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    AARON ARADILLAS: 20 years later, a soundtrack that still has JUICE

    The first half of the 1990s may be considered by some as being ruled by grunge, but for more enlightened music fans that is simply not the case. Hip-hop and R&B, in particular the New Jack Swing sound of the early ‘90s, has had a profound impact in shaping pop music. Producers like Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and Teddy Riley modernized the rather quaint sound of R&B with funk rhythms, piano, jazz and break beats, while guys like Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest and The Bomb Squad gave hip-hop a fuller sound – a bass-thumping thickness. Rap and R&B, two genres that had been segregated by class prejudice and musical temperament, were now fused together to create an at once looser and tighter sound. Songs like Johnny Kemp’s "Just Got Paid" or Tony! Toni! Tone!’s "If I Had No Loot" or Michael Jackson’s "Remember the Time" or Schoolly D’s "Am I Black Enough For You?" or Naughty By Nature’s "O.P.P." made you feel as if you were inside the song – as if the greatest block party was boiled down to four minutes of grooves, beats and samples.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Silent Films In The News

    It’s no longer news that the most acclaimed movie of the past year, well on its way to earning an Oscar or two, is a modern-day French silent picture called The Artist. But it’s not the only silent film making news. USA Today’s Susan Wloszczyna found other aspects of silence in contemporary cinema for a piece that ran in Friday’s paper, which you can read HERE. She even quoted yours truly.

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    More: Journal
  • Shadow and Act
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    Nonso Anozie Joins Viola Davis In "Ender's Game"

    British actor Nonso Anozie, who can currently be seen trying to keep from being eaten by rabid wolves in The Grey, and will soon appear in HBO's second season of Game of Thrones, will join the previously-announced Viola Davis in the sci-fi film Ender's Game, based on the popular book by Olson Scott Card.

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    More: casting
  • Shadow and Act
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    Dual Coast Screening of Van Peebles' "We The Party" in L.A. & Boston Tomorrow Night + Full Synopsis

    We haven't mentioned this project in a while since we posted the trailer and first synopsis, besides the fact that it's screening at the Pan African Film Festival this weekend. Well now, Mario Van Peebles' We The Party will also screen simultaneously on the east coast in Boston at the Roxbury International film festival. Although different time zones, both will screen tomorrow 2/19 at 7pm.

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    More: Festivals
  • Shadow and Act
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    Trailer Watch: Brit Rising Star David Gyasi in BBC 2's Ambitious Drama Series "White Heat"

    Back in November of last year, Tambay posted THIS story on upcoming British rising star David Gyasi, who is starring in the upcoming BBC 2 ensemble TV Drama series White Heat. The new series, which is due out sometime soon this year, is said to be an updated version of an older BBC drama serial, Our Friends In The North.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Shadow and Act Filmmaker Diary Series w/ Matthew Cherry: "Film Festival Budgeting"

    Here's the latest in our still ongoing filmmaker diary series with The Last Fall writer/director Matthew Cherry. I last posted an entry three days ago regarding Cherry's efforts to raise funds via his Kickstarter campaign in order to cover SXSW Film Festival Premiere trip expenses and post-production costs.

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  • The Playlist
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    Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, 'Kill Bin Laden': Kyle Chandler Joins Kathryn Bigelow's Film; Is The Movie A Procedural?

    With the male leading cast of Kathryn Bigelow's untitled project aka "Kill Bin Laden" featuring two Aussies (Joel Edgerton, Jason Clarke), one Brit (Mark Strong) and a Venezuelan (Edgar Ramirez) it's about time another American came aboard to join Chris Pratt. And you don't get much more heartland flavor than you do with "Friday Night Lights" and "Super 8" star Kyle Chandler.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Gangster Squad' Moves Up One Week, Presumably To Avoid 'Paranormal Activity 4'

    A slight update on the release date front via Warner Bros. The studio has decided to move up its period, L.A. noir drama, "The Gangster Squad," one week from October 19th to October 12th. A minor adjustment perhaps, but worth noting: the picture has likely moved to avoid going face to face with Paramount's unrivaled found-footage horror flick, "Paranormal Activity 4." While the films cater to two distinctly different fans (drama vs. horror), "Paranormal Activity 3" was the biggest film in the franchise's history thus far, grossing $205 million worldwide, so it's likely WB hoped to avoid losing any of their audience. 

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  • The Playlist
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    McG Discusses The Alternate Endings To 'This Means War' & The (Jokey) "Homoerotic Finish" You'll Get On DVD

    This weekend, Fox's ambitious blend of action, comedy and romance, "This Means War," rolls into theaters starring Chris Pine and Tom Hardy as warring CIA agents at each others' throats vying for the attentions of Reese Witherspoon. With the picture now finished and screenings beginning to roll out across the country, we got a chance to catch up with director McG and talk about the film. What intrigued us most was the end of 'War,' with the helmer telling Movieline that initially he thought about doing a "Clue"-style ending. The 1985 film had three different endings shot, and shipped to theaters, with audiences never knowing what they would get. While McG abandoned that idea, without spoiling anything, we'll say the version of "This Mean's War" that moviegoers see in theaters wasn't the only one under consideration.

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  • The Playlist
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    Andrew Stanton Says Rumors That 'John Carter' Cost $300 Million Is A "Complete And Utter Lie"

    To say that the development of Disney's "John Carter" has been scrutinzed would be an understatement. The project itself has been in the works for years with a handful of directors (Jon Favreau and Robert Rodriguez among them) working on it, but never quite cracking the sci-fi space epic. However, it was Pixar veteran Andrew Stanton ("Wall-E," "Finding Nemo") who finally got the ball rolling and for his live action debut, he couldn't have asked for a bigger challenge. And indeed he's been closely watched every step of the way, with rumors growing loud as the film shifted release dates, dropped "Of Mars" from its initial title and slowly started earning concerned buzz, with reports showing up in the trades suggesting that his inexperience led to reshoots that pushed the budget to a staggering $300 million (a figure most recently tossed around in The Hollywood Reporter), but Stanton is now fighting back.

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