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    L.A. Rebellion 2011 Retrospective Review - Haile Gerima’s "Ashes & Embers"

    Ashes & Embers is agitprop. It does not seek to entertain. It does not want you to sit down, settle in, shut off your brain and have fun. Haile Gerima’s film announces its contempt for such fanciful Hollywood confection in its first scene which features an aspiring actor named Randolph and the protagonist Nay Charles (played with effective intensity by John Anderson) cruising down Sunset Boulevard. Randolph’s dream of seeing his name in lights is rudely interrupted by the red and blue flashing lights of an LAPD cruiser. Soon our hero and his friend are being arrested at gunpoint.

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  • Press Play
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    DEEP FOCUS: Michael Tolkin's THE RAPTURE (1991)

    We each have our own image of God, whether it was formed from reading the Bible or just having the notion that he is a nonexistent, mythical figure. Michael Tolkin's 1991 film The Rapture challenges all those perceptions and forces us to consider who God really is. It's the story of a truly spiritual -- and, more importantly, intellectual -- awakening.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Michael Jai White Engage In Swordplay In Teaser Trailer For "Métal Hurlant" ("Heavy Metal")

    Announced at MIPCom (the annual TV and entertainment market held in Cannes in October), Michael Jai White stars (alongside Rutger Hauer, Scott Adkins, Joe Flanigan and James Marsters) in a live-action TV series adaptation of the Métal Hurlant Chronicles fantasy comics magazine.

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    MATT ZOLLER SEITZ: Michael Tolkin's THE RAPTURE is a bloody pearl

    By Matt Zoller SeitzPress Play contributor

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  • The Playlist
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    'The Dark Knight Rises' 6 Minute Preview Confirmed, But Only On 70mm Capable IMAX Screens

    Not In Those Tiny, Digital IMAX TheatersLast week word spread like wildfire around the interwebs that a lengthy, six-minute prologue from “The Dark Knight Rises” would be unspooled in front of screenings for “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.” While the news seemed legit, we had our doubts and wondered why Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. were putting a massive teaser for easily the biggest film of next summer in front of a rival studio's film. But it turns out there is a big caveat for those who want to see it which may mean buying your tickets well in advance and scouring to find out which theater in particular near you will even be capable of showing it.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Watch: Clean Bandit's UK Music Video Award Nominated Videos

    For the past half week or so I've been crashing with a good friend in London, and among his housemates are a couple members of the band Clean Bandit, which I believe I've posted about sometime in the past (its been my go-to place to stay in London for a few years now). They have a newish video for their track "Telephone Banking," and I'm genuinely not posting it as a favour... It's a innovative video for an innovative song, and if you're in the UK and happen to get a chance to see them live (I did a summer ago and was not alone in my enthusiasm), please do so. Their website is here. Their video - which was impressively made by the band itself for next to nothing - is below:

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Another Chucklesome Trailer For Aardman Animations's 'The Pirates! Band Of Misfits'

    In the era of Disney's multi-billion dollar "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, it's easy to forget that, for most of the 20th century, the idea of a film revolving around swashbucklers and sea dogs was pretty much box office poison. Sure, Errol Flynn might have brought them in in droves in the early years of the talkies in "Captain Blood," but since then, disaster followed disaster, with the likes of Roman Polanski's "Pirates" and Renny Harlin's "Cutthroat Island" entering the all-time hall of train wrecks.

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  • The Playlist
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    Mikael Blomkvist Gets Inside Lisbeth Salander's Head In New 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' Poster

    The campaign for David Fincher's "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" has been moving steadily along. Last week, when some vintage footage of the accident that kicks of the story landed online, savvy viewers picked up some clues hidden within that led to a viral site What Is Hidden In Snow which has been slowly revealing geographic locations where fans can track down a framed flower like this -- just like the ones Henrik Vanger receives in the book/film -- with a signed card from Fincher. And tonight, another treat courtesy of MouthTapedShut.

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  • Spout
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    On DVD: "“Captain America: The First Avenger” Captivates But Has Little Care for Character"

    On DVD: "“Captain America: The First Avenger” Captivates But Has Little Care for Character"

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  • The Playlist
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    Phillip Noyce To Basically Remake 'Indecent Proposal' With Thriller 'The Arrangement'

    Having delivered a solid international triple again with the Angelina Jolie spy actioner "Salt," and a hit TV series with ABC's "Revenge," Australian helmer Phillip Noyce is back on top, but the director of "Dead Calm" and "Clear and Present Danger" hasn't gone as far as to pick a follow-up yet. He was linked to submarine thriller "Hunter Killer" before Antoine Fuqua took over, flirted with the drama "Our Wild Life," is attached to a remake of "Bloodsport" for some reason, and also eyed up the thriller "Above Suspicion," as well as putting his name to romance "Timeless," which landed a lead a couple of weeks back in the shape of Liam "Brother of Thor" Hemsworth.

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