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  • ReelPolitik
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    Piracy Good? Copyright Bad?

    Piracy Good? Copyright Bad?

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Tim Hetherington Among Finalists for Cinema Eye's Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking Award

    Cinema Eye names the eleven finalists for its Honor for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking. Five official nominees will be named on October 26, 2011, and a winner will be announced January 11 at the 5th Annual Cinema Eye Honors in NYC. This marks the second year Cinema Eye has recognized films in the nonfiction short category. Vance Malone's The Pool Trainer was last year's winner.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: The Avengers Teaser Features Explosions and Egotistical Superheroes

    Joss Whedon's The Avengers -- a.k.a. superheroes playing with other superheroes and congratulating each other on being masters of the universe -- is in theaters May 4, 2012. Check out what the film has in store in the teaser below. It allows everyone to talk except Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow, so we are going to go out on a limb and guess that this film will be no great step for womankind.

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  • The Playlist
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    John Singleton May Take The Director's Seat For 'Tupac'

    It has been a long time since John Singleton has made a film that lived up to his early work like "Boyz N The Hood" or "Higher Learning." His last effort was the dismal and lamebrained Taylor Lautner vehicle "Abduction," and while for a brief moment it seemed he would be taking on "Straight Outta Compton," the biopic of N.W.A., he was quickly pushed out with a different trio of filmmakers in the running for the gig (apparently Craig Brewer is favored though it will depend on how well (or not) "Footloose" does this weekend). But the director has rebounded and is now circling another hip hop story that he is just as well suited for as the N.W.A. flick and one that should hopefully be a return to his former glory.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Romantic Reggae Doc "The Story of Lovers Rock" Opens ADIFF Next Month

    The Story of Lovers Rock, a feature length documentary we've covered previously on this site, will soon open the African Diaspora International Film Festival in New York City.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    A Legitimate Reason To Hate Hilary Swank

    I'd always felt kind of guilty for hating Hilary Swank so much. Other than her being an extraordinarily overrated actress who stole Kate Winslet's "Eternal Sunshine" Oscar, there was no real reason. Well, now there is. Made you fade into obscurity quickly and painfully, Ms. Swank, clutching the however many millions of dollars Ramzan Kadyrov put in on your blood covered hands...

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Jaleel White Will Host A New Crazy Game Show On The Syfy Network

    For much of his life, he's been known as "Urkel" from the ABC network show Family Matters but actor Jaleel White can now add game show host to his resume. He'll be hosting a new unscripted series called Total Blackout on the SyFy network.

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    More: Television
  • The Playlist
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    NYFF: Pedro Almodóvar Told Antonio Banderas To Watch Cary Grant Movies To Prep For 'Skin I Live In'

    The Director Reveals He's Not Doing A Biopic On Mina; Tension, Twists & More From The Team Behind The FilmPedro Almodóvar crafts a creepy Frankenstein-esque tale of rape, revenge, and survival in "The Skin I Live In" – a polarizing film which is one of his most ambitious yet. Because the movie features an unexpected twist halfway through the film, discussing it becomes difficult – how do you debate the themes, the issues and the meaning without giving it all away? We leave that task to the esteemed director and his cast that includes Antonio Banderas and Elena Anaya, who hit NYFF this week to present this latest concoction, a tale unlike anything Almodóvar has put on the big screen before. Covering everything from the twist in the movie (don't worry, we won't reveal it here), the reason why Antonio Banderas had to watch Cary Grant movies to prepare for the film, and the themes of identity that run through the story, the trio were happy to discuss in detail the quirky, provocative and unforgettable film.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    John Singleton May Now Direct "Tupac" Biopic

    After all the reports about Antoine Fuqua's Tupac Shakur biopic being dead in the water, now comes an exclusive story from NYMag; saying it looks like Fuqua is definitely out of the project and John Singleton, who directed Tupac in 1993's Poetic Justice, is in talks to resurrect and direct the late rapper's biopic.

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    More: FYI
  • Women and Hollywood
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    Jury Awards from Romania International Film Festival

    Last Sunday concluded the Romania Film Festival in Bucharest where I was a jury member. There were two different sections -- CineBlackSea and Women in Cinema. We gave out awards for best overall film between the categories, best actor and a best director in each category.

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