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  • Shadow and Act
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    "David is Dying" Director Says He Like's To Go In And Out, Up And Down, Take your Emotions Everywhere!

    It’s Valentine’s Day and what better way to continue the love fest than to talk about a recent film that depicts the sometimes ugly side to romance? SAR Productions, the company that produced last year’s indie film, David is Dying, announced that David…will be released on DVD later this year. David is Dying, a multi-layered psychological study of a man and his tumultuous relationship with his fiancé, has sparked interesting debate from those who’ve seen it. Audiences are either intrigued by the film’s aesthetics and depth (mainly accentuated by the impressive performance of Lonyo Engele  as David) or they find it confusing and weighed down with too many abstract layers. I was granted the opportunity to chat with the film’s director, Stephen Lloyd Jackson, during the Chicago Int’l Film Festival and again late last month.  Here’s a bit of what we talked about during that in-depth and fascinating discussion:

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  • The Playlist
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    As Whit Stillman Returns, Here's 5 Other Long-Absent Directors Making A Comeback In 2012

    Late last night, the trailer for Whit Stillman's "Damsels In Distress" debuted, and for those who didn't catch it on the festival circuit last year, it was the first time they'd seen any new footage from the "Metropolitan" and "Barcelona" helmer in over a decade. By the time that 'Damsels' is released, nearly fourteen years will have passed since the release of Stillman's third film, "The Last Days Of Disco," a near-Malickian absence. While he's been absent for longer than most, he's far from alone. As we've discussed both last year, and last week, there's plenty of other filmmakers who have been missing in action for some time.

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  • The Playlist
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    Another 'Rum Diary' Soundtrack On The Way Featuring Patti Smith, Dick Dale, The Tornados & More

    Okay, so the "Rum Diary" wasn't a big hit and frankly, wasn't a very good movie either. All the promise of a sun soaked Hunter S. Thompson surrogate in Johnny Depp was wasted with a narrative that went nowhere in a movie that is really only notable for Amber Heard looking great in it. But the music was pretty top shelf, and in fact, it seems to have been so good that a second soundtrack album is on the way.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Titanic' Soundtrack Getting Massive 4-Disc Edition; Kate Winslet Kind Of Freaking Out Over 3D Re-Release

    It's coming. One of the biggest movies of all time is getting ready to pulverize all over again as James Cameron's "Titanic" drops anchor this spring, on it's slightly revised release date of April 6th and this time, it's in 3D. Yeah, it's the same movie you know and love (*spoiler* the boat still sinks), but it's been beefed up for contemporary audiences who apparently need stuff to fly at their face to get their money's worth. We would say it's going to be an immersive experience, but that just sounds crass.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Sundance Institute's FILM FORWARD Lands in Arizona, February 27-March 1: 'Beginners,' 'On the Ice' & More

    The Sundance Institute's FILM FORWARD: Advancing Cultural Dialogue initiative kicks off February 27 in Tucson and Sells, Arizona. Six films will screen: Ali Samadi Ahadi's "The Green Wave," Andrew Okpeaha MacLean's "On the Ice," Mike Mills' "Beginners," Jasmila Zbanic's "Grbavica," Linda Goldstein Knowlton's "Somewhere Between" and Benjamin Murray & Alysa Nahmias' "Unfinished Spaces." Three of the films' directors (Ahadi, Maclean, Mills) will attend and participate in Q & A's, workshops, discussions and meet-and-greets. Sundance's Keri Putnam hopes that "this collection of films and events sparks imaginations, inspires cross-cultural dialogue and opens up a real exchange of ideas and issues."

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Nicole Beharie Will Play Jackie Robinson's Wife In Brian Helgeland's Biopic "42"

    We've known this for a little while, but it wasn't public yet, and now it is, so I'm posting it.

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    Comedy Central Renews "Key & Peele" For Second Season

    It made its debut on January 31 an apparently has been doing very well;  I recall a survey I posted asking you folks what you thought of it, and most of you seemed to dig it.

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  • The Playlist
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    Steve Coogan Says 'Alan Partridge' Movie Will Shoot This Summer For 2013 Release; Teases Concept For 'The Trip' Sequel

    While American audiences are only now getting a taste of the talents of Steve Coogan, over in his native U.K. the actor/comedian has been killing it for years. And it all started with his comic creation Alan Partridge. The character became a sensation with British audiences, and while to try and describe him without having actually seen it is an exercise in futility -- he's a consistently lame, earnestly insecure yet narcissitic talk show host -- he spawned two radio series, three TV stints, a book and more. And while Coogan moved on to other characters since, including Tommy Saxondale and a dark version of himself in "The Trip" (more on that in a second), Alan Patridge is coming back. He's currently back in the form of a new webseries "Mid Morning Matters" and the much talked about feature film is around the corner.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Thin Ice' With Greg Kinnear & Alan Arkin An Irritating, Shrill Comedy Devoid Of Laughs

    When the screenwriters of “Thin Ice” finally play their hand and reveal their film’s obvious twist ending, that dumb plot point almost eclipses all the other lousy things that came before it. But make no mistake, “Thin Ice” is nothing if not consistently lousy. Set in frigid Kenosha, Wisconsin, the film follows Mickey Prohaska (Greg Kinnear), a shifty and increasingly desperate insurance salesman as he tries to con his way to a tropical vacation. Mickey is the leader of a parade of unlikable, uniformly histrionic and very unfunny characters. Living and being around the residents of Kenosha is nightmarish, but not in the humorous, neo-noir-inflected way that director Jill Sprecher (“Thirteen Conversations About One Thing”) and her co-writer Karen Sprecher want us to think.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    NVBC Festival 2012 Event: Discover How to Become a Actual Working Actor with Winsome Sinclair

    NVBC Festival 2012 Event: Discover How to Become a Actual Working Actor with Winsome Sinclair

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