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  • Shadow and Act
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    Opening Weekend Numbers For 'The Obama Effect,' 'Pelotero,' 'Family Portrait In Black & White'

    In so-called specialty box office... 2 indie films of note that opened over the weekend.

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  • The Playlist
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    Guess What? Some People Aren't Going To Like 'The Dark Knight Rises' & Why Aggregated Movie Scores Are Meaningless

    Warner Bros. gave the thumbs up on the floodgates to open on reviews for "The Dark Knight Rises" yesterday, and for the most part, advance notices have been strong. We gave the film an A grade and critics from Variety, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Rolling Stone, HitFix, Empire and more have all given their stamp of approval on Christopher Nolan's finale to his Batman franchise. But as we mentioned earlier today, some folks have had the audacity to dislike the film. Christy Lemire from the Associated Press, Christopher Tookey at the Daily Mail and Devin Faraci at Bad Ass Digest are among those who have weighed in negatively, but Marshall Fine at Hollywood & Fine had the unfortunate distinction of being the first one online to offer a voice of dissent. And the reaction was both extreme and embarassing.

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  • Criticwire
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    Millennials Don't Care About Old Movies, Article Claims. Prove It Wrong, Says I.

    If you're under the age of 30 and you love movies, I need you to do me a favor.

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  • Press Play
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    POLITICAL ANIMALS: Purple Haze

    When we first see former first lady, former presidential candidate, and soon-to-be secretary of state Elaine Barrish Hammond, played by Sigourney Weaver, in "Political Animals," she is onstage giving a concession speech, dressed in a purple disco jumpsuit. “Postpartisan purple,” observes a friend who is an expert on color.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Preview 3D Animated Feature Film 'Zambezia' Set 'Far Away In The Heart Of Africa'

    Ahh yes... the familiar "far away, in the heart of Africa..." the trailer begins, and immediately I sigh. This doesn't look good. 

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  • The Playlist
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    Quentin Tarantino Says Jamie Foxx Is The One He Wanted For 'Django Unchained'; Ending Of Film Rewritten At Last Minute

    Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" made its way to the Comic-Con faithful over the weekend, and by all accounts, including our own, it blew the lid off the place. The film has seen a number of casting changes and additions as it has rolled on its production, which started late last year. But one of the of the biggest What Would Have Been bits of casting involves the lead role itself. Over a year ago, it was revealed that Will Smith was in contention for part of Django. Indeed the actor himself confirmed this last month, saying, "I came really close, it was one of the most amazing screenplays I had ever ever seen. I was in the middle of 'Men In Black 3' and [Tarantino] was ready to go, and I just couldn't sit with him and get through the issues, so I didn't want to hold him up. That thing's going to be ridiculous. It is a genius screenplay." But according to Tarantino, it was Jamie Foxx he ultimately wanted.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Guest Post: Women, Science and Film

    Women and Hollywood readers are well aware of the appallingly low number of female directors working in Hollywood. Well, this disparity exists in the sciences and other industries as well. Sometimes, however, the attempted solutions shed more light on the prejudices causing the problems in the first place. This was the case with a recent debacle involving the EU’s (European Union) campaign to entice more girls to be interested in science.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Steve Harvey Says "Think Like A Man" Sequel Won't Become "Buffoonery"

    A minor story, perhaps, but an interesting quote nevertheless. Steve Harvey, in a recent interview on Access Hollywood, said that he's very protective about his Think Like A Man franchise and has strong opinions on how it should be presented and that includes a NO BUFFOONERY clause as sorts

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Tanya Wright's 'Thelma & Louise' Drama 'Butterfly Rising' Heading To Martha's Vineyard African-American Film Fest

    The opening night film at this year's Run & Shoot Filmworks Martha's Vineyard African-American Film Festival next month, which runs from August 7 to August 11, Tanya Wright's Butterfly Rising (which she describes as "Thelma + Louise + Magic") is a drama that centers on singer Lilah Belle, who sets out to escape her grief after her brother dies, and embarks on a road trip, but not before coaxing the new-to-town, most scandalous woman in Artesia - Rose Johnson - to go with her. These two broken souls steal a vintage truck and head out on the open road to a fated encounter with the mythical, magical ‘Lazarus of the Butterflies.’ What occurs with the strange man transforms their destinies and binds the women together—forever.

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  • The Playlist
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    The Films Of Jim Jarmusch: A Retrospective

    There's no one in independent film quite like Jim Jarmusch, one of American cinema's most idiosyncratic filmmakers. Born to Episcopalian parents in Ohio in 1953, the director fell in love with B-movie double bills his mother left him in as a child, and fell into counter-culture arthouse movies in his teens. The director studied Journalism at Northwestern before dropping out and studying literature at Columbia, moving to Paris for ten months and then returning and applying to the film school at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where he worked under legendary "Rebel Without A Cause" director Nicholas Ray, who encouraged the filmmaker's unique, particular approach.

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