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  • Shadow and Act
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    Gabrielle Union Will Be Mara Brock Akil's "Single Black Female" In Upcoming BET Pilot

    Last May we announced the mega mutil-year production deal between BET/Viacom and husband/wife team, Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, the brains behind the network's hit series, The Game, the movie Jumping The Broom and the upcoming Sparkle remake.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Janet Jackson Not Joining "The X Factor" After All

    Two weeks ago I reported that Janet Jackson had begun early talks with Simon Cowell and the producers of Fox's The X Factor to join the show as judge when it begins its second season.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: Taika Waititi's 'Boy' A Whimsical & Unique Coming-Of-Age Tale From New Zealand

    Taika Waititi’s whimsical, sophomore effort “Boy” is a coming-of age tale that drops us into 1984, and follows the titular Boy (James Rolleston), named after his absentee father, Alamein (Waititi). He lives with his grandmother, younger brother Rocky (Te Aho Aho Eketone-Whitu) and four cousins who act as adorable window dressing around their rundown farm. When his grandmother leaves for a funeral, Alamein -- newly freed from prison -- returns to their home with two hooligans in tow to crash, with plans to find a pile of money he buried years earlier. Meanwhile, Boy hopes that with his father back in his life, he will take them away and they can be a family.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Shadow and Act Filmmaker Diary Series w/ Matthew Cherry: "One Week Until Our Premiere"

    In this latest installment of the S&A Filmmaker Diary Series, writer/director Matthew Cherry continues to enlighten with all his pre-SXSW Film Festival premiere peaks and valleys, with regards to his feature film debut The Last Fall; and by the way, he still needs to funds to complete his Kickstarter campaign in order to cover SXSW trip expenses and post-production costs. As of this posting, he's about 78% funded, needing another roughly $4,000 to reach the campaign goal of $15,000. So, if you haven't chipped in, you've got just under 7 days to do so and help a brotha out by clicking HERE!

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  • Hope for Film
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    Film Society at Lincoln Center and Double Hope Films Present: Indie Night Screening Series -- WITHOUT -- Tuesday March 6th

    I want you to come see Mark Jackson's WITHOUT. It truly is one of my favorite films of the past year and I am thrilled I can show it to you. WITHOUT has won numerous awards, including most recently, the Indie Spirit Someone To Watch Award. It is a remarkable film, made even more remarkable by the fact that it is a first feature, and one made for a micro, micro budget. Not only is Mark a directing talent to watch, so is the star Joslyn Jensen, and the DP & Producer Jessica Dimmock.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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  • Shadow and Act
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    2012 New Voices in Black Cinema Festival Wrap-Up (+ Photos!)

    This post comes a tad late, but in case you missed NVBC Fest 2012, or would just like to relive a few great cinematic moments, read on ;)

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Join The S&A Live Podcast Sunday At 4:00pm/ET! Producer/Actor Datari Turner Chats With Us

    So if you're wondering why you should take time out from your busy, or not so busy, schedule to join the S&A live podcast show this Sunday (4:00pm/ET), I have two words for you...Datari Turner.  The former model-turned-actor/producer is making some big moves in the business and he plans to tell us all about it.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    When ARE They Permitted?

    I'm in Columbia, Missouri for the True/False Film Festival, and ventured out on one of my favourite investigations: Small Town Gay Bar!  This sign on the door, however, caught me offguard. As did the fight that broke out in the parking lot after closing time, and the bouncers screaming at everyone to "GET THE FUCK OUT OF THE PARKING LOT OR THEY'D CALL THE COPS." I just wanted cute Midwestern boys dancing to Rihanna. Instead, I got a gay version of the scary bars I'd stay away from in my home town.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Project X—movie review

    So, is this merely an extreme teenage version of The Hangover, or is it another sign of the end of civilization as we know it? How you feel about Project X will have a lot to do with your age and gender. If I were a hormonally charged 16-year-old boy, I might think it was...

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