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  • Shadow and Act
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    Weekend B.O. (Feb. 17-20 - Safe House Stays Strong)

    Safe House held off all comers to get the No. 1 slot this weekend moving up from the second place last weekend. Admittedly that was a surprise to me considering the ending of the film, which did not go well with the audience I saw it with (I didn't like it either) and I thought it would hurt the long lasting b.o. potential of the film.

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  • The Playlist
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    Weekend Box Office: 'The Vow' And 'Safe House' Tussling Again For First Place; 'Ghost Rider' Does Less Than Half Of Predecessor

    Love is in the air, but "Safe House" ain't hearin' it. In weekend two, the film surpassed last week's champ, "The Vow," if only barely. While the film hasn’t done quite the same weekday business as the Tatum-McAdams romancer so far, it’s outperformed its modest programmer aspirations and should easily leapfrog $100 million. Amusingly enough, this would give Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds both four $100 million domestic earners on their resume. Sometimes the line separating a star and a journeyman can be very thin, though to Denzel’s credit, he’s never really been the type to command massive $200 million budgets. Though, yeah, he probably would have been a good “Green Lantern.” Now that that’s been brought up in conversation, let us ignore it forever. Apologies.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Life's Too Short' Another Comedic Look At Ego, Hubris & Humiliation From Ricky Gervais

    "I heard Ricky Gervais quit Twitter recently because it only has 140 characters. Well that's 139 more characters than he's ever come up with," zings an insulted Johnny Depp in the second episode of "Life's Too Short." And while the gag is hilarious (as is Depp), there is a small ring of truth of it. The multitasking actor, writer, producer and director (he takes on every job in this new series) has mined a very specific comedic niche, with characters like David Brent and Andy Millman, that finds the lives of ordinary middle-aged men at the mercy of their ego and hubris, with humiliation often following their thwarted schemes to move up the ladder or follow their dreams. And while Gervais is a bit player (along with longtime collaborator Stephen Merchant) in "Life's Too Short," the familiar traits and themes of his celebrated previous series is here in ample supply. That it still works to uproarious effect with a laser sharp wit and keen eye for observation, is a credit to Gervais' skill in perfectly capturing the anxieties and insecurities of men of a certain age.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Listen To The S&A Live Podcast Today At 4:00pm/ET! Actor Roger Guenveur Smith Joins Us + PAFF Updates

    Whether you're a regular S&A live podcast listener or not, today's show is not to be missed.  Veteran stage and screen actor Roger Guenveur Smith will be joining the crew to chat.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    NVBC Festival 2012 - Day 3 Highlights -- LOVE JONES, Compelling Shorts, & Magical Realist Drama

    The third day of the New Voices in Black Cinema Festival at BAMcinematek in Brooklyn, NY will continue to be one of the biggest, even following the sellout of Brooklyn filmmaker Wilkie Cornelius Jr.’s Single Hills last night, the wonderful turnouts for Sneaker Stories and From Fatherless to Fatherhood, and the passionate (and full) audience for Infiltrating Hollywood: The Rise & Fall of The Spook Who Sat By The Door.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: HBO's 'Eastbound & Down' Makes Its Long-Awaited Return With Hilarious, Promising Season 3 Opener

    Kenny “Fucking” Powers is back. Fans of the HBO series can rejoice because “Eastbound & Down” makes its long-awaited return tonight after a brutal 15-month hiatus. The ongoing saga of burnout major league pitcher Kenny Powers (Danny McBride) whose bad behavior forced him into early retirement, the series began with Kenny returning to his hometown to become a middle school gym teacher.

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  • The Playlist
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    Berlinale 2012 Review: Kirsten Sheridan's 'Dollhouse' Is A Dynamic, Delirious But Ultimately Downbeat Social Allegory

    As we all are with films set in cities we know well, this writer is particularly critical of films set, partially or wholly, in Dublin. So it's no mean praise when we state that Kirsten Sheridan's third feature, "Dollhouse," by turns riotous and menacing, is as accurate a portrait of the interactions, language and attitudes of a particular segment of Irish youth as we have seen on screen, probably ever. Set in a single location over the course of a single night's bacchanalian partying, the improvisational approach brings real authenticity to the proceedings, even as the film nods to "Lord of the Flies" and "A Clockwork Orange."

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  • Press Play
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    OSCARS DEATH RACE: W.E.

    When a movie bombs, I like to go to Rotten Tomatoes, sort the reviews by "Rotten," and enjoy the show. Flops can bring out the best a critic (or her thesaurus) has to offer, the acidic synonyms and dismissive gut-punches she saves for when a movie is genuinely and thoroughly crap and not just misguided or inconsistent, and I like scorched-earth movie reviews for the wordsmithing -- but also because I know that glorious tingle, that "I'm-a stomp this flat and make the deadline with two hours to spare" feeling.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Bill Duke's "Dark Girls" Out on DVD in The Next 3 Months; "Yellow Brick Rd" & "What is A Man" In The Works

    Bill Duke's powerful documentary tackling America's issue of 'colorism' in the African American community Dark Girls, screened at the Pan African Film Festival last night. Tambay, who attended the screening, gave us a few updates from the Q&A session after the film.

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  • Caryn James
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    Gervais Skewers Fame in Life's Too Short, With Tall Guest Liam Neeson

    No one is smarter or funnier at tweaking celebrity than Ricky Gervais, and if you loved the inexhaustible wit of Extras as I did, you will probably also love his new HBO series Life’s Too Short, even though it doesn’t revolve around Gervais himself. Created by Davis, Gervais and his often underappreciated creative partner Stephen Merchant, the hero – or self-defeating anti-hero – is Warwick Davis, a dwarf and an actor who plays a skewed version of himself much the way Larry David does on Curb Your Enthusiasm. Davis is fine, but let’s be honest: the heart of the show is Gervais and Merchant, who in every episode meet some wildy funny star who makes a cameo appearance. This week’s guest scene is - and I am not exaggerating – one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen, and the unlikely comic is Liam Neeson.

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