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    Tribeca Review: 'Alekesam' Feels Less Like A Short Doc And More Like An Overlong Album Promo For Sal Masekela

    At 35 minutes, "Alekesam" is a short documentary with a subject that could probably fill a Ken Burns-style PBS miniseries, full of political unrest, social uprisings, and jazz music: Hugh Masekela, a musician and activist who fought against apartheid (he was exiled from South Africa for more than 30 years), struggles to reconnect with his son Sal Masekela, a former ESPN commentator who is just now embarking on his own musical career. But while the doc tries to focus on the tenuous emotional connection between a distant father and a resistant son, it ends up coming across more as a fluffy promotional piece for Sal's new album than anything genuinely probing or insightful.

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    First Look Pics At Bernardo Bertolucci's Addiction Drama 'Io e Te'

    One film many expected to named as part of the lineup when the Cannes Film Festival unveiled their slate last week, was Bernardo Bertolucci's "Io e Te." An acclaimed, revered filmmaker who has been In Competition twice before (in 1981 for "Tragedy Of A Ridiculous Man" and 1996 with "Stealing Beauty") and received a lifetime achievement award from the fest last spring, he returns to Cannes, but this time Out Of Competition with "Io e Te." And now we have our first look at the film.

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    Tribeca Review: ESPN Doc ‘Benji’ Is A Tragic Portrait Of Promising Hoop Dreams Unfulfilled

    Something that all hardcore sports fans, but cinephiles may not be fully aware of: ESPN’s “30 For 30” series of documentaries on various touchstone moments in sports history are all by and large, riveting and dramatic pieces of work worth watching regardless if you’re a sports fan are not. While that particular series, which was by co-conceived by ESPN columnist Bill Simmons, is now over, the range of talent it secured, directors like Spike Lee, Richard Linklater, Barry Levinson, Steve James ("Hoop Dreams"), Peter Berg, Barry Levinson, was no joke (the Zimbalist brothers' "The Two Escobars,” being one of this writer’s absolute favorites; a terrifically gripping documentary).

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    Doc "Black Sun" Follows 2 African American Astrophysicists Who Chase Total Solar Eclipses (Fundraising)

    Here's a feature project worth contributing your dollars to, especially as we frequently lament the lack of diverse media representations of real-life black adult male figures in *favorable* positions that young black boys especially can emulate.

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    'Haywire' Star Gina Carano Takes A Drive To 'Fast Six'

    While Jason Statham had better things to do than join the amped up "Fast & Furious" franchise, we have to say this bit of casting is a bit more inspired anyway.

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    New In Theaters This Weekend: "Restless City," "Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story," "96 Minutes"

    Nothing new in wide release this coming weekend, but a few limited-release titles you should be aware of, starting with AFFRM's 3rd release, Andrew Dosunmu's visually-stunning immigrant tale Restless City, which, I assume, you're very well familiar with by now, given how much we've talked about it in recent weeks.

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    What The What? Sean Penn Joins Ben Stiller In 'The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty'

    Sean Penn doesn't do comedy. Wait, let's rephrase that...Sean Penn doesn't do comedy often. Of course, there's "Fast Times At Ridgemont High," and he's lent his incredible talents to comic vehicles only a handful of times in such films as "We're No Angels," "What Just Happened" and "Shanghai Surprise." But he's not above doing funny stuff. In fact, you may recall for that for the longest time he was attached/linked to an earlier incarnation of The Farrelly Brothers' "The Three Stooges" (and he likely dodged a bullet) and he's also guested on Zach Galifianakis' "Between Two Ferns" (watch below). But a role in a remake of a classic film with Ben Stiller? Yeah, we didn't see this one coming either.

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    CBS Films Names Co-Presidents Wolfgang Hammer and Terry Press

    Since its inception, CBS chief Les Moonves' experiment in film production and distribution, CBS Films, has been a label in search of an identity. Ex-Sony production exec Amy Baer gave it a go. Now respected marketing vet and CBS consultant Terry Press is teaming with business exec and CBS chief operating office Wolfgang Hammer as co-presidents.

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    VODetails: 'Marley'

    Kevin Macdonald's profile of the legendary musician is now available for download. We stir up a few reviews for you to peruse.

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    Jennifer Lawrence May Add Lionsgate's Adaptation of 'Glass Castle' Memoir to her Impressive Resume

    Jennifer Lawrence's enviable career -- which includes the upcoming "The House at The End of the Street," "The Silver Linings Playbook," "Serena" and sequels to "The Hunger Games" and "X-Men: First Class" -- may get even better.

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