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  • Shadow and Act
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    Help: I Want To Connect With Black Filmmakers/Actors In Your City; Where Should I Go? What Should I Do?

    For almost as long as I've been running Shadow And Act, a question I'm asked often, whether via email, or when I meet folks in person (mostly black filmmakers and black actors) is whether I can connect them with any "support groups" for black filmmakers/actors/etc in their respective cities (although, most often, the question comes from folks living in so-called *big cities* like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, and others).

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Fox Searchlight Pushes Back 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'

    Fox Searchlight keeps pushing back "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," which like "Slumdog Millionaire," stars Dev Patel and is set in India. But that's where the comparisons end. Directed by John Madden ("The Debt"), the romantic ensemble about older Brits who settle in India to stretch out their meager retirement funds will now open in select theaters in the US on May 4, 2012. Based on the Novel "These Foolish Things" by Deborah Moggach and produced by Graham Broadbent and Peter Czernin, the movie stars Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Tom Wilkinson and Maggie Smith.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Holiday Box Office Winners & Losers

    The short holiday boxoffice season is always one of the year's most lucrative. The seven-week period, which runs from mid-November through New Year’s weekend, contributes a proportionately high percentage to the annual total.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    New Season Of TV One's Acclaimed "Unsung" Series Premieres Tonight With Vesta Williams Portrait

    A brand new season of TV One's acclaimed series Unsung (maybe one of the best programs in their lineup) debuts tonight with Vesta Williams as its focus.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Trailer For 'Upside Down' With Jim Sturgess & Kirsten Dunst Promises Gravity Defying Romance

    For a while now, folks have been anticipating "Upside Down" based on its stars -- Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst -- and its high-minded premise: a futuristic story following Adam (Jim Sturgess) a seemingly ordinary guy who is holding on to the memory of Eve (Dunst), a girl he met once upon a time from another world, an inverted affluent place with its own gravity. Well, after a long wait (production started nearly two years ago) the first trailer has arrived and it's...uneven to say the least.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    January 2012 Black Cinema Calendar Outlook ("Red Tails," Sundance Film Festival Lead The Charge)

    And we're off... the first month of film releases for the new year 2012, and what can we expect where *black cinema* is concerned?

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Box Office Update: 'Mission Impossible' and 'Sherlock Holmes' Sequels Top New Year's Weekend

    With the four-day New Year's Weekend grosses tallied, Paramount’s “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” and Warner Bros.’ “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” continued to stake the top two spots.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    The Top 7 Overlooked American Indies of 2011

    One more list as we leave 2011.... From Filmmaker Magazine's blog, I've included a list of my favorite Overlooked Independent Films from 2011 that I've crossposted here. While the world doesn’t need another list of the best films of the year, after considering my own recent lists, I realized there were a handful of movies -- excellent independent work that has largely flown under the radar -- that even I initially overlooked. So here are seven bold American low-budget movies from 2011 that may have been forgotten in theatrical release, but should make for essential home viewing in 2012.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Women to Blog About: Kelley Green, Gloria Feldman, Laurie Woodrow, Valerie Holt-Sapienza et al

    There is a little known niche in the international film business of buying and selling that is inhabited by a handful of professionals called Buyers' Reps. They acquire films on behalf of a slate of distributors. There are surely other women in this unique and difficult niche service group who are not named below, and I ask forgiveness if I have not included them here. The job of buying for distributors around the world involves so many interpersonal skills, the buyers (distributors) interacting with the sellers (international sales agents), reading scripts, watching films, negotiating deals, making everyone happy in a business which is notoriously unhappy for one reason or another (usually economic) takes a heavy toll. These women are survivors and they have been plying their trade for a generation and not without a struggle. There are men in this fields as well, Gordon Steel who invented the niche, Darius Kapfer, Andre Boissier, and others, and in tribute, two who died so prematurely - Steve Hirsch and Richard Glasser, so beloved by everyone that it still hurts to remember. As new distributors survey the wide array of sellers and product, they need to consider the services of these veterans who have maintained strong relationships in the business of buying and selling for a generation already.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Don Cheadle Gives Some Perspective On Using The Word "Gangster" Regarding President Obama

    One of the great things about Twitter is when celebrities or public figures get into hot water with their words and/or actions, it affords them the opportunity to quickly, and effectively, clean up any misunderstandings which was the case for Don Cheadle recently.

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