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  • Shadow and Act
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    2nd Annual Black August Independent Film Festival

    For full details on the festival, including its lineup of films CLICK HERE.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    TV Watch: Imagination-Free Networks Are Bewitched, Frankensteined and Nannied

    In yet another example of today's brand-oriented, risk-averse thinking, CBS has hired Marc Lawrence, the mind behind Miss Congeniality, to revamp the popular Bewitched series that ran from 1964 to 1972 on ABC. Lawrence also produced 2005’s widely reviled big-screen version of the show, starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell.

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  • The Playlist
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    New Posters For 'The Adventures Of Tintin' & 'We Need To Talk About Kevin'

    Yeah, we know, in terms of pairing two movies together for one story you can't get much more polar opposite than these two films, but they both share long titles so we'll use that as the connecting link. Or whatever.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Congrats To All Those Participating In TIFF's Industry Programs!

    Especially my friends Sara St. Onge and Prince of Picton Picturefest Stephen Dunn. Check out the full list of participants here.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Gloria Steinem: In Her Own Words

    Next Monday night, HBO will end its great summer documentary series with Gloria Steinem: In Her Own Words. It's a film that really lets Gloria's words throughout her life as a public figure to speak for themselves. When you see those clips from the 70s and hear what she was saying you realize, if you didn't already know it, that she is a revolutionary.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Guillermo Del Toro Talks Pacific Rim, Chasing Tom Cruise, Landing Idris Elba: "Rodin Sculpture"

    Some of us got a welcome dose of Guillermo del Toro in Hall H at Comic-Con. London TOH correspondent Matt Mueller sat down with him one on one.Currently locked in “crazy, active” pre-production on Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro took time out yesterday to chat about the epic monster movie he’ll direct next for Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. at the New York City press junket for scary creature feature Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark. Although he shepherded the latter from conception through to release, it’s Pacific Rim that will mark Del Toro’s belated return to the director’s chair for the first time since 2008 and Hellboy II. And he says he’s chomping at the bit, particularly after coming so close earlier this year with At The Mountains Of Madness, before Universal pulled the plug on his big-budget H.P. Lovecraft adaptation.

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  • Caryn James
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    The Help: Better Than The Novel, But Does That Make It Good?

    There are some high-end commercial novels with inflated literary reputations that actually become better on screen. Karen Joy Fowler’s strained chick-lit novel The Jane Austen Book Club was improved in Robin Swicord’s lived-in film. Now The Help has become an even more effective, big warm bath of a crowd-pleaser than Kathryn Stockett’s megaselling novel, a book that flirts uncomfortably with condescension and caricature. The Help has no artistic ambition, but with one huge exception, the movie avoids the novel's lethal pitfalls.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    August Wilson On Blackness...

    Interesting conversation between August Wilson and Bill Moyers from 1988 (thanks Bev Smith for the link); Wilson's name is one that's come up a number of times on S&A. His controversial I Want A Black Director op-ed from about 20 years ago immediately comes to mind. I think I've shared that here two or three times, given the subject matter and our interests.

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  • The Playlist
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    Duh: Milla Jovovich & Paul W.S. Anderson Returning For 'Resident Evil: Retribution'

    Sienna Guillory Won't Be BackWe may not understand the love the "Resident Evil" franchise has, but money doesn't lie. Now four films strong, each entry in the series has made more than the last (not unlike the "Final Destination" franchise) with last year's 3D effort "Resident Evil: Afterlife" taking in nearly $300 million worldwide, pretty much doubling the $147 million haul of "Resident Evil: Extinction." That's the kind of numbers that makes studio executives tingle. Anyway, it wasn't much of a surprise that a sequel was greenlit and stamped with a 2012 release date last fall, and this bit of news is even less of a stunner.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Cultural Appropriation Isn't Limited To The Kiddies...

    Really? No, really? I wasn't going to, but I couldn't help myself:

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