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  • Shadow and Act
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    Application Deadline Imminent For Firelight Media’s Producers’ Lab Mentorship Program

    Another opportunity worth taking full advantage of; if the idea of working with acclaimed, award-winning documentarian Stanley Nelson and his team of writers, editors, producers, fundraising specialists, etc, doesn't at all entice you, then, well, it's your loss! :)

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  • The Playlist
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    Tribeca Review: 'Replicas' Sadly Seems More Interested In Cheap Thrills Than The Haneke-Level Chills It Promises

    The Hughes family is one just barely clinging to hope after a terrible tragedy. Following the loss of their daughter, Mark (Josh Close), Mary (Selma Blair) and their preteen son Brandon attempt to heal together at their upstate vacation home, the air thick with tension. Mark has been working so hard that by the time he’s taken a break in the wake of their loss, Mary doesn’t even recognize him. And yet, they’re the ideal candidates for suffering in the moody, disquieting “Replicas.”

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  • The Playlist
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    Peter Jackson's 48fps Presentation Of 'The Hobbit' At CinemaCon Gets A Mixed Response

    While the fact that Peter Jackson was shooting the upcoming "The Hobbit" films in 3D at 48 frames-per-second rate instead of the standard 24 frames-per-second has been around since proudction started, in gained a bit more steam last week. There were concerns about how prepared (or not) theaters would be for the blockbuster film come December, to show it in the format that Jackson intends it be viewed. The short version, is that exhibitors/theater owners will need to upgrade the software on their 3D projects to handle 48fps, and it's not cheap (about $10,000). However, the selling point is that 48 fps offers a crisp viewing experience, free of any motion artifiacts, juttering or any other anomalies sometimes present in 24 fps screenings. Win/win right? Unfortunately for Jackson, it's not quite a slam dunk. Presenting 10 minutes of footage today in the fancy new format at CinemaCon, the screening left many unimpressed.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Happy Birthday Barbra

    Today is Barbra Streisand's 70th birthday.   Even if you are not a fan -- and I don't know how you could not be -- this woman has had an extremely impressive career.  Singer, songwriter, actress, director, producer, fundraiser, activist -- there is no one like her in the entertainment business.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Also New On DVD: Acclaimed Egyptian Ripped-From-The-Headlines Drama "Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story"

    Courtesy of AfricanDiasporaDVD.com, where you can exclusively purchase a copy on DVD of the award-winning drama Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story (also known as Ehky ya Scheherazade in Arabic), the "bold and brave" (according to Variety) drama from Egyptian filmmaker Yousry Nasrallah.

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  • The Playlist
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    Tribeca Review: 'Nancy, Please' Showcases The Worst Nightmare Of The Timid Grad Student

    We've all known people like Nancy. The title character of Andrew Semans' "Nancy, Please" is a real pill, dark eyes, slumped shoulders, and an eternal pout. There's always drama in Nancy's life, and she's always expressing it physically. She's always impetuous, always difficult, and frequently nasty, as if lashing out not against a single person but the world at large. In spite of it all, her punk sneer and angular sensuality is also sharp like a knife, tight like a fist. And for young potential PhD Paul, she is an out-and-out boogeyman.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Revisiting "New Jack City" 21 Years Later; How Well Does It Hold Up?

    Sergio's post just beneath this one, announcing the Blu-ray release of New Jack City got me thinking... now there's a movie that just doesn't hold up 21 years later! Although some would say that it didn't "hold up" during the year of its release! 

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  • The Playlist
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    Marilyn Manson Confirmed As Star Of Quentin Dupieux's Cannes Short Film 'Wrong Cops'

    Well, in some alternate Quentin Dupieux universe, full of non-sequiturs and ironic detachment, this completely makes sense. Fresh off news of the Cannes Directors' Fortnight line-up earlier today, which listed Dupieux's short film "Wrong Cops" alongside many other exciting offerings, it seems the director found fit to reveal his star on Twitter.

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  • The Playlist
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    Owen Wilson Will Possess A Special Set Of Skills In Action-Thriller 'The Coup'

    There was a moment, near the start of the '00s, when Owen Wilson was more often seen running away from an explosion than heading up dog-oriented family flicks and romantic comedies, using that familiar drawl to mask a film's flaws. The end results were never that mind-blowing (see: “Shanghai Knights,” “Behind Enemy Lines”), but there was a unique, unassuming presence to his action roles that remained interesting, and now it seems Wilson is curious to dive back into genre waters once again.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Wolfe Takes US Rights to SXSW's 'Gayby'

    "Gayby" has gone to Wolfe Releasing for US distribution. The comedy, written and directed by Jonathan Lisecki, premiered at SXSW and won audience and jury prizes at Ashland Independent Film Festival. The story, based on Lisecki's 2010 short film of the same name (that screened at over a hundred festivals), is about a gay man and a straight woman who decide to have a baby together. Wolfe's Maria Lynn says, “'Gayby' is the funniest movie I’ve seen in years." Wolfe will release the film theatrically later this year in collaboration with The Film Collaborative; a DVD/VOD release will follow in 2013. A full synopsis is below:

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