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  • Shadow and Act
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    Friday Nonsense - Paramount's 100th Anniversary Photo (How Many Can You Name)?

    In celebration of its 100th anniversary, Paramount has issued this photo with 116 actors, actresses, directors, producers and execs (who are still alive) who have figured, at some time, in the studio's history.

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  • The Playlist
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    The Essentials: 5 Great Films By Nicholas Ray

    While adored by the French and the Cahiers Du Cinema coterie that went on to become the rebellious French New Wave -- which spawned the oft-quoted Jean-Luc Godard phrase "cinema is Nicholas Ray" -- the American filmmaker never really received his due outside of the one film of his that most moviegoers have seen (and even then, they’re possibly unaware that he directed it): “Rebel Without A Cause.” And while that iconic 1950s film, with its audacious, expressionistic colors, its passionate angst and anguish, its mix of quiet machismo and vulnerability, is perhaps the cornerstone of many of Nicholas Ray’s films -- vibrant melodrama on the surface, percolating emotional agony within -- it’s certainly just the tip of iceberg when it comes to the director’s career.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    New Screen Editor Wendy Mitchell Talks Future Challenges for the Venerable Brit Trade

    Sure enough, Brit entertainment trade Screen International went in-house and promoted Head of Content Wendy Mitchell to succeed Mike Goodridge as editor. Mitchell, who started at the trade publication as a UK reporter in 2005, is Screen's first woman editor, and will run both monthly print magazine Screen International and ScreenDaily.com.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Brit Crime Series 'The Shadow Line' (Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor) Available On Blu-ray In The USA

    DIRECTV customers may have already seen it, since the provider's Audience Network (Channel 239) acquired and aired The Shadow Line (the 2011 seven-part BBC drama serial that starred Chiwetel Ejiofor) in February.

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  • The Playlist
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    New Posters For 'V/H/S,' 'Ruby Sparks,' 'Why Stop Now' & 'Deadfall'

    There is no one who would disagree with the notion that the age of great film posters is long behind us -- instead we are left with orange-blue monstrosities with floating heads. That’s not to say there isn’t an inspired choice every now and then, as is the case with the first official poster for the horror anthology film “V/H/S” that scared audiences at Sundance earlier this year (read our take here). The poster wouldn’t look out of place as the cover of a schlocky video at a local video store circa the late '80s. The anthology, which has segments directed by a who’s-who of indie horror including Ti West (“The House Of The Devil” and “The Innkeepers”), Joe Swanberg (“Silver Bullets”) and David Bruckner (“The Signal”), will hit VOD on August 31st before debuting in theaters a few weeks later in October. And if you find yourself in North Texas this weekend, you’ll be able to catch the film on the big screen at the inaugural Oak Cliff Film Festival.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    'Sparkle' Website Updates w/ Whitney Houston Tribute, Video, Pics (See Several Of Them)

    We're just about 2 months away from the theatrical release of Sparkle (August 17); looking at what black films we can expect from Hollywood studios specifically, this has to be one of 2012's highlights; not that there are many to choose from anyway.

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  • The Playlist
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    Disney's Cutting Edge Short 'Paperman' To Debut In Front of 'Wreck-It Ralph' This November

    Well, time to get even more excited about “Wreck-It Ralph,” the video game-themed animated feature from Walt Disney that’s slated to open this Thanksgiving. Disney has just announced that “Paperman,” a next-level animated short that combines traditional hand-drawn animation with computer imagery, will play theatrically in front of “Wreck-It Ralph” when the film opens on November 2nd. The short recently had its world premiere at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival on June 4th and plays the Los Angeles Film Festival (its U.S. premiere) next week.

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  • The Playlist
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    Marina Abramović Talks 'The Artist is Present,' Her Thoughts On Censorship, Art & More

    You don’t get much more intense than the work of Marina Abramović. Born in Belgrade, the performance artist’s work ranges from replicating a recorded 5-finger fillet game to laying abeyant while participants chose an object to use on her (offerings included honey, scissors, and a gun) -- and it’s this kind of risky, powerful work that eventually led her to her own exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in 2010, titled “The Artist is Present.” Aside from being a retrospective there was also a titular piece, one that involved Abramović sitting across from a willing participant for a certain amount of time. Yes, it’s much more restrained than her a lot of her previous works, but the piece holds an immense strength -- a number of patrons were moved to tears after taking the seat and participating in the performance.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Noel Clarke Says His MMA Project Is On Ice As He Invades Hollywood + Lobbying For 'Black Panther'

    Noel Clarke Says His MMA Project Is On Ice As He Invades Hollywood + Lobbying For 'Black Panther'

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  • The Playlist
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    Maroon 5 Singer Adam Levine Joins 'Once' Director John Carney's 'Can A Song Save Your Life?'

    Just in time to celebrate this weekend's nostalgia-soaked ensemble mess, “Rock of Ages,” another recent bit of musical casting shows Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine eager to get his acting career started, with the director of 2006's smash hit “Once” attempting to steer him to success in his latest film.

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