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  • Shadow and Act
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    Taraji P. Henson and Tyrese To Star In John Singleton's Upcoming Film

    Official.. Me and my girl Taraji are doing another classic together soon.!! John Singleton will be directing us. And not it's not BB2

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    More: casting, FYI
  • The Playlist
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    NYFF: Simon Curtis Discusses Recreating Marilyn Monroe For 'My Week With Marilyn'

    “My Week With Marilyn” tells the story of Colin Clark, a third assistant director on the set of “The Prince And The Showgirl” who served as mediator between star Marilyn Monroe and the frustrated cast and crew. However, if you heard it from Clark’s memoirs, published long after Monroe’s passing, there was more than just a working relationship between the two of them.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    NYFF: Nuri Bilge Ceylans's "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia"

    Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s slow, stunning Once Upon a Time in Anatolia begins with a long nocturnal search for “the place.” Two brothers have just confessed to murdering another and burying him far outside of town, and a small caravan of vehicles has set forth at dusk to recover the body. The make-up of the search party could be the start of some elaborate joke, which doesn’t seem lost on the perceptibly wry Ceylan: a doctor, a prosecutor, two prisoners, a smattering of policemen and soldiers, drivers, “diggers.” Most of the officials have brought their own daily preoccupations along for the ride (no one so prominently as the short-fused police chief, played by Yilmaz Erdogan, who talks at length about buffalo yogurt, and troubles over how he will fill a prescription for his son before he returns home), and as the search drags on they also begin to worry about how late it’s getting; Ceylan contrasts these small-scale grumblings with their pursuit of a location that seems more and more mythically simple, and perhaps less and less accessible, the farther they travel out from the city. “Is it here?” they ask the chief suspect, Kenan (Firat Tanis), during the film’s first pullover, at a site that seems to match the initial description. He replies no, or suggests it in his unsettlingly intense, inward way. He expands on the location’s individual features (field, hillside, “round tree”) with a reluctance that suggests deliberate deception—but he has, after all, already confessed. Read Benjamin Mercer's review of Once Upon a Time in Anatolia.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    James Earl Jones Wins AEA's 2011 Paul Robeson Award

    The Actors' Equity Association announced today that veteran actor James Earl Jones is the 2011 recipient of the Paul Robeson Award.

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    More: Theater
  • Women and Hollywood
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    Star of My Tehran for Sale to Receive 90 Lashes and One Year in Jail

    Marzieh Vafamehr the star of My Tehran for Sale which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2009 has received a sentence of 90 lashes and one year in jail for being in the film. She was sentenced Saturday and her lawyer is appealing the sentence.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    London Film Festival 2011 S&A Highlights – "Pariah"

    A simple yet poignant and beautifully told coming of age story that isn’t overly reliant on the obvious Hollywood-style bells and whistles to announce mood and intent and also eschews the fog and mirror antics of many ambitious indie-style films. In Dee Rees' semi-autobiographical gem of a film, Pariah, prose, poetry, beautiful photography, music and believably authentic performances all collude to produce what seems like an effortless yet unobtrusively artful presentation of a universal tale told through the conduit of a marginalised milieu.

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  • Press Play
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    RECAP: BREAKING BAD, Season 4, Episode 13: "Face Off"

    The dazzling season finale of Breaking Bad eliminates many of Walt's problems while creating new ones. The following recap of Breaking Bad Season 4, Episode 13 contains spoilers. Read at your own risk. By Matt Zoller Seitz Press Play Contributor

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    More: Television
  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Trailer For "Fold Crumple Crush" On Renowned Ghanaian Sculptor El Anatsui

    Courtesy of bombasticelement.org, watch the trailer for Fold Crumple Crush, an illuminating documentary on renowned Ghanaian sculptor El Anatsui. Directed by Susan Vogel and filmed over three years, the documentary gives an insider's view to Africa’s most widely acclaimed contemporary artist. Anatsui explains how his artworks have become a marriage of painting and sculpture, objects that speak of African history but also reach for the ethereal.

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    Support the Final Funding Push for Festival of the New Black Imagination

    Rob Fields, commonly known from the music/culture blog Bold as Love, recently launched the Festival of the New Black Imagination, an event designed to celebrate ideas springing forth from 21st century urban cultural producers.

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  • The Playlist
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    Martin Scorsese's 'Hugo' Is Secret Work-In-Progress Screening At NYFF Tonight, New Featurette Debuts

    Speculation has been rife over the last couple of days among Big Apple-based film fans as to the possible identity of the secret screening that the New York Film Festival added to their program as a last-minute surprise last week. The festival narrowed it down a little, saying that the film was a "work-in-progress" from a "master filmmaker" for a film that would be released before the end of the 2011, so it left only a few contenders. Could it be David Fincher's "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo?" Stephen Daldry's "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close?" Mike Mitchell's "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked?"

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