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  • Shadow and Act
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    Are These Videos Part Of "The Dark Knight Rises" Viral Campaign?

    About 10 days ago, the viral campaign for The Dark Knight Rises (the third installment in Christopher Nolan's Batman franchise, currently shooting) began, with a live website (HERE), and a puzzle which, after it was solved, lead to the eventually unveiling of a photo of Tom hardy as Bane - one of the film's villains.

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  • The Bin
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    Martin Scorsese & Friends Living "La Dolce Vita" in NYC

    Federico Fellini's "La Dolce Vita."

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Zoe Kravitz & Edi Gathegi In New Clip From "X-Men: First Class"

    It's in theaters tomorrow, so, I'm not sure this clip will do much to encourage to or discourage you from seeing it if you haven't already made up your mind either way. Nothing special; although I should add that just about every review I've read of the film thus far has been stellar! It seems like we may have our first real hit of the summer!

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Debut Of Queen Latifah's "Single Ladies" Attracts 1.8 Million Viewers; Big Night For VH1!

    The 90-minute pilot episode of the new Queen Latifah-produced original scripted VH1 series called Single Ladies that serves as an introduction to what will be a weekly series to follow later, in July, debuted earlier this week, and if the reviews I read were of any indication, it didn't go over well with audiences... some audiences anyway. I'm sure the series has its audience, and if they were watching, or have watched it since, I'd guess that they loved it! :)

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch New Clip From Prison Drama "Screwed" Starring Noel Clarke & James D'Arcy

    We've seen a trailer and poster for Screwed - the British prison drama that stars Mr Noel Clarke and James D’Arcy (Master And Commander), which is an adaptation of a novel called Screwed: The Truth About Life as a Prison Officer, a bestselling work, both acclaimed and controversial, by British ex-prison officer-turned-author Ronnie Thompson (not his real name by the way).

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Rejoice And Shout' Attempts To Cover A Century Of Gospel In 2 Hours

    It always seemed like music was the only art where the subject didn't matter. If there's a good beat, a catchy hook, some sort of inventiveness, and/or intensified drive, most don't care what the hell the singer is spewing, even if it's about their specific belief system. Throw a bunch of hard-ass atheists on the dance floor and throw on "Jesus Walks"; see how many stomp their feet and protest (actually, don't, keep reading). There's numerous other examples (how many trendy God-hating teens like Christian-Metalcore band Underoath? Quick answer, too many), but for other mediums, it's not the case. Religious imagery feels too pushy, and while books like the Koran and Old Testament are densely written, good luck finding someone interested in reading it just 'cause.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Website For Samuel L Jackson's MLK Play "The Mountaintop" Launches

    As well as a look at some artwork for Katori Hall's award-winning play, The Mountaintop, which we've written about a lot on this site, making its Broadway debut this fall, with Samuel L. Jackson starring as Martin Luther King Jr.

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  • Spout
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    "X-Men: First Class" and the Pros and Cons of Today's Ensemble Action Movie

    On my way to the press screening of "X-Men: First Class" this week, I was reading Claude Brodesser-Akner's article on "Blockbuster Economics" in the new issue of New York magazine. It's pretty basic stuff if you know today's film industry in the slightest, but it was appropriate to peruse and think about ahead of and during such an ensemble-dependent action movie. More than a decade ago, in what I'm certain was my first paid assignment as a film critic, I wrote (rather amateurish and naively, I admit) about the death of the traditional action-hero movie star in a piece for READ magazine (r.i.p.) reviewing the first "X-Men" film, "Mission: Impossible II" and "Gone in 60 Seconds." It addressed the rising interest in Hollywood in ensemble-based action movies as opposed to solo vehicles for guys like Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Willis and Cruise. Brodesser-Akner now looks similarly at the shift, but more on how money influenced the genre rather than what the protagonistic spread does for the films themselves.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Where Were The Black Actors In the 64th Cannes Film Festival Films?

    So I’m finally in fighting shape to post after fifteen glorious days along the Croisette for the Festival De Cannes, known to you Westerners as the Cannes Film Festival.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Beautiful Boy' Presents Tragedy As An Acting Exercise

    If you were, or still are, a post-millennial creative-type, there’s a chance you channeled the emotions and experiences of events like the Columbine massacre or 9/11 into some form of art. Very few of these ended up being films, books, or songs where audiences found meaning. Several of these people were wise enough to file that screenplay back in the cabinet, never to speak of our attempts at fake grief ever again.

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