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  • Shadow and Act
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    Celebrating Julie Dash's "Daughters Of The Dust" 20-Year Anniversary

    As we've already covered, Spike Lee's She's Gotta Have It celebrates its 25th anniversary this year; another title also celebrating a pivotal release anniversary this year is Julie Dash's Daughters of the Dust - her challenging seminal feature film, set in the very early 1900s, which takes a look at Gullah Geechee culture of the sea islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia; a film that, in 2004, was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Two New Trailers For Sundance Sensation 'Martha Marcy May Marlene'

    This writer is gonna be honest: I see QR codes everywhere but have never once scanned them with my phone. It usually seems like a lot of extra steps for little reward, but it seems Fox Searchlight wants to take the cult drama "Martha Marcy May Marlene" in a viral direction. Over the weekend, the studio unveiled two new trailers accessible once you scanned the giant QR thingies on the new posters for the film. Certainly an interesting marketing move to get people more involved in a film that doesn't boast any household names, but luckily, those who played along were treated to two different, but strong spots for the film.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Interview with Real Tuskegee Airmen Pilot Daniel Keel

    Somewhat of a diversion, but since there's been so much talk lately about George Lucas' Red Tails, in theaters early next year, it's somewhat fitting. Real life pilot for the Tuskegee Airmen, Daniel Keel is interviewed here by Larry Blucher. Blucher is a New Media Journalism classmate of mine; I liked his video and thought I'd share. Keel talks about the racism he faced while serving in World War II. You can find the full article in his website Questionable Things. :-)

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  • Press Play
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    RECAP: BREAKING BAD, Season 4, Episode 6: "Cornered"

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Matt Zoller Seitz recaps another episode of Breaking Bad. Last night's episode conjures The Godfather and suggests a possible ending for the grim, great series.

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  • The Playlist
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    Atom Egoyan Says His West Memphis Three Film 'Devil's Knot' Will Be Similar To 'The Sweet Hereafter'

    If bittersweet justice wasn't swift for the West Memphis Three, who were finally freed on Friday after spending eighteen years behind bars for a crime they didn't commit, then Hollywood certainly is, as the same afternoon it was announced that Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan was moving right along with a feature film about the case entitled "The Devil's Knot." In case you somehow missed anything about this case, the West Memphis Three were three teenagers who were convicted of the murder and sexual mutilation of three 8-year-old boys in 1993. As the teenagers were fans of heavy metal music (and especially Metallica), the prosecution in the case suggested the motive behind the slayings was part of a Satanic ritual. Even with incredibly questionable police work—which many felt to be outrageous—sensationalized media, fear and panic from the satanism angle in the trial led to the teens’ conviction and sentence of life imprisonment (with one being sentenced to Death Row). With the help of the "Paradise Lost" documentaries by filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, their story became a cause célèbre, with support pouring in from around the world as it became very clear they did not commit the crime. But for those expecting that Egoyan's dramatization will track the full course of the story over the past two decades or so, they may be in for a surprise.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Interview Watch: Wood Calls Gosling James Dean, Pinto Reveals Herself, How Del Toro Chooses Projects

    - Evan Rachel Wood's next film, George Clooney's The Ides of March (pictured), sticks to her pattern of choosing gritty roles (think Thirteen, Down in the Valley, Mildred Pierce). Her Ides character is embroiled in a sex scandal. So what does Wood say about politicians in the news? She tells Vulture, "Yeah, politicians are also kinky and some of them cheat on their wives and some of them are gay. Like normal people. It's not really shocking to me." She also admits to loving Justin Bieber "unashamedly" and holds out the possibility of venturing into music. As for her Ides co-star Ryan Gosling: "I get the feeling [when he walks into a room] that that must have been how people felt when James Dean walked into a room. Just like, 'Whoa, what just walked in?' There's something really special here. It's that striking. I think he's the James Dean of now. And he'd better kiss my ass for saying that."

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Jack Layton's Letter To Canadians

    Written two days before his death today, a poignant, inspiring letter from Jack Layton has made its way around the internet. If you haven't got a chance to read it - even if you're not Canadian and have only a vague idea of who Jack Layton is - please do so. It's a powerful message to leave to a county full of people who looked up to Jack as a leader and a political ally. On again, R.I.P.:

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Hey New York - You're Getting Another Chance To See "Yelling To The Sky" This Week!

    A film that probably doesn't need much of an intro around here, given how much we've already written about it, will screen again in New York City this Thursday evening, the 25th of August; so all you New Yorkers who've missed the precious few past screenings of Victoria Mahoney's impressive and, dare I say, *controversial* (given some of the reactions to it I've read thus far), feature film debut, Yelling To The Sky, will have another opportunity to do so.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Giancarlo Esposito On Next Film "This Is Your Death" + His Role As Crime Lord In "I, Alex Cross"

    A worthwhile listen... Giancarlo Esposito chats with local TV anchors in Albuquerque, New Mexico, about the Albuquerque Film Festival, an initiative he heads called Film For Change, his role in Breaking Bad, his process/method in tackling roles, and more... including what he's currently working on... a film titled This Is Your Death, which he describes as "an unflinching look at reality TV"

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Disney D23: Box Office Outlook for 2011-13, John Carter's Marketing Challenge, Muppets Make Comeback

    Disney's weekend of fan love at D23 Expo in Anaheim offered a preview of the studio's fall season as well as its upcoming 2012 and 2013 slate. Anthony D'Alessandro assesses the playability of the studio's upcoming projects.On Saturday Disney trotted out its 2011-2013 film slate, including some major gambles, from The Muppets reboot and the $250 million sci-fi epic John Carter to Pixar’s first femme-led toon The Brave and Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful.

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