Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Celebrating 17 Years of Film.Biz.Fans.

the Blogs

recent Posts

  • Shadow and Act
    0 comments

    Michael K Williams Might Have Some "Sparkle" In His Future...

    From AICN (via The Playlist), posted yesterday - an interview with Michael K. Williams, who Monique also recently interviewed and got the scoop on his potential participation in Django Unchained:

    Read More »
  • Shadow and Act
    0 comments

    Bounce TV Launches Today - 9/26! Will You Be Watching?

    Oh snap... time flies!

    Read More »
    More: Television
  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    Review: British Urban Melodrama 'Broken Lines' With Paul Bettany Falters, Fails To Convince

    There’s a familiar, some would say endless, argument about the British film industry: that the films it produces are essentially afraid of tackling the present and pressing contemporary issues. British directors, or at least the companies that finance their films, have rarely tried to engage with the shock of the now, and instead remain happy to retreat into a comfortable, mindless and nostalgic past that probably never existed in the first place. The recent riots that rocked the capital, for instance, or the fall-out from the News International hacking scandal are subjects less likely to be turned into a feature film than, say, something like “Notting Hill 2,” or any another mythological and monocultural representation of London or -- God forbid -- one of the country's other major cities. Occasionally someone comes along with a stick and pokes the ruling classes in the eye (think “The Shooting Party” or “Gosford Park”) but screenplays penned by Julian Fellowes can hardly be considered the stuff of breath-taking dynamism. When the Brits aren’t churning out benign pictures about a benign royal dynasty (hello, “The Queen” and “The King’s Speech”) or enlisting scads of former theatre directors (Richard Eyre, Stephen Daldry, Nicolas Hytner, Sam Mendes) to blandly recreate their deferential attitude towards bland material, they make shockingly poor gangster pictures that would make even a hack like Guy Ritchie blush.

    Read More »
  • Shadow and Act
    0 comments

    First Teaser For "Game Of Thrones" Season 2

    I know a lot of you are fans of the series, if comments in previous posts are any indication; and I'm sure it'll gain even more fans with recent casting news of the hit HBO show (black Brits Lucian Msamati and Nonso Anozie), Game Of Thrones, and all the debate that accompanied those posts about black British versus black American actors.

    Read More »
  • Women and Hollywood
    0 comments

    Variety's Women's Impact Report - 2011

    Variety had a luncheon last week where they honored over 30 women for their impact on the business and included two pieces on how Sweden and Norway are working on getting more women directors (they implemented a mandate) and a report on the great work that Geena Davis does through Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.

    Read More »
    More: Advocacy
  • Shadow and Act
    0 comments

    Watch Anthony Mackie Get Ready To Rumble With Hugh Jackman In Clips From "Real Steel"

    Clips from DreamWorks’ Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots Real Steel Real Steel, the Shawn Levy-directed sci-fi flick, starring Hugh Jackman as “a former boxer who teams up with his long-lost son to train a robot for a championship fight.”

    Read More »
    More: Watch Now
  • Shadow and Act
    0 comments

    Wangari Maathai, First African Woman To Win Nobel Peace Prize, Dies... Get To Know Her On Film

    We've written about her twice on S&A, so some may be familiar already. In 2004, she became the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize; Kenyan political and environmental activist Wangari Maathai has died at age 71, losing a lengthy battle with cancer.

    Read More »
    More: Watch Now, RIP
  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    Watch: Teaser Trailer For Michael Mann's HBO Drama 'Luck' Starring Dustin Hoffman

    As if we're already having enough trouble keeping up with HBO's ridiculously stacked lineup of programming (this writer is still catching up on the first season of "Boardwalk Empire") here comes another show that is definitely going to be added to our Must Watch pile.

    Read More »
    More: Luck
  • Shadow and Act
    0 comments

    Exclusive! Isaiah Washington and Michael K. Williams To Star In Indie Thriller "The Suspect"

    I had the pleasure to interview actor Isaiah Washington yesterday, an interview which I will post later this week, and he provided some details on a project he and The Wire star Michael Kenneth Williams are both set to produce and star in.

    Read More »
    More: casting
  • Spout
    0 comments

    Short Starts: Watch "Take Shelter" Star Michael Shannon as a Wacky Crack Addict in "Mullitt"

    Short Starts is a column devoted to kicking off the week with a short film, typically one tied to a new release. Today we look at an early performance by Michael Shannon, whose awesome new movie “Take Shelter” opens this Friday.

    Read More »