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  • Shadow and Act
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    Survey: Al Sharpton On Our Screens Daily?

    By now you may have heard the news that civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton, a frequent guest on MSNBC, has indeed gotten his own show.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure' A Hilarious Exploration Of A Viral Sensation

    If you don't think two belligerent, elderly men cursing out each other abrasively is hilarious, then "Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure" will leave you bored. Matthew Bate's movie on the audio-vérité craze that was "Shut Up Lil' Man" is such a celebratory love-letter that anybody who doesn't find the audio clips even remotely fascinating will get little out of the documentary's 90 minute running time. This writer, however, loves the furiously relentless barrage of insults that the pre-YouTube cult-celebrities Raymond Huffman and Peter Haskett would drunkenly hurl at each other daily. While the tapings of the two men fighting alone make an engrossing experience, the filmmaker instead finds the guys responsible for discovering Ray and Peter and delves into the history surrounding the craze, while also dissecting the moral ambiguities associated with these precious tapes.

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  • The Playlist
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    Clive Barker Thought That 'Hellraiser: Revelations' Trailer Sucked Too

    So here's the long and short of it, in order for Dimension to keep the rights to the "Hellraiser" franchise, they need to make something fast. And so they did. And the resulting "Hellraiser: Revelations" as you can see below looks every bit like the cheap rights-retaining production it set out to be. Marking the first time Doug Bradley isn't portraying the iconic Pinhead -- some guy named Jay Gillespie steps in instead -- the franchise is now scraping the bottom of the barrel with the cheapie sequel specialist Víctor García ("Mirrors 2," "Return to House on Haunted Hill") being given $75 and an empty warehouse to shoot the found footage film that reveals the only thing that fits the Dimension Extreme label it's being released under is how extraordinarily shitacular it looks. And it looks like someone showed it to series creator Clive Barker. And he's not happy.

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  • The Playlist
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    Ben Affleck Aims First Person Shooter Style 'Line Of Sight' As Next Directing/Starring Project

    Even as Ben Affleck is heading into production on his next film, "Argo," everyone still wants a piece of "The Town" director. He's been eyeing a handful of potential projects, with "American Bullshit" crossing his desk earlier this year, the sci-fi project "Replay" (which he has since moved on from), and he's still got the New York Yankee wife swap tale "The Trade" somewhere in development. Just a couple of months ago he signed on to direct the long gestating American remake of "Tell No One," but now a new project looks to be in line as followup to "Argo," and it's certainly the most tentpole-esque piece of material Affleck has been associated with (at least in the director's chair).

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Milwaukee Film Festival Pays Tribute to Team Behind "Hoop Dreams" and "The Interrupters"

    The 2011 Milwaukee Film Festival will include a tribute to Kartemquin Films, a Chicago-based non-profit documentary group. Kartemquin celebrates 45 years of pursuing social justice through films like The Interrupters, the recent festival sensation examining violence in Chicago.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Now: Trailer for "Dear Daddy" Documentary About Fatherless Young Women

    Thanks to S&A regular reader CareyCarey for bringing this to my attention. The feature-length documentary Dear Daddy by Janks Morton is currently raising funds through THIS Indiegogo campaign. The film has raised $8,227 of the $6,000 goal with 24 days left.

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    Watch: Trailer For Aki Kaurismäki's Excellent 'Le Havre'

    For those familiar with the oeuvre of Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki, you'll know that his deadpan films aren't quite made to be cut into a conventional trailer. We preface this post in such a way because this writer has seen -- and adored -- "Le Havre" and while this new trailer for the film serves as a pleasant reminder of the film's numerous low key joys, if you don't get the tone of it right away, don't let that put you off seeing the film.

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    Review: 'Swinging With The Finkels' A Conservative Sex Comedy With Less Laughs Than That Implies

    There’s no way around this, there’s no kind way to preface this, there’s no purpose to side-step it: “Swinging With The Finkels” is one of the worst, cheapest, dumbest and most dishonest films of the year. The film has the same tin-ear for its material that student films usually sport, often when they’re about retirement, hitmen, or a litany of subjects young people tackle despite clearly having no experience in the field. 'Swinging,' in theory, would be a film oblivious to the matters of sex and intimacy, but, in fact, it’s merely alien to any and all human behavior. The only 2011 film with this level of understanding regarding our basic humanity was Zack Snyder’s “Sucker Punch,” but at least that picture has the fallback of a heightened science fiction story.

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    Watch Now: Trailer for "The Lower 9" New Orleans Documentary

    From director Matthew Hashiguchi comes a new documentary New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward community, as told through the memories of its longtime residents.

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