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  • Shadow and Act
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    Introducing The Shadow & Act Filmmaker Diary Series (With Matthew Cherry)

    As the site grows, I'm always looking for ways to both entertain and inform our readers - a diverse group of people, whether they are in the industry (or working towards that goal), or they are film enthusiasts, or just curious folks, and everything else between.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Can You Name Hollywood's Black "A-List"? (Survey)

    A few days ago, I caught the end of a twitter debate going on concerning what black actors and actresses are considered "A-List". Although this is not a new debate, I'm always surprised by the names that will come up and why. Part of the difficulty with developing this list is trying to determine popularity versus demand. Also, racially, there are certain thespians that probably appeal more to the black community than with white studio heads in Hollywood.

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  • The Playlist
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    Will Ferrell Calls His Spanish-Language Film 'Casa De Mi Padre' Rodriguez & Tarantino-esque

    Plus A Negligible Amount Of 'Step Brothers 2' News/HopeIn support of the upcoming indie drama "Everything Must Go" (which we dug), Will Ferrell has been making the press rounds with various outlets speaking of not only his angle and his interest in the film, but also a few of his upcoming projects -- namely "Casa de mi Padre" and "Step Brothers 2."

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  • Spout
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    Memo to Martin McDonagh: Cast Rúaidhrí Conroy and Željko Ivanek as Two of the "Seven Psychopaths"

    The most exciting news of my week so far, Cannes be damned, is the announcement of Martin McDonagh’s return to film. “Seven Psychopaths" will star McDonagh veteran Colin Farrell ("In Bruges") along with Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken, who both appeared in the director's recent Broadway play "A Behanding in Spokane." Mickey Rourke will also join the cast. Assuming that these guys all count as psychopaths, that adds up to four. Who should fill those remaining three spots? I think it’s pretty safe to bet on the return of Brendan Gleeson, star of both “In Bruges” and the Oscar-winning short “Six Shooter.” That’d be a good thing, too. There’s no one with a better grasp on McDonagh’s dialogue and spirit than Gleeson, who has also worked with the director’s brother in this year’s “The Guard.”

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  • The Playlist
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    Trailer: Rod Lurie's Remake Of Sam Peckinpah's 'Straw Dogs' Throws White Trash Under The Bus

    "They're practically licking my body outside," Kate Bosworth says to her husband James Marsden in Rod Lurie's controversial remake of Sam Peckinpah's "Straw Dogs." Controversial because "Straw Dogs," an incredibly haunting and challenging domestic drama and psychological thriller by Peckinpah, is (rightfully) considered a masterpiece. So many have asked, what's the point in remaking it? The original is an amazing examination at masculinity and male emasculation -- in that sense the latter point is almost a cautionary horror tale for men.

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  • The Playlist
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    Trailer And Poster For Craig Gillespie's 'Fright Night' Doesn't Suck...

    But Isn't What We Thought It'd Be, Either After a slew of teasing pictures, DreamWorks has finally unveiled the trailer for upcoming horror remake "Fright Night" starring Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, adorable next-big-thing Imogen Poots, Toni Colette, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Dave Franco, and Chris Sarandon. And the verdict?

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    movie review: HESHER

    Some indie films seem to exist as exercises in strangeness, just to see how far they can go—and how long audiences will watch before screaming and running up the aisles. I stuck with Hesher till the bitter end, but I’m not proud of that achievement and wouldn’t recommend that anyone follow my lead.

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  • Spout
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    Also Recommended This Week: "NEDS" and "Cameraman: The Work and Life of Jack Cardiff"

    This is a pretty huge week for film openings, quantity-wise, especially on the indie side. I haven't gotten to all the new releases, but I enjoyed nearly everything I saw that comes out today. I'm a huge fan of "Hesher" and "Make Believe" and have some favor for "Everything Must Go" and "City of Life and Death," while even the mediocre doc "Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’" brought me some subjective joys. As for Hollywood stuff, we should have Dan's response to "Priest" later this weekend and my fiancee stepped in for a guest review of "Bridesmaids" (she's making me see it tonight, she loves it so much).

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  • The Playlist
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    6 New Photos From Pedro Almodovar's 'The Skin I Live In'

    Starring Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya and Marisa Paredes, Pedro Almodóvar's latest film, "The Skin I Live In," has not yet screened to critics at the Cannes Film Festival, but it sounds like a tantalizing offering from one of cinema's consistently modern auteurs. Based on Thierry Jonquet's novel "Mygale," this revenge tale tells the story of a plastic surgeon (Banderas) on the hunt for the men who raped his daughter and looks like part horror, thriller and melodrama which is a nice change of pace for Almodóvar(though arguably, the film noir tones in the uneven, but ever-watchable "Broken Embraces," had some of those notes too).

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Looks Like Robo-Minstrelsy Will Return In "Transformers: Dark of the Moon"...

    Almost exactly a year ago, Michael Bay promised that there would be no robo-minstrelsy in Transformers 3 (aka Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which will be released this July). Specifically, the twins, Mudflap and Skids, the “jive-talking” “black robots,” with faces resembling monkeys, gold cap teeth, and are illiterate bumbling fools; recall they caused quite a stir when they were featured in the second Transformers movie, with Michael Bay being accused of promoting stereotyping and caricatures, and being labeled a racist.

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