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  • Shadow and Act
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    "The Mountaintop" Closes In A Week! Last Chance To See It! (Broadway)

    If you haven't seen it yet, and you've wanted to, you should know that Katori Hall's award-winning play The Mountaintop on Broadway, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, will close on January 22, just over a week from today - not a lot of time left, so get moving!

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  • The Playlist
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    Judd Apatow, Paul Feig & The Final Word On The Much-Discussed 'Bridesmaids' Sequel: We'll Do A Sequel If & When A Worthy Idea Surfaces

    God, the "Bridesmaids" sequel conversation has to stop. It all started when Universal said they'd consider making a sequel with or without lead actress Kristen Wiig (who wrote the script with her pal Annie Mumolo). Of course they would: the hilarious and successful comedy became the highest-grossing R-rated female-led comedy of all time (domestically) last year (outgrossing "Sex and the City" by about $17 million in North America). They'd love a repeat of that financial success. But cast members quickly said the obvious aloud: a sequel without Wiig would be a terrible idea, and producer Judd Apatow pretty much said the same. But the wishful-thinking crowd got a little bit more excited for a sequel when co-star  Wendi McLendon-Covey gave them all a little hope and said Wiig could star in a sequel after all (so far, she's been fairly disinterested in returning to the territory and told THR she was writing something else).

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  • The Playlist
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    We Need To Talk About Norman: 'Psycho' Prequel Coming To A&E In New Series 'Bates Motel'

    It seems Hollywood is realizing that a long time ago, a guy named Alfred Hitchcock made movies, and even more, they were pretty good. There are already a handful of Hitchock-based projects in the works including "Alfred Hitchock And The Making Of Psycho" starring Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren; "The Girl" about the director's relationship with Tippi Hedren featuring Toby Jones and Sienna Miller and a few remakes including a more gadget-driven version of "To Catch A Thief." Hell, even "The Artist" borrows the score from "Vertigo," much to the violation of Kim Novak. But, it's not going to end there.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Season Finale Of "The Mis-adventures Of Awkward Black Girl" (w/ A Special Guest Appearance)

    Debuting much earlier today (so some of you may have already seen it), here's episode 12 (The Decision) and also the season finale of Issa Rae's popular Awkward Black Girl web series.

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  • The Playlist
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    Antonio Banderas To Play Fidel Castro In 'Castro's Daughter'

    For a while there, we were worried. There seemed to be a way too long stretch of time where Antonio Banderas looked like he might never rebound from what seemed to be a string of bad choices. While he was keeping the lights on with "Shrek" movies, he was starring in one movie after another that no saw/heard of. Remember "The Big Bang," "The Code," "Bordertown," or "Take The Lead"? Yeah, neither do we. But 2011 has been a return to form. He reteamed with Pedro Almodovar for the severely underrated "The Skin I Live In," starred in the epic "Black Gold" and next week, he appears in Steven Soderbergh's "Haywire." Now, he's eyeing a role that will definitely keep him in the spotlight.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "CornerStore," "Joyful Noise," "Sing Your Song," "The Divide" - New In Theaters This Weekend

    And we're off... as already noted in a previous post, January will probably see one of the most *active* months throughout 2012 where *black cinema* is concerned - active in terms of releases, premier festival screenings, and discussion/debate about the films that make up the first 2.

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  • Press Play
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    What You Can Get Away With: The Collegial Cutting Room Collaborators of Joe Dante, Part 1

    Like so many children of the eighties, I grew up with Joe Dante’s films, and knew even the less heralded ones—like "Explorers" (1985) or "Innerspace" (1987)—by heart. When I decided to write about his work, I spent a long time searching for an angle or hook before I asked myself a very simple question: How many directors began their professional careers by editing trailers for Roger Corman?

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Trailer For The Biggest International Motion Picture Of All Time 'Casa De Mi Padre'

    Audiences will pretty much watch whatever Will Ferrell does -- unless it's an indie drama -- but the question is, will they tolerate subtitles? We'll soon find out as "Casa De Mi Padre" rides into theaters this spring, and yes, it's in Spanish.

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  • Spout
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    Mash-Up: "We Need to Talk About Kevin McCallister"

    It was inevitable, a mash-up parody trailer combining "We Need to Talk About Kevin" and "Home Alone," and here it is. The video might have been funnier if it wasn't so expected and obvious, but it's not done poorly. Slipping in some scenes from "The Good Son" might have made it better, though.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    HBO Sets Official Premiere Date For "Game of Thrones" Season 2

    I know a lot of you are fans of the series, if comments in previous posts are any indication; and I'm sure it'll gain even more fans with a new set of actors joining the upcoming, highly-anticipated season 2 of the hit HBO show - specifically black Brits Lucian Msamati and Nonso Anozie, and all the debate that accompanied those posts about black British versus black American actors.

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