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  • Shadow and Act
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    Bootlegging And The Plot Against African American Film

    To my knowledge, the concept of Bootlegging and its affect on African-American cinema has not been explored in any substantive detail. In general, we all know that bootlegging severely diminishes the box-office of African-American films and it should be discouraged, but the bootlegging of African-American films continues vigorously today on the street corners, in hair & nail salons, barbershops, flea markets, factory parking lots and Chinese take-out lobbies of every city with a large African-American population.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Arthouse Audit: 'Marigold' Is 'Avengers' for Seniors, 'First Position' and 'Bernie' Score

    While it didn't have 24-hour shows at some locations, and didn't set any records, just as "The Avengers" raised the bar for 2012 wide-release films, Fox Searchlight's "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is showing the best results for specialized/older audience films since 2011's late-year openings.

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    Weekend Reel Reads: It’s an Avengers World, We Just Read About It

    From poster board to poster to pirates, this week's selection of film-related reads looks at all stages of the Avengers experience.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekend Box Office: "Avengers' Shatters North American Box Office Records with $200-Million Haul UPDATED

    Disney’s “The Avengers” shattered North American box office records by a wide margin this weekend as estimates have the Marvel Studios production racking up a heart pounding $200.3 million in its first three days – marking the biggest opening in box office history.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Weekend B.O. May 4-6 (How Did "Man" Do Against "Avengers"?)

    All things considered, not bad at all. The film came in this weekend second after The Avengers. Albeit a very, very distant second, of course, with $8 million, but that's a very solid figure and the fact there were a lot of people who didn't go see the Marvel comic book film and chose Man instead speaks for itself.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "The Avengers" Breaks The B.O. Record

    It's a generational thing but whenever I hear The Avengers I always immediately think of the late 60's British TV show of the same name that was on the ABC Network with super spies John Steed and Mrs. Emma Peel. (Even N.Y. Times film critic A.O. Scott said the same thing himself in his review of the Marvel super hero film.) Guess you had to be around then at the time. The show was HUGE deal back then and one of absolute favorites as kid.

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  • The Playlist
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    Weekend Box Office: 'The Avengers' Assemble The Biggest Opening Weekend In History With $207 Million

    Box office: you just got Avenged. Combining the feature attractions of four separate blockbusters, "The Avengers" was looking to at least surpass the first weekend gross of "Iron Man 2," which pulled in a non-3D three-day total of $128 million during this weekend two years ago. However, few expected the team-up film to approach the final domestic tallies of both "Thor" and "Captain America: The First Avenger," roughing up previous weekend record-holder "Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part Two." That 3D-enhanced final installment of the "Potter" series still holds the record for the biggest opening day at $91 million, but "The Avengers"' $80 million Friday wasn't as frontloaded, and the film will finish Sunday at the top of the blockbuster opening weekend summit. Hooray money!

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  • The Playlist
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    Scene:Brooklyn Gives A Preview Screening Of 'Redlegs,' Director Brandon Harris Talks His Influences

    Following a night of short films and a video installation "Green|Red" displayed under the Manhattan Bridge, Scene:Brooklyn took over Dumbo's reRun Gastropub Theater for a special preview screening of Brandon Harris' "Redlegs," a feature following a trio of childhood friends brought together after the murder of another chum. Harris, a regular editor/critic for Filmmaker Magazine and occasional cohort of The Playlist (here he chats with the eternal New Yorker Abel Ferrara), raised the appropriate funds on Kickstarter and ventured to his stomping grounds of Cincinnati to create his debut comedy-drama.

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  • The Playlist
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    Hot Docs Review: 'Bones Brigade' Another Winning Look At Skateboarding Culture From Stacy Peralta

    Most people don't have enough happen in their life to make one documentary, but it turns out Stacy Peralta has enough to make at least two. Eleven years after he delved into his own adolescent history with “Dogtown And Z-Boys,” Peralta has made another skateboarding doc about the next phase of his career after the Z-boys. When Peralta founded his skateboard company Powell Peralta in the late '70s, he brought together a bunch of unknown amateur skaters, cherry picked from around the USA -- including Steve Caballero, Tommy Guerrero, Tony Hawk, Mike McGill, Lance Mountain and Rodney Mullen, among others -- and created a skate team called the Bones Brigade. In case you know less about skating than me, these guys pretty much all grew up to be the top competitors of the 1980s, and went on to inspire and shape the next generation of skaters and their culture -- in short they are skate legends.

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