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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Wuthering Heights" Adaptation w/ 1st Black Heathcliff Gets UK Release Date + Official Synopsis

    For our many readers across the pond...

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Set It Off" Coming To Blu-Ray DVD on Aug. 30

    It took a while but finally F. Gary Gray's 1996 action heist thriller Set It Off is finally coming out on blu-ray DVD on Aug. 30, from New Line/Warners Home Video.

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  • Spout
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    "True Adolescents" Is a Brutally Honest Coming of Age Flick that Puts "The Future" to Shame

    There’s something inherently depressing about a coming of age film with a protagonist over thirty, or at least there should be. I have no desire to condemn everyone beyond their twenties, in a band and having trouble making rent. Yet if someone makes a movie about a thirtysomething rocker with no obvious prospects I don’t want it to be a cheery whimsical romp through empty record stores and the dive bars of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, or Portland, Oregon. Instead I want to see something like Craig Johnson’s “True Adolescents.”

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  • The Playlist
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    Has It Comes To This? Paul Schrader To Direct Bret Easton Ellis-Penned Shark Hostage Pic 'Bait'

    As much as we love Paul Schrader, it's tough to admit that the acclaimed screenwriter and director has been on a bit of a slide. It has been nearly a decade since the excellent "Auto Focus" and since then, he's directed three films: the compromised and troubled production of "Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist," the escort thriller "The Walker" and the WWII sexual fetish pic (really) "Adam Resurrected." What each of those films share is a diminishing audience and critical regard with each subsequent picture. Since his last flick in 2008, Schrader has been attached to a couple of projects -- the Bollywood backed "Xtreme City" and more recently the vengeance pic "The Jesuit" -- but none of them have really started moving (the latter project was supposed to have started shooting in March but word has been very quiet). Unfortunately, it looks like Schrader is taking on a pretty terrible sounding work-for-hire gig.

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  • The Playlist
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    TIFF '11: New Films From Werner Herzog, Morgan Spurlock, Alex Gibney & More Added To Lineup

    Controversial Cannes Critics Week Entry 'Snowtown,' 'Kill List,' 'Oslo August 31,' 'Pina' Also Among The HighlightsYep, it's that time of year again: Rise of the Planet of Film Festivals. TIFF and Venice already announced their first wave of titles last week, but don't fret, movie lovers, as today the good folks in Toronto have opened the curtain on their next batch of titles, focusing heavily on their Midnight Madness and documentary slate of programming. So let's get to the films you should be seeing, shall we?

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Check Out My Piece in the Guardian

    I'm very excited that I had a piece published in the Guardian this morning. It's on the gender wage gap in Hollywood.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Trailer & Clip For Britflick 'Albatross' With Felicity Jones & Sebastian Koch

    The name might still only be vaguely familiar, but 2011 is Felicity Jones' year. She's been working for some time, lighting up the likes of "Brideshead Revisited," "Cheri" and "Cemetery Junction," but she got the year off to a killer start by picking up Best Actress at Sundance for her turn in Drake Doremus' "Like Crazy," while the rom-com "Chalet Girl" was something of a sleeper hit in the U.K in the spring. She's got plenty more on the way, including another project with Doremus that'll film shortly, but first along is another home grown picture, the coming-of-age tale "Albatross," and The Guardian just premiered the film's trailer.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    James Earl Jones & Oprah Winfrey Will Receive Honorary Oscars

    James Earl Jones and Oprah Winfrey have been named 2011 honorary Oscar recipients. They will receive their awards at the third annual Governors Awards dinner and ceremony in Hollywood on Saturday, November 12.

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  • The Playlist
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    Forest Whitaker & Anthony Mackie Starring In Voodoo Horror Flick 'Vipaka'

    Sanaa Lathan & Mike Epps Also On BoardIn theory, winning an Oscar is meant to provide a boost to your career. In theory. But somehow, the four and a half years since Forest Whitaker took home a golden man for his portrayal of Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland" have provided a series of diminishing returns. Aside from a handful of exceptions, both his Oscar-bait films like "Hurricane Season" and "The Great Debaters" and would-be commercial properties like "Street Kings" and "Repo Men" tanked, while an alarming number of his pictures seem to be skipping theatrical release entirely, and he spent last year leading the swiftly-cancelled CBS procedural "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior."

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Miami International Film Festival Call for Entries

    Poster by Javier Mariscal, BarcelonaMiami is at the geographical and cultural crossroads of all these worlds – the natural place where South & Central America, Europe and the United States can centrally intersect. Miami International Film Festival has provided the venue and vehicle for these encuentros as part of the annual Festival since the creation of the Encuentros program in 2003. Though this event is by invitation only, finished Ibero American films are invited to send in their entries now. This premier showcase for Ibero-American cinema in the U.S. awards more than $55,000 USD in cash and symbolic prizes in major categories. Says Jaie Laplante, the festival’s executive director, We have increased our prizes to USD$45,000 in our Iberoamerican competition. Another new initiative for 2012 is that $15,000 of our Grand Prize money in this category will go to the film’s U.S. distributor – and if the film doesn’t have one when it wins, it will have up to 30 days to finalize any pending deal.Organizers of the Miami International Film Festival (March 2-11, 2012), produced and presented by Miami Dade College, are now accepting official entries for the 29th edition of the beloved event.

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