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  • Shadow and Act
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    Pan African Film Festival Calls For Submissions

    The Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles has officially announced that it is now accepting submissions for next year's festival. The festival, which will be held on February 9-20 2012, will mark the its 20th anniversary, making it the longest running black film festival in the country. (Not to brag, but the Black Harvest Film Festival in Chicago will celebrate its 17th year next month, so we're getting there)

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Early Review Of Zoe Saldana's "Colombiana" Calls It "Bash Of Bullets, Bodies & Broads"

    I didn't realize the film was being screened for press already. I haven't received any invites. Maybe Sergio has, since he's special, and I'm not.

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  • Eric Kohn
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    David Wain Discusses "Darkon," Screening This Week in New York!

    indieWIRE's 15th anniversary series at the 92YTribeca comes to a close this week with a screening co-hosted by our parent company SnagFilms. As the curator of this little program, I invited Snag to choose a film from its library that they felt was particularly strong, and couldn't be happier with the one they have selected. I saw "Darkon" a few years back after it premiered at the SXSW Film Festival. I was immediately struck by the way it treated its subjects, live action role players who dress up in medieval outfits, with utter seriousness. Of course, the movie has certain comedic elements for anyone whose sense of normalcy exists outside of its subjects' point-of-view. But "Darkon" mainly succeeds at dismantling any preconceived judgement of those subjects and widens its focus to become a fascinating portrait of outsiders finding a way to belong, and holding onto it at all costs.

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  • The Playlist
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    Emma Stone To Get Caught Between Ryan Gosling & Sean Penn In 'Gangster Squad'

    It looks like the sausage party of "Gangster Squad" is getting ready to add some estrogen into the mix, with another high profile bit of casting to add to the already awesomely/ridiculously stacked ensemble.

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  • The Playlist
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    The Small Screen: John Goodman & Michael K. Williams Join Season 3 Of 'Community'

    Plus Stephen Dillane, Carice Van Houten & Liam Cunningham Play 'Game of Thrones'We don't cover a lot of TV casting here at The Playlist; when we do, it's because our favorite, or at least most promising, shows, have landed great actors. As you'll know from our list of the ten best shows of the recently completed TV season, two of those shows at present are "Community" and "Game of Thrones." The former a top-flight sitcom starring Joel McHale, Chevy Chase, Ken Jeong and a kick-ass ensemble, the latter an HBO adaptation of a popular series of fantasy novels, a show that rapidly proved itself to be the ballsiest, best-cast, best-plotted show on TV right now. And both series have just added some cast members that have made us even more excited to see their next seasons.

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  • ReelPolitik
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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Crazy, Stupid, Love Reviews: Refreshingly Upscale, Contrived, Genial Messy Comedy, Real Actors

    Each time a studio presents a new romantic comedy I face it with dread, unless Judd Apatow is involved. He works hard at finding some grain of truth about how men and women relate to each other. (Check out this candid KCRW podcast interview.) I'm allergic to fake studio gloss, and was surprised by the skill applied to Crazy, Stupid, Love (July 29), which could easily have gone south--the degree of difficulty was high. The top-flight cast delivers on this one.

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  • The Playlist
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    Albert Finney & Joan Allen Return For 'The Bourne Legacy'

    Well, well. While reports have been saying that the newest installment in the Bourne franchise would be shying away, it looks like the key figures of Operation Treadstone won't all be relegated to the rearview.

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  • The Playlist
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    Comic-Con '11: Chris Gorak Reveals Aliens Will Have "Lethal Wave Energy" In 'The Darkest Hour'

    While Hall H and the convention floor bristled with activity on Saturday as studios and filmmakers peddled their upcoming projects, Summit Entertainment herded a group of reporters into a guest room at the nearby Hard Rock Hotel that was made up with images from their forthcoming alien invasion movie "The Darkest Hour." Directed by Chris Gorak, and starring Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghella, Rachel Taylor, Joel Kinnaman and Greg Kinnear the film follows a group of Americans who find themselves stranded in Moscow after an extraterrestrial force descends on the planet and causes destruction and terror on a global scale. Check out a few of the first details that the filmmakers released about "The Darkest Hour," whose theatrical trailer premiered at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Michel Gondry Directs Bjork's Crystalline

    Michel Gondry directs yet another wonky Bjork video, "crystalline." Always fun. Check out older ones below.

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