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  • Shadow and Act
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    Mississippi Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Filed By "The Help" Against Author Of "The Help"

    I'm sure this will give some folks even more of a reason to despise her and her bestselling novel turned film.

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  • Hope for Film
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    "Not Dead Yet" Jon Reiss on The Tremendous Rise Of The PMD

    I posted my query last week whether we could truly build a class of TrulyFree / Indie marketing & distribution experts. Many people believe this can happen naturally. I think we need a unified industry effort to make this happen at the speed the all the great movies being generated these days need. Some beg to differ... Yet, DIY/DIWO "guru" Jon Reiss has been witness to many of the efforts from this new breed, dubbed PMDs. Although, he and I agree on the need, we disagree on the term (but why squabble over semantics?). People need their films to connect with audiences. Audiences need to connect with each other, and films are a wonderful way to accomplish this. Can we hope that the market and filmmaker need & desire will solve our needs? Or do we need an intervention to solve this crisis? Jon has a front row seat to all that is happening, and today shares his observations.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Amigo' An Observational, Powerful Film Linking America's Political Past & Present

    The following is a reprint of our review from TIFF in 2010.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Viola Davis Teaming With Dee Rees ("Pariah") For HBO Series On Corruption

    Viola Davis is on the move...!

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  • The Playlist
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    'Mirkwood,' A Fictional Tale About The Life Of J.R.R. Tolkien, Heads To The Big Screen

    The works of J.R.R. Tolkien are a hot commodity in Hollywood. With Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy grossing billions of dollars worldwide, and Jackson set to continue to milk that success with a two-part adaptation of Tolkien's "The Hobbit," what better time is there to have your historical fiction novel based on Tolkien's life turned into a movie?

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  • Shadow and Act
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    The FIRST Solomon Northrup Movie (and an observation...)

    We've sure have some very knowledge people who read Shadow And Act. When I saw that Tambay posted an item about the Steve McQueen/Chiwetel Ejiofor film project 12 Years A Slave, based on the autobiography by Solomon Northrup, a free black man in New York who was kidnapped and forced to work as a slave in the South, it immediately brought to mind Solomon Northrup's Oddessy.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: '5 Days Of War' Is A Tribute To Georgia Both Bombastic And Political

    In 2008, the world turned its back as Russia declared war on the neighboring region of Georgia. For five days, the vastly superior Russian forces descended on destitute Georgian villages, separating families, causing massive property damage and driving a fractured country into further disrepair, of which the area has yet to recover. For all intents and purposes, Renny Harlin’s “5 Days Of War” should not exist. And yet it does, not only as a war picture that emphasizes the ugliness of this conflict, but as a document of a dark moment in world politics, when women and children were under the gun in front of the world's closed eyes.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Today's Birthdays - 8/16/11 (Angela Bassett)

    New York native and Yale graduate Angela Bassett welcomes 53 today. A veteran of the stage and screen, she's appeared in dozens of productions including Spenser For Hire, 227, thirtysomething, Boyz N the Hood, Passion Fish, The Jacksons: An American Dream, Malcolm X, What's Love Got To Do With It, Vampire In Brooklyn, Panther, Waiting To Exhale, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Alias, Akeelah and the Bee, Meet The Browns, Notorious and Jumping The Broom among others.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Trailer for Cross-Cultural Comedy "Wind Jammers"

    Directed by Kareem Mortimer, Wind Jammers, will screen at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival next month. The film stars Justice Von Maur, Claudette Allens and Taylor Boswell.

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  • The Playlist
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    Ryan Phillippe, Anna Paquin & Luke Wilson Team For Dramedy, 'Straight A's'

    James Cox ('Wonderland') DirectingTalk about your random casting. "True Blood" star Anna Paquin, Ryan Phillippe and Luke Wilson have joined the cast of the Nu Image/Millennium Films dramedy "Straight A's." Directing the picture is James Cox, who hasn't helmed a feature-length motion-picture since 2003's "Wonderland" starring Val Kilmer as the infamous porn star John Holmes.

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