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    Bryan Singer Says 'X-Men: First Class' Sequel Could Be Set During Vietnam Or The Civil Rights Era

    (For Real This Time)Maybe Bryan Singer should be directing these films? Perhaps one of the biggest beefs, we, and other discerning audiences had with Mathew Vaughn's "X-Men: First Class," was all this talk about the film being set in the heart of the civil rights era and Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto, played by Michael Fassbender) being surrogate figures for Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.

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    "Queen of the Sun" is a Fun Way to Introduce Yourself to the Issue of Colony Collapse Disorder

    You know how competing biopics and asteroid flicks can be a pain for the producers involved? It must be even worse for documentary filmmakers working on the exact same subject or issue, especially if their points are for the most part the same. While you might prefer Toby Jones' portrayal of Truman Capote, even if seeing it after Phillip Seymour Hoffman's, or enjoy "Armageddon" more than its immediate predecessor, "Deep Impact," with docs you're rarely going to even bother with another film warning and informing about honeybees and colony collapse disorder if you've already seen one, let alone two. Taggart Siegel's "Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?" is the latest of these bee movies, of which I feel I've seen so many I can't keep track. But if you haven't yet seen any of them, this is a fun one to make your first, and maybe only.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Rutina Wesley To Star As Immaculee Ilibagiza In Rwandan Genocide Tale

    Star of hit HBO vampire series True Blood, Rutina Wesley, has signed on to star in a film based on Immaculee Ilibagiza's bestselling book, Left To Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Bijou Phillips Gets Murderous In Broken Social Scene's "Sweetest Kill" Video

    In case you're not hip to such things, Broken Social Scene are a Canadian indie rock supergroup best known for their collective good time, love-in vibe and expansive jams. But their newest video for "Sweetest Kill" from their latest album Forgiveness Rock Record abandons that image altogether.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    If You Missed It... Listen To last Night's Episode Of The S&A Livecast (Hot Topics Show)

    Another S&A live podcast last night and the S&A Crew sounded off on several topics, including- Black characters in the X Men and Super 8 films - Winnie Mandela on Jennifer Hudson and the "biopic"- 50 Cent as Luke Cage...thoughts?Naomie Harris as a potential Bond Girl

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Talk "Disaporic Synergies" With Me At Long Island University Caribbean Showcase This Saturday

    By the way, I'm going paneling again... if you're in the New York City area this weekend, here's something to do that's worth your while.

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    'M:I-4' Scribes Hired to Write Yet Another 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Movie

    While now might be a good time for Paramount executives to start thinking of a new word for "reboot" (a "reconfiguration," perchance?), Deadline are reporting they're plowing ahead with a second reboot of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" series in a demented attempt to spawn a legitimate franchise anyway, just four years after their first attempt failed. Best of luck to them.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    The Help: Featurette

    I know that people have issues with this film (I am planning on reading the book before it's release in August) but I am down with any movie where Viola Davis talks about making invisible women visible. Hopefully this will be Davis' second Oscar nominated performance. It may be that the featurette is better than the film, but it had me very interested.

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    Paramount Pictures Shuts Down its Worldwide Acquisitions Group

    Paramount Picturesshut down its worldwide acquisitions group (PWAG) which is responsible for international acquisitions, local language production and domestic acquisitions for the Paramount and Insurge labels. Old friend in the biz, Matt Brodlie, is among those cut.from Screen Daily and Daily Variety

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Introducing FunkTV & Fried Chicken Cinema, Courtesy Of Regi Allen

    I met Regi Allen, the mastermind behind FunkTV and Fried Chicken Cinema back in April, at the New School conference here in NYC that I was a panelist for. We had a great conversation; Regi shared his enthusiasm for Shadow And Act, as well as his ideas for an alternate black TV network; we talked about our mutual belief in progress through collective action, and much more. His excitement for what could be, was infectious and contagious; And, as we discussed, a day or so after, Regi sent me, via email, a reminder of our conversation, as well as links to his brainchild, FunkTV, requesting that I take a look, offer commentary, and hopefully continue the conversation we started at the conference.

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