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  • Shadow and Act
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    Bounce TV Will Launch 9/26 With "The Wiz," "Raisin In The Sun," Spike Lee Double-Feature + New Logo

    Remember Bounce TV, first announced in April, the 1st-ever 24/7 broadcast TV network created exclusively for African Americans, scheduled to launch this fall? Founded by Ambassador Andrew Young and Martin Luther King III...

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'The Family Tree' Is A Trite Indie Comedy That Thinks It's Shocking

    "The Family Tree" -- a movie that seems destined for home video obscurity even as it hits a handful of cinema screens this week -- sets out to answer the question: just how many cloyingly idiosyncratic "quirks," the kind that aim for "American Beauty" profundity but mostly come across as "Desperate Housewives" contrivances, can be stuffed, Thanksgiving-turkey-style, into one independent suburban family comedy? The answer, as given by "The Family Tree?" A whole fucking bunch.

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  • The Playlist
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    3 New Pictures From Steven Soderbergh's 'Contagion'

    Launch Of Website Gives First Listen To Cliff Martinez's Pulsating ScoreWe're a week away from the kick off of the Venice Film Festival where Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion" will make its world premiere and ten days after that, it will arrive in theaters nationwide. Boasting a "Traffic"-like sprawl, this thriller about a global viral pandemic is earning some advance buzz for being truly skin crawling and with the launch of the official website a few more pictures from the film have emerged, but perhaps most excitingly, there is a nice preview of Cliff Martinez's score buzzing the background. It's a wickedly propulsive piece of electronic music, punctuated by some nice melodic piano lines and if anything, it certainly sets the tone for what promises to be a fast-moving, pulse raising picture.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Rare Footage Unearthed Online

    One of the great film collections that has yet to be fully explored belongs to the citizens of the United States. The National Archives in Washington houses an enormous quantity of footage generated by the government, including all branches of the armed services over the years. It is also home to the vast library generated by the Universal Newsreel, which ran from the silent era through the late 1960s.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Lennie James Will Take On Role As "Complex, Elusive Anti-Hero" In New BBC Drama Series

    Lennie James has joined the starring cast of a new BBC Two police drama series, titled Line Of Duty – described as "a cat-and-mouse thriller which takes a probing look into modern policing."

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Women Lose Ground as TV Writers

    TV is supposed to be better than the movies for women creatives. It is supposed to be the place where women are taken seriously because we watch TV and we buy the things that are advertised on TV. TV shows want women because the advertisers want women because the women buy their products.

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  • The Playlist
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    New York Film Festival Presenting 10th Anniversary Screening Of 'The Royal Tenenbaums'

    Sneak Peek At Oliver Stone's 'The Untold History of the United States' + Anniversary Screenings Of 'Spirited Away,' 'Exterminating Angel' & MoreThe constant debate between diehard Wes Anderson fans usually comes do which film is the director's best: "Rushmore" or "The Royal Tenenbaums" (with another, minority contingent usually backing "Bottle Rocket"). And while it usually comes down to personal preferences and attachments (this writer sides with 'Tenenbaums') it's undeniable that for Wes Anderson, "The Royal Tenenbaums" was his breakthrough work. Building on the cult and critical acclaim for his first two films, 'Tenenbaums' still remains his biggest box office hit to date, taking in over $70 million worldwide, spawning a hit soundtrack, an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay and a seal of approval from The Criterion Collection. It has been a decade since the film first opened and the New York Film Festival is ready to take you on a trip down memory lane.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    James Patterson Loves What He's Seen So Far Of "I, Alex Cross" Footage ("Brought Tears To My Eyes")

    Just making my way back again from the set of the Alex Cross movie, and I'm feeling pretty up-beat about it. Tyler is great. He's going to blow everybody's minds. And Ed Burns is irrepressible, a real talent.

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  • Spout
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    Watch the Punk Rock Trailer for SXSW Winner "Dragonslayer"

    One of my favorite documentaries of the year is Tristan Patterson's skater portrait, "Dragonslayer." But I guess I should tell you it sucks, because punks and other anti-establishment folk don't bother with critical darlings. That might explain why distributor Drag City Records has included, in the doc's new trailer, this scathing quote from The Film Stage: "An ugly, brutal, punk rock documentary. I'm not sure why it needs to exist." That's taken from John Fink's review from SXSW, in which he grades the movie a "C-".

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  • The Playlist
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    Ed Zwick Will Climb Legendary East's 'The Great Wall'

    Studios are always trying to find new ways to make money, and some ideas go bust, while others blossom. Legendary Pictures, a producer of big Hollywood hits like "The Hangover," "The Dark Knight" and "The Town," is taking their business to the Far East with their new standalone company called Legendary East. Their first project, according to Deadline, will be "The Great Wall," and Ed Zwick has signed on to direct.

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