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  • Shadow and Act
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    Sam Pollard Currently Directing Documentary "Slavery by Another Name;" Faces Challenges In Alabama

    Long-time Spike Lee editor, as well as director and producer in his own right, Sam Pollard, is currently shooting a $1.5 million feature documentary for PBS titled Slavery by Another Name.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Clicks of the Week

    Here are some articles of note that didn't make it to a blog post or a tweet.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Teaser Trailer For Upcoming "Blade" Animated TV Series

    A new animated series based on Marvel Comics’ superhero vampire hunter Blade, is coming to television screens in July; but, unfortunately, it'll only air in Japan.

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  • The Playlist
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    Madisen Beaty Finds Religion With Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master'

    Yes, it's more casting on Paul Thomas Anderson's untitled Scientology flick aka "The Master" but don't tell us you don't want to hear every drip of info you can about this film.

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  • The Playlist
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    Jim Carrey Wants To Be 'Bruce Almighty' And/Or 'Dumb And Dumber' Again

    There's merit to the idea of stars aging and eventually losing sight of what their fans want. Which is why Arnold Schwarzenegger opted for "The Governator" and "Cry Macho" as potential comeback projects, or Sean Connery signing on to something like "The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen" despite claiming to not understand a single word of the script. While Jim Carrey might not be as old as these people, he is threatening to take the path of Harrison Ford, which is to do a bunch of indifferent middlebrow studio films that no one cares for, and then return to a beloved character decades too late. With Ford "Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull" paid off, but we aren't expecting the same fortune to smile on another tired Jim Carrey sequel.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Idris Elba Wanted For Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim"

    Maybe my suggestion that Idris Elba's meeting with "a very controversial director for a very controversial part" had nothing to do with Django Unchained, may not have been so inconceivable.

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  • The Playlist
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    Ewan McGregor & Mike Mills Talk The Sadness, Humor & Joy Of 'Beginners'

    This article originally ran during the 54th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival in April, but is a great overview of Mike Mills' wonderful drama "Beginners" and is worth revisiting.

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  • The Playlist
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    Idris Elba Sought For Guillermo Del Toro's 'Pacific Rim'

    Every now and then there is a story of an actor who has worked hard for years, slowly building acclaim on the back of strong performances matched by a just as tenacious work ethic. One of those people right now is Idris Elba. He had almost a decade of experience under his belt when he took on the role of Stringer Bell in the acclaimed HBO series "The Wire" and from there, things began to snowball until suddenly he seems to be everywhere. He's already got another hot television series on the other side of the ocean in "Luther," he played Heimdall in the box office hit "Thor" and he's currently working with Ridley Scott again (he was in "American Gangster") on his "Alien" spinoff "Prometheus." He recently cryptically tweeted about possibly working with "a very controversial director for a very controversial part" which most assume is Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" but it appears another big movie also wants a piece of Elba.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    More "Django Unchained" Casting News... Uh... Rumors + Fan-Made Poster

    Hmmm... I woke up this morning to find a post on MTV's movie site stating that Michael Fassbender revealed on Twitter last night that he had joined the cast of Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, stating: "Great news everyone. Quentin Tarantino has asked me to be his latest film Django Unchained. He was talking so fast, but I said 'f***, yes'."

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  • Hope for Film
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    The New Digital Repertory Model

    In a recent post on his excellent blog, Ira Deutchman asks "Why not recreate the repertory cinema model for the digital age–program different strands of films on different nights, day-part them if you will. Why not stage national events to showcase those strands and have audiences feel like that are part of something larger–something they can’t get on TV or from a DVD?"

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