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    Seattle Int'l Film Fest Is 2012 Recipient Of Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Multiyear 'African Pictures' Program Grant

    I've yet to attend the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), but I will eventually.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: 7 Minute Chronological Trailer For 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'

    So "The Hobbit" is heading into the holiday weekend with a bit of dark cloud over it, as they the studio faces a lawsuit from the Tokien estate, while the filmmakers battle charges of improper animal care on the set. But here's a little something to remind the nerd in all of us that a big, epic treat is right around the corner, that will take quickly put the legal papers and accusations behind it.

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    Preview 'Shell Shocked: A Documentary About Growing Up In The Murder Capital Of America'

    Courtesy of the project's website, the short story goes... Louisiana is the murder capital of the United States. For the last decade, statistics have shown murder rates four to six times higher than the national average. Eighty percent of the victims are black males, mostly in their teenage years. This is the city’s greatest neglected crisis with profound implications for the issues of violence and crime most American cities face. New Orleans government, law enforcement, community leaders, and well-intentioned citizens cannot agree on a prognosis or a solution to this situation. Wherever a disagreement is escalating into violence, an execution is being planned, or a victim is taking his last breath, it is more than likely a youth is witnessing or carrying out these actions.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: Blood & Water Flow Freely In Jacques Audiard's Beautiful & Moving 'Rust & Bone'

    What is it we do to survive? Who is it we love? Who is it we fight? What are the forces seen and unseen that push our lives in directions we could have never expected? These are the questions that Jacques Audiard tackles in his latest, "Rust And Bone," a beautiful, moving story of two fractured lives that somehow, together, combine into a single (if unconventional) whole.

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    Rome Interview: Stephen Dorff On 'The Motel Life,' The Coppola Clan & The Dilemmas Of A Career Renaissance

    Few Hollywood actors of any generation, no matter how glorious their start, achieve consistent success. But even fewer, perhaps, experience the seemingly random phenomenon of the mid-career resurgence, winning a gift of a part that suddenly has everyone take notice all over again. Stephen Dorff undoubtedly belongs to the lucky latter category. While he never really stopped working, or wanted for offers, the big break just didn’t come and he started to accept films that were, by his own admission of a lesser quality. And when he did get to work on prestige projects it tended to be as maybe “the third or fourth lead. Not really my movie…”

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Preview 'Uprising: Drums, Voice of Resistance' (Diasporic Connections From Cuba To Haiti To New Orleans)

    Titled Uprising: Drums, Voice of Resistance, it's said to be part one of a trilogy that explores the historical and cultural connections between Santiago de Cuba, New Orleans, and Haiti, through cultural expression.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Director Marcus Dunstan Takes You Through The World Premiere Of 'The Collection' In Exclusive Featurette

    In 2009, Marcus Dunstan -- the writer behind "Saw IV," "Saw V," "Saw VI," "Saw 3D," "Piranha 3DD" and more -- put himself behind the camera and directed his debut feature, "The Collector." A nasty little piece of horror, it found the filmmaker establishing a voice of his own. Now he's back three years later with the sequel, "The Collection," and as it gets ready to hit theaters next week, we've got an exclusive featurette that takes you behind-the-scenes.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    GKIDS to Release Studio Ghibli's Takahata Masterpiece 'Grave of the Fireflies'

    GKIDS has taken North American rights from Japan's Toho Co. Ltd. to distribute "Grave of the Fireflies," the 1988 feature from Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata. The critically-beloved film is told in flashbacks from the perspective of two children as it follows the devastation of Japan during the end of WWII.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    NEW FACE: Alicia Vikander Talks 'A Royal Affair' and 'Anna Karenina' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

    Not since Ingrid Bergman's 1939 debut in "Intermezzo" has a young Swedish actress made such a splashy transition from her native cinema. In this case, Alicia Vikander, age 24, stars in not one but two award season pictures. Vikander, a trained ballerina who opted to act instead of dance, stars in Joe Wright's "Anna Karenina," in the pivotal role of Kitty, who breaks her lover Levin's heart, as well as Danish Oscar entry "A Royal Affair," in which she plays a lonely English noblewoman who marries the King of Denmark.

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    Watch: New Full-Length Trailer For Blue Sky's Animated 'Epic' Debuts

    Back in 2006, "Ice Age" director Chris Wedge announced that his next directorial effort would be "Leaf Men," based on the William Joyce children's book "The Life Men and the Brave Good Bugs." (Joyce also conceived and co-produced this week's big animated extravaganza, "Rise of the Guardians.") Fox, the company that owns Blue Sky Studios, the animation studio that Wedge co-founded and runs out of a Greenwich, Connecticut campus, was unimpressed with his proposal and Wedge very nearly packed his bags, bringing the project to Pixar and his old chum John Lasseter (they had worked together on "TRON"). In 2009, Fox agreed to give "Leaf Men" the greenlight and now, in 2012, we're finally seeing the final, long-form trailer, now titled "Epic." If nothing else it looks like it lives up to its new name.

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