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  • Shadow and Act
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    Danai Gurira, Issach De Bankole, Yaya Dacosta, Angelique Kidjo Headline Andrew Dosunmu's Next

    So... we already alerted you to the fact that Andrew Dosunmu, director of the beautifully hypnotic Sundance 2011 selection Restless City (a film I hope will get some theatrical exposure soon), is currently in production on his next feature film, titled Ma'George - a project previously workshopped at the Sundance Labs in 2005, as well as a recipient of a major grant from the Ford Foundation.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    European Film Academy Names 45 Films for Awards Consideration: Artist, Melancholia, Le Havre & More

    Awards season is indeed upon us. The European Film Academy and EFA Productions announce forty-five films recommended for nominations into the 2011 European Film Awards, from Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist, the Dardenne Brothers' The Kid with A Bike and Lars von Trier's Melancholia to Susanne Bier's In A Better World (Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language film, 2010), Aki Kaurismäki's Le Havre and Pedro Almodovar's The Skin I Live In. Twenty countries with the most EFA members voted one of their films onto the list and a selection committee brought in an additional twenty-five titles for consideration; thirty-two countries are represented. Members of the EFA will vote and nominations will be announced November 5 at Spain's Seville European Film Festival, followed by the 24th annual show on in Berlin, on December 3. The film are listed below; here's more:

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Listen Now! Writers From "The Cleveland Show," "The Game" And "Late NIght With Jimmy Fallon"

    Every now and then, we like to pull pertinent material from our archives to share with new readers of S&A. Today, we're featuring a 2009 black television writers roundtable. Tambay had a chance to speak with Courtney Lilly (The Cleveland Show, Everybody Hates Chris, Arrested Development, I'm Through with White Girls), Kriss Turner (Something New, The Bernie Mac Show), Kenya Barris (Are We There Yet?, Soul Food, Girlfriends, The Game) and Bashir Salahuddin (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Chocolate News) on their experience and outlook of the industry.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Toronto Film Fest Day Four: Seen and Heard

    I think they should change the name of this festival to the Toronto Carb Fest because that it all there is to eat here.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Guest Post: Why I Write and the Top 10 Things Men Have Said in Pitch Meetings By Dani Faith Leonard

    I write because I am a woman, and I am a woman because I write. Obviously, I write because I feel like I have stories that I must tell, but when I write, I discover my opinions about things. I form my views and I grow as an artist and as a woman. My experiences as a young and independent woman inspire my writing, but as a woman who is regarded to be attractive, I have often encountered resistance at pitch meetings and auditions. The one place that I have total control is when I am sitting in front of my laptop, finally typing the words: “FADE OUT.”

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  • The Playlist
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    TIFF '11 Review: Sarah Polley's 'Take This Waltz' Has Insights And Edges Sharp Enough To Stab

    In Sarah Polley's Toronto-set drama "Take this Waltz," Margo (Michelle Williams) stumbles across Daniel (Luke Kirby) on a business trip, only to find he lives across the street; despite being married to Lou (Seth Rogen), Margo can't stop thinking of Daniel. Or maybe it's because she's married to Lou that she can't stop thinking of Daniel … Following up "Away from Her," Polley's second film is sharply dividing critics and audience in Toronto: Many find it simultaneously exhilarating and depressing; others find it ugly and hateful; a third faction seems to be kicking against the film not for how it says what it says, but, instead, for what it says in the first place.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Rosario Dawson, James Earl Jones To Co-Star in Upcoming Film “Gimme Shelter”

    Former Disney star Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical) has graduated to more serious subject matter in writer/director Ron Krauss’ Gimme Shelter, due in theaters in 2012 from Columbia Pictures. Rosario Dawson and James Earl Jones both play significant roles in the film’s story.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Writing in Color - Stereotypes on "Parks & Recreation," "The Office" & "Community"

    Courtesy of the Writers Guild of America, West Committee of Black Writers Been sitting on these for about a week, waiting for the last 2 parts of the series, but, thus far they haven't been uploaded to YouTube by the WGA. Here are parts 1 & 2. I'll post parts 3 & 4 when they're up.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Sherlock Holmes' Star Kelly Reilly Lands Female Lead Opposite Denzel In Robert Zemeckis' 'Flight'

    Robert Zemeckis is finally returning to the live-action world, having spent the decade since the one-two punch of "Cast Away" and "What Lies Beneath" with dead-eyed motion-capture pixel people, with increasingly diminishing returns. It was confirmed last week that the "Back to the Future" helmer would be teaming up with Denzel Washington for the drama "Flight," and things are moving at top speed on the project, as Deadline report that Zemeckis has now found his female lead for the film.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    TIFF: Wuthering Heights Directed by Andrea Arnold and In Darkness Directed by Agnieszka Holland

    There is no denying that Andrea Arnold is one of the most interesting and provocative directors working today. If you haven't seen her first two films Red Road and Fish Tank you have missed two very good films. Her third Wuthering Heights premiered last week at the Venice Film Festival to very good notices. I caught it yesterday in Toronto and was surprisingly left underwhelmed.

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