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    Shia LaBeouf To Play A 20-Foot-Tall Man-Child in 'A Giant'

    Anyone remember the 2009 sci-fi family-friendly "City Of Ember" starring, among others, Saoirse Ronan and Bill Murray? We barely do either but that film was the sophomore directorial effort of Gil Kenan that somewhat halted his career after 2006's animated flick "Monster House."

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    NYFF: Simon Curtis's "My Week with Marilyn"

    As Andy Warhol well understood, Marilyn Monroe was a particularly modern type of celebrity, better known as an image than any character she played. His screenprinted portraits of her traded on her iconic power, demonstrating in popular culture as well as in silkscreen ink, that where it concerned Marilyn there was no such thing as over-saturation. Monroe’s entire persona, of course, was already a media creation, a role carefully crafted with platinum blonde curls, an alliterative stage name, a wink, and a smile. Since her death in 1962, there has been no shortage of actresses, Vegas imitators, and drag queens that have assumed the part, all to varying degrees of camp, yet beyond any historical interest a filmmaker would have in examining the sensationalist details of her life, her story also occasions a look into the nature of contemporary image-making itself.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    'Kinyarwanda' Wins Grand Prize at Skip City Festival in Tokyo

    Alrick Brown's Kinyarwanda, the second theatrical release made possible through Ava Duvernay's AAFRM and a film which has received much coverage on the site, took the top prize at the Skip City D-Cinema Festival in Saitama, just north of Tokyo, this past Sunday. The film also won the festival's 1.5 million yen ($19,400) prize.

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    William Monahan Reveals His Idea For A 'Departed' Sequel & Says 'Gambler' Remake Will Change Setting

    U.S. Trailer For 'London Boulevard' Arrives; Also Says He'll Channel Frank Miller For 'Sin City 2'Despite only five films next to his name, William Monahan is one of the most renowned writers in Hollywood. After taking home the Oscar for his screenplay for Martin Scorsese's "The Departed" half a decade a ago, Monahan now has his hands on more projects than you can shake a stick at. He recently spoke at length to Collider about his upcoming slate namely the long-gestating, much-talked-about sequel to Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez's "Sin City," which he recently came on board to rewrite.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    L.A. Rebellion 2011 Retrospective Review - Jamaa Fanaka's "Penitentiary"

    In two weekends time, the L.A. Rebellion retrospective at the at the Hammer Museum, hosted by the UCLA Film & Television Archive, is shaping up to be the year’s most important series. Sadly, the competition is weak these days (what with the New Beverly devoted to grindhouse spanophilia, American Cinematheque having lost all of its programming chi and the LACMA film program having been decapitated – sorry times for L.A. cinephiles).

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    "Colombiana" Coming Out On Blu-ray And Standard DVD In December

    O.K., so it didn't exactly set box office records on fire, taking in $60.7 million worldwide so far. Not exactly Transformers numbers, but, then again, how many films even do that worldwide? So $60.7 million, all things considered, is nothing to sneeze at.

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    'Transformers 4 & 5' May Shoot Back-To-Back, Jason Statham Being Eyed As New Lead

    Michael Bay May Come Back To DirectWhen it was reported earlier today that Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner was already talking to Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg about an (inevitable) "Transformers 4" details were vague, but some new intel has cropped up and clearly, neither the toymaker or the studio are fucking around.

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    George Clooney Says Script For 'Monster Of Florence' Being Tweaked Due To Amanda Knox Verdict

    Says He Won't Direct Remake Of 'Our Brand Is Crisis'Exclusive: George Clooney is awash in Oscar buzz right now, for both "The Ides of March" (which he directed and stars in) and "The Descendants" (in which he stars). So is he excited? Not really. “I’ve been in and out of buzz so many times,” he says, “I’ve learned not to pay attention.”

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Promo For "Soft Focus" By Rod Gailes OBC (2nd S&A Black Filmmaker Challenge Winner)

    The completed film will finally be making its debut here on S&A in a couple of weeks (we're shooting for the end of this month); Last I wrote about this was in June, when I posted the above still image from Rod Gailes OBC's Soft Focus - the winner of the second Shadow And Act $3,000 Black Filmmaker Challenge.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: W.E. - Directed by Madonna

    The film will open on December 9.

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