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  • Shadow and Act
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    Final Call For Submissions For 2012 Trinidad + Tobago Film Festival

    The 2012 Trinidad +Tobago Film Festival is now issuing its final call for submissions for this year's festival which will take place September 19 to October 2. Any filmmaker who wishes to have their film considered must submit them no later than May 31.

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  • The Playlist
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    The Playlist's 15 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

    This year's Tribeca Film Festival carries one of its strongest line-ups in years. In addition to films from Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Sundance and Berlin circuit, there's also a wealth of U.S. premieres or lesser-known festival movies in the line-up that look just as promising this time around; after a relatively weak SXSW, it looks like the East Coast is getting some of the good stuff.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Exclusive: CodeBlack CEO Jeff Clanagan Talks Successful Release Strategy For "Woman Thou Art Loosed: On The 7th Day"

    Indeed it is a good time to be in the CodeBlack Entertainment business as AMCi (AMC's relatively new independent film release initiative) confirmed over the weekend that the black-owned and operated film production/distribution company run by Jeff Clanagan, holds the top two highest grossing films in AMCi program history: 1) Laugh At My Pain, which shocked the world when it was released last fall, making an impressive $7 million (grossing around 10 times its budget, making it one of the most profitable films of 2011); and 2) Woman Thou Art Loosed! On The 7th Day, which opened in limited release this weekend, on 102 screens in the USA, grossing just about $650,000; and, by the way, held the highest per screen average of all films in commercial theatrical release this past weekend (yes, even higher than The Hunger Games, The Cabin In The Woods, and other top-grossing studio films).

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  • The Playlist
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    Max Winkler, Steve Carell & Jake Johnson Team For Mob Comedy

    Back when Steve Carell was plying his trade on "The Office" on a weekly basis, we could expect to see him in maybe one or two films each summer, depending on what he could fit around his busy NBC schedule. But when his time on that show ran its course last April, Carell found himself with a lot more time on his hands to develop new projects and we'll soon be seeing more and more of those coming to fruition. The actor has "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," "Hope Springs" and "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" all on the horizon, and that's not including the vast number of projects Carell is attached to as a star or as a producer through his company, Carousel Productions.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Blog Advisory

    Hi folks. I'm traveling this week and trying to get a little R&R. Later this week I will be at the International Women's Film Festival in Cologne Germany where there will be a conversation on women's film festivals.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Trailer & Clip For BAFTA Winning Short Film 'Pitch Black Heist' Starring Michael Fassbender

    It seems you can't escape Michael Fassbender these days, not that we're complaining. After having a breakthrough year in 2011 thanks to a staggering quartet of films -- "Jane Eyre," "X-Men: First Class," "A Dangerous Method" and "Shame" -- 2012 may be slightly slower in theatrical releases, but he'll still be knocking around the arthouse and the multiplex. He already featured in Steven Soderbergh's "Haywire" where he got his ass handed to him by Gina Carano and of course, this summer there's that little sci-fi "Prometheus" you have heard of. Well, you can add one more flick to the list.

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  • Criticwire
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    The Criticwire Survey: Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition

    This week, the critics tell us what lesser-known film writers should be on our radar.

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  • The Playlist
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    Jesse Eisenberg To Reteam With Aaron Sorkin For 'The Newsroom,' Kinda; First Footage From Heist-Actioner 'Now You See Me'

    Look, we'll be the first to admit that the headline here is all types of deceptive (hence the "kinda") but here we go: yes, Jesse Eisenberg is set to re-team with his 'Social Network' scribe Aaron Sorkin on his new HBO series "The Newsroom" but it's not exactly what you're thinking. The actor will appear in what's being described as a "small voiceover role" although, as mundane as that may sound, the part will noted to be "easily recognized as a key 'newsmaker.'"

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Beasts Of The Southern Wild" and Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy" Possible Cannes Selections

    Variety is reporting that both Benh Zeitlin's magical realism film Beasts of the Southern Wild and Lee Daniels' The Paperboy, his period crime thriller set in 1960's Florida, are very stong contenders to be selected for this year's Cannes Film Festival, which will be held this year from May 16-27.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Sex & the Gritty: Lena Dunham's 'Girls' Pilot is Coarse, Sensitive, and Promising

    The most compelling aspect of Lena Dunham's HBO series "Girls" is a tone and spirit that balances sincerity and satire. When the goofy protagonist Hannah (Dunham) proclaims in the first scene that she is "busy trying to become who I am," the series arrives with a strong, clear voice.

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