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  • Shadow and Act
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    Web Series – "Afro City" Episode 1: Afronista

    OK, it's about time for another web series and, as an antidote to the the reaction to recent posts on light skinned girls vs. dark skinned girls and their woes, real, percieved, or disbelieved, Afro City is perfect as it features a multi-hued cast of afroliciousness, ranging in flavour from vanilla, caramel, peanut butter to chocolate.

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  • The Playlist
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    Hugo Weaving Says He'll Play 6 Different Characters In 'Cloud Atlas'

    Are the Wachowskis ready to make good on the promise they showed those many, many years ago? After making the lesbian thriller "Bound" and the groundbreaking "The Matrix," the siblings diluted their goodwill with two bloated, disappointing sequels and then flopped with "Speed Racer" (though the film does have its champions in certain quarters). On the producing front, while they scored with "V For Vendetta" they failed to deliver with "The Invasion" and "Ninja Assassin." In the same vein, Tom Tykwer made a big name for himself with "Run Lola Run" and has failed to match that success since, with a series of films of decreasing quality culminating in last year's truly awful "Three." As the saying goes, go big or go home and for their next directing effort all three helmers are teaming up and getting together one helluva cast to adapt one of the most celebrated, and complex, novels in recent memory.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Vox Humana - The Voice Bank

    Gideon Bachmann and Bernardo Berolucci on the set of 1900Ex pat, Heidelberg based film critic Gideon Bachmann created an archive of interviews with over 500 film directors, including Fellini and Pasolini, called Vox Humana - The Voice Bank. he recently succeeded in digitalizing the tapes which have been housed at USC since the 60s and has sold the entire archive to The Criterion Collection for the U.S. DVD rights to the entire archive, which features 800 hours worth of interviews and, says Bachmann, is “ideally suited for inclusion as bonus tracks on DVD releases of classic and historical motion pictures.”

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    Memorial Day: When I Came Home

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  • The Playlist
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    Gorgeous Poster Debuts For Fassbinder's 'World On A Wire'; Film Gets Limited Re-Release This Summer

    After years in a floating-head wilderness, the art of movie poster design has had a bit of a shot in the arm in recent years, thanks to Criterion covers, self-commissioned work by cult designers like Olly Moss, and artisan one-sheets for one-off screenings at theaters like the Alamo Drafthouse and the New Beverly. So much so in fact, that certain movie blogs seem to have become more or less devoted to minimalist posters. One new example just debuted, to promote the imminent re-emergence of a neglected picture by a legendary filmmaker, and it's pretty nifty.

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  • The Playlist
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    Stage Review: Terry Gilliam's Opera 'The Damnation of Faust' Is A Return To Form & Then Some

    We've made no bones about our disappointment in Terry Gilliam's recent work. We absolutely have sympathy for the behind-the-scenes troubles that the helmer's suffered in recent years, with a string of bad luck almost unmatched among filmmakers, but unfortunately the work that has made it to the screens, from the Diet Gilliam of "The Brothers Grimm" to the gaudy, half-baked greatest hits set that was "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," has shown a director struggling to find his form.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Idris Elba's Meeting Today With "A Very Controversial Director For A Very Controversial Part"...

    "Having one of the biggest meetings of my professional life today...meeting a very controversial director for a very controversial part. :-/... I wish I could tell you more but...in due time... "

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  • The Playlist
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    New Look At Tom Hardy & Colin Firth In 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'

    Well, we're out of the winter and spring blahs as the summer movie season is now in full swing, with the fall festival and awards season right around the corner and one of the most anticipated films is Tomas Alfredson‘s “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.” The director's followup to "Let The Right One In" finds him working with a top shelf cast -- Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds, Mark Strong, Svetlana Khodchenko, Toby Jones, John Hurt, Stephen Graham and Kathy Burke -- in an adaptation of John Le Carre‘s classic spy thriller that follows a British Intelligence operative whose task is to delve into the world of Cold War espionage and root out a Soviet mole in the Circus, the highest echelon in the British Intelligence Services.

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  • The Playlist
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    Weekend Box Office: Despite All Warnings, Everybody Sees 'The Hangover Part II'

    In the future, sequels to all our popular films will not require writers, directors, or even new talent. Sure, they might re-hire some of the people responsible for the first film, but by and large, the leading users of Xerox technology will be Hollywood executives. At least, that’s if the mammoth opening for “The Hangover Part II” is any indication, as the film took advantage of the holiday weekend to score an expected $137 million over this five day period. Critics seemed to do everything short of design spreadsheets to illustrate just how Todd Phillips and company were replicating the exact story of the first film (arguably, the marketing campaign did the same), but audiences, who loved the earlier installment enough to make it a massive word-of-mouth hit, were apparently happy enough to indulge the funnymen (not women, though -- sorry, ladies!) behind the picture one more time.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Kids From 'Super 8' Look For Better Production Values In New Clip

    Last week, it was "X-Men: First Class" getting the hype thanks to early reviews and this week, you can expect "Super 8" to be getting the same amount of buzz and Paramount is building the foundation with some clips from the film.

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