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  • Shadow and Act
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    Kenyan Sci-Fi - Watch Muchiri Njenga's Experimental Short Film 'Kichwateli' ('TV-head')

    In consideration of recent conversations about sci-fi/speculative fiction in continental African cinema, here's an experimental short film titled Kichwateli (Swahili for TV-head) from self-taught Kenyan animator/graphic designer/film director Muchiri Njenga.

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  • Caryn James
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    Jon Stewart on The Big Bird Wars

    Who would have thought that the possible firing of Big Bird would become a topic of national debate? (Yes, it sometimes takes threatening a puppet to create a political uproar.) After Mitt Romney’s threat to cut funding for PBS, Jon Stewart took a closer look at how Sesame Street is “indoctrinating our children,” as some right-wing-nuts have claimed. Teaching kids to share? That’s just a recipe for social dependency.

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  • The Playlist
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    16 Posters & A Few New Pics From RZA's 'Man With The Iron Fists'

    If you'd told us during the heyday of Wu-Tang Clan that RZA would eventually end up helming a legitimate martial-arts film, we would have called you crazy. But here we are, just under a month until the release of his directorial debut, “The Man With The Iron Fists,” and we still can’t believe it’s actually happening. To build anticipation, new artwork and stills have dropped, and they’re really cool.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    BBC Presents - African Perspective: 'Lipstick Evangelists'

    Here's a story idea here worth exploring, for all you filmmakers, whether you work in scripted or documentary filmmaking.

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  • The Playlist
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    Superhero Rumor Of The Day: Warner Bros. Wants Armie Hammer To Play Batman In 'Justice League' (Again)

    Get out the old bag of salt, and set skepticism phasers to stun, as yet another rumor for a comic book movie that is likely three years away has popped up. And no, we're not talking about "The Avengers 2."

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Smiley' An Internet Age Horror Film That's Not Quite Worth Booting Up

    Thirty minutes into Michael Gallagher’s “Smiley,” we were ready to turn off the film, but in the interest of reviewing the movie, we persisted. It was an arduous journey, a deceptively tolerable horror flick that briefly flirts with an interesting idea or two and then casts them aside for cheap scares, with leaden philosophical discussions interspersed throughout in an attempt to elevate the trappings of the film. We soldiered on, but just remember, dear reader, that you have the option of permanently delaying the watching of this film.

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  • Criticwire
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    A Critic Experiences the Filmmaker's Side of a Press Tour

    C. Robert Cargill, longtime critic for Ain't It Cool News, has a new movie opening this week. Here what it was like for him to experience a junket from the other side of the microphone.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Cross Post: Heroines of Cinema: 10 Reasons to Love Emma Thompson

    Having previously examined the downside of being of a star actress, it seemed time for a corrective tonic. Not that I feel any A-list actress particularly needs to be acclaimed a heroine. Actors traditionally receive the lion’s share of attention, at the expense of others equally deserving, and it is within this column’s aspirations to address that inequality. But actors are always going to be famous, and their personal lives and opinions under the radar far more than their less well- publicised colleagues. Given this, it seems fair to wish that more of our stars were like Emma Thompson. Here are ten reasons why.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    From The Front-lines - Best Practices When Emailing Us About Your Projects: Part 1

    As these come to me, I'll post "Best Practices" entries for filmmakers primarily, who contact us with information about their projects, especially those who are doing so for the first time - a daily occurence, and sometimes en masse.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    A Personal Interview With 'Elza' Filmmaker Mariette Monpierre

    We’ve certainly been profiling filmmaker Mariette Monpierre’s touching and beautiful feature film debut, Elza, for some time now and which makes its theatrical premiere soon at the New York City MIST Harlem Cinema, through Autonomous Entertainment and will hopefully expand to other cities after that.

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