because making rounds on the festival circuit is the Miriam Makeba documentary Mama Africa. The film, screening this weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival, approaches Makeba as an artist, activist, mother, grandmother and a human being said the film's Finnish director Mika Kaurismäki. According to Mail & Guardian, there are some surprises revealed in the film such as how her friendship with Israeli prime minister Golda Meir came to an end after her new husband Stokely Carmichael, the Black Panther leader, made a scathing remark about Israel. And the day after her marriage to Carmichael, all her American concerts were canceled. Also, Makeba revealed to an interviewer how she didn't like the song Pata Pata stating "It’s a song with no meaning at all, about a dance called pata pata. I would have preferred another song to be popular."

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    Watch: Trailer For Sci-Fi Sundance Hit 'Another Earth'

    As we noted this morning, it's been one helluva year for Brit Marling. She has starred in, co-written and co-produced a pair of sci-fi tinged dramas that also happened to be two of the most widely acclaimed films at Sundance this year, “Another Earth” and “Sound of My Voice” and in less than five months, has become one of the hottest new talents around town.

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  • Eric Kohn
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    Video from Tribeca Opening Night.

    At the main site, Dana Harris offers some thoughts on the opening night of the Tribeca Film Festival, and I review its opener, "The Union." Here's some video I took from my limited vantage point.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    RFI & Black Women's Entertainment Network Launch $10,000 Web Series Screenplay Contest

    News on the march... Sponsored by the Black Women's Entertainment Network (BWE), one winning original Web Series Pilot script will be selected, optioned, produced for up to $10,000, and aired on the network's website. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Beverly Hills, CA - April 21, 2011 - Rockstone Foundation, the non-profit urban filmmakers organization has partnered with new internet content distributor, Black Women's Entertainment Network to launch a Web Series Screenplay Contest focused on finding original material to be produced and aired on the network's website. The international contest is open to all adult writers and genres, however, submitted scripts must feature a black female character in a lead role. Scripts are limited to ten pages, must be original material, and not based on any past or current web shows.

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    First Close Up Look At A Dinosaur From Terrence Malick's 'The Tree Of Life'

    While we're as excited as anybody for Terrence Malick's "The Tree Of Life," even we're experiencing a bit of fatigue at this point in the run-up to the film. Fox Searchlight has done a great job getting the word about the film -- which will be hard sell to mainstream audiences -- out there, but for the past couple of weeks we've been trying to take a breather. But damn it all, if we're not back to obsessing again.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Honoring Tim Hetherington & Chris Hondros: Their Work, Coverage, Restrepo Clips

    A soldier resting at Restrepo bunker in Afghanistan, named the World Press Photo of the Year for 2007.

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