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  • Shadow and Act
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    Philadelphia Film Festival Announces Lineup; "Shame," "Le Havre," "Being Elmo" & Others Make The Cut

    I don't think we've ever really covered the Philadelphia Film Festival, so this might be our first mention; maybe because, this year, they'll be showing a number of films we've highlighted on Shadow And Act; which means, if you live in the Philly area, you'll get your chance to see them all, before much of the rest of the country does.

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    New On DVD/Blu-ray/VOD Today - "Viva Riva!"

    In my review of Djo Tunda Wa Munga's crime drama, Viva Riva!, I highlighted the film's audacious depictions of the kind of orchestrated sexuality and violence rarely seen in African cinema (specifically cinema of the DRC - the Democratic Republic Of The Congo, where such scenes are taboo); a kind of "fuck-you" to the status quo in a country that hadn't seen a feature film produced in over 2 decades.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    The Rum Diary Hits a Film Festival: The Hamptons

    Things are looking up for the long-delayed literary adaptation The Rum Diary, Johnny Depp's second run at writer Hunter M. Thompson. Whenever a movie sits on the shelf for long, it starts to small a little. But while FilmDistrict did not take the film to early fall film fests, they have booked it as the opening of Elvis Mitchell's Film Independent series at LACMA and will play the upcoming Hamptons Film Festival.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Trailer For New Season of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

    Here's the new season 4 trailer for The Real Housewives Of Atlanta, a Bravo network reality show that most people seem to hate or love.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Trailer For 'Sleepness Night' The French Midnight Madness Hit That's Getting A U.S. Remake

    Midnight Madness at TIFF this year certainly got Hollywood buzzing. Among the titles earning chatter among suits and audiences alike were "Kill List," "The Day," "You're Next," of course "The Raid," which is getting a Hollywood do-over, and French thriller "Sleepless Night" which yes, is also being remade (courtesy of Warner Bros). Hopefully someone will actually distribute the latter film on this side as, judging by the French trailer for the film uncovered by Twitch, it looks like a pretty exciting little genre flick.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Tamera Mowry to Guest Star with Twin Sister Tia on BET's "The Game"

    Twins Tamera Mowry [Housley] and Tia Mowry [Hardrict] will soon bring their "Sister, Sister" act to BET series The Game as Tamera guest stars in the upcoming season.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Poster Watch: Spielberg's War Horse is Everything You'd Expect

    Sight unseen, Steven Spielberg's War Horse, based only on the trailer, is clearly Oscar bait. The new poster (below) offers exactly what you'd expect for the PG-13 film based on Michael Morpurgo's novel about a boy, his horse and WWI. It has Spielberg and Christmastime-heart-tugging written all over it. "Separated by War. Tested by Battle. Bound by Friendship." Awww. And what a lovely sunset, too.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Toy Story 3' Director Lee Unkrich Starts Work On New Pixar Movie & Will Blog About It

    First, let's get one thing out of the way: Lee Unkrich kind of looks like Ed Helms doesn't he? Okay, we just had to put that out there, but the real news is that the "Toy Story 3" director has announced on Twitter that he's starting work on a new movie and to stay updated you'll have to keep glued to his Tumblr page where he'll be tracking its progress. "Today is day one on my next project. Every day I'll post a new photo chronicling the journey," he tweeted. So what is it? Who knows.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Wanted 2' Moves Forward As Original Writers Hired Back For Sequel

    Oh yeah, remember that "Wanted" sequel you uh, wanted? It's still happening. Talk about a follow-up to the hit didn't take all that long to get going with notorious shit talker Mark Millar claiming at Comic-Con in 2009 that production was "set to begin shooting in 8 weeks time with James McAvoy reprising his role." Obviously, that never happened. Through much of last year, rumors continued to circulate with Kristen Stewart being mooted to take over the franchise especially since Angelina Jolie's character takes a bullet to the head at the end of the original. Director Timur Bekmambetov chimed in at the end of last summer and confirmed that development was happening, but that the movie was a way off saying, "We are discussing 'Wanted 2' every month. We are working on it now, but I think it will be after Lincoln because James is working on the 'X-Men: First Class'… It’s why I decided to develop Lincoln without a studio, to keep control. It’s a big movie but independent too." But the wheels on the project have not taken a major turn.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Grant for Docs About Animals

    Late Deadline: October 1, 2011Presented by The Humane Society of the United States, the ACE Documentary Film Grant seeks to inspire filmmakers to portray animal issues in their films in creative and compelling ways. The First-Place Winner of the ACE Grant receives a $20,000 USD cash prize that can be applied to a documentary in any stage of development or production, or in need of finishing funds. Second- and Third-Place winners receive $2,500 and $1,000 awards, respectively.

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