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  • Shadow and Act
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    Dept Of Radio, TV & Film At Howard University Presents An Evening w/ Haitian Filmmaker Raoul Peck

    For all of you readers at Howard University, or in the Washington DC area... this should definitely be worth your while, and I encourage you to attend if you can.

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  • The Playlist
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    SXSW '12 Review: 'The Raid: Redemption' Is A Triumph Of Kicks, Punches & Unrelenting Thrills

    If you ever wanted a feature-length version of the scene from Tony Jaa’s “The Protector” where in one shot he literally fights his way up to the roof of a building filled with baddies, then “The Raid” is the movie for you. Although his two previous films failed to make an impression outside of Indonesia, writer-director Gareth Evans crafts a relentless – and relentlessly exciting -- onslaught of visceral entertainment with his tale of a SWAT team that’s ambushed after being assigned to invade a drug kingpin’s heavily-fortified stronghold. Featuring fight sequences almost literally from start to finish, “The Raid” is an action-lover’s dream, precisely because it pitches the choreography at a thrilling but believable level that prevents viewers from succumbing to an overdose of kicks and punches.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Viola Davis to Play Congresswoman Barbara Jordan

    Maybe this could be the one to put Viola Davis up on the stage on Oscar night with a win in her column.  Several reports state that Davis is circling to star in and produce a biopic on the trailblazing Texas Congresswoman -- Barbara Jordan.  Jordan was a  leader in the civil rights movement and was the first black woman elected to the House from the South.

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  • Press Play
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    BREAKING THE FEEDBACK LOOP: Looking Beyond "Kony 2012"and Its Critics

    It’s easy to be cynical about the Kony 2012 video.  There is a painful lack of self-consciousness on the part of filmmaker and activist Jason Russell – a handsome white guy, culling together video he shot in Uganda in 2003 – as he uses his camera to preach the cause of ending African suffering, intercutting testimonials from escaped child soldiers with footage of his son Gavin.  The testimonials are blatantly manipulative, framed with swelling music and fancy editing tricks to underscore each child’s tears, particularly of a young boy named Jacob, he talks solemnly about his flight from being forced into combat by Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistence Army. 

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  • Shadow and Act
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    From A Token To A Threat: Notes For A Revolution In African-American Filmmaking (Part One)

    The occasion of screening Christine Acham and Clifford Ward’s engrossing documentary, INFILTRATING HOLLYWOOD: The Rise and Fall of The Spook Who Sat by the Door (2010), revealed the United States government’s deliberate censorship campaign against an African-American film from its production through to its exhibition. THE SPOOK WHO SAT BY THE DOOR (1973) is a film adaptation of Sam Greenlee’s powerful and revolutionary book, published in 1969, that was directed by actor Ivan Dixon (1931-2008) from a screenplay by Sam Greenlee and Melvin Clay.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Peeta & Caesar Have A Chat In New Clip From 'The Hunger Games'

    We're about two weeks away from "The Hunger Games" unleashing a new franchise upon the world and at the very least, Lionsgate are hoping they have a better weekend than Disney just did with "John Carter" (though, that movie did okay overseas, so it's not going to be quiet the disaster some have been expecting). Anyway, in the case of the Gary Ross directed film he's a got a few things that Andrew Stanton's film didn't have in the lead up to its release: recognizable stars, a clearly explained storyline and memorable trailers. Now it's up to the movie to match the hype.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Clips From 'Killer Joe' & 'Shut Up And The Play The Hits'; Teaser Trailer For 'The Loved Ones'

    Can't be at SXSW? Well, this morning we'll bring a little bit from a couple of the festival favorites to you to check out, along with a trailer for a horror flick that has taken nearly three years to hit U.S. screens.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Courtney B. Vance, Gary Anthony Williams Cast In TV Pilots "Graceland" & "Friday Night Dinner"

    More quickie TV pilot casting news...

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Now and Then: All About Almodóvar

    The problem with Pedro Almodóvar's "The Skin I Live In" is one of expectation. What we have come to want from him are hues of tomato, fire engine, blood. What he gives us are shades of cream, eggshell, off-white.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Tribeca 2012: The Rest of the Lineup

    Here are the rest of the women directed films that will be playing the Tribeca Film Festival in April. There are also several women centric which I will hopefully check out. The shorts program will be announced this week. (All descriptions from the Tribeca Film Festival)

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