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  • Shadow and Act
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    The Sundance Film Festival Hits The Road In 2012

    The Sundance Institute announced this weekend that, for one night only, the 2012 Sundance Film Festival will expand beyond Park City, Utah, with film screenings in "nine cities and theaters across the country."

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "The Josephine Baker Story" Coming Out On Blu-Ray In January

    A few months ago I reported that there was news that HBO's 1991 bio-pic The Josephine Baker Story starring Lynn Whitfield as the legendary entertainer, would be coming out sometime on blu-ray DVD. (1991? WOW That was 20 years ago! How times flies! That was back when NO ONE had cable TV!)

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  • Shadow and Act
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    XHIBIT P Brings a Hip Visual Perspective on "IDENTITY Vs ART"

    The team over at XHIBIT P, brings a hip visual perspective to some of the topics we've discussed numerous times here at S&A. I thought I would share a 3-part video they made tackling the topic of the future of the black creative class.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Question Bridge: Black Males" Selected for Inaugural SUNDANCE "New Frontier Story Lab"

    The project Question Bridge: Black Males was one of the few selected for the inaugural Sundance "New Frontier Story Lab. The piece, directed by Chris Johnson & Hank Willis Thomas, is said to be a "transmedia art project that seeks to represent and redefine Black male identity in America."

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  • The Playlist
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    Book Review: Max Allan Collins Serves Up A Double Dose Of Pulp With 'The Consummata' & 'Quarry's Ex'

    Shamus Award-winning author, screenwriter, filmmaker and more, Max Allan Collins -- perhaps best known as the man behind "Road To Perdition" -- has been pretty busy of late. His book “Black Hats” recently began its journey to the big screen with Harrison Ford signing on to take a lead role, and this fall finds Collins delivering two more books, "The Consummata" and "Quarry's Ex," both via the excellent pulp fiction publishing house Hard Case Crime. And they both arrive with a curious back story. "The Consummata" is actually an unfinished Mickey Spillane novel and a sequel that Collins was tasked with finishing, while "Quarry's Ex" is a return to franchise and character that he ended. Yet, despite the seeming limitations imposed on the writer, in both cases, he manages to deliver solid pulp with enough intrigue, sex and grit to keep page-turners happy.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Carrie Rickey Follows Michael Sragow Out Newspaper Critic Door: Farewell Post at Philly Inquirer

    Film critic Carrie Rickey held on as long as she did at the beleaguered Philadelphia Inquirer partly because she was an able blogger with an engaged following. It's tough to see her as well as The Baltimore Sun's Michael Sragow leave full-time reviewing far ahead of their proper time. Sragow chose to stay at the paper as an editor, while Rickey took a voluntary buyout.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Weekend B.O. (Oct. 14-16) - Bombs Away!

    This was not a good week for the studios. Everything either underperformed or just tanked. (I'll get to that in a minute) Footloose was No.2 doing much less than was projected. But then again was there any real demand to see a terrible corny remake of a beloved but also terrible corny 1984 movie?

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Review: Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin: Secret Of The Unicorn

    Our London film critic Matt Mueller reviews The Adventures Of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, which left him out of breath. The film opens overseas starting on October 26; you'll have to wait until December 21 stateside.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekend Box Office: Real Steel Holds Off Retreads Footloose and The Thing

    Weekend Box Office: Real Steel Holds Off Retreads Footloose and The Thing

    On its second go-round, family actioner Real Steel, starring Hugh Jackman and superb visual effects, trounced familiar updatings of the dance musical Footloose and horror classic The Thing. Charles Lyons reports; top ten box office chart is below. Disney/DreamWorks holdover Real Steel out-stepped Paramount’s remake of the 1984 cult classic Footloose to win the box office crown for the second week in a row. Universal’s remake of John Carpenter’s The Thing was scary enough for third place in its opening frame.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    RIP: Rob Remley

    It's a sad moment to think that Rob Remley, a long-time international marketing executive, most recently at Warner Bros. and Lionsgate, and whom I knew when he was at New Line, is not going to grace us with his sweet self again. He and his his longtime companion, film professor and critic Emanuel Levy, and I saw each other at all the film festivals and events so often over the years after I met Emanuel on the dance floor at one Toronto party. HIs gentle and interested manner always made me feel so appreciated and understood. We always promised to see more of each other and so the years passed.

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