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    New Pics From Jean-Jacques Annaud’s ‘Black Gold’ Starring Antonio Banderas, Tahar Rahim & More

    So, has Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood" found a double bill partner in Jean-Jacques Annaud’s forthcoming "Black Gold"? We'll know soon enough if the film will deliver the goods, but with a solid cast in front of the camera and a pretty interesting premise, the ingredients are there for something truly epic.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    DVD Reviews: "Politics Of Love" (Brian White), "Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown" (Michael Jai White)

    2 quickie reviews of films very recently released on DVD/VOD, and which we've covered on this site.

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    More: New On DVD
  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Simply the Worst: Wong Kar-wai's "My Blueberry Nights"

    When one thinks about the ascendance of Wong Kar-wai to the Olympus of international auteurism, a few aesthetic and narrative standbys come to mind: the groundbreaking utilization of the step-printing technique in order to capture the mazelike cartography of Hong Kong and its multilayered neighborhoods; the innovative deployment of various, multi-language soundscapes; affected voiceovers that dwell on the recurrent theme of unrequited love; the ephemerality of desire and the unbound connection between characters and their surrounding objects. In partnership with production designer and editor Edward Chang and cinematographer Christopher Doyle, Wong created throughout the nineties some of cinema’s most dramatically innovative and audiovisually challenging tours de force, evolving later on towards the metacinematic deconstruction of his own works with films like 2046.

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  • The Playlist
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    Random: Ashanti Has A New Song On The 'Dream House' Soundtrack, Listen To It Here

    It's probably safe to say by this point that Jim Sheridan's "Dream House" with Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts is a bit of a mess. With the film delayed from a previously planned February release due to reshoots, it arrives next week in theaters with little fanfare. The trailer was released in the middle of the summer to little response, and pretty much gave up every twist in the movie, playing like a poor man's "Shutter Island." Meanwhile, CinemaBlend had reported that behind the scenes neither the director (who apparently had the movie taken away from him) nor the cast are pleased with the final result, which may be why there is a curious lack of press just ten days from its release. But just when you thought the minor-key saga of "Dream House" couldn't any weirder, there's this.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    BFM's Nadia Denton Pens "Black British Filmmaker's Guide To Success"

    Nadia Denton, who founded and co-ordinated the Black Filmmakers Film Club in the U.K., has written a guide for Black British Filmmakers called appropriately enough, The Black British Filmmaker’s Guide to Success. But she hastens to add that the book is just not for black filmmakers in the U.K. but "to the wider international community of black filmmakers and filmmakers of other backgrounds making black content, or other cultural specific work.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Arrested Development' Cast Gets Back Together For The New Yorker Festival

    While it has been five years since Fox pulled the plug and "Arrested Development" went off the air, rumors of a potential movie have been rampant, but Hollywood (and series creator and writer Mitch Hurwitz) has so far been unable to wrangle everybody back together for one more story with the Bluth family. The monocle-wearing organizers of The New Yorker Festival, however have managed to do what no one else has been able to do since 2006: get the entire cast back together in one place at the same time.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    An Excerpt From "About Canada: Queer Rights"

    So over the past two years or so, I've been working on an introductory academic text book - a sort of "Queer Canada For Dummies" - that documents the history of Canada's queer rights movement and the issues facing queer people in Canada today. It's been an unexpected, challenging and remarkably fulfilling experience, and honestly one I never thought would result in an actual book. But this evening, c'est official: I'm launching the book at the University of Toronto in an event that will surely defined awkward public speaking. If you're in Toronto, feel free to come by and witness (and I'll be doing the same in Montreal next Monday):

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  • The Playlist
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    'True Blood' Star Lindsay Pulsipher Replaces Hilary Duff In 'The Story of Bonnie And Clyde'

    Well, with Hilary Duff pregnant and $100,000 dollars richer for not starring in the ill-advised, upcoming remake-but-it's-not-a-remake “The Story of Bonnie and Clyde,” the producers have now found their replacement to take on the role that made Faye Dunaway a star: Lindsay Pulsipher. Wait, who?

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch "Surprising Europe" Episode 5 (On The African Experience In Europe)

    Not sure if anyone is keeping up with this Surprising Europe documentary series I alerted you all to late last month. I haven't; though I plan to play catch-up this weekend.

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  • Spout
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    "Make Believe" is a Magical Competition Documentary That Believes in Its Characters

    This review was originally published on May 12, 2011. It is being reposted for the doc's home video release.

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    More: Home Video