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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Being: Teena Marie" To Air On Centric TV To Mark What Would've Been Her 56th Birthday (Watch Preview)

    In celebration of what would've been Teena Marie’s 56th birthday (she died December 26, 2010), Centric TV will air the docu-series special BEING: TEENA MARIE on March 5, which will chronicle her 30+ years in entertainment.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Gone' Starring Amanda Seyfried Is A Zero Sum Detective Story Meets Empty Lifetime Movie Slasher

    It’s weirdly fitting that "Gone" is just as tonally confused as its lead protagonist -- the creators of the new Amanda Seyfried vehicle have made a slasher film for the Lifetime movie set. Director Heitor Dhalia tellingly concludes the film’s opening scene, with Seyfried, playing a jittery young woman who’s convinced she was abducted, in a steamy shower sequence. There’s no nudity in this shower scene but if Dhalia did show Seyfried lathering up in the buff, it wouldn’t have significantly changed the already gratuitous nature of this introductory sequence of Seyfried quietly touching herself behind a thin shower curtain.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Edi Gathegi Set To Co-Star In ABC Pilot "White Man Van"

    Edi Gathegi has signed up to co-star opposite Kyle Bornheimer in ABC’s comedy pilot called WHITE MAN VAN, which centers on Jack (Bornheimer) "who is forced to put his dreams on hold in order to take over the family handyman business from his father Tony" (played by J.K. Simmons).

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Omar Sy's History-Making Best Actor César Award Acceptance Speech (French Equivalent Of Oscars)

    As Tambay posted last night, after winning the Lumière award (French equivalent of the Golden Globes) for Best Actor, Omar Sy picked up France's highest acting honor in that same category, the César Award for Best Actor (the French equivalent of the Academy Award).

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  • Press Play
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    OSCARS DEATH RACE: A SEPARATION

    "A Separation" opens with an argument in front of a judge. Simin (Leila Hatami) wants a divorce from Nader (Peyman Maadi), which he will grant, albeit reluctantly, and custody of their sixth-grade daughter Termeh (Sarina Farhadi, writer/director Asghar Farhadi's daughter), which he won't. Simin wants to take Termeh out of Iran (she doesn't say why, but we're to assume the reason is…Iran), but Nader won't leave his elderly father (Ali-Asghar Shahbazi), who has Alzheimer's and needs constant care. Simin doesn't really want to divorce Nader, we sense, but when the bluff is called, she doesn't blink, and moves to her mother's house; Termeh, invited to go with her, elects to stay with her father.

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  • Press Play
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    OSCARS DEATH RACE: Surveying the Race for Best Live-Action Short

    Pentecost. I feel like we get one of these every year, a mini roman a clef about a grade-school kid in which the central gag doesn't quite merit the attention, and Pentecost is this year's. The pep talk by the priest is cute, in theory, but the whole thing needs to move much faster, not least the climactic scene (it would still fall flat, but less so).

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  • Caryn James
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    How Did This Happen? Five Terrific Foreign Film Nominees

    Whatever you say about the Academy Awards’ most baffling choices, from the wacky grab bag of Best Picture nominees (really, who thinks Extremely Loud deserves to be there?) to the mysterioso ways of the documentary and foreign film committees, this year the foreign language nominees are, amazingly, all absolutely worth seeing. Of course, four of them have the bad luck to be against the Iranian film A Separation, one of the year’s best, most surprising films in any language. And I still can’t believe that Aki Kaurismaki’s beautifully observed, witty and moving Le Havre, with its eloquent nod to French noirs, didn’t make this list (and in this year of homage to old movies!)  Still, the list is pretty wonderful.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "The Black British Filmmakers Guide To Success" Panel at BFI In March

    "The Black British Filmmakers Guide To Success" Panel at BFI In March

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Scorsese's List of 85 Films You Must See

    During an interview, off the top of his head Martin Scorsese gave writer Rick Tetzeli a list of 85 must-see films that influenced him. Of course as an NYU Cinema Studies graduate and so-called film expert, I had to check my mettle against Scorsese.

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  • The Playlist
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    Exclusive Poster For Mary Harron's 'The Moth Diaries' Plus New Trailer For The Film

    Director Mary Harron has never shied away from edgy material. Her early career was marked by the wicked one-two punch of "I Shot Andy Warhol" and of course, the contemporary classic "American Psycho." She followed up those films with the pinup biopic "The Notorious Bettie Page" and has also peppered her CV with TV work on shows as diverse as "Big Love," "Oz" and "Homocide: Life On The Streets." It's coming on seven years since her last feature effort, but the director is returning this year with "The Moth Diaries."

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