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    Poster Premiere: Oka! - Directed by Lavinia Currier

    Here is the poster for the new film Oka! directed by Lavinia Currier. The film opens in LA on October 14.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Denzel Whitaker Talks About His BBF Role In John Singleton's "Abduction"

    How many of you knew that he was in this flick? From his description of the character he plays, sounds like standard BBF/sidekick/comic relief material to me; but hey, it's work, right?

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  • The Playlist
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    Trey Parker & Matt Stone Confirm A 'Book Of Mormon' Movie Is On The Way, But Not Just Yet

    Of all the creative types working today, one would imagine that possibly the least likely to threaten to pick up an EGOT (managing to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony, a feat managed by only ten people in history) are the gleefully puerile "South Park" and "Team America" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. But somehow, they're heading in that direction. Already the holder of several Emmys for "South Park," their widely acclaimed smash-hit Broadway musical "The Book of Mormon" picked up a record haul of Tonys earlier in the summer, and the cast recording already looks a virtual lock to win in its category at the Grammys next year.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    12 Minutes and 20 Seconds With Madonna

    Yesterday, in what had to have been one of the most surreal professional experience I've ever had, I got to interview Madonna. To be honest, I barely even remember the 12 minutes and 20 seconds I was sitting beside her in a hotel room. From the second she introduced herself, it was all a nervous blur. I just kept wanting to say, DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!? But somehow I managed to make it through the interview without resorting to sadly truthful proclamations ("Like a Prayer" was my coming out song! I wore down three "Immaculate Collection" CDs and had to keep getting new ones!) and now I can cross that off the shallow end of my bucket list. Full interview up on indieWIRE shortly, but the full audio is now online below.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "All American Girls: A Negro League of Their Own" Off-Broadway Play Tix on Sale Now: Begins Oct 5th

    The new play from NAACP award winner Layon Gray, All American Girls: A Negro League of Their Own is a drama set during World War II, a time where women were called upon "to keep baseball alive." The off-Broadway play, beginning shows on October 5th (Wednesday and Thursday nights) at the Actor's Temple Theater in NYC, stars Alaina Dunn, Azariah Gunn, Jillian Walker, Kris Sidberry, Latonia P, Antoinette Henry, Celestine Rae, Noelle LuSane, Teniece Divya Johnson and Kimberlee Monroe.

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  • The Playlist
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    TIFF '11 Review: 'Ten Year' Brings Together A Strong Cast For A Mixed Bag Of Comedy & Drama

    Births, funerals, marriage, anniversaries and even annual vacations have all served as plot devices in the reunion film, a genre that usually finds middle-aged or older characters dealing with a crisis that is exacerbated by seeing old family and friends. And while "Ten Year" certainly isn't breaking new territory, producer and star Channing Tatum, along with writer/director Jamie Linden ("Dear John"), do take an interesting approach. Wisely not going far beyond their own age bracket, this film brings together a pretty solid ensemble cast of some of the best up-and-coming actors working right now for a tale that catches up with a gaggle of friends for a reunion -- you guessed it -- ten years after their graduation from high school. Taking on a bunch of characters as they leave their twenties is definitely a smart concept but instead of offering what could have been an honest look at contemporary soon-to-be thirtysomethings and the challenges, fears and triumphs they have endured, "Ten Year" delivers a mixed bag of CW plots that at worst are cliché and predictable, with a very few that do stand out.

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  • The Playlist
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    TIFF '11 Review: 'Pariah' Is So Much More Than Just This Year's 'Precious'

    Listen, we understand that sometimes in order to get some attention, indie films need glib comparisons and word out of Sundance this year was that Dee Rees' "Pariah" was this year's "Precious." However, not only is "Pariah" nothing like "Precious", it is so much better and so much more rewarding than anything Lee Daniels' "achieved" with his hysterical, exploitative, ghetto soap opera porno. Real in ways few movies ever are, "Pariah" mixes the coming out and coming-of-age story and pitches it against the backdrop of an African-American family adapting to the shifting cultural sexual tides. The result is a film that is warm and raw, sometimes both at the same time, and is easily one our favorites of the year.

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  • Caryn James
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    Anderson Cooper's Talk Show Begins, With Amy Winehouse's Family

    Anderson Cooper’s new daytime series begins today, and few talk shows have arrived with a better sense of the host in place. There are so many possible Katie Courics, it’s still anyone’s guess what her show will be, but where Couric seems to flounder and zig-zag, Cooper has cultivated a more positive sense of versatility. We’ve seen him report for days on end from war zones, stand up in hurricanes and – maybe most relevantly for his new syndicated adventure – get the giggles during the Ridiculist segment on CNN’s continuing AC360. (If you missed him cracking up about Gerard Depardieu peeing on a plane, it’s priceless: check it out here.)

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  • The Playlist
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    Well, Of Course Alcon Entertainment Is Remaking 'Point Break'

    Let's be honest: we knew this day was coming. Let's not try and mount some kind of moral outrage about it. When superhero franchises can be totally rebooted five years after the last entry, anything is up for grabs, and any popular film that still isn't a viable franchise (see: "Die Hard," where Bruce Willis is still mobile enough for a fifth installment) will have the remake vultures circling. But yes. "Point Break" is heading for a remake.

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  • Hope for Film
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    Adam Chapnick on "IndieGoGo Films Showcased at World-Class Festivals in 2011"

    Google became a verb several years ago. In the Indie / Truly Free Film space we are close to verb-izing another company. But just like all tissues are not Kleenex, there are many crowdfunding platforms out there, and it is worth not forgetting that. Find the platform that works best for your film, as there are plusses and minuses on everything.Today Adam Chanpick speaks of the films (and some of the benefits) of crowdfunding platform IndieGoGo.

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