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    First Look At Bae Doona In 'Cloud Atlas' Plus Concept Art Reveals Futuristic Look At Seoul

    It seems the mysterious world of "Cloud Atlas" is slowly but surely revealing itself. Just before Christmas, the first official set photo from the movie was revealed and with everything from a hover bike to a grand piano populating the picture, it was a quick tease at what is easily one of the most ambitious movies of the new year. Well, a few more peeks at the movie have emerged, and again, they give us a look at a world that is shaping up to be one of the most unique we'll see on the big screen in the next twelve months.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    The Daily Beast States The Obvious...

    The obvious being that black actresses are having a very hard time finding not just good roles, but, bascially, roles, period. So what else is new???

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  • The Playlist
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    Nicole Kidman Rides With Zac Efron In Pretty Sweet Retro, Paperback Book Style Poster For 'The Paperboy'

    Well, it took him a little while to settle on something, and after flirting with a seemingly endless list of projects, "Precious" director Lee Daniels returns with a bit of a shift in direction with the period thriller "The Paperboy." And if this poster is anything to go by, this could be a very unexpected treat.

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  • Hope for Film
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    The Letter 'D': Distribution, DIY, Dynamo Player

    Dynamo Player is one of the many DIY options we've looked at with close interest over the past year, (See Felicia Ptolemy's Review HERE and Rob Millis' Introduction to the Dynamo Player HERE. Is 2012 the year that it takes off for the indie and artist direct communities? It may very well be, and if so, we can have Orly Ravid of the Film Collaborative to thank once again. Today, she sits down with Dynamo's founder and discusses further evidence of it's success and some of the do's and don'ts of the platform.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Art House vs. Multiplex Here and Abroad

    Of the many changes affecting movies and the film business these days is the crisis of theatrical exhibition for art houses.  To put it another way the crisis today is in the exhibition as well as in the distribution of quality independent films of all genres.  The problem is that the small theaters and small art house chains can no longer acquire the films they need to exhibit to stay in business.  Larger companies and richer theater chains have now put a lock on movie product that has any chance of “doing business” or being profitable.  

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    SAG Nominee Demian Bichir Landed A Better Life By Playing Castro for Soderbergh: But Will Tom Hanks Watch It?

    Demian Bichir, scion to a theater family in Mexico City, was at the height of his fame 20 years ago when he decided to come to the States, first to New York and then L.A., to find his way in Hollywood.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Animated Jazz—And More

    Gordon Goodwin is a talented musician, composer, arranger—and animation buff. Years ago he got to score a pencil-test scene called “The Bedroom Argument” that was cut from 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' and unearthed for a laserdisc release of the film; you can see (and hear) it now on YouTube. He’d almost forgotten about this long-ago assignment when it turned up online, and says, “I remember how awestruck I was to be working with that iconic material!

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    The Last Detective and The Commander On DVD (Acorn Media)

    Guest review by Darwyn Carson - Right off, I admit there's a soft spot in my heart for British-produced mysteries and dramas. 'The Last Detective' is right at the top of my fav's list. This lighthearted BBC TV-fare, based on the 'Dangerous Davies' novels by Leslie Thomas, escaped my attention until last year after Acorn released season four on DVD. I watched it all one weekend and wanted

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Filmmaker Zeinabu irene Davis Needs Your Support For Her "Spirits of Rebellion" Documentary

    As you are well aware the UCLA Film Archive just completed its three month long film festival of movies made by the "L.A. Rebelllion" group of black filmmakers which explored the lasting impact and importance of these films. Several of those films that were screened were reviewed here by Brandon Wilson and Nijla Mumin.

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    Color, Light, and Depth: The Visual Aesthetic of "Pariah" (An Interview w/ Cinematographer Bradford Young)

    Dee Rees’ Pariah opens today in select cities, and what promises to be a compelling narrative, also features one of the more evocative visual palettes in recent cinema.

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