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    Diane Lane Talks 'Cinema Verite' And The Changing Values Of Reality TV

    EXCLUSIVE: It has often been said that audiences like to see versions of themselves reflected back when choosing something to watch, so the pervasiveness and popularity of reality TV isn't all that surprising. Take a flip through your channels and you'll see something that speaks to you with reality shows now based on almost any niche you can think: losing weight, philanthropy, hoarding, coupon cutting, tracing your family tree, getting a job, making cupcakes, running a restaurant, running a pawn shop, living as little people, bounty hunting, being a rich housewife...it's endless. In fact it's hard to remember a time when there wasn't a constant navel gazing on the behalf of television programs or even when it was considered controversial or revolutionary. But back in the early 1970s PBS broke ground with "An American Family," a 12-part reality series centered around the daily life of the Loud family -- a so-called "typical" American middle-class household, but each member had their own secrets. The show drew 10 million viewers and just as much notoriety but people couldn't stop tuning in. The Louds were first reality TV family and their lives were profoundly and forever changed by the experience.

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    8th Annual Langston Hughes African American Film Festival Lineup Unveiled!

    News on the March... Introducing the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, now in its 8th year.

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    Watch: New, Slightly Different 'X-Men: First Class' Trailer With Brief New Bits Of Stuff

    Another day, another drip from the Fox marketing department.

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    Noir-Throwback Poster For Michael Henry's Revenge Thriller 'Blame'

    Here's the first noir-throwback, Saul Bass-inspired poster for Michael Henry's taut Aussie thriller "Blame" which premiered at TIFF last year and was described in our review as a "a lean, terrific and admirable first feature-length effort."

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    Rosemarie DeWitt, John Krasinski & Olivia Thirlby Line Up 'Nobody Walks' Co-Written By Lena Dunham

    Hoo boy, we can hear the haters sharpening their knives on this one already, so let's get right to it.

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    Jeff Bridges Teams With T-Bone Burnett For Country Album Due Out This Summer

    Music Described As "What Bad Blake Might Have Made If Bad Blake Had Been Able To Keep It Together"Looks like Jeff Bridges' seemingly pie-in-the-sky plans to reunite with his "Crazy Heart" musical contributor T-Bone Burnett to record a country music album is actually coming to fruition.

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    Review: 'Stake Land' Offers Few Variations On A Vampire Apocalypse

    Why is it that so many filmmakers have switched to low-fi hi-def cameras? The cynical answer is also the easy one: it’s much cheaper. But, when asked to justify the stylistic choice, most will opt for “verisimilitude,” which frequently makes little sense. “Stake Land” is a superb argument against this mentality, taking place in a genre -- post-apocalyptic horror road movie -- where “verisimilitude” has been accepted as a default from unimaginative filmmakers. In essence, why would we want verisimilitude to capture the umpteenth variation on this post-apocalyptic wasteland?

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    Women to Watch: Zanne Devine Launches Canadian Distribution Company

    Zanne Devine, courtesy of The Wrap Zanne Devine, appropriately and a propos of yesterday's blog, is yet another Canadian whose most recent credits are HBO's Cinema Verite and Screen Gems' Easy A. She is launching a new Vancouver-based distribution company, Pacific Northwest Pictures, which will acquire, produce and release Canadian movies in theaters, disc and video on demand a with a four-film slate that includes You Are Here (debut TIFF in 2010, Charlie Zone, an urban thriller starring Amanda Crew (Final Destination 3); Sisters & Brothers, a comedy also starring Crew,Cory Monteith (Glee) and Dustin Milligan (90210); and Rain Down, a drama starring Jessica Hill.

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    Tyler Perry Starts Fight With Real Filmmaker, Says Spike Lee Should 'Go Straight To Hell'

    "Spike can go straight to hell! You can print that. I am sick of him talking about me, I am sick of him saying, ‘This is a coon; this is a buffoon.' I am sick of him talking about black people going to see movies. This is what he said: ‘You vote by what you see,' as if black people don't know what they want to see."

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    Beaucoup de Bandes-Annonces! Trailers For French Films 'Love Like Poison' & 'Point Blank'

    As we gear up for the summer, with "Fast Five" hitting theaters next week, and "Thor" following swiftly on its heels, those of us who like to mix up the blockbusters with more thoughtful fare generally have to turn to international cinema in order to prevent ourselves from lapsing into the cinematic equivalent of a diabetic coma. U.S. audiences have the likes of "Tuesday, After Christmas," "Film Socialisme," "The Troll Hunter," "Rapt," "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" and "Sarah's Key" to look forward to, while Empire has just debuted trailers for two very different French pictures that are set to hit screens in the U.K. over the summer.

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