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  • Shadow and Act
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    Update On Chinonye Chukwu's Feature Film "alaskaLand"

    Just a few months ago, S&A informed you about emerging filmmaker Chinonye Chukwu and her effort to raise funds for her first feature film alaskaLand. Well, we have an update regarding her journey. Principal photography is complete and now she's in the post production phase. You can see the official poster above.

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  • The Playlist
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    In Theaters: 'Cowboys & Aliens' & 'Smurfs,' Oh My!

    Listen, I know what you expect from me. After last week's showing, you're expecting me to wax poetic about Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling and all the man beauty at the box office. Nope. What Chris Evans and I have is special and beautiful and I will not sully it with that cad, Ryan. I will leave that salivating to the male portion of the Playlist, as Mr. Gosling is the designated man crush. I don't need to build him up anymore than the rest of these dudes have. He's a great actor with a wonderful sense of personal style. THE END. All I will say about Mr. Craig is that I hope his bum is insured by Lloyd's of London for as much as J. Lo's booty. Anyway! In theaters this week! The improbably premised "Cowboys & Aliens"! Rom-com for men, "Crazy, Stupid Love"! "The Smurfs".... You know it's not a week without a dumb movie for children! Let's do it to it.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Art and Film in Berlin

    I spent June in Berlin and have yet to write of the great experiences I had there. Berlin is a city of low cost housing and artists. It feels like a mini New York with that electric feeling of anticipation one gets when one is walking on its streets. Aside from artists, filmmakers have also discovered Berlin and the independent film companies based in Berlin put Munich in the shade. Friends introduced me to Joe Ramirez, an American who is an artist in his own right and who has two completed films and one upcoming film he took to this past Cannes. He has also built a film studio in an abandoned school gymnasium in Berlin, bridging the gap between the huge facilities in nearby Babelsberg, and the tiny do-it-yourself set-ups scattered the city. Blood Orange East. It is now the third largest studio in Berlin, a beautifully handcrafted room large enough to shoot scenes with a 40 person crew in situated in a green environment such as can only be found in the city of Berlin.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Media Watch: Amazon Streaming Goes Universal, Netflix vs. Hulu User Behavior, Fighting Piracy

    Amazon is teaming up with NBC Universal to stream movies to subscribers, continuing its direct competition with Netflix. THR reports that Amazon now offers 9,000 movies and TV shows to its subscribers—Prime customers who pay $79.00 a year (compared to Netflix’s annual $96, for many more options). This after Amazon struck a similar deal with CBS last week. Movies and TV shows to stream include Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Fletch, Cheers, Frasier, and Star Trek.

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  • The Playlist
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    The Films Of Rainer Werner Fassbinder: A Retrospective

    "I'd like to be for cinema what Shakespeare was for theatre, Marx for politics and Freud for psychology: someone after whom nothing is as it used to be,” German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder once declared, likely half-seriously, half facetiously.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Dark Knight Rises Filming in Pittsburgh, Two New Biopics, Development Arrested

    The Dark Knights Rises moved locations this week to start filming in the latest Gotham City stand-in: Pittsburgh, PA. “When you're making a large-scale action film that has to showcase the vitality and size of a large American city," director Christopher Nolan told The Pittsburgh Business Times, "it also involves a certain amount of disruption to that city in order to make the action credible on screen.” The film will pay homage to some Steel City landmarks with a Heinz Field crowd scene at a football game, where mass destruction will likely take place.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    First Image Of Wendell Pierce & Emory Cohen In Upcoming Film Adaptation Of Play "Four"

    I guess we could call this our "first look" at Wendell Pierce of The Wire fame, in an upcoming indie film titled, Four, an adaptation on an off-Broadway play by Christopher Shinn, directed by Joshua Sanchez, who also wrote the script based on the play.

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  • The Playlist
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    Jason Reitman's 'Young Adult' Will Apparently Skip The Fall Festival Circuit

    There is no denying that the fall festival circuit has been very good to director Jason Reitman. Both "Juno" and "Up In The Air" premiered at Telluride, wowed crowds at TIFF and built on that momentum to have very successful awards season runs. With this latest film now slated for December release, it seemed only logical for "Young Adult" to repeat the route taken by his previous efforts. But, both TIFF and Venice announced their first wave of titles this week and there was no mention of Reitman's film at all and it looks like those hoping to get an early glance at the film will be out of luck.

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  • Press Play
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    REVIEW: SLEEP FURIOUSLY is a film about sensing the ends of things and finding the courage to speak

    Editor's Note:The following documentary will stream on the Film web site Fandor for 24 hours starting midnight Friday July 29, 2011 until midnight Saturday July 30, 2011.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Tony Todd In Trailer For Crime/Thriller "Sushi Girl"

    One of the hardest working men in the business, Mr Tony Todd, co-stars in this new upcoming crime thriller curiously titled Sushi Girl.

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