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  • Shadow and Act
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    Read The First 3 Chapters Of 50 Cent's Semi-Autobiographical YA Novel "Playground"

    Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive look at the first three chapters of Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson's YA novel titled Playground, which is said to be a semi-autobiographical story about a 13-year-old bully named Butterball.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    On September 13, 2013...

    I'll be the 29 year old in the front row of "The Little Mermaid"'s 3-D release belting out the lyrics to every single song. Say what you want about Disney's announced decision to re-release "Mermaid" and a bunch of others ("Finding Nemo," "Beauty and the Beast," "Monsters Inc.") in 3-D over the next few years, but there's clearly a market for it (those "Lion King" numbers are insane) so you can't blame them. While I'd clearly prefer NEW classics being churned out by the Mouse Factory, I have to admit my soft spot for Ariel and company had me smiling ear to ear when I heard this news.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Shadow & Act $3000 Black Filmmaker Challenge #3 Submissions Closed. Now What?

    I haven't counted all the submissions yet, but I'd estimate that it's somewhere north of 60 - so just about the same as the last 2 challenges. And just as was the case for the first 2, I received about 90% of all entries on the last day! Some were flying in during the final hour!

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  • Hope for Film
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    Gary Baddeley On "What One Learns About Film Financing From Film Financing Conferences"

    Sometimes it seems like there's more talk about movies getting made than there is actual activity. The question of how we all learn and remain aware of the actual practice of day will always loom large. Since knowledge and access (i.e. connections) will always be key commodities in the pursuit of getting it done, conferences that provide the two are always a lure.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Boardwalk Empire 2/2 - Ourselves Alone – The Good Parts Version

    Boardwalk Empire 2/2 - Ourselves Alone – The Good Parts Version

    Although not an ardent fan, David Chute nevertheless finds quite a few things to like in the second episode of the second season of Boardwalk Empire.Both my editor and I, here at TOH, are fans of the episode-by-episode commentary that critic Tim Appelo wrote for indieWIRE last year, during the first season of Terence Winter’s sprawling, ambitious period gangster chronicle Boardwalk Empire. Not myself a fan quite as deep-dyed as Tim, I’ve elected to try a variation on his dive-right-in approach to covering the series week by week. Leaving aside overarching issues of theme and character, I’ll be writing simply and only about the scenes and lines and encounters and details in each episode that I’ve actually really liked.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Denzel Washington Endows Theater Professorship At Fordham

    From the New York Times...

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    More Super-Star Celebrity Auctions: Taylor's Diamonds, Wayne's Patch, Reynolds II, Ruby Slippers

    First it was Debbie Reynolds' Marilyn Monroe dress and ruby slippers, now Hollywood celebrity auctions are lining up for take-off like planes at La Guardia. Cari Beauchamp reports.Auctions of all kinds seem to be proliferating--which may say more about the economy than we want to know--but three super-star auctions are on the immediate horizon from the collections of John Wayne, Elizabeth Taylor and Debbie Reynolds.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Obit: Rob Remley Dies of Cancer

    I am sad to report the death of Rob Remley, a long-time international marketing executive, most recently at Warner Bros. and Lionsgate, who changed careers after a stint as a lead dancer for Merce Cunningham. He died September 27 after a battle with cancer.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Trailer For Harry Belafonte Documentary "Sing Your Song" + HBO Sets Air Date

    It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year; HBO later acquired US TV rights; and now we have an official release date and trailer for Sing Your Song, the Harry Belafonte documentary-styled biopic, which covers his life as an actor and an activist.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    BBC1 Acquires Usain Bolt Documentary

    Titled Usain Bolt: The Fastest Man Alive, the two-part 2-hour long documentary centered on the Olympic and World 100 meter record holder, has been picked up by BBC1.

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